Swanson Spotlight

For the Week of: Sept. 19 - 23

Parent Corner

Dear families,

Thank you for signing up for Parent Teacher Conferences! I'm looking forward to meeting with each of you to discuss your child's growth! If you haven't had a chance to sign up yet, please click the link above and when prompted type in the Entry Code.

Please let me know if you need any assistance! I'd be happy to help!


Miss Swanson

Important Dates


22nd - Homecoming Parade in Wanamaker 5:30 - 7:00 PM

23rd - Acton Fun Run PTO Fundraiser

30th - Scholastic Book Order Due!

30th - Kelsay Farms Field Trip Money and Permission Slip Due!


4th - PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00 PM

5th-6th Parent Teacher Conferences

7th - Vision Screenings

7th - Fall Celebration Parties 3:00-3:45 PM

10th-20th Fall Break

26th - BW3 (County Line Rd) PTO Fundraiser (All Day)

27th - Kelsay Farms Field Trip - more info to come!

28th - Fall Picture Retakes

31st - November 4th Scholastic Book Fair

Field Trip Info Coming Soon!

On Monday, September 19th please look for your child's first Field Trip Form in his/her blue folder.

Who: 1st Grade Students and Teachers

What: Dairy Farm Field Trip

When: Thursday, October 27th

Where: Kelsay Farms in Whiteland, IN

Why: To give students a first-hand look at a modern milking parlor, free stall barns and other dairy facilities. Students will have an opportunity to observe cows getting milked, eating, drinking, exercising and spending time in their natural environments. Students will also be exposed to dairy foods and the importance of consuming three servings of dairy every day.

To visit their website: http://www.kelsayfarms.com/index-1.html

Related Arts Schedule for Sept. 19 - Sept. 23

Monday: Library

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: (Rotating Day) P.E. - wear your gym shoes!

Thursday: P.E. - wear your gym shoes!

Friday: Art

Next Week's Reading

  • Cubs in a Hut
  • The Pigs, the Wolf, and the Mud

Comprehension Skill: Character, Setting, and Events

Comprehension Strategy: Make and Confirm Predictions

High Frequency Words: could, live, one, then, three

Oral Vocabulary Words: shelter, materials, collapsed, furious, refused

Standards: 1.RF.3.2, 1.RF.4.2, 1.RF.4.4, 1.RF.4.6, 1.RL.4.1, 1.RN.2.2

Spelling Focus and List

Focus: Words with short u

Spelling Test on Friday

  1. run
  2. fun
  3. nut
  4. cut
  5. bug
  6. rug
  7. men
  8. head
  9. could
  10. one

Standards: 1.W.6.2c

Grammar Skill

Singular and Plural Nouns: Children will decide whether to add -s or -es to make a noun plural.

  • Singular nouns name one person, place, or thing.
  • Plural nouns name more than one person, place, or thing.

Apostrophe with Contractions: Children will learn common contractions.

  • Contraction - two words made shorter by placing an apostrophe where letters have been omitted.

Standards: 1.W.6.1a

Math - Unit 3: Number Stories

Next week, children will work in an active, collaborative environment to show their understanding of the following content:

Lesson 3.1- Parts-and-Total Number Stories: Children use diagrams and number models to represent and solve parts-and-total situations.

Lesson 3.2- Number Story Strategies: Children represent number stories with number models and solve them.

Lesson 3.3- Exploring Counting, Matching Pairs, and Ordering by Length: Children count a large collection of objects. They informally explore doubles facts and direct length comparison.

Lesson 3.4- Birds in a Tree:

Day 1: Children solve an open response problem about representing a number story.

Day 2: The class discusses selected pictures and number models from Day 1, and revise their work.

Standards: 1.CA.1, 1.CA.2, 1.CA.4, 1.NS.1, 1.NS.4, 1.M.1

Science - Unit 5 Plant and Animal Needs

Big Idea: Living things interact with one another and with their physical environment.

Lesson 1: What Do Plants Need?

Lesson 2: Why Do Plants Grow?

Lesson 3: What Do Animals Need?

Lesson 4: How Do Plants and Animals Need One Another?

Lesson 5: Where Do Plants and Animals Live?

Lesson 6: How Are Animal Shelters Alike and Different?

Standards: 1.3.1, 1.3.3, 1.3.4, 1.3.5, 1.4.2, 1.4.3

Social Studies - Unit 4 All About Work

This week we will continue Chapter 4 “All About Work.”

Children will:

  • understand what money is and why it is important to save it.
  • understand the difference between a need and a want.
  • understand what work is and the different kinds of work people do.
  • understand that goods are made, bought, and traded.

Standards: 1.4.1, 1.4.2, 1.4.3, 1.4.5, 1.4.6