# Firsties are Thirsty for Knowledge

## Apples and Johnny Appleseed

Last week, we learned all about apples and Johnny Appleseed. On Friday, we made pot hats and ate homemade applesauce. We also tasted roasted pumpkin seeds since we learned about pumpkins the week before. We took a couple of pictures including a silly face picture. :)

## What We Will Learn This Week

We are beginning a new unit in reading this week. For the next six weeks, our concept will focus on communities.

Unit 2 Week 1

Title: A Big Fish for Max

Question of the Week: What does a family do together?

Phonics: Digraphs sh and th (examples: ship, wash, that, with)

Vowel Sound: a, al (examples: ball, walk)

Comprehension: Sequence (First, Next, Last)

Strategy: Predict & Set Purpose

Fluency: Accuracy & Appropriate Rate

Listening & Speaking: Relate an experience in sequence

Conventions: Common Nouns (get a capital Letter---teacher: Mrs. Key; school: Hidden Lake)

***If you would like, you may send in a small picture of your family doing something together. I will let your child write about what you're doing as a family, and it will hang on our concept wall until the end of the unit.

Math

We will begin learning new addition strategies this week.

*Add in any order: If 3+2=5 then 2+3=5.

*Count on: Put the big number in your head and count on by saying the next numbers.

*Add Doubles: 0+0, 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4, 5+5, 6+6, 7+7, 8+8, 9+9, 10+10

***Doubles need to be mastered for future success of addition strategies.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have any questions, please email me or send me a chat message on Remind.

The end of the nine weeks is quickly approaching. Students should be reading their library book each night as part of their homework. So far, everyone is doing a great job with that!

The AR Goal for the first nine weeks is 8 points with an 80% average, and it ends on October 9. You can look on the Renaissance Home Connect website (https://hosted132.renlearn.com/78508/HomeConnect/) to see the books they have taken tests on. There is also an option to receive an email each time your child takes a test.

Students who complete 4 tests per week and have an average of 80% or higher receive a homework pass. During the second nine weeks, the average must be 85% or higher to receive a homework pass.