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News and Notes for the Week of October 15

We had so much fun in our first Curiosity Club on Friday.                    My Cooking Club made Berry Banana Smoothies. Yum!                                          Recipe here: Berry Banana Smoothies

As you know, this week is Parent Conference Week. Thank you in advance for making time in your schedules to come in and meet with me. I can’t wait to share with you the progress that your children have already made. I have so much to share and only a limited time (~20 min.) to do it in, so forgive me if I seem long-winded, but please come with any questions you may have; I plan on reserving the last few minutes of our time together to answer them. Please knock (if the classroom door is closed) at your scheduled time, so everyone can get equal time.

Our daily schedule has been adjusted so we can meet with all our parents. The children will be dismissed two hours early (12:30) and therefore their Specials and lunch times have been changed. Our Specials will be shortened to 30 minutes and we’ll be going to lunch an hour early at 11:15.



Don’t forget that we’re having our Enchanted Forest – Let Your Imagination Grow! themed Scholastic Book Fair this week: Monday, October 15th through Thursday, October 18th from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and Friday, October 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Come check out all the sweet owls on display. I wonder who will win the prize for the most creative one? It will be hard to choose!

Our class will be visiting the Book Fair on Monday, where the students will be given an opportunity to fill out a wish list.  A flier was sent home on Friday for you to look at with your childThis is only a small sampling of all the great books available at our Fair. You can also order online here:

If you cannot attend, you may use the Book List Order Form (on the back of the flier) and send it back to our school.  Per county policy we are not allowed to give change back from a check.  We are tax exempt so we do not charge tax, therefore please do not include tax in your check total.  If you do, we will consider it a donation to the fundraiser. Please make checks payable to Kennesaw Elementary.

During the event, we also invite you to help a classroom increase its library from the Classroom Wish List displayed at the fair.  All classroom teachers have picked the titles desired for their class library.  In addition, proceeds from this event go towards purchasing more items for our Media Center. Because of the Book Fair, there will be no book check-out until Monday, Oct. 22nd in the afternoon.




For the current contest, please send in the baggy of Box Tops labels by Monday, October 15. 


The topics that we will focus on this week are:

     Reading-  non-fiction text features

     Writing – teaching others facts (about pumpkins)

     Math –solving addition problems to 20 with Touchpoints

     Social Studies – Benjamin Franklin




Looking ahead:

Kids Heart Challenge Logo

We are making plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary with the American Heart Association.  The Kids Heart Challenge, formerly known as Jump Rope For Heart,  is a fun and exciting event where your student learns about their heart while helping others and raising money for the American Heart Association. Please sign and return the permission slip ASAP, so your child can participate during the school day on Thursday, November 8th. With permission, your child will have fun jumping rope that day, receive a special pencil and a collection envelope, and a paper heart with their name will be put on the wall outside the gym. With 100% of the permission slips returned in our class, we will receive a new kickball!


Don’t forget that permission slips for those interested in a solo for the first grade holiday musical need to be returned to Mrs. White by Fri., October 26th. Even if your child is not interested in a solo, please return the slip to let us know he/she will be participating. You don’t want to miss out on this wonderful performance!


October 31st will be an optional Storybook Character Day. Students may dress as a character from one of their favorite books. Details to come.


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News and Notes for the Week of October 8

Well, it’s official; this Wednesday is the last day of the first quarter. I will be spending this week conducting the final assessments. I’ll share the results with you at our conference next week. Parent conference notices were sent home. Thank you to everyone who has returned the slip confirming your assigned date and time. I’m looking forward to meeting with you all!


                            This Thursday, October 11th, is an Early Release Day.                                               Staff members will  have a professional learning day. Technology will be at 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be 11:15-11:45 a.m. at Table 6Dismissal begins at 12:30.

On Tuesday, lunch will be from 12:07-12:37 at Table 9 and on Friday, lunch will be 11:15-11:45 a.m. at Table 6.


This Friday, we will have our first Curiosity Club Day. Our students have the opportunity to participate in a club during the school day once each quarter. The children recently chose a club they are interested in and will spend the last hour of the school day engaging in some fun activities related to their club topic.  



Our reading and writing lessons will now shift focus from fiction to non-fiction. We will discuss the features of both genres. The Baggy Books that came home this week are fiction to give two choices for the Retell a Story homework. Next week, Baggy Books will include one non-fiction book to practice. Our writing lessons will include locating non-fiction features, researching information about some interesting topics, listing the facts in a graphic organizer, and later, using some non-fiction features to write a “All About . . . ” book that will teach people about the topics we studied.

Addition lessons will begin in earnest this week. My Homework pages were attached to the Five Star Homework grid as a review of subtraction from 10. Look for practice pages we’ll be completing in class noting how we are using TouchMath (information about this was discussed and sent home at Open House) to help make adding numerals more concrete and multi-sensory.

In Science, we’ll finish experimenting with Magnets, then the final assessment will be given later in the week.




The Media Center will soon be hosting the Scholastic Enchanted Forest Book Fair (during Conference Week). One of the homework activities is to create a fun owl out of a cereal box (or any small box – tissue, crackers etc.). This assignment encourages you to participate, as it will be a school-wide contest in which the “owls” will be displayed in the Media Center during the Book Fair, October 15-19. The winner will receive a special prize for the most creative Owl!  I can’t wait to see all of your wonderful, creative creations!  Will you be a Book Fair Contest winner??



Save the date:

This year first grade will be performing “A Teddy Bear Christmas” for our annual holiday musical on Friday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. at North Star Church.

A permission form will come home this Tuesday.  If your child is interested in a solo, please indicate it on the permission slip and return it to Mrs. White by Fri., October 26th.  Students selected for a solo will be notified on Monday, October 29th and rehearsals will be in the mornings from November 5th through the performance date. T-shirts will be sold as a music fundraiser for the students to wear for the performance. Your child does not have to purchase a shirt to participate. It is completely optional. Student t-shirt price is $10.00


Click here to pre-order your yearbook!

Living in a digital world we often forget about the benefits of reading and being read to. My students and I spend hours every day in the classroom engaging in books.  We even get to listen to books on CD and books on Tape; yes, this involves books recorded on old-school cassette tapes with cassette players. I’m dating myself, I know. 

But, my first graders are also loving Raz-Kids! It’s an interactive reading program with an impressive collection of “listen-to” and “read-only” books. I have carefully placed my students in individualized levels. Online quizzes and automated practices in reading will hopefully improve their comprehension and fluency as they progress through the levels.

They access this online program every week at one of their Reading Workshop stations. But, with only a limited amount of time in our class and so many other reading experiences to engage in, each child only goes online once or twice a week. In addition to reading the Baggy Books with your child that I have sent from my classroom library, you can provide this positive way to encourage the love of books by allowing your child to go to from home. Our class username is hkulkarni2. If you have any difficulties access this site, please let me know.

And, don’t forget that you can access all e-materials through Cobb Digital Librar here; login is [email protected] and computer password from school.

Thank you so much for your support with growing your child’s literacy skills!

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News and Notes for Week of October 1

I hope everyone has had a restful and rejuvenating Fall Break. Spending time with my family, cleaning/organizing/renovating our home, as well as sleeping in, was on my priority list!  I can’t wait to hear how the kids spent their time. I have missed them. Can you believe we only have a week and a half left of the first quarter? Wow!

Fall just began and it has already started to display itself; so many children will be bringing hoodies to add/remove, due to the temperatures. Please make sure to label this outerwear, since they could be easily left out and lost on the playground.

Because of Fall Break, no Five Star Homework was assigned. Sight words and phonics words will be sent home on Monday. This is the only homework for this week. Baggy Books will be assigned again on Friday, but please take advantage of RAZ Kids ( with username hkulkarni2).

Other lessons this week will include finishing our Small Moment narrative writing, reviewing math strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems, and exploring properties of magnets. We’ll also be taking some reading and math assessments to see the growth made this quarter.

Additional news for this week:

*Hearing and Vision screening for all first graders

*Media Center lesson to practice using key details to retell a story

*On Friday, the Georgia Ensemble Theatre will be performing a LIVE musical, Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook.

*Conference Week begins October 15th. I’ve made note of everyone’s request for a certain day/time. Parent Scheduling letters will be sent home this Monday. Please sign and detach the bottom to confirm our appointment and return it by Friday, October 5th. *Parents needing an interpreter will be scheduled for Thursday, October 18th.

*October is Kennesaw Elementary’s Community Helpers Appreciation Month. From now until this Friday, October 5th, please send in individual packs of salty snacks, like Chex Mix, pretzels, Cheez Its, popcorn, nuts, seeds, chips, beef sticks, etc. to help us build gift baskets for our Custodial staff, Bus Drivers, & Police/Fire Departments. We would also like your children to write and illustrate a card to them.


