Peek of the Week

Mrs. Cousins' and Ms. Welker's Class

Something Good...

Happy Mother's Day to all of our wonderful Mothers who make our students' future brighter! We hope you that you relax and enjoy the family together doing whatever makes you happy!

Mrs. Cousins and I would like to thank everyone who made this week the best week ever! We appreciate all of our wonderful students and enjoyed having them in our class this year!

We can not thank you enough for everything that you all do for us and our students!

Decade Week and Book Fair

Decade week will be celebrated the week of 5/11-5/15 along with our book fair BOGO!

Monday- 50's Day: poodle skirts, biker jackets etc.

Tuesday- 60's Day: Tie Dye shirts

Wednesday- 70's Day: Disco Fashion

Thursday- 80's Day: Neon colored clothes

Friday- 90's Day: Overalls or Jeans with a t-shirt

Thank you student council!

Language Arts

Reading: In reading this week, we will be reading different books from the Froggy series! We will be practicing with different story maps to practice our reading skills this week!

Writing: In writing, we are going to start learning about functional writing! We are going to begin this week by writing lists for different things! We will be creating a class "To Do" list and checking it off as we complete each activity throughout the day. We will also see how lists keep up organized with things such as chores (you're welcome ;)), summer lists, grocery lists, etc.

Phonics: In phonics, we are learning all about compound words! We will be learning about how compound words are simply two words smashed together to make one big word! We will learn how to break them apart and squeeze them back together to make them easier to write. Don't forget your child's spelling test is every Friday!

Social Studies

Students are learning about landforms, continents, and oceans in social studies. Students are creating a landform book and writing information and facts about each one. Students are also using maps and map keys to determine where the landforms are located around the world. Students will also be learning about the U.S. and Texas regional landforms.

Landform Project:

Students will present their landform project to their class.

Online Resources:


This week, we continued with numbers but reviewed/learn addition and subtraction strategies up to 20 using three numbers. Students also learned how doubles and related facts can be helpful, as well as composing and decomposing sums of 10. Students also discovered that we can change the order of the addends to help us add up the numbers easier and quicker. We used our partners of ten rainbow strategies to add up three numbers to find the sum quicker. We read the story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and made math connections to fact families. Ask your child how we use the three bears to create different fact family stories. Students created their own fact families and create a a house for their favorite fact family.

Next Week, students will continue learning about fact families and related facts to solve addition and subtraction number sentences (equations) when there is a unknown or missing number. Students will also learn the true meaning of the equal sign as they balance equations using cubes and a balance beam. So, as you can see, we are summing up this year and making a big difference!

Home Challenge:

*Dice it up- roll a dice three times to find the sum. Write the number sentence and use a model to check.

*It's a Fact Jack- use playing cards to add up three numbers before the other player does. The quickest person to call out the correct sum wins the cards.

*Memory of Tens- play a memory game with partners of ten. Create the game by writing numbers 0-10 on index cards. Flip them over and mix them up. Flip two cards over, if they are partners of ten you keep the cards and go again. If the two cards are not partners of ten, flip them back over and the next player goes. (make several sets of the cards to have more to play with)

*Domino facts- use dominoes to create fact families.

*Chalk about it- have students use sidewalk chalk to create math stories up to three addends.

*Goldilocks and the three bears- retell a story using the bear family and having each member of the family be a different number. Students can be Goldilocks and arrange the bears (numbers) in different order to create a fact family number sentence.

Online Resources:

Lesson about fact families

What makes a Ten

Learn about Tens

The addends and the sum

The Friends of Ten

Doubles rap

Secret Agent number bonds


In Science, we learned about the rainforest and how the rainforest is important to people and animals.We discussed the layers of the rainforest and learned all about the animals that live in each layer...we even sang a song and acted out each layer. We also located on the map of where rainforest are located. Students explored and created an animals around the world book.

Next week, students will also discover how scientist classify and group animals into different categories based on the animals' characteristics. We will discover how animals adapt to where they live and how the survive in their natural habitat.

Home Challenge:

*Eat at the Rainforest Cafe and enjoy a chocolate volcano, and ride the amazon river in Galveston!

*Research animals that are endangered

*Identify and look for products from the rainforest (chocolate, fruits, gum, rubber, nuts, vanilla, sugar, etc.)

*Make cookies without using products from the rainforest

*Go on a bug hunt to look at animal characteristics, create a scrapbook by taking pictures of them and write your discoveries about them

*Bird watching- what kinds of birds are living in our area

*Footprint search-look for different animal tracks

*create your own animal-what characteristics would you include in your animal?

*STEMscopes assignments online

*visit the Houston Zoo

*Visit the Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid

*Movie Night- watch Rio, The Lion King, Fern Gully, Tarzan, The Jungle Book, Bugs Life, The Ant Bully, etc.

Online Resources:

The Great Kapok Tree

Over in the Jungle book

Rumble in the Jungle book

Commotion in the Ocean

Layers of the Rainforest

Virtual Field Trip-Amazon rainforest

IMAX-Rainforest beneath the Canopy

IMAX Tropical Rainforest

Secret Life of the Rainforest

Rainforest Slideshow

Livin' Large in the Rainforest

What's that in the Rainforest

How animals adapt

Masters of Disguise

Animal Babies

Baby Animals (what are they called)

Brainpop-classifying animals

Skin, Fur, and Feathers

Who's a reptile?

Reptile Rounup

Going Amphibious Again

Aquatic Mammals

Fuel for Life - animated - the needs of a plant - The tiny seed by eric carle - the parts of a plant - uses of plants (funny voice kids) - bean growing time lapse - adaptations in plants - let's plant a tree sid the seed parts of a plant

Notes and Reminders

May 11-15 Decade week/Book Fair

May 12th - Reading CBA

May 14th- Talent show auditions for pk-2nd grade

May 15th- Mother/Son and Father/Daughter Dance at 6:00 to 7:30 pm

May 18th-Announce talent show finalists

May 19th - Math CBA

May 19th- PTO meeting-board elections, volunteer appreciation Dinner

May 20th - FIELD TRIP!

May 22nd - No School for students!

May 25th - No School (Holiday)

May 26th- First rehearsal for talent show @ 3:30-5:00 pm

May 28th- Second rehearsal for talent show @ 2:00-3:00 pm

May 29th - End of Year Party 11:00-12:00

June 1st - First Grade Awards day @9:00-10:00

June 1st - Talent Show @ 6:30-7:30 pm

June 3rd - LAST DAY/EARLY DISMISSAL @ 12:30 :( (I'm gonna miss these kids!)

Spring Pictures - Please make sure to return any spring pictures that you do not wish to keep. If you would like to keep them, please return your payment in the provided envelope. If you order online, please return the envelope with the order code on it so that the school will know that you have paid for your pictures. Thanks!

Please make sure your child comes prepared for school every day. This means that they have a signed blue folder brought to school with them every day. They also need to have their library books so that they can read them in class. They are getting ready to become second graders and need to learn how to be responsible. Also, students begin coming into the classroom at 7:45 a.m. Announcements begin at 7:50 and we begin class promptly at 8:00. If your student is arriving to school at 8:00, they are missing out on the beginning of our day while they are getting unpacked and ready to join us.

Are you still here?

Students have been doing math analogies in their something good notebooks that we call "good thinking". If you are still reading our newsletter, then have your child write down their answer for this math analogy and they will earn a prize!

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