Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 2


Important Dates:
·         January 17: Report cards go home
·         January 18: Schlitterbahn reading logs due
·         January 21: MLK Day/No School
·         January 22: Field Trip to The Thinkery
·         January 24: January Speaking Project (favorite toy)
·         February 1: 100th Day Dress Up (dress up as a granny or grandpa)
·         February 4: 101st Dress up Day (dress up like a 101 Dalmatian! Black and white spots)
·         February 15: Six Flags reading log due

Library is every Tuesday. Please return books!
Running Club - Mondays and Wednesdays 7:10 – 7:30

Classroom Announcements
Field Trip Info 
Our field trip to the Thinkery is on Tuesday, 1/22.
  • Lunch: We will be eating an early "lunch" (at 9:45) before we head to the Thinkery and will eat a heavy snack when we get back to school (at 2). Please make sure to send your student with a home lunch (unless you said they would be buying lunch) and a heavy snack. As we are eating this in class (not at the field trip location), you can send it in a regular lunch box - it doesn't have to be disposable.
T-Shirts: Please have your child wear their first grade t-shirt. This will make it easier for chaperones and teachers to keep track of their students. I will try to send a reminder through Dojo Messaging the day before about green class shirts for the Field Trip.

Items Needed for 100th Day
Hi First Grade Family!
To celebrate the 100th day of school, we will be doing rotations in which your child has the privilege of traveling to other first grade teacher's classrooms and participate in various activities centered around the 100th day! In my class, we will make fruit loop necklaces! To do so, we need two large bags of generic brand fruit loops donated from your class.  If you are willing and able to help, please click on the Sign Up Genius and let us know you will be donating a bag. 
Thank you so much for your support and helping us to make the 100th day of school special for our Sommer first graders!
Sincerely,
Mrs. Turner
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Campus Announcements
Library Information
Sclitterbahn reading logs are due this Friday, January 18th.
Six Flags reading log is due February 15. Turn these in if your child with like the prize that goes with it.

Math SuperStars
A friendly reminder that Math Superstars for the semester has officially started on Monday the 14th.
The week 12 reward will be on Feb 1st . The class with highest participation from each grade will be announced on K Star news for the group reward.
We still have some students from the 1st , 2nd and 4th grades that have not changed to the "new coach". Please make sure to do this.
The link to all the class codes is given below


OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...3rd QUARTER, WEEK 3
Math: Students will continue to work with equality and balancing equations. Students will use manipulatives, balance scales, ten frames, equations, etc. to represent equality. Please note: Equality in math can be an incredibly difficult concept for students, therefore, we are continuing this concept from last week.

Science: Students will identify the characteristics of day and night.  They will also observe and record changes in the appearance of the moon, stars, and sun the sky.

Language Arts
Reading/Writing: This week we will begin a research unit on Eric Carle. We will read books by Eric Carle, develop open ended questions, gather information from relevant sources, revise and produce a product to show our class research.

Balanced Literacy: This week in Social Studies the students will continue with their explorations of maps.  They will be creating a flipbook to show their location in space.  In phonics, the students will be working on recognizing letter patterns and CVC patterns in words.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

3rd 9 Weeks: Week 1


Important Dates:
·         January 11: 80’s Day
·         January 17: Report cards go home
·         January 21: MLK Day/No School
·         January 22: Field Trip to The Thinkery
·         January 24: January Speaking Project (favorite toy)

Library is every Tuesday. Please return books!
Running Club - Mondays and Wednesdays 7:10 – 7:30


Classroom Announcements
Items Needed
If you have any of these items laying around your house, please send them in TOMORROW. We will be using them for a STEM activity in Science on Friday 1/11.
(paper towel/toilet paper tubes, streamer, tissue paper, craft sticks, plastic grocery sacks, etc)
I know I will be pulling some toilet paper tubes out of my trash! Thanks for your help!

Field Trip Info 
Our field trip to the Thinkery is on Tuesday, 1/22. Chaperones, be on the lookout for a separate email with additional information!
  • Lunch: We will be eating an early "lunch" (at 9:45) before we head to the Thinkery and will eat a heavy snack when we get back to school (at 2). Please make sure to send your student with a home lunch (unless you said they would be buying lunch) and a heavy snack. As we are eating this in class (not at the field trip location), you can send it in a regular lunch box - it doesn't have to be disposable.
T-Shirts: Please have your child wear their first grade t-shirt. This will make it easier for chaperones and teachers to keep track of their students.

