Tumbleweed Times Week 17

News from Ranch 25 - January 8, 2016

First Grade Happenings

In social studies we read about the African American holiday of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is celebrated over the seven days starting on December 26th and ending on January 1st. Each night a candle is lit in a kinara and one of the seven core principles is discussed: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, a sense of purpose, creativity, and faith


In math this week we first practiced solving equivalent equations. Some examples include: 5 + 3 = 6 + 2 and 1 + 8 = 12 - 3. The students worked on understanding how the equal sign is the center of the equation and that both sides must balance (be equal).

We also worked on using place value to solve problems with teen numbers. When solving a problem such as 15 + 4, first think of the 15 as 10 and 5. Then add 5 + 4 = 9, which is added to the 10. You will probably understand it better when you read the parent newsletter at this link . . . Math News: Grade 1, Module 2, Topic D.

Next Week's Curriculum Focus

3.5 Reading Theme: Kids Around the World

Essential Question: How can comparing and contrasting details help you better understand what you read? (This is a good question to ask when reading with your child.)

Comprehension Skill: Compare and Contrast

High Frequency Words: any, boy, by, goes, friend, girl, water

Phonemic Awareness: Long vowel "o" and "u" using the silent e (scr-, spl-, str-, spr-, thr-)

Vocabulary Words: culture, custom, language, similar, skill


Spelling Words and Dictation Sentences:

any, boy, by, goes, friend, girl, water, string, splash, scrub, scrap, split

Little cubs get strong in the spring.

They splashed in the water.


Writing Genre: Informative

Math: Introduction to Place Value through Addition and Subtraction to 12

Social Studies: Winter Holidays and Traditions

Science: Plant and Animal Parts and Survival

Important Dates

  • Monthly Assembly - Friday, January 15, 8:35 AM
  • No School - Monday, January 18th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • PTA Bingo Night - Friday, January 22, 2015, 5:30 PM
  • MAPs Testing (Language Arts) - Friday, January 22, 8:45 AM
  • MAPs Testing (Math) - Wednesday, January 27, 10:35 AM

Email Errors

If you received this message by error, or this is not the correct address to use for school communication, or if you would like to add an additional address, please email me and let me know.

Mrs. Baldwin - tbaldwin@sbsd.net