Tuesday 22nd January 2019

by hahall
  • Happy New Year 2019! Welcome back. I hope you had a very restful and relaxing holiday. I am so excited to see all my first graders and their families too!
  • Progress Reports were sent home before break. Please return the signed progress report to verify you have received it. As always, please email me if you have questions/concerns. I am happy to schedule a meeting as well.
  • Next week we have our field trip to Lifeline Theater to see We Found a Hat. Please send a lunch on Tuesday. We will eat when we return from the performance.
  • Please send in snacks. We are completely out of snacks. I would appreciate donations of cheerios, raisins, crasins, chex, pretzels, chocolate chips or popcorn so that we can make a trail mix as part of our unit on How-To writing.
  • Welcome to Ms. Jones, our student teacher from DePaul. She will be with us for the next 12 weeks.

READER’S WORKSHOP: This week we will read Whistle for Willie. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. We will use the book to make predictions and inferences. Students will continue to identify character traits that support a growth mind set and perseverance. We will enjoy additional Ezra Jack Keats’ books this week including The Snowy Day and Peter’s Chair.

Sight Words: time, could, make, than, first

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: We are well into How-To writing. Students brainstormed things they knew how to do. This week we will put our writing into booklets. We will focus on adding details, writing good conclusions and using transition words.

MATH: This week, we will start unit 5 in math. In this unit students are introduced to place value. We will use pennies and dimes, as well as base 10 blocks to demonstrate the value of digits in the tens and ones place.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: We will learn about MLK Jr. We will read a Scholastic News: Dr. King’s Wise Words. In science we will use a tuning fork to see sound vibrations in action. We will discuss loud and soft sounds and go on a Listening Walk outside.

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