Mrs. Jansen's First Grade Class

Weekly Newsletter: April 11, 2016

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Community - Character - Achievement - Impact

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Happy April to One and All!!

Our month is off to great beginning! Thank you to all families who volunteered for donating blood during our drive on Friday and to those who joined us for finishing the Read, Right and Run Marathon! It was exciting to have our friends Peter, Desmond and Nina there to end the terrific tasks of reading 26 books, completing 26 good deeds and running 26 miles. Way to go to all who participated in the program this year!

Last week we had a great time celebrating our friend Camren as Leader of the Week! Camren is wonderful friend to many, and shares really smart insight during our weekly lessons. Also, way to go to our friends Simone and Elie who were chosen as Students of the Week, for exhibiting hard work and determination during our reading and writing lessons this past week.

Special Classes/Weekly Events Schedule:

Monday, Apr. 11th: D Day - Library with Mrs. Ems, books are due
Tuesday, Apr. 12th: E Day - Art with Mrs. Lang; PTO Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Apr. 13th: A Day - P.E. with Coach Widamen; Wellness Wednesday for walking, running or riding your bikes to school
Thursday, Apr. 14th: B Day - Music with Dr. St. Clair
Friday, Apr. 15th: C Day - Wellness with Mrs. Ehrlich; MAP Assembly at 9:00 a.m.; Walking Field Trip to Kirkwood Park, 9:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 17th: Project IDEA Work Day, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.; Kirkwood yard waste bags and gardening tools would be greatly appreciated along with our wonderful families to assist!

Sight Words and Sound Focus

Our sight words this week are: much, before, line, right, too

The children will also participate in learning lessons about suffixes, beginning with the suffix 'ing'. They will be thinking about how to change an action word into telling about doing something in the present, such as 'jumping,' 'skipping,' and 'running.'

We will also spend some time with thinking about how words can share elements in common, such as how many letters, same endings, CVCe patterns. Later in the week, the children will also be having some writing practice with 'Look, Say, Cover' opportunities with various sight words that still pose some spelling difficulties.

Writing Workshop: Realistic Fiction Story Workshop

As we have concluded the writing review workshop, the children are moving back into our beloved Story Workshop experiences. These experiences will provide for realistic fiction creation of the children's own stories, as developed through play, creation and illustration. The work will include developing a story line with characters, setting, problem/solution or cause/effect relationships. This workshop will result in books being created by our class and will conclude with a Publishing Party during the first part of May. I can't wait to see how their stories develop!

Measurements: Fish lengths and animal jumps

More new learning during April! As we begin this week, the children will also begin their new unit in measurement. The measurements being completed will be using the standard American unit of one inch and non-standard units with 1" tiles. The children will be using diagrammed models and reported animal jump measurements to complete their measurement experiences, so get ready for some tape measure practice at home too!

Economics: Opportunity Costs and Production

As we conclude our unit developing economic understanding, the children will be learning about opportunity costs and production. Both of these concepts build upon our work in thinking about goods & services and scarcity. The children will learn about the importance in decision making for items they desire and realize the components of production the items we enjoy, entail. If you haven't had a chance already, please be sure to visit Within the Mr. Roger's Neighborhood section, many interesting videos about materials production are available for the children's viewing. They absolutely LOVED the fortune cookie production line video!