Sneak Peek

Miss Roberts * Stoy School * September 28, 2015

Literacy

Journeys is our comprehensive language arts and literacy curriculum which encompasses reading strategies, phonics, vocabulary, grammar, spelling and high frequency words. It works in collaboration with the Daily 5 and The CAFÉ reading strategies. Each week, we will focus on a theme and read realistic fiction and informational, nonfiction texts. I will inform you of the specific skills and strategies and will attach the Family Connection to our weekly Sneak Peek. The Family Connection directly corresponds to skills and strategies students will be working with during each week. It also suggests fun activities you can do with your child to support their learning.


During the next dew weeks, we will explore the theme “Neighborhood Visit.” Through our reading, we will visit neighborhoods both imaginary and real, filled with friends to meet! As we read, we will explore the Big Idea “There are different kinds of communities."

We begin the week by reading about Henry’s move into a new neighborhood. As we follow his search for a pet in the realist fiction selection Henry and Mudge, we will think and talk about the question ”Why is the order of events in a story important?" We will also read an informational text called All in the Family.


Target Vocabulary: curly, straight, floppy, drooled, weighed, stood, collars, row

Phonics Skills: Words with short "A" (can); words with short "i" (dig) and CVC words

(consonant, vowel, consonant) such as “win”

Vocabulary Strategy - Alphabetical order

Comprehension Skill: Sequence of events – tell the order in which things happen

Comprehension Strategy: Infer/Predict - uses clues to figure out more about the story parts


As the students continue to write stories from their personal memories, they will learn different writers crafts to help enrich their stories. The events in a story are written in order and writers use transitional words to help the reader understand the progression and timing of the story. Through modeling the students will observe the use of transitional words and have an opportunity to use them. The students will also begin on a journey to learn about how best to revise and take charge of their own writing.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Now that we have begun the first unit of Journeys, the students will begin bringing home their Journeys Practice Book for homework later this week and there will be THOSE days when it doesn't make its way home. There is no reason to panic or race back to Stoy to get it as you can also access the book online, as well as other student texts and resources.

Go to Google.com and enter Think Central or go directly to:
https://www-k6.thinkcentral.co/ePC/start.do and fill in the drop down menus for: country, state, district and school. Then enter your child's first initial and last name and their password, " hawks ". You will see your child's homepage. Click on "My Library". You will see several choices including their practice book. Pages can be printed from that site. The students are also able to access stories from multiple sources as well.

Math

Lesson 1-7: Playing Fish for 10
  • Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0, 1, 2,...,
  • Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.
  • Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.
  • New Vocabulary - combinations of 10

Lesson 1-8: My Reference Book, Quarters, and Math Boxes

  • Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0, 1, 2,...,
  • Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately.
  • Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.
  • New Vocabulary - quarter, Math Boxes

Lesson 1-9: Even and Odd Number Patterns

  • Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately.
  • Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.
  • Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.
  • Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.
  • New Vocabulary - even number, odd number, pattern
Lesson 1-10: Skip Counting Patterns
  • Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0, 1, 2,..., and represent whole-number sums and differences within 100 on a number line diagram.
  • Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.
  • Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.
  • New Vocabulary - pattern, multiple of 10

Friday Game Day

We will utilize Fridays to practice the skills and strategies introduced during the week. The students will work with designated partners and play games that promote practice of math concepts

  • Number Grid Game
  • Number Grid Puzzles
  • Fishing for 100

Character Counts and Social Studies

We will revisit the pillar of Responsibility. The students will have an opportunity to practice reading and performing the Reader's Theater story "The Finger of Change." Afterward, as a class, we will discuss the choices and actions the characters made. Our discussion will focus on the importance of taking responsibility for our own actions and not blaming others for the choices we make.

During Social Studies, the students will practice the skill of using a calendar and noticing the features of each month. The concepts that calendars show the date and help people keep track of important events will be introduced. Without calendars, it would be very difficult to know when something begins or on what day an important event falls. We will also focus on the the fact that all people have the same basic needs to survive – food, shelter and clothing. People must make sure that their basic needs are met before they try to get things they want. The students will take part in a discussion about the difference between things they want and things they need.

FYI

  • The students have been introduce to Listen to Reading on the computer. Please have your child bring in a pair of earbuds to be used in class
  • October 1st - Back to School Night 7:00
  • October 9th - Picture money due
  • October 13th - PICTURE DAY!
  • October 14th - Field Trip Permission Slips Due
  • October 15th - 1/2 Day - Teacher in-service
  • October 23rd - Field Trip to Camp Creek Run