Weekly Announcements for September 17-21

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  • Monday (9/17):  Life skills Award Ceremony (Two students will be honored in the Cafeteria at 7:35 a.m.) Scholastic Orders Due by 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday (9/18): Tuesday folders will come home. Return Library Books!
  • Wednesday (9/19): Meyer Library Check out (8:45)
  • Thursday (9/20): Riata Round-up (6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday (9/21):  First Day of Academies! Please make sure to get to school promptly at 7:40 a.m.


This week in Writing Workshop…

We will begin learning how to write a small moment story.  A small moment story is a tiny part of an experience that is written in detail.  We will discuss how writers narrow their topic down to make our stories more interesting.  We will continue to think about how we can organize our stories so that it makes sense to the reader by using a beginning, middle, and end.  Students will begin using capitalization at the beginning of a sentence and when using the pronoun ‘I’.  Students will also begin to recognize when they should use end punctuation.  In science and social studies, we will record facts and observations in our various notebooks.


This week in Math…

We will continue learning how to solve addition problems using the count on strategy.  We will apply the count on strategy in problem-solving situations.  We will work with many different math tools to help us, such as a number track, a hundred chart, manipulatives, and pictures.

You can help your child at home by having them practice counting on and counting backward from a given number.  Practice skip counting by 2’s.  Let your child use household objects to build numbers up to 20.  A very important part of math in 1st Grade is learning to justify how a problem is solved.  Ask them to explain how they got to their answer and how they know it is correct.

Our school at home math program, IXL, also has some great practice lesson for this skill under section B “Understanding Adding,” section C “Addition Skill Builders” and section D “Addition.”  Please feel free to use this program for additional math practice and homework.


This week in Reading Workshop…

We will begin thinking about different elements of fiction.  We will think about what makes a story fiction.  We will discuss the plot, setting, and characters in a fiction story.  The students will learn how to retell a story and learn that making connections to themselves, other texts, and events in the world around them can help them to understand the story better.  We will continue to respond orally during partner reading and will continue to build stamina during independent reading time.  We will be meeting in small groups to discuss various reading strategies to increase accuracy, comprehension, and fluency.

You can help your child at home by having them read to you or to themselves for 10-15 minutes per night and by reading to them.  This can be a very rewarding part of yours and your child’s day.  Ask them to recall events from the story and to talk about the characters’ feelings and actions.  Work on the 1st Grade sight word list.  You can find this list in the daily folder.


This week in Social Studies…

We will be learning about more great leaders of our country such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Ben Franklin.  We will also learn about the Star-Spangled Banner.  We will discuss how these leaders showed good citizenship for our country and ways we can show good citizenship, too.


This week in Science…

We will begin unit 3 in Science this week.  We will learn about Changes from Heat. We will focus on the question, What happens to different materials when they are heated?  The students will observe what happens to crayons when they are heated.  Later, we will also observe what happens to drink mix (Gatorade mix) when we remove heat by putting them in the freezer.  This will be an edible experiment.  Please let me know if you would prefer that your child not eat the homemade Popsicle.


This week’s Life skill is Integrity! We will think about why it is important to always do the right thing.

That’s all for now! Have a great week!


Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Sept 24th – Life skills Recognition Ceremony (Problem Solving)
  • Sept 26th – Library Lesson (8:30 a.m.)
  • Sept 29th – Caraway 40th Anniversary Celebration
  • Oct 4th– International Bike and Walk to School Day
  • Oct 9th– No school for students
  • Oct 10th– No school for students (Parent-Teacher conferences)


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