Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Wow!! Can you believe third quarter is almost over? I know I can't. With the weather getting nicer out and spring fever breaking out, these next few weeks are going to fly by. Speaking of weather, please try to dress your student in layers. Iowa doesn't like to stay at one consistent temperature so having a jacket at school will be helpful in keeping your child comfortable while learning. Here are are few things that are happening with us...

Last week was Dr. Suess's Birthday and Read Across America. At Pence we all pulled out our books and read in the hallway for 10 minutes!

Saturday at the movies!! Free movie courteous of our Pence Pals Parent group. The movie "Hugo" will be starting at 10:00am Saturday afternoon at the Fairfield Movie Theater. Students, parents/guardians, and siblings will be able to get in free!! (The book is also outstanding if you get a chance to read it)

Math: We have been studying fact families these last few weeks. I sent home a printout of fact family triangles to cut out and practice at home. These are very helpful in understanding addition and subtraction. They are also a good tool to pull out if you have a few minutes of down time.

Science: Over the last few weeks we looked at different animals and their habitats. The students enjoyed learning about the different animals and how they survive in their own habitat. Then we made posters to hang in the hallway to show off our learning.

Social Studies: First graders are focusing on American symbols. You might have noticed the Statue of Liberty hats come home. A few other symbols that we will be learning about and need to know are the bald eagle, White House, American Flag, President of the United States, and the Pledge of Allegiance. Ask  you student if you see any of these symbols while watching television or reading for your 20 minutes at night.

Spelling: OA and OW is our word family focus this week and will continue to go into next week.

Reading: Have you made a prediction lately? We have! We are learning about making predictions based on the knowledge we have, and the clues the author provides. Proper nouns (specific person place or thing) will also be popping up in our learning. Students know a lot about nouns and naming words, now we are starting to identify proper nouns and making then capital in our writing. 

Secret Word: Estimate

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