Campus Announcements
80’s Day
Friday, January 11th we will be celebrating the 80th day of school by dressing up!  If your child would like to dress up in fun 80’s attire they are welcome to do so on this day.  Can’t wait to see!

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...3rd QUARTER, WEEK 2
Math: Students will use numbers and equations to represent equality; where two things have the same value. For example, 5 has the same value as 4 and 1. Students will represent relationships concretely with a balance and symbolically with the equal sign.

Science: Students will identify the characteristics of the seasons of the year (weather/nature, activities, months, and clothing).

Language Arts
Reading: This week the students will be reviewing previously taught reading skills: retelling, character traits, main idea and details, asking questions and inferring.

Writing: Students will continue letter writing with an emphasis on persuasive letters. The focus will be stating an opinion and providing compelling and relevant reasons to support it in order to persuade the reader.

Balanced Literacy: In Social Studies, students will be focused on creating and using simple maps. In Phonics, students will be working on identifying syllables and understanding the concept of a sentence.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 7

Important Dates:
·         December 19: Party 10:40 - 11:30 (Parents Welcome!)
·         December 20 – January 7: Student Winter Break
·         January 8: Back to School 
·         January 11: 80's Day (to celebrate the 80th day of school students and staff can dress up in their 80's gear!!) It's a bit late, but still fun to CELEBRATE!!


We will not have library next week, but students are welcome to bring back their books and I will send them to the library during the day to check out new books.  

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...2nd QUARTER, WEEK 8
Next week we will have themed days.  Students are encouraged to dress up and have fun during this short week before break! All of the activities for the day and focused on the theme.  It will be fun!  
Monday - Elf Day (wear elf ears, and elf shirt, costume)
Tuesday - Grinch Day (wear a Grinch shirt, dress up like a who, fun holiday ears)
Wednesday - Polar Express Day (wear pjs) 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 6


Important Dates:
·         December 12: Science Research Night 5:30 – 6:30
·         December 13: December Speaking Project
o   Topic: What you want to be when you grow up
·         December 19: Party 10:40 - 11:30 (Parents Welcome!)
·         December 20 – January 7: Student Winter Break

Library is every Tuesday. Please return books!
Running Club - Mondays and Wednesdays 7:10 – 7:30


Classroom Announcements
Field Trip Permission Slips DUE
Thinkery Permission Slips are due back tomorrow, December 7th.  Please make sure to have both the yellow and green permission slips returned along with $7.  Don’t forget to sign the back of the green permission slip! 

December Speaking Project
This month the topic is “What you want to be when you grow up.”  Try to have the students memorize this or use notecards.  We are starting to steer away from the paper.  Students don’t have to use the paper template.  They can just talk about what they want to be and show us pictures and explain why they would like to do this.  These speaking projects are due DECEMBER 13th. 

Campus Announcements
Science Fair
It’s that time of the year again!  
Science Fair is right around the corner.  Join us in the library for Science Research Night on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:30-6:30. We will have books, rubrics and some science project examples displayed to help your child get in their scientific mindset.  All grade levels may participate, however, only grades 3-5 will be judged and may progress to the regional fair. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 11 no later than 7:35 am. Students will take projects to their classroom.  Judging will take place on Monday, January 14.
We will need Science Fair Judges on Wednesday, January 14th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.   No science background needed!
Your job will be to talk with students about their science fair project, and fill out simple judging rubrics.   There will be a brief training from 8:00-8:15 that day.   It is OK if you cannot help the entire 4 hours, just let us know your availability in your email.  Contact Laure Stroh at Laure_Stroh@roundrockisd.org.


OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...2nd QUARTER, WEEK 7
Math: Students will practice telling time to the half hour. They will be able to identify and explain the minute hand and hour hand. Students will be able to show time to the half hour on both a digital clock and analog clock.

Science: Students will learn about and record weather information, including weather temperature, such as hot or cold, clear or cloudy, calm or windy, and rainy or icy.  Students will also discover that air is all around us and that wind is moving air by constructing and observing windsocks and/or pinwheels.

Language Arts
Reading: This week students will be learning about folktales elements through a well known author, Jan Brett. We will end the week with a “Holidays Around the World” rotation to learn about 5 different holidays from other countries.

