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September 22, 2013 Weekly Overview

Hello and looking forward to another week with your children!!
First of all, I will be out of the building tomorrow for a training on Dibbles-a testing tool that I will be giving each of your children over the next several days.

And, a reminder that Friday is our Field Trip to the Apple Farm and I must have all forms returned with your signature!! Please return if you have not. Thanks.
Language Arts: We will not be doing a lesson in Journeys this week-no test on Friday (the field trip!!) This week we are focusing on reviewing the learned concepts of Author’s Purpose and Cause and Effect. We are also going over our site words to be able to read fluently and to be able to spell them correctly. We will also be reviewing the vowels sounds-both long and short-in general, this needs to be reviewed and worked on at home a little more-many students are still not comfortable with long and short vowels and reading them in their site words. Please practice these vowels a, e, i, o, and u at home. Thanks.

Homework: We are working on our site words A through L in class this week. Your child will have a list of words M through Z. Each night, you should do what your child needs:
Monday: Your child should read all the site words
Tuesday: Your child whould practice writing the words, as needed, then start a story using as many of the site words as possible in their story!! This story can be fiction or non-fiction and can be as long as your child is able to work on it about 30 minutes per night.
Wednesday:Continue working on reading and writing the words, and continue working on the story. Your child should re-read the story to you each night, making corrections as needed.
Thursday: Finish the story, illustrations are extra credit.
Friday-Story due using as many of these M through Z site words as possilbe!! Have Fun

Math: We are having a Unit 1 Test today- I almost ALWAYS will give you notice, so that you can work with your child, but…in reviewing this test over the weekend, the test seemed not to be very challanging, so I will give it to your child today and we will see how they do. No worries.
Objectives for the week: 2.1-Make-up, represent, and solve addition number stories,
2.2-Addition math facts, students should be able to do additins facts-one digit-through 5.
2.3-To review and provide practice for doubles facts (5+6=11, etc.)
In addition to daily homework, please practice math addition facts at home. Thanks.
Also, whenever your child has a math test, they do not have homework that evening! A little incentive to do their best:). So, no math homework tonight.

Homework: Tuesday through Thursday, Lessons 2.1 through 2.3. To be completed and returned the next day. Please look for the Parent Letter for Unit 2 today.0

Social Studies: We will have a study guide quiz on our first Unit 1: Governing The People. Your child will take their social studies book home on Wednesday so that they can show you what they have been reading and learning.

Science: Air and Weather-we will discuss Air this week and your child will explore the properties of air using a variety of materials (straws, cotton, balloons, stryofoam balls, etc.)
Have a gret week and I will see three of you on Friday for the Field Trip-thanks.
Jean Clement

September 16, 2013

Hello and Welcome to my blog!! Hope this is helpful in keeping track of your child’s weekly schedule and assignments and what skills you should be working on at home!! Thanks for your help! It was nice meeting everyone at Open House and Room 215 is expecting to have a year full of academic growth, not to mention some fun in getting there!!
Ask your chld about morning meeting and Sharing time!! Several students will share each day during this time.

Language Arts: Lesson 4 will focus around the target skill of “Cause and Effect” when reading a story. They will work on the strategy of Summarizing a story. We will work on Long Vowels of o, u, and e and the sounds for g. In reading fluency, we will discuss and practice “intonation”.
In grammar we will review subject and predicate and move on to declarative sentences (makes a statement) and interrogative sentence (asks a question).
Your child will write a True Story in class this week.

Homework: Your child will complete a book jacket at home and return it to school on Thursday. Your child will have a rubric and complete instructions with them on Monday. Please ask your child for it. Please keep in mind the target skill of “Summarizing” the story for their jacket. I will also show them a sample at school. If your child would like to make more than one book jacket, that would be great! These will be on display in the classroom!
Your child should also be reading at least 20 minutes per night. Please work with your child each night.
In addition, the high-Frequency Words for the week are: by, cheer, could, hello, hundred, mind, play, read, see and today. Please work with these words at home, making flash cards if needed!!

Math: We will complete lessons 1.8-1.11 this week. Skill will include place-value patterns on number grids, equivalent names for numbers, counting patterns and looking for patterns on a calculator, and reviewing relations (, and =). Look for the first Home Links on Thursday.

Homework: Monday through Thursday, lessons 1.8 through 1.11. Homework should be completed each night and returned the next day.

Science: We will start our first Unit on Air and Weather this week.

Social Studies: What can your child tell you so far? We have discussed and used the vocabulary: elections, mayor, governor, President, community, leader and responsible citizenship. What does that mean in a classroom setting? Discuss with your child. Thanks.

Please jot a note in your child’s homework notebook that you have seen and read my blog. Thanks much!
Jean Clement