Tumbleweed Times Week 35

News from Ranch 25 - May 27, 2016

First Grade Happenings

This week in math we finished Module 6. We practiced solving word problems using the strategy called a "Tape Diagram." We also practiced solving addition equations using a variety of strategies we have already learned. You can read more about these lessons and how you can help at home by going the following webpages: Math News: Grade 1, Module 6, Topic D and Math News: Grade 1, Module 6, Topic F.


Next week we will take the Module 6 assessment. I am confident the students are more than ready for this test. We have been practicing for a couple weeks now. In addition we will take the addition and subtraction to 10 timed tests.

Send Back Reading Books

This is the last week that reading books will be going home. Please check your house for these little books and send them all back to school next Friday. We try to save paper and reuse them every year. I only need the ones labeled "Leveled Book" and have an alphabet letter on them. You may keep any "Decodable" books your child has highlighted as practice readers. Thanks!

Open House

Thank you so much for attending our Open House on Thursday night. It was so much fun to see you all again. The students were so proud to share the classroom with you. Many of the items you saw hanging will be sent home next week.

Career Day

We had a great assembly on Friday learning about three different careers: musician, doctor, and engineer/professor. Some of our students even dressed in the career of their choice.

Field Day

Field Day will be held on Thursday, June 9th from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. Students will rotate through a series of fun physical activity stations. Some of these stations include water and students will get wet. If your child does not want to get wet, then s/he will wear a pinnie to let the volunteers know not to get him/her wet.


Students should wear their blue digital dash class t-shirt and shorts or pants that can get wet (no swimsuits). They should also wear shoes that can get wet, but still cover the toes. Your child will only need a change of clothes if s/he will be attending CDC after school.


Students should apply sunscreen at home in the morning and wear a hat if desired. They also need to bring a refillable (not disposable) water bottle to carry with them on their journey around the stations.


Lots of volunteers are needed to run our station, to work with our class, and to help with set up and clean up. If you are able to help out, please contact our Room Moms to let them know. Any questions can be sent to me.

Next Week's Curriculum Focus

6.5 Reading Theme: Special Days


Essential Question: Who are the main characters in the story, and what is the setting? (This is a good question to ask when reading at home.)


Comprehension Skill: Character, Setting, and Plot

High Frequency Words: around, begin, brought, certain, minutes, straight

Phonemic Awareness: compound words

Vocabulary Words: fantastic, nutritious, plentiful, stubborn, visit, cancel, daydream


Spelling Words and Dictation Sentences:

around, begin, brought, certain, minutes, straight, lunchtime, daydream, shortcake, pancakes, everything, strawberry

Can you eat pancakes at lunchtime?

I got a lunchbox for my birthday.


Writing Genre: Opinion

Math: Place Value, Comparison, Addition and Subtraction to 100

Social Studies: The Marketplace

Science: Patterns and Motions of Objects in the Sky

Important Dates

  • No School - Memorial Day - Monday, May 30
  • Author Assembly (Matthew Ward) - Wednesday, June 1, 9:00-10:15 AM
  • All School Assembly - Friday, June 3, 8:35-9:00 AM
  • Last Day for Classroom Volunteers - Friday, June 3
  • Field Day - Thursday, June 9, 12:30-2:30 PM (parent volunteers needed)
  • Last Day of School - Friday, June 10, noon dismissal

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