Sunday, May 6, 2018

Wk 35 May 6th - 10th

Dear parents, thank you for taking the time to read our weekly news. We just had a super fun short week filled with experiments that we conducted during Science and also Writing!; and we also had the amazing talent show. It's hard to believe that we only have 4 and a half weeks left of school!

From the Curriculum Corner

Reading Workshop: Reading About Science Topics

The Essential Questions are:
1) How can I learn about Science through reading?
2) How do different texts help me to get information about the same topic?
3) How can I become and expert about a Science topic?

This week our Science readers will continue to learn how to dig deeper into their nonfiction books, by using all the features to learn more about different topics. They will learn how to pay attention to and collect new vocabulary words that they find in their texts, and they will be stopping and jotting in preparation to the partner work that they will be doing next week.

Writing Workshop: Writing about Science

The Essential Question is: How can I write like a scientist to inform my reader?

This week, our first grade Science writers will develop one good question that will help them find more, such as: if we change this ingredient or the amount, would it change the outcome of our experiment?. Writers will also decide one question to focus on, and use it to write a How-to book using steps to show others how to conduct an experiment. By Tuesday, students will be collaborating with partners to select, plan and write a proposal for an experiment that they will be conducting by the end of the week.

Math: Place Value, Comparison, Plus and Minus to 100

The Essential Questions are:

1) What are efficient ways to count?
2) How does counting by tens and ones help you count larger numbers?
3) What is place value?
4) How does a digit's position affect it's value?
5) How can numbers be expressed and compared?
6) In what ways can numbers be composed and decomposed?

First grade mathematicians will begin the week by adding on to the new strategy that they learned last week (vertical alignment addition with quick tens and five-group drawings), and they will learn how toadd a pair of two-digit numbers and to record the new ten below. By midweek they will start solving additions with varied sums in the ones place by applying all the strategies they have learned so far, and they will compare the results of different recording methods.

Science: Matter Manipulations - Solids and Liquids

The Essential Question is: How and why do scientists change matter?

Since last week we have been scientists during Science and Writing!. This week during Science the question will be: What will happen when we heat and freeze cookie dough?. Students will work with a partner to make cookie dough following the scientific method and they will stop and predict before each step and record conclusions and observations.

Circle Solutions

1C will continue to discuss friendship and cooperation. We will be thinking about what a friend sounds like and the kinds of words friends use. We will also be thinking about how our decisions and actions affect others.

1M This week in 1M we will be working on empathy and connection. We will talk about how we've been together all year and we have gotten to know each other well, but there are always more things we can learn about each other to remember each other's strengths.

1S This week in 1S we will focus on empathy and friendship. We will talk about different situations that can happen both inside and outside the classroom that can cause frustration and how to handle these situations in an empathetic and compassionate way. Students will have opportunity to think about how their actions affect others.

From the Library:

We are getting ready for our annual book sale, this year from May 8 to 10. We welcome donations of used books for all ages in a saleable condition. This is a good time for departing families to dispose of books before packing. There is a donation box at the front gate. We will accept books until May 7. Clean out your bookcases to refresh your home book collections!

May 8-10th. -    Used Book Sale starting at 2pm on May 8th.
May 15th -   Last day for check out
May 22nd. - All books are due
May 29th -   Summer check out starts

If you have any other questions or concerns about this week, please don't hesitate to contact your classroom teacher.

Your Partners in Learning,

Taryn Carr (
Gaby Morales (
Charlie Saunders (

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