May 20, 2013
Hello Parents of 1Mc:
Last Friday we had a wonderful field trip to the MV Museum to look at farming tools. Thanks to the chaperones and Officer Stephanie who helped us safely walk over. This Friday, May 24 is March to the Sea.
Here is an overview of work covered in our class this week:
Reading: We are moving forward with Theme 8 of the Houghton Mifflin Reading Program. The theme is "Our Earth," with a focus on the story elements of problem and solution, as well as retell (characters, setting, problem/solution) and sequence (first, next, then, last). The phonics pattern is base words with the endings –ed and –ing.
Writing: This week our writing focus will be informational. We will read and write about a story about Johnny Appleseed. We will practice introducing the topic and providing closure at the end of our writing. We use a graphic organizer to support independence in this multi-step task. We will also work on our lower case letter formation.
Math: This week we will complete Unit 5 with an assessment. We have been practicing many strategies to determine the missing partner of a teen total in a math mountain, equation, and word problem.
Science: We will spend time in the garden on Thursday planting carrots.
BOX TOPS FUNDRAISING: Final Spring Push! Friday June 14 is the last day to turn in box tops. The winning class treated to healthy popsicle party at recess.
Upcoming PTA sponsored events:
Garden Celebration – Friday June 7 (Parent Volunteers Needed)
Bike Rodeo – June TBD
PTA MEMBERSHIP UPDATE: The PTA is looking for new members. The next PTA meetings are Tuesday May 14 and June 11 at 8:20 am after drop-off in the faculty meeting room in the cafeteria.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My email is email@example.com.
All my best,
Our specials schedule this year:
Tuesday: Music and Gym (sneakers)
Wednesday: Library and Computer
Friday: Gym (sneakers) and Computer
**Please be sure your child has his/her sneakers on Gym days!**
Kid Helper Project
Kid Helper is a teacher-created approach to encourage students to share and develop problem solving strategies. As a result, it empowers children to collaborate to address social challenges in school. The class takes on the role of Kid Helpers. Realistic (and age-appropriate) student problems are summarized and generalized in the form of a “Dear Abby” letter, which is addressed to “Kid Helper.” The problems come from the teacher's observations, actual students, as well as parent concerns. Students work whole group, in pairs, and individually to write a response to the letter, giving good advice and strategies. When necessary, a school guidance counselor serves as a Kid Helper consultant, providing support around problem solving strategies.