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T.O.P. D.O.G.S.  Newsletter

(Thoughtful, Optimistic, Persevering, Determined, Outstanding, Growing Students)

Week of September 11th -15th

Math:  Continue Math Assessments

             IXL computer activities


Amazing Words:  cozy, furniture, tidy, straw, middle, yawn

Phonics:  Consonants /m/,/s/,ad/t/

                  Short a

Phonemic Awareness:  Initial, Medial, and Final Phonemes

                                          Segment and Blend Phonemes

Sight words: a, see, green, and I

Grammar:  Nouns

This week’s story – Sam

Comprehension:  Character and Questioning

Other readings:  Weird Houses Around the World

                              Rip Van Winkle

                              My Very Big Little World

 Read Alouds

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon- Be yourself like Molly Lou Melon no matter what a bully may do.
Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn't mind. Her grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud, and she takes that advice to heart.
But then Molly Lou has to start in a new school. A horrible bully picks on her on the very first day, but Molly Lou Melon knows just what to do about that. 

Rainbow Fish –This is a story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions.

What You Know Can Grow – A story about the brain which prepares you for a growth mindset.

The Magnificent ThingIn this story a girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!? But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.

Social Studies:

Social Studies Weekly – Location &  Distance – The students will learn the locations of various places in the community & state.  They will also discuss fair ways to make decisions.

 Scholastic News Topic:  Furry Friends – The children will learn about friendship from best friends.  (a lion and tiger cub)  They will also write about their own friend’s qualities.


Science Studies Weekly – Week 1 – The students will learn that everyone can do science and that working with others can be helpful. 

Homework:  Study for an Amazing Word Test on Friday – The students will need to know the meaning of each word.


Scholastic Book Fair – Week of Sept.25th -29th (5:30)

Open House – Sept.27th