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Ariana Tzeng
atzeng@jeffco.k12.co.us

#### This Week's News

Focus this week: -ed endings

Trick work: or, for

• This week we discussed the -ed ending. We learned that the -ed ending can make three different sounds at the end of a word: /ed/ (handed), /t/ (jumped), and /d/ (learned). This has been so helpful when we have been sounding out words this week! Try to point out -ed ending words when you are reading with your child.
• We practiced with lots of games that helped us hear and identify the -ed ending sound.
• We laughed when we wrote a joke for everyone to hear. Look for these in the Friday folder!
• For Fun Friday we water colored a rain picture and then wrote about the last time it rained, which conveniently enough was this morning!

In Math This Week:

• We did our BUILD centers
• We played 3-D object bump.  We are continuing to work on recognizing and naming cones, spheres, cylinders, cubes, triangular prisms, rectangular prisms, and pyramids.  Please notice these shapes in the real world with your child!
• We played toss the chips and practiced identifying partners of 10.
• We drew teen scenes and wrote the equation. Look for these in the Friday folder!
• We had game boards with 3D shapes on them, and they played roll a 3D shape.
• We worked in our math book on partners of 10 as well as our counting methods for a higher volume of objects.

In Writing This Week:

• We practiced our new trick words: for on a handwriting worksheet.
• We talked about how earth day is this Saturday and then wrote about how we could help the earth.
• We also had a few discoveries, where we found lots of facts about animal adaptations and echolocation!

In Science This Week:

• We started our new science unit: Observing Patterns: Organisms.
• We learned about living and non living things and went on a scavenger hunt. The hardest one for everyone was learning that the sun is non living!
• We went on a nature walk with magnifying glasses to find living and non living things.
• We also planted our lettuce plants for earth day in different spots around the school (crossing our fingers that it doesn't get too cold!).

Second Step:

• Lesson 10: Accidents
• An accident is when you do something you didn't mean to do
• When you cause an accident, it's important to say so, so others don't think you did it on purpose.
• Students will understand that some actions are accidents.
• 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, l, k, v, w, x, y, qu, z

*Trick words: the, a, and, are, to, is, his, as, has, was, he, she, we, be, me, I, you, they, for, or

• 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.

#### Calendar

4/24 Math homework due

Book bags due

Time capsule worksheet due

4/24-4/28 Scholastic book fair

4/26 Karen Napoli and Connie McCarty appreciation day (administrators appreciation day)

4/28 Day Without Hate (wear white)

Early release, 1:00

#### Notes From the Teacher

Quote of the week:
"When I got my haircut I told Don to make me more handsomer. I think it worked okay!"-Justin

Wish List: