Friday, September 20, 2019


Important Dates and Reminders:

- Students need to bring a water bottle with name on a daily basis for proper hydration
- Friday September 27 - Half Day / Movie Night on the field
- Thursday October 10th - Egypt Party
- Friday October 11th - Half Day / Early dismissal
- October 14 to 22 - Fall Break / No School
- October 21 and 22 - Mandatory Parent/Teacher Conferences (SignUp coming soon!)

Our first field trip is scheduled for Tuesday November 26th, we will be going to the Phoenix Zoo! Student and chaperone registration will be available starting today 10/2 at 7:00pm. Please use the following link-, to register your child and sign up as a chaperone. All students need to be registered in order to attend. We will announce more details of the field trip as it draws near! 

Reading: We are reading Frog and Toad series.

Reading bags and Volunteers: Thank you for reading and practicing sight words with your child every night and a big thank you to our many parent volunteers for reading with students at school. There are still many slots available. Volunteer SignUp Links are located on blog just below “Volunteer Opportunities”.

Math This week we practiced subtraction equations. In class, we discussed subtraction stories and word problems to find the missing part. We are practicing with number bonds to find the missing part. 

History: This week, we continued studying about Mesopotamia, learning about King Hammurabith and the Cuneiform Alphabet. Students were surprised to learn about the unfair laws of King Hammurabi and were able to create laws that were fair and just that they felt were important. We wrote our names using cuneiform symbols, understanding how challenging it could be writing with symbols instead of letters.

Science:  We reviewed different tree types, compared different trees and their characteristics. Students learned where the Sequoia National Forest is on the US map. We created a foldable with different types of trees. This week we talked about Desert Habitats and the living and non living things that are part of this habitat. We created our first Animal Report, the Gila Monster. Ask your child about this amazing animal who lives in the desert!

Literature: We are reading Tom Thumb Stories from Around the World. This week we identified and discussed  the story elements for Thumbelina. Students are creating a map documenting the country of origin for each story. They are comparing characters and story elements on a chart. We are making a book of the projects and papers from the unit.

If you have a Smart phone you can download Apps for Spalding and Rocket Math for extra practice. The links have been posted and you can find them on the right hand column of the blog. 

Have a wonderful weekend

1st Grade Teachers.