# Mrs. Weyen's First Grade Class!

## We are learning....

• Math: Over the past couple of weeks we have been reviewing patterns and practicing identifying which part of a pattern repeats. Learning patterns is very important because it is the beginning and underlying basis of algebraic thinking. Here is a direct link to online practice for patterns: http://www.primarygames.com/patterns/question1.htm
• We have also been learning about 2D shapes, specifically focusing on characteristics of the shapes. Here is a direct link to online games about shapes: http://pbskids.org/games/shapes/
• Math vocabulary: Sides, vertices.
• What Can I be doing with my child at home? Great question. A first grade goal is to be able to identify and write numbers from 1-120. This is a big task because they only had to write through 20 in Kindergarten (However, our wonderful K teachers helped push them farther.) Here is a link for a blank 120 chart. You can print some off and practice with your child once a week! http://www.math-drills.com/numbersense/120charts_003.pdf
• Reading: Assessments are almost done! Yay! We haven't started small group instruction yet but for whole group we have been building word families for short a, short o, and we began short i. We also look for patterns in words. For example: If I can spell at, I can spell bat, hat, rat, cat. We do read alouds daily for our comprehension focus. Kevin Henkes has been our focus author.
• Science:
• Social Studies:

## Specials Rotation for the Week of September 7th-11th

Monday: No School
Tuesday: Media
Wednesday: PE
Thursday: Art
Friday: PE

## Snacks

We are almost out of snacks:
• Cheez-its
• Goldfish
• Peanut butter or cheese crackers
• etc., etc.

I have been doing snack in the morning around 10:00-10:30 because they are usually hungry by then. However, many are asking for it again around 1:30 or so. I do not do whole group snack in the afternoon but if you would like to send an extra one with your child, he or she is more than welcome to pull it out and eat it as needed in the afternoon. Thank you!

## Colored Copy Paper

We use this a lot for center games and math manipulatives.

## Upcoming School Events

### 7200 East Quincy Place

#### Broken Arrow, OK

Come learn more about our classroom! I will go over homework procedures, share with you what life is like in first grade, and answer any other questions you may have for me. I look forward to seeing you.

## Shool to Home Connection

Here are some tips on helping your child become an independent reader.

Storyline Online

Magic Keys

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