Mrs. Chan's Class: Room 27 MONTHLY Newsletter

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DeCember Important Dates

  • Friday, December 6th: Report cards go home.
    • Please keep the copy of the report cards. Then sign and return the empty report card envelope.
  • Friday, December 6th: Scholastic book order due. You can order books online by going to and using the Class Activation Code GZV38.
  • Monday, December 23rd - Tuesday, January 7th: No School
    • Winter Break 12/23-1/3, Staff Work Day & Teacher Professional Development Day 1/6-7

December CurriculuM

*Each Close Reading unit we have an essential question that we discuss with the stories in the booklet. We also apply a variety of reading strategies when looking at these texts in depth. Each month I will list the Close Reading Unit, Essential Question, Texts for Close Reading, and the Reading Strategies. 

  • Close Reading: Unit 3- Animal Adaptations (Non-Fiction)
    • Essential Question: How do living things adapt to change?
    • Texts for Close Reading: "Animal Disguises", "Animals' Tools for Survival", "Fur, Skin, Scales, or Feathers", "One Body, Many Adaptations"
    • Reading Strategies: Non-Fiction Text Features, Compare & Contrast, Cause & Effect
  • Writing: Students learned about the Writing Process (Pre-writing, Rough Draft, Revising, Editing, Peer Reflection, Final Draft). We will be finishing up our Fractured Fairy Tales and starting our Animal Reports this month.
  • Grammar: Concrete & Abstract Nouns, Possessive Nouns, Verb Tenses
  • Math: Topic 7: Meanings of Division & Topic 8- Division Facts
  • Mystery Science: Animals Through Time Unit: Animal Survival & Heredity


Red homework folders are due every morning, except Monday. Homework consists of:

  • Reading 20 or more minutes.
  • Math worksheet- complete both sides and check your work, due following school day.
  • Nightly reading worksheet- read story aloud everyday and answer comprehension questions. Remember to underline or highlight text evidence. Worksheet will be distributed on Mondays and due by Friday.
  • Spelling worksheet- distributed on Mondays, due by Friday. Spelling tests will be every Friday. 

*If homework is taking your child longer than an hour, please let me know. This homework time should also include the 20 minutes of reading.

Weekly Envelopes

I will usually send home a Weekly Envelope at the end of the week. Inside the envelope will be paper communications (permission slips, book orders, etc.) and/ or student work. Please remove and review all the papers each weekend. Then have your child return the weekly envelope to me the following school day. 

Extracurricular Activities

  • PE: daily from 10:50-11:50am. Please have your child wear appropriate shoes everyday. If your child needs to be excused from p.e., send a note to school.
  • Library with Mrs. Fournier: Mondays 1:00-1:30 pm
  • Art with Mrs. Owyang: Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am
  • Computers with Mr. Oxendine: Tuesdays 1:00-1:40 pm
  • Music:  Thursdays 2:00-2:30pm
  • Buddies with Mrs. Jordan & Mrs. Warren's kindergarteners:                                Fridays 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Links to Useful Sites

AR Book Finder is an online tool to look up a book's reading level.

Scholastic book order. When ordering books online, use the Class Activation Code GZV38.

*Your child's username and passwords for BrainPop Jr., RazKids, IXL, and Moby Max are all the same. 

BrainPopJr. offers animated educational videos that cover a variety of subject areas. 

RAZ Kids is an interactive online reading program. It offers leveled e-books that are accompanied with reading comprehension questions. Instructions and passwords were given to you at Back To School Night.  Teacher username: chan27.

IXL is an online math and language arts practice program. 

MobyMax provides an online curriculum and is tailored to your child's individual needs. Our school code is ca633. 

Growth Mindset videos. These are videos we have watched and discussed in class. We are practicing to have a growth mindset, which is the idea that we can all get smarter and our brains can get stronger with more effort.

Common Core Standards are the academic standards for K-12 literacy and math education. 

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May chan

Classroom ph #650-638-2929

*Email is the best way to contact me. Please let me know if your child will be missing school or will be leaving early.

*Please have your child bring an extra sweatshirt or jacket to school. Our classroom can get quite cool even when the air conditioning is off.