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January 13th - 17th

Important Dates:
1/14 Tues: Papa John’s Spirit Night
1/15 Wed: Report Cards Sent Home
1/15 Wed: Texas Reads One T-shirt orders due. https://bluewaveapparel.com/TomballReads
1/16 Thurs: Library Day (Please ensure your child's library book is in his/her backpack so s/he can get new books!)
1/17 Fri: Science Test
 
Next Week:
1/20 Mon: Staff Development/Student Holiday (no school)
 
Important Information:
  • Please read and practice math daily. I provide ideas, including interactive computer games, that you can do with your child at home under each subject.
  • Please remind your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. I want my kids to stay healthy!
  • Please send jackets to school. The weather changes daily.
 
What We Are Doing This Week
Writing: We will begin writing informational texts. We will write about someone one we know well.
 
Vocabulary: Informational text, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, fact
 
Things you can do at home: 
  • Ask your child who he or she is writing about.
  • Discuss what he or she knows about this person and help your child elaborate on what he or she knows.
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.
 
Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will focus on biographies. 
  • We will learn about characteristics of biographies, including titles, photographs/illustrations, captions, and chronological order of the person's life. 
  • We will review facts and opinions.
  • We will learn about cause and effect.
Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact
 
Things you can do at home:
 
Math:  We will continue learning about Place Value to 1,200! We will review placing numbers on number lines and learn how to position numbers on open number lines. We will also compare and order numbers.
 
Vocabulary: base ten, numeral, ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, digit, compose, decompose, standard form, word form, expanded form, generate, whole number, place value, compare, greater than, less than, equal to (=), greater than ( >), less than (<), order, position, open number line, even, odd, reasonable, number line, greatest to least, least to greatest, increase, decrease, comparison, fewer, benchmark numbers, midpoint, value
 
Things you can do at home:
Science: We will continue learning about natural versus man-made resources. We will learn about taking care of our natural resources through the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  Test on Friday.
 
Vocabulary:  natural resources, conservation, man-made resources, fossil fuels, timber, reduce, recycle, reuse, deplete, limited, renewable, nonrenewable
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Make a web to show man-made products that can be made out of natural resources. Ex: Draw a circle and write fossil fuels in the middle. Then, around the circle, have your child write and draw pictures (or cut pictures from a magazine) to show what man-made products can be made from fossil fuels (electricity, gasoline, jet fuel, cooking on a gas stove, etc.). Do the same for animals, plants, and rocks/minerals.
  • Collect natural and man-made resources and have your child sort them into categories. 
  • Go to a park:
    • Go on a scavenger hunt for natural and man-made resources. 
    • Take pictures of natural and man-made resources and make a collage. 
  • Discuss the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 
  • Practice Recycling at home. 
  • Read PebbleGo Books about Natural Resources (your child should know the user name and password.)
Social Studies: We will read biographies of important people that have exemplified good citizenship.
 
Vocabulary: significance, influence, contribution, historical figures, justice, represent, independence
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Use MyOn to research people such as, Paul Revere, Abigail Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, etc. 
  • Visit downtown Tomball and learn about Tomball's history. 
  • Discuss ways to be a good citizen. 
  • Practice being good citizens in public and at home. 

January 8th - 10th

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a safe, healthy and happy holiday! I can't wait to see everyone tomorrow! 
 
Important Dates:
1/8 Students return to school
 
Important Information:
Please remind your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. I want my kids to stay healthy!
 
What We Are Doing This Week
Writing: We will discuss New Year's Resolutions and Goal Setting. We will practice writing in complete sentences! 
Remember, complete sentences: 
  • Start with a capital letter. 
  • End with a punctuation point. 
  • Make sense. 
Things you can do at home: 
  • Discuss your New Year's Resolutions with your family. 
  • Talk about WHY we have New Year's Resolutions. 
  • Make some family New Year's Resolutions together. 
  • Practice writing complete sentences about New Years. 
 
Reading: We will practice procedures, read for stamina, and compare fiction to nonfiction books. 
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
  • Read fiction and nonfiction books and discuss each. 
  • Visit a library. 
 
Math:  We will begin learning about Place Value to 1,200! We will review a Place Value chart and different ways to write numbers (EX: standard: 1,156; Word: one thousand, one hundred fifty-six; expanded: 1000+100+50+6)
 
Vocabulary: base ten, numeral, ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, digit, compose, decompose, standard form, word form, expanded form, generate, whole number, place value, compare, greater than, less than, equal to (=), greater than ( >), less than (<), order, position, open number line, even, odd, reasonable, number line, greatest to least, least to greatest, increase, decrease, comparison, fewer, benchmark numbers, midpoint, value
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Find numbers around the community: on signs, in books, in cook books, etc. 
  • Use Base-10 Blocks to create numbers and compare numbers: (see my LINKS tab, and scroll down to Place Value in the Math Section.)
  • Interactive Games: (see my LINKS tab, and scroll down to Place Value in the Math Section.)
  • Play Card Games
  • Create Number Riddles! Ex: I am thinking about a 3-Digit number. The hundreds place has a 4. The tens place has a digit that is 3 more than the digit in the hundreds place. The ones place has a digit that is 2 less than the digit in the hundreds place. What number am I? Answer: 472
  • Please go over math facts with your child at home to work on fluency and automatically!
    • Have your child play Reflex Math at home. In order to improve fact fluency, your students should get at least 3 green "eyes" a week.
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Science: We will begin learning about natural versus man-made resources. 
 
Vocabulary:  natural resources, conservation, manmade resources, fossil fuels, timber, reduce, recycle, reuse, deplete, limited, renewable, nonrenewable
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Research and make a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast natural resources and man-made resources. 
  • Collect natural and man-made resources and have your child sort them into categories. 
  • Go to a park:
    • Go on a scavenger hunt for natural and man-made resources. 
    • Take pictures of natural and man-made resources and make a collage. 
  • Discuss the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 
  • Practice Recycling at home. 
Social Studies: We will about historical figures that were good citizens and how they helped shape our country. We will learn about how people influence our local community. We will review how we can be good citizens.
 
Vocabulary: significance, influence, contribution, historical figures, justice, represent, independence
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Use MyOn to research people such as, Paul Revere, Abigail Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, etc. 
  • Visit downtown Tomball and learn about Tomball's history. 
  • Discuss ways to be a good citizen. 
  • Practice being good citizens in public and at home. 

