1.1 Classroom News!!!!

From Ms. Jordan Week of 1-20-14

News and Announcements

*I hope you all have had a FABULOUS break!!! I hope your holiday was filled with having fun, seeing friends, and spending time with family. I know that mine was.

*School begins at 7:30 on Monday January 20th, 2014. Welcome Back!
*February 3rd is the 100th day of school! I am so excited! I know it is a while away, but I wanted to give you a heads up because there will be a lot of information and a project sent home about hundreds day a week in advance. Prepare yourselves for an amazing day!!

*There is no swimming this quarter. Therefore, your children will no longer need to wear their swimsuits under their clothes, bring their swim bag, towel, goggles, and swim caps. They will be back to regular PE classes.


*Please send a healthy snack with your child every day.

*There was no homework packet over break, so do not worry about turning one in. However, I will be sending a homework packet home this coming Monday. Last quarter I did not receive many homework packets and they do factor into your child's grade. Please make sure to have your child do their homework even if you need to take more time on it than 1 week. I am not worried about the due date, instead I want your child to be getting the extra practice. If the homework is WAY too hard for your child, please email me and let me know. Together we can come up with a solution so that they are still able to get the extra practice. Homework should be something your child should be able to complete with a large amount of independence. Again, please let me know if that is not the case.

*Please make sure your child brings their library books back to school by Friday of each week or they WILL NOT be able to check out a new library book on Friday.

*Also, make sure your child bring back their take home books each day. If they forget, no problem! Have them return the book to my classroom library the following day.

*LAST REMINDER! If your child is taking a different bus than usual or you are picking your child up, please contact the elementary office. I CANNOT send your child to a different location without a note from the office. THANK YOU!


Targets for Next Week (Our Goals): These are our new targets for all of our NEW units after the break!

These goals are based on the Common Core Standards, and have been written in 1st grade friendly language. The expectation is that each student will reach the following goals by the end of the unit.

Literacy: Around the World with a Glass Slipper

Oral Language/Listening Skills

I can use adjectives.

Reading

I can ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

I can retell a story including key details.

I can describe characters, setting, and major events in a story using key details.

Writing

I can write a narrative with a correct sequence of events.
I can use adjectives to describe characters and setting.

Math: Unit 5

I can use base-10 blocks to model numbers less than 100.
I can use exchange base-10 cubes and longs to represent numbers.
I can compare numbers using >, <, and =.

Science: Plants and Animals

I can identify the parts of a plant.
I can identify what a plant needs to grow.
I can make observations about a plant.


Words, Words, Words, Oh My!


These are the words your child will be learning in school this week. Any additional exposure to these words at home will help your child have a better understanding of their meaning.

Students should be familiar with these words, but they are not for the spelling test.


Math

base-10

cubes

longs

flat

hundreds

digit

more than

less than

Science

plant

seed

roots

stem

flower

leaves

Literacy

sequence of events

character

setting

problem

solution

compare and contrast

fantasy

reality

ending statement

Popcorn Words:

asked

because

here

men

need

read

such

turn

went

why

Spelling Rule:

We are moving on from long a silent e and now we are doing two vowels together to make a long vowel sound. The rule to remember is: when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking and says its name.

Our spelling rule is words with ai where the a says its name (long vowel) and the i does not say anything.

Some examples are:

train

claim

rain

faint

tail





Home Fun!

This week, we have a wonderful video for our spelling rule that we will be watching in class. Feel free to have your child watch it at home to have them really understand what happens when two vowels go walking in a word. Again, if you have ANY questions feel free to email me. My email is jrjordan@isp.edu.pa. WELCOME BACK!!



Sincerely,

Julie Jordan

Between the Lions: "When Two Vowels Go Walking"