Grade One Gazette

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Class Newsletter

December 1, 2014

Happy December! I hope everyone had a wonderful break and spent some time with family and friends. Here's what to look forward to this week...

Language Arts

Reading Skills: This week we will examine Informational Text. We will learn to make predictions on what we might learn from the text. We will skim the pages, look for key vocabulary, and discuss text features. We will also read children's literature and compare and contrast different versions of "The Gingerbread Man."

Reading Groups: Students will continue to read in small groups and decode words, use reading strategies, and engage in book discussions through book clubs.

Writing - Our unit on writing Informational books continues. In conferencing with students, I have learned we have many writers who are experts on sports, animals, family, Fastlane, and Silver Dollar City! We hope to "fix up" or edit our books next week, then publish the following week in time for our Christmas Party on the 18th!


Word Work (or Spelling)

Mondays - Students cut and sort their words by the correct sound patterns.

Tuesday - Thursday - Kids work on an activity of their choice to practice their words through a Word Work Menu. Tests are on Friday mornings.

**I have not been sending home the cut out sort since students work on that in class. It would be more beneficial for students to practice the spelling of the words.


Spelling City Site: https://www.spellingcity.com/baker304/


Spelling List Group 1

beginning sounds /th/ and /wh/

that

then

this

when

the

whip

thin

thing

them

three

Sight Words:

when

your

about

from

than

Challenge Words:

make

find

talk



Spelling List Group 2

beginning sounds /bl/, /pl/, /sl/

plot

plan

slot

slug

blob

blip

plop

slab

slit

blue

Sight Words:

when

your

about

from

than

Challenge Words:

make

find

talk

Math

* Fractions: Students will understand that fractions are equal parts of a whole. We will begin with concepts of one-half and one-fourth.

*Students will examine story problems where the change is unknown. Many students have found this type of problem challenging. Example: Our class had 9 pies for the party. Parents brought some more to the party. Now we have 14 pies. How many pies did parents bring? Most students immediately write the number sentence 9+14, then find the sum. We have been using manipulatives to help solve these types of problems.

Science

Our class will solve a STEM problem on Thursday. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Students will construct a vessel made out of given materials that can hold a mass of pennies without sinking. Students will work in groups of 3 and find out what design can hold the most weight.

*IMPORTANT REMINDERS*

*Work on the Gingerbread Passport this week. The information/gingerbread man sheet was sent home today.


SNACKS

** Please send a snack with your child each day. Our snack supply is running a little low - any donations would be welcome! :)


DATES TO REMEMBER

Friday, December 5th - BASH K-2

Thursday, December 18th - Holiday Parties

Link to Tumblebooks

This is a fantastic resource for online books.

The username is bentonville, password is books. You'll want to click the green box.