We are wrapping up a fantastic unit on the ancient civilizations of Babylon and Egypt. We have learned about the Tigris, Euphrates, and Nile rivers, and how they supported the growth and sustenance of these civilizations. We learned about the Mesopotamian ziggurats and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
We learned about the Egyptian pyramids and some significant pharaohs, including Pharaoh Khufu, who built the Great Pyramid in Giza, and his son Khafre, who built the Great Sphinx. We learned about treasures that were discovered in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (a.k.a. “King Tut”) by the English archaeologist Howard Carter.
C.E.T. - Today our first graders made an Egyptian headdress, a sugar cube pyramid, and a sarcophagus with its own mummy. They sampled some Egyptian foods as well (lentils, honey, dates, hummus, and pita bread). Many thanks to all who participated in our Egypt C.E.T.. Our activities ran so smoothly because of so much help, and the kids had such a fun time!
BOOK REPORTS & READING CALENDARS - Thank you for reading with your child each day. Please continue to record those minutes on your November reading calendars.
The genre for this month’s book report is The genre for this month’s book report is NON-FICTION. Non-fiction books are informational books that are based on facts. These could be books that are historical, biographical, or scientific.
The OCS book list does not have a wide selection of choices in this category, because there is such a broad selection of books to read within this genre. Please do not feel limited to the books on our book list for this genre. We are just asking that you choose a quality book that will help your child to learn true information / facts about a topic that interests him/her.
National Geographic Kids, Usborne, Dorling Kindersley, and Scholastic are all publishers of great non-fiction books. Here is a link to some specific book recommendations if you need a few ideas:
If you have any questions, please let me know.
STUDENT OF THE WEEK SCHEDULE - I am sending a pdf copy of our student of the week schedule with this email. Please mark on your calendar the date that your child is scheduled to present. If you need to change a date, please give me enough advance notice so that I can coordinate the change with another family.
READING GROUPS / 6-MINUTE FLUENCY - Our voyager time is packed full this year. Every day (M,T, TH,F) we work on a new sight word, and then the students have focused intervention in leveled reading groups. Our school is implementing The Six-Minute Solution reading fluency program this year, and our students are working together to give feedback and discuss reading progress.
Because of this change, I adjusted my reading group time a bit, and we are now doing group work from 10:30 - 11:00. I would love to have parents come in and read with our students. Please contact our room parents, Melanie Hutchings or Camille Mullen
if you are interested. You are also welcome to stop by first thing in the morning (between 8:15-8:30) to read with students as well. You don’t need to be “scheduled” for this - feel free to just stop in.
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