This Week's News

In Reading This Week:

 Focus this week: letters qu and z; rhyming; Thanksgiving review

 Trick word: --

  • Have your child show you how we practice saying the sounds: "qu, queen, /qu/" and "z, zebra, /z/"
  • We practiced our rhyming skills with games, puzzles, bingo, and matching cards. Ask your child if they remember the game: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rhyme.
  • We did the letter z write the room where we searched and wrote down words that started with z. Look for this in the Friday folder.
  • We matched pictures to their beginning sound and tapped out the words next to the pictures if we had time.
  • We read, The Quicksand Book, to go over the letter qu.
  • We reviewed beginning sounds by matching pictures to letters on turkey feathers. Look for this in the Friday folder.

In Math This Week:

  • We played turkey bump +5. We are working on having the kids count up from 5. The kids rolled a dice and added that number to 5.
  • We were given pictures of foods we eat on Thanksgiving. We had to make these foods with connecting cubes and write down the amount of cubes in each food. Some of these numbers were teen numbers which was challenging.
  • We completed a turkey ten frame worksheet. Look for these in the Friday folder.
  • We played a game called, Well Ordered Feathers, where we had a mat with a turkey on it with no feathers! The kids had to find a bag of feathers. Each feather had a number on it and the kids had to order the feathers around the turkey.
  • No math homework over break!

In Writing This Week: 

  • We played roll-a-turkey and described our turkey in our journals.
  • We wrote about what we think a queen is like and then read, The Recess Queen.
  • We read the book, Zero the Hero, and then wrote I want zero ______ in our journals.
  • This week we learned how to write two sentences by writing two things we eat at Thanksgiving. I eat____. I eat ____. We discussed how you need two capitals and two periods in your sentence. We also learned that we don't put a new sentence on a new line if there is room after the last sentence
  • Don't forget to write in your home journal!

In Social Studies This Week:

  • We wrapped up our social studies unit: History: Comparing My Story to Your Story and incorporated Thanksgiving history.
  • We asked questions like: Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?  Do all families celebrate the same way? We all shared what our families did on Thanksgiving!
  • We read a book about Squanto and completed a scholastic about how Wampanoag kids lived.
  • We watched a short video about the first Thanksgiving and then completed a scholastic about the life of pilgrim children.
  • It was so fun to hear about everyone's traditions at home!

Second Step:

  • Second Step #11- Caring and Helping
  • We talked about compassion and that it means caring about how someone else feels.
  • We discussed that when you feel empathy for someone, compassion is a good way to show it.
  • You can show you care by saying or doing something kind.
  • Please keep up with practicing:

*Letter formation and sounds: t, b, f, m, n, i, u, c, o, a, g, d, s, e, r, p, j, h, k, l, v, w, qu, z

*Read nightly to develop a love for reading. Read to your child, listen to him/her read, and make it a fun, family affair!

*Trick words: 

  • After we learn the trick word of the week, your child should be able to write and read that word. Help your child succeed at this by making flash cards for all of our sight words. Review these often so your child feels confident when these words appear in reading and writing!

*Homework will be an extension of what is learned in class, and will be communicated by the teacher via the class website. The homework assignments will be meaningful, purposeful, and aligned to classwork. We believe homework should be flexible in order to respond to the needs of the students. Therefore, you will not see the exact same assignments on a weekly basis. Some homework may be more skill based, where children are practicing the things they have learned to become more fluent in them (letter sounds, reading, sight words, counting) or to refine skills (letter formation, correcting errors noticed in class.) Other assignments are project based and involve taking our class learning to a place we couldn't in the classroom (individual timeline projects). If classwork is unfinished, that will be homework as well and you will see it in the child's Friday Folder. Thanks for helping your child set up routines for completing and valuing school assignments.



11/17 Report cards go home

11/20-11/24 Thanksgiving Break

11/27 Signed report card envelope due 

           No math homework

12/11 Modified Contact Day           

Wish List

Quote of the Week

"I tried tapping my middle name out before." -Everly

Thanksgiving feasts made of snap cubes!

Turkey Addition BUMP Game!