Saturday, December 6, 2014



"December's wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer's memory...”

Cold, windy, and wet weather on the horizon. Sounds like December to me. This week all the students will work on their Explorer's report, Advent Calendar story, Memoir writing, WW party, and plenty of other important items.  The Explorer's test is on Friday. A study will go out real soon. SECRET FIREBALLS GIFT EXCHANGE- Don't forget to make special gift. Fireballs, you have until Dec. 18th to place the item underneath the tree. 

FABULOUS DUO - Jocelyn Perlow and Donna Dempsey deserve a massive round of applause. They consistently show up to room 503 with an effervescent smile and high enthusiasm to help all the Fireballs. Both ladies are hard working, fair, and focused. They put in the time to keep the level of standards high for all the students. We're fortunate to have them as part of the Fireball family. 

  • to the Fireballs for being well behaved at Chabot Space and Science center.  
  • to Fireballs for working hard on Blood on the River work. 
  • to the parents for driving to Chabot. We appreciated your generosity and willingness to make it a special day for the Fireballs. 

Work in progress
  • All students and Mr. Frederick will continue to work on the conventions: grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • All students will continue to read 15-20 minutes at home 

Curriculum menu for week 16

  • We'll go back and revisit some important reading strategies
  • Students will improve their understanding of character motivation and behavior

  • Students will read and listen to more examples of memoirs
  • Expecting Depth from writing
  • Studying and planning structures
  • Inspiration to revise

  • Students will review notes from Unit 2
  • Students will prepare for big Unit 2 assessment on Friday
  • Study guide will be shared on Monday

  • Students will practice using good eye contact 
  • Students will practice using varied expression

  • Students will work on Lesson 9
  • Students will work on these words: civics, civil, coordinate, extraordinary
  • Students will work on writing the words in a sentence

Boys vs. Girls Contest: 
Boys practice their song
Girls practice their song

Winter wonderland songs

Pink Martini "Ocho Kandelikas"
  • Ben Kweller "Rock of Ages"
  • Coldplay - Christmas Time
  • 2,000 Miles - The Pretenders
  • Camera Obscura "The Blizzard"

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