Sunday, April 7, 2013

Week 32- April 8th-12th

Dear Parents,
We hope everyone had a great weekend!
We would like to remind all parents how important it is for all students to come to school with a water bottle filled with water every day.These next few months are the warmest months of the year.Your child's learning will benefit from water.To learn more, please visit Feeding the Brain for Academic Success: How Nutrition and Hydration Boost Learning. It would also be beneficial for your child to come to school with a hat and sunscreen already applied. Please make sure everything your child brings to school is labeled.
The classes will be going on a field trip this Wednesday, April 10th. We will be heading off to have a look at our city. This is in connection with the social studies unit. If your child would like to bring binoculars on the trip, please make sure they are labeled. The teachers will not be responsible for any lost items. The children need to bring a bottle of water and a snack with them. If your child has not done so already, please make sure that he/she brings back the signed permission slip to school by Tuesday, April 9th.
The students are going to be building a 3D community this week.We ask that you help with this project by donating any small boxes that you may have (make-up and medicine boxes are the best size). Please send the boxes in by Wednesday.
The DPTO is in the process of various school activities; The Fun Run, Olympic Games, a pancake breakfast, and the annual BINGO night and garage sale. All the profits from these events will be put towards buying new technology for the school. Please check the Discovery School blog (found on the right hand side of this blog) for more information. Our parents' help is greatly needed and appreciated in making these events not only successful, but also fun, for our students and school!
This week your child will be inquiring into the following:

Language Arts
Phonics- This week's words are such and because. Your child will be learning these words and reviewing older words through various chants and activities. The spelling challenge this Friday will include these words plus the 5 words from last week.
Reading- This week the classes will be reading a story entitled 'Lean and Bob' by Simon James. Your child will be using the story to explore comprehension and personal connection.
Writing-Your child will be learning how to write a short story with a definite beginning, middle, and end.

Math- The class will continue inquiring into time this week. Your child will be asked to tell and write time to the hour and half hour on an analog and digit clock, determine what events take place in the morning, afternoon and evening, and compare and estimate the length of time it takes to complete various activities. The following skills should be practice on IXL-First Grade Math- Time- R.2-R.5, R.7-R.9.

Social Studies- This week the classes are inquiring into man-made and natural elements that make up their community. The students will also be making a 3D model of a community they created that includes some of the elements they have observed.

Reading-Read for at least 10 minutes and fill out the reading log.
Math- Time to the Hour worksheet
Social Studies- Students are asked to identify various elements around their community.

Reading-Read for at least 10 minutes and fill out the reading log.
Math- Time to the Half Hour worksheet
Phonics-Fill in the Blanks activity

Reading-Read for at least 10 minutes and fill out the reading log
Math-Act It Out worksheet

Reading-Read for at least 10 minutes and fill out the reading log.
Math-Write and illustrate sentences using morning, afternoon, and night
Phonics- Study for Friday's spelling challenge

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