First Grade Newsletter
December 15, 2016
- Thursday, December 15th - Winter Party!
- Friday, December 16 - Early Release at 12:00
- Tuesday, January 3- School Resumes
- January 9-13th - College & Career Week (more information coming later)
- Tuesday, January 10- Field Trip to Outdoor Learning Center (More Info Later)
- Wednesday, January 11- Science Projects Due
As the holidays approach, we want to remind you that 1st graders need to continue to read their 100 minutes a week. This includes holidays as well. At this age, it’s crucial that students read every day. We encourage you to continue recording these minutes in the Reading Log. We will not penalize for not recording their minutes in the Reading Log over the holidays, but the students who do will be rewarded.
Bronco Press is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their writing talents by publishing a book. Bronco Press is open to all students in kindergarten through 5th grade. The Bronco Press template and step by step instructions can be found on the PTA website http://www.barksdalepta.org Follow the link, Award Winning PTA, Bronco Press. Students should turn in their typed and illustrated work to their teacher and PTA will then bind the books. All student authors will be presented with their bound books at a special author’s reception. What a wonderful treasure and keepsake! The Bronco Press is a part of the principal’s triathlon recognition program.
What We're Learning
Language Arts & Social Studies
This week in language arts we have been comparing and contrasting stories about the gingerbread man. Students have written persuasive paragraphs begging the gingerbread men to come back (some even promised not to eat him).
When we come back from Winter Break, students will be spelling words with digraphs ch and wh. They will be identifying past,present, and future tense verbs and working on"How - To" writings. In social studies, they will continue exploring different cultures and holidays around the world.
When we return from Winter Break, we will be learning about fractions. We will be dividing shapes into equal and unequal parts along with dividing them into halves, thirds, and fourths.
This week, students have been designing and testing sails along with beginning to design windmill blades. When we return from Winter Break, students will continue to work as mechanical engineers to design and construct windmill blades that use wind energy to do work. Students will show their learning by designing, creating, testing, and redesigning windmill blades.
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