March is National Reading Month.  To celebrate we are challenging our classes to read 6,000 minutes during the month of March.  This breaks down to each student reading about 15 minutes a day five times a week.  If we achieve our goal by March 27, we will have a Read-In on Thursday, April 2.  Your child is bringing home his/her first reading log.  Please help your child graph the number of minutes read each day.  On Sunday, PLEASE total the number of minutes read and return the log to school on Monday.  Each week a new log will come home. Happy Reading!

Thank you to all the families that continue to support your child's learning by completing the Tenmarks assignments and reading books on RazKids at least two nights per week!  

Vocabulary  Last week this poem did not come home. We are back on track and this week we will be exploring the 'ank' and 'ink' word families. Poems with some words of these chunks will come home today. Please read the poems with your children and generate other words they may know that have the same rimes. Additionally, we will be learning the spelling of word wall words: fun, good, get, give and go.

Spelling City
Word Family Sort ~ practice sorting short o, and short u, word families. Be sure to READ the words!
Word Wheels ~ challenge yourself by reading a clue and stopping the wheel to make a word that matches the clue. 

Reader's Workshop  
This week we will notice how to draw conclusions and develop theories about a character in the story.
Please be sure to RSVP for our Visible Thinking Exhibition on March 19, 2015 9:30 - 10:30 AM. The children have worked very hard on the presentation. You won't want to miss it!

Various Writing Activities   


This week we are continuing to practice place value and the relationship between addition and subtraction.  The children will be learning how to measure with centimeters.  

Please remember to have your child do XtraMath at home!
Everyday Mathematics Link for Parents

Math Fact Practice
Everyday Math Games for 1st Grade

Home Learning  We are continuing to assign TenMarks math practice at home. Many families have asked for additional practice.  We have added these and extended the due date.  Please have your child sign in two times per week. This way, the assignment will not be overwhelming and can be finished even though your families are so busy!  Also, if your child finishes all of the assignments and is looking for additional practice, the Jam Sessions on TenMarks are engaging and beneficial.  

Please remember that students should log on to RazKids at least two times per week. Your child's log-in information is taped to the inside cover of their BEE book.  This is excellent practice that will enhance your child's reading experiences. Enjoy!  In addition to RazKids, continue to have your child read the book he/she brings home in his/her Bee Book each night. 

Online Subscription: BrainPop Jr.- we use this website a lot in our classrooms.  
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 Important Dates: Please RSVP!

March 19, 2015 Visible Thinking Exhibition 9:30 - 10:30 AM
March 21, 2015 Silent Auction at Motor City Soundboard

Monday, March 16, 2015 Mrs. Boschert, Mrs. Dlugoss to Bowers School Farm, AM
Friday, March 20, 2015 Mrs. Herr, Mrs. Stocker to Bowers School Farm, AM