# Mrs. Wallach's Firstie Flyer

## Happy Spring!

Here's to springtime weather and end of year fun!

## Recent News and Events

Peter Rabbit Tales: Last Thursday the first grade classes took a trip to the Lebanon Opera House to see a wonderful performance of Peter Rabbit Tales.

Earth Day: Later that afternoon, our class picked up trash all over our entire campus. We filled two whole trash bags and made the school yard look great!

Teeth and Skin Lesson: Our school nurse, Pam Hausler, came on on Monday to do a special lesson on skin and teeth and how to care for them.

## Upcoming News and Events

Tuesday, May 17th: Valley Terrace visit with fourth grade buddies

Thursday, May 29th: Mayfest

Monday, May 30th: No school - Memorial day

Tuesday, May 31st: Curious George at Lebanon Opera House

Monday, June 6th: Tentative date for first grade hiking trip and visit to Mrs. Moore's farm

Wednesday, June 8th: Tentative date for African folktale plays

Wednesday, June 15th: Half day - last day of school for students

## Mathematics Focus

Constructing, describing, and extending repeating patterns

• Identifying what comes next in a repeating pattern
• Using the word pattern to describe regularity in a sequence

Identifying the unit of a repeating pattern

• representing a repeating pattern in more than one way (for example, representing a red-blue-red-blue cube pattern with the movements clap-knee-clap-knee or with the "code" ABABAB)
• comparing repeating and nonrepeating sequences
• describing a repeating pattern as a sequence built from a part that repeats over and over called the "unit"
• identifying the unit of a repeating pattern
• identifying what comes several steps beyond the visible part of a repeating pattern
• extending a repeating pattern by adding on units to the pattern
• comparing repeating patterns that have the same structure
• comparing repeating patterns that have the same length of unit, but different structures

IXL Practice Recommendation:

• Patterns (P1-2)
• Subtraction Skill Builders (E1-10)

## Grammar

• capitalizing the first word of a sentence
• ending a sentence with punctuation
• deciding if a sentence is telling, asking, or exciting and choosing the appropriate punctuation mark
• writing in complete sentences
• connecting two ideas in a sentence with 'and'
• capitalizing names of people, pets, months, days of the week, holidays
• writing the date
• pronoun usage

## Writing

Writing workshop is focusing on realistic fiction:

• following the writing workshop routine independently
• assuming the role of author
• planning stories across pages
• using pretending skills to invent characters and realistic adventures
• using "sparkle" words in writing
• using a variety of strategies to spell tricky words
• using a checklist to help set writing goals

Journal writing continues...

• generating ideas
• writing a sentence to tell about something true from your life
• adding one or two more sentences to tell more details
• drawing a picture to match the words
• sharing with the class in a loud clear voice

## Phonics and Snap Words

Phonics Concepts
• vowel-consonant-e syllables
• long vowel sounds
• multisyllabic words
• compound words
• syllable division rules

Snap Words

• people
• month
• none
• nothing

Orange Iguanas:

• The Lucky Penny
• The Missing Cat
• A Walk at Night

Green Monkeys:

• Grandma's Glasses
• The Gecko that Came to School
• Fun for Hugs
• Home Sweet Home
• Bear's Birthday
• The Bossy Pig

Blue Barracudas

• At the Fair
• The Drip
• The Mitten
• The Ants
• A Picnic in the Rain

Red Jaguars

• Freckle Juice
• Amelia Bedelia
• Catwings
• Henry and Mudge and the Careful Cousin

## Social Studies

Our Africa unit starts next week - we will highlight African folktales and basic geography.

Kevin Henkes

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