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Archive for November, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy the holiday week. We have school Nov. 21-22 and off Nov. 23-27. School resumes on Monday, Nov. 28th.

In reading this week we will revisit all of the strategies we've learned this year as we share special seasonal stories.

How you can support: Continue reading over the week. Revisit the year's poems. Take time to notice the positive growth your child has made (ex: reading more smoothly, perhaps more accurately, with more expression, etc…)

In writingstudents will learn about adjectives and practice writing to a prompt: "Save turkey's eat more…."

How you can support:

Ask your child to read their writing with family and friends. Often reading writing out loud helps to clarify words they intended to write, spelling, and other conventions.

In math, students will be practicing fluency of all of the strategies and skills they have learned this year. Additionally, they will work to write their own word problems to match doubles equations. Students will learn to use their doubles for subtraction.

How you can support:

Have your child help you cook this week. Point out whole, half, and quarter measurement relationships whether it is cups, teaspoons, or tablespoons.

We will not have science this week. When we return in social studies we will be starting to learn about traditions.

How you can support:

Please, remember to take the time over the holiday week to complete the "Holiday Show and Tell" sent home with your child. They will be using this when they return to put their learning to work.

We are thankful for all of you and your support.

Mrs. Clary, Mrs. Faddis, and Mrs. Schlenz

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It is looking like a rainy week this week: November 14th-18th!

It will be a full week of learning and we are looking forward to it! At the end of it, please join us for the PALS Family Movie Night featuring Finding Dory. That is this Friday, November 18th!

In reading this week we will continue making connections. Students will work to distinguish between connections that help readers understand more about the story, character, and big ideas and those that do not. Some connections are very surface level and don't do much for our understanding. For example, you might have the same name as the main character. Other connections are much deeper. For example, you might have experienced the same fear as the main character and know how they feel.

How you can support: When reading with your child take time to stop periodically and ask your child, "Are you making any connections to the story right now?" or "Do you have a connection?" Try and model a connection of your own. Say, "I have a connection. This reminds me of…"

In writing, students will build on what they learned about "strong starts."  They will focus on hooking readers this week with dialogue.

How you can support: Read a Piggie and Elephant book by Mo Willems and discuss how the dialogue conveys the characters feelings and supports what is happening in the story. ep_toy_lg

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Check out a wordless picture book like A Boy, a dog, and a frog and add dialogue as you read the pictures.61yrI+Ra9aL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

 

In math, students will be exploring how to increase fact fluency using addition and subtraction strategies.

How you can support: Use dominoes to add. Talk about strategies you use to solve domino addition fast.

In science, students will learn about light sources and illumination. They will make connections between sound waves and light waves. Lastly, they will experiment with light travel through transparent, translucent, and opaque objects.

How you can support: Assign your child the task of collecting 5 different transparent(ex: glass), translucent (ex: waxed paper), and opaque objects(ex: block) from around the house.

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November is here!

It was nice to see everyone last week during conferences. Thank you for your time and for sharing your child with us.

We would also like to thank everyone involved with The Harvest Carnival. Once again it was a great success.

Important dates to remember:

November 6th is Daylight Saving Time (move clocks BACK one hour)

November 8th is the PALS meeting in the library at 6:00p.m. Join this great group of parents as they plan for our school.

November 9th the NED Show will visit LHE! The NED Show is a character education program that centers around never giving up, encouraging others, and doing your best! The assembly begins at 9:15a.m. You are welcome to join in the fun!

November 10 is our Veteran's Day Assembly @ 2:30 p.m. First grade students will be singing! Remind them to dress in red, white, and blue. Please join us!

In reading this week we will be making connections. "Text-to-Text, Text-to-Self, Text-to-World” is a strategy that helps students develop the habit of making these connections. This strategy helps students comprehend and make meaning of the ideas in the text.

How you can support: Remind your child that their schema helps them to make connections. As you read draw on what you have experienced to make text connections. You might use the words, "I remember…" or "This makes me think of…" One step further would be to talk to your child about why the connection helped in understanding the text at a deeper level. Some connections are very surface level and don't do much for our understanding. For example, you might have the same name as the main character. Other connections are much deeper. For example, you might have experienced the same fear as the main character and know how they feel.

In writing, students will be introduced to "strong starts."  They will focus on hooking their readers with such great beginnings as onomatopoeia.

How you can support: Continue to strengthen their narrative ideas with oral story telling. Point out and retell stories while at the dinner table. Check out some book that use onomatopoeia: Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? or The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.

In math, students will be exploring how to increase fact fluency using addition and subtraction strategies.

How you can support: Give your child an addition or subtraction problem. Watch how they solve it. Talk about different ways you might solve the problem.

OR

Race your child solving a simple addition problem with counters (M&Ms, cereal, etc…). You count every item. Encourage them to beat you by using a different strategy.

In science, they will list their light wonders to be used for our inquiry investigation. They will make connections between sound energy and light energy. We will study the vocabulary words light waves and illumination.

How you can support: Play with a flashlight. Turn it on in a dark room. Shine it on objects. Talk about why flashlights help us see objects in the dark.

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