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1st Grade Q2 Curriculum for Week 10, 12/16-12/20

Homework– No homework packet, but please do the daily reading response sheet. It is due on Friday, December 20th. 

Reading – Students are using reading strategies to help us decode words. One strategy to remind your child of is: “use chunks or small words inside big words to figure out unknown words.” By chunking a word, good readers can use the parts they do know to help them figure out the parts they do not known. An example would be the word flat. A chunk word could be the ending at.

Grammar – We will be reviewing grammar rules learned during quarter 2.

Writing – Students may continue Informative writing on candy canes and may start on creative writing on holidays.

Math – We are taking the Chapter 12 Math Test this Monday. The following concepts in Chapter 12:

  • Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares
  • Describe equal shares using words “halves, fourths, and/or quarters”
  • Compose two-dimensional shapes to create a composite shape
  • Identify attributes (straight/curved lines, number of sides, number of vertices/corners) of different shapes

Social Studies/Science – Students will continue to learn about Holidays around the world. The Holiday Craft Day will take place on Wednesday morning, December 18th.

Reminders – Please turn in the permission slip for the end of the quarter holiday party. Also, please contact your child’s teacher to let them know what you plan to donate for Holiday Craft Day on Wednesday, December 18th or for the Gingerbread STEM project and the Holiday Movie/Popcorn party on Friday, December 20th.

Requesting any of the following donations for the Holiday Craft Day:

-White cardstock (125)

            -Scrapbook paper

            -Washable Liquid Glue       

            -Pinata candy

Requesting any of the following donations for the Gingerbread STEM project:

-Pre-popped popcorn (25)

-25 juice boxes

-3 boxes of graham crackers

-Holiday plates (appetizer size)

-1 package of small gingerbread house decorations (i.e. Skittles, red licorice, mini              marshmallows, candy canes, plain M&Ms, mini pretzels, gum drops, chocolate                    chips, red hots)

 

Dates to remember:

M, 12/16-W, 12/18 * PTA Holiday Shop at MPR

W, 12/18 * Holiday Craft Day

F, 12/20 * Holiday Movie and Popcorn Party

F, 12/20 * Spirit Day – Disney Day

M, 12/23-M, 1/13 * Winter Break

T, 1/14 * School Resumes (Minimum Day)

1st Grade Q2 Curriculum for Week 9, 12/9-12/13:

Reading – Students are using comprehension strategies to help us understand what we are reading. One strategy is retelling. To retell, a reader can tell what is happening on one page or they can retell the important events (Beginning, Middle, End) in a story. Use the following key questions to help: Who are the characters, What is the setting(s)?, What is the problem?, What is the solution?

Grammar – We are learning about the past, present and future tenses.

Writing – Students will reviewing Informative and Explanatory writing types. An informative paragraph includes a topic sentence, transitions, facts with details and a conclusion about a subject. An explanatory paragraph includes how-to instructions on a topic using transitions, at least four detailed steps and a conclusion.

Math – We are learning about two dimensional shapes. They will learn about halves, quarters and fourths of shapes. Please review the attributes of shapes by asking your child how many sides or vertices a shape has.

Social Studies/Science – Students will continue to learn about Holidays around the world. Ask your child to tell you about a tradition that they learned.

 

Reminders – Please turn in the permission slip for the end of the quarter holiday party. Also, please contact your child’s teacher to let them know what you plan to donate for Holiday Craft Day on Wednesday, December 18th or for the Gingerbread STEM project and the Holiday Movie/Popcorn party on Friday, December 20th.

Requesting any of the following donations for the Holiday Craft Day:

-Brown paper bags (125)

-Colorful tissue paper

-White cardstock (125)

-Scrapbook paper

-Washable Liquid Glue

-Craft Wood Sticks

Requesting any of the following donations for the Gingerbread STEM project:

-Pre-popped popcorn (25)

-25 juice boxes

-3 boxes of graham crackers

-Holiday plates (appetizer size)

-1 package of small gingerbread house decorations (i.e. Skittles, red licorice, mini marshmallows, candy canes, plain M&Ms, mini pretzels, gum drops, chocolate chips, red hots)

 

Dates to remember:

M, 12/9-F, 12/13 * PTA Book Fair

Tu, 12/10 * Panda Express Restaurant Night

Th, 12/12 * PTA Holiday Shop Set Up from 8AM-4PM

M, 12/16-W, 12/18 * PTA Holiday Shop at MPR

F, 12/20 * Holiday Movie and Popcorn Party (Spirit Day – Disney Day)

1st Grade Q2 Curriculum for Week 8, 12/2-12/6

Reading – Students are using comprehension strategies to help us understand what we are reading. One strategy is summarize. To summarize, a reader can tell what is happening on one page or they can summarize the important events in a story. Use the following words to help: First, Next, After that, At the end.

Grammar – We are learning about subject/verb agreement.

For most verbs, add “s” when the subject is singular. An example is “The teacher reads many books.”

When the subject is plural, do NOT add “s” to the verb. An example is “All teachers grade papers.”

Writing – Students will reviewing Narrative and Opinion writing types. A narrative paragraph includes a topic, transitions and facts with details about the author’s experience. An opinion paragraph includes a topic, transitions and facts with details about the author’s opinion.

Math – We will start a new Chapter 12: How to sort, describe and combine two-dimensional shapes.

Social Studies/Science – Students will learn about Holidays around the world. This week we are learning about Mexico, Israel, United States and Canada. Ask your child to tell you about a tradition from one of these countries.

 

Donations – First grade teachers are in need of white cardstock. 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)

W, 12/4 * Walking Field Trip to Olympian High School

F, 12/6 * Grade 1 Red Carpet Awards Assembly

F, 12/6 * PTA Bingo Night at the MPR

Tu, 12/10 * Panda Express Restaurant Night

Th, 12/12 * PTA Holiday Shop Set Up from 8AM-4PM

1st Grade Q2 Curriculum for Week 7, 11/18-11/22

Reading – Students are using reading strategies to help us decode words. One strategy to remind your child of is: “move your eyes ahead of the word your mouth is reading.” This way they are ready for the next word.

Grammar – We are learning about commas in a series.

WritingAn explanatory writing test will be administered on Tuesday and Wednesday. Practice at home using the topic – how to ride a bike. Use these sentence frames to help:

Title: _________________

Do you know how to _____________________?

First, __________________________________.

Next, __________________________________.

Then, __________________________________.

Finally, ________________________________.

Now you are an expert on __________________.

Math – We are reviewing the following concepts in Chapter 5:

  • Solve addition and subtraction problem situations using the strategy make a model.
  • Record related facts within 20.
  • Identify related addition and subtraction facts within 20.
  • Apply the inverse relationship of addition and subtraction.
  • Use related facts to determine unknown numbers.
  • Use a related fact to subtract.
  • Choose an operation and strategy to solve an addition or subtraction word problem.
  • Represent equivalent forms of numbers using sums and difference within 20.
  • Determine if an equation is true or false.

Chapter 5 Math Test will be this Thursday.

Social Studies/Science – Students will continue to learn about the 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. 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)

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

W, 11//4 * Walking Field Trip to Olympian High School

 

 

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