Week of December 13
Just a reminder that according to the handbook uniform policy, students should wear solid black or white athletic shoes, please.
Kids’ Club – No Kids’ Club this month because we will have half days of school Tues. through Friday before the Christmas break.
Christmas Bazaar THIS WEEK – Kids shop for Christmas presents for family in room 150. The presents are gift-wrapped and tagged for them. PLEASE PUT MONEY IN A ZIPLOCK WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON IT. ALSO, KIDS WANT TO BUY THINGS FOR THEMSELVES, SO PLEASE MAKE IT CLEAR WITH THEM WHO THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BUY PRESENTS FOR, AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN GET ANYTHING FOR THEMSELVES.
**SPECIAL CHRISTMAS DRESS THIS WEEK – SEE EMAIL FROM OFFICE!**
School will be half-days starting on Tues., Dec. 14th through Fri., Dec. 17th. No after-care on Friday, Dec. 17th. School is closed for Christmas holiday Dec. 20th through Jan. 2nd, and reopens Mon., Jan. 3rd.
Monday- Handwriting Test
Tuesday- Reading Comprehension
Math Speed Drills
Thursday- Phonics- written and oral
Bible Story Test
Friday- no tests
Homework (material to review and practice for tests)
Seatwork- Each week, I will send home any unfinished worksheets that students have not finished in class for homework. If your child has a lot of pages, I encourage them to do only a page or two a night. Please use these pages to review and practice the concepts we are learning. Also, I will send home checked seatwork to use to review.
Math– written– identifying temperature on a thermometer, numbers that come between, measures such as 1 dozen= 12, 2 cups= 1 pint, quarter=25 cents; addition, and subtraction facts Families 1-9; story problems with addition or subtraction; and Speed Drill – students have 1and half minutes to complete 12 addition and subtraction problems (4 sets of these)
PHONICS: For written test– write letter sounds, write special sounds in words (study Chart 6, 7,8,9), write words with special sounds and spelling words, identify and circle special sounds in words; and oral test -practice reading one-syllable words with one or two vowels, and words with special sounds from Chart 6,7,8,9.
The Handbook for Reading (apple book) is your “Phonics Bible”. Have your child read letter sounds, blends with long and short vowel sounds, and words to you. You could also dictate sounds, blends, and clue words for special sounds to your child for him/her to write. Your child should be memorizing the special sounds and clue words for Charts 6 and 7. We learn these so that students can use this when sounding out new words. They should read each special sound and clue word and then spell them (example: “ck in duck, c – k”). You could make a matching game with the clue words on one type of card and the special sounds on another, mix them up, and have your child match the clue word with the special sound. Note: blends should be read as one sound, not sounding out each letter (example: “la”, not “l – a”).
Spelling: For homework, I sent home a Spelling Bee sheet. Students need to write their words 3 times by Thursday and return in their red folder on Thursday for extra points. Each day students should study their words.
For the test this week, study these words: List 12: book, look, good, foot, wood, shook, boot, food, loose, moon, room, roof, tooth, have, give
Bible: no Bible verse
Bible stories for this week are Promise of the Savior (Luke 1:26-38, Matthew 1:18-24), Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-7), and News brought to the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20)
HANDWRITING: As a motivation to write neatly on handwriting tests, I am allowing any student who earns an A on the handwriting does not have to do one seatwork page for handwriting.
If your child is not getting A’s on the Writing tests, he/she should practice writing at home using lined paper that we use at school (with dotted lines in the middle). You could have your child write the spelling words, his/her name (which is also graded on the writing tests). Using the Manuscript Guide (copy in your Orientation packet), have your child practice writing the alphabet and numbers, and words. Make sure that they are holding their pencils correctly.
Language: Test on chapter 7. I sent home worksheet packet that students can use to review.
We classify sentences in the same way EVERY time by asking these questions: First, find the Subject noun (which answers the question What or Who); then Verb (Action – what did the subject DO?); then Adverb (which answers questions How? When? Where?) and Adjective (which answers what kind? Which one? How many?). There are no questions to find the Article Adjectives, we just know that we must look for A, An, The.
Reading: Comprehension Test will include a short story and questions about the story. Please read the assigned pages each day from the reading calendar and initial the date on the calendar after reading. The reading calendar can be folded and kept in the reader or in the red folder.
Social Studies We are learning about maps and where we live.