MMC Homework Guide
For the Weeks of December 9, 2013 and December 16, 2013
***Due to the two snow days this week and potential inclement weather next week, this Homework Guide will be for two weeks. In other words, all homework will not be due until Friday, December 20th.
***We started examining elements of fiction and non-fiction and will continue to explore these over the next few weeks as we create animation about a legend and write shadow puppet theater scripts.
The students are learning about the components of a good story. We will also incorporate the genres of legends, tall tales, and fairy tales. The kids will present their animated legends and their puppet plays to each other after the winter break.
***Our students will have the opportunity to exchange a gift with a classmate on the last Friday of this month. Boys will buy a gift for a boy and girls will buy a gift for a girl. The maximum amount of the gift should be $5.00. Just list “T A Boy or Girl” on the gift tag and who the present is from. We will have a tree in our room where we place the gifts. It is not mandatory to participate.
Spelling/Language: One of the concepts we cover this quarter is homophones. Please study these words for our spelling test on Friday, December 20th. Please also write a sentence using each word properly for a language homework assignment. Since you have been taught how to research words in the dictionary, feel free to look up each word that you are not sure how to use. The dictionary entry will give you a sample sentence. Use plain notebook paper to write your sentences and remember to use legible handwriting and proper punctuation.
***You may also practice spelling these words on www.spellingcity.com. Use the games and activities at your parent’s discretion. Please make sure you choose the correct word list.
there, their, they’re, here, hear, to, too, two, wear, where, week, weak, stare, stair, know, no, aisle, isle, coarse, course
Language: Practice writing possessive nouns using apostrophes just as we practiced in class.
Writing: Create a story about your New Year’s resolutions. Follow the directions on the page to create a story that you will share next Friday. The story must have a MINIMUM of 8 sentences. You may write on the back of the paper or attach notebook pages.
Math: Solve the multiplication word problems on this first activity page.
Math: Complete the skip counting multiplication pattern sheet.
Reading: Read the fictional story “New Year’s Resolution”. Answer the questions and create the graphic organizer described.
Reading: The students should use the Book Bingo sheet for November and December handed out three weeks ago. This time, the students have free choice over the books they read for the the rest of the month. There is no link to a page for this chart. If you need an extra copy, please email me. Students who complete the sheet will be invited to a special Pajama Party with popcorn and a movie. The movie is “The Page Master”. This is a movie that expresses the importance of reading by taking the lead character through a variety of book genres.
Social Studies: A need is something you and your family must have in order to live safe, healthy lives. You need clothes, food, shelter, medicine, and transportation.
A want is something that you or your family spends money on and enjoys, but does not need.
Complete the attached “Needs and Wants” chart to record your family’s purchases for one week. Use a calculator to total up the expenses of each column.
Science: Go on a scavenger hunt of your home looking for examples of each kind of simple machine.
If you have questions about the homework, feel free to email me at: email@example.com
With Highest Respect,
Randy L. Morgan