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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Patriotic Symbols

When we write our Expeditions, there are often standards that don't "fit" into either our Social Studies or Science Expedition. We still learn about these standards but we do it as a "stand alone" unit. This week we started one of our "stand alone" units. It is on civics standards. We are taking a look at some of the patriotic symbols of the United States. We will also look at a few famous Americans and some patriotic holidays. Each year, the first graders are always fascinated by this unit. It only lasts a couple of weeks but we enjoy it while it lasts. Below are some of the resources we are using for this unit.

This week we will also begin taking turns bringing home, Shiny the Kangaroo, our gift from Mrs. Price's class in Australia. Each child will have a day to bring Shiny home and write a story of his adventures (real or make-believe) with that child. Shiny will have his own book to record the stories in or your child could choose to write a blog post about it instead (or they could do both). Be on the look out for Shiny and his notebook in his black bag.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 5.3 Relation Symbols

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