1st Grade Q2 Curriculum for Week 6, 11/12-11/15

Reading – We are using reading strategies to help us decode words. One strategy to remind your child of is: “skip it for now.” For example, if they get to a word that they cannot read, skip the word and read the rest of the page or sentence. Then, go back to see if they can figure it out. This way, they can use the other words as clues to help them figure out the hard word.

Grammar – We are learning about compound words. Have your child identify compound words as they are reading a book. Example: The dad brought the girl a milkshake. The compound word is “milkshake.”

Writing –They will be observing how butter is made and are learning how to write an Explanatory Writing paragraph. Some transition words to use as they describe the steps are” At first, Next, After that, Then and Finally.

Math – We will continue to work on Chapter 5. One lesson learned involved using addition to check subtraction.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic-home/addition-subtraction/add-subtract-20/v/subtraction-2

Social Studies/Science – Topic: Pilgrims and Native Americans

             Essential Question: Who were the Pilgrims and Native Americans and why were they important?

 

Donations – First grade teachers are in need of white cardstock paper. Any donations would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

 

Dates to remember:

M, 11/4 – W, 12/4 * Toy Drive

(New Toys can be dropped off at the office)

M, 11/4 – W, 11/20 * Canned Food Drive

(Canned/boxed food can be collected in the classrooms)

M, 11/11 * Veterans Day – No school

F, 11/15 * Federal Survey Form Due (Yellow paper that was sent home last week)

Tu, 11/19 * PTA General Meeting 6:00 PM

Th, 11/20 * Restaurant Night FUNraiser (Blaze Pizza at Otay Ranch)

M, 11/25 – F, 11/29 * Thanksgiving Break

Q2 Curriculum for Week 5, 11/4-11/8

Reading – We are using reading strategies to help us decode words. One strategy to remind your child is” “Flip the vowel sound.” For example, if the word that they are struggling with has a long vowel sound such as “huge”… instead of sounding it out /h/ /short u/ /g/ /e/, remind them to “flip the vowel.” This means to change it from a short sound to a long sound.

Grammar – We are learning about conjunctions. Have your child identify conjunctions as they are reading a book. Example: The cat ate dinner and then fell asleep. The word “and” is a conjunction because it joins the two phrases to make a sentence.

Writing –They will be observing how slime is made and learning how to write an Explanatory Writing paragraph.

The parts of the paragraph include the following:

  1. Topic sentence
  2. 4 Steps with sequence words
  3. Conclusion

Math – We will be taking the Chapter 4 on Tuesday. Monday will be a review of all subtraction strategies that were learned.

Social Studies/Science – Topic: Our Changing World – Families Long Ago & Today.

Essential Question: How do families grow and change over time?

 

Dates to remember:

M, 11/4 – W, 12/4 * Toy Drive

(New Toys can be dropped off at the office)

M, 11/4 – W, 11/20 * Canned Food Drive

(Canned/boxed food can be collected in the classrooms)

F, 11/8 * Military Pride Day  – Come and eat with your child!

M, 11/11 * Veterans Day – No school

Tu, 11/19 * PTA General Meeting 6:00 PM

Th, 11/20 * Restaurant Night FUNraiser (Blaze Pizza at Otay Ranch)

1st Grade Q2 Curriculum for Week 4, 10/28-11/1

Reading – We use reading strategies when reading words on a page of a book. Once strategy to remind your child of is “Get your mouth ready for the first sound.” For example the word is… Monkey. Your child should say “Mmm..” This helps them to focus on reading left to right, and letter-by-letter.

Grammar – We are learning about possessive nouns. Have your child identify possessive nouns as they are reading a book. Example: The boy petted the cat’s fur. Here the word “cat’s” is a possessive noun. This lets you know that the noun “fur” belongs to the cat.

Writing –They will be taking a writing test on Informative Writing later this week. Practice by having them write with these frames.

I know a lot about __________________________.

Did you know _______________________________.

One fact is __________________________________.

According to the video/article _______________.

Additionally, ________________________________.

Now you know all about ____________________.

Math – We will continue to learn about Chapter 4 – subtraction strategies. One strategy is to use addition to subtract. Another is use ten to subtract.

Social Studies/Science – Students will be learning about Bats. Ask them to tell you four fun facts about bats.

Art/Music – Thursday, October 31st

 

Dates to remember:

Th, 10/31 * Halloween – No party, no costumes

Sat, 11/2 * Masquerade Festival

M, 11/11 * Veterans Day – No school

Tu, 11/19 * PTA General Meeting 6:00 PM

1st Grade Q2 Curriculum for Week 3, 10/21-10/25

Reading – We are learning about Nonfiction texts and this month we are reading many books by Gail Gibbons. Can your child find the main idea and facts in a nonfiction text?

Grammar – We are learning about plural nouns. Have your child identify plural nouns as they are reading a book. Example: The girl caught lots of flies. The boy played with many toys.

Writing – Students will continue to practice Informative Writing. Informative writing is when you want to teach someone facts about a topic. Sing the song.

Informative Writing has a title,

A topic sentence and lots of facts.

Don’t forget the conclusion,

Informative writing is full of facts.

Use some of the transitions before writing facts on a topic – Did you know, One fact is, According to the article/video, Surprisingly…

Math – We are starting a new chapter. Chapter 4 is about subtraction strategies. One strategy is counting backwards to find the answer. Use a number line to help. Practice counting backwards and forwards. A reminder that it does not always start at one.

