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Dearborn Public Schools

   Mar 18

Week of March 18

Here is what we are doing this week:


1. make
2. take
3. name
4. game
5. page
6. race
7. their
8. sleep
9. wash
10. before

Reading: Informational text features and making connections.

Writing: Informational writing

Math: Geometry, 2D and 3D shapes and adding and subtracting within 20 and showing fluency with numbers up to 10.

Science: Starting a new unit on Plants and Animals.

Social Studies:  Relative location and human and physical characteristics.

Pizza sale every Monday in the Cafeteria.  Slices are $1.00, whole pizza is $5.00.

Have a great week and happy spring!

   Mar 12

Homework for Tuesday

Reading:  Please make sure that your child reads every night.  I noticed that some students do not read.  Their reading in not improving.  Others are doing a great job!  Please make sure that your child reads daily.  Practice is the only way to improve.

Math:  Students have a fraction sheet.  They have to divide a shape in half.

   Mar 11

Week of March 12

Here is our plan for this week:


1. my
2. cry
3. fly
4. sky
5. buy
6. guy
7. very
8. your
9. its
10. around

Reading: We will use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.  We will identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Writing:  We will continue opinion writing.

Math:  We are working on 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes.  We will use these shapes to create new ones.  We will also work on solving addition and subtraction equations within 20, and we’ll keep on practicing adding to 10 with fluency.

Science:  We will review light and sound and take a short test on what we learned.

Social Studies: We will work on places that have absolute location (home address, school address.)  We will also learn about human characteristics (made by people: buildings, bridges, parks) and physical characteristics (from nature: trees, mountains etc.)

**Pizza sale every Monday in the cafeteria.

***March is Reading Month!  Please read on MyOn.  The class with most minutes read will win a pizza party! 🙂  Keep on reading.  You can do this!

   Mar 08

Homework for Friday

Tonight’s homework is a fraction sheet.  Spelling practice is on the back, so don’t forget to practice for the spelling test tomorrow!

Reading practice should be done every day.  The more you read, the better you’ll get!

Here is a fraction video to help review for the homework.

   Mar 07

Homework for 3/8

Today’s math homework has to to with polygons and non polygons.  Students learned that polygons have straight sides, are 2D shapes, sides do not intersect or cross, and are closed shapes.  If a shape is curved, like a circle, then it’s not a polygon.  If a shape is a triangle, square, rectangle, pentagon, hexagon, etc (see the pattern?) then it is a polygon.

Here is a video about polygons:

   Mar 06

Homework for Wednesday 3/7

Tonight students have to complete a 3 D shapes worksheet.  If they don’t remember the names of the shapes here is a video to help them along.


Also, don’t forget to log on MyOn to read.  The more minutes that you read the better you’ll become.  Also, we could win a pizza party! 🙂

   Mar 05

Homework for Tonight

We started a new math unit on shapes.  Today’s homework is a review of basic 2 dimensional shapes from kindergarten.  There is a video below if you are having trouble with the names of the shapes.

Reading:  Please read for 20 minutes and go on MyOn.  We are having a contest for March is Reading Month.  The class that reads the most minutes wins a pizza party.  You can do this first graders!

   Mar 04

Week of March 5th

Welcome back!  Hope you had a restful weekend with Friday being a snow day.  Hope you did some reading, since March is Reading Month.  We have a contest to see which class reads the most minutes on MyOn.  The class that reads the most will get a pizza party! 🙂  So, keep reading, and don’t stop!  We can do this!

Here is what we will do this week:


  1. say
  2. tray
  3. away
  4. gray
  5. may
  6. day
  7. once
  8. would
  9. live
  10. open

Reading: Students will learn to explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.
Retell stories including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.   They will also describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Writing:  Students will work on opinion writing.  They will write a topic sentence stating their opinion, at least two reasons for their opinion, and a closing sentence.

Math: Students are going to distinguishing between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.  Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 + 13 – 3 – 1 = 10-1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums.

Science: We are going to investigate ways in which we can communicate with light.

Social Studies:  We will use personal directions (left, right, front, back) to describe the relative location of significant places in the school environment.  We will also distinguish between landmasses and bodies of water using maps and globes.

Pizza  is sold in the cafeteria every Monday. Slices are $1.00 and a whole pizza is $5.00

Have a great week!

   Feb 25

Welcome Back!

I hope you had an enjoyable and restful vacation.  I missed all my kiddos and can’t wait to see you on Monday.  Here is what we will do this week.

Monday:  Science night will be from 4:00-5:15 p.m.  I hope that you all stay after school for some cool and interesting science activities.


1. where
2. what
3. when
4. why
5. which
6. white
7. walk
8. again
9. round
10. give

Reading: We will identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.   We will explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.

Writing:  We will start narrative writing.  Students will write stories in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to show order and provide some sense of closure.

Math: We will understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem.  We will apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract.

Science: We will conduct experiments to see what can be seen with no light.

Social Studies: We will construct simple maps of the classroom to demonstrate aerial perspective.  We will give examples of places that have absolute locations (e.g., home address, school address).

Have a great week!



   Feb 16

Here Is a Great Video For Kids!

Have your child listen to this video and practice high frequency words at home.  These words will help them become better readers.  Have fun!

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