Welcome to First Grade!

Meet The Teacher:

 

Welcome! My name is Kim Kras, and I am so excited to be your child's first grade teacher this year!

 

I graduated from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and I taught second grade for six years there. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to move to Texas with my husband (Mr. Kras), our sweet boy (Shawn), and two dogs (Sable and Artex). We have also recently acquired a cute bird (Sky - yes, that's from Paw Patrol!). This is my fourth year teaching in Tomball, and I am so excited to be at Rosehill this year! 

 

My goal is to help your child achieve success through fun, rigorous and relevant experiences! I believe working together as a team will help your child be successful!

Please do not hesitate to contact me:

kimberlykras@tomballisd.net

281-357-3075.

            

This is going to be an amazing year! 

 

Your Excited Teacher,

Mrs. Kras

 

Facts and Favorites:

  • Birthday-November 29th
  • Favorite Color-Blue
  • Favorite Restaurants-Chick Fil-A, Chuy’s, Olive Garden
  • Favorite Places to Shop-Target, Hobby Lobby, Amazon 
  • Favorite Drink- Starbucks, Cherry-Vanilla Coke
  • Favorite Sweet-Anything milk chocolate
 

Posts

Weekly Update 5/17

Can you believe we are down to single digit days of school left for 2020-2021? I want to congratulate 3rd and 4th Grade on their hard work on STAAR Testing last week! I also want to thank my class for a job well done without technology for 2 entire days! I hope they enjoyed their Flashlight Buddy Reading, Blacklight Math Party and Floor is Lava Coin Review! A big thank you to Coach Tripp and her team for putting together the best Field Day ever! We had a blast! 


Important Information:

~ Please know that your child can complete Lexia and Raz-Kids at home this summer! We are working on a summer challenge to keep them engaged throughout the summer! Please keep an eye on your email for more information!  


~I am continuing to challenge my students to read and take quizzes for 3 books on Raz-Kids and complete their goal minutes in Lexia! (Even with 2 days of no technology, 8 students completed their Lexia minutes! I also had 9 students read and take quizzes for at least 3 or more books. A shout-out to Ari and Sklyer who read 5 books. The majority of the 9 students completed 4 books: Audriana, Gemma, Jase, Lane, and Xander!)



Important Dates


  • 5/18 Tues - Math Test (Money) 
  • 5/19 Wed - (2:00) - “Investigating Life Cycles” Presentation!
  • 5/19-5/20 Wed&Thurs - End-of-Year Math Benchmark (Please be sure your child is present, unless absolutely necessary)
  • 5/20 Thurs - Grades Due for Report Cards! 
  • 5/20 Thrus - Spirit Day - Rancho Grande in Tomball (20% of sales will be donated to Rosehill!) - Remember to mention Rosehill for credit. 

A Look into the Future: 

  • 5/27 Thurs - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! (FULL DAY!) 


What We Are Learning This Week:

 -Reading: Reading Recovery with Phonemic Awareness; Reading Level Testing 

    • Things you can do at home: 
  • READ, READ, READ!!!!
    • Read and TALK about books. 
    • Review PLOT: Main Character, Setting (Where), Problem or Conflict, Solution or Resolution.
    • Review Main Idea and Details in non-fiction books.
  • Click me ---> Sight Word Slide Show
  • Lexia on Clever 
  • Raz-Kids (on a smartphone or IPad please download Raz-Kids App) (CHALLENGE - listen, read, and take quizzes for 3 or more books on Raz-Kids.)
    • Click Kids’ Login
    • Teacher Username: kkras2
    • Username: find lunch number
    • Password: (2 pictures)
      • Boys: rocketship and truck
      • Girls: cat and strawberry 

 

-Word Work: Contractions (such as can’t - cannot; it’s - it is) 


-Grammar: Punctuation

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Notice punctuation in books. 
    • Write sentences and edit for punctuation. 

