Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekly News

Important Information
*Check out the new photos and videos on our class blog!
*Parent Teacher Conferences will be held March 6th and 7th.  Please call the office by Friday between 9am-1pm at 228-2228 to schedule your conference if you haven’t already done so.   

Important Dates
February 27th – Early Release
March 6th and 7th – Progress Reports come home and Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 20th – Early Release
April 1st-5th – Spring Break

What are we learning?
Word Work
Our new 1st grade word wall words are: end, mother, thing, jump.  We are reviewing these kindergarten words:  where, down, he.  This is week 25 on Spelling City.  We are also studying the final K sound (spelled –ck, -k, and –ke).
Writing and Reading
We are continuing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  While reading this classic, we will work on creating mental images.  Did you know that creating mental images is a thinking strategy that good readers use to help them deepen their understanding of the text?
I am currently in the midst of winter reading assessments so I am not meeting with groups at this time – instead I am meeting with individuals to see how their reading is progressing in terms of our formal reading assessment (DRA).  You may notice that your child isn’t bringing home as many reading group books while these assessments are being administered. 
We are continuing our study of the three states of matter (solids, liquids, and gases).  This week, we will move onto the 3 forms of water and the water cycle. 
We will continue our study of numbers.  We will work on skip counting by 10s and explore place value (ones, tens, and hundreds).    

Related Arts
Monday – Music
Tuesday – Music
Wednesday – Music
Thursday – Music
Friday – Music