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 Literacy ● 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 Math ● ● ● ● Roll and Record Subtraction Geoboard Exploration of Triangles and Quadrilaterals How many to 10? Skip Counting 2’s, 5’s, 10’s Science ● ● 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 Krishnaswami 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. Needs: ● ● 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.