Mrs. Piper, the first grade assistant at Mill Run, sent a thank you note to the class.  It reads, 
         Dear Mrs. Hayden's Class,
                Thank you for the Starbucks gift card.  It was so nice 
         of you to think of me this holiday season.
                Mrs. Piper

In content this week we are continuing our study of winter changes.  We are learning about the changes that people, animals, and trees make in winter.  You may want to discuss the following points with your child at home:
  • The temperature gets colder in winter.
  • If it is cold enough, we will have snow instead of rain.
  • The sun rises later and sets earlier in winter.
  • Plants conserve energy in winter.
  • Deciduous trees lose their leaves in winter.
  • Evergreen trees keep their leaves year round.  Most evergreen trees have needle-shaped leaves.
  • People wear heavy clothes to go outside in winter.
  • People may sled, ski, or go ice skating in winter.
  • Many animals must make changes to survive the winter.
  • Some animals (some bears, chipmunks, and mice) hibernate.
  • Some animals (some whales, monarch butterflies, and geese) migrate.
  • Some animals adapt.  The Arctic hare changes its fur from brown to white to camouflage with the snow.

We are beginning a supplemental math program in class to practice and master quick recall of basic math facts.  This program is called Math Masters, but your child may refer to it as "Rocket Math" since our score sheets have a picture of a rocket.  The quiz will come home either with a star, indicating that your child met his/her goal and will proceed to the next level, or with a smiley face, indicating that your child should continue to practice the facts on that page and will try again next time.  The goal number is derived from a quick measure of your child's writing speed.  That way the math masters assessment is truly individualized for each student.

Practicing math facts will be the substance of our math homework for the next several weeks.  If you would like to help your child with additional math fact review, please click this link:  to access a set of flashcards online.  Or, you can try the game called Scatter that is embedded below.  Just match the addends with the correct sum.



01/07/2013 4:30pm

Happy New Year & Welcome Back Everyone!

Not sure if we're supposed to be using the Math test portion, but wanted to let you know it marked our answers in the first part as incorrect (though they were correct). For some reason it didn't seem to recognize our numbers & addition signs. The other parts of the test were fine though. What a fun way for the kids to practice their numbers! BTW, is there any way to display the flash cards without showing the answer on the front (so they have to "flip" them over)?

Susan Hayden
01/08/2013 1:24pm

Hi Traci!
Thanks so much for exploring the options on Quizlet! I'm so glad that you found some of the activities fun. I am still learning about this program myself, but I couldn't wait to share the flashcards. When my son has used Quizlet to do his homework, we noticed that he often has to use the "mark it as correct" option, because the program will mark things wrong even if the spaces are different than what the teacher provided. Anyway, thanks for your patience as we work out the kinks!
To see just one side of the flash card, click the tiny little box just above the flash card that says "both sides." You might have to play with the "term first" option to get the problem to show, rather than the answer.
And thanks for giving it a try!
Susan Hayden

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