Book Fair Contest

Be part of the Fall Book Fair fun by creating a cereal box owl! Bring your owl to the Media Center by Thursday, October 11th.  All owls will be displayed during the book fair and will be returned at the end.

By the way, I highly encourage participation in the PTA Reflections contest. There are six arts categories to choose from to create a piece with the theme of “Heroes Around Me.”  All participants will be recognized.  Send back the signed flyer or let me know and I will get you the entry form and packet. Entries are due no later than October 8th. Watch this Reflections video and get creative!

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Community Helpers Appreciation Month

October is Kennesaw Elementary’s Community Helpers Appreciation Month. We’re planning a way to show appreciation to our Custodial staff, Bus Drivers, & Police/Fire Departments.  We are asking our student families to help us provide an assortment of snacks that we can use to build gift baskets to thank the wonderful people who help provide a safe learning environment for our students.

From now until October 5th, please send in individual packs of salty snacks, like Chex Mix, pretzels, Cheez Its, popcorn, nuts, seeds, chips, beef sticks, etc.

We would also like your children to write and illustrate a card to express their appreciation to the different community helpers that support our school community. These cards are also due on October 5th.

The cards and donations will be included as an option on the 5 Star Homework for the week after we return from Fall Break, so credit will be given for your time/effort.




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News and Notes for the week of September 18

We really enjoyed being creative on International Dot Day on Friday, using the books The Dot and ish. We used watercolors to make our own mark with dots and discovering the magic of “ish-ful” creativity. We will be writing about our creations on Monday. Because of this busy Arts Integration day and Picture Day, new sight word lists and spelling tests were not completed. New sight word lists (or spelling lists for those who get them) and the My Homework math pages for the 5 Star Homework will be sent home on Monday. Sorry for the delay; I appreciate your patience on days when this happens.

It was nice seeing the students who could make it to the Big Shanty/Kennesaw Elementary Jamboree on Friday evening. It was a lot of fun!

On Monday morning, the first grade teachers will have a collaborative meeting, so the first graders will get two specials for the day. They will go to Technology and then have Media Center time with Mrs. Finnegan. Our lunch time will also change; we’ll go at 12:07.

Our class will be running the mile in P.E. this week, either Tuesday or Thursday. Please have your children wear sneakers and comfortable clothes to run in. And, we have Walking Wellness on Wednesday, so please have them wear sneakers that morning.

We have two more exciting lessons to look forward to this week. On Thursday, we will have a fun Media Center lesson using the classic story, Where the Wild Things Are. Students will practice retelling the beginning, middle, and end of this story and others. On Friday, we’ll have our second Guidance lesson with Mrs. Chambers.

The end of the first quarter is fast approaching and teachers are preparing now for Conference Week in October. This Tuesday afternoon, teachers at Kennesaw will be scheduling sibling conferences with each other. Please let me know as soon as possible if you have a preference for a particular day or time frame (20 minute segments between 1:00 and 4:30). We will have a Spanish interpreter available on Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th. I prefer not to schedule conferences on Friday afternoon, in order to have time to plan for the following week, but let me know if this is the only day that would work for you. Parent conference notices will be sent home soon to allow enough time for you to confirm the assigned date/time: cut off the bottom of the letter and return it to school ASAP. Thank you!

Please note some clarification regarding car riders having breakfast at school. Students come check in with me before going to the cafeteria. The first bell rings at 7:10 and the tardy bell rings at 7:50 – there is a 40 minute arrival window. Breakfast ends at 7:50, with the exception of bus riders who arrive late. After 7:45, students take their breakfast to class to eat. This delays them from getting unpacked and ready for our first lesson, which begins right after the morning announcements, so the earlier your child can arrive, the better, especially if you are wanting your child to have breakfast at school. We highly encourage you to consider sending your child on the bus. And, since we are trying to encourage independence, thank you for allowing your child to walk to class on his/her own.

Exciting news: We are happy to have a student teacher joining us for half the school year! Miss Greeson has written you a letter, which will be coming home on Monday. She is also asking permission to work with your children and video record herself working with them.  Your child’s name would not appear on her materials, nor would it be made public. Please return the signed form, either giving permission or denying it, by this Thursday, Sept. 20th (even though the letter states Sept. 19). She’ll be with us every Thursday through December.


