Monday, February 6, 2012

Week 26, February 6th-10th

Dear Parents,

We hope everyone had a relaxing weekend and are ready for another fun and exciting week of grade 1!

We would like to remind all parents and students that we will be going on a field trip this Wednesday to Parque El Picacho. We will leaving the school at 8:30 sharp. Please make sure that your child is here before the departure time. If he/she is not here on time he/she will not be joining us and remian at school with a different teacher.

We are planning another field trip for February 21st or 22nd to Walmart in connection with our Economics unit on needs vs. wants. We need 4 parents per class to join us. We would leave the school at 8:30 a.m. and be back around 11a.m. If you would be interested in volunteering your time please email or text your child's teacher. We will not be going on the field trip if we do not get 4 parents/class.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Just a reminder that if your child would live to give out Valentine's cards, he/she must give one to every child in grade 1. The class lists are posted on the right hand side of the blog.

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 to read a map, article on the computer, newspaper or magazine. Your child is not required to finish the entire book or article every night. If reading one or two pages takes 10 minutes then that is O.K. There will be new logs being sent home when your child finishes the older logs.To increase the instructional value of this assignment, we would like for the parent or another adult to listen to the child retell the events or facts. 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.

We would like to remind all parents to make sure that your child comes to school with a water bottle, especially now that it is getting warmer 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.

Last, the class will be building a 3-D community and will be requiring small boxes. If you happen to have small boxes (boxes after make-up, medicine, matches) can you please have your child bring them to school as soon as possible.

This week, your child will be inquiring into the following:

Language Arts
  • Phonics- This weeks words are only, new, over, sound, and take. 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 using vowel sounds to decode unknown words, understanding the concept of action words and connecting story events to one self through reading the second chapter of Father Bear Comes Home by Else Holmelund Minarik.
  • Writing- Your child will be finishing 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 concluding Chapter 7. The class will be starting Chapter 8, Place Value, Data, and Graphs. They will be learning about numbers made of tens and ones this week.  You can help your child with this new chapter by reviewing skip counting by 10s, and asking your child to show you how many 10s and 1s make numbers 1-99. You can also ask your child to play some of the online games which are found under the 'Links' heading.

Theme- Social Studies- Maps- This week your child will be going on a field trip to better understand the make-up of a community and Tegucigalpa. The class will then work in groups to create their own 3-D community.
Math- review worksheet
L.A- ABC worksheet
Reading- read 10 minutes and fill out the reading log

Math- Skip counting evalution
L.A.- long vowel booklets; some students will be getting a vocabulary worksheet
Reading- read 10 minutes and fill out the reading log

Math- Hopscotch worksheet
L.A.- Unscramble sentences
Reading-read 10 minutes and fill out the reading log

Math-Numbers Made with Tens worksheet
L.A.- Study for Spelling Challenge
Reading- read 10 minutes and fill out the reading log


Field Trip- The class will  be going to Parque El Picacho. The buses leave at 8:30 a.m. sharp.
Small Boxes-Have your child bring in small boxes to class as soon as possible
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).
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
Math is Fun- Skip counting activities
Gamequarium- various place value games online story books to read and/or listen to

Secret Word- community

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