Mrs. Wallach's Firstie Flyer

Friday, January 29, 2016

Lots Happening!

After a terrible weekend of football, we had a great week here at school. Dinosaur season is underway and we're gearing up for new units across the board!

Message from French class: You are invited to practice your French skills at home on the "linguascope" website. Here are the directions to log on:


2. Click Teacher Websites

3. Click Mme Hyams under French

4. Scroll down

5. Click on "Click here for Linguascope !"

6. Username = mcsfrench

7. Password = chien15

8. Click Elementary

9. Click houlala

10. Explore « nombres, couleurs, animaux, mois, bonjour »

News and Events

Recent News and Events

Valley Terrace Visit: Last Tuesday we went on our most recent visit to Valley Terrace with our 4th grade buddies. We read books together and met some new friends.

How-to Book Celebration: This past Tuesdays we published our recently completed how-to books and shared them with groups of 4th grade buddies. We taught them HOW TO do lots of things - from making a snowman to playing 'go fish', everyone got to teach something!

Survey Presentations: Last week each student designed a survey to take in our class and presented findings on Friday. Want to know what kind of ice cream our class likes or what kind of animal they would like be for a day? Just ask your firstie!

Upcoming News and Events

February 15-19: Vacation

Tuesday, February 23rd: Next Valley Terrace Visit

Thursday, February 25th, 5pm: Dinosaur Night/Nonfiction book celebration - Parents Invited!

Academic Updates

Mathematics Focus

Data Analysis

Representing Data

  • making a representation to communicate the results of a survey
  • making sense of data representations, including pictures, bar graphs, tallies, and Venn diagrams
  • comparing what different representations communicate about a set of data
  • using equations to show how the sum of the responses in each category equals the total number of responses collected

Designing and carrying out a data investigation

  • interpreting results of a data investigation
  • choosing a survey question
  • making a plan for gathering data
  • collecting and keeping track of survey data

Describing data

  • describing and comparing the number of pieces of data in each category or at each value and interpreting what the data tell you about the group

IXL Practice Recommendation:

  • Place Values (I1, I2, I3, I4, I5)
  • Data and Graphs (M1, M2, M3, M4)
  • Money (O1, O2, O3, O4, O8)
  • Time (S1, S2, S4, S6, S9, S10, S11, S12, S13)


  • capitalizing the first word of a sentence
  • ending a sentence with punctuation
  • deciding if a sentence is telling, asking, or exciting and choosing the appropriate punctuation mark
  • writing in complete sentences
  • connecting two ideas in a sentence with 'and'
  • capitalizing names of people, pets, months, days of the week, holidays


Writing Workshop: Informational Writing (All-About)

  • investigating different informational books to discover common text features
  • identifying nonfiction text features (labels, table of contents, etc.)
  • choosing an appropriate topic
  • choosing appropriate sub-topics for research

Writing about reading

  • writing about events that happened in a reading group book

Journal writing continues...

  • generating ideas
  • writing a sentence to tell about something true from your life
  • adding one or two more sentences to tell more details
  • drawing a picture to match the words
  • sharing with the class in a loud clear voice

Phonics and Snap Words

Phonics Concepts
  • 'glued sounds': ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk

Snap Words

  • why
  • try
  • by
  • my
  • put
  • two

Guided Reading Groups

Recent Reads by Group:

Red Jaguars:

  • Baby Pictures
  • The Three Pigs
  • A Box

Orange Iguanas:

  • The Little Red Hen
  • Things That Fly
  • The Sea
  • The Three Pigs
  • Snap!

Green Monkeys:

  • Henry and Mudge Get the Cold Shivers
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Blue Barracudas

  • Pictures of Hugs
  • Farmer Dan's Duck
  • Bunny and the Monster
  • The Pool

Silver Snakes

  • Baby Pictures
  • All About Sharks
  • Tails


Dinosaurs is just beginning!

January Author of the Month

Gail Gibbons

Classroom Needs

Right now we need...

Disinfecting wipes (the 'green' kind please!)