Thursday, December 20, 2012


I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Blessed and Merry Christmas.  I hope you have a wonderful break to spend with family and friends.
I am very grateful for each of my students and all they have accomplished this school year.  I am truly blessed with a wonderful class who cares about each other and their education.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Mrs. Dee

Thursday, December 6, 2012

4th Grade Literature

Just a few helpful hints on the 4th Grade Literature

Quality Questions:  The students only have to chose 4 of the 8.  If they chose Describe in detail, then their question should start out: Describe in detail why . . . or In your opinion, explain why . . . .

Their answer to each question must be on the back.  The questions should be made after reading a chapter or two. 

I told the students to beware of the Compare and Contrast choices at the top.  These are usually harder for the students.

The other worksheet, Scene Setter needs to be filled out after reading all the assigned chapters.  I also told the students they may want to use a Thesaurus to help them find good descriptive words.

If your child still has a question, please have them come to me in the morning or at recess and I will gladly go over the work.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Advent Pals

As you all know, we have picked our Advent Pals.  The students are very excited and hopefully are going to try really hard to keep their pal a secret!
Here is what we will be doing over the next 3 weeks:

Week 1:  Blessing - due this Wednesday.  Students can write, have a parent write, or type their blessings with any Advent designs they want.  We talked about how a blessing is a type of prayer.
ex:  I bless you with peace and happiness this Advent Season.  May you be excited for the coming of Christ.

Week 2:  Acrostic Poem with Advent Pal's name.  Write the student's name down a piece of paper and each letter of the student's name is made into a word or saying about that student or Advent.

Week 3:  Advent gift.  Please do NOT spend more than $5 on a gift.  The students are welcome to make/bake something for their pal instead of a store bought gift.

We discussed that they should be doing good deeds for each other.  They may also give their pals little notes or treats throughout the weeks.  Again, this can be something they have made at home.

Our focus is on Advent.  I am trying to get them to think of others first and their Christmas list last.

Don't forget about the PJ drive and we will be heading back to the Food Pantry on Dec. 15th.  If you have not signed up, please let me know asap.