Sunday, May 6, 2012

Week 38- May 7th-11th

Dear Parents,

We hope everyone had a great weekend!
We would first like to thank the parents who were able to accompany us to the zoo last Friday. Thank you for all your help!
We would like to remind you that the first graders will be taking the MAP assessments this Tuesday, May 8th. You can practice the various MAP skills by asking your child to play the online MAP reading and math games. They can be found under the 'Links' heading.
Also, the first graders will be having their annual 'Pet Day' next week, Tuesday, May 15th. Your child is allowed to bring his/her pet to school for the 'Pet Parade'. The parade will start at 8:50 and last about half an hour. Then, the parents are welcome to visit the classrooms and read about the various pets in our 'Pet Museum'. ALL dogs that come on this day must be friendly dogs, no gaurd dogs. They must also be kept on a leash at all times. All dogs , cats, and rabbits must go home at break time, 9:50. They are not allowed to stay at school. Your child may wish to keep a hamster, bird, or fish for the remander of the day. Any pet left at school for the day is not the teachers' responsibility. If your child does not have a pet, he/she may borrow a pet from a friend/neighbor or bring in the 3-D project of the pet he/she wished he/she had.
This week your child will inquire into the following:

Language Arts
  • Phonics- This week's new words are also, around, farm, three, and small. The class will be learning these words and reviewing older Word Wall words through various words activities and chants.
  • Reading- This week your child will be reading various fables and contrasting them to other genres. Your child will be discussing the vaious morals that fables teach and if any of them relate to his/her own life. You can help your child with fables by reading some of the ones that are posted under the 'links' heading and discussing the morals they teach. Also, if you know of a fable that your child can share with the class that would greatly be appreciated. The fables that the class will be reading are; 'Fox and the Grapes', 'The Hare and the Tortise' and 'The Shepard Boy and the Wolf'.
  • Writing- Your child will be finishing his/her shape poem and writing something special for Mother's Day.
Math- Your child will continue working on Chapter 11, Addition and Subtraction- Facts to 18. Your child will be using double facts to lean doubles '+' and '-' 1, finding sums by adding 10 to numbers up to 9, selecting and applying addition facts to solve problems, and adding 3 numbers together by using associative properties. You can help your child with these skills by having them play some of the online math games under the 'links' heading.

Theme- Science-Organisims- The class will getting ready for Pet Day. Your child will be reading and finding facts about his/her pet that he/she will later present in a poster format on Pet Day.


Math- Doubles '+' and '-' 1worksheet
L.A.- Fill in the blanksworksheet
Theme- make a 3-D pet. Bring the pet to school on Friday.
Reading-read 10 minutes and fill out the reading log

Math- Finding Sums worksheet
L.A- Read and write facts about your pet.
Theme- Work on 3-D pet
Reading-read 10 minutes and fill out the reading log
Math- Selecting and Applying Addition Facts worksheet
L.A.- Compare and contrast fables and fairytales
Theme- Work on 3-D pet
Reading-read 10 minutes and fill out the reading log

Math- Associative Properties workhseet
L.A.- Study for the spelling challenge
Theme- Finish 3-D pet and bring it to school tomorrow
Reading-read 10 minutes and fill out the reading log


MAP Assessment- Tuesday, May 8th.
Elementary Luncheon the school cafeteria is planning it’s second parent-student luncheon for Friday, May 11. This is a great opportunity to come and have a delicious lunch with your elementary students. We hope you can all join us!
Pet Day- Tuesday, May 15th
School Spirit Day- Every Friday the students are asked to wear their Discovery shirts to show their school spirit!
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

MAP Reading
MAP Math
IXL Math- Various math activites-great multiple choice practice
Fun Brain- various math games
National Geographics for Kids
Kids Pages- Aesop's Fables

Secret Word- pets

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