First Grade News

May 16 - 20, 2016


May16 is Day 4 of the Encore Rotation

Mon. Read 10 minutes.

Spelling 3x each

Tues. Read 10 minutes.

Math Worksheet

Wed. Read 10 minutes.

Write the Spelling Words in ABC Order

Thurs. Read 10 minutes.

Study for spelling test.

Phonics Worksheet

Fri. Read 20 minutes.

Optional Lifework: We have learned that climate is a kind of weather a place has year after year. If you could travel anywhere on Earth, where would you go? Write 5 sentences describing the climate there. How would you dress? What are some of the activities that you might do there? What would you eat? What kind of building would you stay in?

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Curriculum Corner

Langauge Arts: GATES Reading Test. Phonics: Sounds of "aw," "au." Writing: Begin planning for Young Author's Day Story. D'Nealian Handwriting letter Xx.

Math: Addition and Subtraction facts to 18, Counting mixed coins, Quarter, Dime, Nickel Penny. Missing addends.

Social Studies: Mapping, Cardinal Directions. symbols. Creating a map and map legend. Tentative test date: Friday, May 20th

Young Author's Day June 16th

Young Author’s Day is a school-wide event on June 16th. Every first grader will write a book and turn it in on Friday, June 10th.

We will start planning the stories at school this week. We will help your child plan an original story with a beginning, middle and end. We will start writing a rough draft in class next week. We will send home what we have accomplished at school on May 27th in the Friday folders. The final draft of the book will be written and illustrated at home. This will be part of our lifework for the two weeks from May 30th to June 9th. The last few days should be spent practicing reading aloud and doing any “fix-it” work.

We are looking for something written and revised until it is without error. We would like colorful, original illustrations to accompany the story. Each book needs an eye-catching cover with the author and illustrator's first and last name. You should neatly bind the books together with staples, or string. You may even want to get the book bound for a minimal cost at Kinkos or have it laminated (this is NOT required, but it will make the book a keep-sake). This book should represent each student’s very best work! Parents will be invited to come hear the children read their books on Young Author’s Day. (Details will follow.)

Show and Tell Students, Numbers 11 - 15

Please bring your special item on Wednesday

Mrs. Brandt - Fable, Alicia, Mustafa, Reed, Ram

Mrs. Buck - Valerie, Zaara, Jaxon, Preston, Swarnim

Mrs. Moore - Sebastian, Myra, Cassie, Gabriella, Clarissa

Show and Tell

Since every student has had a chance to be Student of the Week, we would like to end the year giving each child a chance to "Show and Tell" something that is special to them. Show and Tell will be on Wednesdays. Students above should bring in their special items on this day only. No pets please. Please know that the special item must stay in his/her backpack until it is time to share and will return to their backpack after sharing time. The item is the responsiblity of the student.

Log Student Community Service Hours and Parent Volunteer Hours by May 31st

Student Community Service Hours need to be documented in the agenda by May 31st. Parent volunteer hours must also be logged by May 31st. Each first grade student needs at least 10 hours of community service. Parents need 10 hours of school volunteer service per child enrolled at Pennington. These things must be in place in order for students to participate in the end-of-year activities.

Need More Volunteer Hours? Bake for the Spring Fling!

The Spring Fling needs Cakes and Pies for the Cake Walk and Cookies for the Bake Sale. You can earn 1 parent volunteer hour for 2 cakes or pie, or 2 dozen cookies (2 volunteer hours maximum). Please send in your cakes, pies, and/or cookies by 10:00 a. m. on Saturday, May 21st. Go to the Signup Genius for more volunteer opportunities!

May Poem

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A Good Play

By Robert Louis Stevenson

We built a ship upon the stairs

All made of the back-bedroom chairs,

And filled it full of sofa pillows

To go a-sailing on the billows.

We took a saw and several nails,

And water in the nursery pails;

And Tom said, "Let us also take

An apple and a slice of cake";

Which was enough for Tom and me

To go a-sailing on, till tea.

We sailed along for days and days,

And had the very best of plays;

But Tom fell out and hurt his knee,

So there was no one left but me.