Saturday, March 31, 2012

Weekly News: April 2-6

This week, we are beginning our study on TADPOLES!!! We are so excited to read and write all about tadpoles and learn about their life cycle. To help us learn, please welcome (and excuse the quality of the picture) our new class pets.... 
Larry, Curly, and Moe

They have been making a splash in my kitchen this weekend and I cannot wait for the kids to see them! 

We have been invited to an Easter Egg Hunt at Braswell's on THIS Thursday, April 5th at 10:30. PERMISSION SLIP COMING HOME MONDAY! I currently DO NOT have any chaperones, so if you would like to accompany our class for this walking field trip, please let me know! We will be leaving at 10:15 and returning by the end of the school day. 

If you are at the store and happen to think of us: we are in need of gluesticks, thick black expo markers, index cards, heavy-duty sheet protectors, and computer ink (Canon 210/211XL and HP 74/75XL). We appreciate it! 

Keep working on those community service projects! Presentations will be due the last week of April (23rd-27th). 

What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN.

Letter Team: EIGH (sounding like "a" like in EIGHT and NEIGHBOR).


Reading: We will read books about the life cycle of tadpoles and our poem of the week, "Five Little Tadpoles".

Writing: Students have been having so much fun writing fictional stories! This week we will be writing a step up to writing about tadpoles and a fictional story about Easter bunnies!  

Math: This week, we begin learning fact families. We will also focus on using the number line to help us with our addition and subtraction. Please continue to work on circled problems that students are missing and reinforcing these concepts at home. Practice your math facts everyday for our  Tuesday and Friday Timed Tests!

Leadership: SERVICE.

Homework: April 2-6

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN and new letter team is EIGH. Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!

Reading: READ your books in your book bagREAD your fluency THREE TIMES EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!! 

Math: Please correct the circled problems on the Excel Math from each day. Please also continue to reinforce ALL concepts at home that we have learned in class! Study your math facts for Tuesday and Friday's Math Timed Test! Also, count the money in your bank! Name and count each coin!

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Write your sight words, write your sight words in a sentence, write your sight words in alphabetical order, write a Step Up to Writing story, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING.  

Sharing: Write three sentences about what we are learning about tadpoles. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Weekly News: March 25-29

We had so much fun celebrating St. Patrick's Day and sharing our leprechaun traps. 

Electives and tutoring will begin again THIS WEEK.

We have been invited to an Easter Egg Hunt at Braswell's on Thursday, April 5th at 10:30. Keep an eye out for the permission slip in your folder. If you would like to accompany our class for this walking field trip, please let me know! 

Last week, we began "Fun Friday". This is an extra recess/free-time outside for students who finished ALL of their weekly classwork. Students have EVERY DAY during math time AND center time to work on classwork and those who finish will be rewarded with Fun Friday. Students that do not finish their work will stay in the classroom. Fun Friday is great motivation for students to make better use of their time in the classroom - this is ALSO preparing them for independent working in the first grade! 

If you are at the store and happen to think of us: we are in need of gluesticks, thick black expo markers, index cards, heavy-duty sheet protectors, and computer ink (Canon 210/211XL and HP 74/75XL). We appreciate it! 

Keep working on those community service projects! Presentations will be due the last week of April (23rd-27th). 

What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: OVER, UNDER, LEFT, RIGHT, PUT.

Letter Team: DGE (sounding like "j" like in BADGE, LEDGE, and FRIDGE).


Reading: We will read books about spring and our poems of the week, "Springtime" and "Spring Song".

Writing:  We will have fun writing fictional spring stories and step up to writing stories about things that we are learning about spring.

Math: This week, we will focus on place value and making groups of tens. We will also read and learn how to answer addition and subtraction sentences and focus on drawing shapes. Drawing shapes can be difficult for many students. You can help at home by asking your child to practice drawing circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles. Please continue to work on circled problems that students are missing and reinforcing these concepts at home. Practice your math facts everyday for our  Tuesday and Friday Timed Tests!