Week of December 16th - 20th

Important Dates:
12/18 Wed: Math Test (Money)
12/18 Wed: Science Test (Rocks and Water)
12/18 Wed: Library - Check out only! Please send old books to school so your child can have new books over the holiday!
12/19 Thurs: Christmas Party 1:00-2:00
12/20 Fri: Polar Express Day! Early Dismissal 12:50
 
Important Information:
Please remind your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. I want my kids to stay healthy!
 
What We Are Doing This Week:
 
Writing: We are completing fun Holiday activities to practice skills previously learned. 
 
Reading: We are completing fun Holiday activities to practice skills previously learned.
 
Math:  We will continue learning about money and financial literacy. We will count a collection of coins to a dollar, and be able to exchange coins for other coins with the same value (Ex: 2 dimes and a nickel can be traded for a quarter.) Test Wednesday!
Vocabulary: value, collection, coins, dollar, cents, pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, decimal point, symbol, worth, change, accumulate, saving, spending, deposit, withdrawal, borrowing, responsible borrowing, irresponsible borrowing, lending, benefits, cost, producers, consumers, allowance, balance, earn, income, interest, savings account, budget, loan, profit
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Count collections of coins with your child.
  • Have your child exchange coins for other coins of the same amount.
  • Role Play where you have to count and exchange money (Ex: restaurant, store, grocery store, etc)
  • Show your child your bank account and discuss responsible saving and spending.
  • Go visit a bank!
 
Science: We will begin learning about 2 natural resources: rocks and water! Test Wednesday!
Vocabulary: natural resources, recycle, demonstrate, distinguish, describe, physical properties, color, mass,  sand, pebble, gravel, boulder, length, rocks, shiny, dull, luster, texture, gritty, rough, smooth, metallic, minerals, metals, natural sources, freshwater, saltwater, salinity, frozen, length, centimeters, mass, ocean, sea, lake, stream, river, glacier, iceberg, groundwater
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Go outside and collect rocks with your child:
    • Then, have your child describe the rocks: What color? Size? Rough or smooth? Shiny or dull?
    • Measure the rocks: How long is your rock? How much mass is in your rock?
    • Categorize your rocks by size, color, smoothness, etc.
    • Put your rocks in order from longest to shortest.
  • Salt Water Experiment: https://www.sciencekiddo.com/salt-water-experiment-ocean-science/
  • Research and make a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast freshwater and saltwater.
  • Go to the beach!
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about celebrations and cultures in my community. We will share our visual presentations.
Vocabulary: family, families, relatives, related, celebrations, traditions, memories, individualism, inventiveness, freedom
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Discuss traditions that you celebrate at home.
  • Create a collage or project that celebrates your traditions at home.
  • Pull out old pictures and talk about celebrations and traditions that you celebrate at home.
  • Tell stories of your grandparents and traditions that they passed down to you.
  • Learn about a different culture together.
  • Visit a festival in which a different culture is celebrated.

Week of December 9th - 13th

Important Dates:
12/9 Math Benchmarks
12/10 Tues: Papa John's Spirit Night
12/12 Thurs: Library Day
12/12 Thurs: Sonic Spirit Night
Finish Clelebration and Culture Interview Sheet!  
 
Next week:
10/19: Christmas Party 1:00-2:00
10/20: Polar Express Day! Early Dismissal 12:50
 
Important Information:
I just want to brag on my students! They have been working so hard, and they are learning so much this year! We did a great job, as a whole, on our Science Energy Test last week!!! The lowest grade was 82. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication at home!
 
What We Are Doing This Week:
 
Writing:  We will be editing and publishing our persuasive letters.
Vocabulary: Informational, persuade, point of view, importance, author’s purpose, objectively, sequence of ideas, process, agree, disagree, opinion, fact, example, support your thinking, restate, compromise, conclusion
 
Things you can do at home:
  •  Go on a persuasive text hunt (commercials, bill boards, signs on vehicles, ads online and in magazines and newspapers, etc)
  • Make a list of facts and opinions found in persuasive texts.
  • Write your child a letter persuading them to clean their room or wash the dishes.
  • Have your child write you a persuasive letter asking for a toy or to go somewhere.
We will also review punctuation, capitalization, and how to check your spelling.
  • Punctuation:
    • commas within the greeting, date, and closing of a letter
    • periods, exclamation, and question marks at the end of sentences.
  • Capitalization: (MINTS)
    • M - months and days
    • I - "I" as in me.
    • N - Names
    • T - Titles
    • S - Start of Sentence
  • Spelling:
    • Stretch out the sounds.
    • Look on the word wall
    • Clap the syllables.
    • Ask yourself, "Do I know a word that sounds the same?"
      • Make a rhyme: town, crown
 
Things you can do at home:
  • READ, READ, READ!
  • Find capital letters in books and name what it is. Example: I see the word Dave. Dave is a name.
  • Point out the punctuation marks. Then, ask your child to read the sentence in a funny voice or with expression.
  • Find words that are like our sight words. Have your child point out the letters, name the letters, and read the word.
 
Reading: We will continue learning about persuasive texts.
Vocabulary: Informational, persuade, point of view, importance, author’s purpose, objectively, sequence of ideas, process, agree, disagree, opinion, fact, example, support your thinking, restate, compromise, conclusion
 
Things you can do at home:
  • READ, READ, READ
  • Go on a persuasive text hunt (commercials, bill boards, signs on vehicles, ads online and in magazines and newspapers, etc)
  • Make a list of facts and opinions found in persuasive texts.
  • Have your child show you are MyOn Projects of Media Literacy.
Word Study: We will continue practicing words with -ck (kick), - ke (take), -k (took)
 
Math:  We will continue learning about money and financial literacy. We will count a collection of coins to a dollar, and be able to exchange coins for other coins with the same value (Ex: 2 dimes and a nickel can be traded for a quarter.)
Vocabulary: value, collection, coins, dollar, cents, pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, decimal point, symbol, worth, change, accumulate, saving, spending, deposit, withdrawal, borrowing, responsible borrowing, irresponsible borrowing, lending, benefits, cost, producers, consumers, allowance, balance, earn, income, interest, savings account, budget, loan, profit
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Count collections of coins with your child.
  • Have your child exchange coins for other coins of the same amount.
  • Role Play where you have to count and exchange money (Ex: restaurant, store, grocery store, etc)
  • Show your child your bank account and discuss responsible saving and spending.
  • Go visit a bank!
 
