Week of January 11, 2016


1. As discussed, we have implemented a new homework schedule, effective as of January 4th. Homework will continue to be distributed on a weekly basis and checked every Friday. A weekly homework sheet will still be given at the start of each week. However, students will now be asked to write individual sentences for their Spelling words on Mondays and Tuesdays to encourage vocabulary growth and attention to context and syntax. On Wednesdays, students will now be given an opportunity to complete a free-write, where they can compose a short story (3-4 sentences) of their choice, using at least 4 of the week’s Spelling words. Students have routinely practiced each of these activities in class, so they should be able to complete their homework with minimal assistance. If you see your child struggling considerably with the homework beyond the first few weeks of this change, please let me know. Students will also receive a new format for completing Reading Responses on Thursday. (See below for details.)

2. Students will receive a newly-formatted Reading Response sheet for homework assignments on Thursdays. Instead of simply circling a happy or sad face, students will now be asked to evaluate their book or chapter by selecting a specific question to answer each week. Each student will receive a Reading Response Topic List sheet with 10 questions. This list should remain in your child’s folder for continued use throughout the duration of the school year. Each week, students may select one question, indicate the question number in the space provided on the RR worksheet, and answer that question using one or more complete sentences. Students may also choose to respond freely to their book for the RR assignments if they prefer to do that instead, though the use of the sheet is highly recommended to help them prepare for first grade reading skills. Students using the topic sheet should aim to select a different question each week.

THIS WEEK IN K-103. . .

Abraham Lincoln: A Great President, a Great Man. Nonfiction text. Skills to be covered in this unit are: understanding elements of biographical texts, understanding author’s purpose of biographies, identifying and utilizing nonfiction text features to extract and expand information, identifying main idea vs. details, classifying and sorting information, using context clues, using illustrations to make and revise predictions, making and comparing text-to-self connections, and identifying physical and emotional character traits.
Sight Words: again, beginning, middle, end, sequence, biography, question, interview Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: alk, ed

This week, students will continue their study of Unit 3: Biographies. They will use what they’ve learned about biographies to research their selected partner by gathering information about their partner through various mediums, including photographs, interviews, and observations.

Social Studies:

Unit 3: Families
Focus: Families are Different

This week, students will begin working on components of the first grade Math curriculum. They will continue to work in (Book 1A’s) Chapter 1: Working with Numbers to 10. Topics to be included this week are: Writing and comparing sets of objects and identifying and completing number patterns.

Unit 2: All About Energy
Focus: How do people get energy?


January 14 – Class trip to Lincoln Center