Playing Outside

Playing Outside

October 3, 2010

October 4, 2010

A note from Ms. Poteet

The kids had a blast at the Husky Hustle on Friday.  Our class collected more than $600 for our school to purchase new computers and other school supplies.  Great Job!  Thanks to the parents who were able to come out and cheer our kids along. 

We had a great turn out for the Harmony Harvest!  Thanks to all of the families who stopped by the Book Fair to purchase books and visit me.  Many kids showed up with blue lips, painted faces, and tired eyes.  I hope everyone had a wonderful time! 

On Wednesday, we are going on our first field trip to Gallrein Farms.  We plan to leave school around 9:30am and return around 2:00pm.  We will get to pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, go on a hayride, take an adventure through the corn maze, have a picnic lunch, and feed the animals in the petting zoo!  Your child will need a sack lunch and drink, to wear old tennis shoes that can get dirty, and to dress for the weather.  Please cross your fingers that our class t-shirts come in before the field trip (There was a delay in the processing).  If our class t-shirts come in on time, please have your child wear it on Wednesday.  

Box Tops for Education are due this Friday.  Please send them in a baggie labeled, "Poteet."  Funds from Box Tops go directly into our classroom budget.  Keep collecting Box Tops the rest of the year.  Thanks!

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
This week we will continue learning about strategies good readers use.  This week we will focus on asking ourselves, “Does it make sense?” and asking a friend for help.  We will be visiting the school library on Friday.

Writing Workshop
This week students will finally get to use their fabulous Writing Folders!  We will focus on what writers do when they are finished and how to draw even hard to make ideas.  On Friday, we are writing 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:  J, j, W, w, Q, and q

Word Study
This week, we will explore the letters Jj, Ww, and Qq. 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: with, up, all. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

This week in math look for symmetry in nature, make a bar graph of our favorite activities in school, writing our numbers correctly, and making patterns with macaroni.   

Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Your child is learning to identify a pattern in a simple arrangement of objects and to predict how the pattern will continue.  The concept of predictable, repeating patterns is an important part of mathematics.

You can make patterns with food.  Use cereal or crackers that have different shapes and colors.  Make shape patterns, color patterns, or both.  Glue your pattern on paper.    

This week we are starting our Native Americans- Past, Present, and Future Unit.  We will learn about the Native American regions (our class will focus on Eastern Woodland Native Americans and Pacific Northwest Native American), how the Eastern Woodland Native Americans lived, what their homes looked like, and their clothing. 

*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         Music
Tuesday        PE
Wednesday    PE
Thursday       PE
Friday           PE

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