Mrs. Wallach's Firstie Flyer

Friday, April 29, 2016

Happy Spring!

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

News and Events

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

Academic Updates

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)


  • 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 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

Writing about reading continues...

  • writing about events that happened in a reading group book

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

Guided Reading Groups

Recent Reads by Group:

Orange Iguanas:

  • Your Heart
  • The Lucky Penny
  • The Missing Cat
  • All About Honeybees
  • A Walk at Night
  • Road Builders

Green Monkeys:

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

Blue Barracudas

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

Red Jaguars

  • Your Heart
  • 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.

April Author of the Month

Kevin Henkes

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