January 22-25 Classroom News
Dear First Grade Families,
We hope you are all enjoying this long weekend with your families in honor of the wonderful Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Ask your child to tell you some of the interesting facts they learned about MLK, Jr. last week and why we celebrate him each year.
Room 10 kids are so excited to kick off our first big science units of 2019, learning all about Light and Sound! Students will be thinking about and recording the sounds all around them, wondering how shadows are made, and conducting fun experiments that promote sound and light discovery and exploration. We will also learn and focus on light and sound vocabulary -vibration, pitch, volume, opaque, transparent, and translucent - in the coming weeks.
SPELLING- We began our exciting spelling unit last week introducing “Super E”! Super E has a magic power of changing short vowel sounds into long vowel sounds – ie. cap- cape. We started with long a words- late, cake, shape, etc., last week, and are moving into long I words this week. The primary reason for teaching spelling in first grade is to help kids recognize and decode spelling patterns in their reading and writing. We will study a new spelling pattern each week and hope you have fun spelling together!!
MATH- We continue exploring place value this week, learning that all numbers have value and a specific place in line. Our focus will be counting and sorting groups of ten, comparing values, and understanding and recognizing the hundreds, tens, and ones place in numbers. We have also learned new math vocabulary- unit (wild ones), rod (tidy ten), and flat (happy hundred). Ask your child to tell you what these are and how we use them in class :o)
INTERACTIVE ART SHOW : February 4-8, 2019
Starting Monday, February 4, the multi-purpose room will be transformed into a vibrant art gallery, where you can peruse magnificent original works from EVERY Edna student.
Throughout the week, students will participate in special Kiddo! Art classes held in the MPR. The classes are open to family members, so plan to join your junior Picasso or Rodin for what's sure to be a fun and exciting art project!
The Interactive Art Show for our classroom is on Wednesday, February 6th from 11:10-12:00 in the multi-purpose room. All parents are encouraged to come and participate in an art project with your child and we hope to see you there!
VALENTINE’S PARTY: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
We are planning a fun celebration of friendship on Valentine’s Day in Room 10 and look forward to reading and sorting all those sweet valentines from our classmates. There is no need for parents to attend this one, but be on the lookout for a signup genius for a few items to make this day extra special for our class!
A few valentine card reminders:
· If your child is planning to make/bring valentines to share with classmates, please be sure they have addressed one to every student in our class. (A class list of names will be included in this Friday’s homework packet.)
· We will be making our valentine holders (boxes) at home this year and bringing to school to hold our card collections. Instructions regarding this project will be in this Friday’s homework folder as well and be on the lookout for pictures of creative ideas for valentine boxes posted in our classroom windows! ( examples include: robots, football fields, castles, race cars, dinosaurs, etc.) Your child is welcome to be as creative as possible, but remember that the holders must have a lid or opening to access valentines cards without destroying the box:)
READING: As part of our Reader’s Workshop, we often listen to reading at our just right reading level using an app called RAZ kids. This is an on-line leveled book resource that reads the book to your child as they follow along and then allows your child to read the book independently and take a quiz. If you are ever searching for a just right book for your child to read at night, you and your child can sign-on to RAZkids—Use the KIDS LOGIN ICON and then enter: tharper4
when it asks for the teacher name. Then your child can choose just-right books for themselves.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS:
Please help your child remember that we have library each Friday and ensure that s/he is bringing library books to school each week so new ones can be checked out. Students are allowed to have 5 books total checked out at a time, so the more books that are brought back the more new ones they are able to check out.
-Ask your child what they will write about after the long MLK Day weekend for their Weekend News Journal!
Dates to Remember
-Thursday, Feb. 14th- Valentine’s Party-
Feb. 18th- 22nd- President’s week- No School
Have a wonderful week!
Tammy and Julie