Friday, November 20, 2015

Week of November 30 - December 4

Week of November 30-December 4th

Here’s a peek at next week:

Spelling words: snack, street, throat, shin, strong, 

poles, sprain, north, bright, shine

Phonics- review from past weeks

Reading: Daily 5 implementation with emphasis on asking and answering questions about details in texts.(Compare/Contrast)We will be reading gingerbread stories and applying reading comprehension strategies.(Looking at non fiction texts and identifying text features) We will also discuss and identify story elements.

L.Arts: Fix it upSentence correction (capitalization, punctuation, does my sentence make sense, plural/possessive noun, personal pronouns) How can I use a dictionary and or thesaurus?

Writing Workshop: Working on teaching booklets about things we are 'experts' at. We teach with our pictures by adding details, labels and words. We will make sure our table of contents matches our book.

Math:Review adding and subtracting strategies. Introduce geometry... what are attributes? How can I identify a shape? What are fractions?

Social Studies: Who was Harriet Tubman? What did she have to do with the Underground Railroad? Who was George Washington Carver? Why do we study him? What did Theodore Roosevelt do for the United States?

1.Study spelling words! (Try out Spelling City) 
2. Reading Passage: Identify Main Idea and Supporting Details
3.  2D Shape Hunt
4.  READ!!!!

We will be taking the Reading MAP test on Monday, November 30 at 8:00 AM.  We hope to see the students' scores improve from when we took the MAP in August. 
***Please make sure your child comes to school well-rested. A healthy breakfast also helps!
We will take the Math MAP test on Monday, December 7 at 8:00 AM. 

We are going on a Field Trip!!!

When: December 4th from 8 to 11
Where: The Oconee County Civic Center
Who: All of first grade
What: To see the "Nutcracker" performance. 
Cost: $ 7 per student

                                It's Secret Santa Time!  
If you would like to help with this year's Secret Santa, please use this Secret Santa Survey Link to complete a short survey.  Mrs. Porter will contact you about how you would like to help.
You can help by:
  • Purchasing a specific gift or gifts from a child's wish list (anywhere from $10 - $200).
  • Making a financial contribution to Secret Santa.
  • Volunteering your time to organize the Secret Santa boxes and items.
  • Volunteering your time to shop with donated money.
  • Volunteering your time to write follow-up thank you notes.

Speak Up Survey

Rocky Branch Elementary School would love to have ALL parents and students complete this survey about our school. 

Thank you for taking the time to participate! :) 

At Rocky Branch our focus is on finding solutions to our problems. We have been learning some techniques ( Ignore it, talk it over respectfully with the person, try to agree on a win-win solution or get help from the teacher) We are working to be problem solvers by using the wheel of choice that we created as a class and to share our thoughts with each other during class meetings. We have created bonds by sharing strategies that have worked in the past. :)



Please have your child participate in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program by reading and recording 6 hours of reading.  Once they have completed and documented their reading, please have them return the completed form to me.  The deadline to submit your reading log is Friday, February 19.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  You can print out the forms below by clicking on the link.

Parent Letter (Print Out)

Changes in Transportation
Please use attached forms for changes in transportation. 

Snack Reminders
-Please send a healthy snack {low in sugar} to school with your child every day.
-Due to having 5 minutes for snack time, please send in only one snack.
-Please only send a small water bottle for your child to have with his/her snack.

Upcoming Events
11/23 - 11/27 Thanksgiving Break-- No School!! :)

12/4 - Field Trip 8:00-11:00

12/10 - 5th Grade Musical

12/18 - End of 2nd 9 Weeks

Have a great Thanksgiving!!

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