Science: We will begin learning about 2 natural resources: rocks and water! 
Vocabulary: natural resources, recycle, demonstrate, distinguish, describe, physical properties, color, mass,  sand, pebble, gravel, boulder, length, rocks, shiny, dull, luster, texture, gritty, rough, smooth, metallic, minerals, metals, natural sources, freshwater, saltwater, salinity, frozen, length, centimeters, mass, ocean, sea, lake, stream, river, glacier, iceberg, groundwater
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Go outside and collect rocks with your child:
    • Then, have your child describe the rocks: What color? Size? Rough or smooth? Shiny or dull?
    • Measure the rocks: How long is your rock? How much mass is in your rock?
    • Categorize your rocks by size, color, smoothness, etc.
    • Put your rocks in order from longest to shortest.
  • Salt Water Experiment: https://www.sciencekiddo.com/salt-water-experiment-ocean-science/
  • Research and make a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast freshwater and saltwater.
  • Go to the beach!
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about celebrations and cultures in my community.
Vocabulary: family, families, relatives, related, celebrations, traditions, memories, individualism, inventiveness, freedom
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Discuss traditions that you celebrate at home.
  • Create a collage or project that celebrates your traditions at home.
  • Pull out old pictures and talk about celebrations and traditions that you celebrate at home.
  • Tell stories of your grandparents and traditions that they passed down to you.
  • Learn about a different culture together.
  • Visit a festival in which a different culture is celebrated.
  • Santa Tracker: Holiday Traditions (This may or may not work, it's been giving some of us problems): https://santatracker.google.com/traditions.html 

Week of December 2nd - 6th

Important Dates:
12/4 Wed: Science Test on Unit 6: Energy (Light, Heat, Sound)
12/5 Reading Computer Test
12/5 Thurs: Library
12/6 Fri: Science District Benchmark
12/9 Mon Math Computer Benchmark 
 
Important Information:
  • We have had several toys come to school lately. This is beginning to become a distraction. Toys should not be brought to school, not even playground toys (PTO provided balls and equipment). Please make sure your child is not bringing toys. I appreciate your support from home!
  • Please send jackets to school with your child! Please write their name on the inside label. If you have any extra jackets that you don't use anymore or girls pants size 5-8 that you would like to donate, Nurse Lance could use them in the clinic! Thanks! :)
 
What We Are Doing This Week:
 
Writing:  We will begin writing persuasive texts.
Vocabulary: Informational, persuade, point of view, importance, author’s purpose, objectively, sequence of ideas, process, agree, disagree, opinion, fact, example, support your thinking, restate, compromise, conclusion
 
Things you can do at home:
  •  Go on a persuasive text hunt (commercials, bill boards, signs on vehicles, ads online and in magazines and newspapers, etc)
  • Make a list of facts and opinions found in persuasive texts.
  • Write your child a letter persuading them to clean their room or wash the dishes.
  • Have your child write you a persuasive letter asking for a toy or to go somewhere.
We will also review complete sentences, fragments, and run-on sentences.
  • Example:
    • Complete sentence:  I want a bike.
    • Fragment:  want a bike.
    • Run-on:  I want a bike so I can get exercise everyday and ride it outside because it would be fun!
Things you can do at home:
  • Write sentences at home and have your child determine if they are complete, fragments, or run-ons.
  • Have your child write a sentence. Discuss the parts of the sentence, such as the subject and verb. Determine if it is a good, complete sentence.
  • READ, READ, READ!
 
Reading: We will learn about persuasive texts.
Vocabulary: Informational, persuade, point of view, importance, author’s purpose, objectively, sequence of ideas, process, agree, disagree, opinion, fact, example, support your thinking, restate, compromise, conclusion
 
Things you can do at home:
  • READ, READ, READ
  • Go on a persuasive text hunt (commercials, bill boards, signs on vehicles, ads online and in magazines and newspapers, etc)
  • Make a list of facts and opinions found in persuasive texts.
Word Study: Students are on different levels for Word Study.  Please practice words with silent e (CVCe).  I have Spelling City to help many students with spelling patterns.  Here is my URL to access the page. https://www.spellingcity.com/users/karenstevens316
 
Math:  We will begin learning about money and financial literacy. We will count a collection of coins to a dollar, and be able to exchange coins for other coins with the same value (Ex: 2 dimes and a nickel can be traded for a quarter.)
Vocabulary: value, collection, coins, dollar, cents, pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, decimal point, symbol, worth, change, accumulate, saving, spending, deposit, withdrawal, borrowing, responsible borrowing, irresponsible borrowing, lending, benefits, cost, producers, consumers, allowance, balance, earn, income, interest, savings account, budget, loan, profit
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Count collections of coins with your child.
  • Have your child exchange coins for other coins of the same amount.
  • Role Play where you have to count and exchange money (Ex: restaurant, store, grocery store, etc)
  • Show your child your bank account and discuss responsible saving and spending.
  • Go visit a bank!
Math and Fact Fluency: First in Math.  www.firstinmath.com.  I will send home login on Monday for each student. 
 
Science: We will finish our unit on different kinds of energy. TEST WED!
We will also have our District Science Benchmark on FRI!
Vocabulary: energy, sound energy, heat energy, light energy,  absorb, volume, pitch, vibrate, increase, decrease, thermometer, melt, temperature, freeze, dark, dim, bright, shadow, physical properties, solid, liquid, appearance, sharp colors, details
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Investigate the different types of energy
    • Heat
      • Cook something
      • Melt something (ice, butter, etc)
      • Freeze something to see what happens in reverse.
    • Light
      • Go into a room (at night) and describe it. Then, turn off the lights. See how it changed (colors disappear, hard to see some things, etc.)
      • Play with shadows.
        • What makes a bigger shadow?
        • What makes a darker shadow?
    • Sound
      • Fill cups with different amounts of water. Tap with a spoon. How are the sounds the same/different?
      • Use things around the house to make music instruments. (Ex: coffee can as a drum. Shoe box with rubber bands as a guitar.)
        • Play the instruments hard to make a louder sound.
        • Play the instruments soft to make a quiet sound.
      • Turn a radio up loud and dance.
      • Turn a radio down soft and breathe/meditate.
 
