Mrs. Lyons' Class - Week 4

Math, Science, Social Studies

9/8 - 9/11

We have a short week ahead, full of fun!

Dates to Remember:

Friday 9/11: Read-a-Thon and Dress as your favorite book character!

Monday 9/14 - 9/18 Book Fair

Friday 9/18: Grandparents Day / Noon Dismissal

Wednesday 9/23 Picture Day / Open House at 5:30

* Sign & Return papers will come home on Thursday this week


Due on or before Friday 9/11

Math 2.2-2.4

Science: All Kinds of Animals Vocabulary (Draw a line from the picture to the word)

Social Studies: None


Review Excel completed in class- found in binder and practice Rainbow Math. (Keep cards in backpack when not practicing. We will practice at school as well)

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The structure of guided math provides for individualized small group instruction. Students are grouped based on their needs within a concept or skill. Instruction in small groups is designed to take students from where they are, building their confidence and skills as mathematicians. Students become thinkers, not just doers of math.

On Tuesday, I will introduce Guided Math. It will take about 2 weeks to get students into the routine before we can use this time effectively. This is how our Guided Math time will work once routines have been established.

We will have a whole-group lesson on the skill of the week in addition to small group learning. Learning stations are designed around that skill.

  • Math Journals - Independent learning time for practicing the skill / concept of the week.
  • Technology - Independent learning time on iPads for practicing math facts and skill of the week.
  • Math with Teacher - Small group time with me!
  • Math Games - Partner work. Students will be working in pairs to complete skill building games and activities.

Students will rotate between learning stations.

We will start by introducing Math Journals and Math Games this week.

This system allows the students to build on math skills with multiple learning styles. It is important that each student understand that this time is to be used wisely.

Click here for Unit 1 Math: Number Concepts

Use this link for math review, games, and extra practice for CHAPTER 2

Math This Week:

  • Add in Any Order
  • Ways to Make 7 and 8
  • Add in Vertical Form
  • Writing Number Sentences

Chapter 2 Vocabulary: add, part, whole, plus sign, equal sign, addition sentence, sum, zero, order, addend

Excel Lessons 11-14

UNIT B: All About Animals

Key Vocabulary:

Mammal: an animal with hair or fur

Bird: an animal that has 2 legs, 2 wings, and feathers

Reptile: an animal that has dry skin covered with scales

Amphibian: an animal that lives on land and water

Fish: Group of animals that live under water. Most have scales

Insects: animals that have three body parts and six legs. Most lay eggs

Parent Help Needed!! - Please help your child cut images of animals from magazines and send to school as early in the week as possible. One image from each group listed above would be fantastic, but not required. Send to school in a ziplock bag or envelope with your child's name. *Send what you find. No pressure to find all*

Lesson 1: All Kinds of Animals

Lesson 2: What Animals Need to Live

Lesson 3: How Animals Eat Food

Lesson 4: Animals Grow and Change

Activities this week for project grades:

  • Classify and sorting types of animals on poster boards
  • What animal am I? (Students will work together in teams to complete an unknown animal puzzle, and will then describe the animal to the class, using vocabulary terms.
  • Vocabulary Booklet - My book of BIG words

Tip* Encourage your child to read books on our lesson topics. This is helpful when learning to read as well as to learn more about what we are doing in class! I LOVE to see and hear students come to class excited about the topic we are covering! National Geographic Kids books are great for this purpose! Nonfiction books are a great way to encourage a love for learning!


Do you have a unique pet that would enhance our animal lesson that you would like to share with the class? A turtle, a snake, frog, an ant farm? Please contact me to discuss the possibility of sharing your pet story with the class!

Social Studies

We will be working in our Maps, Globes, and Graphs book in class as well as talking about our Social Studies word of the day.