Social Studies/Science – Students will be introduced and learn about spiders. Ask them to tell you four facts about spiders.

 

Requesting donations classroom projects:

A reminder that we will be painting medium sized pumpkins during the last week of October. The size of the pumpkin should be no taller than a water bottle. Please donate a pumpkin for your child by Friday, October 25th. Any donations of extra pumpkins is also very much appreciated. Thank you!

 

Dates to remember:

Tu, 10/22 * Souplantation Restaurant Fundraiser

M-F, 10/21-10/25 * Red Ribbon Week

Monday: Wear Black and White

Tuesday: Twin Day

Wednesday: Enchanted Day

Thursday: Wolf Day

Friday: Wear Red

Th, 10/24 * Make Up Picture Day

F, 10/25 * Law Enforcement Day

Sat, 11/2 * Masquerade Festival

Q2 Curriculum for Week 2, 10/14-10/18

Reading – We are learning about Nonfiction texts and this month we are reading many books by Gail Gibbons. Can your child find the nonfiction text features: title, the table of contents, glossary and bold words?

Grammar – We are learning about adverbs. Have your child identify adverbs as they are reading a book. Example: The old man and woman ran slowly after the gingerbread man.

Writing – Students will be starting their own Informative Writing on the type of animal of their choice. Informative writing is when you want to teach someone facts about a topic. It has a title, topic sentence, 4 facts with details and a conclusion. Have your child sing the song.

Math – We will be taking the Chapter 3 test: Addition Strategies on Wednesday, October 16th. Students will be reviewing what they have learned and will be taking a practice test by Tuesday.

 

Social Studies/Science – Students are learning how to categorize and classify animals by looking at their external parts. An example is that birds have feathers. We are also learning to classify mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles.

 

Requesting donations classroom projects:

Thank you for those who donated nylon frisbees to incorporate in our P.E. rotations. The students have been excited about the new activity and are having a blast with them!

We are moving the fall engineering project up to next week. Any donations of the following items would be happily accepted by this Friday, October 18th: water bottle caps, tongue depressors, and rubber bands.

We will be painting medium sized pumpkins during the last week of October. Please donate a pumpkin for your child by Friday, October 25th.

Also, all classes are looking for any more donations of brightly colored paper and white cardstock as well. Any donations would be greatly appreciated! We appreciate all that you do!

 

Dates to remember:

W, 10/16 * Picture Day

Sat, 10/19 * Parent Academy at Vista Square Elementary

Tu, 10/22 * Souplantation Restaurant Fundraiser

M-F, 10/21-10/25 * Red Ribbon Week

Th, 10/24 * Make Up Picture Day

Sat, 11/2 * Masquerade Festival

Q2 Curriculum for Week 1, 10/08-10/11

Welcome back Timberwolves families! We are so excited to start the quarter and learn about what our little timberwolves have been up to during the break. Here is the curriculum and news for the week. 

Reading – Students will be introduced to books written by Gail Gibbons. Gibbons is known for writing non-fiction books. We will be using these books as a window for students to recognize facts and writing structure.

Grammar – We are learning about prepositions. Have your child identify prepositions as they are reading a book. Example: She put the cookies inside the oven.

Writing – Students will be introduced to informative writing – full of facts!

Math – We will continue to work on Chapter 3: Addition Strategies. One strategy to focus on is making a ten from Khan Academy.

Social Studies – Students will be learning about Unit 2 Geography.

Requesting donations for P.E. and classroom projects:

The first grade team would like to incorporate a new P.E. activity involving nylon frisbee for students to practice teamwork and hand eye coordination. We have a few to start the quarter, but are hoping to have more! These frisbees are soft and can be viewed through Amazon.

We will be doing a fall engineering project towards the end of the month involving pumpkins! We are in need of lots of rubber bands and tongue depressors. Please bring any donations to your classroom teacher by Friday, October 25th.

Also, all classes are looking for any more donations of brightly colored paper and white cardstock as well. Any donations would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!

 

Dates to remember:

M, 10/7 * Fall Break, NO SCHOOL

Tu, 10/8 * School Resumes (Regular Day)

W, 10/16 * Picture Day

Sat, 10/19 * Parent Academy at Vista Square Elementary

Sat, 11/2 * Masquerade Festival

1st Grade Curriculum for Week 9, 9/16-9/20

Reading – Students will continue learn and read books by Laura Numeroff.

Grammar – We are learning about plural nouns and pronouns. Have your child identify proper pronouns as they are reading a book. Example: She baked cookies.

Writing – Students will be taking a test on opinion. They will brainstorm their ideas on Wednesday and write their paper on Thursday.

Math – We will continue to work on Chapter 3: Addition Strategies. Some strategies are 1) Add in any order, 2) Count On, 3) Add Doubles, and 4) Doubles plus or minus 1.

VAPA – Art and Music on Thursday, September, 19th.

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences:

Please make sure to arrive early so you may have some time to write a few academic goals for your child that you wish to discuss during the conference.

 

Dates to remember:

M, 9/16-F, 9/20 * Parent Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days)

M, 9/16-F, 9/20 * Book Fair

Hours: 8:00 A.M.-9:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

All purchases benefit our school!

Th, 9/19 * Jersey Mike’s Subs Fundraiser

Wear a jersey to show spirit during the fundraiser!

M, 9/23-M 10/7 * Fall Break

Tu, 10/8 * School Resumes (Regular Day)