News from Room 2!

Mrs. Smith's Firsties

Welcome Families!

Week of April 23rd - 27th
Big picture

This is our class project photo for the Arts Festival on Tuesday, April 25th. It will be a part of the silent auction. Come bid on it!

What Will We Be Learning This Week?

Literacy

We are continuing our Literacy curriculum this week. We will begin Wonders Unit 6 Week 1. Below are the areas and concepts we will be focusing on:


Comprehension Skill - Theme

Comprehension Strategy - Reread

Grammar - Pronouns

Writing Traits - Sentence Fluency: Complete Sentences

Phonics Skill - Variant /u/ sounds: ui, oo, u_e, u, ou, ue, ew

Spelling Words - moon, tune, fruit, blue, soup, flew

High Frequency Words - answer, busy, enough, door, eyes, brought (note that we now have 6 high frequency words - I will test on 5 and the 6th will be another challenge word).

Challenge Words - spoon, truth (+2 extra credit)

Math

Everyday Math Unit 8

We will begin Unit 8 this week. Unit 8 focuses on geometry.


Concepts we will be learning this week:

- Building shapes with defining attributes

- Halves

- Fourths


Homelinks - Monday (8.1), Tuesday (8.2), Wednesday (8.3), and Thursday (8.4).


Everyday Math Games

- Listed below are the games we have learned and the ones we will learn this upcoming week:

  • Bunny Hop
  • Monster Squeeze
  • Top - It
  • Penny Dice
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Rolling for 50
  • Penny Plate
  • Domino Top-It
  • Subtraction Bingo
  • Addition Top-It
  • The Digit Game
  • Fishing for 10
  • Roll and Record Doubles


Calendar

- We do calendar every single day. Incorporated into our daily calendar routine are multiple math concepts including:

  • Place Value
  • Money
  • Number of the Day
  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Counting

Science

We will continue our Life Science unit this week. We will spend time in class researching animal habitats before going on our field trip to the OKC Zoo on May 2nd. We will use books and online resources to conduct our research.

Social Studies

We will continue with our Second Step lessons. These lessons focus on the social emotional development of each learner. There are Second Step homelinks on our grade level website under the parent page.

We will also use this time to continue to build classroom community. Building that community is imperative for learning to take place.

Specials

Monday - Music with Shepard

Tuesday - Combined in the gym due to testing

Wednesday - Combined in the gym due to testing

Thursday - Music with Shepard

Friday - P.E. with Stuemky (wear tennis shoes)

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 24th - Monroe Arts Festival from 5:30-7:30 pm

Friday, April 27th - School - Wide Pajama Day

Tuesday, May 1st - EOY Math Benchmark Window Opens

Wednesday, May 2nd - First Grade Field Trip to the OKC Zoo

**We are still waiting on a couple permission slips and money. If you have not turned this in, please get it to me asap. Thanks!

Thursday, May 3rd - Author Visit (David Titus)

Thursday, May 3rd - Spring Individual Pictures

Friday, May 4th - Volunteer Appreciation at GMM

Friday, May 4th - Super Kids Day

Friday, May 4th - Hat Day

Wednesday, May 9th - Walk or Ride Your Bike to School Day

Friday, May 11th - Principal's Reading Challenge Celebration

Wednesday, May 16th - Senior Day at GMM

Friday, May 18th - Talent Show @ 1:15 pm

Friday, May 25th - Hat Day

Monday, May 28th - No School (Memorial Day)

Thursday, May 31st - Last Day of School


**Please note the changes in the school calendar dates and the daily time change below.

  • First Bell - 7:30 a.m.
  • Second Bell - 7:40 a.m.
  • Dismissal Bell - 3:10 p.m.
  • School will be in session Tuesday, May 26th - Thursday, May 31st, with Thursday being the last day of school.


As events get closer, I will give you more information. If you have any questions, please email me.

Principal's Reading Challenge

Monroe is participating in the Principal's Reading Challenge. Each class will collect the total number of books they read to come to a grand total of 3,000 books for the entire school. If we reach this goal, we will celebrate by moving Dr. Connery's office to the roof of the school building and having a celebration.


Please fill out the logs for all the books you read at home. Once your log is full, send it back to class and I will send home another!


Due date is Friday, April 27th!!

Attendance

One thing we are sure of at Monroe, is that we cannot reach our goals and meet the needs of all students if they are not here with us at school. Because of that, we have a continuous focus on improving our attendance. We are striving for an Average Daily Attendance of greater than 95%. Currently, as a school, we are hovering at 93%. Please help us to reach our goal by making sure your student(s) are at school on time, every day. We know that absences can sneak up on you. I encourage you and your family to continue to make a goal to miss fewer than five absences this year! We can do it! ☺