Sunday, January 10, 2016

Week of January 11, 2016

Letter of the Week:  
This week we will be working on the letter Ww.

Star Word:
The star word and the letter person worksheet were sent home on Monday in your child's red folder.

Letters that have been introduced so far in Unit 5:
b, l, r, u, w, j, y, x...
Words students should be able to read and write are: 
can, man, men, den, ten, tin, tip, sip, zip, zap, fit, fig, fog, dog, hog, hot, hat, cat, vat, van, did, tag, tad, mad, dad, den, end, fed, get, hem, hen, met, net, peg, six, fix, mix, fax, tax, tab, lab, rub...

In unit 5 your child is independently blending words for each lesson. This daily practice is crucial for reading success. You will notice your child sounding out words at a quicker pace.
Students are chaining words in their student folder, and we will also use large cards to help with chaining/ sounding out words.
In class we are also working on handwriting. Our expectation is that each child takes their time when writing and tries their best. Children should be bumping lines, forming letters in a word close together, and putting spaces between words. We have been very impressed with every child's handwriting this past week! Praise your child for their consistent effort each day! 

We will post pictures throughout the week to show you what your child has been working on.
As you start to see some of the games and activities, talk to your child about what they were doing in  each center. 

Writing & Reading
Homework Journal
On Monday you will get your first homework journal. Below is a portion of the letter that was sent home this past Friday:
For homework we are going to start a weekly journal. During the week, each child will write a sentence starting with, "This week I...". They can write down anything that happened during the week. We would like to see at least one sentence that has spaces between the words, best handwriting and a punctuation mark. Each child that completes this homework assignment will get a raffle. At the end of the month we will have a drawing and we will let any student who has 2 or more raffles pick out of the prize box.
On Monday you will get the journal. You can return it the next day (Tuesday) or Wednesday-Friday so that we can have a few readers each day. We are very excited for this important connection between home and school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

As always, reading at home every night is encouraged.
Thank you!

In Module 3 we are working on weighing objects and comparing objects based on their weight. Students are predicting whether an object is heavier or lighter than another and using a full sentence to compare the two objects. An example of the language we are using in class: "The marble is lighter than the book". We would then start with the book and say, "The book is heavier than the marble". Students have been doing great with weighing and comparing objects.
This week we will also introduce the word capacity. We will fill containers with rice and talk about the capacity of the container.
We will continue to work on writing numbers 0-12. You will notice that we are beginning to have children practice numbers that are formed backwards. We will be rewriting numbers on the bottom or back of worksheet. If you notice this, have your child practice the numbers that we write so that they begin to master forming these tricky numbers.
You will also notice we are working on addition sentences with numbers 0-6. Students are being exposed to these problems but not expected to master adding at this point in the year.

Native Americans
Last week we gave the Farm assessment, and now we have moved onto Native Americans! We are beginning to learn about the Lakota Sioux tribe. This week we will learn about a fictional native american family, the role of boys and girls in the Lakota Sioux tribe and we will learn about the Wampanoag tribe at the end of the week. 

Vocabulary your child will be introduced to: 
borrow, coast, roamed, shelter, agile, galloping, scared, warriors, mischief, parfleche, travois, finally, horizon, succulent...

We do not expect students to master all of this vocabulary, but it is important that they are exposed to this language. They will now have the prior knowledge that is necessary to gain mastery in future grade levels.

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Have a fantastic week!

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