Reading and Language Arts:
Students will be doing an author study on Mo Willems. We will be learning different text features such as: speech bubbles, thought bubbles, different size and color text, ellipsis, etc. Then we will be moving onto our Nonfiction Unit. Students will be exposed and explore text features such as: Table of Contents, Glossary, Index, bold print, headings and captions in texts. Students will listen to a nonfiction text in order to identify and share key details that support the big idea. As readers we will learn to use our background knowledge to help make connections with the information we read in the nonfiction texts.
Although, we will continue to review the meaning of the following words: character, setting, author, illustrator and illustrations. Students will practice retelling what happened at the beginning, middle and end of a story. Students will be assessed on these skills so please practice at home. When the students are tested on their reading levels, they will need to be able to retell a story and answer comprehension questions about the story they have read. They should also be able to name the characters, the setting, the problem and solution.
We will be learning the words: will, his, her, was, with, when, from, now & play.
For our Math topics, we will continue to work with number lines for adding and subtracting, comparing & measuring length and counting fives & ones with money. Then we will be moving on to three dimensional shapes, exploring the teen numbers and combinations to ten.
By the end of January, students will have learned how to write all the uppercase letters: A-Z.
Students will continue to practice writing sentences. Please review with your child at home that a sentence starts with a capital letter, has spaces between words and ends with a stop sign (period, question mark, exclamation point). We are trying to write more than one sentence. We are focusing on "does it make sense".
CHALLENGE QUESTION: Ask your child what does an ellipsis look like and what does it mean?
1/18-School Improvement Day-11:55 Dismissal
1/21-MLK Day- No School
2/6-100th Day of School
2/15-School Improvement Day-11:55 Dismissal
2/18-Presidents' Day-No Classes
2/26-Teacher Institute-No Classes
General Information- REMINDERS
-SNACKS- Please remember to send a snack for your child every day. Reminder no nuts or snacks that need a spoon.
-LUNCH MENU- Please be advised this can be viewed online through the district website.
-PLEASE HELP- Please practice the following skills with your child: tying shoes, zipping, snapping and buttoning.
-FOLDERS- Please empty your child’s folder every night and send it back to school every day.
-VISITORS must have photo ID to enter building.
-GYM SHOES- Please have your child wear gym shoes to school. We don't have a lot of time to change shoes for gym class or recess. GYM DAYS ARE NOW ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAYS.
-STUDENTS- Please take note that we have 19 students when sending in treats (non-food items) for birthdays.
-LIBRARY BOOKS- Library will be every Wednesday. Please make sure that the book is always returned by the following Wednesday, in order for your child to check out another book. The students can store their books in their back pockets of their chairs in the classroom.
-COUNTING TO 100- Our goal for the end of the year is to be able to count to 100 by any given number (ex. 33, 34, 35....). Also to be able to count by 10’s to 100 by any given number (ex. 30, 40, 50, 60...). Once your child can complete this skill they will have his/her name announced over the intercom, receive a Counts to 100 bracelet and his/her picture will be displayed in the hallway.
-FAMILY PROJECT- For Valentine’s Day, please help your child decorate a shoebox for the valentine cards. The box needs to have a big enough slot (at least 2”x6”) cut on top for the cards. This makes “mailing” easier. Be as creative as you want with the boxes. When you start to do valentine cards, please do not put each student’s name on the front of the envelope. It will take too long for each student to pass out the cards to the correct person. Have your child sign his/her name on the back of the cards and leave the envelopes blank. We have 19 students in class. The boxes are due by Tuesday, Feb. 12th. IF YOUR CHILD WANTS TO PASS OUT A TREAT WITH HIS/HER VALENTINE’S, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT STUDENTS CAN ONLY PASS OUT PRIZES SUCH AS PENCILS, BOUNCY BALLS, SMALL TOYS, ETC. FOOD OR CANDY ARE NOT ALLOWED. We will not be having an official party but we will still be doing Valentine Activities in our room to celebrate.
-SIX-HOUR READING CLUB & SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA- Paperwork was sent home for the Six Hour Reading Club. If you choose to participate, your child will get a free ticket to go to Great America. All you have to do is read to your child (or your child can read to you) for a total of six hours between now and February 14th. Be sure to record the information on the Student Reading Log and return it to school by February 14th. Happy Reading!