## Presidents Day

We hope that you enjoyed your snowy 4 day weekend! Please read the section below as a reminder about Snow Day baggies that were sent home last week.

## Snow Day Baggie

Last Monday, first graders brought home a snow day baggie. This baggie provides several fun activities your student can do at home should we have a snow day. These activities are similar to the fun and engaging activities we did on our mock non-instructional day a couple of weeks ago. Please store this baggie in a safe place, as we may use it in the future as well. If you have any questions, please ask your child's teacher. If there is a school closing and we are on the "Snow Go" plan, this will be the bag that your student will complete at home. Please sign each activity they complete.

## This Week in First Grade

This week in reading, we will continue our unit entitled "Readers Have Big Jobs to Do," which focuses on fluency, phonics, and comprehension. This unit will prepare students to read increasingly complex texts while maintaining meaning accuracy, comprehension, and fluency. Students will focus on word-solving strategies and reading independence. Specifically this week, students will be working on using everything they have learned in the unit to read fluently and to ensure that they are understanding their reading. Students will practice their reading voice by reading to other students and even recording themselves reading!

• they
• car
• yes
• pretty
• think
• how

## Math

In Math, we continue to focus on Geometry. First graders have been learning about partitioning shapes. Students have explored what is half and what is not half. This week we will explore partitioning by taking a pizza order and making imaginary brownies. Students will take orders from their classmates and determine how to make the orders correctly by partitioning. Students often think of half as any part of a whole, rather than two equal parts and they often refer to one half as being larger than another. Encourage your child to see half in the world around them. Pizza, cookies, and cakes are great real-world examples of partitioning!

## Writing

First graders have proven to be effective opinion writers! They have enthusiastically jumped into review writing, sharing their opinions and recommendations of their favorite restaurants, books, and video games. This week we will become persuasive writers, adding supporting reasons to our writing to encourage our readers. We will be working on "hooking" our readers to get their attention from the start. You can help your child by discussing reviews of favorite restaurants, books, movies, etc. Building the dialogue will help your writer express his or her thoughts.

## Yearbook Orders!

Order at the link below or pick up a form in the front office.

## Weather-related school closings

In case of inclement weather, please check local TV or radio stations for school closings or delays. You can also sign up for phone or text notifications through the SCPS website.