Tumbleweed Times Week 32

News from Ranch 25 - May 6, 2016

First Grade Happenings

We started our last module this week in math: Place Value, Comparison, Addition and Subtraction to 100. We worked word problems where we compared groups of things. You can read more about these lessons by going to the following webpage: Math News: Grade 1, Module 6, Topic A.


Included in the Friday Folder are a couple of math packets that provide practice for the skills Balancing Equations and Understanding the Equal Sign. These pages are optional homework, but I feel that all the students would benefit from completing these packets. Since children respond best to immediate feedback, I would recommend that you have your child complete one page, you check it, then have your child fix any mistakes before moving on to the next page. If you find that your child is struggling with these skills you can use the Pan Balance Numbers on the Illuminations website to visually show how to balance the equations. There is also a short video on the Khan Academy website.


We have completed two more art projects based on the works of two European artists: Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. (See our art below.)

Daisy Troop Needs Your Help

Our very own Daisy Troop 3119 is having a Pet Food & Blanket drive. If you have any old blankets or pet food you can donate, please send them to school and drop them off at the front office. The girls will take your donations to the San Diego Humane Society to help homeless pets. Thank you!!

Next Week's Curriculum Focus

6.2 Reading Theme: I Can Do It


Essential Question: What inferences about the charts 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: along, early, instead, nothing, thought

Phonemic Awareness: variant vowels au and aw

Vocabulary Words: dare, humble, permit, predicament, solution, errand, suddenly


Spelling Words and Dictation Sentences:

along, early, instead, nothing, thought, cause, saw, claw, paw, dawn, fault, awful

I yawn when I wake up at dawn.

Do you always draw small cars?


Writing Genre: Opinion

Math: Place Value, Comparison, Addition and Subtraction to 100

Social Studies: All About People

Science: Patterns and Motions of Objects in the Sky

Important Dates

  • Family Dinner Night - California Pizza Kitchen - May 10
  • MAP's Testing (Language Arts) - Wednesday, May 18, 8:35-9:45
  • Pancake Breakfast - Friday May 20, 7:30-8:30 AM
  • Last Day of Gold Medal Reading - Friday, May 20
  • MAP's Testing (Math) - Wednesday, May 25, 10:35-11:35 (date and time change)
  • Open House - Thursday, May 26, 5:30-6:30 PM (All family members welcome)
  • No School - Memorial Day - Monday, May 30

Email Errors

If you received this message by error, or this is not the correct address to use for school communication, or if you would like to add an additional address, please email me and let me know.

Mrs. Baldwin - tbaldwin@sbsd.net