Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dear Parents,

Important Dates:

  • Jan. 25 1st Grade Field Trip to The Thinkery
  • Feb.19-20 No School - Student Holiday


Our learning next week...
Math: Students will work on making ten and be able to compose and decompose numbers into tens. This will help them better manipulate numbers mentally. We will continue to review Place Value and Expanded form throughout the week.

Science: Students will continue to learn about objects in the sky and day and night. We will be using technology and hands on activities to explore and learn more about the moon, stars, and sun. A test for this unit and for Patterns of Movement will be on Friday.

Reading: Students will continue to think like a geographer  and create a flipbook that shows where our community, Texas and the United States are located on a map and globe. After reading and discussing Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy, students will end the week by working in groups to construct a map of the classroom.

Writing:  Students will continue working on their state research projects using various resources and tools.  They will be introduced to Google Slides and taught how to put together a presentation. Student will begin assembling a Google slide show presentation.  Their slides will include researched information about their state along with pictures.  

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Dear Parents,

Important Dates:
  • Jan. 15 No School - MLK, Jr. Day
  • Jan. 25 1st Grade Field Trip to The Thinkery
  • Feb.19-20 No School - Student Holiday

Our learning next week...
Math:  Students will continue to deepen their understanding of place value up to 99 through expanded form.  We will be using games and hands on activities to reinforce place value skills. There will be a test over place value and expanded form on Friday.

Science: This week we will begin our unit on Objects in the Sky and Day and Night. We will be learning about the differences between Day and Night and will be talking about the appearance of the moon and stars.

Reading with Integrated Social Studies: For the next few weeks we will learn about being a geographer by using maps, learning about the physical characteristics of our environment and the importance of natural resources. This week students will focus on locating places using the 4 cardinal directions.  Students will learn that a map has a title, cardinal directions and a legend/key with symbols.

Writing:  This week students will begin a three week unit of research.  Each student will be researching a state of their choosing. Students will be learning what makes resources useful along with learning to put information into their own words.  They will also be putting their research into a Google Slide presentation so that they become more familiar with the technology that is available to them.  Students will be taught the basics of Google Slides and learn how to insert text and pictures. Each student will be presenting their Google Slide presentation to their class.   

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Monday, January 8, 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a relaxing winter break and are ready to start our next semester of learning!

Important Dates:
  • Jan. 9 Students return to School from Winter Break
  • Jan. 15 No School - MLK, Jr. Day
  • Jan. 25 1st Grade Field Trip to The Thinkery
  • Feb.19-20 No School - Student Holiday

Our learning this week...
Math:  Students will deepen their understanding of place value up to 99 through the use of manipulatives. We will use games and hands on activities to reinforce place value skills taught at the beginning of the year. Students will review measurement and time as well.

Science:  This week we will be doing a short unit on Movement. Through several activities, students will explore different patterns of movement such as: up and down, back and forth, round and round, fast and slow, zig zag, and straight lines.

Reading:  Classes will spend this week reviewing expectations of Reader’s Workshop.  This will include what it looks and sounds like, how to select “just right” books, and how readers should act. The week will come to an end with a Scholastic News for Kids.

Writing:  This week will be spent reviewing expectations of Writer’s Workshop.  This, again, includes what it looks like and sounds like.  Students will also review compound words and how two separate words (with different meanings) are put together to create a whole new word with a whole new meaning.  

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dear Parents.,

A few reminders:
Please send your child with a coat on cold days. We go outside if it is above 32 degrees. Our recess time is 9:30am and it is still in the 40's at that time even though it may warm up to 60's or 70's by the afternoon.

Please send your child with a water bottle EVERYDAY. I have many students leaving the room to go to the water fountain many times throughout the day. It is very disruptive to our learning.
Thank you!

Important Dates:
  • Dec 20: 1st Grade Winter Party @ 1:30 to 2:15
  • Dec. 22: No School for students
  • Dec. 25 - Jan 8: Winter Break/No School
  • Jan. 9: Students return to School from Winter Break
  • January 15: No School MLK,Jr. Day

Our learning next week...
This week we will be catching up on things from past weeks making sure we leave for winter break with all assignments and grades turned in. Each day will be a different winter themed day with Polar Express day happening on Thursday.Students may wear their pj's on this day, as we will be watching the movie.

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dear Parents,

Important Dates:

  • Dec. 13: At-home Holiday Timeline Project due
  • Dec 20: 1st Grade Winter Party @ 1:30 to 2:15
  • Dec. 22: No School for students
  • Dec. 25 - Jan 8: Winter Break/No School
  • Jan. 9: Students return to School from Winter Break

Our learning next week...

Math: This week we will learn to tell time to the half hour on an analog and digital clock.  We will match analog clock times to their digital clock times and practice drawing hands on the clock to show times to the half hour.  We will also review reading time to the hour on an analog and digital clock.

Science: We will finish our unit on Weather and Air. We will continue to learn about weather and explore the air around us. Test for this unit will be on Friday.

Reading:  Students will explore the genres of nonfiction and fantasy.  We will explore books in both genres and determine what makes each genre unique, fun, and interesting. We will also learn about the origins of customs, holidays, and celebrations of the community,state, and nation and see how they are celebrated in our own homes through the presentations of our at-home Holiday timeline projects.  All timeline posters are due December 13.

Writing:  This week students will put the finishing touches on their All About Books.  The focus will be on creating a meaningful cover and revising/editing, making sure it’s ready for final draft publication.  We will have an author’s share out on Friday in which students will share their All About Book with friends.

School Announcements:

Gingerbread Houses


Students who are interested in building a candied house are welcomed to show off their artistry on Monday, December 18th.  Bring your crafty house to the office Monday morning.  Make sure your name and teacher’s name is on your work. Our Student Council will place them in the front hallway near the trophy case.  Houses will be judged by our Student Ambassadors.  These creations will be judged for the following:  
  1. Most Holiday Spirit
  2. Favorite Kid Creation
  3. Most Creative
  4. People’s Choice
Houses will need to be picked up by Thursday, December 21st (houses will not be kept past this date).
Merry, merry!

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler