This week with our Wonders program we will focus on the Essential Question: How do animals’ bodies help them? We will be reading folktales about a beaver and a bat. What are some other features that animals have to help them? We will continue this discussion all week long.
Our phonic focus is Long Vowel Aa with the spelling patterns of: ai and ay. Your children are getting really good at spotting long vowels when they end in “magic e”. They understand that the “e” makes the vowel say its name. This week they will learn about “two vowels walking...with the first one doing the talking”. The spelling words for the week are:
mail, rain, chain, way, play, day
Sight Words: our, carry - - with exposure to: about, animal, eight, give
We will be learning about the past-tense verbs: was, were. We will continue reviewing contractions.
Has your child told you about Scrolling? This is a great number sense activity - - we have several children already up into the 1,000’s. Scrolling also helps to discover the pattern and ease of counting by 10’s.
Ms. Baines organized such a fun Jump Rope for Heart day. We cycled through four highly-engaging (and challenging) activities. A huge thank you to Ms. Baines, Ms. Kjellander, and Mrs. Chalson - - we had so much fun and the school raised $8,000 for this wonderful cause.
Last Friday we spent time learning about Monday’s holiday, President’s Day with a focus on two great presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Be sure to ask your child which President they investigated.
This week will be a review and assessment week for us. Our spelling words will be some of the tricky Sight Words:
was, from, some, why, today, all, when, what
We had a fun day celebrating the 100th day of school. We are more than halfway through the year. The time has flown by so quickly.
Thursday will be a very busy day for us. We start the day with our Friendship Brunch and end the day with Jump Rope for Heart. Remember to send your child to school with sneakers on Thursday. We will be doing lots and lots of movement activities in the gymnasium.
On Friday we will focus on two important presidents as we celebrate Presidents’ Day: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We will share our projects with our Reading Buddies.
Did your child tell you about our “surprise” Fire Drill on Friday? The drill caught us off guard (which is the plan because you just can’t predict emergencies). Some of us had a hard time remembering our procedures and the importance of practicing Fire Drills - - TO KEEP US SAFE IN CASE OF A REAL EMERGENCY. What does safe look like? Quietly lining up at our back classroom door. Quietly walking outside to the front of the building. Quietly standing still and listening for me to call your name to insure that everyone has left the school safely. And, quietly remaining in line until we are given permission to return to the school. After we came back inside, we practiced this important drill again. The results: amazing! I knew we could do it!
Two of our classmates rocked it at Community Meeting with their stories “When it gets cold outside...”. Three other classmates will have their stories published in the school Newspaper (coming out soon).
This week with our Wonders program we will focus on the Essential Question of: How do we get our food? We will be reading about where some of our favorite foods come from…chocolate…honey…sugar. Yum! Shelley Rotner and Gary Goss share pictures and facts about these foods in their book, Where does food come from?
Our phonics focus is the long vowel sound of Uu, which is spelled: “oo”.
Our spelling words are:
book, look, cook, took, hood, wood
Sight Words: buy, done with exposure to these additional words: after, every, soon, work.
We will be reviewing contractions with “not” and learning about “inflectional endings”.
We will continue practicing our Opinion Writing with another topic: Should First Graders have homework every night? I can’t wait to hear their reasoning on this one!
We have finished up Unit 5 in our Everyday Mathematics program. Wow – your children are amazing with their understanding of place value and expanded notation.
Did your child share their knowledge of the Big Dipper with you? See the pictures below. We will continue our study of The Spinning Sky this week as we look at the North Star and answer the question of: How can stars help you if you get lost?
We wondered if the groundhog would see its shadow? March 20th seems so far away...we are ready for spring - - how about you?
Be on the lookout for an email (Sign Up Genius) from Tori Johnson about our Friendship Celebration Brunch on Thursday, February 14th. I’ll be sending home information on Monday about exchanging cards and creating a box to hold them.