Reading:  We will be reading My Buddy Stan and Biscuit. We will take a comprehension test on Friday. Our word skills this week are short u families and blends. In writing we are working on focusing on one topic with writing our sentences, as well as capitalization and punctuation. Spelling words will be in the agendas. HF:  jump, more, steep, time, with.  

 Math: We are working on skip counting and ordinals. Students need to know how to skip count by 2s, 5s, and 10s to 100; they also need to be able to count backward from 30. Students need to know the order of numbers from first to tenth, reading in a series from left to right, right to left, top to bottom, and bottom to top.

Science:  We are working with natural resources. Natural means coming from nature.  Resource means we use it to live. Some natural resources are plants, animals, soil, rocks and minerals, oil, water, and air.

Social Studies:  We are working with reading maps and map skills. Students need to know that we live in the state of Virginia and Richmond is the capital. We live in the United States with Washington, DC as our capital. Maps are flat and globes are round models of the earth. Symbols are a picture that stands for something else and can be found on a map legend or key. The cardinal directions are north, east, south, and west. Study guides are in the red folders.  We will assess on Friday.

Reading:  Our next story is Jog, Frog, Jog and From Tadpole to Frog focusing on short o patterns, life cycle of a frog, and sequence. We will take a comprehension test on Friday. Our word skills this week are short o families and beginning and ending sounds. We are working on capitalization and punctuation in writing. Spelling is going to be spelling the words, with the high frequency as word recognition format. Spelling words: job, jobs, dog, dogs, log, logs; HF words: does, into, he, this, water.

Math: We are finishing patterns. Students will be reviewing all math skills learned this nine weeks (counting, number recognition, shapes, and patterns) in preparation for our nine weeks test the week of November 8.

Science:  We are studying all science skills (five senses, tools for investigation, seasons, and day/night) in preparation for our science benchmark test November 4. A study guide has been included.

Social Studies:  Timelines and past, present, future will be assessed this week. The timeline project is due November 5. Some will be presenting that day. A study guide will go home this week (patriotic symbols, being a good citizen, and timelines) in preparation for our nine weeks test on November 10. 

Notes:  A new homework menu is in the red folder. Students will not attend on the following dates in November:  November 2, Staff Development; Nov 11 and 12—Veteran’s Day Holiday and Teacher Clerical Day; November 19—Parent/Teacher Conferences; Nov 24-25—Thanksgiving holiday.

Reading:  Our next story is Fish Mix and How Many Fish? focusing on short i patterns, counting, and sequence. We will take a comprehension test on Friday. Our word skills this week are short i families and beginning and ending sounds. We are working on capitalization and punctuation in writing. Spelling is still word recognition format. Spelling words: fix, mix, six, in, him, did; HF words: how, many, on, they, why.

Math: We are finishing patterns. Students need to be able to recognize patterns, draw and create patterns, and extend patterns. Some patterns grow.  

Science:  We are studying sun and earth. Students need to know that the sun is the source for most heat and light on the earth. When the earth faces the sun, it is day. When the earth is away from the sun, it is night. The temperature gets warmer when the sun is up and cooler when the sun goes down. We will assess later this week.

Social Studies:  A study guide has been included for timelines. Students need to know past, present, and future. The vocabulary words associated with this SOL are on the study guide.

Notes:  Science Circus will be Friday, October 29, from 1:30-2:30. We will do many experiments with pumpkins. If you would like to volunteer, make sure you have a current form on file. If you filled one out last year, it needs to be updated for this year. Thank you.

Reading:  Our next story is What Did I See? and I Went Walking, focusing on short i patterns and sequence. There is also a connection to Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Did You See? We will take a comprehension test on Friday. Our word skills this week are short i families (-it, -ick), beginning and ending sounds, and rhyming words. We are working on capitalization and punctuation in writing. Spelling is still word recognition format. Spelling words: it, sit, hit, pick, sick, kick; HF words: went, walk, did, see, me.

Math: We are beginning patterns. Students need to be able to recognize patterns, draw and create patterns, and extend patterns. Some patterns grow.  

Science:  We are studying sun and earth. Students need to know that the sun is the source for most heat and light on the earth. When the earth faces the sun, it is day. When the earth is away from the sun, it is night. The temperature gets warmer when the sun is up and cooler when the sun goes down.

Social Studies:  A study guide has been included for timelines. Students need to know past, present, and future. The vocabulary words associated with this SOL are on the study guide.

Notes:  Science Circus will be Friday, October 29, from 1:30-2:30. We will do many experiments with pumpkins. If you would like to volunteer, make sure you have a current volunteer form on file. If you filled one out last year, it needs to be updated for this year. Thank you.

Reading:  We are reading out of our textbooks, the Scott Foresman series. Our Unit 2 begins with the story The Nap and Oh Cats! , focusing on short a patterns and sequence. We will take a comprehension test on Friday.  Our word skills this week are short a families (-at, -ap), beginning and ending sounds, and rhyming words.  We are working on capitalization and punctuation in writing, as well as writing complete sentences.   Spelling words: cat, ran, an, man, at, sat, that; HF words: away, come, down, no, will.

