A Peek at Week 20

A Peek at Week 20

Note: We are collecting flashlights to use with our light and sound unit. Please label one and send it to school. Let me know if you don’t have one for your child to use. Thanks!

Devotions and Prayer – This month we are focusing on prayer and will be learning some different prayers that we can say and sing together.

Bible – This week we will be reading the stories of Gideon – one of the Judges who lead Israel.  Highlights of this unit include: God showed mercy to his covenant-sending judges to deliver his people. The Israelites returned to a cycle of disobedience after the death of each judge. Ruth, a Moabite, came to Israel with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth and Boaz shared a selfless love, and Ruth, a foreigner, became an important member of God’s special people. God made Naomi’s bitter and empty life sweet and full again.

Math – We continue working on place value – specifically the concept of tens and ones. Big objectives include: read, write and represent 2 digit numbers, compare two-digit numbers, add tens and ones, use strategies to add within 20, solve story problems.

Phonics – This week we will continue practicing our new sight words – moving on to introduce list 10! If your child is still working on earlier lists, please consider setting aside extra time at home to continue practicing the words together. We do a lot of work on them at school as well and partnering at home can make a big difference! We’ll also begin doing work on long vowel patterns.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll continue asking questions while we read. Our goals are to: use images and words to gain understanding, ask questions when you read, listen and view, understand why some questions are answered and some are not, and find questions to expand our thinking.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on. Our focus this week will be on writing comparisons to teach, on writing conclusions, and using craft moves like speech bubbles and bold words. We are coming close to the end of this unit so students will also be choosing one book to revise and clean up.

Social Studies/Science – We continue working on our light and sound unit this week. Here are some highlights of this unit: Sounds are made when something vibrates. Sounds can be loud or soft, and high or low. We use sound and light to communicate. A shadow is made when something blocks the light.

Dates to Note:

Monday, January 20 – Half day of school, 12:10 dismissal. **No GRPS bussing that day**. GRCS buses will run as usual.  There will be no after school car-line. K-4 Students must be picked up from the gym after school.

MAP testing (winter session) is this month – our class’ times are Thursday, January 16 and Thursday, January 23 both at 1:00 PM.

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