Social Studies: We will learn about celebrations and cultures in my community.
Vocabulary: family, families, relatives, related, celebrations, traditions, memories, individualism, inventiveness, freedom
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Discuss traditions that you celebrate at home.
  • Create a collage or project that celebrates your traditions at home.
  • Pull out old pictures and talk about celebrations and traditions that you celebrate at home.
  • Tell stories of your grandparents and traditions that they passed down to you.
  • Learn about a different culture together.
  • Visit a festival in which a different culture is celebrated.

Week of November 18th - 22nd

Important Dates:
11/21 Thursday: Library Day (Please return books so your child can have new books over the holiday.)
11/21-22 Thursday: SOCIAL STUDIES TEST
11/22 Friday: Turkey Presentation from TWA!
11/22 Friday: MATH TEST
 
Next Week:
11/25-29 Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)
 
Important Information:
  • We have had several toys come to school lately. This is beginning to become a distraction. Toys should not be brought to school. Please make sure your child is not bringing toys. I appreciate your support from home!
  • Please make sure your child is present every day this week, if possible! We have tests coming up to tie units together before the break. We also have a fun Turkey Presentation on Friday from Texas Wildlife Association!!!!
  • Please send jackets to school with your child! Please write their name on the inside label. IF you have any extra jackets that you don't use anymore or girls pants size 5-8 that you would like to donate, Nurse Lance could use them in the clinic! Thanks! :)
  • Thanks to those who donated cans to our can drive. We donated 130 cans! I just found out that our annual food drive actually ends this Wednesday! Mrs. Fails and Mrs. Turrin are tied with us. Last year the winning class had over 600 items! Thank you to those who have contributed so far. Let’s see how many items we can gather before the food is delivered to TEAM next week! 
  • Please have your child play Reflex Math at home. In order to improve fact fluency, your students should get at least 3 green "eyes" a week. The children are LOVING Reflex Math! Thanks for letting them play at home, as well!
  • Please continue to practice Reading and Math a few minutes every day over the break!
 
What We Are Doing This Week:
 
Writing:  We will publish our friendly letters that include the date, salutation, body, closing, and signature.
Vocabulary: correspondence, date, salutation/greeting, body, closing, signature
 
Things you can do at home:
  •  Write your child a letter that includes the 5 parts of a friendly letter!
  • Find and write to a pen pal.
We will also learn about subject/verb agreement. The subject and verb must agree in number or work together.
  • Example:
    • The dog barks at the squirrel.
    • The dogs bark at the squirrel.
Things you can do at home:
  • Practice writing sentences with your child and focus on subject/verb agreement.
  • Find examples of subject/verb agreement in books.
 
Reading: We will continue comparing ideas and themes across children's literature. 
Vocabulary: children’s literature, traditional literature, realistic fiction, drama, poetry, structure, compare, character, setting, conflict, resolution, theme, similar/similarity, different/difference
 
Things you can do at home:
  • READ, READ, READ
  • Create a Venn Diagram on a poster board that compares and contrasts 2 different stories by the same author.
  • Discuss how two movies in a series are the same and different. (Such as Toy Story 1 and Toy Story 2.)
Word Study: We will take a spelling test to see how much we learned about the CVC/CVCe rule: The -e at the end makes the vowel say it's name. 
Ex: cut/cute; plan/plane
 
Math:  We will continue to solve word problems to determine whether to add or subtract 2-digit numbers without regrouping.  TEST FRIDAY!
Vocabulary: join, separate, add, subtract, ones place, tens place, word problem, number sentence.
 
Things you can do at home:
 
Science: We will continue to learn about different kinds of energy. 
Vocabulary: energy, sound energy, heat energy, light energy,  absorb, volume, pitch, vibrate, increase, decrease, thermometer, melt, temperature, freeze, dark, dim, bright, shadow, physical properties, solid, liquid, appearance, sharp colors, details
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Investigate the different types of energy
    • Heat
      • Cook something
      • Melt something (ice, butter, etc)
      • Freeze something to see what happens in reverse.
    • Light
      • Go into a room (at night) and describe it. Then, turn off the lights. See how it changed (colors disappear, hard to see some things, etc.)
      • Play with shadows.
        • What makes a bigger shadow?
        • What makes a darker shadow?
    • Sound
      • Fill cups with different amounts of water. Tap with a spoon. How are the sounds the same/different?
      • Use things around the house to make music instruments. (Ex: coffee can as a drum. Shoe box with rubber bands as a guitar.)
        • Play the instruments hard to make a louder sound.
        • Play the instruments soft to make a quiet sound.
      • Turn a radio up loud and dance.
      • Turn a radio down soft and breathe/meditate.
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about economics. TEST THURSDAY!
Vocabulary: needs, wants, work, income, trade, allowance, earning, spending, saving, goods, services, producers, consumers, natural resources, finished product, economy, economics
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Discuss these important questions:
    • How does work provide income to purchase goods and services?

      • When visiting a place like the mall, point out which stores provide goods and which stores provide services. (Ex: Disney Story provides goods like costumes and toys; Relaxen LLC provides services like a massage; Claires provides both goods (jewelry) and services (piercing ears))
    • What are differences between earning, spending, and saving money?

      • Discuss your job, bank accounts, and when to spend and save money.
    • What is the difference between producing and consuming? 

      • producing - making a product to sell
      • consuming - buying the product
      • Have a play kitchen, etc? Role play being a producer or consumer.
    • How can people be both producers and consumers? 

      • Ex: Farmers buy the seeds to plant (consumer) and then sell the plants they grow (producer.)
      • Ex: If you have a lemonade stand, you sell lemonade (producer),  but then you must go buy more lemons and sugar (consumer.)
    • How can a product go from a natural resource to a finished product?

      • When visiting a place like the grocery store or Lowe's and discuss how the products there went from a natural resource to the finished product.

Upcoming Events and Important Information

Good Morning Decker Prairie Families,

I hope this email is finding you all bundled up and warm this Saturday morning.

We had another great week at DPES. Our 2nd graders did a phenomenal job at their program this week! We are so proud of them and our staff for putting on such a special event. What a turnout!

I wanted to remind you a few things –

  1. DONUTS WITH GROWNUPS –

See Flyer for info -Donuts with grownups.pdf 

There is still time to preregister and avoid the lines.

