Middle Primary Cottage News
December 2018 Curriculum Newsletter
Level 5 Math and Science
We have had a very busy few months in MP. Most students are working in math to find the product of whole numbers, and trying out properties of multiplication as new strategies to multiply. We continue to work individually on our daily plans with basics time focusing on problem solving. Timed tests continued to be given on Fridays and many students are quickly coming to the end of the multiplication fact tests.
Science class has been a blast! Each student researched information on an owl that was native to our area and created a pamphlet that presents the information they have gathered. These pamphlets are currently displayed in the MP cottage. The Chattanooga Nature Center visited us and brought a few feathered friends so the students could get an up close look at the owl that they have been learning about. We also dissected owl pellets and determined what types of animals that the owls eat for food.
MP students also has some holiday fun reading the book, How to Catch an Elf. The students wrote about how they would catch an elf and they also shopped for materials at the “Elf Trap Store” to work with their group to build a trap for an elf. Counting money, teamwork and fun were the goals of this awesome activity!
Lessons and Carols was presented by MP the last week of school before Christmas break. All of the students did a beautiful job! I was so proud of their hard work and dedication to making the program a wonderful was to send our school of in the holiday spirit!
Level 5 Language Arts and Social Studies
In November and December, we continue our journey to remember assignment books and homework, and strive for good quality work!
Reading is going well! We have explored different fiction and nonfiction stories. Not only have we reviewed main idea and author’s purpose, we also have taken a look at character and context clues. Our grammar focus moves from nouns to verbs. In writing, we move from personal narratives to expository and descriptive writing. We are also learning to edit our work.
Please continue to encourage your child to read at least 20 minutes a night as well as take AR tests. We are working hard to reach our reading goals! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!