The theme for next couple of weeks will be “Traditional Tales.” These “once-upon-a- time” stories include The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, Chicken Little, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Bean Stalk and The House That Jack Built. The children are acting out the stories during centers.
In math, students are making graphs of their favorite stories plus learning about sizes - big, medium and small.
In English/language arts, students are focusing on a balanced literacy approach. Teachers have more one-on- one time with students in small, guided reading groups, as well as whole group instruction.
The students have made improvements since the beginning of school in all aspects. They are working on blending/decoding CVC words, deleting initial and final sounds, making predictions, identifying setting, characters, and key events in stories, recognizing rhythm and rhymes in poetry, and learning how to follow directions in procedural texts.
In math, they are moving right along into problem solving with addition and subtraction. The students are grasping the concept of part+part= whole. The students have also learned how to construct and read graphs. They continue their calendar routine everyday and the students are now able to count to 100.
During science and social studies time, students are learning about seasons, weather, celebrations, customs, and different holidays that are celebrated.
Third-grade reading students have spent the third six weeks studying expository writing. They have read and investigated various informational articles.
They are working toward techniques for mastering the STAAR test. The language classes continue to work with grammar, proper sentence construction and elaboration.
Social studies classes are studying cultural characteristics of communities. In science, students are investigating the natural world.
In math, students have been learning about fractions. They have written them as numbers and words, identified them on number lines and compared them to money and time. The next unit will be measurement.
In reading and language arts, students have been working on group animal research projects. This will lead into individual research projects on selected items during class. Students will soon have their first-semester AR party for students that have reached their AR goals for at least two of the six-week periods.
In science, students have just completed a unit on the properties of soil. They are now looking at weathering, erosion, and deposition and how these forces change the surface of Earth. This will lead them into natural resources.
The fourth six weeks of Texas history will address the Civil War and Reconstruction. Fourth-graders will learn the reasons for secession from the U.S. They will also learn how the free enterprise system in Texas impacted the economic growth of Texas and its social development.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m., the Goliad Intermediate School Spelling Bee will be held.
Thirty spellers from grades 4, 5, and 6 will be competing for a chance to go on to the regional spelling bee.
Fourth-grade spellers are Jeremiah Jackson, Gabriel San Miguel, Daniela Sierra, Tricia Jo Anklam, Makayla Roberts, Matthew Kutz, Jillian Dohmann, Kaleb Luna, Karleigh Hill and Claire Gonzalez.
Fifth-grade spellers are Destiney Capistran, Dayna Allen, Victor Cruz, Jaedon Segura, Daniel Marez, Joshua Hernandez, Harley Ortiz, Caleb Edwards, Cameron Clark, Rosa Diaz and Jessica Rios.
Sixth-grade spellers are Felicia Aguayo, Scott Miller, Mackenzie Billo, Addie San Miguel, Biviana Hernandez, Cierra Mendoza, Tuffy Dornburg, Sarah Rayburn and Cruz Castro.
Students have learned about kindness, forgiveness and respect. They have also learned about Internet safety and were sent home with a booklet for them and their family.
Students will be involved in creating an anti-bullying bulletin board that will hang at the entrance of each campus. It will be a pledge to stop bullying and stand up for the right way to treat each other.