Link to Preregister  - THIS FORM WILL CLOSE AT 12:00 PM NOVEMBER 13TH TO ALLOW FOR PROCESSING TIME. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbUAoFgxjYWYVrvhtoh61T63qbligB23R_GjJ7jtLpA86WAg/viewform

Here are some step by step directions, should you have difficulty:

How to log into DPES precheck doc.pdf 

  1. Kinsa Thermometer – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

The great news. 100% of families in your class are STILL eligible for free smart thermometers after Kinsa - the smart thermometer company -  extended the order deadline to November 17, 2019 11:59pm Pacific.

See flyer for more details –Free Thermometer .pdf 

  1. Food Drive – Starts this week!

DPES will be collecting nonperishable food items beginning Monday, November 11th through Wednesday, November 20th.

The food will be donated to TEAM (Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministry), which helps our community. Suggested food items: canned groceries (meats, soups, beans ,fruits , veggies), peanut butter, rice, stuffing mixes, powdered milk, packaged pasta, instant potatoes, canned juices, etc. If you or someone you know could use assistance, please contact TEAM at (281) 351-6700

Thank you to all of our families for all of your continued support. We continue to make every day an even better experience at Decker Prairie.

Have a GREAT weekend!

 

Blessed to here,

Brenda Blackmon

Principal

Week of November 4th - 8th

Important Dates:
 
11/3: Sun: Daylight Savings: Fall Back! Remember to change your clocks!
11/5 Tues: Math Test: Place Value to 500.
11/6 Wed: Progress Reports go home in Wednesday Folder.
11/7 Thurs: Library Day (Please return library books!)
11/7 Thurs:  2nd Grade Music Program (Honoring Veterans) - 6:30-7:00
11/7 Thurs: Sonic Spirit Night! (4:00-8:00)
11/8 Fri:  2nd Grade Field Trip (Please make sure your child is at school on time. We will start boarding the buses at 8:45.)
11/8 Fri: Science Test: Magnets
Future Dates:
11/11 Food Drive Begins
11/12 Papa John's Spirit Night
11/13 Wed:  We will need magazines thsi day to do a collage of Needs and                       Wants.
11/14 Donuts with Grownups (7:15-8:00)
11/22 Texas Wildlife Association visits DPES for 2nd Grade
11/25-29 Thanksgiving Break
 
Important Information:
  • Please send jackets to school with your child! Please write their name on the inside label.
  • Please remember to preregister your Grownup to expedite your check-in process for Donuts With Grownups, and to get more information about the event. Please view our Donuts with grownups.pdf flyer (link to preregistration in on the flyer). This preregistration form closes at 12:00 on November 13th                                                         PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL VISITORS, REGARDLESS OF PREREGISTRATION, WILL NEED TO SHOW ID AT THE DOOR. 
  • Please have your child play Reflex Math at home. In order to improve fact fluency, your students should get at least 3 green "eyes" a week.
 

What We Are Doing This Week:

Writing: 

We will continue to write poems. We will focus on acrostic poems (a poem that uses the letters of a focus word/phrase to begin each line of the poem).

Example:   Rose

Red, pink, white, or yellow

One of a kind

Sharp thorns

Especially sweet

Vocabulary: poet, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, imagery, alliteration, visualize, infer, sensory language, imagery, figurative language, literal language, descriptive language, theme, personal narrative, generate ideas, brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, sharing

Things you can do at home:

  • Read Poems together
  • Write Poems together
  • Play I-Spy using adjectives to describe things you spy.
Reading:
We will continue learning about the elements of drams - characters, setting, plot and dialogue. We will have our Field Trip on Friday to watch the drama Mary Poppins!
 
Vocabulary: drama, characters, setting, dialogue, elements of plot (main events, conflict and resolution), narrator, text evidence, theme
 
Things you can do at home:
  • READ, READ, READ!
  • Practice reading Readers Theater with your child!
  • Go see a play!
Word Work: We will sort short and long vowel [CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant)  and CVCe(consonant vowel consonant with an e at the end)] words.
Ex: bit, bite
 
Math:
1) We will continue learning how to read and write numbers in different ways up to 500. TEST TUESDAY!
We will focus on:
  • understanding digits in place value. Ex: In the number 327, the 2 has a value of 20.
  • comparing numbers. Ex: 327 > 309; 327 is greater than 309. The 3s in the hundreds place are the same. The 2 in the tens place of 327 is greater than the 0 in the tens place of 309.
  • building numbers in different ways. Ex: 437 could be built with 4 hundreds blocks, 3 tens blocks, and 7 ones blocks -OR- it could also be built with 4 hundreds blocks, 2 tens blocks, and 17 ones blocks (if we decompose 1 10's block.)
  • expanded form. Ex: 437 = 400+30+7
  • understanding patterns in number lines. Ex: What comes next?                 23, 25, 27, __, __
 
Vocabulary: base ten, ones, tens, hundreds, digit, standard form, word form, expanded form, generate, place value, compare, equal to (=), greater than ( >), less than (<), even, odd, number line, greatest to least, least to greatest.
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Use Base-10 Blocks to create numbers and compare numbers: (see my LINKS tab, and scroll down to Place Value in the Math Section.)
  • Interactive Games: (see my LINKS tab, and scroll down to Place Value in the Math Section.)
  • Play Card Games
  • Create Number Riddles! Ex: I am thinking about a 3-Digit number. The hundreds place has a 4. The tens place has a digit that is 3 more than the digit in the hundreds place. The ones place has a digit that is 2 less than the digit in the hundreds place. What number am I? Answer: 472
  • Please go over math facts with your child at home to work on fluency and automaticity!
    • Have your child play Reflex Math at home. In order to improve fact fluency, your students should get at least 3 green "eyes" a week.
 
2) We will begin adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers (without regrouping) within word problems.
 
Vocabulary: open number line, number line, unknown, addition, sum, subtraction, difference, two-digit, mental math, algorithm, reasonable
 

Things you can do at home:

  • Discuss these important questions:
    • How do I take apart and recombine numbers in a variety of ways in order to find the sum?
    • How can using number relationships help me solve two-digit addition and subtraction problems? (such as fact families)
    • How can making groups of ten help me to add and subtract numbers fluently?
    • How can we create and represent addition and subtraction word problems?
    • What strategies can we use to solve two digit addition and subtraction word problems?
    • How do I know when a sum or difference is reasonable?
    • Have your child generate word situations (problems) using real life home situations and then solve them.
      • Ex: I fed my dog 3 treats. Then, I fed her some more. I gave her 5 treats in all. How many treats did I give her the second time.
      • Ex: I had 10 Pokemon cards. My sister tore 3 of them. How many do I have left?
      • Ex: I have 12 Barbie Dolls. My sister has 8 Barbie Dolls. How many more Barbie Dolls do I have?
      • Ex: I have 3 red shirts, 7 blue shirts, and 5 yellow shirts. How many shirts do I have in total?
     
