RISING FIRST GRADE SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

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Posted by shaw | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 31, 2016

 

Rising 1st Grade Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer Learning UpdataeWe want to be the first to welcome you as official First Grade Parents! The purpose of this letter is to help communicate pertinent information for next year.

First Grade IS vastly different from Kindergarten in so many areas, but all in GREAT, NEW, and EXCITING ways! One of the biggest differences is the amount of time and the number of tasks your child will be working on independently. First grade classrooms generally do not have parapros, so we have one less set of eyes and hands to help manage the classroom. This change in classroom support is HUGE and affects everything from focus, listening, and time management to shoe tying and coat zipping. Gradually increasing your child’s independence will be beneficial to your child’s success in First Grade.

Behavior expectations also increase in First Grade. Students will be expected to complete tasks in a timely manner, work independently, use self-control, control talking, exhibit good listening skills, follow directions and show respect to peers and authority.   Any practice of these important behavior expectations will help build your child’s confidence and prepare them for First Grade.

We absolutely know how challenging it can be to balance summer practice with summer schedules, but writing is essential to success in First Grade. Create authentic writing experiences for your child. Write letters to grandparents, friends, teachers, or other family members! Encourage your child to share stories about his/her summer thus far and work to create sentences with a capital letter and punctuation. Use new and fun writing tools to change things up, as well! Just as important as writing, is the reading component in First Grade. Daily reading and daily sight word practice is the BEST way to ENSURE skills are not lost, but rather maintained or further developed.

summer linkCobb County Schools has put together an exemplary SUMMER LINK website
( http://www.cobbk12.org/cobblink/ ) with resources for continued practice and learning in both Math and English Language Arts. You can find an overview of both Math and ELA curriculums for the coming year and sample problems with explanations.   We also invite you to LOG YOUR SUMMER READING MINUTES at The Scholastic Reading Challenge. It would be extremely cool if Mt. Bethel students could OUTREAD every other school in the nation!

We hope this letter has given you insight and family/summer-friendly suggestions about how to best prepare your rising first grader.   We look forward to meeting your child.

Have a great summer!

The First Grade Team

May 12, 2016

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Posted by shaw | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 12, 2016

UPDATE: WE WILL TEST LIST 22 on 5/13!
Please read below for our list 23 base words AND three required challenge words!
We test every FRIDAY unless otherwise noted.

Our last spelling test will be list 23 on May 20th!

Next week I will send home a summer packet, So be on the lookout! 

Important Dates To Note:

END OF YEAR CLASS PICNIC TUESDAY MAY 17TH 11:08-11:45.

What we’re learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week our focus  has been on revisiting word problems. We have recalled what good strategies problem solvers use to help solve the answer. We worked on solving double digit addition and subtraction and the tricky missing addend. I am so proud of how hard all are still working despite the few days left  in school!  HOME IDEA: Practice solving word problems, addition, subtraction, double digit

2. Readers Workshop: As readers we are learning that thoughtful readers create a mental image while he/she are reading! We really enjoyed listening to a story (without seeing the pictures) and drawing each detail as we visulaized it in our heads! It was interesting to share with our table and notice how our peers visulized the details differently.  Home Idea: Talk with your child about creating and mental image in his/her head

3. Phonics/Grammar: 

4. Word Wall Word Word:  

5. Spelling Words List 23: better, follow, where, while, near, myself, soon, being, happen, enough  .Challenge words: second, summer, right  HOME IDEA: use the spelling city website if you like OR practice writing words in the form of practice tests, side walk chalk, shaving cream, sand, etc.!

6. Writer’s Workshop: We are revisiting small moments. The authors are becoming experts at planning and organizing their thinking. They are being thoughtful with sentence variety and using commas in a series and conjuctions! Conjunctions are linking words, and, or, but, because, for, so, yet. These words link two simple sentences together to create a compound sentence. We are really working hard to make our stories interesting for our readers! HOME IDEA: Ask your child to write about a small moment and make their story interesting with conjunctions or commas in a series.

