Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dear Parents,

Important Dates:
  • September 22: K-2 Stallion Assembly
  • September 29: Fall Picture Day
  • October 9 & 10: No School for Students
    • October 9: This day will be set aside for Parent Conferences.  Please be on the lookout for a Sign-Up Genius to schedule your conference time.  Each conference will run 15 minutes. Most conference times will be on this Monday with a few other times available before and after school on other dates.  

Our learning next week... 
Math: We will introduce the addition sign and reinforce the skill of counting-on with one and counting on with two with various activities and games.  Spiral skills from Kinder include comparing language to describe the relationship of numbers based on Place Value and counting efficiently.  

Science: unit on Changes from Heat. Students will learn about the effect adding or removing heat has on objects/materials through hands on exploration and teacher demonstrations. (Labs: crayon melting, ice cube melting, Kool-Aid freezing, water outside with chalk circle)

Reading:  Students are going to be introduced to Inferring.   Inferring is very similar to predicting, yet so vastly different.  It is making meaning of the text based on what is read (and understood) while using established background knowledge (schemas) to gain a deeper meaning of what lies beyond the pages of the book.  On the other hand, making predictions is using ONLY the information derived from the text itself (and bringing nothing more).  Students will gain valuable practice and insight into inferring through the use of a variety of books that will activate their background knowledge, allowing them to make connections and meanings of what is read.

Writing:  Through the use of literature (Punctuation Takes A Vacation) and authentic practice/writing, students are going to be introduced to the use of ending punctuation in writing. This week’s focus will be on the period, question mark, and exclamation point. Students will explore and discover how each “end mark” plays a special role within their writing, as well as when reading someone else’s writing. Students will also be introduced to capitalization of proper names, places, and beginning of sentences.

Phonics/Word Study:  Students will be reintroduced to long and short vowels over the next several weeks.  This week’s focus is on Short E and Long E.  Students will be hearing, seeing, and have practice writing various words that contain the different sounds of E.  They will also gain a further understanding into the “why?” the different sounds are made and how that sound changes words and their meanings.

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dear Parents,

Important Dates:

  • Sept. 11 Math Superstars online program begins (yellow flyer sent home)
  • Sept. 29  Fall Pictures
  • Oct. 9-10 No School for students

Our learning next week...
Math:  This week we continue our graphing unit. We will continue to learn about Data Collection. The students will be introduced to forms of data collection with various types of graphs. There will be a different graph each week and a Graphing Math test on Friday.
Science: Students will continue to classify objects by their observable properties (larger/smaller, heavier/lighter, shape, color, and texture) through hands on activities. At the end of the week, students will be assessed on their knowledge of lab safety and classifying matter.
Reading: Students will continue to retell stories using Beginning Middle End, sequencing, describing characters and setting. Students will also be introduced to inferring. (Inferring: making meaning of something through the use of prior knowledge [schema] and information provided/given.)  Students will learn how to infer feelings and emotions based on certain situations that arise in a book and how to construct meaning.  Inferring meaning will also be practiced through looking at pictures, using context clues, and discussing the theme.
SS Integration:  We will continue our “Good Citizen” PBL (project based learning). Students will continue exploring/discovering what they know about being a good citizen, the difference between rules and laws, the roles of community leaders, and our responsibilities to take part in our government. Students will then determine how they can share with others how to be good Sommer citizens.
Writing: Students will be introduced to ABC order. They will practice their skills with ABC order using a dictionary. Students will also practice using their Word Wall as a resource for spelling.

Phonics: Students will be reintroduced to long and short vowels over the next several weeks.  This week’s focus is on Short A and Long A.  Students will be hearing, seeing, and have practice writing various words that contain the different sounds of A.  They will also gain a further understanding into the “why?” the different sounds are made and how that sound changes words and their meanings.

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dear Parents,

We had a great second week of school!  We are in need of a donation for a Science lesson. We need one box of Ritz, one box of animal crackers, one box of Cheez-its and one bag of goldfish. If you can donate comment below.  Thank you!

Important Dates:

  • September 4: No School - Labor Day
  • September 7: School Club Night
  • September 29: Fall Pictures
  • October 9 & 10: No School for Students

Our learning next week...
  • Math:  We will collect data and organize data in up to three categories.  Students will represent data using tally marks and T-charts .  We will also determine what kinds of things we can learn about the world around us by collecting data.

  • Science: Students will work to classify objects by observable properties such as larger and smaller, heavier and lighter, shape, color, and texture. Students will look at similarities and differences in objects based on their properties.