    Science:
    We will learn about how we can use magnets in everyday life.
     
    Vocabulary: magnets, magnetic, nonmagnetic, push, pull, attract, repel, iron
     
    Things you can do at home:
    • Play with magnets.
    • Go on a Scavenger Hunt for objects that a magnet will stick to.
    • Look at objects that use magnets to work. Ex: the strip on the refrigerator door that keeps the door closed. Magnets hold up work/pictures on the refrigerator. Sometimes magnets are used on flaps to keep them closed on purses, bags, coats, etc.
    Social Studies:
    We will learn about economics. We will understands the value of work, by

    explaining how work provides income to purchase goods and services, by explaining the choices people in the U.S. free enterprise system can make about earning, spending, and saving money and where to live and work.

    We will understand the roles of producers and consumers in the production of goods and services, by distinguishing between producing and consuming, by identifying ways in which people are both producers and consumers; and by examining the development of a product from a natural resource to a finished product.

    Vocabulary: work, income, trade, allowance, earning, spending, saving, goods, services, producers, consumers, natural resources, finished product, US Free enterprise system, choice, economy, economics, global economy

    What you can do at home:

    • Discuss these important questions:
      • How does work provide income to purchase goods and services?

        • When visiting a place like the mall, point out which stores provide goods and which stores provide services. (Ex: Disney Story provides goods like costumes and toys; Relaxen LLC provides services like a massage; Claires provides both goods (jewelry) and services (piercing ears))
      • What are differences between earning, spending, and saving money?

        • Discuss your job, bank accounts, and when to spend and save money.
      • What is the difference between producing and consuming? 

        • producing - making a product to sell
        • consuming - buying the product
        • Have a play kitchen, etc? Role play being a producer or consumer.
      • How can people be both producers and consumers? 

      • How can a product go from a natural resource to a finished product?

        • When visiting a place like the grocery store or Lowe's and discuss how the products there went from a natural resource to the finished product.

Week of October 28th - November 1st

Important Dates:
10/28 Mon:  We're a Drug Free Team: Wear your favorite sports team attire
10/29 Tues: Protect Your Brain Power: Wear a Crazy Hat
10/30 Wed:  Keep Your Super Powers & Stay Drug Free: Wear a Superhero t-shirt 
10/30 Wed: Science Test: Changes in Motion (Roll, Slide, Spin)
10/31 Thurs:  Drug & Bully Free Adventures Await: Wear Your “Future Career” Attire!  
10/31 Thurs: Library Day: Please send books to school so your child can check out new books.
11/1 Fri:  Picture make-ups
11/1 Fri: Social Studies Test: Public Officials and Government Test
 
The Following Week:
11/7  2nd Grade Music Program (Honoring Veterans) 
11/8  2nd Grade Field Trip
 
Important Information:
  • Please send jackets to school with your child! Please write their name on the inside label.
  • Please remember to preregister your Grownup to expedite your check-in process for Donuts With Grownups, and to get more information about the event. Please view our Donuts with grownups.pdf flyer (link to preregistration in on the flyer). This preregistration form closes at 12:00 on November 13th                                                         PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL VISITORS, REGARDLESS OF PREREGISTRATION, WILL NEED TO SHOW ID AT THE DOOR. 
  • Please have your child play Reflex Math at home. In order to improve fact fluency, your students should get at least 3 green "eyes" a week.

What We Are Doing This Week:

Writing: 

We will start learning how to write poems.  We will also be learning about adjectives.  Please send your child to school with a mini pumpkin (or 2 to share with a friend) on Tuesday for an adjectives activity!  

Vocabulary: poet, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, imagery, alliteration, visualize, infer, sensory language, imagery, figurative language, literal language, descriptive language, theme, personal narrative, generate ideas, brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, sharing

Things you can do at home:

  1. Read Poems together
  2. Write Poems together
  3. Play I-Spy using adjectives to describe things you spy.
Reading:
We will start learning about the elements of drams - characters, setting, plot and dialogue. 
 
Vocabulary: drama, characters, setting, dialogue, elements of plot (main events, conflict and resolution), narrator, text evidence, theme
 
Things you can do at home:
  • READ, READ, READ!
  • Practice reading Readers Theater with your child!
  • Go see a play!
Word Work: We will look at patterns in long/short e words.
 
Math:
We will continue learning how to read and write numbers in different ways up to 500.
We will focus on:
  • understanding digits in place value. Ex: In the number 327, the 2 has a value of 20.
  • comparing numbers. Ex: 327 > 309; 327 is greater than 309. The 3s in the hundreds place are the same. The 2 in the tens place of 327 is greater than the 0 in the tens place of 309.
  • building numbers in different ways. Ex: 437 could be built with 4 hundreds blocks, 3 tens blocks, and 7 ones blocks -OR- it could also be built with 4 hundreds blocks, 2 tens blocks, and 17 ones blocks (if we decompose 1 10's block.)
  • expanded form. Ex: 437 = 400+30+7
  • understanding patterns in number lines. Ex: What comes next?                 23, 25, 27, __, __
 
Vocabulary: base ten, ones, tens, hundreds, digit, standard form, word form, expanded form, generate, place value, compare, equal to (=), greater than ( >), less than (<), even, odd, number line, greatest to least, least to greatest.
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Use Base-10 Blocks to create numbers and compare numbers:
  • Interactive Games:
  • Play Card Games
  • Create Number Riddles! Ex: I am thinking about a 3-Digit number. The hundreds place has a 4. The tens place has a digit that is 3 more than the digit in the hundreds place. The ones place has a digit that is 2 less than the digit in the hundreds place. What number am I? Answer: 472
  • Please go over math facts with your child at home to work on fluency and automaticity!
    • Have your child play Reflex Math at home. In order to improve fact fluency, your students should get at least 3 green "eyes" a week.
 
 
Science:
We will continue learning about the movement of objects - spin, slide, roll.
Vocabulary: trace, motion, force, roll, slide, spin, shape, movement, position, direction, push, pull
TEST WEDNESDAY!
Things you can do at home:
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt for objects that roll, slide, and spin.
 