7. SS/SCI/Health:  We wrapped our economics unit. We really enjoyed learning about what good and services are provided in our own community

 

May 4, 2016

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Posted by shaw | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 4, 2016

 

UPDATE: WE WILL TEST LIST 21 on 5/6!
Please read below for our list 22 base words AND three required challenge words!
We test every FRIDAY unless otherwise noted.

Our last spelling test will be list 23 on May 20th!

Important Dates To Note:

END OF YEAR CLASS PICNIC TUESDAY MAY 17TH 11:08-11:45.

What we’re learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week our focus  has been on collecting and analyzing data. We have enjoyed conducting surveys and creating a tally chart. We learned to create bar and picture graphs using our data. The students have done a fantastic job using higher level thinking to interpret the information.  HOME IDEA: Let your child conduct a survey and create a graph!

2. Readers Workshop: As readers we are learning that thoughtful readers are always thinking on their adventure. We have been thinking about the story elements. We are zooming in on beginning, middle and end! Home Idea: Talk with your child about setting, beginning, middle and end

3. Phonics/Grammar: contractions and conjunctions

4. Word Wall Word Word:  

5. Spelling Words List 22: upon, these, sing, together, please, thank, wish, many, shall, laugh  .Challenge words: often, myself, wait  HOME IDEA: use the spelling city website if you like OR practice writing words in the form of practice tests, side walk chalk, shaving cream, sand, etc.!

6. Writer’s Workshop: We are revisiting small moments. The authors are becoming experts at planning and organizing their thinking. They are being thoughtful with sentence variety and using commas in a series and conjuctions! Conjunctions are linking words, and, or, but, because, for, so, yet. These words link two simple sentences together to create a compound sentence. We are really working hard to make our stories interesting for our readers! HOME IDEA: Ask your child to write about a small moment and make their story interesting with conjunctions or commas in a series.

7. SS/SCI/Health:  We are  so thankful to our fantastic PTA and we got our painted lady caterpillars delivered. The class has really enjoyed observing them and now they are in the last stage :CHRYSALIS. We can’t wait to meet our painted ladies!

Wish List:

 

April 28, 2016

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Posted by shaw | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 28, 2016

PLEASE WEAR LIGHT BLUE CLASS SHIRT FOR FIELD TRIP TOMORROW! PLEASE BRING A DISPOSABLE LUNCH!!!!!

END OF YEAR CLASS PICNIC TUESDAY MAY 17TH 11:08-11:45.

 

UPDATE: WE WILL TEST LIST 20 on 4/28!
Please read below for our list 21 base words AND three required challenge words!
We test every FRIDAY unless otherwise noted.

Important Dates To Note:

1. Field Trip: Please wear class shirt on Friday!!! Please make sure all lunch items are disposable: it can all be thrown in the trash!

2. Library check out: Does your child have his/her books ready to go for tomorrow’s check out time?

What we’re learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week our focus  has been on three dimensional shapes. We have examined cubes, rectangular prisms, spheres, and cylinders. We examined all the shapes in our everyday life. We looked at how the shapes compare and contrast. We really enjoyed our Shape Snack and really appreciate all of you donating snacks!  HOME IDEA: Notice three dimensional shapes you see all around us!

2. Readers Workshop: As readers we are learning that thoughtful readers make an inference or an educated guess before reading and during reading. As readers we noticed the Author gives us clues to help foster our thinking!   Home Idea: Talk with your child about what was their inference is? Ask what clues lead you to this?

3. Phonics/Grammar: 

4. Word Wall Word Word:  

5. Spelling Words List 21: wash, show, hat, because, far, live, draw, clean, grow, best  .Challenge words: ready, again, since  HOME IDEA: use the spelling city website if you like OR practice writing words in the form of practice tests, side walk chalk, shaving cream, sand, etc.!

6. Writer’s Workshop: We are revisiting small moments. The authors are becoming experts at planning and organizing their thinking. They are being thoughtful with sentence variety and using commas in a series and conjuctions! Conjunctions are linking words, and, or, but, because, for, so, yet. These words link two simple sentences together to create a compound sentence. We are really working hard to make our stories interesting for our readers! HOME IDEA: Ask your child to write about a small moment and make their story interesting with conjunctions or commas in a series.

7. SS/SCI/Health:  We are  so thankful to our fantastic PTA and we got our painted lady caterpillars delivered. The class has really enjoyed observing the first stage and cant wait to see the full metamorphosis.

Wish List:

Band Aids

April 21, 2016

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Posted by shaw | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 21, 2016

UPDATE: WE WILL TEST LIST 19 on 4/22!
Please read below for our list 20 base words AND three required challenge words!
We test every FRIDAY unless otherwise noted.

Important Dates To Note:

1. Spelling Tests: Test 19 on 4-22. And list 20 the following week!!

2. Library check out: Does your child have his/her books ready to go for tomorrow’s check out time?

 

What we’re learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week our focus  has been on equal parts and looking at parts of a whole. We learned about creating two equal parts (halves), three equal parts, (thirds) and four equal parts (fourths). We used partner games to help build our understanding and created a kite! We are experts at using our knowledge of equal parts to help us solve word problems!   HOME IDEA: Notice equal parts around the house! Discuss dividing food and how much did each person get!

2. Readers Workshop: As readers we are learning that thoughtful readers make an inference or an educated guess before reading and during reading. As readers we noticed the Author gives us clues to help foster our thinking!   Home Idea: Talk with your child about what was their inference is? Ask what clues lead you to this?

3. Phonics/Grammar: We are using commas in a series to help condense our sentences!

4. Word Wall Word Word:  

5. Spelling Words List 20: sit, which, fall, carry, small, under, read, why, own, found  .Challenge words: clue, June, May  HOME IDEA: use the spelling city website if you like OR practice writing words in the form of practice tests, side walk chalk, shaving cream, sand, etc.!

6. Writer’s Workshop: We are thrilled to be almost complete with our All About Books! We have worked so hard on these! Not only did we have to make sure we were teaching our reader, but we had to be thoughtful writers and include good conventions! They turned out fantastic and your child will bring home their rough draft as he/she completes it! HOME DEA: Begin brainstorming at home. Ask your child about games, activities, or animals that your child knows a lot about. Ask them if they can plan it on their fingers? Could they plan it across the pages? Can they explain to their readers, WHY?, WHO?, WHERE? HOW? 

7. SS/SCI/Health:  We are  wrapping up our tall tales! We wrote our opinion on who was our favorite and now we are creating our own Tall Tales!

 

Wish List:

Band Aids

April 14, 2016

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Posted by shaw | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 13, 2016

NO TEST ON FRIDAY APRIL 15TH!!!

UPDATE: WE WILL TEST LIST 19 on 4/22!
Please read below for our list 19 base words AND three required challenge words!
We test every FRIDAY unless otherwise noted.

Important Dates To Note:

1. Spelling Tests: None this week! Test next 19 next week!

2. Library check out: Does your child have his/her books ready to go for tomorrow’s check out time?

3. Math Facts: So many friends have joined the doubles facts club (2+2, 4+4, 11+11). If your child can say them in a snap he/she earns a piece of bubble gum to enjoy at home. We will be adding more math facts in the coming weeks. Doubles +1 (5+6, 7+8, 9+8, 10+11) and make a ten (9+1, 9+2, 9+4).  Math fluency is a skill that needs to be mastered in the 4th nine weeks.

4. Morning Meeting: I am so excited to say we are adding compliments to our morning meeting. It is something I have done in years past and it is a fantastic way to help grow the budding friendships and for the students to recognize each other for their strengths. Each child must give a compliment to another student about something he/she does well. We discussed its not going to be about clothes, hair, shoes. It has been a delightful way to start the day and each child is beaming with pride 🙂 Who doesn’t like starting the day off on a good note?

What we’re learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week our focus  has been on using two shapes to create a new shape!  We have been making composite shapes and explaining how we created our new shape. The students have really enjoyed reviewing the types of shapes, along with their vertices (corners) and sides. We will be creating riddles, using our knowledge of shape attributes to see if partners can guess the shape! It has been a fun week exploring shapes.  HOME IDEA: Practice  making composite shapes! 

2. Readers Workshop: As readers we are zooming in on studying characters in books. We noticed that characters change throughout the book! As a reader its important to zoom in on these details to better understand the story.    Home Idea: Talk with your child about the adventure they went on. Also, ask them if they noticed anything about the characters.

3. Phonics/Grammar: We are using commas in a series to help condense our sentences!

4. Word Wall Word Word:  

5. Spelling Words List 19: use, fast, say, light, pick, hurt, hurt, pull, cut, kind, both . Challenge words: plants, leaves, roots  HOME IDEA: use the spelling city website if you like OR practice writing words in the form of practice tests, side walk chalk, shaving cream, sand, etc.!

6. Writer’s Workshop: We are thrilled to now create TEACHING BOOKS! We started a new unit writing all about books. We have learned how to pick a topic about something we can teach our readers. We learned to always plan our thinking on our fingers. We are working hard on stretching our topic across the pages! The children have shown so much growth in just a few days. I cannot wait to create our final drafts. The children have really enjoyed the last component of these books: writing the ALL ABOUT THE AUTHOR PAGE! They all have plenty to say! 🙂 HOME DEA: Begin brainstorming at home. Ask your child about games, activities, or animals that your child knows a lot about. Ask them if they can plan it on their fingers? Could they plan it across the pages? Can they explain to their readers, WHY?, WHO?, WHERE? HOW? 

7. SS/SCI/Health:  We are studying TALL TALES and have really enjoyed learning the real story vs the tall tale. The children have really taken an interest in Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyan, Annie Oakley, and  John Henry! I know your child will love  sharing the packet he/she is working on at the end of the unit!

 

Wish List:

GOOD NEWS: The students use good hygiene and always get a tissue, vs their hand or sleeve! BUT we are out of tissues AGAIN! So if you grab some that would great!

March 24, 2016

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Posted by shaw | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 24, 2016

UPDATE: WE WILL TEST LIST 17 on 3/25!
Please read below for our list 18 base words AND three required challenge words for the following week on 4/1
We test every FRIDAY unless otherwise noted.

Important Dates To Note:

1. Spelling Tests: We will have list 17 test tomorrow . They are listed below in the previous post

2. Library check out: Does your child have his/her books ready to go for tomorrow’s check out time?

3. Math Facts: So many friends have joined the doubles facts club (2+2, 4+4, 11+11). If your child can say them in a snap he/she earns a piece of bubble gum to enjoy at home. We will be adding more math facts in the coming weeks. Doubles +1 (5+6, 7+8, 9+8, 10+11) and make a ten (9+1, 9+2, 9+4).  Math fluency is a skill that needs to be mastered in the 4th nine weeks.

4. Morning Meeting: I am so excited to say we are adding compliments to our morning meeting. It is something I have done in years past and it is a fantastic way to help grow the budding friendships and for the students to recognize each other for their strengths. Each child must give a compliment to another student about something he/she does well. We discussed its not going to be about clothes, hair, shoes. It has been a delightful way to start the day and each child is beaming with pride 🙂 Who doesn’t like starting the day off on a good note?

What we’re learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week our focus  has been focusing on what the equal signs means. We reviewed that the equal sign means : the same as.  We looked at equations and decided if they were true or false. We sorted them in our math notebooks, with partners , and on the smartboard. Then, we looked at finding equations that “were the same as” each other to create a match. We extended our thinking into our problem solving in making sure the baskets of apples were equal to each other or the same as the others.  HOME IDEA: Practice solving  word problems, and looking at true/false equations. For example: 3+4=5+2 .

2. Readers Workshop: We just got back from our Adventures and are now focusing on story elements. We are zooming in on main idea and four details to support the main idea. We are using graphic organizers to help our thinking.   Home Idea: Talk with your child about the adventure they went on and ask about the main idea!

3. Phonics/Grammar: We are revisiting long o and long u spelling patterns.  HOME IDEA: . While reading see if your child can notice words with a long o or long u sound.

4. Word Wall Word Word: not, over,long,may, had  HOME IDEA: Can your child write a complete sentence for each word? Remember to start with a capital letter and end with punctuation!

5. Spelling Words List 18: our, better, hold, buy, funny, warm, ate, full, those, done Challenge Words: they, shown, whine . HOME IDEA: use the spelling city website if you like OR practice writing words in the form of practice tests, side walk chalk, shaving cream, sand, etc.!

6. Writer’s Workshop: We are thrilled to now create TEACHING BOOKS! We started a new unit writing all about books. We have learned how to pick a topic about something we can teach our readers. We learned to always plan our thinking on our fingers. We are working hard on stretching our topic across the pages! The children have shown so much growth in just a few days. I cannot wait to see their final products over the next few weeks. HOME DEA: Begin brainstorming at home. Ask your child about games, activities, or animals that your child knows a lot about. Ask them if they can plan it on their fingers? Could they plan it across the pages? Can they explain to their readers, WHY?, WHO?, WHERE? HOW? 

7. SS/SCI/Health: We are wrapping up our plants unit. We have really enjoyed writing our observations and excited to see how big our plants will get now that they are planted in cups. They will be coming home next week.

8. Special Thank you to ALL OF YOU for spoiling Mrs. McGraw and I! We feel so loved and appreciated.

Wish List:Elmer’s Glue bottle

GOOD NEWS: The students use good hygiene and always get a tissue, vs their hand or sleeve! BUT we are out of tissues AGAIN! So if you grab some that would great!

March 17, 2016

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Posted by shaw | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 17, 2016

UPDATE: WE WILL TEST LIST 16 on 3/18!
Please read below for our list 17 base words AND three required challenge words for the following week on 3/25
We test every FRIDAY unless otherwise noted.

Important Dates To Note:

1. Spelling Tests: We will have list 16 test tomorrow . They are listed below in the previous post

2. Library check out: Does your child have his/her books ready to go for tomorrow’s check out time?

3. Math Facts: So many friends have joined the doubles facts club (2+2, 4+4, 11+11). If your child can say them in a snap he/she earns a piece of bubble gum to enjoy at home. We will be adding more math facts in the coming weeks. Doubles +1 (5+6, 7+8, 9+8, 10+11) and make a ten (9+1, 9+2, 9+4).  Math fluency is a skill that needs to be mastered in the 4th nine weeks.

4. Scholastic Orders: I sent home  some booklets if you would like to order! Orders due by the 17th!  NEW CODE: GJXGG

5. Morning Meeting: I am so excited to say we are adding compliments to our morning meeting. It is something I have done in years past and it is a fantastic way to help grow the budding friendships and for the students to recognize each other for their strengths. Each child must give a compliment to another student about something he/she does well. We discussed its not going to be about clothes, hair, shoes. It has been a delightful way to start the day and each child is beaming with pride 🙂 Who doesn’t like starting the day off on a good note?

What we’re learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week our focus  has been on problem solving. The class is excellent at visualizing their problem and creating a picture and equation. We are working on explaining our answers thoroughly. We have discussed making sure to use our temporal words to explain our steps. I have discussed with the children to pretend they are the teacher to get their thoughts down.  We have examined adding multiple numbers and some students connected they could use multiplication to simplify their equation! We have revisited key words to help us determine which symbol to use. It has been a busy week in math.   HOME IDEA: Practice solving  word problems

2. Reader’s Workshop: This week as readers we are going on an ADVENTURE! Before we go on our reading adventure we know its important to take a SNEAK PEAK before we go! I’ts always a good idea to have a clue about where we are headed. Also, we thought we should think about where and when things are taking place. Its important to remember to enjoy our adventure in reading!  Home Idea: Talk with your child about the adventure they went on.

3. Phonics/Grammar: We are revisiting long o and long u spelling patterns.  HOME IDEA: . While reading see if your child can notice words with a long o or long u sound.

4. Word Wall Word Word: not, over,long,may, had  HOME IDEA: Can your child write a complete sentence for each word? Remember to start with a capital letter and end with punctuation!

5. Spelling Words List 17: soon, made,run,gave,open,has,find,only,us,three   Challenge Words: flow,road, fewer . HOME IDEA: use the spelling city website if you like OR practice writing words in the form of practice tests, side walk chalk, shaving cream, sand, etc.!

6. Writer’s Workshop: We are still working on fine tuning our opinion pieces!  I have really enjoyed watching your child navigate through the writing process . They all have really enjoyed creating pieces with sentence variety. As a writer your child is now comfortable to notice how to  use more than just declarative sentences (period) and really thinking about incorporating interrogative (asking)  and imperative (command). We started working with partners to share our writing and begin the process of peer editing. We are becoming experts at noticing how to compliment a peer and use our peer as a mentor writer. I am excited for the following week, we will be wrapping up opinion writing and writing about why Mt Bethel is the BEST!  HOME DEA: Begin brainstorming at home. Ask your child about their favorite book, favorite activity and have them give you 3-5 reasons as to why. Help him/her to provide reasons behind his/her personal belief.

7. SS/SCI/Health: We started learning about Plants! We have really enjoyed planting our seeds and jotting own our observations in our journal.

8. Special Thank you to ALL OF YOU for spoiling Mrs. McGraw and I! We feel so loved and appreciated.

Wish List:Elmer’s Glue bottles

March 10, 2016

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Posted by shaw | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 10, 2016

UPDATE: WE WILL TEST LIST 15 on 3/11!
Please read below for our list 16 base words AND three required challenge words for the following week on 3/18
We test every FRIDAY unless otherwise noted.

 

Important Dates To Note:

1. Spelling Tests: We will have list 15 test tomorrow . They are listed below in the previous post

2. Library check out: Does your child have his/her books ready to go for tomorrow’s check out time?

3. Math Facts: So many friends have joined the doubles facts club (2+2, 4+4, 11+11). If your child can say them in a snap he/she earns a piece of bubble gum to enjoy at home. We will be adding more math facts in the coming weeks. Doubles +1 (5+6, 7+8, 9+8, 10+11) and make a ten (9+1, 9+2, 9+4).  Math fluency is a skill that needs to be mastered in the 4th nine weeks.

4. Scholastic Orders: I sent home  some booklets if you would like to order! Orders due by the 17th!

What we’re learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week our focus continued on adding and subtracting within 100 using double digit numbers. We noticed that all our strategies (counting on, doubles, doubles+1, make a ten, related facts) really helped us tackle these tricky sums and differences. We learned that we ALWAYS start adding or subtracting in the ONES place.  Furthermore, we really worked on solving problems with regrouping within addition problems. Also, we began solving word problems with our knowledge of double digits.    HOME IDEA: Practice solving  adding and subtracting within 100, with regrouping 27+8, 36+9

2. Reader’s Workshop: This week as readers we are learning strategies to understand reading. We are thinking about the point of view of the story. We noticed if the story was  First person, Second person, or Third Person. As readers we learned that the author has key words in their writing to help us notice the point of view.  It is important for readers to understand what they read and to help visualize the story its helpful to know who is telling it! Below I listed the key words to help discuss the point of view of the story.  Home Idea: Talk with your child about the different who is telling the story? Stop after a couple pages and discuss if they can make a movie in their head.

First person( I, me, we, us) Second Person, (you, your, ) Third Person, (He, She, They)

3. Phonics/Grammar: We continued looking at prefixes and suffixes. We noticed how adding a prefix or suffix can change the meaning of the root word.  HOME IDEA: . While reading see if your child can notice words with a prefix or suffix. Have your child tell the root word and how the  meaning has changed

4. Word Wall Word Word: not, over,long,may, had  HOME IDEA: Can your child write a complete sentence for each word? Remember to start with a capital letter and end with punctuation!

5. Spelling Words List 16:, black, white, ten, does, bring, goes, write, always, drink, once   Challenge Words: plain, stay frame . HOME IDEA: use the spelling city website if you like OR practice writing words in the form of practice tests, side walk chalk, shaving cream, sand, etc.!

6. Writer’s Workshop: We are still working on fine tuning our opinion pieces!  I have really enjoyed watching your child navigate through the writing process . They all have really enjoyed creating pieces with sentence variety. As a writer your child is now comfortable to notice how to  use more than just declarative sentences (period) and really thinking about incorporating interrogative (asking)  and imperative (command). We started working with partners to share our writing and begin the process of peer editing. We are becoming experts at noticing how to compliment a peer and use our peer as a mentor writer. I am excited for the following week, we will be wrapping up opinion writing and writing about why Mt Bethel is the BEST!  HOME DEA: Begin brainstorming at home. Ask your child about their favorite book, favorite activity and have them give you 3-5 reasons as to why. Help him/her to provide reasons behind his/her personal belief.

