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“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ― Pablo Picasso
October 28, 2019

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a nice weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather on Sunday. The last warm days of fall are always a favorite of mine. 

Halloween this year might be shaping up to be a “spooky-mess”, cold and wet, but the colorful costumes and cheerful faces have a way of brightening the day regardless of the weather. Our room-moms, Daniela and Mary, have been busy planning fun activities for our Halloween celebration on Thursday.   It will take place immediately after the school parade which is at 1:15 in the school gym.    

Additionally, I wanted to give you an update on our week.  In math, we are wrapping up Unit 3 with an assessment on Wednesday.  We have spent a lot of time and energy learning and practicing a variety of addition strategies like finding pairs that add to 5 or 10, counting on, adding by even numbers, as well as using number lines and/or tables to count. 

Here are a few ways you can help your student at home: practice addition fact 1 - 20 (focus on pairs that add to 5 or 10), practice doubles (especially 6 - 9, I showed students when they count by twos on their hands, the number of fingers they hold up is the number that is doubled.  Review language: “sum”, “in all”, “and”, “more”, “less”, “plus”, and “join”, “parts”, “comparing”, and “change in number”.

In the next unit, students will learn a variety of strategies for adding across 10. Students use their knowledge of pairs that add to 10 to break up one addend so that it makes 10 with the other addend; then they simply need to add 10 to a one-digit number to find the sum. Students use five- and ten-frames to compare two numbers and find the difference between them. As students become more comfortable identifying pairs that add to 5 or 10, they learn to recognize when addends are one more or one less than a pair that adds to 5 or 10, and students can then determine the sum quickly. 

The last part of this unit focuses on word problems. Students will write and solve simple addition and subtraction sentences by modeling a word problem. The additions involve two or three addends. Students will read a problem, draw a picture to represent it, write the corresponding number sentence, and determine the answer.

In language arts, we just completed Units 1 and 2 of Adventures of the Superkids Reading Program and are starting Unit 3 and 4 this week.  In Unit 3, our objectives are decoding words ng with /ng/ sounds and le with /el/ sounds and identifying rhyming words.  In Vocabulary we are going to be working with onomatopoeias and building our Memory Word Lists:

I, my, she, he, her, his (Units 1- 2), 

do, have, show, how, me, a (Unit 3) are also spelling words

In Comprehension, we will be generating questions to determine reality and fantasy, recognize plot (problem and solution), sequence of events, and patterns in text.  In writing we will be contributing to a group story and write sentences for connected events.  

Thank you for your continued support at home! Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns. 


Ms. Smith