**Weekly Newsletter/Homework**This is the newsletter, sent home on Mondays, that features important events in our school and classroom, phonics focus, sight words, homework menu, reading log, and the Common Core State Standards we'll be assessing for the week.

## __Approved Snack List ...Birthday Treats__

approved_snacks.xlsx | |

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__Race to Read__

A Step-byStep Guidebook for Parents

**Taken from Q and A from website:**

**Can I help my child even if I don’t remember how I was taught to read?**

"We know that most parents don’t remember how they were taught to read. That is why we have given you the exact words to say to teach each skill and we have included detailed explanations for you."

**90 Second Test**- Here is a copy of the "90 Second Test" that students will be doing everyday this year at the beginning of our math block. Each student writes the number (addend) they are working on in the 1st column. All students begin the year with the number 2. In the second column, I read aloud random numbers (0 - 10). After I've finished reading the final number, the students will have a minute and a half to find the sum of the equations. When a student has answered all questions correctly on two separate occasions, they will move on the the next number. The goal is to make it past
**20**by the end of the year! Last year, nearly all students were able to accomplish this.

- One strategy that we will be working on in math this year is "counting on". If a student is adding 2+7, they
*could*start with 2 and "count on" seven more. However, it is much faster to start with 7 and "count on" two more! This is the "commutative property of addition" working for them in 1st grade! This is helpful to know, because when a student is on the number "6", they've already mastered 2+6, 3+6, 4+6, and 5+6! In other words, the higher you go, the easier it gets!

__One last comment__. Please check to make sure your child is writing the numbers correctly**and**neatly. Too many students fool themselves with poor handwriting! When finding the answer for 4+3, sometimes a sloppy four looks like a 9. When they start to answer their equations, they've forgotten that sloppy number that looks like a 9 is actually supposed to be a 4! Consequently, when they get their paper back and discover they answered the equation incorrectly, frustration can set in. This may be the beginning of a student's hatred for all things math related. It's one of my goals NOT to let this happen!

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**Paper Resources***Math:*

number_lines.pdf | |

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part-part-whole.pdf | |

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place_value_mat.pdf | |

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*Writing:*

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tree_map_-_writing.pdf | |

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