Writing: We will continue to work on our fairy tale writing and focus on editing a final piece for publishing.

Balanced Literacy: Students will be finalizing their Aesop’s Fable play and presenting it to their partner class. We will also be doing some fun winter activities!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 5


Important Dates:
·         November 30: Passport to Sommer 5:30 – 8:30
·         December 12: Science Research Night 5:30 – 6:30
·         December 19: Party 10:40 - 11:30
·         December 20 – January 7: Student Winter Break

Library is every Tuesday. Please return books!
Running Club - Mondays and Wednesdays 7:10 – 7:30


Classroom Announcements
Field Trip Permission Slips DUE
Thinkery Permission Slips are due back December 7th.  Please make sure to have both the yellow and green permission slips returned along with $7.  Don’t forget to sign the back of the green permission slip! 

Campus Announcements
Passport to Sommer
Don’t forget, Passport to Sommer is happening tomorrow, Friday November 30th from 5:30 – 8:30.  It is always a fun event where students can learn about different cultures and countries.  There are dances, and food, and the students LOVE experiencing everything. 

Science Fair
It’s that time of the year again!  
Science Fair is right around the corner.  Join us in the library for Science Research Night on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:30-6:30. We will have books, rubrics and some science project examples displayed to help your child get in their scientific mindset.  All grade levels may participate, however, only grades 3-5 will be judged and may progress to the regional fair. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 11 no later than 7:35 am. Students will take projects to their classroom.  Judging will take place on Monday, January 14.
We will need Science Fair Judges on Wednesday, January 14th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.   No science background needed!
Your job will be to talk with students about their science fair project,and fill out simple judging rubrics.   There will be a brief training from 8:00-8:15 that day.   It is OK if you cannot help the entire 4 hours, just let us know your availability in your email.  Contact Laure Stroh at Laure_Stroh@roundrockisd.org.


OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...2nd QUARTER, WEEK 6
Math: We will be working with 2D/3D shapes and examining their properties. Students will be able to identify & distinguish between solid figures that can roll, stack, and/or slide.

Science: We will wrap up our unit on the physical properties of objects in which we observed, compared, described, and sorted the components of soil by size, texture and color, identified and described natural sources of water and how rocks, soil, and water were used to make products.  At the end of the week, we will begin our unit on weather by learning about and recording the relative temperature.

Language Arts
Reading/Writing: We will continue our work with fairy tales and their elements. We will be focusing on Cinderella and the various versions included fractured fairy tales. In writing, students will continue creating their own fairy tale and learning strategies to help them make the story more detailed.

Balanced Literacy: In phonics, the students will be working on recognizing the beginning and ending sounds in words as well as changing those sounds to make new words.
In social studies, the students will be exploring Aesop’s Fables.  They will learn about the lessons that each story teaches as well as make connections, inferences and address any questions they may still have regarding the story.  Each class will be learning one specific Aesop’s Fable to perform in a small skit for the other classes.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 4


Important Dates:
·         November 19 – 23: Thanksgiving Break

Library is every Tuesday. Please return books!
Running Club - Mondays and Wednesdays 7:10 – 7:30


Classroom Announcements
Gracie’s Canned Food Drive
Bring in cans to donate to Gracie’s Canned Food Drive.  There are boxes in the front of the school.  The last day to bring in cans is tomorrow, Friday, November 16th. 


Campus Announcements
Morning Car Rider
PARENTS - MORNING SAFETY CONCERN: Car rider drop-off closes at 7:40 and side doors are locked. PLEASE DRIVE TO THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL TO DROP-OFF YOUR CHILD AFTER 7:40a.m. 


OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...2nd QUARTER, WEEK 5
Math: This week students will work with 2D/3D shapes. Students will describe shapes based on their attributes. Students will also use objects and pictorial models to solve word problems involving joining.

Science: This week students will compare and contrast the properties of soil by size, texture, and color.  We will also identify how rocks, soil, and water are used to make products.

Language Arts
Reading/Writing: This week we will be learning about the elements of fairy tales.  We will be using our depth and complexity icons to identify the fairy tale elements in the stories we read. Students will use the elements to create and write their own fairy tale.

Balanced Literacy: In Social Studies, the students will be presenting their timelines over their holidays.  In phonics, we will be concentrating on hearing and saying the beginning sounds in words as well as rhyming words.