## Meet the Teachers

Mrs. Braun ---- Mrs. Blasl ---- Mrs. Arndt ---- Mrs. Blaschko

## THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of our amazing students and families for their hard work to raise money for the Franklin Walk-a-Thon! You ROCK!

## Reminders

Remember to read for at least 20 minutes each night and mark it on your 400 Club Bookmark!

Wherever and however you read - HAVE FUN!

Educational Apps and Websites

If you're looking for online apps and websites, your child will soon be using the following in their classroom:

IXL

1. Go to https://www.ixl.com/signin/mankato
3. Click on any skill to start learning!

Kids A-Z

Your child's teacher will be sending information home soon. You will then be able to access Kids A-Z (also called Raz-Plus) from your device. This is a free for you resource with amazing features! Please be sure to check it out!

## What We're Learning in Math this Month

We love to learn through hands on activities and games! Here are the skills we'll be focusing on this month.

I can round numbers up to the nearest 10 and 100 and round numbers down to the nearest 10 and 100.

I can compare and order whole numbers up to 1000.

I can use strategies to generate addition and subtraction facts including making tens, fact families, doubles plus or minus one, counting on, counting back, the commutative property (you can add in any order: 3 + 5 = 5 + 3), and the associative property (when you add, you can group the numbers in any combination: (1 + 2) + 3 = 1 + (2 + 3)). I can use the relationship between addition and subtraction to generate basic facts.

I can demonstrate fluency with basic addition facts and related subtraction facts.

## What We're Learning in Reading this Month

I can identify the main idea of a text. The main idea is what a paragraph, passage, or story, is mostly about. Recognizing main idea helps readers remember important information.

I can identify details that support the main idea. Supporting details describe or explain the main idea. Recognizing details helps readers identify the main idea.

I can analyze characters through their actions, words, thoughts, and feelings. A character is a person, an animal, or a thing in a work for literature. Examining a character's actions, feelings, thoughts, and words-and what others say and think about him or her-allows readers to make inferences about the character.

I can visualize to deepen understanding of characters. Understanding characters in a story helps readers better understand the story.

## What We're Learning in Writing this Month

Personal Narratives! We will begin by looking at our pasts through a writer's eye. We will read several personal narratives to get an idea of what a personal narrative is, and what it looks and sounds like. We will brainstorm ideas for our own personal narratives. As we begin our personal narratives, we will learn how to organize our ideas, draw it before drafting, and learn how to write like we speak.

## Social and Emotional Learning

We want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Succes in school is not just about reading or math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. We will be using the Second Step program in our classrooms this year to teach and reinforce these critical skills.

The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:

1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.

2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others' feelings. Students also learn how to see other people's perspectives, and how to show compassion.

3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety and anger.

4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

Your child will be learning a lot this year--and he or she will need your help! Throughout the year, your child may be bringing home a few Home Links that go with the Second Step lessons. The Home Links are designed to be simple and fun activities for you and your child to complete together. They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows.

Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills that lead to success in school and in life.

Be a Learner