In its more than 40-year history, the Reflections program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works of art in six arts areas:

  • Dance choreography

  • Film production

  • Literature

  • Musical composition

  • Photography

  • Visual arts

All participants will be recognized.  Send back the signed flyer or let me know and I will get you the entry form and packet. Entries are due no later than October 8th.



September 24-28

Because of our Fall Break, no Five Star Homework or Baggy Book reading will be assigned that week.





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News and Notes for the week of September 10

A big thank you goes out to the parents of Cade, True, Atticus, Lydia, and Matthew for supplying the healthy “brain food” we had for our CogAT days. The kids loved the special treats, as well as the de-stressing game time we had afterwards. Please give your kids a big hug for being to school on time and doing their best!

Our reading lessons in the coming weeks will focus on retelling the important parts of a story in the correct order. When your children read with you at home, I would encourage them to practice retelling, as well. This is an important reading comprehension skill that students will be assessed on. We’re using temporal words: first, next, then, last to help us stay on track. This week, we will also continue practicing what reading sounds like. Once students learn how to accurately read each page of text, they should read it a few more times, so it sounds like they are talking (with expression). Please have your child do this with their Baggy Books, also.

We’re working on adding details to our Small Moments writing this week and publishing it the next. We’re making sure to use the same temporal words we’ve learned in reading to help us to sequence the events of our story.

For math, we’ve continued to name numbers (up to 100) that are one more and one less, as well as 10 more and 10 less. This is the foundation to addition. We’re going to spend more time on place value skills, too. Ask your child what they know about a number, such as 28. You might be surprised to discover that we can use tally marks, quick pictures, tens frames, a place value chart with tens and ones, and even addition sentences. More lessons will allow further practice of building two-digit numbers many ways. Students need to be clear about the difference between numerals in the ones or the tens place, such as  3 tens and 2 ones (32) or 2 tens and 3 ones (23). Lots of learning has been happening here!

Have you seen the booklet we’ve been using to help us learn about where we live? Please review the names of our continent, country, state, county, and town, as well as your street address. An assessment will be given at the beginning of the week, then we’ll begin studying scarcity and economics.


Friday (Sept. 14th) is Picture Day. If purchasing pictures, please send the order & payment envelope in on Friday as this is a prepaid event. Students will hand the orders directly to the photographer. Late payments aren’t accepted by GCI Photography. Everyone’s photo will be taken for the yearbook, so please have your child dress appropriately, but only those that pay will get pictures printed. Our scheduled photo time is after PE and lunch, so if you need to send different clothes or shoes in, there will be enough time to change.


This Friday is also International Dot Day. Peter H. Reynolds’ classic book, THE DOT, challenges us to ‘Make your mark and see where it takes you.’  It’s a day
for students to explore the story’s powerful themes: bravery, creativity, and self-expression. We’ll spend most of the day on these themes with the book as the basis.


One more thing happening this Friday evening is a Back to School Jamboree by Big Shanty and Kennesaw Elementary from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Big Shanty Elementary. The ticket pre-sale form was sent home last Thursday, or you can click here for another copy. The pre-sale ends this Wednesday, Sept. 12th. Mrs. Kulkarni will be at a carnival ride; stop by to see me!

Every Wednesday morning, all first graders have the opportunity to participate in Walking Club from 7:20-7:40.  please send them to school with sneakers. Students eating breakfast at school will leave their backpacks in our room and eat prior to the walking wellness time. It’s a wonderful way to start the day!

Any parents who would like to volunteer in our class or at our school are highly encouraged to attend our final Media Center training of the year this Thursday, Sept. 14th at 8:00 a.m. I would love for another parent who could help make copies and repair our class books (with the tape and staples I provide). It could be any day and the time is flexible, too.

By the way, with the CogAT testing, most sight word assessments were given this past Friday.  The students who practiced spelling the words will be tested on Monday. Please continue to help your child learn their assigned words.  A shout out to two more students who have learned the 200 required sight words. Congratulations to Zoe and Andrew! Thank you for your support!

Progress Reports were sent home on Wednesday. If you haven’t already, please sign and return one copy and keep the other to refer to. I am so proud of your children’s progress as a whole already. I hope that you are, too! If ever you would like to schedule a conference to discuss your child’s progress (in person or by phone), please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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   Monday, September 3

I hope you’re all enjoying the extended weekend together!


