Sunday, December 5, 2010

Week 18, December 6th-10th

Dear First Grade Parents,

I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. Here are a few important reminders for all the parents.
We would like to remind all the parents that each student must bring a water bottle to school each day. There are a number of students who do not bring a bottle to class and need to ask for plastic cups in order to drink water. We will no longer provide plastic cups for the students because plastic cups are not good for our environment and we are all working very hard at Discovery School to be 'Green'.
The Discovery School Song Fest will be Thursday, December 16th at 6:00 p.m. All the students are working very hard to prepare for this night of entertainment! This will be a very special night and we hope you can all make it to support your child and the rest of the students.
Thursday, December 16th will also be the last day of classes. There will be no school Friday, December 17th. Students must return to school Wednesday, January 5th.
This week, your child will be learning the following:

Language Arts
  • Phonics- This weeks words are many, which, then, them, and these. Please spend time with your child reviewing these words nightly. Ask them to identify any spelling patterns that they notice, find any smaller/shorter words in the spelling word (eg. 'many' has the word 'an' in it), and/or group the words and ask them why they put the words into the groups (eg. many, them, and these can go together because they all talk about plural things).
  • Reading-The students will be reviewing the following reading skills; Understanding and identifying the characters, setting, and main idea of a story, distinguishing fiction and non-fiction texts, and reading with fluency.
  • Writing-The students will continue inquiring into parts of a letter. They will be writing a letter to Santa which they will be bringing home for you to enjoy. Your child is responsible to know the 3 parts of a letter; the greeting/opening, body, and closing.
Math-This week your child will begin investigating fractions. Each child is responsible to understand and create equal parts of shapes; halves, thirds, and quarters. You can help your child better understand fractions by showing them different ways food can be cut-up. For example, make a fruit salad and ask your child how an apple, orange, and/or banana can be cut-up to show different equal parts. Also, have your child play some of the online math games that you can find under the 'Links' heading.

Theme-Social Studies- Your child will inquire into the various ways people celebrate Christmas in different parts of the world. Your child will also share some of his/her Christmas traditions/customs this week. You can help your child by discussing your family traditions and how they may differ from other family's traditions. 


-Reading- read 10 minutes
-Reading- Main Idea Worksheet
-Theme-Discuss your family traditions

-Reading-read 10 minutes
-Math-symmetry worksheet

-Reading-read 10 minutes
-Math-Fractions worksheet

-Reading-read 10 minutes
-Spelling- worksheet and study for the spelling challenge


Secret Word- Celebrations 

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