-Writing: Animal Research  (in pairs)

  • Things you can do at home:
    • Read nonfiction books about animals on PebbleGo, Epic, or books from home. 
    • Discuss the research procedure - brainstorm the subject for research, ask questions that you wonder about, discuss how to look up information to answer your questions. 

-Math: Money - Counting collections of coins **Benchmark Math Test Wed and Thurs - Please be sure your child is present to take this test. 

Vocabulary: cent, cent symbol, coins, heads, tails, penny, nickel, dime, quarter, value, symbol, skip count, spend, save, charity, charitable giving, twos, fives, tens, income, money earned, goods, services, needs, wants



  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Look at coins and quiz your child on the names and value of each coin. 
    • Count a collection of coins. 
    • Give your child some coins. Tell them that they want to buy something for ____ cents. Have your child count the coins and then tell you if they have enough or not! 
    • ABC Ya Games: 

-Science: Animal Life Cycles 

Vocabulary: life cycle, stage, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, egg, chicken/chick, hen, rooster, tadpole, froglet, frog, adult, young, resemble, trait, parent, baby, compare, animals, observe, record, colorations, patterns


  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Animal Life Cycle Projects/Crafts


-Social Studies: Goods and Services

Vocabulary: need, want, good, service, saving, spending, charitable giving/donating, income, earn, afford

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Read about goods and services  
      • PebbleGo: (Username: rosehill; Password: school)                 Goods and Services
    • Talk about needs and wants. 
    • Have your child point out needs and wants: 
      • At the store
      • In a magazine - cut out pics and make a collage 
    • When you are out running errands with your child, ask if you are purchasing a good or service. 

Your child’s future starts with you! Thanks for all of your help and support from home! PLEASE let me know if you have any questions! Be safe and let’s have a great week! 


 




Weekly Update 5/10

Good morning, Families!    


First of all, I want to say “Happy Mother’s Day!” I hope all my moms have a wonderful day! (Side Note: One year, I totally messed up one class’s coasters using a sealant, so I did not seal them this year. If you are going to use your present as a coaster, you may want to seal it, if you know how!) 


Three more Mondays of school! As I think about this, I am happy and sad at the same time! I am so happy to have seen our children grow academically so much this year...even amid this crazy pandemic! They are almost Second Grade!!! I am sad, because I will miss seeing them everyday in class next year. But, I hope they will at least come say hi once in a while! :)


Important Information:

~ Thanks to everyone for spoiling me this week! I absolutely appreciate it! I couldn’t have felt more loved!


~ Please send a flashlight and beach towel to school with your child on Tuesday for some fun activities on Tuesday and Wednesday! Thanks! 


~ As our year is coming to an end, I am noticing a major increase in talking during inappropriate times. Please have a conversation with your child about inappropriate talking during class. Thanks for your help and support from home. 


~ We are working on our End-of-Year testing for Reading and Math. Please be sure you and your child are reading EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, even if it is just 10-15 minutes! You can read Raz-Kids, books from home, library books, magazines, etc. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE … READ, READ, READ!!!!!!


~ Please know that your child can complete Lexia and Raz-Kids at home, too! I am continuing to challenge my students to read and take quizzes for 3 books on Raz-Kids and complete their goal minutes in Lexia! I only had 4 students listen, read, and take the quizzes for three or MORE books! (A shout-out to Dirks who read, listened to, and took quizzes for 9 books! Tinsley was a close second with 7 books!) Also, ALMOST ALL students completed their Goal Minutes for Lexia!!  


~ Field Day is coming up! Field Day is Friday, May 14th. We have class shirts this year! Here are a few reminders:

  • Please dress your child in sports shorts and tennis shoes! (Tennis shoes are a requirement.) 
  • Please apply sunscreen before sending your child to school. They are not allowed to bring and apply sunscreen at school. (They may bring sunglasses and hats, but they must keep up with them.) 
  • Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, parents are not allowed on campus. I hope this will be different next year! I am planning on taking pictures to share with you! Please let me know if you do not want your child photographed. Again, these will be sent to you, not put on social media. 