We will learn about how we can use magnets in everyday life.
Vocabulary: magnets, magnetic, nonmagnetic, push, pull, attract, repel, iron
Things you can do at home:
  • Play with magnets.
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt for objects that a magnet will stick to.
  • Look at objects that use magnets to work. Ex: the strip on the refrigerator door that keeps the door closed. Magnets hold up work/pictures on the refrigerator. Sometimes magnets are used on flaps to keep them closed on purses, bags, coats, etc.
Social Studies:
We will continue learning about people in our government and government services.
Vocabulary: congress, government, local, national, term, appointment, election, mayor, governor, president, voting
TEST FRIDAY!
Things you can do at home:
  • Ask and discuss these questions:
    • Who are the current public officials?

      • mayor - Gretchen Fagan

      • governor - Greg Abbott

      • president - Donald J Trump

    • How can we compare the roles of  public officials, including mayor, governor, and president?
    • Why do we pay taxes?
    • Why do we vote?
    • Who are community helpers in our town that help us? How do they help us?
  • Research the mayor, governor, and president.
  • Make time to keep up with and discuss current events.
  • Roll play the different roles in government.
  • Discuss each family member and their responsibilities and relate that to government.
  • Visit our city hall.
  • Visit our capital.
  • Make a poster or mural of our community helpers
  • Write a poem about our government or a community helper.

Week of October 21st

Important Dates:
10/21 Mon: Book Fair Opens
10/22 Tues: Math Test is delayed.  
                    Science Test: Combining Matter
                    Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night
10/23 Wed: Report Cards Go Home
10/24 Thurs: Family Education Night 6:00-7:30 (Come for Fun and Games)
                      Book Fair Open Late tonight!
10/25 Fri: Reading Test: Poetry
                Kick-Off Red Ribbon Week: Wear Red
                Book Fair Closes at Noon
 
Important Dates NEXT Week:
Red Ribbon Week:
10/28 Mon: We're a Drug Free Team: Wear your favorite sports team attire
10/29 Tues: Protect Your Brain Power: Wear a Crazy Hat
10/30 Wed: Keep Your Super Powers & Stay Drug Free: Wear a Superhero t-shirt 
10/31 Thurs: Drug & Bully Free Adventures Await: Wear Your “Future Career” Attire!  
11/1 Fri: Make-Up Picture Day
 
Important Information:

Second Grade Music Program

Please save the date of...
Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 6:15 p.m. 
for the Second Grade Music Program (Honoring Veterans) 
in the DPES Cafeteria
Dress for performers will be red, white, and blue patriotic attire.
More details to follow.

Thank you,
Mrs. Mathes & Ms. Ricks
DPES Music Teachers, K-4
angelamathes@tomballisd.net
281-357-3134 x 3015 or 3096
 
What We Are Doing This Week:
 
Writing:
I can revise, edit, and publish my story.
 
I can edit for capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
I can revise by adding or taking away words, phrases, and sentences.
I can revise by changing words to make them better or by showing instead of telling.
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Read with your child! The more they see good examples, the better their writing becomes.
  • Model fluency when reading to your child. Read to the punctuation and with expression.
  • Point out good examples of capitalization and punctuation used in books.
 

Word Study:

I can sort long and short i words.

I notice that most long i words end in e. Ex: kite

Reading:

Test on Friday!

I can determine the theme of poems.

Through independent and small group, I can continue to practice:

  • recognizing poems and the elements of poems.
  • creating mental images to deepen understanding of poems.
  • understanding and using synonyms and antonyms. 

Vocabulary: poet, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, imagery, alliteration, visualize, infer, sensory language, imagery, figurative language, literal language, descriptive language, theme, personal narrative, generate ideas, brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, sharing

Things you can do at home:

  • Read poems with your child at home.
  • Sing songs with your child at home.
  • Discuss rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in poems and songs. 
  • Have your child point out rhyming words, words that repeat, and rhythm of poems and songs.
  • Discuss figurative language and and visualizing. Ask your child what they see when they read a poem or sign a song.
Math:
Mon and Tues: Review and Test on Measurement and Time (Please see last week's post for links and ideas to review measurement and time.)
 
Then, I can read and write numbers in different ways up to 500. (Place Value to 500, part 2)
I can order numbers.
I can use number lines.
 
Vocabulary: base ten, numeral, ones, tens, hundreds, digit, compose, decompose, standard form, word form, expanded form, generate, whole number, place value, compare, greater than, less than, equal to (=), greater than ( >), less than (<), order, position, open number line, even, odd, reasonable, number line, greatest to least, least to greatest, increase, decrease, comparison, fewer, benchmark numbers, midpoint, value
 
Things you can do at home:
Science:
Mon and Tues: Review and Test for Combining Matter
 
Then, I can determine how objects move by rolling, sliding, and spinning.
 
Vocabulary: trace, motion, force, roll, slide, spin, shape, movement, position, direction, push, pull
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Go on a scavenger hunt around the house for objects that roll, slide, and spin.
  • Write a poem about slide, spin, and roll.
Social Studies:
 

I can learn about our government. I can name or identify the mayor (Gretchen Fagan), governor (Greg Abbott), and president (Donald Trump). I can compare their responsibilities.

I can learn how to be a responsible citizen by paying taxes and voting.

I can determine community helpers (such as firefighters, police officers, and teachers) and how they help the community.

Vocabulary: congress, government, local, national, term, succeed, appointment, election, mayor, governor, president, voting
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Ask and discuss these questions:
    • Who are the current public officials, including mayor, governor, and president?

    • How can we compare the roles of  public officials, including mayor, governor, and president?
    • Why do we pay taxes?
    • Why do we vote?
    • Who are community helpers in our town that help us? How do they help us?
  • Research the mayor, governor, and president.
  • Make time to keep up with and discuss current events.
  • Roll play the different roles in government.
  • Discuss each family member and their responsibilities and relate that to government.
  • Visit our city hall.
  • Visit our capital.
  • Make a poster or mural of our community helpers
  • Write a poem about our government or a community helper.

Week of October 15th

Important Dates:
10/14 Mon: No school - Student Holiday
10/17 Thurs: Library Day: Please remind your child to bring library books back.
10/18 Fri: Kids Heart Challenge Event
 
Important Information from Mrs. Mathis
Please save the date of...
Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 6:15 p.m. 
for the Second Grade Music Program (Honoring Veterans) 
in the DPES Cafeteria

Dress for performers will be red, white, and blue patriotic attire.

