February 10th - 14th

Important Dates:

2/10 Mon: Texas Reads One Book Kickoff!
2/11 Tues: Science Test
2/11 Tues: Papa John's Spirit Night
2/12 Wed: Decorate Valentine's Day Bags at school.
2/13 Thurs: Valentine's Day Card Exchange
2/13 Thurs: Library Day
2/14-17: Student Holiday (No School!)
 
Upcoming Dates:
2/17: Student Holiday (No School!)
2/18-19: Math Test (please continue practice at home!)
2/20: School Pictures

Important Information:

  • Texas Reads One Book Kickoff will start Monday! Your child will receive a copy of the book and a study guide. Promote the love of reading by taking time to read a few minutes from this book everyday and using the study guide as talking points. If you ordered a t-shirt, we will wear them every Monday through February!
  • If you want, you are welcome to send Valentine's Day stickers to school so your child can use them to decorate their bags.
  • I am excited to announce that we will be starting cursive writing this week!
  • Please continue reminding your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. More students are getting sick by the day... I have been sending students in groups to the nurses office! Please talk to them about asking to go only for emergencies.
  • Please send jackets to school. The weather changes daily.

 

What We Are Doing This Week

Writing: We are finished with our informational text. We will celebrate our stories with each other!

We will also begin procedural texts. This type of text tells you HOW to do something.

Vocabulary: Informational text, procedure, directions, how-to, demonstrate, specific, order, materials, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, facts, edit, revise 

Things you can do at home: 

  • Make a meal/desert together using a cook book.
  • Play a game after reading the directions.
  • Build a Lego set/model car/toy while reading the directions.
  • Write sentences with mistakes and have your child edit them to make them better. 
  • Read with your child and point out (or have your child point out) things you/they notice about a complete sentence. 
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.

Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will focus on the central (or main) idea and supporting details. We will also begin looking at text features, such as title, subtitles, graphics (photographs and illustrations), captions, and bold words.

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:

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Math: This week, we will continue to read and visualize word problems with 2-digit addition and subtraction WITH regrouping. 

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

Things you can do at home: 

  • Check your child's Math Review (sent home in Wednesday Folder last week). Recreate new word problems similar to the ones he/she missed to provide extra practice. Help your child understand WHY the problem was missed and HOW to solve it correctly.
  • Thinking Blocks: https://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition/index.html 
  • Practice 2-Digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. 
  • Have your child make up word problems and then solve. Please check to make sure it is correct. 
  • Practice Fact Fluency:
    • Flash Cards
Science: We will continue learning about the weather and seasons. Science test this week!

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 different weather tools you may have around your house: thermometer, rain gauge, ruler, etc. 
    • Look at pictures of the family in different seasons. Notice what clothes you are wearing in each. Have your child speak in complete sentences about what they notice.
    • Make a collage of different clothes in each season.
    • Talk about different activities you can do in each season. 

Social Studies: We will identify and explain the significance of state (TX) and nation (USA) symbols, landmarks, and government buildings.

Vocabulary: state, national, symbol, landmark, heritage, customs, celebrations, freedom, monument, patriotic, cultural

Things you can do at home:

  • MyOn: Projects: American Symbols and Landmarks
  • Research state and country symbols and landmarks.
  • Read about American Landmarks, including The White House, Mount Rushmore, Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Mesa Verde, Crazy Horse Memorial, Liberty Bell, etc.
  • Go visit a Texas landmark or government building. Ex: The Sam Houston Statue, The State Capitol, The Governor's Mansion, The Alamo, The San Jacinto Monument, etc.