Thursday, December 3, 2015

Week of December 7-11, 2015

                        Here’s a peek at next week:

Spelling words: NO SPELLING THIS WEEK!!

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 Moostletoe and Grinch stories and applying reading comprehension strategies.(Looking at non fiction texts and identifying text features) We will also discuss and identify story elements.  I will be working to assess kids one-on-one in reading during the 3 weeks before the holiday break. More leveled readers will be sent home after the break.  Please keep reading  Raz Kids, Headsprouts, and other books at home!

L.Arts: Fix it upSentence correction (capitalization, punctuation, does my sentence make sense, plural/possessive noun, personal pronouns) How can I use conjunctions (FANBOY) and recognize nouns vs. verbs?

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. We are publishing our teaching books to share with one another. 

Math:Reviewing 2D shapes and learning about 3D shapes. How are they alike and how are they different? What are defining attributes and non defining attributes of shapes?

Science: Creating Snow Machines out of Legos. What will I need on my machine to move the most snow? How can I improve my idea?

1. Practice your Sight Word List
2.Reading Passage Identifying the Main Idea of the Passage
3.Math 3D Shape Hunt
4.READ! :)
We will take our final Measures of Academic Progress Assessment on Monday at 8:00 am. The questions will be in reference to math standards. We will be in the computer lab at 8:00 am to begin the test. Thank you for having your student here and ready by that time. :) 

Kindness is the focus for our PBL projects this year in first grade. We will be talking about what we can do as 1st grades to make a difference in our school, community and world by sharing kindness with others. More information on this project to come. Thank  you in advance for any help you can offer. 

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! :) 


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. 
Upcoming Events

12/10 - 5th Grade Musical

12/11 - Grinch Day: Have your child dress in their Grinchiest Clothing for a fun-filled celebration

12/17 - Polar Express Day: Your child is free to bring in a blanket/towel to lie on during the movie and a small stuffed animal (everything must fit inside of their book bag)

12/18 -  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: End of 2nd 9 Weeks; We will have a class celebration from 1:30 - 2:20.  Greer Wells will be coordinating this small celebration.  Remember that if you would like to help out, you must be volunteer trained. 

1/5- Welcome BACK!

1/8- Report Cards Go Home

1/18- Student Holiday ( MLK Holiday)

Have a great weekend!!

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