This week with our Wonders program we will look at: Where do animals live together? Our guided reading books are all about Meerkats. We will continue our learning about this interesting little animal during the week as we work on a Research Project.
The spelling this week will be tricky word endings:
lend, send, fast, past, sink, wink - - of, who
During the course of the week our reading will expose us to three more sight words: eat, under, no. We will also learn about possessive nouns.
With our math we will focus on length as a measurable attribute and then compare the lengths of various objects.
Just a reminder - please have your child wear lots of blue tomorrow for our Pep Rally.
Last week your children were presented with the following questions:
What will the weather be like on your birthday? (We used observations of the four seasons in New Hampshire to spot patterns and determine the seasons’ order.)
How do you walk barefoot across hot pavement? (Our observations helped us link sunlight to warmer temperatures and shade to cooler temperatures.)
How can we protect a mountain town from falling rocks? (We investigated how pushes can change the speed and direction of falling objects. We designed and tested a solution to protect “Tiny Town” from falling rocks. See the pictures below from this fun activity.)
How are silly sounds made in cartoons? (We investigated vibrations as a source of sound effects for movies.)
Where do sounds come from? What is vibration and pitch? (We explored sounds made by different kinds of instruments and discovered what happens when vibrations start and then stop. We also used an “instrument” that sounded like a swarm of bees!)
Each day we tackled one of these questions. Ask your child to tell you about our fun Science experiments.
This week we will continue with our Wonders focus of Short Vowel Uu. Our Spelling Test will be on Wednesday.
We will also talk about Thanksgiving. Did your child share their Thanksgiving Story Reading Buddy Chain from last week with you? Each color represented the first Thanksgiving long ago as well as some of today’s traditions:
Blue: the travel across the ocean
Green: the new land
Black: the hard first year
Brown: the turkeys
On Wednesday we will have a school-wide Pep Rally. First Grade will be represented by the color blue. Please have your child wear something blue on Wednesday. Just a reminder there is an Early Release at 12:00 on Wednesday.
The drill will be on Thursday. Sorry for the confusion.
This week will involve a lot of Science! With Weather we will explore:
What will the weather be like on your birthday?
How do you walk barefoot across hot pavement?
Next up: Kinds of forces - What is motion? Is it possible to protect a mountain town from falling rocks? We will investigate how pushes can change the speed and direction of falling objects. Your children will design and test a solution to protect their town and buildings from falling rocks.
Then it’s on to Sounds. We will investigate sounds as a source of sound effects for movies. We will be finishing up the week exploring the sounds made by different kinds of instruments. We will discover what happens when vibrations start—and when they stop.
Our Wonders program will stretch over the next two weeks (beginning on Wednesday of this week). Our Essential Question is: What buildings do you know? What are they made of? Our phonics focus is short vowel Uu. The spelling words for the week are:
run, fun, nut, cut, bug, rug, - - could, one
The spelling words will not go home until Wednesday – and the spelling test will not happen until the following Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - - just before the Thanksgiving break.
Our Wonders program will expose us to singular and plural nouns as well as contractions. Having the extra days on these concepts will help a lot.
Has your child told you about Frames and Arrows? Frames and Arrows represent a number sequence, which is a list of numbers that follow a rule. Sometimes the rule is given. This week we will learn how to figure out the number sequence when the rule is not given. Our calculators will come out again as we learn how to program them with a counting sequence that doesn’t start at 1.
Between the excitement of Halloween, a full moon, and the time change we have found that there has been difficulty following routines and maintaining expected behaviors. Hopefully last Friday’s day off will help to get everyone back on track.
A notice went home last Friday about the upcoming Evacuation Drill. This will occur on Wednesday morning.
This week with our Wonders program we will be reading and talking about jobs with our Essential Question of: What jobs need to be done in our community? The short vowel “Ee” will be our phonics focus. Due to the Friday holiday, our Spelling Test will be on Thursday. Here are this week’s words:
leg, beg, men, hen, head, bread, there, again
We started talking about Veterans Day last week and we will continue our discussion this week. If you or a member of your family is a Veteran, please talk with your child so that they can share this information with their classmates. Thank you for your service to our country!!!
With our Everyday Mathematics program we continue with adding and subtracting using the number line and the number grid. We will also be learning how to fill in a “Frames and Arrow” diagram. This is what a Frames and Arrows diagram looks like:
Frames and Arrows show a sequence of numbers that follow a given rule. Each frame contains a number. The frames can appear in a variety of shapes. The arrow stands for the rule that determines the next number in the sequence or the number that goes in the next frame.
A Home Link will be sent home on Wednesday that explains this further.