Week of January 21st - 25th

Important Dates:

1/20 Mon: Staff Development/Student Holiday (no school)
1/22 Wed: Math Test (please return Math Review on Tuesday)
1/23 Thurs: Library (please return library books)
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 continue writing informational texts. We will write about someone one we know well. This week, we will focus on the details, or proofs, of our truth statement.
Truth: My mom is helpful.
Details (proof): She helps me take care of Shawn. My mom plays board games with him while I grade papers. She takes him bike riding to get exercise. She will take him to the playground to play. My mom enjoys helping me care for Shawn.
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 and what truth they picked.
  • Have your child discuss the details that he/she plans to use to prove the truth.
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.
Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will continue reading biographies. We will focus on cause and effect. Cause is the reason why something happened. Effect is the result, or what happened.
  • 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:
  • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
  • Read biographies of people your child is interested in. Ex: Sports stars, movie stars, historical figures, etc.
  • Visit a library. 
  • Interactive Games for Cause and Effect:
  • Have your child determine cause and effect around your house.
    • Example: I cooked dinner for you, so you won't go to bed hungry.
    • You ate all of your dinner, therefore you may have dessert.
    • You cannot go to the playground, because it is raining.
Math:  We will review and take our test on Place Value to 1,200! We will review forms of numbers (standard, model, expanded, word), number lines, ordering numbers, and comparing numbers. Test is Wednesday!
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:
We will also begin adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers with regrouping within word problems. We will begin by reading word problems and determining if we should add or subtract.
Vocabulary:  open number line, closed number line, unknown, addition, sum, subtraction, difference, two-digit, mental math, algorithms, reasonable, regroup, strip diagram, part/part/whole model
Science: We will begin learning about weather and seasons. We will learn about the different seasons and what you might wear in each.
Vocabulary:  weather, weather forecast, wind, rain, hail, clouds, thunderstorm, sleet, snow,  humidity, temperature, wind conditions, precipitation, cloud coverage, cloudy, partly cloudy, sunny, thermometer, rain gauge, anemometer, Autumn, Spring, Winter, Summer, data, record, measure
Things you can do at home:
    • Check the weather report together.
    • Look at pictures of the family in different seasons. Notice what clothes you are wearing in each. Have your child speak in complete sentence about what they notice.
    • Make a collage of different clothes in each season.
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.