Important Dates


  • 5/11 Tues - Please send a beach towel and flashlight for some fun activities on Tuesday and Wednesday. 
  • 5/11 Tues - STAAR TESTING for 3rd and 4th Grade. Quiet noise levels expected. 
  • 5/12 Wed - STAAR TESTING for 3rd and 4th Grade. Quiet noise levels expected. 
  • 5/14 Fri - FIELD DAY! (Please see email from PE Coach and also important information for some more info about Field Day!)
  • 5/14 Fri - Spelling Test - Long u (ui - fruit; ue - blue) 
  • 5/14 Fri - Science Test - Animals and Their Environment (Habitats; Needs/Wants; Food Chain) 


What We Are Learning This Week:

 -Reading: Reading Recovery with Phonemic Awareness; Reading Level Testing 

    • Things you can do at home: 
  • READ, READ, READ!!!!
    • Read and TALK about books. 
    • Review PLOT: Main Character, Setting (Where), Problem or Conflict, Solution or Resolution.
    • Review Main Idea and Details in non-fiction books.
  • Click me ---> Sight Word Slide Show
  • Lexia on Clever 
  • Raz-Kids (on a smartphone or IPad please download Raz-Kids App) (CHALLENGE - listen, read, and take quizzes for 3 or more books on Raz-Kids.)
    • Click Kids’ Login
    • Teacher Username: kkras2
    • Username: find lunch number
    • Password: (2 pictures)
      • Boys: rocketship and truck
      • Girls: cat and strawberry 

 

-Word Work: Vowel Teams:  Long u (ui-juice; ue - glue)

Sight Words for this week (our, more, very)


-Grammar: Capital letters at the start of sentences, for the word “I,” and for proper nouns.  

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Notice capitalization in books. 
    • Write sentences and edit for capitalization. 
    • Write capital letters to practice. 

-Writing: Animal Research  

  • Things you can do at home:
    • Read nonfiction books about animals on PebbleGo, Epic, or books from home. 
    • Discuss the research procedure - brainstorm the subject for research, ask questions that you wonder about, discuss how to look up information to answer your questions. 

-Math: Money - Counting collections of coins

Vocabulary: cent, cent symbol, coins, heads, tails, penny, nickel, dime, quarter, value, symbol, skip count, spend, save, charity, charitable giving, twos, fives, tens, income, money earned, goods, services, needs, wants



  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Look at coins and quiz your child on the names and value of each coin. 
    • Count a collection of coins. 
    • Give your child some coins. Tell them that they want to buy something for ____ cents. Have your child count the coins and then tell you if they have enough or not! 
    • ABC Ya Games: 

-Science: Animal Interactions in Environments - focus on food chains. 

Vocabulary: interdependence, relationship, food chain, terrariums, aquariums, caregiver, shelter, energy, organism, dependent, interactions, depend, habitat, environment, survive/survival, analyze, record, evidence, transfer, plants, animals, sun, producer, consumer, living, nonliving


  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Go to the zoo - notice the animals’ homes. 
    • Go to a farm - notice what the animals need on the farm. 
    • PebbleGo: Animal Habitats
    • Talk about animals and their habitats: What do animals need from their habitat, or environment, to survive? 
    • Build a Food Chain 

-Social Studies: Goods and Services

Vocabulary: need, want, good, service, saving, spending, charitable giving/donating, income, earn, afford

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Read about goods and services  
      • PebbleGo: (Username: rosehill; Password: school)                 Goods and Services
    • Talk about needs and wants. 
    • Have your child point out needs and wants: 
      • At the store
      • In a magazine - cut out pics and make a collage 
    • When you are out running errands with your child, ask if you are purchasing a good or service. 

