Tumbleweed Times Week 26
News from Ranch 25 - March 18, 2016
First Grade Happenings
We have been focusing on the Character Trait of Fairness this month. We read a book about being fair and then wrote about how we show fairness to others in our daily lives. The book taught us that "Being fair is sometimes hard, but being fair helps people get along."
This week in math we practiced adding and subtracting tens from a multiple of ten and adding tens to a two digit number. You can read more about this weeks's lessons by going to the following webpage: Math News: Grade 1, Module 4, Topic C.
Legoland Field Trip
The first class was called Robotics for Young Beginners. In this class, students worked with a partner creating an alligator robot by following the directions on a computer. Then they programed the alligator to open and close it's mouth and make noises. It was challenging and fun!
The second class was called Tall Towers. Students again worked with a partner. This time they tried to create the tallest tower that would withstand an earthquake. After building their towers, the students put them on a table that simulated an earthquake. I am happy to say that all our towers met the challenge (although some shook more than others.) We discovered that it was important to have a large base on your tower.
We had lots of photographers on our trip, so I am guessing that there will be many pictures uploaded to our Shutterfly account soon. Keep an eye out for a message regarding this. A great big THANK YOU goes to Laura Lemos, Lina Taylor, Wei Chen, Karen Sykes, Michelle Bailey, Stina Hougen, and Ido Donemberg Bard for chaperoning and keeping such a close eye on our kiddos. Finally, we want to thank the Solana Beach Foundation for providing this wonderful experience for our first graders.
Pennies for Patients
Will your child be returning to Solana Highlands next year?
Next Week's Curriculum Focus
5.2 Reading Theme: What Scientists Do
Essential Question: What inferences about the character or setting can you make based on details from the story? (This is a good question to ask when reading at home.)
Comprehension Skill: Make Inferences
High Frequency Words: grew, house, knew, would
Phonemic Awareness: r controlled vowels spelled with ar
Vocabulary Words: curious, idea, career, fascinating, improve, investigate
Spelling Words and Dictation Sentences:
grew, house, knew, would, cart, barn, arm, art, yarn, harm, chart, smart
How far is the park from here?
You can see the stars when it is dark.
Writing Genre: Opinion
Math: Place Value, Comparison, Addition and Subtraction to 40
Social Studies: We Love Our Country
Science: Sound, Light, and Communication
- Bids for Kids (Foundation Fundraiser) - Saturday, March 19
- Pennies for Patients Fundraiser - March 21-April 1
- All-School Assembly - Friday, April 1, 8:35-9:00 AM, amphitheater
- All Lost & Found will be donated - Friday, April 1
- Spring Break - April 4-8
- Family Heritage Night - April 15, 4:45-6:15 PM
- Musical Performance: Family & Friends - Wednesday, April 27, 8:45-9:45 AM