Lincoln's December Newsletter
Leading The Pack In Kingsport
Students Helping Other Students
Friday, December 6th, every child received a box and a flier explain the fundraiser and prizes that they can earn. Truly we want students to feel positive about making a difference in someone's life who is fighting Leukemia or Lymphoma
Here is more information about our fundraiser (in addition to the video below): https://www.penniesforpatients.org/participate/elementary-schools
Our fundraiser ends on December 19th. Please have your student turn in their donations to their classroom teacher no later than the 19th. We will send donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over break.
Grade Level Updates
Literacy/social studies connection:
We are starting a new unit focusing on then and now. We will learn the differences between clothing, technology, communication, transportation, and games/toys from the past and in the present. Please continue the list of sight words at home. New sight words are introduced weekly. Students can read more fluently when they have mastered these words. Please remember to read with your child each night and sign the reading log located in the blue folder.
We are working on adding numbers together in story problems and math games. Please continue working to identify and write numbers 1-20. Students need to be able to count to 50 by 1's and count to 100 by 10's. Continue working to identify coins.
First Grade continues to LEAP FOR LEARNING as we make progress towards our end of the year goals. Students are working hard each day and teachers are proud of focused effort and growth. Please remember your child has homework each day that reinforces what is being taught and learned in the classroom. Also, the daily homework folder has important information from the classroom and school. The folder contains your child’s work samples; please take time each day to review your child’s work to see the progress being made. In literacy, we will begin a study on Culture and Traditions. Students will understand the culture and traditions of a region influence how people face and overcome challenges. They will write about a character from texts read to them describing a lesson learned. For phonics skills, we are focusing on initial (sh-, ch-, th-, wh-) and final digraphs (-ck, -sh, -ch, -th). Students will continue to improve their sentence writing skills using the following rubric: does the sentence begin with an uppercase letter then have all lower case letters to follow; neat and consistent spacing; and an end mark. They should be able to spell high frequency words correctly. First Grade sentences have 7 or more words. Our language focus will be a review of nouns, adjectives, pronouns, and articles. In writing, we will continue to improve narrative stories with a beginning, middle, and end; use dialogue in the plan; use temporal words (one afternoon, next, after, then, last or finally); write 4-7 sentences; and include descriptions (adjectives) in sentences. In math, students will understand length using vocabulary shorter, longer, the same length, and equal to. We will continue to find totals
of two and three quantities, determine if equations are equivalent, and work with larger numbers up to 120. They will be able to extend the counting sequence. Students will continue developing an understanding of time to the hour and half hour.
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Math- For the rest of the month of December, students will be focused on completing their understanding of perimeter, area, and polygons. The students are continuing their learning with ideas about the attributes of 2-D shapes and 3-D shapes and how the attributes determine their classification. With measurement students are developing ideas about measurable attributes and techniques, tools, and the units used to measure each of them.
During these next couple weeks students will continue to be assessed through Easy CBM and our District Benchmark 2nd 9 weeks test.
Science- We have just completed our learning on Earth's Systems and Natural Hazards (landslides, earthquakes, hurricanes). The students designed structures to withstand the natural hazard of their choice and tested their structures. Students are now learning about Earth's systems of Weather and Climate. Students have learned about the water cycle and are completing cloud types this week. Students will then use tables, graphs, and tools to describe weather patterns.
In literacy and social studies we are working on a unit about Native Americans. The students have worked with several passages, both informational and fiction. The goal is that students are able to pull information from the text to answer questions and perform writing tasks. There have been some interesting passages, so be sure to ask your child about what they have learned.
We also continue to learn about word and letter patterns as part of our Word Work each day. This supports your child's spelling and grammar skills, and is an important piece of their overall development as a reader and writer.
We will be taking our 9-week writing assessment as well as our 9-week literacy assessment the week of December 9-13. Please encourage your child to put forth their very best personal effort on both tasks. These are important check points for us to determine the progress each child is making.
4th grade mathematicians are taking the deep dive in the world of fractions. Some important skills to develop include explaining why fractions are equivalent or not; decomposing fractions into addition equations; adding and subtracting mixed numbers; and multiplying fractions by whole numbers. New this year, students will begin using decimal fractions to the 10ths and 100ths place. 4th grade scientists are going to be digging into the past by studying fossils. Students will investigate the process in which fossils are made, examine different types of fossils, and utilize fossils to gather information about the past.
In Literacy, 4th grade students are working on suffixes and how they change the meaning of a word. We're also working on informational texts as well as folk tales after the holiday break. Our writing focus is on informational writing.
In Social Studies, we are looking at Westward Expansion and how our country grew during the 1800s. We are talking about the Lewis and Clark expedition and will soon be discussing the reasons settlers moved West.
Math/Science: In math, we have just completed our unit on adding and subtracting fractions. We will continue our work with fractions in the our new unit, but we will shift our focus to multiplication and division. In science, we are beginning our study of space and Earth’s place in the universe.
Literacy/Social Studies: In literacy, we are finishing our unit on outsiders and their place in society. In social studies, we are continuing our study of Tennessee history.
Student Performances and Author Visits At Lincoln From The Past Month
In addition to all that singing, first grade students met the author Leigh Anne Hoover when she came last week to visit and talk about her book The Santa Train. Students learned about what it takes to be an author and her inspiration to write. She talked about all the research she had to do to write this true story and what it was like working with an illustrator. All of our first graders really enjoyed her visit.
Safety Reminders For Morning Drop Off
Please use the designated car drop off line for ALL students in the morning. Do not make your own drop off space in the parking lot. We do not want students to get hurt making their way through the parking lot when they should be dropped off curb side. Thank you in advance for supporting our traffic flow and ensuring that all students are safe in the morning.
Dates To Know For The Remainder of the Year
- Spark 3:30-5:00
- Grades 3-5 Student Of The Month Assembly 9:00-9:40 --Invited parents will receive invite from school
- Nutcracker Trip--Grades K, 2, 4 & 5--9:00-11:30
- Farmer Lego League--3:30-4:30--Conference Room
- Tribe Classic
- Half Day Dismissal at 12:15
- Winter Vacation starts School Is OUT until January 7th