Book Fair this week in the library. First grade's shopping time is from 2:30-3:00 daily. If you would like to join your child to shop, stop by the front office to sign in and they will call our classroom and you can meet your child in the library :)
I am also looking for a Wednesday helper for May. If you're available, please sign up!
End of year testing is beginning! Over the next couple of weeks the kids will take a math and reading test on the computer (which we can then compare to their beginning of the year scores) as well as a one-on-one reading test with me. I am excited to be able to show all of the amazing growth that we have done this year!
I only have 27 days left with my first graders, so we'll need to make it count!!
We could use a few more containers of playdoh for an upcoming landform unit. We especially need blue, green, and brown playdoh. Thank you for being so generous this year with sending in supplies to enrich our learning!
Also, thank you to all of the parents who sent in expo markers. I think we have enough to last through the end of the year. The kids (literally) use them every day in class, so it meant a lot that so many people were able to help out with that!!
Our objectives for the week are:
Math: money - we will sort pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, learn the names and values of each, and practice skip counting by 2's with pennies, 5's with nickels, and 10's with dimes. **I encourage you to give your kiddos small sets of coins (under $1) and let them practice counting the change. If they get the correct answer let them keep it! A fun way to boost math skills :)
Science: animals - investigate how the external characteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats. This week we will look at mammals and how some animals use camouflage. Test on Thursday.
ELA: words with inflectional ending -ing (spelling test on Friday). We will continue working on our board games in class. We will look at digital newspaper articles online (kid friendly).
Social Studies: maps - test on Friday. Important words to know and understand: maps (a flat picture of a place), compass rose (a star shaped tool to help find north, south, east, and west on a map), map key (tells what the symbols on a map stand for), symbols (simple pictures on a map that stand for a thing, place, or area), title (tells what the map is showing you)