Good afternoon families,
We're in another crazy week of 1st grade. Yesterday's field trip was so much fun! Students really enjoyed exploring and learning more about the solar system through the short film and different exhibits. As the weather is getting nicer, please note that students will be spending recess outdoors unless there is precipitation. Please make sure that your child is dressed to be outside.
Students were sent home with a bright pink sheet of their pre-test for the remaining 2 lists. Students either had a white sheet attached that said that they have received a 20/20 on both lists and will have no more sight words to complete or they had a white sheet where they will be tested again on March 27th. Please note if your child is done with their sight words or are going to be tested on list 19 and/or list 20.
Peak into our Classroom
This week we are cranking it into high gear for our informational writing. We are done with our research portion. We have taken all of our facts that we've found and categorized them into different topics/main ideas. We are now taking each set of main ideas and the supporting details into our first drafts of our informational writing. In reading (RI.2.6, RI.2.8) we will be reading nonfictional books and identifying the main purpose of the text-- determining the details that support that claim in the informational text (example: the purpose of the reading is for readers to understand that snakes are not actually a scary animal-- but rather very cool in its ways to protect itself-- by the way/how the author writes presents the facts). In math we will be looking to at more line plots, picture graphs, and bar graphs where we will answer general questions about them, but also draw conclusions about the information presented. Students will be tested on this skill on Friday, March 22nd. Study guides will be given tomorrow to help study. Spelling words are all compound words. Our words this week are: strawberry, birthday, airplane, underwater, waterfall, flashlight, backpack, rainbow, ladybug, classroom.
March 21st - Family Literacy Night (5:30p-7:00p)
March 22nd - Spring Picture day
April 4th - Quarter 3 Ends
April 5th - No school for students
April 8th - Spring Scholastic Book Fair Begins
April 12th - Spring Scholastic Book Fair Ends
April 15th - Spring Break Begins
April 19th - Spring Break Ends
I hope you all are well on this very chilly Monday. Here are your updates for the week!
Latest NWEA scores
Please be on the lookout for an email from me regarding your child's latest NWEA scores. In the email you will find your child's latest scores as well as their latest student profile with all of the skills that they are ready to develop/learn. I will try to have everyone's sent out by the end of this week. I thank you in advance for your patience as it is a 1,000+ page document that I need to separate by each child and save again as a new document for each student.
Peak into a Classroom
For the last couple of weeks we have been working on measurement/length and deciding in word problems/situations when it is appropriate to add and/or subtract lengths. (2.MD.B.5 Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as drawings of rulers) and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem; 2.MD.B.6 Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0, 1, 2, ..., and represent whole-number sums and differences within 100 on a number line diagram.) Students will have a test on this math skill on Wednesday. Students were sent home today with a practice test/study guide of what their test will have. This practice test/study guide is extremely similar to the one that will be given to the students. The difference between this practice test and the one that the students will take on Wednesday are changes in names and numbers. The format and types of questions are exactly the same. Students who do well on this study guide will do similarly on the test on Wednesday. Students will have today and tomorrow to complete that study guide/practice test and it does not need to be turned in. As always, you can find supporting videos and problems using your student's log in on PearsonRealize. Moving forward after Wednesday, we will be working on Topic 14 in our math books. In Topic 14, we will be looking at graphs and data (2.MD.D.10 Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems1using information presented in a bar graph.).
In phonics, we are continuing in inflective endings moving from 1 syllable CVC verbs with -ed to adding -ing at the end of 1 syllable CVC verbs. The phonics rules that were introduced last week of -ed verbs are the same as when those 1 syllable CVC verbs have -ing at the end. Our spelling words this week are skipping, grinning, dripping, tugging, knotting, finding, reaching, starting, marching, resting
We have been working in reading, writing, and science in isolation in these last few weeks and now we are going to bring all of our skills that we've been working on together. Students will be researching using internet resources, books, magazines, videos on their assigned planets. They will determine the main idea topic through questions that they generate and information that they read from their research and determine the details that support their main idea (RI.2.1, RI.2.2). They will then organize the pieces of information that they find into a book (W.2.2, W.2.7). That means that our writing museum will be coming within the next couple of weeks! Woohoo! Look out for your invitation with details :).
There were no sight words this week. I am a little behind in assessing students for list 17 and 18 because I lost my middle school helpers on Friday-- however Ms. Daniels was able to assist and tested most students on these last two lists. We have two more lists to go in first grade. I will be having Ms. Daniels assess the students on the remaining 2 lists to see if they can just skip the regular sight words schedule or if they'll need to stay on track. You will be notified if the students pass the two remaining lists and will not need to take it with the rest of the class.
All field trip money and forms for our trip to the Adler Planetarium on 3/18 will be due THIS Friday, March 8th. The trip is a total of $14 and all students and chaperones will need to bring a bagged lunch. Chaperones will be notified on this day via email. Please note that if you volunteered to chaperone, you must be a level 1 volunteer through CPS. To start your application process, click here.
Upcoming Important Dates
March 18th - Field Trip
March 21st - Family Literacy Night (5:30-7:00pm)
March 22nd - Spring Picture Day