# Mrs. Wallach's Firstie Flyer

## It's Back!

After a bit of a hiatus, the firstie flyer is back and ready to recap the past two weeks of learning!

We had a surprise treasure hunt on St. Patrick's Day - we found clues all around the classroom that led us to a treasure. Where these clues came from is still a mystery but the general firstie consensus seems to be leprechauns!

Random reminder - if you're ordering scholastic books from the book orders I occasionally send home and would prefer to order online our classroom code is: M9HQZ

## Recent News and Events

Woodworking with Buddies: Last Tuesday we got together with our 4th grade buddies to do another Home Depot woodworking project!

Author Visit: On Tuesday we had a Vermont-local author, Tracy Campbell Pearson, visit MCS. She did a K-4 presentation on her own books and writing process followed by a first grade workshop.

Medical Students Visit: On Wednesday, second year medical students visited us part of their "On Doctoring" class. They practiced a general pediatrics check-up and our kids got to learn a bit about the human body!

## Upcoming News and Events

Tuesday, March 22nd: Valley Terrace visit with 4th grade buddies

Friday, March 25th: Trip to Dartmouth Life Sciences

Thursday, March 31st: "Fiddlesticks" strings instrument presentation/workshop

Friday, April 8th: Teacher workshop day - no school for students

Monday, April 11th - Friday, April 15th: April vacation - no school

Thuesday, April 21st: "Peter Rabbit" at Lebanon Opera House

## Mathematics Focus

Number Composition - Composing numbers up to ten with two addends

• developing fluency with and generating the 2-addend combinations of 10
• finding relationships among different combinations of numbers up to 10
• using 5 + 5 to reason about other combinations of 10

Whole Number Operations - Making sense of and developing strategies to solve additions and subtraction story problems

• solving related story problems
• solving a problem in which the total and one part are known

Representing Mathematical Thinking

• using numbers and standard notation to record

IXL Practice Recommendation:

• Addition (B12, B15, B16, B18)
• Subtraction (D4, D5, D6, D7, D14)
• Money (02, 03, 04)
• Mixed Operations (F3, F4, F6)
• Fractions (J1, J2)

## Grammar

• 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 the date

## Writing

Writing Workshop will continue soon with a fiction genre unit!

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
• closed syllable concept with short vowels
• closed syllable vs open syllable
• r-controlled sounds: -ar, -er, -ir, -or, -ur
• vowel teams: ai, ay, ee, ea, ey, oi oy, igh
• segmenting and blending up to five sounds

Snap Words

• say
• says
• see
• between
• each
• any
• many

Orange Iguanas:

• The Gecko That Came to School
• Grandma's Glases
• Fun for Hugs
• Home Sweet Home

Green Monkeys:

• The Skunk with No Stripes
• The Tree House
• Out for Lunch

Blue Barracudas

• The Tide Pool
• Down the River
• Down the Path

Red Jaguars

• Dinosaurs Before Dark
• Flat Stanley
• Horrible Harry in Room 2B
• Cam Jansen and the Stolen Diamonds

## Science

Human Body is just beginning!

Theodore Geisel

## Right now we need...

Disinfecting wipes (the 'green' kind please!)