News Week 11

October 24- 28

This week we will read and learn all about pumpkins. We will learn the life cycle of a pumpkin along with many other pumpkin facts. On Friday, we will be investigating pumpkins by measuring, carving, and counting seeds. Part of our study will be to pull out the inside (pulp) of the pumpkin. This is REALLY MESSY - it would be a good idea to send an old button up shirt, a "daddy shirt", or an apron for your child to wear over their clothes on this day! We are excited for this fun activity!

Next Monday (on Halloween day), we will be celebrating with some fun fall games and activities. Instead of Halloween costumes, we invite all students to wear their PJs on this day. Please check our ParentSquare post if you would like to volunteer or donate items for this day! 

What Are We Learning This Week:

Sight Words: boy, girl, has, nice, want

Letters:  We have introduced ALL lowercase and uppercase letters and sounds!!  This week you will find a Letter and Sound Review QR Code Practice Activity on Parent Square to download.  Please have your child review all letters and sounds to make sure they can give the letter name and sound within a 3 second count,  remember the vowels make two sounds! Letter and sound fluency assessments will take place this week.  Thank you for your support!

Letter Team:  oy/oi (like in BOY, TOY/COIN).

Word Family:  This week we will be making words with the word families -OP (HOP, COP, SHOP) AND -OY (BOY, TOY, JOY).  Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with the word families.

Reading: We will read many books about pumpkins and Halloween. We will practice all of our reading strategies learned so far.  We will continue to read our paper books and books from our class library. Please remember to bring your book bag to school every day! Unfortunately, students who do not bring their book bag back to school cannot take a book home that day. Thank you for your help in reinforcing this responsibility. 

Writing: We will continue to write three sentences on the same topic, using an uppercase at the beginning of a sentence, finger spaces after each word, and a period at the end.

Math: This week, we will learn all about greater, less than, and equal to. We will learn the symbols for greater, less than, and equal to, and practice writing these equations. We will also continue our fun Halloween math story problems, including addition, subtraction, and comparing (more or less) problems. We are learning to answer these problems using pictures, numbers (5-3=2), and words. Students will continue to work hard on their math goals. 

Leadership: We have now learned and discussed every letter for ROAR! R: Respect, O: Own Your Actions, A: Act Safely, R: Rise to Servant Leadership. We will all practice "roaring" at school and continue to discuss how to be a good leader. Students will continue to fill out their ROAR sheets and receive ROAR tickets. My hope is to build a respectful, responsible, safe classroom of leaders! :)

We will also continue learning about having a GROWTH vs FIXED mindset.  Growth mindset statements sound like this: I can do it,  I will keep trying, I have a good attitude, I word hard even when the work is hard, I will try my best, I did my best work, mistakes help me learn, I persevere when I am frustrated, I can always get better, I like to challenge myself.  Fixed mindset statements sound like this:  This is too hard, I can’t do it, I’m no good at this, I’m afraid of making a mistake, I give up, this isn’t my best work but it’s good enough, I can’t do better.

We are all working hard to have a GROWTH MINDSET in class.