Apr
2015

Week of April 13th

Welcome back!

We started a new unit: Amazing Creatures

Reading: We read a informational piece called Beetles. We asked and answered many questions about beetles. We will also read The ant and the grasshopper, The elephant and the bees, and Insects hide and seek. A lot of stories about different creatures!

Writing: We will write questions and answers about creatures. We will focus when to use a question mark and when to use a period. Is all about punctuation this week.

Letters of the week: Gg, Ww

Sight word focus: he, she

Word family focus: -ag (bag, drag, nag, flag, etc)

Spelling: he, she, tag. rag, nag, wag, bag, insects

Math: We will explore ones, tens and hundreds. We will explore function machines. We will explore the $1 bill. We will review clocks to the nearest hour. We will continue practice counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s to 100.

Science: We will discuss the difference between living and non-living things. We will review plants needs and parts.

Social Studies:We will discuss ways to help save the Earth. Earth day is around the corner. We will discuss the 3 R’s (recycle, reuse and reduce).

Announcements:

  • Late start is cancelled for Wednesday, April 15th. Students need to report to school at 8:35 as usual
  • Our school is starting an empty bottle and can collection as a part of our keep the earth clean. Any money collected for the cans or bottles will be used to plant flowers in front of Howard.
  •  We will be going on the field trip Monday, April 20, 2015 to the Detroit Zoo. Field trip permission slip coming home this week. Please have money ($5.50) and slip signed by Wednesday, April 15th.  If you choose to join us on the trip as a chaperone, please make sure you complete proper paperwork in the office. There will be one bus for both classes. Any chaperones will be asked to follow in their individual cars. Chaperones need to pay as well in advance. Sorry no chaperones on the bus.
  • The PTA is conducting the Spring Fling dance on Friday. If you would like to participate the cost is $5.00.

Thanks,

Ms. Mohamed

 

Mar
2015

Week of March 30th

READING-We’ll finish Unit 8   What’s In My Garden? I’ll read “Sunflower House.” We will look at different flowers and explore their characteristics. We will compare a different flower to a sunflower.  We will also practice retelling and sequencing a story.

WRITING- This week will write a poem about a flower. We will choose a flower and create a poem using descriptive words. Most of the students are writing 2-3 sentences on a single topic. Several students are writing more than 3 sentences on a topic.  What great writers! They are focused on sounds and the corresponding letters to go with the sounds. Many are going beyond the individual sound to letter and are writing known words or are connecting to rhyming or spelling words.

Word family: -ub (sub, cub, rub, tub)

Spelling words: here, was, little, said, rub, tub, sub, cub

We will be having our spelling test Thursday.

Math: Its all about clocks this week. We are going to learn about digital and analog clocks. We will identify hour hand and minute hand. We will read clocks to the nearest hour. We will write out time and discuss the importance of time for our day. We will also review addition and subtraction.

Science: We are continuing with plants this week. We will continue observing and collecting data about our plants in our science journals. We will identify plant parts. (root, stem, leaf and flower)

Social Studies: We will discuss ways to take care of the Earth.

Important Reminders:

  • Pictures were sent home last week. Please look over and return any unwanted pictures or payment a.s.a.p.
  • Thursday will be our spelling test since we have no school on Friday
  • Spring break begins Friday, April 3, 2015- Sunday, April 12, 2015. We will return to school Monday, April 13, 2015

Thanks,

Ms. Mohamed

Mar
2015

New links for reinforcement….

I have added fantastic interactive games from education.com

These links will allow your child to work on critical skills for great readers!

Links located to your left! Enjoy!

Ms. Mohamed

Mar
2015

Week of March 23rd

Literacy unit: Plants Continued……

Reading: Students will listen to a story called Seed Secrets. It is an informational piece that discusses the travels of a seed. Students will also listen to other stories about plants. Students will discuss and identify the life cycle of a plant.

 

Comprehension Strategy: Retell and identifying story structure

 

Writing: Student will write 2 sentences or more discussing using adjectives (describing words) how seeds travel. Student will use the important parts of making a good sentence. This includes:

  • Does your idea make sense?
  • Does your sentence begin with a capital letter?
  • Do you have space between the words?
  • Did you use an end mark (punctuation)?
  • Are all sight words (the ones we learned so far) spelled correctly?

Word Family: -ug (bug, tug, mug, hug, jug, slug, plug)

Spelling: seeds, here, was, tug, rug, mug, hug, bug

Math: We will explore the quarter. We will write numbers 1-100. We will continue to count by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s to 100. We will revisit simple addition and subtraction. We will play many math games to reinforce our math skills.

Science: We will continue to explore plant needs. Last week we planted a seed and we have a couple of sprouts! Students will observe and document our experience of growing a plant. We will make sure we identify it is a living thing and further discuss that living things have needs to survive.

Social Studies: We will start talking about taking care of the Earth and its value. We will discuss what we get from the earth and how plants help us survive.

REMINDERS:

Wednesday: Library check out day

Thursday: Pocket list : 5 foods you would eat while camping.

Friday: Turn in your last reading minutes. (we are trying to reach our 200,000 school-wide minutes goal!

Running low on snacks! Thanks for all your support!

Ms. Mohamed

 

 

Mar
2015

Week of March 16th

We are finally feeling Spring in the air!

READING-We begin Unit 8  PLANTS

This week’s theme is How Trees Grow. We’ll be working with Sequencing with recalling stories and events.  We’ll also focus on sequencing with this week’s writing.  First, Next, Then, Last

LETTERS- Kk-(beginning sound)    -ck (ending sound)

SIGHT WORDS-   little     said

We will work with the -ot word family: cot, pot, not, hot, rot, knot

Spelling Words:  little  said  hot  not  pot  cot  

WRITING-We will be writing Steps in a Process.

For example, Steps to make a Sandwich

First, you get some bread.

Next you spread on peanut butter.

Then you spread on jelly.

Last, you eat it.

Try some steps at home…Steps to get Ready For Bed, For School, To Go To Grandma’s House, To Eat Cereal

You don’t have to write down everything.  Just talking through the steps is good practice for sequencing the thoughts/steps.

MATH-We’ll be doing some worksheets with Missing Numbers to 20.  We’ll also play a Dice Addition Game with partners.

SCIENCE-Of course, we’ll plant some seeds.

SOCIAL STUDIES-We’ll talk about jobs that are related to Plants.

REMINDERS

Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day so we’ll be celebrating the “Holiday” in here.  Wear something GREEN.

Wednesday: Library Day

Friday: Spelling test and publishing our writing

Have a great wek!

Ms. Mohamed

Mar
2015

Calendar of activities for March is reading month

Attached is the calendar of activities the children can do at home. Many fun things you will enjoy and the children love to share at school the next day. These activities are highly encouraged but not mandatory.

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Also reading minutes are due weekly. Please sign and cut them out and make sure your child turns them in on Friday morning! Each child’s goal is to read for 120 minutes a week. Our school goal is 200,000 minutes. If your child achieves their goal, they will get a sticker on their tent and a raffle ticket for a chance to win in the drawing at the end of the month.  If we achieve our school goal, we will celebrate with s’mores! If you need a copy of this document, I will gladly give your child another copy.

Thanks for all your support!

Ms. Mohamed