Week of Jan. 27

Important Dates:

1/28 Thurs: Library (please return library books)

1/31 Fri: Bus Evacuation Drill (Please try to have your child present on this day!) 

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. We will also begin to edit and revise our papers to make them better. 

Example.

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, paragraph, edit, revise 

Things you can do at home: 

  • 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 continue reading biographies. We will focus on facts and opinions. Remember, facts are sentences that are proven true. (Ex: Irma Rangel was the first Mexican American woman legislature in Texas.) Opinions are feeling sentences that use clue words such as, I feel, I think, I believe, The best, The worst, etc. Sometimes opinions end with an exclamation point. (I believe Irma Rangel was the best person to ever be elected for legislature!)  

 

Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact, opinion

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 Fact and Opinion:
    • Have your child determine facts and opinions around your house.

    • Example: 
      • Fact: There is a stove and refrigerator in the kitchen. 
      • Opinion: I love to bake! 
      • Fact: There are 2 cars in the driveway.  
      • Opinion: I like the blue car better! 

Math:  Celebration: We rocked the Place Value test! Thanks for all of your support from home! 

This week, we will 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: 

  • 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
    • First in Math

Science: We will continue learning about the weather and seasons. 

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, 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 continue reading 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.