This week, we received notice from the SUPER SECRET DETECTIVE AGENCY that our first graders had earned their badges for all their hard work solving hard words. They delivered the badges and sent us off with a new mission. We are focusing in on SNAP WORDS (words we know and can read quickly, without having to slow down – we know them in a snap). We’ve worked hard to grown the number of snap words we know and have practiced recognizing these words in our reading.
This week in writing we continued working on our How To’s! We worked on picking out a strong topic that we know a lot about and then planning out our How To by sketching out the steps. Then, we focused on the attributes of a good introduction and conclusion.
The first graders are coming up with really cool and detailed How To’s. Next week we will work on fixing up our How To’s and celebrating them!!
We continued to work on missing partner strategies, this week. The first graders performed very well with the strategy of:
- Circling the numbers in the story
- Listening to see if the story is subtraction or addition
- Writing the secret code that matches the story (T-P=P or P+P=T)
- Adding the number to the equation
- Drawing the math mountain
- Putting the total at the top
- Clapping and counting ON or UP to solve for the missing number
We are in the habit of checking to see if the number we solved for makes sense in the math mountain (the largest number always has to go at the top). If they make a mistake, the math mountain helps them to realize this.
It was a pleasure to talk with all of you at conferences last week!!! These first graders have been working hard since the beginning of the year. Thank you so much for all of the support and encouragement that you provide your child at home, working on math homework, take-home books, spelling words, handwriting, sight words, Raz-Kids, and MobyMax. Phew!!! I can’t wait to see how these sweet little ones continue to grow!!! If you have any questions or concerns as the year continues please let me know.
We had so much fun visiting the book fair this week! THANK YOU so much to the PTC and the sweet families from our classroom that donated books. We have tons of new stories that we can’t wait to read!!!
November 2-16 – P.E. C.A.R.E.S. Food Drive
We have over 100 cans already! Keep them coming!!
November 15 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30
November 16 – Library Day
Brrrrr!!!! It has sure been cold outside!!! Just a reminder to send your child to school with their cold weather gear – our lunchtime recess is a long one. Also, don’t forget to label EVERYTHING in case a mitten, hat, or boot goes missing!
Our classroom has been a tad on the chilly side too. Feel free to send your child to school with an extra sweatshirt or sweater to wear in the classroom.
Save the date…
November 21-25 – Thanksgiving Break: No School
December 13 – Holiday Music Program
This week, we started a new unit of reading focused on figuring out tricky words. Our classroom received a mystery envelope from the SUPER SECRET DETECTIVE AGENCY! 🙂 We’ve been busy on missions all week, to help us be the best word detectives we can be.
Each new mission has given us a new tool to help us carefully figure out new, tricky words. We’ll keep working on new missions as we grow as word detectives.
We are just getting started with a new writing unit: How To! We noticed this week that How To writing teaches us how to do something.
We then practiced writing a How To as a whole class. We wrote How To WALK IN THE HALL. As a class we thought of all the materials you would need and the steps in order. Before we wrote our steps, we drew a teaching picture for each step and then wrote our steps out.
We want to make sure that what we are writing about is something we know how to do before we start. We need your help! This weekend, please brainstorm with your First Grader about some topics that they know how to do. Some ideas included might include…
-How to build a snowman
-How to jump rope
-How to play with your dog
-How to take care of your pet
-How to play tic, tac, toe
-How to brush your teeth
We will create a class list of ideas on Monday! I can’t wait to hear all the good ideas!
We kicked off Unit 3 this past week and introduced our first graders to a new strategy: math mountains. A math mountain is a method for organizing the partners on bottom and the total on top. If we aren’t sure of the total in a math mountain we can underline the greater partner and count ON. If a partner is missing, we can underline the known partner and count UP to the total (drawing a circle for each number that we count). The number of circles tells us the missing partner.
Our first graders solved stories that were missing a partner instead of the total this week too. This was our first time exploring ways to solve this kind of problem. We found that our math mountain strategy helped us organize the numbers so we could count-UP from the known partner to the total in order find the missing partner. So, we worked hard to recognize the total and partner in each story so our math mountains made sense and our work was accurate.
We had a fabulous first writing celebration on Thursday! The kids were so proud of their writing. I kept this final piece at school and will be saving it to go in a special book that you will receive at the end of the year. The rest of your child’s writing will be sent home for you to enjoy! Our next writing unit will focus on writing How-To Directions. We are excited to get started!
THANK YOU so much to the many parents that volunteered in our classroom during the party and donated all of our supplies and treats. The kids LOVED dressing in their costumes, and had a blast making their toilet paper pumpkins, playing Halloween Memory, and eating TONS of yummy food. We are so thankful for all of you!!! I added the pictures from the party to our photo stream – let me know if you need the link to check them out.
November 2 – 16 – P.E. C.A.R.E.S. Food Drive
Send in your nonperishable food items.
November 5 & 7 – Parent-Teacher Conferences
November 6 – Book Fair Preview Day
We will head down to the book fair so your child can make a wish list of the books he or she would like to get. You do not have to purchase these books. This experience gets the kids excited about new books to read or look at!!
November 8 – Book Fair Buy Day
Today our class has the opportunity to visit the book fair to purchase books. If your child would like to buy a book, please send his/her money to school on Wednesday in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and the phrase “Book Fair Money”.
November 8 – Jet’s Pizza Night
November 9 – Library Day
November 9 – Spelling Assessment
This past week we spent most of our writing time preparing a special story to share at our writing celebration! First, we picked out a story that we are very proud of to revise on our own and to check for all the parts of a good small moment story. Then, we edited our stories by making sure they were easy to read. After that, we got a chance to use colored pencils to add some color to our stories. Finally, on Thursday, we celebrated!
During our celebration time, we had a chance to add a cover to our story and share a favorite part of our story with the whole class. I am so proud of how far these first graders have come as writers since the beginning of the year.