Your child’s future starts with you! Thanks for all of your help and support from home! PLEASE let me know if you have any questions! Be safe and let’s have a great week! 


Thanks, 

Mrs. Kras  




Week of 2/15

Important Information:

~We will be using Schoology for our Virtual Day on Tuesday, Feb. 16. 

~Your child has a 4 page packet inside their Valentine’s Day bag from Friday that will go with the Slideshow on Schoology. If you cannot find this packet, it is also attached to the bottom of the Schoology assignment for the day. 

~Also, your child has his/her badge to login to Clever. However, I have provided the login information below, just in case the badge does not work. (I have no idea how the badges work at home!)

~Upload any videos/work completed AND/OR send written work back to school when we return, for attendance verification purposes

~The slideshow includes recommended times for each subject. However, students may finish faster than the recommended time, because there are no transition times or class discussions at home. You may allow your child to finish their day early OR give them breaks to play between subjects. Slide 4 of the slideshow includes optional activities for early finishers. (I recommend clicking quickly through the slides in the morning, so you know what to expect throughout the day!)


~Here is a How-To Video to get you started with Schoology and the attached Slideshow: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GlUQOVSmPVzRNywtYrqWkdQUYd9m2KJ5/view 


Clever: www.clever.com 

Username: StudentID@elem.tomballschools.net

Password: tisdxxxxxxxx (x’s are the 8 digit birthdate xx/xx/xxxx) 

(Classlink login info is the same, except the username is just the studentID.)

*I suggest saving the username and password if it is a personal computer. 

 

~PLEASE don’t hesitate to contact me if you have ANY questions! (REMIND works best, but you can also e-mail!)


~Thank you for those that have already subscribed to my REMIND! If you have not, it’s not too late! REMIND is an app on your phone that puts us in communication with each other. It works like texting. To sign up for my REMIND: 

Send a text to this number: 81010 

Text this message: @h7f2f6. 


~I want to thank everyone who donated supplies to our classroom! You are greatly appreciated!!!

Important Dates

2/15 Mon - President’s Day! No School! 

2/16 Tues - Virtual Day: School will be completed virtually at home with Schoology. (asynchronously - no live meetings)

2/19 Fri - Library Day (Hopefully!)

Upon Return to School: Science Test (Natural Resources - Soil, Rocks, and Water)

*Keep an eye out for updates from TISD. 


A Look into the Future:

2/22 Mon - 100th Day of School: Students are invited to dress up like 100-Year Olds! 


What We Are Learning This Week:

 -Reading: Nonfiction - Procedural (How-To) Texts 

Vocabulary: Nonfiction, procedural, materials/ingredients, chronological order, first, then, last, description 

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • I love all of the procedural texts that came to school with your children. Thanks for helping your child learn from home in a fun way!
    • Have your child cook with you. Read and follow a recipe. Point out that it is a procedural or how-to text. 
    • Build a lego set with your child. Follow the instructions. Point out that it is a procedural or how-to text. 

-Word Work: Bossy -r Words review (Test on -or, such as for, cord, storm)

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Find Bossy R words in books as you read together.
    • Practice spelling Bossy -r words with er, ir, or. You can have your child write words in crayons, with shaving cream on a pie tin, build words with playdoh, etc. 
    • Look up Bossy R songs on YouTube. Then, sing and dance with your child. 

-Grammar: Adjectives: Words that describe nouns. (Example: big cat; red car) 

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Read books with your child. Point out adjectives. 
    • Play I-Spy using adjectives! (I spy a little, round, blue object…) 
    • Have your child describe their toys using adjectives. 

-Writing: Procedural Writing.  

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Build something with Legos or blocks. Then, help your child write out the steps it took to build it. 
    • Have your child write the steps it takes to play their favorite game.  

