Week 7- Seasons (Fall)

October 15, 2018 by Miss Morrison

This week, much of our learning will center around the changing of the seasons. We will be examining fall leaves and using them as a topic for writing and to sort during math. We could use some more leaves to help ensure that our comparisons and observations will be detailed and rich.

We will be working to produce rhyming words in addition to identifying them.

We have several wonderful books that we will be reading this week: Tap the Magic Tree, In The Middle of Fall, Little Tree, and A Tree For All Seasons.

We will be using an OWL chart (Observations- Wonderings- and Learnings) in science to record our thoughts about the changing seasons.

In math, we will continue to work with the concepts of More and Less. We will also be working with patterning.

Sticky Concept:  “1 more” and “1 less”

This week we are working on strengthening the concepts of “1 more” and “1 less”. More is an easier to grasp idea than less, so additional practice may be needed to get a firm grasp on less. Refining these ideas to the more specific concept of  “1 more” and “1 less” is very important to a solid foundation of number sense because we want students to understand amounts in relation to other amounts.

This would be a great skill to revisit during homework time in a game format. Have your child roll a die (or flip a playing card- keep it 1-5 until your child seems solid enough to stretch to working with higher amounts). Your child should then name the number and then state “and one more is ___”. Your child can build these amounts to match using any small objects you have handy.  The activity will be more engaging if the adding of the 1 more object is encouraged to be done with a bit of a dramatic flair. For example, I roll a 3. I proclaim three, count out three objects- pause dramatically- and proclaim “and 1 more is 4” and add another object to my set of 3. Later your child can play the same game, but state “and one less is ____” while reducing the amount of objects shown.

Sight words:

Your child will be bringing home their first list of sight words this week.  Sight word practice lends itself well to various games as well as on-the-go practice. Now that many of us have mastered our letter names and sounds (and the rest of us are closing in on them fast), now is the perfect time to include some quick sight word practice as part of our reading homework time. This need only be 2 or 3 minutes. To pass their list they need to be able to identify the words rather quickly and out of order.

  • This year, we will have 2 different kinds of lists.
    • We will have lists that we focus on in class. New lists will come home every few weeks. The exact time frame will depend on how the majority of the class is doing with mastering that list.
      • We will be spending a considerable amount of time on these lists because we want the students to become very familiar with them so that they transfer more easily into their reading and writing.
      • Playing games with these words is a fun, engaging way to increase your child’s exposure to these important words.
    • There will also be a CHALLENGE BOOKLET
      • This booklet will come home after your child has shown mastery of the first three class lists.
      • These booklets will include lists of words and phrases.
  • It’s important to practice them out of order.
  • We really want to point them out when we come across them while reading.
  • It’s also a good idea to visit old lists once in awhile.

Your child’s sight word list (printed out on construction paper) should stay in their plastic pocket inside their binder as they will use it weekly at school for various activities. Your child will also be given two sets of sight word cards. Please cut these out and place them in a baggie (and give yourself a half hour of volunteer time). It is up to you if these cards stay at home or remain in the binder pocket while that is your child’s current list. Once your child has moved onto a new list, please take them out of the binder to make room for the next set. These cards can be used for a variety of games such as memory and go fish.

The person who coordinates the collections for our school is making a pick up this week so if you happen to have Box Tops that you’ve been collecting, this would be a wonderful time to send them in. Our school appreciates your support!

Paper books in binders can (and should) be taken out and added to your child’s “in home library”. Please also make sure you are culling the papers from your child’s folder/binder on a semi-regular basis.



10 minutes each night. Reading can include reading stories, the poems in the binder, and working on alphabet sounds and letter names. I strongly recommend having your child sing and act the Zoo Phonics song with you.These animals serve as fun anchors to the all important letters and sounds that we use so much!


Remember, math should be done for 10 minutes.

Our school’s homework focus for math is math facts. At this point of the year, for our students this is recognizing numerals 0-5 and their corresponding amounts. Students should also be strengthening their ability to write these numerals clearly.

Optional IXL assignments:

Monday- G.3 Fewer and more – compare by counting

Tuesday –G.5 Fewer, more, and same

Wednesday- H.1 Color patterns

Thursday- H.2 Size patterns

Skills can be revisited and repeated to increase your child’s automaticity.