Math: We are reviewing shapes (triangle, rectangle, square, and triangle). We will be taking our math benchmark this week, which reviews our counting and number recognition from the previous few weeks. Students need to know that we are using the word vertices to mean “corners”. Students have to know that each shape has a certain number of corners (vertices) and squares and rectangles have right corners.

Science:  We are studying seasons. Students need to know that the seasons follow a sequence (order in which things happen), and we can observe different changes to tell us what season it is. We also discuss animal behavior with the change of seasons (hibernation, migration, food-gathering), plants wilt in the heat, and precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, or hail) associated with the seasons.

Social Studies:  We are studying patriotic symbols and holidays. Students need to know that a symbol is something that stands for something else, and patriotic means showing respect and love for your country. The four main symbols they need to recognize are the American flag, the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty, and the bald eagle. They need to know that we show respect for the flag by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. We will study George Washington Carver, that he was an African American scientist and teacher, and that he did various experiments with peanuts, soybeans, and sweet potatoes. Peanut Fest is this weekend. Visit the blog (http://blogs.spsk12.net/2839) for the website link for our social studies book.

Notes:  Progress Reports go out on Friday. Simply sign and return the attached blue slip. Your child receives a small incentive to return the blue slip Monday. Picture Day is Monday, October 11. Details will be going home this week.  Science circus will be October 29 (Friday). We will do experiments with pumpkins. Volunteers are needed and highly appreciated for an hour or so of your time that afternoon.

Reading:  We are reading our next big book, Tumble Bumble, which reinforces our counting and number recognition skills and sequence. We will take a comprehension test on Friday.  Our word skills this week are short u families (-ut, -up), beginning and ending sounds, and rhyming words.  We are working on capitalization and punctuation in writing, as well as writing complete sentences. The spelling test on Friday is the word recognition format again. Information is in the red homework folder. Spelling words: and, look, can, like, the, not, that, you, have, little, what, where.

Math: We are counting numbers 1 to 100. We are recognizing numbers 1 to 100, both as numbers and words, and knowing the word numeral means “number.”

Science:  We are studying seasons. Students need to know that the seasons follow a sequence (order in which things happen), and we can observe different changes to tell us what season it is. We also discuss animal behavior with the change of seasons (hibernation, migration, food-gathering).

Social Studies:  We are studying patriotic symbols. Students need to know that a symbol is something that stands for something else, and patriotic means showing respect and love for your country. The four main symbols they need to recognize are the American flag, the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty, and the bald eagle. They need to know that we show respect for the flag by saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Notes:  Scholastic book orders are due Friday. The school fundraiser is still in effect until October 12.

 

Weekly Objectives, September 20-24, 2010

Reading:  We are reading our next big book, Our Family’s Market, which reinforces our counting and number recognition skills in math. We will take a comprehension test on Friday.  Our word skills this week are short o families (-ot, -op), beginning and ending sounds, and rhyming words.  We are working on capitalization and punctuation in writing, as well as writing complete sentences. The spelling test on Friday is the word recognition format again. Information is in the red homework folder. The words for the week have changed. Students still need to know how to read the words listed in the agenda. Spelling words: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, in, not.

Math: We are counting numbers 1 to 100, including skip counting by 2s and 5s and 10s. We are recognizing numbers 1 to 100, both as numbers and words, and knowing the word numeral means “number.”

Science: We are reviewing the five senses for scientific investigation to observe, as well as the tools we can use (ruler, thermometer, magnifying glass). We will begin studying seasons on Tuesday. Students need to know that the seasons follow a sequence (order in which things happen), and we can observe different changes to tell us what season it is. We also discuss animal behavior with the change of seasons (hibernation, migration, and food-gathering).

Social Studies:  We are finishing with citizenship (being a good citizen) and will start patriotic symbols. Students need to know that a symbol is something that stands for something else, and patriotic means showing respect and love for your country. The four main symbols they need to recognize are the American flag, the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty, and the bald eagle. They need to know that we show respect for the flag by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Visit the website for our social studies book.

Notes:  Grandparents’ Week is this week. Come visit us for lunch some day. Scholastic book orders go home this week. I have included the code for online ordering. Each parent order allows our class to receive a free book! The school fundraiser kicks off this week through Joe Corbi. Details will be sent home this week.

School will be closed on the following dates:

Election Day – November 3, 2009

Veteran’s Day – November 11

Parent/Teacher Conferences – November 19

Students will have early dismissal on November 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday (School will be closed on November 26 and 27).

In celbration of the holiday season, we will be building our own gingerbread houses.  Please send in the following goodies by December 17, 2007.

  • graham crackers
  • icing
  • gum drops
  • m & m’s
  • peppermints
  • licorice
  • sprinkles
  • mini twix or kitkat candy bars
  • gingerbread cookies (shaped like people)

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