Here's what's happening in the huddle...
All guided reading groups are working on written responses to text. For non-fiction stories, we are trying out new graphic organizers to record facts and for fiction stories we are practicing story maps and connections. As you read fictional pieces at home, verbally talk about the characters, setting (where and when the story takes place), problems, and solutions in stories. After reading a story, say to your child, "Tell me a connection you can make to this story." Practice using specific details from stories when making connections. For example, "Frank knows to stay away from scorpions in the story Way Out West Lives a Coyote Named Frank. That reminds me of that time we saw a scorpion at the zoo. I think I'd stay away from them too!"
MATH MONEY KITS
DON'T POP YOUR CORK
We reviewed the concepts of living and non-living, and that living things need to grow, change, move, and eat. Next week we will begin to study different groups of animals to prepare for our trip to the zoo.
On Friday, May 10th, Gayman's first graders will go to the Elmwood Park Zoo to enrich our studies of collecting and examining life. On Friday, we chose our chaperones for the trip. Each first grade class will take 6 chaperones. If you offered to be a chaperone, your name was placed in our hat and names were drawn at random. If you were a lucky winner, your child should have brought home a letter inviting you to join us. The cost for chaperones is $13.25 to cover adult zoo admission and the program we will see at the zoo. If you were chosen and you can no longer join us, please let me know immediately so I may choose a new name from those who were not picked. Thank you!
Remember, all permission slips and fees are due by this coming Friday, April 19th.