Week of February 12th

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Reminders:

1) Please send in all Valentine’s boxes and cards on Wednesday, Valentine’s Day!

2) Please send an email to me if you would like to donate a special treat for the class for Valentine’s Day.

3) Please return progress reports and field trip permission forms.

4) Teddy bear day is Friday, the 16th. A letter went home on Friday about this annual event.

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-This week will practice answering addition problems with missing addends, i.e. 8+?=15. Please make sure you are working with you children at home on their math flashcards every day!

Reading– This week we will continue comparing and contrasting the experiences and adventures of characters in the different stories that they read. While your child reads this week, ask him or her about how the character’s experiences and adventures compare/contrast with those of other characters.

Phonics- This week we will be learning about words with the long o sound spelled with a silent e, as in pole and drove. We will discuss the phonics rule, “Silent e make the vowel long”

Writing-We will continue our Opinion Writing unit until the beginning of the 4th quarter. This week we will work more on the revision process by adding revision strips to their writing. They will be adding “Wow!” sentences including more interesting details and more vivid vocabulary. They are ready!

Social Studies– This week we will wrap up our unit on Teddy Roosevelt.

Have a wonderful week!

Week of February 5th

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1) Directions for Valentine’s Day boxes and class names were sent out last week. Have fun creating!

2) February Homework Calendars went home last week. Keep working on sight words. Students need to know 150 of the Cobb Co sight words for a 3 on their report card.

3) Progress Reports go home Thursday.

4) Field Trip permission forms went home last week. Please fill out and return asap. If you are interested in chaperoning please email me.

5) Please remember to send in a healthy snack for your child. There are NO extra snacks.

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-This week will review and assess adding with multiples of 10, as well as comparing numbers using place value. After that, we will spiral back to adding and subtracting to 20, using missing/unknown numbers.

Reading– This week we will continue comparing and contrasting the experiences and adventures of characters in the different stories that they read. While your child reads this week, ask him or her about how the character’s experiences and adventures compare/contrast with those of other characters.

Phonics- This week we will be learning about words with the long o sound spelled with a silent e.

Writing-I know you will not be surprised, but your children have become excellent opinion writers. They have mastered their topic sentences, supporting reasons, as well as their closing sentence for just about every topic I throw at them. This week we will write about our opinions in a creative way.

Social Studies– We will begin learning about accomplishments of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Science – We will continue to learn about light and shadow.

Have a wonderful week!

Week of January 8th

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Important Reminders:Image result for light bulb clipart

  • Report Cards were sent home on Friday. Please sign and send back the envelopes. You keep the report card.
  • This Friday we go to the Media Center. Please send in all library books.
  • Homework bags went home last week. These are resources for you to have for your child. All work is based on things we are learning now, have learned, or will learn this month. The long vowel work is new. You might want to wait a couple weeks before you ask your child to do that part.

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-This week we will be learning how to add to 100 using multiples of 10 (20 + 10, 31 + 4, 45 + 20). Please continue to work on addition and subtraction math facts to 20 using flashcards. Flashcards can be easily made or purchased.

Reading– We will start learning about the central message. Central message is the message or lesson that writers are trying to convey through the stories they write. We will also make connections to their own lives.

Phonics- This week we will be learning about long a magic (or silent) e works – cake, paste, game…

Writing-We will kick off our Opinion Writing unit by reading Hey Little Ant and choosing whether the boy should save or squish the ant.

Social Studies-We will start learning about the expeditions of Lewis and Clark.

Have a wonderful week!

Week of December 11th

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Hope everyone stayed warm and safe this weekend!

Important Reminders:

  • A big THANK YOU to Jo’siah’s mom and Amir’s mom for planning our Holiday Party happening Wednesday 12 – 1:00. It’s not too late to send in your $5-$10 donation.
  • There’s still more slots open to help with our Fun Theme Days beginning this Thursday with Reindeer Day and Friday is Snowman Day. Thank you to the families that have already signed up!

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  • This Friday we will be going to the Media Center! Please send in all library books!
  • Continue having your child read to you for 20 minutes every night, as well as practice his/her sight words. Just a little bit each day goes a LONG way!

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-This week we will continue reinforcing our math facts to 20 and their related fact families. We will also continue applying our math skills while solving word problems. This month we will also spend time reviewing all the new skills that we have learned this year.

Reading– This week I will be assessing student’ reading levels, sight word recognition and comprehension skills. Believe it or not, we are at the end of the second quarter! We will also be reviewing all of the strategies we have learned this year so far: main idea and supporting details, story elements: characters, setting, plot, and author’s purpose. I will finish reading Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to the class and then we will watch the movie.

Phonics- This week we will continue reviewing consonant blends and digraphs.

Writing-We will continue learning about singular and plural nouns. We will also be writing about our favorite animals.

Health-We will be finishing our unit on My Plate.

 

Week of December 4th

What’s happening at school,

  • Please help us celebrate December by donating food items for our special snack we will have December 14, 15, 18, and 20. Use this link to sign up.

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  • Thank you to Jo’siah’s mom and Skylar’s mom for volunteering to plan our holiday party! Be on the lookout for an email from them shortly on how you can help make it a SUPER FUN time.

  • The Nickajack Learning Commons and Nickajack PTA are hosting the Jack’s first online book fair! Our partner, Children’s Bookstore, has over 200,000 titles available! The incredible selection of books, from baby board books to young adult, includes all genres of fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and books in a series.  Shopping on the site is easy – shop award winning books, books by reading level, books in a series, bargain books, and Best of books.

     

    The fair is open 24/7 and will run until midnight December 15th.  All books are shipped directly to the customer.  Our school will earn 30% of every book purchased – proceeds will benefit our Nickajack Learning Commons and Nickajack PTA.

Where:  https://childrensbookstore.com/go/nesBraves2017

 

When:     December 1st – December 15th

 

Unique code for checkout:   nesBraves2017

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-This week we will be reinforcing our math facts to 20 and their related fact families. We will also continue applying our math skills while solving word problems. This month we will also spend time reviewing all the new skills that we have learned this year.

Reading– This week we will continue reading passages and answering related comprehension questions. We are practicing the skills of going back to the passage, rereading, and underlining the important information. I am reinforcing what an important and lifelong skill this is for them!

Phonics- This week we will be finishing up our study of digraphs (h brothers) WH

Writing-We will have fun this month writing about animals. We will also be working very hard on improving our handwriting. For grammar, we will be learning about singular and plural nouns.

Social Studies-We will be writing informational pieces on Thomas Jefferson.

Week of November 13th

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Important Reminders:

  • Don’t forget to send your child with a jacket. We go outside for recess unless it’s raining or below 40 degrees (Cobb Co policy).
  • There is NO School next week, Monday, November 20th-Friday, November 24th! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I know I am very thankful for my wonderful students and parents this year!!
  • THANK YOU to our veterans!
  • FOOD DRIVE November 6-14, 2017 Nickajack will be collecting food items for The Center for Family Resources, which provides over 1,500 Thanksgiving baskets to Cobb families each year.  Thanksgiving week can be even more financially stressful when students are home from school for more than just the holiday meal.  Through participation in the annual Thanks for Giving food drive, our generous community captures the true spirit of Thanksgiving.  With harvesting hands and a helping heart, please consider donating one of the following items to our food drive:
    • Canned Gravy
    • Canned Cranberry Sauce
    • Canned Potatoes
    • Canned Green/Yellow Vegetables
    • Canned Pumpkin Pie Mix
    • Canned Milk
    • Canned Meat, Tuna, or Ham
    • Canned Fruit
    • Canned Soup

     

    Beginning November 6th, please send any food items that you would like to donate to school with your child.  There will be collection barrels located outside the main office.  Thank you for your generosity!  If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Weber at 678-842-5814, ext. 230.

  • Tuesday is Nickajack’s Friends and Family Thanksgiving lunch! Meet us in the cafe 11:07 – 11:47, pictures and book fair after if you wish. Can’t wait to see everyone.

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-We will be solving true/false equations this week. Students will have to solve both sides of the equation and label the equations as true or false. They will have to solve addition and subtraction problems to 20 in order to do this, so please continue to work on those flashcards at home!

Reading– This week we will have fun reading all about Thanksgiving themed topics: Pilgrims, Native American Indians, and fun books about turkeys! After reading, students will be able to answer comprehension questions.We will use all of the reading skills we have learned so far this year while reading these fun texts!

Phonics- This week’s phonics skill will be the TH sound. Please keep practicing sight words! 100-150 this quarter.

Writing-We will write some creative turkey stories this week, incorporating our skills learned throughout our Informational Unit so far.  We will also finish writing about all of the things that we are thankful for.

Social Studies-We will continue learning about a founding father and inventor Ben Franklin. This is such a great and important unit for the students and we will learn just how difficult it was to create something as great as America!!

