Playing Outside

Playing Outside

December 30, 2010

January 3, 2010

A note from Ms. Poteet…

Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break!  I am excited to get back into the groove of things and to see what the New Year brings. 

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
We are going to begin exploring nonfiction texts.  We will look for nonfiction text features; compare nonfiction and fiction books, and relate our schema to the new information we learn from the book.

Writing Workshop
This week we are going to start writing our All About Books.  First we will look at other All About Books and make a list of their ingredients.  After exploring various All About Books, students will get to choose their own topic for their All About Book.  You might want to discuss possible topics with your child at home.  Some great examples include dogs, soccer, colors, swimming, etc.  Family journals will be sent home on Friday.  Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Word Study
This week, we will explore the word families –ug, -ut, -un, -um (Yes, these are the same chucks from the week before winter break).  Ask your child about the word family chants for all three.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: not, were, like. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we will practice adding two-digit numbers, making shapes with string and our bodies, making different types of triangles, learn about sides, vertices (corners), and angles, and solve subtraction problems.
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Your child can create patterns with many things found in your home.  The word pattern has many different meanings.  Here it is defined as a simple arrangement of items in which one can tell what will come next if the arrangement is continued.  In school, your child is learning to create, extend, and describe patterns.

Collect different kinds and sizes of objects.  Look for buttons, coins, and lids from juice bottles and soda bottles.  Use the objects to make patterns.  Try to describe the pattern to someone.  See if someone can extend your pattern.  Ask someone to create a pattern for you to extend.   

Social Studies
This week we are finishing up our imagination lessons.  They are lessons to help us learn whether or not your child may possess certain gifted and talented attributes.

*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                         PE

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