Tumbleweed Times Week 14

News from Ranch 25 - December 4, 2015

First Grade Happenings

In math this week we continued to work on the addition strategy of Make a Ten. This time using +8 and +7. We also learned how to share and critique peer solution strategies. We first looked to see if the solution was correct and made sense. Then we compared strategies to see which was the most efficient. (Look at lesson 11 in the Friday Folders.)


In science, we looked a the pictures of the butterflies emerging from their chrysalises during the Thanksgiving Break. Then we let our butterflies go in the school garden. Most of them flew up and over the building. (See pictures below.) We will be using the pictures taken to create an iMovie showing the stages of a butterfly's life.


In STREAM lab, the students are learning how people get ideas from plants and animals to invent new things. This week, they looked at seeds that work like a helicopter. Each student brought home their own helicopter seed made out of biodegradable paper filled with wildflower seeds. You may release this in the place of your choosing.

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Care and Share

Every year each classroom at Solana Highlands adopts a needy family in our district. It is a special way to show caring and to give back to our community. You should have received an email and a letter explaining the program from our wonderful Room Moms. Each student is asked to bring an "assigned" gift. In addition, all families have been asked to contribute to a scholarship fund (see the letter in Friday Folder, which is pictured below).


All gifts and donations should be brought to school by Friday, December 11th. If you are unable to participate this year, please contact Karen Sykes at karen_lv_sykes@hotmail.com as soon as possible so that other arrangements can be made.

FRIDAY FOLDER Volunteer Needed!

I am in desperate need of a Friday Folder volunteer! If you are available to work for about an hour every Friday, please email me. Times are flexible. You can start as early as 10:15 AM. The folders just need to be done by 1:45 so that we can put them in the backpacks before we go to our keyboarding class at 2:00. Thanks a bunch!!

Next Week's Curriculum Focus

3.2 Reading Theme: Family Fun

Essential Question: Which parts of the story help you predict what is going to happen? (This is a good question to ask when reading with your child.)

Comprehension Skill: Make and Confirm Predictions

High Frequency Words: call, funny, how, more, so

Phonemic Awareness: Long vowel "i" using the silent e (-ide, -ine, -ike, -ile, -ime, -ice)

Vocabulary Words: connections, possessions, relief, support, typical


Spelling Words and Dictation Sentences:

call, funny, how, more, so, there, mine, shine, bike, like, ride, hide

Can a bike or a kite make you smile?

I like to take big bites of rice.


Writing Genre: Informative

Math: Introduction to Place Value through Addition and Subtraction to 12

Social Studies: Winter Holidays and Traditions

Science: Plant and Animal Parts and Survival

Important Dates

  • Care and Share - November 30th to December 11th
  • Winter Party - Friday, December 18th, 8:45-9:45 AM
  • Lost & Found Items to be donated to charity - Friday, November 18th
  • Winter Break - No School - December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016
  • School Resumes - Monday, January 4, 2016

Email Errors

If you received this message by error, or this is not the correct address to use for school communication, or if you would like to add an additional address, please email me and let me know.

Mrs. Baldwin - tbaldwin@sbsd.net