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Skills Agenda for the week of March 14-18, 2016

Last Week in Review

In our big backyard adventure last week, we completed our study of birds. We learned how to use tools like scientists. We explored with binoculars and hand lenses. We went on our first nature walk in search of bird life around our campus. Ask your child to tell you what we discovered. We began a study of insects. Ask your child to tell you the name of the scientist who studies insects. (entomologist) We learned that insects outnumber all the other animal groups. Ask your child to tell you why this is important. We focused on the bee learning that there are many kinds of bees. Animal groups are divided into species or "kinds" of animals. The honey bee is very important. Ask your child to tell you why. Why are scientists concerned about the honey bee? Did you know that honey bees can dance? Ask your child to show the dance, tell you the name of the dance (waggle dance), and explain to you why bees dance.

We had a visit with the raptors this morning. How cool!!! We met three raptors that live at Camp McDowell. Ask your child to tell you what happened to all three of these birds to cause them to live in captivity. Your child can explain to you the difference between living in captivity and living in the wild.

Important Dates and Reminders/Homework

Important Dates and Reminders:

March 15-Boosterthon Pep Rally

March 23-Boosterthon Fun Run

March 23-Easter Egg Hunt


Complete bird research by Wednesday (Writing and Drawing completed by the student-student must be able to read the information to the class)

Review all sight words

Review number recognition 1-20 (and beyond)

Listen for and make rhyming words

Count to 100 by 10s and 1s

Read from reading folder, poetry folder, and Ziploc bag of books

Complete homework sheets in agenda

*Use Raz-kids and Ticket to Read daily

Teaching This Week...

Language Arts/Writing:

Standards #s: RLK 1-10; RIK 1-10; RFK 1a-d, RFK2a-d, e, 3a-d; WK 2-3,5-6, 7-8; SLK 1a-b, 2-6; LK 1a-f, 2a-d, 4a, 5a-d, 6

I can:


Use rules for making long vowel sounds in words

Blend sounds to make words

Make new words by changing the vowel

Read sight words and use them in sentences

Phonemic Awareness:

Hear all sounds in words

Hear and make rhyming words

Tell the opposite

Concepts of Print:

Read what I write

Read from left to right (directionality)

Draw pictures to match the words


Write a narrative, an opinion, or a nonfiction story

Use punctuation marks correctly

Start my sentences with capital letters

I Can:


Standards #s: KCC 1,3, 4a-c, 5-7; KOA 2, 3, 4, 5; KMD2-3; KG 1-4

Counting and Cardinality:

Add and subtract within 5 quickly (fluently)

Add more to make 10


Our Big Backyard-insects

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From the Paine Primary Office

Kindergarten registration packets for 2016-2017 are now available in both elementary school offices, the Board of Education, and on the Trussville City Schools website.