Reading and Language Arts:
We are focusing on 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.
We are learning the following digraphs: wh, ch, sh, th and ck. We are learning about the silent “e” and how it makes the vowel say the long sound. Practice reading the following words at home: hop hope, bit bite, cub cube, mad made, cut cute, kit kite, plan plane, fin fine, rob robe, not note, hid hide, can cane. Please continue to review the kindergarten sight words with your child. Your child will earn a spirit stick when he/she can read all 45 words.
Our Math topics, will be on three dimensional shapes, exploring the teen numbers and combinations to ten. Then we will move on to Weight and Place Value Unit (How Heavy, Tens & Ones to Twenty, Addition & Subtraction Story Problems, Counting by Tens & Ones).
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". PLEASE let them try to write their own sentences when doing the Friday writing homework.
Ask your child what does nonfiction mean? What does a Table of Contents tell you?
WAYS A PARENT CAN HELP WITH READING:
Help your child find appropriate word and reading games on the computer.
3/2- Casimir Pulaski Day- No School
3/6- Report cards Issued- Please sign the brown envelope and return ASAP.
3/8- Daylight Savings -Spring forward one hour
3/17- Teacher Institute- No School
3/30-4/3- Spring Break- No School
4/10 & 4/13- Board Holidays- No School
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 ON TUESDAYS 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 Friday. Please make sure that the book is always returned by the following Friday, 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.
--TAKE HOME BAGGIE BOOKS - Please return the bag each day and your child will pick a new book. Here are some reading strategies that you can use when reading with your child. Please remind them to use the Super Power Strategies (Picture Walk Power, Sight Word Power, Prediction Power, Pattern Power, Pointer Power, First Letter Power, Reread Power)
~ Discuss the author, illustrator, characters and setting for the book.
~ Use the picture clues and letter sounds to help your child read the words.
~ Ask your child to make a prediction about what will happen next in the story.
~ When your child is finished reading the book, ask him/her to tell you what the book was about.
~ Ask your child to retell the story. What happened first, next, then and last?
- Ask your child to make a connection with the story.
Students have been assessed on these skills.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LEVELED BOOKS- When the students are tested, they need to pass a very difficult comprehension piece before they can move on to the next level. The following skills will be included: previewing a book, retelling (sequence of events- beginning, middle and end), retelling (using character’s names and important details), retelling (using language/ vocabulary from the text), reflecting and making connections with the text. Please keep this in mind when working with your child. This can also be a good review with the books your child seems to read easily. Your child may read fluently but may still need to work on the comprehension piece. The comprehending piece is harder when they have to do the reading themselves rather than comprehending a story that is read to them.