Friday, September 16, 2011

Spotlight on Learning for the week of September 19-23

Reading/Language Arts:   We will continue learning that sentences are made of separate words and that we need to know the difference between letters, words, and sentences.  We will continue tracking text from left to right.  We are beginning to understand that capital letters are always at the beginning of sentences and punctuation marks at the end. This week will will also learn the how print and pictures can inform, entertain, and persuade.
We have begun guided reading with the students who are ready to read.

Here is a little song I made up to help with letter, word, sentence

(Sung to the tune of "Where is Thumbkin?")
Letters, words, sentences
Letters, words, sentences

One letter is just a letter (hold your fingers close together)
One letter is just a letter

Letters together make words (hold your fingers a little farther apart)
Letters together make words

Words together make sentences (hold your finger wide apart)
Words together make sentences

Letters and Sounds: Rr, Ll

Rhyming and non rhyming words: We are learning that rhyming words have the same middle and ending sounds. (Ex: bat-cat, house-mouse, can-man)

Writing:  We will continue learning to draw pictures, add details, and make our picture match what we say.  This week we will begin working on writing words to describe our drawing, writing from left to right, and using spacing between words. 

Sight Words: like, likes, and, are

Math: For the next two weeks, will learn all about shapes.  We will be learning to identify and compare the following 2-D and 3-D shapes:  circle, triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, hexagon, pentagon, trapezoid, cube, sphere, cone, and cylinder.  We will look for them in the environment, compare the number of sides and angles, how they move, how they can be combined to make other shapes, and if they are flat or solid.  We will also learn that four sided shapes are called quadrilaterals.

Important Information and things to review:
Check information and behavior calendar each night and initial
Try to complete at least three homework activities each week
Review the numerals 0-30
Review all the Letters and sounds we have learned so far: Bb, Aa, Tt, Pp, Ss, Mm, Oo, Cc
Review sight words each night
Send a small snack for snack time
Wear athletic shoes to school.  Your child may change shoes after PE.
Review classroom rules and expected behavior

Important Dates:
Curriculum Night September 27th, 6:00-7:30

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