Ariana Tzeng

This Week's News

In Reading This Week:

 Focus this week: Digraphs

 Trick work: he

  • We learned that a digraph is when two consonants come together to make one sound: i.e. ch, sh, wh, th
  • We continued working with digraphs to be sure we are memorizing their sounds
  • We did digraph sorts, digraph BINGO, digraph games, and a digraph worksheet (see Friday Folder)

In Math This Week:

  • We continued our BUILD centers
  • We played an iPad addition bubble game and a subtraction pizza game
  • We used ten sticks and individual cubes to represent the numbers 11-20
  • We played a card game to make partners of ten (get out a deck at home and have your child teach you!)
  • We played Pop and Learn numbers to practice our counting strategies
  • We worked on comparing groups and deciding which group was less and which group was greatest

In Writing This Week: 

  • We practiced our new trick word: he
  • We practiced writing two sentences, each with a capital letter, spaces in between words, and punctuation at the end.
  • We worked on a new target, TS.  This is for "topic is stated in the first sentence."  Kids realized they needed to say "The shell..." instead of just "It..." so their reader would know what they are talking about!  Have your child tell you about this target at home and make sure to try it in the home journal.

In Science This Week:

  • We discussed how the sun is important for human life, animal life, and plant life, and completed a worksheet on what plants need to grow (see Friday folder). The kids loved this worksheet so much they want to plant a real seed and see it grow! 
  • We learned how to read a thermometer, and how the sun affects the temperature during the day. Ask your child about the hairdryer that was acting as the sun :)
  • We read, What Makes a Shadow, and played shadow charades.

Second Step:

  • No Second Step this week

In The Friday Folder:

  • Math homework
  • Book Bags
  • Info on Ralston Gala
  • March Scholastic

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

*Read nightly to develop a love for reading. Read to your child, listen to him/her read, and provide a chance to just have some time alone with a good book! DON'T FORGET TO ASK YOUR CHILD WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE STORY! :) You can keep track of reading on the reading calendar

*Trick words: the, a, and, are, to, is, his, as, has, was, he

  • 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.


2/26 Math homework due

        Book bags due

3/2 Hat day (wear a hat in honor of Dr. Suess day)

3/3 Silly Socks day for a writing project

       Report Cards go home

3/4 Ralston Gala

3/6 March Scholastic order due

3/17 Jump Rope for Heart

Notes From the Teacher

Quote of the week:
"My mom does a really good job looking out for me and Jude."-Luke 
Wish List: