Friday, January 21, 2011

February News 2012

Buzzy Bees in 1A
What’s BUZZING in Our Hive


We all feel like a big cup of hot chocolate in 1A and a snuggly blanket with a good book. The weather is finally becoming cold. What a mild winter we have had this year! Thanks so much for winter clothes when needed each day to keep your child warm.

DATES TO REMEMBER:
February 13th—Healthy Snack Lady
February 13-March 13th--Reading Is Magic Kick Off
February 21st and 23rd-Parent Teacher Conferences (Early Out Both Days 2:25)
February 24th-NO SCHOOL PT Conferences

*** We are still experiencing a GLUE SHORTAGE. Please ask your child if they need more glue. We are running low as a class. Thanks!

READING
We finished Reading: Theme 5
The students used Cause & Effect, Clarifying, and Comparing/Contrasting to help them be stronger readers. There will also be a focus on Poetry this unit.

New Theme 6: Animal Adventure (Theme Test the week of Conferences)
Skills: Story Structure (Beginning, Middle, End—Setting, Characters, Problem/Solution), Noting Details (Cause/Effect, Making Generalizations), Summarizing (Formulating Questions, Predicting/ Inferring), Naming Words for People/Animals, Things/Places, Naming Words for One More, Alphabetical Order

WRITING
Our Six Traits of Writing will be CONVENTIONS. We really need to practice using periods and capital letters. We will also be writing a description this month.

SPELLING
Keep studying spelling words each week. We now have two lists (Easier/Harder).

MATH: We finished up UNIT 6 (Developing Fact Power)
• Please continue to work on the Weekly Homework to reinforce concepts/strategies
• Also, practice Addition/Subtraction Flash Cards to develop fast math fact recall.

UNIT 7 (Geometry and Attributes)
We will study:
* Sorting shapes by different attributes (shape, color, size)
* Identification of plane shapes (circle, rectangle, square, triangle)
* Identification 3-D Shapes (spheres, cylinders, rectangular prisms, pyramids, cones, cubes)
* Symmetry & Symmetrical Shapes

Please continue to work on Telling Time and Counting Coins. The students need to gain some confidence with this skill. Homework will continue to come home on Thursdays! :)

Science/Social Studies:
Solids, Liquids, and Gases! We will do fun hands-on learning as we discover how things can go from being a solid, liquid, and gas.

We will read books about Abe Lincoln and George Washington. We will revisit what it means to treat others with FAIRNESS and kindness and ways we can be a BUCKET FILLER. We will practice giving compliments to each other.

FROM THE TEACHER:
Happy Valentine’s Day! We have had a lot of students missing school due to sickness. I emphasize how important it is to wash hands and cover mouths. If you child has any Make-Up Work, I will send it home.

We continue to grow leaps and bounds each week. We are working hard on COMPREHENSION and QUESTIONING in our reading groups.

WEEKLY SIGHT WORDS:
morning, found, shout, by, out, show, climb, cow, table, now, door, there, through, horse, wall, been, far, forest, goes, hungry, soon, evening, near

WEBSITE TO VISIT:
We will soon be able to visit an exciting site that Mrs Breen has put together for us to enjoy. Until then, continue to visit Razkids.com and Spellingcity.com.

Thanks for all you do!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Applegate

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