Week of February 1-5, 2016
What We’re Learning
Reading: This week we will continue to review vowel sounds, and we’ll learn about word families. Students will learn that words with the same ending spelling pattern (like the –an in can) usually sound alike at the end, and can help us in quickly reading many other words (like man, pan, fan, etc.) Learning to chunk short words helps develop fluency and makes it easier to decode multisyllable words.
Our reading comprehension lessons this week will focus on features of informational text such as headings, photographs, and captions.
Writing: We are wrapping up our narrative works in progress, and will begin writing informational text this week. We will do some shared writing about groundhogs.
Math: On Monday, we’ll start our new February calendar packs! This month’s skills include counting coins (with help), graphing the weather each day, showing numbers 10-20 on ten frames, writing numbers 1-30, naming numbers before and after a given number, and counting on from a given number. We also work on number bonds and writing addition equations during calendar time. Our math stations will focus on building number sense for numbers up to 5 and on reviewing 2-D and 3-D geometry.
Science: In conjunction with Groundhog’s Day, we’ll investigate light and shadows.
Things to Work On
· Count to 100 by ones and tens.
· Learn the yellow heart words.
· Read for 15-20 minutes per day outside of school. Be sure to track minutes on the reading log! Every 60 minutes earns a ticket for the Bikes for Books drawing held at the end of the year.
Thursday, February 11: Valentine Party. A note about the party and a list of student names is in your child’s folder today.
Friday, February 12: No school.
Monday, February 15: No school. President’s Day.
End–of-Day Reminder: Please remember to notify the elementary office if your child’s end-of-day plans will be different. This includes riding a different bus and being picked up by a different relative or friend. Unless Susan has been notified of changes by a parent or guardian, we will follow the regular end-of-day plan. Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe!
Library: We are back to our regular library schedule on Wednesday afternoons. Please be sure your child returns his/her book! (Sandi was gone last week, so we did not check out any new books.)