Saturday, October 16, 2010

Weekly News: October 18

We are investigating pumpkins this week! On Friday, we will be measuring pumpkins and counting seeds. Part of our study will be to pull out the insides of the pumpkin to count the seeds. This is REALLY MESSY - it would be a good idea to send an old button-up shirt for your child to wear over their clothes on this day! If you are able to donate pumpkin items or time on this day, please see the sign-up sheet on the classroom door. We appreciate your help!! 

Continue reading your book bag books each night - each book three times each every night! I know this seems like a lot of reading, but with each reread your child is building word knowledge and fluency. You will see significant growth in your child's reading! Please remember to return the books in the book bag every day!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! The book fair will be next week - October 25-29. We are looking for volunteers to help set up, work the fair before and during school hours, and to help students as they shop. This is a great way to support our school! If you are interested in helping, keep an eye out for the sign-up sheet!!

A Look Ahead: Next week is spirit week at ILCS!! Participating is a really fun way to show school spirit! 
Monday: Blue and Gold Day 
Tuesday: Crazy Sock Day 
Wednesday: Crazy Hat Day 
Thursday: PJ Day!
Friday: To Be Announced!

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: ARE, LITTLE, BIG.

Letter Team: AR (like in CAR, FAR, JAR)

Word Family: This week we will be making words with the word families -IG (BIG, PIG, JIG)and -AR (CAR, FAR, JAR). Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with the word families.

Leadership Theme of the Month: Resourcefulness - last week, we wrote a book about how to be resourceful. We are learning that resourcefulness is making good use of our time and things, but it is also using something around us to help us solve a problem. The kids are doing a great job using resources around the classroom to help them solve problems!

Reading: This week, we will focus on a new strategy, "Look for a smaller word inside the word". We are learning that if we can identify a smaller word (like ON) inside a bigger word (like POND), it will help us figure out the word! This week, we will read:LOTS books about pumpkins, and read our special poem of the week, "Five Little Pumpkins".

Writing: This week we will write a big book together about pumpkins. This big book will be written using the sight words we have learned so far. We will continue learning to put spaces between each word, use an uppercase at the beginning of each sentence with lowercase letters throughout the rest of the sentence, and use a period at the end. We are also learning to use our sight words in our sentences and to listen for the sounds in all unknown words using our sound chart. Last week, we learned to write the date on each of our stories so we can remember what day we wrote that story. We also met two new writing friends, Neat Nancy and Sloppy Joe. We decided we were ALL going to try to write like Neat Nancy!

Math: This week, we will take a break from our Saxon Math to focus, focus, focus on numbers!!! We are hitting the "teen" numbers and the "twenties" hard!!! Please help your child at home by having them practice writing, reading, and ordering the numbers 1-30 EVERYDAY!  We will continue counting money and telling time to the hour, learning how to identify, order, and count numbers to 30 and write numbers to 10, learning the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next.

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