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Mrs. Arms 1st Grade Class- April 26, 2013

Volunteer Luncheon

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April 29 End of Year Testing Window Opens

May 1 Early Release Day

May 1 DRA/AIMSWEB Window for 3-5 opens

May 2 Walsh Brown Bag Lunch-5th Grade Parents

May 2 Chik Fil-A School Spirit Night

May 3 TAG 4th & 5th Grade School Performance of MacBeth

May 3 PTA Carnival, 5-8

May 6-10 National School Nurses’ Week

May 6-10 Last Week for Home Readers and Word Study

May 7 Volunteer Luncheon- Join me at 12:20 in the library

May 8 District Employee Service Award Ceremony

May 9 Susan Arnold’s Baby Shower

May 9 PTA Chik-Fil-A Night

May 10 All Take Home Readers Due

May 14-15 5th Grade STAAR Retakes

May 14 PTA General Meeting

May 16 PTA Chik-Fil-A Night

May 16-17 Aladdin performed by Stallion Choir

May 27 Holiday

May 28 Coffee Cart

May 28 1st Grade Poet's Tea 8:30-9:30AM

May 29 5th Grade Flugtag

May 29 Deadline for AIMSWEB & DRA Input

May 30 K-5 Awards Assemblies

May 31 5th Grade Graduation

May 31 School Parties- 1st is 1:30-2:30

May 31 Last day of School & Report Cards go Home

What Are We Learning

Reader's Workshop- Poetry


1.11 Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Sensory Language. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about how an author's sensory language creates imagery in literary text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to

(A) recognize sensory details in literary text.


Night In The Country by: Cynthia Rylant

Smoky Night by: Eve Bunting

Honey I Love by: Eloise Greenfield

Writer's Workshop- Fixing Up and Fancying to Publish

We have spent weeks revising old pieces of writing from our portfolios. We will be choosing 1 special piece to rewrite and make brand new. Students will create detailed illustrations, a cover, title page, about the author page, and synopsis.


1.18 Writing/Literary Texts. Students write literary texts to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas. Students are expected to:

(A) write brief stories that include a beginning, middle, and end;

1.17 Writing/Writing Process. Students use elements of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) to compose text. Students are expected to:

(A) plan a first draft by generating ideas for writing (e.g., drawing, sharing ideas, listing key ideas);

(B) develop drafts by sequencing ideas through writing sentences;

(C) revise drafts by adding or deleting a word, phrase, or sentence;

(D) edit drafts for grammar, punctuation, and spelling using a teacher-developed rubric;

(E) publish and share writing with others.

Math- Probability


1.9 Probability and statistics. The student displays data in an organized form.

1.9A Collect and sort data

1.10 Probability and statistics. The student uses information from organized data.

1.10B Identify events as certain or impossible such as drawing a red crayon from a bag of green crayons.


1. Information about everyday experiences can be collected, organized, and used.

2. The occurrence of some events is impossible.

3. The occurrence of some events is certain.

Essential Questions

1. What is data, and what does it look like?

  1. What can we do with the information, or data, that we collect?
  2. What does it mean to say something is impossible?
  3. How do we know an outcome is impossible?
  4. What does it mean to say something is certain?
  5. How do we know an outcome is certain?
  6. What conclusions can we draw from recorded data?
  7. What situations produce impossible or certain outcomes?

Science-Life Cycles


1.10 Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to:

1.10A Investigate how the external characteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats

1.10B Identify and compare the parts of plants.

1.10C Compare ways that young animals resemble their parents.

1.10D Observe and record life cycles of animals such as a chicken, frog, or fish.


  • When young animals are different from their parents, we can describe these differences as part of a life cycle.
  • A life cycle shows the growth and change from young animals into adults.
  • We can observe and record the life cycle stages of chickens including egg, chick, and chicken.
  • We can observe and record the life cycle stages of frogs including egg, tadpole, and frog.
  • We can observe and record the life cycle stages of fish including egg, larvae, juvenile, and adult.

Essential Questions:


  • What is a life cycle?
  • What can we observe and record about the life cycles of chickens?
  • What can we observe and record about the life cycles of frogs?
  • What can we observe and record about the life cycles of fish?

Shout out to Li- Thanks for the birthday lunch; Angel- for the coffee