7. SS/SCI/Health: We started learning about Plants! We have really enjoyed planting our seeds and jotting own our observations in our journal.

8. Special Thank you to The Morgan family for donating ziploc bags!!!

Thank you Simon for donating index cards and tissues!!!

Wish List:

March 3, 2016

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Posted by shaw | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 3, 2016

UPDATE: WE WILL TEST LIST 14 on 3/4!
Please read below for our list 15 base words AND three required challenge words for the following week on 3/11
We test every FRIDAY unless otherwise noted.

Important Dates To Note:

1. Spelling Tests: We will have list 14 test tomorrow . They are listed below in the previous post

2. Library check out: Does your child have his/her books ready to go for tomorrow’s check out time?

3. Math Facts: So many friends have joined the doubles facts club (2+2, 4+4, 11+11). If your child can say them in a snap he/she earns a piece of bubble gum to enjoy at home. We will be adding more math facts in the coming weeks. Doubles +1 (5+6, 7+8, 9+8, 10+11) and make a ten (9+1, 9+2, 9+4).  Math fluency is a skill that needs to be mastered in the 4th nine weeks.

What we’re learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week our focus continued on adding and subtracting within 100 using double digit numbers. We noticed that all our strategies (counting on, doubles, doubles+1, make a ten, related facts) really helped us tackle these tricky sums and differences. We learned that we ALWAYS start adding or subtracting in the ONES place.  Furthermore, we really worked on solving problems with regrouping within addition problems. Also, we began solving word problems with our knowledge of double digits.    HOME IDEA: Practice solving  adding and subtracting within 100, with regrouping 27+8, 36+9

2. Reader’s Workshop: This week as readers we are learning strategies to understand reading. We are thinking about the point of view of the story. We noticed if the story was  First person, Second person, or Third Person. As readers we learned that the author has key words in their writing to help us notice the point of view.  It is important for readers to understand what they read and to help visualize the story its helpful to know who is telling it! Below I listed the key words to help discuss the point of view of the story.  Home Idea: Talk with your child about the different who is telling the story? Stop after a couple pages and discuss if they can make a movie in their head.

First person( I, me, we, us) Second Person, (you, your, ) Third Person, (He, She, They)

3. Phonics/Grammar: We continued looking at prefixes and suffixes. We noticed how adding a prefix or suffix can change the meaning of the root word.  HOME IDEA: . While reading see if your child can notice words with a prefix or suffix. Have your child tell the root word and how the  meaning has changed

4. Word Wall Word Word: not, over,long,may, had  HOME IDEA: Can your child write a complete sentence for each word? Remember to start with a capital letter and end with punctuation!

5. Spelling Words List 15: tell, much, keep, give, work, first, try, new, must, start Challenge Words: tie, sight, dry . HOME IDEA: use the spelling city website if you like OR practice writing words in the form of practice tests, side walk chalk, shaving cream, sand, etc.!

6. Writer’s Workshop: We are still working on fine tuning our opinion pieces!  I have really enjoyed watching your child navigate through the writing process . They all have really enjoyed creating pieces with sentence variety. As a writer your child is now comfortable to notice how to  use more than just declarative sentences (period) and really thinking about incorporating interrogative (asking)  and imperative (command). We started working with partners to share our writing and begin the process of peer editing. We are becoming experts at noticing how to compliment a peer and use our peer as a mentor writer.  HOME DEA: Begin brainstorming at home. Ask your child about their favorite book, favorite acitivity and have them give you 3-5 reasons as to why. Help him/her to provide reasons behind his/her personal belief.

7. SS/SCI/Health: We started learning about Plants

8. Special Thank you to The Morgan family for donating ziploc bags!!!

Wish List: If you think of picking any of these items up it would be helpful and we would appreciate it!!!

Tissues : We have blown (no pun intended) through them all!

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