Can you believe next week is the start of October?! Here are your week 4 updates:
Lenart has 2 book fairs each year-- next week and another one later on in the school year. This book fair will last from September 24th-28th. Students had a "preview" day today where they wrote down what they were interested in purchasing. Throughout the week, only students with money will be escorted down at a scheduled time to the book fair to make purchases.
This Thursday, September 27th is Lenart's Curriculum Night. Parents will also have opportunity to gain information regarding curriculum content, standards, expectations, procedures and communication avenues. This evening will be a great time to ask questions and clarify procedures. We encourage parents to find childcare to provide for adult communication. This evening will allow us to partner together in complete understanding of goals and strategies to accomplish them. This is also an evening to turn in school fees, consent forms, and other outstanding paperwork such as medical compliance forms.
Donor's Choose Update
Early in the summer, I sent out a link about a Donor's Choose project to raise funds for building our classroom library. This project totaled to over $700. A huge THANK YOU to those who contributed as the project was just completed! We should be receiving over 100 books for our classroom library in about three weeks! Woohoo!!!
We are now in week 4 of sight words. There will be no new sight words assigned for this week as this week is a "cumulative" week where students will be assessed on Monday, October 1st on all the previous weeks' words. There were 60 words and you can find the powerpoints for each of the week's words here: week 1, week 2, week 3. Starting next week (week 5), I will be giving new words on Monday and assessing students ability to read them that Friday. Due to our hectic school schedule, I'm trying to figure out what best works for our class. More info on this later.
Last week students were sent home with a packet of pages/activities that assisted in learning the weekly spelling focus. We have finally received our phonics book (where I made copies of the packet pages last week). My apologies that some of the copies didn't come out as clearly as I intended them to. Thankfully now that we have our workbook... no more blurry copies are necessary! Woohoo!! Every day, students will write down what pages/activities they will need to practice with their spelling words.
This Week In a Glance
Math - We have been working on learning different strategies of how to add up to 100. We have covered using a hundreds chart and on an open number line. Students will be introduced to one more strategy-- decomposing numbers. Students will be quizzed on using any one of the three strategies of their liking on Friday.
Spelling/Phonics - Our focus this week will be words with short "o" and "u" sounds.
Reading - We have been practicing answering and asking questions about the books that we are reading. In class, we are currently working on reading for a whole 20 minutes with stamina. Students have been practicing identifying the main characters of a story, as well as the problem and solution in the story. Practice these skills and ask your child at home with the books that you are reading on your reading log :).
Science - Students are super excited about our current science unit. We have been discussing the different things that all living things need to survive: food, air, water, shelter, and space. This week we will be studying the parts of a plant and how those parts contribute to helping it survive. We will be growing lima beans in our classroom this week and watch them grow!!
Writing - We have been editing our first narrative story where students are adding juicy details, like our feelings and thoughts!
Thank you all for being patient as we slowly get acclimated to 1st grade. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.