Happy May! I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. It has been so glorious having the sun out the past two days. :) Yesterday was a busy day of running errands and appointments. Today is a much slower pace of laundry, cleaning, and relaxing a bit. I'm going to take advantage of this beautiful day and sit out on my deck and read some of my book A Dog's Journey. Hopefully you all get some time to be outside, too! :)
This week proves to be another busy one. First Graders will take STAR Reading and STAR Math tests on Tuesday and Wednesday. I will be assessing students on sentence writing skills and story comprehension skills during reading centers. We will be finishing up Unit 9 in Math and Unit 11 in Fundations. We will take our final Fundations test this Friday. We will begin taking our 12 page "End-of-the-Year" Math test next week. The students will complete two - three pages a day to spread it out. The class continues to participate in our "ABC Countdown." This week's activities include: I Spy, Jersey / Sports Shirt Day, Kindness Day, Lego Day (the kids bring their own legos to made creations), and Memory Day.
Students will keep practicing words with magic / silent / bossy "Ee" at the end of them. We're finishing our chapter book tomorrow and starting a new one on Tuesday, a mystery / comedy / adventure. In Science the kids turn into scientists to create an experiment about wind and how to design an umbrella that won't be whisked away in the wind. We are concluding our "America" Unit in Social Studies this week and next. This week we will learn about voting.
Thanks for reading with the kids at least 20 - 30 minutes a day and practicing their writing and math skills at home, as well. It really helps them to gain more experiences at home and school! :) If the kids also want to practice skills on your home computers: They can read / listen to / take tests on stories on "RAZ Kids," practice skills on "STAR Fall, " play games that practice learning skills on "ABC Ya," work on skills across the curriculum on "Brainpop Jr.," practice reading / writing skills on "ABC Mouse," and work on their IXL skills. Since we will have completed all of our Math Units this week and we are just reviewing what we have learned this year, students can work on all of their First Grade Math IXL lessons up to 100% at home to give them extra experience and practice.
I hope you all have an amazing week! Mrs. Z