Leadership: SERVICE.

Homework: March 25-29

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: OVER, UNDER, LEFT, RIGHT, PUT and new letter team is DGE. Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!

Reading: READ your books in your book bagREAD your fluency THREE TIMES EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!! 

Math: Please correct the circled problems on the Excel Math from each day. Please also continue to reinforce ALL concepts at home that we have learned in class! Study your math facts for Tuesday and Friday's Math Timed Test! Also, count the money in your bank! Name and count each coin!

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Write your sight words, write your sight words in a sentence, write your sight words in alphabetical order, write a Step Up to Writing story, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING.  

Sharing: We are now to Trimester 3 so homework will be to write THREE sentences. Write three sentences about spring. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Parent Conference Schedule

Our schedule for the week...

Monday
7:30  Colby
12:00  Landon
1:00  Kyler
1:30  Addison

Tuesday 
7:30  Abbie
1:00  Devin

Wednesday 
7:30  Gracie M.
1:00  Hamilton
1:30  Brynn

Thursday 
7:30  Emily
12:00  Gianna
1:00  Shawn

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Weekly News: March 19-23

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Spring break and enjoyed the time off with your families!

Parent conferences will continue this week, before and after school. If you forgot your time, check back later, as I will be posting a schedule! I look forward to meeting with you! 

Since we missed St. Patrick's Day, we will be celebrating this week by lots of fun centers and games, sharing our leprechaun traps, and reading and writing about catching leprechauns! We will also have a WEAR GREEN day on Friday! :) 

Electives and tutoring will begin again NEXT WEEK.


This week, we will be starting "Fun Friday". This is an extra recess/free-time outside for students who finished ALL of their weekly classwork. Students have EVERY DAY during math time AND center time to work on classwork and those who finish will be rewarded with Fun Friday. Students that do not finish their work will stay in the classroom. Fun Friday is great motivation for students to make better use of their time in the classroom - this is ALSO preparing them for independent working in the first grade! 


If you are at the store and happen to think of us: we are in need of gluesticks, thick black expo markers, index cards, heavy-duty sheet protectors, and computer ink (Canon 210/211XL and HP 74/75XL). We appreciate it! 

Keep working on those community service projects! More information on projects and presentations will be coming soon!

What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST.

Letter Team: TCH (sounding like "ch" like in BATCH, FETCH, and ITCH).



Reading: We will read books about St. Patrick's Day, Ireland, and leprechauns.

Writing:  We will write a Step Up to Writing about how to catch a leprechuan and practice writing letters.

Math: This week, we will focus on probability words (certain, likely, unlikely, impossible) and when they are appropriate. We will continue differentiating between addition and subtraction and we will be learning how to use a number line to help us! Please continue to work on circled problems that students are missing and reinforcing these concepts at home. Practice your math facts everyday for our  Tuesday and Friday Timed Tests!

Homework: March 19-23

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST and new letter team is TCH. Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!

Reading: READ your books in your book bagREAD your fluency THREE TIMES EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!! 

Math: Please correct the circled problems on the Excel Math from each day. Please also continue to reinforce ALL concepts at home that we have learned in class! Study your math facts for Tuesday and Friday's Math Timed Test! Also, count the money in your bank! Name and count each coin!

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Write your sight words, write your sight words in a sentence, write your sight words in alphabetical order, write a Step Up to Writing story, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING.  

Sharing: For sharing this week, bring in those leprechaun traps you have been working on! I can't wait to see them all and hear how they work! 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Happy Spring Break!

We had such a great time yesterday celebrating Dr. Seuss! Between relaxing and reading in our PJ's, to green eggs and ham, and our visit from Thing 1, Thing 2, and the Cat - it was quite a day! A big thank you to all of our guest readers and to everyone who helped make our Dr. Seuss week special!

Happy Spring Break to all! Have a wonderful and relaxing vacation. Don't forget to write to me in your March journals :) I will see you at school on Monday, March 19th.