-Math: Geometry, with a focus on 2-dimensional shapes

Vocabulary: Attribute, circle, cone, congruent faces, cube, curved side, cylinder, edges, equal parts, face(s), four fair shares, flat, fourth(s), half/ halves, hexagon, irregular, polygon, quadrilateral, rectangle, rectangular prism, regular, rhombus, round, shape(s), side(s), sphere, square, straight, three- dimensional solid, two-dimensional solid, triangle, triangular prism, two fair shares, vertex/vertice, whole


  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Go on a scavenger hunt to find shapes in and around your house.
    • Draw shapes. Build shapes.  
    • If you have blocks, put them together to create new shapes. 

-Science: Natural Resources (Test on Wednesday) / Sources of Water

Natural Resources: rocks, soil, water, natural resource, rock, hand lens, physical properties, texture, smooth, rough, mass, color, soil, sand, conservation, reduce, reuse, recycle, observe, describe, compare, sort, components, size, living, nonliving, materials, humus, clay

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Find a rock outside. Describe it by texture (how it feels), color, size
    • Sort Legos into color, size, and shape.
    • Compete! Give each player a piece of paper. Write down ways we use rock and soil. Then, water. See who can make up the longest list. 

Sources of Water: freshwater, salt water, ocean, lake, river, stream, pond, glacier, surface water, groundwater, natural water source, substance, body of water, natural resource, physical properties, color, identify, describe

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Draw different sources of water
    • Visit different sources of water: stream, river, pond, lake, ocean
    • Complete freshwater and saltwater activities  

-Social Studies: Map Skills 

Vocabulary: location, map, globe, title, legend/key, symbols, label, compass rose, cardinal directions, north, south, east, west

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Pebble Go (Username: rosehill; password: school)
      • Search ‘maps’ and several books will pop up 
        • Read the books
        • Talk about main idea and details about each one
        • Notice how these books are the same and different 
      • Look at an Atlas or Google Earth
      • Let your child be your navigator in the car using Maps on your phone. 
      • Draw a map of your house/neighborhood with your child.

Week of 1/25

Important Information:

 *PLEASE remember to send water bottles filled with water every day. They are not allowed to use the water fountain at school to drink from. There is a stand up water fountain that they can use to FILL their water bottles. It is important that they have a water bottle so that they can drink water during the day. 


**Please remember to send Library Books to school on Monday! The best policy would be to just put their books back in their backpack every night after reading. They have time during the school day to read their library books, as well. 


***Please remember to read at night and fill out the Reading Log! It is recommended that students use Lexia: Core 5 at least 20 minutes 2X a week. I also highly recommend reading on Level Up in Raz-Kids. 


****Thank you for those that have already subscribed to my REMIND! If you have not, it’s not too late! REMIND is an app on your phone that puts us in communication with each other. It works like texting. To sign up for my REMIND: 

Send a text to this number: 81010 

Text this message: @h7f2f6. 

-Even if you were in my Virtual Class, please resubscribe to this group, so you don’t miss important information from me! Thanks so much! 




Important Dates

1/25 Mon - LIBRARY DAY! Please remember to send library books to school on Monday! 

1/26 Tues - Science Test on Objects in the Sky, including the sun, moon, stars, and clouds. 

1/29 Fri - Reading Test on Text Features (understanding the text features in nonfiction books and how we use them) Example: Point to the title of the book. How does the title help us understand what the author is going to write about? Titles help us _______. 

Other Text Features to know: Title, Heading, Table of Contents, Glossary, Index, Photograph, Caption, Illustration, Label, Map, Timeline

1/29 Fri - Social Studies Test on Past, Present, and Future (Calendar vs. Timeline, Past, Present, Future, Cause and Effect)



What We Are Learning This Week:

 -Reading: Nonfiction - Informational Texts with a focus on text features and why authors include them in the nonfiction book. (How they help us understand the text.)

