Mrs. Bennett's First Grade Class

March 7, 2014

Math

We are working retesting on all of the skills we have taught so far this year. We have focused so much time on addition/subtraction, fluency, properties of addition, missing parts, balancing equations, word problems, place value, and using place value to add and subtract to 100. Over the next few months we will be focusing more time on measuring with non-standard measurements, telling time to the hour and half hour, shapes, fractions, and data/graphing.


Feel free to have your child explore my website to watch videos and play games to help them master these concepts.


We will also be focusing on fluency of math facts to 10. Many students have mastered addition and subtraction to 20, but not fluency to 10. Please take any free time you have (in the car, etc) to help your child memorize their math facts of addition and subtraction to 10. Thank you!

Spelling

Because this past week was only 3 days, we will be continuing these words onto next week.


Spelling website: www.bigiqkids.com The login is cbennett.pe and the password is 1234. There are fun games to help your child practice the weekly words.


We are on Week 11. The spelling pattern is - words with qu and x.


Words: six, box, wax, queen, quack, quit, want, were


Sentences: I want six bugs in a box. Were the king and queen made of wax?


Remember - Wednesday's practice test is all 8 of these words. Friday's practice test is 6 of these words and two other words that follow the spelling pattern, but not words that they have practiced this week.

Writing

We are having so much fun learning how to conduct research and writing informative / explanatory texts. They need to be able to write an introductory sentence, some facts about the topic, and a closing sentence.


We are learning how to log in to their Google Drive. We will be publishing a presentation through their Google Drive account.

Sight Words

If your child has passed all of the sight words, their focus is not their math facts to 10. They will no longer have sight words to practice, just their "sight facts". Please practice these as you did your sight words so they can know the answer as soon as they see the math fact, just like reading their sight words. They have 30 seconds for each set of math facts. The facts are in their goal notebooks. If you would like a copy for home, just let me know and I would be happy to send some home.


We are now working on 3rd Quarter words.
Please help your child read their sight words. They cannot sound out the words. They have 2 1/2 minutes to read all 50 words.


****** I have some interactive flash cards on the website under sight words - practice. The boxes have a Q on the and the number of the quarter. They are nice because your child can try to say the word and then click on the word to see if they are correct.

Reading Skills

We are working on comparing two fictional stories.

Reading / Phonics

We will be testing on all the phonics skills learned so far this year.

Social Studies

We are learning National Symbols. We will be learning about why the American Flag, White House, Bald Eagle, etc. are important to the United States. We will learn what a symbol is and do research on a symbol.

FYI

  • We go to the library on Thursday mornings. Please leave your child's library books in their backpack so they can trade every week.
  • Book Fair - March 10-14
  • 3rd Quarter Academic Celebration is March 14.
  • Spring Break is March 17-21.

Specials:

Monday - PE

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday - Music

Thursday - PE

Friday - Art