  • Reading/Social Studies: We will continue setting up the expectations for Reader’s Workshop.  Students will learn what a “just right book” is and how to “shop” for books in my classroom library.  We will discuss, and I will model, what reading “looks like” when reading on own, with the teacher, and/or reading with another student.  At the end of the week, students will practice making predictions while reading a new story.   Over the next few weeks, we will we will also learn about the important symbols, customs, and celebrations that represent American beliefs and principles and contribute to our national identity.  Specifically students will explain state and national patriotic symbols, including the U.S. flags, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and the Alamo  In addition, students will recite and explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag and the Pledge to the Texas Flag, and identify anthems and mottoes of Texas and the United States.  Students will begin exploring/discovering what they know about being a good citizen and what it takes to be one through researching and investigating people in history who exhibited the traits of “being a good citizen”.

  • Writing: Students will learn that an author and/or illustrator may draw pictures to show implied space or things that don’t appear on the page, but can be inferred (are) there.  Students are invited to practice doing this in their own stories as well.  Students will also be introduced to various types of covers (wrap around, same as an illustration within book, completely new illustration, etc.) that authors create for their books and they they can too.

  • Phonics:  Students will be introduced to the sounds of and practice using each of the following :
  • hard G = “guh” sound (gap, goat, gum)
  • soft G = “juh” sound (gym, giant, gel)
  • hard C = “kuh” sound (candy, cat, cup)
  • soft C = “suh” sound (cell, city, cycle)
  • Ticky Q = “qua” sound (queen, quail, quack)
  • Sound of S = “z” sound (cheese, season, easy)
  • Sound of X (extra, excited, extraordinary)
Thank you,
Mrs Butler

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Dear Parents,

Important Dates:
  • August 29: Parent Back to School Night - *See information below
  • September 4: No School - Labor Day
  • September 7: School Club Night
  • October 9 & 10: No School for Students
*Teachers will run 2 separate, but identical, classroom information sessions in the classroom with administration sharing in the middle of the two time slots.  Parents only need to attend one teacher information session.  The first teacher session is 5:00-5:45 P.M. Then a repeat of the teacher information session is from 6:00-6:45 P.M.  You may choose which works best for you.  If possible, we do ask that children do not attend.  

Our learning next week...
Math: Base Ten & Number Patterns - This week students are going to be exploring tallies, the proper way to record them, and how they are useful when collecting/recording data.  Students will also begin to practice the use of base ten blocks when problem solving and how it is a valuable tool when needing to represent numbers.  Students will also start exploring place value while playing a “roll the dice” game and having to place numbers in order from least to greatest.  
Science: Roles and Responsibilities of Scientists: Investigating Materials - Students will explore the “job” of a scientist and come to the conclusion that it is a person who investigates various things to learn new things and to help us understand the world in which we live.  Students will also learn what tools scientists use and how they are helpful.  Vocabulary focus will include: safe practices, safety, safety contract, science notebook, hand lens, primary balance, goggles, thermometer, and investigation.  Students will also begin learning how to record findings within their science notebooks through activities involving sorting.
Language Arts:
Reading: Retelling, Characters, Problem & Solution - Students will be exploring different parts of a book (author, illustrator, title, pictures, cover) and how they are useful in being able to retell a story.  It will also be through these, and beginning to read the story, how to stop and “think aloud” while working on making predictions.  Students will also begin to look at the setting and how that play an important role in the overall retell and understanding of a story.
Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop (Continued) - This week’s focus will consist of generating ideas and sequencing the details of story while keeping in mind the “story across 5 fingers” idea.  Students will be introduced to “when I am done… I’ve just begun!”.  Through this students will know that there are different avenues to take when they call their own writing “done” such as: adding details, adding an illustration, starting a new story, etc.  Students will also gain knowledge into what tools to use when spelling unknown words and what things can be done to fancy up their writing.  
Phonics: Consonant Blends - Students will be introduced to consonant blends and that it is when 2 or more consecutive consonants in a word whose sounds blend together.  Students will explore l-blends (bl, fl, cl, pl, gl)  and r-blends (cr, dr, tr, gr).  Over the week, students will have practice with various l and r-blends through different activities.

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

We had a great first day of school! I know it will be an amazing year of learning!


 A couple of tips:
1. You may want to send a water bottle every day in this heat.
2. You may want to send an afternoon snack with your child.  We have an early lunch.
3. Please send back their green folders every day.
4. Please send in your order forms this week.

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler