Welcome back from a long, but scary weekend! I hope everyone stayed safe during the events of Thursday night. Hopefully all power has been restored and we are off and running to a calmer week!
Note: When Friday folders are sent home this week (on Friday), please sign in two boxes (6 & 7). I had just started the folders Thursday afternoon when we were told to exit the building. So this week will contain two weeks of papers.
Little a, little e, poor little i, annoying o, and cute little u have all been studied and this week we will mix and create tricks for each! Vowel review will help “firm up” the sounds of each and the different words that call for a short or long vowel. In the weeks to come we will delve even further into why a vowel is sometimes long, rather than short. Students have much more experience with short vowels due to sight words following that pattern.
HANDWRITING~~~ Homework this week will be concerned with this area as we need extra reinforcement. Everyone should still have the guide that was sent home the first week of school. Use that when completing homework handwriting assignments.
We will start forming short sentences this week as we explore what makes a sentence and what makes a phrase. We will use the categorizations…..CAKES (sentences) and FLAKES (not sentences). This is an area that we will work on for the entire school year. Remembering capitals at the beginning and appropriate end marks is a challenging goal.
WORD STUDY begins this week! This is our version of spelling tests. It is quite different from when you took spelling tests, studying a determined list by rote. With WORD STUDY there are “features” that are emphasized. For example: an, ap, at might be the endings for that particular week. Students would cut them from the sheet sent home and then physically push them (on a table) into “like groups”. (can, man, fan, pan, cap, zap, nap, that, sat, bat, cat, etc.) It is very important that students cut the words out and practice putting them in the groups each night. It will help them become familiar with similar patterns and help them to visualize the words. There are different WORD STUDY groups in class as different students are at different levels. Try having your child highlight important features of the WORD STUDY words before or after sorting. Tests will be given on Friday and students must write the word under the correct header. One point is deducted when a word is written in the incorrect column. WORD STUDY tests are not made up if students are absent. Their highest previous grade will be doubled. We have WORD STUDY notebook activities each Thursday. At the end of the year, students will bring home their notebook and the words can be reviewed before second grade. It might be fun for you to have mock spelling tests each week of the summer and pull from various pages in the book.
MATHEMATICALLY………Graphs can explain and show how information has been obtained. There are several types and ways to display this information. We look at those this week and interpret positive results, negative results, and create our own version. We take attendance using graphs, see if your child can explain to you how this is done. Espanol is used frequently with our attendance graphs.
The habitats that we are creating are coming along so nicely. Students have even brought things from home to place in the habitat to make it more realistic for their assigned animal. We focus on tame/wild this week as well as talk about appendages (legs, arms, wings, etc.) Coverings such as fur, feathers, shells, skin, and scales will be fun to learn more about.
STACK AND PACK ~~~When towns demonstrate appropriate behaviors and work together cooperatively, they are in store for a great time!
Our parents have created such wonderfully fun activities for their child’s town! They are having a blast! Thank you to the moms of Alex, Gray, Raffy, and Anirudh for being our first round town captains and coming in to do wonderful activities!
HOMEWORK: *****************WORD STUDY (sheet in folder)
******************************* Blue Basal Reading ( Story 5)
********************************Use the handwriting guide to copy the entire alphabet (upper and lower case letters) and numbers. Your child should go slowly paying attention to the beginning formation of each letter and number. Turn the paper (included in folder) over on the back and write the 5 vowels at the top. The children have already written names and October words as well as numbers at the top. All set for you to help them begin. Last week I talked about ALERT letters/numbers. Pay close attention to your child’s ALERT letter/number when he/she is writing. Thank you!
*******************************Type one fact about your assigned animal, print it out and bring it in. Please cut it into “strip” form so that we can glue it in the habitat. Try to find one that not everyone will know. Can you make us say……”Whatttttttttt?”
Conferences continue……….we had to miss one do to the storm, so this pushes me back a bit………it has been so nice to sit down with families and chat about the little ones! I will be contacting you over the next few weeks.
HAVE AN INSPIRED WEEK!