1.1 Classroon News!!!
From Ms. Jordan Week of 4-21-14
News and Announcements
*Conferences were a HUGE success! Thank you for all of your support! The kids did an amazing job and I am so proud of them! Again, thank you so much for being wonderful parents and so supportive of the things happening in the classroom.
*Next week is our Spring Break. Have fun and be safe! However, we will be beginning school on the 21st of April. Please let me know if your child will not be here when we come back!
*Even though next week is the week before spring break we are still learning. Please let me know if your child will be leaving early next week to go on vacation.
*Please remember to turn in the conference form I sent home last Friday. This will give me excellent information about your child that I can respond to and use to include in the conference.
*Please send a healthy snack with your child every day.
*Homework packets are being completed and turned in to me! That is AWESOME! Please make sure to have your child do their homework even if you need to take more time on it than 1 week. I am not worried about the due date, instead I want your child to be getting the extra practice. If the homework is WAY too hard for your child, please email me and let me know. Together we can come up with a solution so that they are still able to get the extra practice. Homework should be something your child should be able to complete with a large amount of independence. Again, please let me know if that is not the case.
*Please make sure your child brings their library books back to school by Friday of each week or they WILL NOT be able to check out a new library book on Friday.
*Also, make sure your child bring back their take home books each day. We are still missing many books!
*If you are having a birthday party and you are not inviting ALL the girls or ALL the boys in the class then the invitations may not be passed out at school or by me. You need to contact the people you are inviting by bringing the invitation to their apartment or by contacting them by phone or electronically. Otherwise not everyone in the class feels included and there are hurt feelings. Please make sure to follow this school policy.
*LAST REMINDER! If your child is taking a different bus than usual or you are picking your child up, please contact the elementary office. I CANNOT send your child to a different location without a note from the office. THANK YOU!
For conferences, I had a slide show of student pictures from throughout the year. I just went through and randomly picked some pictures. ENJOY! They are pretty cute.
Targets for Next Week (Our Goal):
These goals are based on the Common Core Standards, and have been
written in 1st grade friendly language. The expectation is that each student
will reach the following goals by the end of the unit.
Literacy: World Contributions
Oral Language/Listening Skills
I can speak using comparative and superlative adjectives (-er and -est).
I can identify a fact
I can identify an opinion
I can distingush between a fact and an opinion
I can ask and answer questions about key details in a text
I can write a fact
I can write an opinion
Math Unit 8
I can make change
I can distinguish between equal and nonequal shares
I can understand fractions
I can understand the top number of a fraction and the bottom number of a fraction
I can understand how to share things equally among many people
I can understand what an invention is
I can understand a tool
I can understand a technique
I can distinguish between a tool and a technique
Words, Words, Words, Oh My!
These are the words your child will be learning in school this week. Any additional
exposure to these words at home will help your child have a better understanding of
Students should be familiar with these words, but they are not for the spelling test.
superlative adjective (-est)
comparative adjective (-er)
This week we are working on words with -er (comparative adjectives) and -est (superlative adjectives). Please work on having your child use these words when they speak and finding them in your daily life (newspapers, books, etc.).
Here are some examples:
We are now moving to spelling the popcorn words instead of reading them. All of the students can pretty much read all the popcorn words. However, it does not hurt to keep practicing with the flashcards at home. NOW instead of just having your students read the flashcards, you can tell them the word and they have to spell it for you. It is another way to use the flashcards and meet our goal. Also, I will be sending home lists of words for the students to practice spelling as part of their homework. Thank you for your support! As the students grow we are finding more ways to challenge them. One way is to focus on the spelling instead of just the reading since they have already mastered that skill.
Next week we are working on inventions and inventors. This unit will be incorporated into Social Studies and Literacy. We have a video about the kid president who wants to be an inventor. Also, I have another video from the Ellen show about kid inventors. Have fun watching! Thank you for your support and making conferences AWESOME!. As always please email me if you have any questions or concerns. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.