First Grade Newsletter, January 26, 2015
25 Book Challenge "Half-Way" Celebration
Students who have read and recorded at least 13 books on their 25 Book Challenge sheet will be recognized on Monday, February 9th! Please encourage your child to continue reading and adding to the list. Allow her/him to select the books to be read. The books may be read by the child or the parent. What a great excuse to snuggle up and spend time together!
Reading with Children FAQs
Ask your child to retell the story including all important characters and events.
Ask your child what she/he thinks is the most important part of the story and why.
Have your child reread his/her favorite parts.
Have your child write, draw and/or speak his/her reaction to the events in the story.
Ask your child to predict what might happen to a character if the story continued.
What should I do if my child is struggling to retell the story?
Help your child focus before he/she begins to read. Say: Pay attention to what the author is saying.
Have your child retell after each paragraph, page or set of pages rather than waiting until the end of the book.
Have your child reread portions of the text.
Perhaps the book is too difficult for your child at this time; it may help to select a simpler book with which to practice this skill until your child's ability to retell improves.
Dates to Remember
January 28: Play it Safe Program in Classrooms
January 30: Bank, FAST
February 6: Spirit Day
February 9: 25 Book Challenge "Half-Way" Celebration
February 16: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning Day
February 18: Early Release 11:45
February 19: Early Release 11:45
February 23: Six Flags Read to Succeed Form Due to Library
This Week's Topics
Language Arts: Adding Descriptive Language to our Writing
Spelling: sh, ch, th, wh, Test February 6th (3 weeks)
Reading: Story Elements, Compare/Contrast
Math: Comparing Numbers 1-99
Social Studies: Timelines
Science: Seasons & Weather