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Week of November 3rd

We had a great time at Sleepy Hollow! Thank you to our chaperones, Ameree’s mom and Jade’s mom for helping us!

Important Reminders:

  • Happy Halloween! Please no candy for snack.
  • Don’t forget library books on Friday.
  • If you receive an orange supply list letter, you will ONLY need to send in what is circled. You may put your child’s name on it.
  • 150 sight words need to be mastered this quarter! Keep practicing at home.

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-We will continue adding and subtracting numbers to 20, i.e. 14-8=6, as well as solving related word problems.  There will be an assessment on Friday on make a 10 and fact families, our 2 new strategies.

Reading– This week we will start focusing on connections we can make while we’re reading and how these connections can help us better comprehend. Please make sure that your child is reading 20 minutes each night!

Phonics- We will spend the week practicing the digraph ch.

Writing-We will continue our Informational Writing Unit this week! This week we will write informational pieces about spiders! We will focus on our editing skills: using capital letters at the beginning and periods at the end of our sentences.

Science-We will wrap up our unit on Magnets.

Social Studies – We will begin our unit on the contribution to our country made by Ben Franklin

Week of October 23rd

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Important Reminders:

  • Our Field Trip to Sleepy Hollow Farm is this Tuesday, the 24th!! Please have your child wear sneakers they can get dirty and a jacket, morning temps in the 50’s.
  • It was so great seeing or talking to each and every parent, yay, for Conference Week! Back to our regular schedule Monday.
  • Please send in all library books this Friday. We are going to the Media Center.

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-We will be subtracting numbers to 20, i.e. 14-8=6. This is typically a more difficult unit for students, so please help your child by using math flashcards at home. They can count backwards, use a number line and/or use any manipulatives you may have i.e. buttons, pasta, coins, etc. We will also be solving word problems using these subtraction facts.

Reading– This week we will continue focusing upon the main ideas about what we read and their supporting details. Please make sure that your child is reading 20 minutes each night!

Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be words with ch.

Writing-We will continue our Informational Writing Unit this week! This week we will write informational pieces about bats and spiders, AHHHH.

Science-We will kick off our fun unit on magnets and students will be able to experiment by testing magnets with different objects. We will be focusing on the vocabulary words: attract and repel.

 

 

 

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October 16th

Thank you to all of our NES volunteers who helped make the Fall Festival so much fun!

Important Reminders!

  • We will have an Early Release Week this Week, October 16th-October 20th for Conference Week. I look forward to meeting with you all!
  • If you would like to help with Fall Centers please let me know.

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-We will be bringing it all together with fact families! Students will be able to see the relationship between addition and subtraction, which should help them with their math facts, i.e. the 6,4,10 fact family consists of: 6+4=10, 4+6=10, 10-6=4, and 10-4=6.

Reading– This week we will be focusing upon the main ideas about what we read and their supporting details. Please make sure that your child is reading 20 minutes each night!

Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be words that have sh in them

Writing-We will continue our Informational Writing Unit this week! Students enjoyed writing about what they are an expert at. Together we are becoming experts at bats so we can write about them.

Science/Social Studies- We will continue learning about magnets.

We will begin learning about Benjamin Franklin this week and will create a book to tell all about him.

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Week of October 9th

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Important Reminders!

  • Please send back permission forms and conference forms.
  • An email was sent asking for cotton t-shirts for tye-dying for our farm field trip. When you purchase one please save the receipt. If I do not receive all by Thursday I will have to send them back home and that way you can return it if you wish. The other first grade classes are doing this as well.
  • We will have an Early Release Day this Thursday, October 12th!
  • Please have your child return their library book on Friday. Students are no longer allowed to go by themselves to the library, so if they forget they have to wait a whole week.
  • Remember Mrs. Hunt is out of snack, so please send in one for your child.
  • If anyone is willing to donate EXPO markers it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to those that have sent in new ones!

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-We will be adding numbers to 20 now. Please make or buy flashcards to practice with your children at home each night. It is very helpful for them to memorize these facts!

Reading– This week we will build on our understanding of Fiction vs. Nonfiction and will focus on all of the text features of Nonfiction books: Table of Contents, Glossary, Index, Heading and Captions. Our focus will be books on BATS!

Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be words that have sh. We will have a test this Friday.

Writing-We will start our Informational Writing Unit this week! This is always a big hit. Students will get to write a “How To” book on something that they are an expert in and will get to teach the class.

Social Studies-This week we will start our unit on the brilliant founding father, Benjamin Franklin. This is an awesome unit and the students are always so amazed at all of his contributions to our modern society.