1G Weekly News
April 12th, 2015
Notes and Updates
I hope everyone had a fun filled weekend. Its starting to get warm so make sure students are staying healthy and drink lots of water.
We continued with poetry and learning about language. We focused on sound words and using wow verbs and adjectives. Students also reviewed how to edit for spelling in their poetry.
In Reading, we were reading across genres and discovering how to find the most important part in the story. We had to use our inferring skills and listen to repetitive parts in the text to help us.
In Math, we started doing fractions. We divided shapes into equal parts. We also learned what halves and fourths were.
In Science, we focused on liquids last week and learned about their properties. We learned new words such as transparent, translucent, opaque, and viscous.
Time Time Time
This week in math, we will launch a unit on time. We will launch this unit with a super funactivity involving clocks. We are asking that each child bring 1 AA battery to school on Tuesday. You will see why they need the battery later in the week!
This week, Science homework will go along with the Dr Seuss story, Bartholomew and the Oobleck. You and your child will get to MAKE oobleck! What an exciting homework! If you are not familiar with the story, you can listen to it read online here. Have a great time with science experiment!
Used Book Sale
Once again it is time for our annual used book sale. Are you moving? Downsizing? Just have too many books? This is your opportunity to clean out the bookshelves. We are accepting any gently used books for this annual sale. They can be brought to the ES Library at any time this month. For every donation of three books, you will receive a coupon for a free used book from the sale. The sale will be April 28, 29, and 30th, during the Student-led Conferences.
IXL and Raz-Kids
Please remind students to access IXL and Raz-Kids for math and reading practice. As I look at reports each week, I notice that many students do not take advantage of these resources on a regular basis. Those students who spend time practicing are at a definite advantage, so be sure to include IXL and Raz-Kids as a part of your weekly homework routines.
As we think about the end of the school year, one thing that the 1st grade teachers have been discussing is INDEPENDENCE! We want to encourage you at home to give your child many opportunities to become independent. Some ways to build independence is to let your child pack and unpack their backpack and folder, let them help you pack their lunch/snack boxes, making sure they can tie their own shoes. At school, we are asking that you now drop your child and allow them to walk to class on their own. Following these ideas will help to foster that growth.
A Peek at the Week
Good Readers Ask Question
Before, During and After reading
Type up poem
Geometry and Fractions Assessment
*Recognizing halves and fourths
*Dividing circles and rectangles into halves and fourths
*Attributes of 2 and 3D shapes
*Creating a shape from other shapes
Review of Time
Scholastic Book Sale
Thursday, April 16th, 8am-3pm
Al Bustan Street
Mrs. Gellatly will send home order forms next week. Order is completed online. See attached letter for more information.