Sunday, January 29, 2012

Week 25, January 30th- February 3rd

Dear Parents,

We hope everyone had a great weekend and are ready for another fun and exciting week of grade 1!
We would first like to thank the Moms who made and contributed to the frist grade "100 Day of School" lunch! It was delicious!!
Congratulations to the students who are reading and filling out the reading log each night. We would like to remind all parents and students that reading each night is part of the homework each night. Your child's home assignment is to read for a minimum of 10 minutes. The book selection is up to your child. He/she may even choose a newspaper or magazine. There will be new logs being sent home when your child finishes the older logs.To increase vthe instructional value of this assignment, we would like for the parent or another adult to listen to the child retell the events or facts. Also, please ask your child questions about the reading to better judge if he/she is understanding what he/she is reading. Please indicate your child's level of success by checking beside the 'E' if  he/she had an excellent understanding of the reading, the 'S' if the understanding was satisfactory and the 'N" if your child had difficulty understanding the text.
Can you please have your child bring in a small shoebox to school this week. We will be making a Valentine's mailbox on Friday.
We would like to remind all parents to make sure that your child comes to school with a water bottle, especailly now that it is getting quite warm outside. We have added an interesting article for you to read about the importance of water to the health and academic performace of your child. You can find this article under the 'Links' heading. Also, we have added two articles about how to make homework more enjoyable for you and your child. This can also be found under the 'Links' heading.
This week, your child will be inquiring into the following:

Language Arts
  • Phonics- This weeks words are get, come, made, may, and part. Your child will be learning these words along with reviewing older words through various words activities and chants.
  • Reading- You child will be exploring the reading skills of relating the story character to personal experience, retelling, and sequencing through reading Father Bear Comes Home by Else Holmelund Minarik.You can help your child with these skills by asking him/her to contrast a character from a story that he/she is reading to him/herself, asking your child to cover the page he/she just read and retell the information to you in his/her own words and/or ask your child to tell you the beginning, middle and end of a story/book.  
  • Writing- Your child will continue writing/creating a picture book based on the question, "If I had $100, what would I do?" to go along with the 100 days of school celebration.
Math- This week your child will be continue learning numbers up to 100. The class will use skip counting to find the total number of items, use a table to solve problems, demonstrate their understanding the order of numbers to 100 by writing numbers just before, after or in the middle of two given numbers, determine if a number is odd or even and identify positions using ordinal numbers through to twenty. You can help your child with these skills by having him/her play some of the online math games listed under the 'Links' heading.

Theme- Social Studies- Maps- This week your child will will begin to identify the location of his/her school, home, neighborhood, community, city and country. Your child will also discuss the key elements of his/her community. Your child will be working in groups to create a multi-dimensional map of the location of Tegucigalpa.

Math- Your child will skip count to you by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Both you and your child need to fill out an evaluation chart.
L.A- Fill in the blank worksheet
Reading- Read 10 minutes and fill in Reading Log

Math- Finding Patterns worksheet
L.A.- Do one page in the the Printing Book
Reading- Read 10 minutes and fill in Reading Log

Math- Before, After, and Between worksheet
Theme- Walk/drive around your community. Discuss and draw its key elements
Reading-Read 10 minutes and fill in Reading Log

Math- Problem solving worksheet
L.A.-Study for the spelling challenge
Reading- Read 10 minutes and fill in Reading Log


Shoe Boxes-Have your child bring in a small shoebox as soon as possible for Friday's project.
Water Bottles- Your child needs to bring a water bottle to school everyday. Please write your child's name on the bottle.
Sweaters/Jackets and Other Objects: We ask parents to label all their child’s belongings with a permanent marker. This makes it easier for us to help you look for things if they are misplaced or lost. We also ask for your cooperation by sending back with your child any item he/she brings home that does not belong to him, and to notify the homeroom teacher about it (by text message, email or phone call).
Tissue For the Classroom-Please send in a box of tissue (Kleenex) with your child to school as soos as possible.
Library- Please make sure your child brings back his/her library book on his/her library day every week.
P.E- Please make sure your child wears proper running shoes and clothes on the days when he/she has P.E.

Kids Health- Importance of Water
Reading Rockets- Homework Tips
WAHM- 5 Ways to Make Homework Fun
Apples4teachers-different counting by 2s online games
Math is Fun- Skip counting activities
Google Maps- Where is Honduras online story books to read and/or listen to

Secret Word- neighborhood

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