Week of February 6-10
Last week we read the story “Snowballs” by Lois Elhert. We discussed the events in the story. We also talked about the different materials that were used in the story to create the snow people. On Thursday, everyone made their own snow creature. All of them turned out really nice and they are hung out in the hallway so everyone can enjoy them. On Friday, the students wrote about their snow creature. Since the snow creatures are out in the hall, they will not be sent home for a while, but encourage your child to talk about what he/she made and the materials he/she used. The writing about the snow creatures will be sent home soon. Thank you for the craft material donations—everything that was sent in was set out for the students to use. In writing, the students created another how to book. We are focusing on writing at least the beginning and ending sounds in words as well as rereading what is written to make sure it makes sense. You can have your child create his/her own how to book at home.
In math, we finished up the first fraction unit. The students played several games where they had to make cookies out of play-doh then divide it according to the spinner (in halves, fourths or wholes). On Friday they played build a cookie, where the students raced against a partner to build five cookies using halves and fourths. Please remember that the focus of this unit is for students to understand that fractions are made of equal parts and that halves are two equal parts and fourths are four equal parts. The students have been exposed to what written fractions look like, but that is a skill they will work on next year. Please continue to practice counting to 100 by ones, fives and tens at home as well as identifying coins at home.
In social studies the students continued to learn about Abraham Lincoln. They learned that he was the sixteenth president and that he was president during the American Civil War. The students also learned that he ended slavery in the United States. They were very excited to learn that several major battles of the Civil War were fought in this area and we talked about the Manassas battlefield park. That would be a great place to introduce your child to local history and get them excited about Virginia history. The directions and flag template were sent home on Friday. Your child can bring their flag to school any time this week (they are due on Friday February 17). Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the project. In past years, the students were excited to share their flags with the class and finding the country on the large classroom map.
Other Important Information
Please send in a set of spare clothes for your child to keep in his/her cubby in case of a bad spill at lunch, a bathroom accident or other incidences. Please tell your child to put the clothes in to their cubbies (I do not normally go through student backpacks).
Please remember to go through and return your child's blue folder to school every day. Please put any notes, lunch money or anything you want me to see in the blue folder (I do not check backpacks).
- Monday February 13: 100th day of school
- Tuesday February 14: Valentine’s Day
- Friday February 17: Family Dance 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
- Monday February 20: President’s Day (no school)
If you would like to email me, my email address is SpainSE@pwcs.edu