This week students were introduced to a new anchor text titled, "The Life Cycle of an Apple Tree". Students continued to learn about text features and how they can help a reader better navigate a text when responding to close reading questions. They looked closely at the glossary and headings this week and will continue to engage in different text features with our anchor text next week. Additionally, we "tuned into interesting" words this week and began to focus on the following vocabulary words from the text: The Life Cycle of an Apple Tree Vocabulary PDF.
This week we were also wrapping up Unit 3 from our ReadyGen reading curriculum. Students were assessed on several different reading strategies that were taught throughout the unit: high frequency words, decoding skills, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing. Some of these assessments are conducted one-on-one so I was unable to meet with each reading group this week. If your child DID NOT bring a book home this week I will be meeting with those reading groups first and you can expect to see one early next week.
As we were wrapping up our ReadyGen reading curriculum for .Unit 3, we were also wrapping up our ReadyGen writing curriculum for Unit 3. Unit 3 focused on opinion writing and students were excited to choose a favorite piece, "fancy it up", and share their piece with the class during our writing celebration this week.
This week, students learned how to use an open number line to add and subtract this week. The amazing thing about open number lines is that they require (and give students practice in) using number sense to truly understand what is happening when two numbers are added or subtracted rather than just crossing numbers out, writing a number one over here, and doing other steps because your teacher told you so. Here is a great visual to learn more about how your first grader is learning to use these in school:
Students were eager to share the snowman they decorated as a home project here at school. They practiced using their transition words in sequence to share how they created their final product!
This week students continued to learn about weather but also had the opportunity to go to the greenhouse for some life science lessons! Students were introduced to some new guests that are living in the compost bin at the greenhouse: Red Wriggler Worms. They were able to practice estimation skills to guess how many fit in the bin after they saw how many Gardner David picked up in his hand. He held up in one handful of soil about 20 red wriggler worms... and it turns out there are 600 in that compost bin! We were also able to feed them a spaghetti squash that had gotten old. Students were also able learn how to plant some microgreens.
iRead for 112 Education Foundation & 1D Reading Practice at Home: Saturday, January 12th officially begins our North Shore School District “iRead for 112 Education Foundation” reading event. An informational note and recording form is inside your child’s Home Folder. Please record all minutes read and shared at home, beginning Saturday, January 12th - through Wednesday, February 6th. Please have your child keep his/her iRead recording form inside of his/her home folder so it does not get lost. Reading and recording minutes is a school wide activity. Minutes spent reading books sent from school, library books, books at home, magazines, newspapers, etc. can all be included on the recording form. Completed forms with parent signatures and TOTAL number of minutes read need to be turned in by Tuesday, February 6th. Thank you for your continued help, support, and participation at home! Donations are much appreciated and are optional.
Tuesday, January 29th: Math Night- More information about this event below:
Dear IT Families - We will be hosting a Family Math Night on January 29th. Math Night is a great opportunity for parents and students to play math workplaces, engage in math conversations, and learn more about math education at Indian Trail. We are asking families to RSVP so we can better plan for the evening.
- Date ~ Tuesday, January 29th
- Time ~ 6:00 - 7:00pm
We are looking forward to seeing as many families as possible!