## Sunday, January 13, 2013

### December

December was another great month in room 12!

Students continued their mastery of fractions concepts in math, spending most time on comparing fractions and finding equivalent fractions. Students should now be able to compare fractions to one half as well as compare fractions to each other by changing to equivalent fractions that have the same denominator. Right before break, students began adding subtracting fractions with like denominators. In January, we will wrap up this fractions unit with reducing or simplifying fractions as well as dealing with improper fractions ("You naughty fraction!" - ask your student) and mixed numbers.

Our literacy time was used to strengthen students' skills with identifying sequence of events and making inferences. We also finished Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel. Hopefully, students will chose to read the 2nd and 3rd books in the trilogy: Sunwing and Firewing. Our librarian introduced the class to this year's Sasquatch Award nominees and the Young Readers Choice Award to prepare them for the Sasquatch Super Bowl. Teams have formed and intense reading has begun!

We continued our science and social studies work with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association's Students For Salmon curriculum. The students are now quite familiar with the Water Cycle, with Watersheds, and with the 5 species of Pacific Salmon. We will begin looking more closely at the Salmon Life Cycle and local salmon habitat in January.

Enjoy!

To play music with the slideshow, hover over the bottom of the slideshow. Then click on the speaker icon to turn it on.

Thank you for helping us in the classroom!
From, Linnea =D

1. Yeah thanks for helping us in the class room Steve and Adel.
From, Rhiannon

2. I like the December videos affects. from, River

3. Awesome video Mr.Pahl.Where did you get the radical music? I wonder. Thanks for adding most of the stuff we did this December. I liked the video because it had awesome music and it had everybody in our class.
From, Austin

4. I like the December video because of the effects. From, River.

5. Dear Mr. Pahl,
I really like the video you put in the December post.
The music is so groovy! Thank you!

From, Hallie.

6. Dear Mr. Pahl
This video is great I love the special effects I like how you can change the color of what is on the screen. In the song that is in the slideshow I think I heard some wash board but I can’t be sure.
From Gavin

7. Mr.Pahl, I liked this video because of the special effects hope you show us this website.
From, Rhiannon

8. Dear Mr. Pahl,
This video is great. I love the special effects. I like how you can change the color of what is on the screen. In the song that is in the slideshow, I think I heard some wash board but I can’t be sure.
From, Gavin

9. Dear Mr.Pahl,
That was a really good video.
Sincerely, Dyna

10. Dear Mr. Pahl,
I think the new stile you used for this video entertaining and can be funny.
One of my favorite parts of the video was when we got to watch the videos to make inferences.
Sincerely,
Phoebe

11. Dear Class,
I really liked doing the scooter polo and hockey in P.E. I also liked the Readers Theater project that we did.
Sincerely, Devin =D

12. Dear Mr.Pahl,
I what to say I like to study salmon with you it`s very fun.

Sincerely
Makani

13. Dear Mr.Pahl,
I like how you took the picture from the historians folder and you put up our picture in the blog about our learning. By the way the video is amazing.
Sincerely, Donna

14. Dear Class,
I loved the month of December. It was so fun and we did alot of fun things like steps to respect and a bunch of other things. I coud name a million things that were so great about December. 1....
Sincerely,
Karoline

15. Dear Mr. Pahl,
I enjoyed using animated shorts to make inferences because it was interesting using them instead of books.
From,
Sophia

16. Dear Mr. Pahl,
Thank you for helping us remember all of the fun things we did in December.
From, Claire

17. Dear Mr. Pahl,
Thank you veary much for posting this awesome video of what we did in December! It brings back all of those sweet times. Like when we did Fractions! I love Fractions. Its like my most favorite math! What do you think?
Sincerely,
Karoline

18. Dear Class,
I think that Silverwing was a good book that I enjoyed because it was exciting. I do have to say it had a lot of similarities to wildwood because they both had two main characters that went on a quest to find someone that was lost.
Sincerely,
Phoebe

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