Team Umoja News First Grade
Mrs. Flowers, Mrs. Portle, Mrs. Paynter
November 4th 2013
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. ” – Margaret Fuller
Our Week at a Glance:
Ask your student to tell you about the following activities
Using context clues to figure out
meanings of unknown words
Using synonyms to understand the
meaning of new words.
New words: from, said, to
Second Step
Managing Worry
Calming Strategies: Counting and yoga
tree pose
Handwriting: This week we worked on our little
fly ups.
i: down, fly up dot
j: down and curve, fly up, dot
l: down
Roll and Record Subtraction
Geoboard Exploration of Triangles and
How many to 10?
Skip Counting 2’s, 5’s, 10’s
Pebbles Sand and Silt:Uses of Rock
STEM: Intro to Pumpkins. Learned about
pumpkin life cycles.
Books we read
Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli
Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson
The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story by Uma
Count on Pablo by Barbara de Rubertis
Other News
Thank you!We would like to thank all of the families that sent in pumpkins for STEM. We will be
using them over the next three weeks.
Homework: We are going to adjust homework expectations. Homework will be as follows:
Math Homework: 1. Do 1-2 pages out of the Math Homework Practice Book, 2. Practice your
Math Fact Flashcards. Continue to practice number before and number after and counting to 120.
Literacy Homework: Read, read, read! Try to read to your student or have your student read to
you every night. There are several games that reinforce phonics and word work on the Falk
Library website. Some good sites are Tumblebooks, Bookflix, Sesame Street Games, Between
the Lions, and Starfall.
Lunch Count: We will now take our lunch count during breakfast 7:30-7:42am. Please make
sure your student is here on time. If your student is tardy and is in need of a hot lunch the office
will automatically choose choice A for them.
Parent Volunteers: Do you have an extra 10 minutes in the morning Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday? We are in need of parents to come in while we are supervising breakfast at 7:30
and organize, divide and set up our fresh fruit and vegetable snack each day. If you are
available please contact Mrs. Flowers for the details.
Snack We are in need of snack donation for the month of November for Mondays and Fridays.