Mrs. Cornell's Class

News for March 18 - 21

Dear Parents,

Have you seen the great banner hanging in the window of the lobby. It is wonderful. Kennedy really is a "School of Excellence!" - - just one of 7 recognized in the entire state! I've included a picture below.

Our theme in reading this week is favorite stories. We will read and hear many different types of stories including several folktales. We are also about to finish Unit 6 in Math and begin Unit 7 which has a focus on geometry.

This Friday the entire school will meet in the afternoon to get all "pepped up" for the NWEA testing which begins next week. We have worked hard toward reaching our goals. I encourage students to really "show off" what they have learned and take their time to do their best. As is always true, students need a good night's sleep and a good breakfast. Our tests are all scheduled for the end of the day, so we need to keep up our stamina!

Have a good week!

Jo Cornell

This week we are working on:

READING - Long e (y at the end - happy, jumpy)

Strategy: Summarizing

Skill: Analyzing Plot
New Words: heard, happen, falls, before, began, told
Sentence punctuation
Contractions with "not" - apostrophes
Story writing


Unit 6 - (cont'd)

Data and Bar Graphs

Problem Solving - Number Stories

Unit 7 -

Continue practice with Facts and Fact Families

Introduce Geometry - polygons/shapes

Upcoming Events:

Mon, March 4th - NWEA Reading Test 1

Tues, March 5th - NWEA Reading Test 2

Fri, March 8th - No School - Prep Day
Tues, March 12th - Two Hour Late Start
Thurs, March 14th - Conferences

Fri, March 15th - NWEA Math Test 1

Mon, March 18th - NWEA Math Test 2

Tues, March 19th - Conferences
Thurs, March 21st - Conferences

Fri, March 22 - 31st - No School

(As usual, the February Skills Checklist can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.)


This "Glog" is a fantastic resource for me in the classroom. We are able to use some things on it each week to enhance our learning through engaging activities. I am sharing it with you. Students may do some exploring or may go back to activities that we used in class.
Raz-Kids is an online, self-paced reading website. The teacher username is "jocornell". Students know their passwords. Students first listen to a story, then read that story, then take a quiz. Each task they do earns them points.


We use this weekly in school. Students really enjoy practicing math on this site. Your child should know their username and password, if not I can email it to you.

Some good activities to practice this week include:
First Grade: B11, B15, D13, D14, F3, F6, L3, L4, M1, M2, N2
Second Grade: E7, E10, E11, F7, F9, F11, M7, M14

Students may explore other activities and may need support.
Be sure to bookmark this site. There are hundreds of math games to choose from. The higher the number, the more difficult the skills.

February Skills Checklist

Dear Parents,

This checklist includes many of the topics and skills that your child is working on during the month of February. Many skills continue from previous months. You can help me in tracking your child’s progress by using and returning this checklist at the end of the month. When you feel that your child has mastered a skill, check on the line. Not all lines need to be checked off to return the sheet to school, but please work on each skill with your child throughout the month of February. Thank you for all of your extra help working with your child at home.

Sincerely, Mrs. Cornell

· Can tell time on an analog clock to the half hour (half past) and quarter hour

(quarter-to or before and quarter-past or after) ___

· Can write time in digital notation (example: 5:45 or 11:30) ___

· Identifies numbers as even or odd ___

· Can draw and solve +/- number stories using the number line, number grid, tallies,

pictures, counters, base 10 (any) ___

· Can calculate and write the value of money when using pennies/nickels/dimes/quarters ___

· Can solve math facts including adding or subtracting 0, 1, 2, and doubles up to 10 + 10 ___

· Knows facts whose sums are 10 (example: 7+3 = ) ___

· Can read any two and three digit number ___

· Can compare numbers using > = < symbols ___

· Can measure to the nearest inch / centimeter ___

· Can count by 2’s to 100 and up and back by 5’s and 10’s to 100 ___

· Can read high frequency words (see below) ___

· When reading, pauses for commas and periods ___

· Can answer questions about what he/she has read ___

Can identify main characters, setting and main events in stories ___

Can read long u, long a (ay, ai), and long e (ee, ea, ey, y) words: tune, train, meat

· Can write complete sentences using correct capitalization and punctuation ___

Your Child’s Name _____________________________

Parent Signature _____________________________

Due back March 1st.


February 4 to 8 - work, after, find, old, new, done

February 11 to 15 - warm, cold, sounds, great, know, their, there

February 18 to 22 - kind, knew, house, friends, far, by,

February 25 to March 1 - heard, began, before, happen, told, falls