Vocabulary: Nonfiction, Informational Texts, Text Features, Title, Table of Contents, Heading, Photograph, Caption, Labels, Bold Print, Graph, Diagram, Index, Glossary, Fact, Opinion 

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Point out text features in nonfiction books. 
    • Talk about why the author included these text features in the book. 
      • Ex: The author included this picture to show you what he wrote about _____. The author included the caption to tell you more about this picture. 

-Word Work: Bossy -r Words with -er (Ex:herd, fern, her, river, serve, under) 

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Find Bossy R words in books as you read together.
    • Practice spelling Bossy -r words with er, ar and ir. You can have your child write words in crayons, with shaving cream on a pie tin, build words with playdoh, etc. 

-Grammar: Pronouns that take the place of a noun. (Ex: he, she, you, it, we, they, him, her, us, them)

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Find pronouns in books. 
    • Name people or things and have your child change the word into a pronoun:
      • Ex: Bella becomes ___ (her). Bella and I become ___ (we). The dog becomes ___ (it).

-Writing: Complete our story from last week about an activity in the dark and learn how to edit and revise. 

Edit - Check your work for capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. 

Revise - add/remove words or phrases, move words or sentences, substitute words for different words.

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Write a simple sentence with mistakes. Then, help your child fix the sentence. 
    • Use larger vocabulary at home. 
    • Have your child practice writing sentences. Remind your child to capitalize the beginning of their sentences and add punctuation to the end of their sentences. (I’m noticing that this is a difficult skill in First Grade.)  

-Math: Adding and Subtracting to 20 with Word Problems.  

Vocabulary: add, addends, addition, comparing, compose, count back, count on, difference, distance, doubles, equal sign, expression, joining, make 10, multiple of ten, number sentences, one digit number, properties of operations, separating, sum, subtract, think addition, unknown, value

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Practice Math Facts
    • Use word problems in real life. 
      • Example: Let’s throw a ball 20 times. We have thrown the ball 9 times. How many more times will we throw the ball? I put 2 cups of water in the pot. I need 5 cups. How much more water should I put in the pot? We read 5 pages. Then, we read 4 more pages. How many pages did we read in all? 

-Science: Objects in the Sky Review and Test. Then, we will start Natural Resources with a focus on soil and rocks. 

Vocabulary: Objects in the sky: clouds, sun, moon, daytime sky, nighttime sky, star, constellation, moon phases, nocturnal, pattern, position, sunrise, sunset, full moon, new moon, quarter moon, demonstrate, telescope, magnify, day, night, observe/observations, record, change, appearance 

Natural Resources: rocks, soil, water, natural resource, rock, hand lens, physical properties, texture, smooth, rough, mass, color, soil, sand, conservation, reduce, reuse, recycle, observe, describe, compare, sort, components, size, living, nonliving, materials, humus, clay

  • Things you can do at home: 
    • Draw the phases of the moon
    • Go out at night and talk about what you can see and what you cannot see. 
    • Look at different types of rocks and soil 
    • Build something out of clay 
    • Make a chart on ways we use soil and rocks

-Social Studies: Past, Present, and Future 

Vocabulary: past, present, future, calendar, timeline, cause, effect, event 


Please let me know if you have any questions! Let’s have a great week! 


Thanks, Mrs. Kras  

Week of 1/19

Good morning, Families!


Thanks for an amazing second week in 2021! I feel like my students are settling nicely into our norms and routines. It is amazing to me how well they remember to wear their masks when they get out of their desks and remember to use hand sanitizer! Great job, First Grade! Keep up the great work! 


Important Information:

 *Thank you for those that have already subscribed to my REMIND! If you have not, it’s not too late! REMIND is an app on your phone that puts us in communication with each other. It works like texting. To sign up for my REMIND: 

Send a text to this number: 81010 

Text this message: @h7f2f6. 

-Even if you were in my Virtual Class, please resubscribe to this group, so you don’t miss important information from me! Thanks so much! 


**Please do NOT allow your child to bring toys to school. I’m seeing more toys come out during the day, and they are becoming a distraction. Thanks for your help and support from home. 


