Playing Outside

Playing Outside

September 10, 2010

September 13, 2010

A note from Ms. Poteet

Thanks to Ms. Zimmerman, Ms. Skelton, Ms. Kastman, and Ms. Pennybaker for signing up to lead a guided reading group.  Guiding reading groups are vital in teaching kids strategies needed to become proficient, independent readers. 

Please let me know if you are interested in being a Mystery Reader.  We have an opening this Friday at 9:00 am!

What are we learning?
 Reading Workshop
This week we are learning how to choose just right books, how readers get their mind ready before reading (making predictions), and how to take a picture walk. We will be visiting the school library on Friday.

Writing Workshop
We are continuing our Kid Writing unit this week.  Students will focus on starting their sentences with capital letters and using end punctuation.  On Friday, we are writing our fourth entry in our Family Journals.  Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Handwriting instruction will focus on developing fine motor skills as well as the proper formation of the following letters:  C, c, H, & h 

Word Study
This week, we will explore the letters Cc and Hh. Ask your child about the letter sound chants for both.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: said, his, that. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

We are learning direction words (over, under, around, on top, etc), how to count and read numbers 1-10, about the patterns all around us, how to count orally, and how to write their numbers.

Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Help your child find patterns around your house and neighborhood.  Look at fences, buildings, doors, windows, wallpaper, and fabrics.  Try to draw some of the patterns that you see.  If possible, take a camera along and record some patterns you find. 

Look outdoors and in your home for objects that have patterns.  Choose your favorite pattern to draw and bring to school to share on Thursday.

 Social Studies
We are continuing our unit on plants. We are learning that plants need light, warmth, water, and nutrients to survive.  On Tuesday we are going to plant our very own corn seed!  We are going to observe our plant grow over the next couple of weeks. We will begin learning about the parts of plant on Friday.

*Send in a healthy peanut-free snack and water bottle (with a pull up spout) every day.
* Our classroom gets very chilly sometimes.  Please send in a light jacket or sweater for your child to keep in their back pack. 
* Sign your child’s weekly planner every night!
* Library book due every Friday!

Related Arts Schedule
Monday         PE
Tuesday        PE
Wednesday    PE
Thursday       PE
Friday          Art

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