Week of November 30-December 4, 2015
What We’re Learning
Reading: This week we’ll learn the consonant sound /p/ and the short vowel /e/. We’ll begin reading phrases in addition to sounding out words. We will also begin learning the yellow heart words! Our reading and listening comprehension lessons will include several fiction and non-fiction texts about animals in winter.
Writing: We’re going to take a little break from the Writer’s Workshop format and do some focused lessons on sentence writing. We’ll learn that sentences begin with capital letters, have spaces between words, and end with punctuation.
Math: We’ll be counting, comparing, and writing the numbers 11-15. Although we have talked about “tens and ones” all year during calendar time, this is when we really do a lot of hands-on work to build conceptual understanding of place value.
Science: This week we’ll learn about animals in winter. The big ideas are that some animals adapt to changes in their environments, some animals migrate, and some animals hibernate.
*Brr! It’s cold outside! Please be sure your child has appropriate clothing for the weather, including a heavy coat and gloves.
*We WILL have our regular library time on Wednesday afternoon. Please be sure your child returns his/her book, if they have not already done so.
*Please send only water in water bottles. Spills can and do happen, and water is easy to clean up. Juice, sports drinks, and soda will be kept in backpacks until lunch time.
Tuesday, December 1No school. Staff development/school improvement day.
December 7-11: Santa’s Secret Shop sponsored by PTO in the library. We will visit once as a class, then students may go over during recesses to shop.
Thursday, December 17: Elementary Christmas Program. More information will follow.
Friday, December 18: Class Christmas party, 10 a.m. More information will be sent home next Monday (Dec. 7).
Friday, December 18: Early release at 11 a.m. No lunch will be served.
December 21-January 3: No school. Winter break. School resumes on January 4.
Things to Work On
· Zipping coats and fastening boots, etc. J
· Read with your child for 15-20 minutes every day. It is the single most important thing you can do to boost literacy skills! Be sure to record the minutes on the reading log!
· Counting to 100 by ones and by tens.
· Count sets of up to 20 objects. Encourage your child to touch each object as he/she counts.