All first graders in Cobb County will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) this coming week from September 5- 7, typically lasting two hours each day. This is a mental abilities test, so the only way to prepare the children is to make sure that they get plenty of sleep and eat a good breakfast.

Are there any parents willing/able to send in ‘brain food’ that can be served in the short (10 minutes or less) break between each day’s sections?  I am hoping to have a few volunteers to donate some of the following items (or other healthy options):

crackers and cheese           

bananas (cut in 1/2)            


apple slices     

orange slices

I can accept the snacks on Tuesday or they can be sent in the morning of the tests, Wednesday–Friday. Please let me know if you can donate one of the items listed (enough for 21 students to have a small sample). Also, the snacks would have to be sent in ready-to-serve, as I don’t have the means to peel, cut, or prepare food.

In addition to using the shared snacks as an incentive to arrive on time and do their best, I’m also planning on a “de-stressing” game time after the tests, allowing the students to play board or card games. They may bring ones from home to share, as long as they are not electronic or include any violence/weapons. Your child will need to know how to play the game, so he/she can teach it to other classmates. You can send them in on Tuesday or Wednesday and they’ll be sent back home on Friday. 

The tests will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Please make sure that your child arrives on time. If your child is tardy, he/she will have to wait until the next session begins and then will make up any missed tests or sections with another teacher at a later date.

Our lunch and specials times will not change.


Did you see that the calendar in the back of your child’s Home Folder has changed for September? Please refer to it for the Specials rotation and any special school/class events.


Don’t forget that Scholastic book orders are due this Tuesday, September 3 by midnight. Refer to the email sent last week for more details or go to  and use Activation Code L68CR.        

Congratulations to True and Atticus for being chosen as our first Star Kids for displaying the character word of respect for August. They will be honored at a breakfast this Tuesday.

In addition to Star Kids, we are also recognizing students for being Rock Star Generals.  Students who follow our school’s expectations are being given Rock Star Tickets. At the end of the month, our counselors will gather all the tickets for a drawing.

          Strive for Success by staying on task and completing assignments.

          Treat Others with Kindness by being a buddy and not a bully.

          Accept Responsibility by being prepared for school and owning up to poor choices and making better choices.

          Respect self and others by treating one another the way that they want to be treated.


Walking Club has begun. First graders walk laps in the gym every Wednesday from 7:20-7:40. Please make sure your child has sneakers on each Wednesday, so he/she can participate. They have cards with QR codes scanning each lap so our class fitness can be tracked.                   

Progress Reports will be sent home on Wednesday. Can you believe we have already been in school for 1/2 of the quarter? While not all of the quarter’s standards have been taught, a brief report will be sent home to let you know how your child is doing so far. Two copies of the report will come home, so that you can sign and return one and keep the other. If you would like to speak or meet with me about the report or to ask any questions or address concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Important dates:

If you’re interested in being a parent volunteer this year, please try to attend the Parent Volunteer Training next week on Thursday, Sept. 13th at 8:00 am in the Media Center. It’s the last training of the year.

September 14 is Picture Day and Kennesaw Elementary & Big Shanty Elementary will have a combined FALL FESTIVAL from  6:00- 8:00 pm at Big Shanty.

FALL BREAK is September 24-28!


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News and Notes for the week of August 27

This Wednesday (August 29th) is an Early Release Day. We will have lunch from 11:15-11:45 and dismissal begins at 12:30.

On Thursday (August 30th), we’re having a PTA meeting at 6:00 p.m. with an Arts Integration Spotlight afterwards ~6:30. You don’t want to miss a special performance by our Specials teachers, too. Hope to see you there!


Please do not forget to send in a snack with your child every day or, if it is more convenient, you can send all five days of snack in all at once. Your child stores it in his/her supply cubby or our small class refrigerator. Our lunch is at 12:20 and the school does not provide snacks. It’s a long time to wait for lunch without a small bite to eat during our morning work time. By the way, it would be helpful (if the snack is sent in daily) to keep it separate from your child’s lunch, so there’s no confusion between the two.

Official reading groups have begun with individualized and small group lessons. Please note that Baggy Books are on your child’s independent level, meaning they should be fairly easy to read alone.  If the books that your child chooses are too easy or too difficult, please send them back on Monday with a note, and we’ll be sure to trade them for more appropriate ones. I’m asking that you please sign the reading log verifying that the books were practiced throughout the week – only 1 signature is needed. Additional titles being read (on Raz Kids or any other books) can also be listed in the extra boxes and on the back.

