Playing Outside

Playing Outside

April 30, 2011

May 2, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet…

Thanks so much for all of the cards, flowers, treats, and drinks everyone sent in last week!  I have greatly enjoyed teaching your children this year.  I cannot believe we only have 20 days left of school.  This year has gone by way too fast!

On Tuesday we are going to the theatrical production of the Aesop’s Fables.  Afterwards we are going to Creasey Mahan to have a picnic lunch (weather permitting).  Please have your child wear their orange class t-shirts and tennis shoes.  Your child will need to bring a sack lunch, drink, and beach towel. 

Thursday we are going to celebrate Harmony’s Earth Day.  Please send in gardening tools (shovels- big and small, buckets, gloves, rakes).  All items will be returned after we finish using them.    

Important Dates this Month:
May 3: Aesop’s Fables Theatrical Production Field Trip and Picnic Lunch at Creasey Mahan
May 6: No School- Oak’s Day
May 9-27: State Assessments (No volunteers or guests for lunch at permitted during this time period)
May 17: Election Day- No School
May 27: Zoo Field Trip
May 20: Memorial Day- No School
June 1: Mega Skills Assembly
June 1: Our class will perform for the 5th grade graduation
June 2: Last Day of School & Early Release Day

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
In reading, we are reading several different fairy tales and folk tales.  After reading each tale we will discuss its story elements.

Writing Workshop
This we are starting our poetry unit.  We are going to read several poems to help get ideas for our own poems.  Family journals will be sent home on Thursday.   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: -ake, -ale, -ame.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: small, because, why.  Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we are learning name collections, how to use the function machine, and about telling time to the hour.
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Children are familiar with money transactions, but many children are unable to distinguish between coins, understand a coin’s value, or realize what a coin of greater value can be exchanged for several coins of lesser value.  To build your child’s familiarity with money, empty your coin purse or pocket and have fun exploring pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters today.

Help your child empty a purse or pocket.  Explore the coins with them and think about these questions:
-      How many pennies are there? Nickels?  Dimes?  How many coins all together?
-      Which coin is the biggest?  Which is the smallest?  The thickest?  The thinnest?
-      How many pennies equal a nickel?  How many pennies equal a dime?
-      Do you think all the coins add up to more or less than $1?
-      What else do you notice about the coins?      

Social Studies
We are learning all about the community we live in and how we can make it a better place. 
*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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