***SMART TAGS are being passed out tomorrow for bus riders. You may see one attached to your child’s backpack. Please do not remove it.  The plan is to start scanning tags by Jan. 26 as students enter their bus. That way you can track your child’s bus location. Eventually all students will receive one in order to use for lunch line and library check-outs. You should receive more information about this soon. Stay tuned!


Important Dates

1/18 Mon - Martin Luther King Day - No School 

1/20 Wed - Rosehill Fundraiser at Raising Cane’s (in Tomball 4:00pm-10:00pm) - mention Rosehill Elementary School and Raising Cane’s will donate 15% of your purchase back to Rosehill! 

1/22 Fri - MATH TEST on Place Value: Writing numbers in standards and expanded form; comparing numbers, and ordering numbers from least to greatest

1/22 Fri - Reading Quiz on Text Features (understanding the text features in nonfiction books and how we use them) Example: Write the title of the book. How does the title help us understand what the author is going to write about? 


Next Week: 

1/25 - LIBRARY DAY! Please be sure to send library books to school with your child every day. They can read them during Independent Reading Time or if they finish an assignment early. It is better to get in the habit of having them at school everyday. Then, they will remember them on Library Day!


What We Are Learning This Week:

 -Reading: Nonfiction - Informational Texts 

Vocabulary: Nonfiction, Informational Texts, Text Features, Title, Table of Contents, Heading, Photograph, Caption, Labels, Bold Print, Graph, Diagram, Index, Glossary, Fact, Opinion 

  • Things you can do at home: Point out text features in nonfiction books. Talk about why the author included these text features in the book. Ex: The author included this picture to show you what he wrote about _____. The author included the caption to tell you more about this picture. 

-Word Work: Bossy -r Words with -ir (Ex: bird, first, birth, skirt, shirt, dirt, stir, third) 

  • Things you can do at home: Practice spelling Bossy -r words with ar and ir. You can have your child write words in crayons, with shaving cream on a pie tin, build words with playdoh, etc. 

-Grammar: Prepositions - that show when. (Ex: On - My birthday is on Monday. At - We will go outside at 2:55. In - We will go on vacation in June.) Please continue working on “where” prepositions, as well. 

  • Things you can do at home: On the playground, have your child complete different tasks: jump over the bar, duck under the platform, stand next to the swingset, etc. 

-Writing: Personal story about a time in the dark. Example: Fireworks on New Years Eve, Flashlight Tag, Sleep over, Night fishing, etc. 

  • Things you can do at home: Help your child brainstorm ideas of activities you have done in the dark as a family. Have fun with the whole family by retelling these stories together.  

-Math: Place Value to 120 

Vocabulary: Compare, Compose, Counting, Digit, Decompose, Equal to, Expanded form, Greater than, Greatest to least, Hundreds, Hundreds Flat, Ones, Ones Block, Open number line, Least to greatest, Less than, Place value, Standard form, Tens, Tens Rod, Value 

-Science: Objects in the Sky, with a focus on phases of the moon and clouds.  

Vocabulary: clouds, sun, moon, daytime sky, nighttime sky, star, constellation, moon phases, nocturnal, pattern, position, sunrise, sunset, full moon, new moon, quarter moon, demonstrate, telescope, magnify, day, night, observe/observations, record, change, appearance 

  • Things you can do at home: Go outside at night and chart the phases of the moon for a month; Look at the stars and point out constellations; Notice how you can see clouds at night; Listen for sounds you hear at night. 

-Social Studies: Past, Present, and Future 

Vocabulary: past, present, future, calendar, timeline, cause, effect, event 

  • Things you can do at home: Talk about Martin Luther King Day, Show pictures of yourself when you were a child and talk about your past, discuss how things have changed over time, such as computers, phones, toys, school, transportation, etc. 

Please let me know if you have any questions! Let’s have a great week! 


Thanks, Mrs. Kras