Sight word tests will continue every week on Fridays. If more than two words are missed, then the same list will need to be practiced again. The words are to be read instantly, so only 3 seconds are given for each. The following week’s list of words will come home with the scoring sheet attached. We already have four students who have learned the 200 required sight words. Congratulations to Atticus, Kennedi, Alex, and Tomiwa! And, a couple of other students are very close. Those students will be learning how to spell the sight words correctly.

The topic of our writing lessons continues to be personal narratives. The students are using clear memories they have of a recent event and adding details to paint pictures in the readers’ minds. We’re zooming in on details. We are also learning to add temporal words (first, next, then, last) to help write the events in sequence.

Math lessons are helping to create a strong number sense and building a good foundation for addition. We spend time every day using the hundreds chart to find one more/less and ten more/less. Our current math unit is basic addition skills. Listen out for a strategy called TouchMath in the coming week. It’s a tool that I will introduce soon and refer to all year long. I sent home an informational sheet in the Open House folder describing it.

Watch this Parent Math video and look for the Grade 1 Unit 2 Order of Operations and Whole Number parent letter coming home with more unit details.

We are completing our science lessons about weather, seasons, and water. Some students made and shared a poster or book about weather instruments for their 5 Star Homework. Great learning tools! We’ll begin a science lesson about where we live later this week. The students will need to know the name of our continent, country, state, county, and city. 


Because you asked, here is a classroom wish list: 

Treasure Box treats – all year long

individual cassette or CD players (new or gently used)

1 or more lightbulbs (26 Watt CFL) for class lamps

cardstock or tagboard paper in white or light colors

glue sticks for hot glue guns 

Thank you so much to the parents who sent in donations requested at Open House!



Study writing the sounds in the r-family words; then learn to spell them for a challenge. Find the weekly list in the Homework tab in the margin. Please send in the written practice with the Five Star Homework.

Examples of these consonant blends:

br- like brag

cr– like crab

dr- like drip

gr- like grip

tr- like trap

Credit is given for each word that has all sounds represented. Treasure Box treats are given for 100% scores.



This Friday is Spirit Night.



September 3 – Scholastic book orders due                                                             (  and use Activation Code L68CR)      



Box Tops fliers will be sent home soon. Start clipping and save Box Tops throughout the school year.      

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Math at Home – Unit 1 Parent Resources

We are just finishing up Unit 1 in math. Unit 2 resources will be posted soon! The Parent Overview video is very helpful in clarifying what the students need to know about this unit.

Unit 1: Creating Routines Using Data

Grade 1 Unit 1 Parent letter

Grade 1 Unit 1 Parent Standards Clarification

Math at Home Organize and Use Graphs

Unit 1 Parent Overview Video

Grade 1 Unit 1 Student Friendly Standards

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Homework Clarification

Five Star Homework is due every Thursday. Please have your child complete the *HAVE TO* assignments and any additional ones of your choosing which add up to five.

The Baggy Book reading and sight word practice just requires a star to be colored in on the cover sheet for each. Baggy Books with the reading log are brought back on Fridays and sight words never need to be returned (they are intended to be cut apart and practiced).

Individual sight words went home with all the students this week. These words are to be read instantly and not “sounded out.”

The phonics practice can be written on the back of the cover sheet this week. In subsequent weeks, the word list will be copied on the back, so another paper or a dry erase board will need to be used. You will find the phonics words for the week with bonus words on the homework tab (on the right margin) on my blog as well.

Please hold all of the written assignments until Thursday and make sure your child has written his/her name on the cover page.

For students solving the math story problems, they must show their thinking in pictures, numbers, and words. While the picture is self-explanatory, the numbers are math equations, and the words are sentences describing how it was solved. For example, if the problem involves 6 children inside and 3 children outside, when finding how many children in all, the math sentence would be 6+3=9, and the words would tell that 6 and 3 were joined (added) together to find the sum. Children should be using complete sentences to explain. I hope this is clear!

I will be loading the Five Star Homework assignments each week in the sidebar as well, in case the cover sheet gets misplaced.

As a side note, I posted a video of an easy way to tie shoes. I’ve given the class a challenge: learn how to tie your shoes! Give this way a try if your child needs help. It’s on the 5 Star Homework this week!



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