More details to follow.
Please start sending jackets to school. The weather is becoming quite unpredictable, and I had some chilly friends last Friday. Thanks!
 
Kids Heart Challenge is in full swing!
What We Are Doing This Week:

Social Studies:

I can learn about our government. I can name or identify the mayor (Gretchen Fagan), governor (Greg Abbott), and president (Donald Trump). I can list their responsibilities.

Vocabulary: congress, government, local, national, term, succeed, appointment, election, mayor, governor, president, voting
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Ask and discuss these questions:
    • Who are the current public officials, including mayor, governor, and president?

    • How can we compare the roles of  public officials, including mayor, governor, and president?

    • What are the functions of the local, state, and national government?
  • Research the mayor, governor, and president.
  • Make time to keep up with and discuss current events.
  • Roll play the different roles in government.
  • Discuss each family member and their responsibilities and relate that to government.
  • Visit our city hall.
  • Visit our capital.

Science:

I can combine materials, that when put together, can do things that they cannot do by themselves such as building a tower or a bridge and justify the selection of those materials based on their physical properties.

Vocabulary: system, materials, combine, physical properties, selection, compare, justify, prove, improve, movement, sturdy, molded

Things you can do at home:

  • Build things with your child using different materials.
  • Collect resources in the backyard (such as sticks, sand, bricks, rocks) and combine them to build or make something.
  • Check out Lowe's or Home Depot for free Kids' Workshops.

 Reading:

I can recognize a poem and the elements of a poem. 

I can identify rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in poems.

I can create mental images to deepen understanding of poems.

I can understand and use synonyms and antonyms. 

Vocabulary: poet, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, imagery, alliteration, visualize, infer, sensory language, imagery, figurative language, literal language, descriptive language, theme, personal narrative, generate ideas, brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, sharing

Things you can do at home:

  • Read poems with your child at home.
  • Sing songs with your child at home.
  • Discuss rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in poems and songs. 
  • Discuss figurative language and and visualizing. Ask your child what they see when they read a poem or sign a song.

Math:

I can determine events that happen in the am and in the pm.

I can read and understand an analog and digital clock.

Vocabulary: unit, time, second, minute, hour, analog clock, digital clock, a.m., p.m. half hour

Things you can do at home:

2) Please continue practicing measuring length at home. Length will be on our Measurement test.
 
Vocabulary: Nonstandard, standard, customary, metric, length, inch, foot, feet, yards, centimeters, meters, estimate, broken ruler, area
 
Things you can do at home:
Also, please begin helping your child read an analog clock. We will begin our unit of time soon, and we will have to read a clock to the minute.
 

Writing:

I can determine if my sentences are relevant or fit with my story.

I can determine if nouns are singular or plural. I can fix nouns in my story.

I can determine if verbs are present, past, or future. I can fix verbs in my story.

Word Study:

I can sort long and short i words.

I notice that most long i words end in e. Ex: kite

October 7th

10/8 Tues: Papa Johns Spirit Night
10/10-10/11 Thurs-Fri: Social Studies Map Test
10/11 Fri:  Early Release Day
10/10 Library Day
 
Next week:
10/14 Mon: No school - Student Holiday
10/18 Fri: Kids Heart Challenge Event
 
Important Information:
If you have not already, please sign up for Fall Conferences:
 
Kids Heart Challenge is in full swing!
What We Are Doing This Week:

Social Studies:

We will create a map to show places and routes. This will be a Major Project Grade. Students will have to include a Title, Map Key, and Compass Rose with directions (North, East, South, West) on their map.

Vocabulary: compass rose, title, orientation (north, south, east, west), legend/key, urban, suburban, rural, neighborhood, population, community, geography, tools, map, globe, information, place, route, characteristic
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Look at maps in an Atlas
  • Create maps together of your house or neighborhood.
    • Ask questions about your map. Ex:  If you were at your house, which direction would you have to go to get to the playground?

Science:

1) I can classify matter as solid or liquid and determine physical changes of matter. Test on Tuesday!

Vocabulary: Physical properties, solid, liquid, matter, flow, change, cutting, sanding, folding, melting, twisting, physical changes, mold, flows
 
Things you can do at home:
  • https://www.abcya.com/games/states_of_matter
  • Have a Scavenger Hunt for solids and liquids around the house.
  • Play a Physical Changes game: Have your child close his/her eyes or go into another room. Change a piece of paper or other object by folding, cutting, tearing, twisting, etc. Then, see if your child can figure out what you did.

2) I can combine materials, that when put together, can do things that they cannot do by themselves such as building a tower or a bridge and justify the selection of those materials based on their physical properties.

Vocabulary: system, materials, combine, physical properties, selection, compare, justify, prove, improve, movement, sturdy, molded

Things you can do at home:

  • Build things with your child using different materials.
  • Check out Lowe's or Home Depot for free Kids' Workshops.

 Reading:

I can recognize a poem and the elements of a poem. 

I can create mental images to deepen understanding of poems.

I can understand and use synonyms and antonyms. 

Vocabulary: poet, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, imagery, alliteration, visualize, infer, sensory language, imagery, figurative language, literal language, descriptive language, theme, personal narrative, generate ideas, brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, sharing

Things you can do at home:

  • Read poems with your child at home.
  • Sing songs with your child at home.
  • Discuss rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in poems and songs. 
  • Discuss figurative language and and visualizing. Ask your child what they see when they read a poem or sign a song.

Math:

I can will determine solutions for length problems.

I can measure objects using broken rulers (not starting at zero). 

I can use concrete models of square units to find the area of a rectangle. 

Vocabulary: Nonstandard, standard, customary, metric, length, inch, foot, feet, yards, centimeters, meters, estimate, broken ruler, area
 
Things you can do at home:
Also, please begin helping your child read an analog clock. We will begin our unit of time soon, and we will have to read a clock to the minute.
 

Writing:

I can plan a new story by sketching their story.

I can develop a variety of good ways to begin a small moment story.

I can write my first draft of their small moment story.

Word Study:

I can sort long and short a words.

Improtant Dates for next week

Next week:
  • Oct 8th Papa John's Spirit Night
  • Oct 11th Early Release & Parent Conferences (Please see important information below to find link to sign up.)
  • Oct 14th Student Holiday (Staff Work Day)