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Monday, April 23, 2012

Spelling Words: my, try, tried, ties, light, might, use, rule, hair, color
Challenge Words: July, spied, cries, lightning, twilight

Sight Words: climbed, thought, Earth, fooling, table

Reading: This week we are reading a story called, "Blast Off!"  Throughout the week we will be talking about the 8 planets and even making our very own solar system.  I can't wait!  Look for pictures later!
We are focusing on the long /i/ sound using -y and -igh.  

Math:  We will continue to practice identifying and counting coins up to $1.00.  This is a very difficult skill for First Graders. Please practice counting coins at home.

Remember that the school carnival is this Saturday from 11-3.  I hope everyone comes out to support Shirley Hills.  There will be an abundance of new games and fun for all!

Please remember to send in your Parents and Poetry Party RSVP.  I hope to see you all there on Monday, April 30th @ 2:45.

Monday, April 16, 2012

April 16 - 20

Spelling Words: use, cute, cube, tube, tune, rule, nice, large, hear, talk
Challenge Words: argument, confused, usually, unicorn, pollute

Sight Words: clear, color, good-bye, hair, kinds, only, toes

Reading: This week we will be reading a story called, "Amazing Animals." This story is a nonfiction story. It will be teaching us many new facts about a variety of different animals.
In media we are starting our very own nonfiction animal research. Ask your child about the animal he/she has been researching.

We are also learning all about verbs. Verbs are action words...
Such as: read, dream, play, catch, run, skate
A super fun way to practice verbs is by playing an exciting game of charades.

MATH: In math we are learning about money. The next two chapters focus on identifying pennies, nickels and dimes. We will be learning the value of pennies, nickels and dimes, counting groups of money to find a value and using different coin combinations to equal the same amount.

Parents and Poetry R.S.V.P -- Due April 28th. Please remember to send in your sheet. The kids are extremely excited to share their wonderful poems with you! They have worked very hard on them! I can promise that you will be VERY IMPRESSED! They are poets and didn't know it:)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

This week we starting preparing for our Pioneer Park Field Trip in June. Below are pictures of items used long ago. Each group had to decide what they thought the item was and how it would have been used. Ask your child to help you identify the things from long ago. We had a blast!

Friday, April 6, 2012

April 9-13

Spelling Words: ice, nice, race, page, edge, large, home, those, love, hello
Challenge Words: garbage, necklace, dodgeball, didgeridoo, bridge

Sight Words: become, busy, eyes, high, listen, remembered, talk, visitor

We are working on consonants /s/c, /j/g, and -dge.
(s, -ss, ce, ci-, j, -ge, gi-, -dge)
We will continue to write and read poems for National Poetry Month.

We will continue to focus on fractions. We will be dividing into 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4. Ask students about the fraction pizzas they created. They are fabulous!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Happy April!

Spelling Words: home, hope, rope, rode, rose, those, like, nine, right, walk
Challenge Words: telephone, envelope, explode, moment, closed
Sight Words: brown, city, hello, loudly, love, pulled

This week we will be focusing on the long /o/ sound. We recognize long /o/ as: oa, ow, 0_e, o.

We are also looking at -er and -est endings. For example; big, bigger and biggest.

Math: This week we are looking at patterns. We will be able to identify and describe a pattern. We are also learning about what a pattern unit is and how to make our very own patterns. Below is a great picture of a class quilt we made. Each quilt piece has a different pattern. We are very proud of how it looks.

National Poetry Month: April is National Poetry Month. Your child brought home a calendar to show when they are our guest poetry reader. Please help your child pick out a kid friendly poem. They should practice reading it prior to their assigned date. Quite often, the best poems for our guest readers are those with lots of rhymes and some funny humor. Have fun exploring poetry with your child.

Carnival Basket Donations Needed! Our classroom is doing a caffeine addiction carnival basket. Please consider donating something related to coffee or tea! These silent auction baskets are a great way to raise money for our school. Some ideas for our basket would include: coffee mugs, travel mugs, Caribou or Starbucks gift cards, coffee, tea, coffee grinder, etc... Be creative and thank you!

Reminder: No School Friday, April 6th.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 26-30

Spelling Words: like, line, nine, mine, mile, while, take, came, gone, near
Challenge Words: polite, describe, appetite, porcupine, crocodile
Sight Words: walked, light, because, those, right

In reading this week we are working on the long /i/ sound.  Mostly, we will be looking at how the "magic e" makes the letter i say it's own name.  The kids are making Long i Kites in centers too.  Help your child recognize the "magic e" in words and remind them that it makes the vowel say it's own name.  
      ex: kite, bite, Mike, size, like, nine, slide...

 There is math homework on Tuesday.  Please complete and discuss with your child.  It is to be returned to school on Wednesday.  There will be a math test on Chapter 16, Wednesday.  

Thursday we will be starting to study patters. There are a few different patterns that your child will be able to recognize  and extend by the end of the week.
Some examples of patterns are:

Reminder: There is no school on Friday, April 6th.  This is a teacher workshop day.

Monday, March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012

Spelling Words: came, game, gate, late, lake,  take, day, play, four, place

Challenge Words: whale, motivate, escape, hesitate, hibernate

Sight Words: around, found, gone, hears, might, near, open, tired

Math:  We are finishing up our unit on solid figures.  There will be homework on Monday night.  Please help your child complete the blue sheet and return it to school on Tuesday!
We will be having a math test on Tuesday.

In reading we are continuing to practice long /a/.  We will be reading a play titled, "Flake The Missing Hamster."  Each child will have a part to read throughout the week.  We will also be focused on the story elements of the play.  Please talk to your child about character, setting, problem, solution, beginning, middle and end.  There will be an assessment at the end of the week.