Room 18 Newsletter
May 22, 2013
Here's the Scoop
End of the Year!
Amazing Creatures: We are learning about insects, ocean animals, and dinosaurs over the next six weeks. We will spend two weeks looking at each group in depth.
Insects: What do you know about insects? How many legs do they have? What are the names of their three body parts?
Ocean animals: What kind of animals live in the ocean? Which ocean animals have fins or claws? How do different ocean animals move?
Dinosaurs: If a dinosaur were here, what would it look like? Which scientist study dinosaurs and how do they study an extinct animal? How did dinosaurs move and what did they eat?
High-frequency words: has, look, he, she, here, was, little, said, and, what
Letters: Ks, Xx, Vv, Gg, Ww, Kk, Hh, Dd, Rr
Vowels: A, E, I, O, U (long vs. short) We have introduced the idea that a word must have a vowel. We are working on silent -e, where the first vowel does the "talking" and the last does the "walking." Long vowels say their name, which is different than their short vowel friend.
Word Families: -est, -et, -ed, -en, -ot, -ox, -ix
Snap Words/Fluency Folders
Numbers and Operations
We are exploring place value and dissecting numbers by the hundreds, tens, and ones place. Using a 100's chart we are making the connection between columns (count by 10's) and rows (count by 1's).
We are decomposing numbers in a variety of ways. For example, take 67...
This way we can show larger numbers without 67 separate representations or 1+1+1... Here is where skip counting by: 2's, 5's, 10's and place value (described above) build on themselves.
Room 18 and Science Lab
Our amazing creatures unit has many non-fiction text, which will allow our scientist to learn facts about their favorite animals. We are learning about adaptation, habitat and animals. You will have homework on the five animal kingdoms to research some of their interests. You are welcome to use PebbleGo login. They all love using it in class.
Extra, Extra! Read All About It!
Thank you to those families who have returned their walk-a-thon donations. If you signed up for a per lap donation you should have received a form in the Green Folder a couple of weeks ago. If you need more details on the amount owed please let Valerie or I know.
In a conceited effort to support our almost first graders, we are continuing to work on no baby voices in the classroom. If you can provide positive reinforcement at home it will help foster independence. Thank you!
Please continue to:
1) Read to your children 20 minutes per evening focusing on reading comprehension
2) Have your child read to you with books at their level and support fluency through the folder sent home weekly
3) Practice Snap Words
4) Compass Learning or Dreambox, when available
5) Count: 2's (1-30), 5's (1-100) 10's (1-100)
6) Practice addition/subtraction (1-5)
Pyramid of Success
Team Spirit: Be eager to help your team
Poise: Just be yourself
Confidence: You must believe in yourself if you expect others to believe in you
5/22 - 5/26: Earth Week
5/3: Pancake Breakfast
5/6 - 5/31: Map Testing
5/17: School Sing
5/27: Memorial Day (No School)
5/31: Fitness Friday
5/13: Last Day of School (Minimum Day)