Sunday, September 30, 2012

Week 8- October 1st- October 5th

Dear Parents,

We hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!
This is the last week of MAP testing. The first graders will be taking their forth and final MAP assessment on Monday, October 1st. You can help your child prepare for this assessment by having them complete some of the reading activities found in 'MAP Reading' under 'Links'.
We would like to ask you if anyone has access to an English newspaper. The students will be writing an newspaper article about themselves and we would like to show them what a newspaper article is, however, the Honduran newspapers are not the best resources due to the amount of violence found in them. If you are able to lend/give us an English newspaper please send one with your child to school.
The annual Parent Luncheon will be held Friday, October 19th. This is a day when parents can join their child for lunch. Pre-order menus will be going home soon. This is a fun day for both parents and students and we hope to see you that day!
Last, 'Book Character Day' (a.k.a Halloween) is just around the corner. We would like to remind you that your child can come to school dressed like any book character he/she chooses and will be asked to bring the book his/her character is from to school on that day. Dressing up is fun and we encourage all students to do so. We also encourage the students to work with their parents on making the costume. There are many costume ideas on the internet and this is a great opportunity for you and your child to work together and expand your child's (and yours) imagination! We have included a link about homemade Halloween costumes under the 'Links' heading.
A reminder that there will be no school Friday, October 12th and Monday, October 15th.
This week your child will inquire into the following:

Language Arts
Phonics-This week's words are will, up, other, about, and out. Your child will be learning these words, plus reviewing older ones, through various chants and activities.
Reading-This week your child will continue reading Nate the Great. Your child will be reviewing the following reading skills with this book; setting, character, beginning, middle and end, problem, and identifing the main idea.
Writing-Your child will be inquiring into the 'prewriting' step of writing. He/she will be learning how plan his/her writing through discussing the ideas with a partner.

Math-Your child will be finishing Chapter 2 this week. He/she will compare 2 groups to find out how many more or fewer and write subtraction sentences to compare.

Theme-Your child will be writing a newspaper article about who she/he is. Your child will be discussing and then writing about his/her nationality, customs, food, and language. Your can help your child with this activity by discussing your nationality with him/her in English if possible.


Reading-Read 10 minuts and fill out the reading blog
Math-Using Cubes to Compare worksheet
Theme-Write/Draw about your nationality

Reading-Read 10 minuts and fill out the reading blog
Math- Using Subtraction to Compare
Phonics-ABC order

Reading-Read 10 minutes and fill out the reading blog
            - Favorite Character worksheet
Math-Review worksheet

Reading-Read 10 minuts and fill out the reading blog
Math-Addition and Subtraction worksheet
Phonics- Study for the Spelling Challenge

Parent Luncheon- Friday, October 19th
No School- Friday, October 12th and Monday, October 15th
Class Fee-Please pay the $100US or L2000 class fee to the homeroom teacher as soon as possible
Water Bottles- All students must bring a water bottle to school everyday
Name Labels- Please label all your child's belonging with a permanent marker

MAP Math
MAP Reading
Starfall- great phonics website! Your child can listen to English books and read along with them
Woodlands-Junior Kent School- Interactive English Words and Spelling activities
APlus Math- Various math activities
Martha Stewart- Homemade Halloween Costumes- some really great ideas!

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