We hope everyone had a great weekend.  This week is conference week!  We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child's growth this year.  


We are continuing our unit on matter by discussing the attributes of a magnet. The children will be participating in the scientific process while p
erforming various experiments this week. We want your learner to understand: How do attributes help us understand matter?

Tomorrow, as a culminating activity for our unit on matter, the children will be using reusable materials to make a boat float in water. We will be testing our creations on Earth Day to celebrate our part in making the Earth a better place. Classrooms will need the following reusable items for construction:
grocery bags
bubble wrap
packing peanuts
toilet paper rolls
paper towel rolls
empty shoe boxes
bottle caps


In Vocabulary this week it is a review week.  We will be reviewing the transitional word families and long vowel sounds.  The vowel/consonant/silent letter e spelling pattern for long vowel sounds is introduced.  We will continue to decode two-syllable words.  A new poem is not coming home this week, however it might be a good idea to review the poems that were sent home previously.  

Spelling City

Word Family Sort ~ practice sorting short vowel 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.
Gamequarium ~ several long vowel games  

Reader's Workshop  
This week we will continue our study of non-fiction text. We are comparing non-fiction to fiction text and pointing to text features, noticing that fiction texts do not have these ~ headings, captions, maps, charts, diagrams, bold print, glossary, and index. We are learning that in fiction we read from beginning to end, but we can read non-fiction texts in parts for specific purposes. Your readers are using text features and organizational structures to help them understand non-fiction. Help your child choose non-fiction text at home to read.

Writer's Workshop- We will continue our Informational writing unit this week.  Our writers will be thinking about topics that they are experts on.  

Various Writing Activities   


In math this week we will be reviewing money and place value concepts that were introduced earlier and then we will take the concepts another step forward.  We will extend money to include dollars.  We will extend place-value concepts to hundreds.  We will also continue to develop an understanding of fractional parts of a whole.  

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

Math Fact Practice
Everyday Math Games for 1st Grade
2-D Shapes Game ~ match the 2-D shape to its name
Polygon or Not ~ decide whether a shape is a polygon

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.  
login: bloomfieldhills
password: bhsd

 Important Dates:
Week of April 20 ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences

1st Grade NWEA testing dates: The  purpose of us giving you these dates ahead of time is so you can try to avoid making appointments or being absent on these days.  We thank you in advance!


May 21 ~ 12:30-1:15
May 22 ~ 11:00-12:00
May 27 ~ 2:40-3:20
May 28 ~ 12:30-1:15

May 20 ~ 12:30-1:15
May 21 ~ 11:00-11:45
May 27 ~ 12:30-1:15
June 1 ~ 2:45-3:15

May 19 ~ 12:30-1:15
May 20 ~ 2:40-3:20
May 26 ~ 12:30-1:15
June 1 ~ 2:10-2:40

May 19 ~ 2:30-3:05
May 21 ~ 2:35-3:20
May 28 ~ 11:00-11:45
June 1 ~ 12:30-1:00