I hope that your Thanksgiving weekend was filled with family, fun, food, and a little relaxation too. I had so much fun with my kiddos and caught up on a bunch of household chores, but I am missing my first graders!!! Get ready – these next four weeks will be jam-packed with holiday fun!!!
November 27 – Library Day
December 1 – Early Release Day
Students are dismissed from school at 12:15. (Sack lunches can be ordered through Food Service and will be sent home with your child. Please make sure your child knows if he or she needs to order a sack lunch. Feel free to send me an e-mail.)
We have a short, but very fun week ahead with some festive Thanksgiving projects!!! We will also be reading several books to get our brains ready to begin writing persuasive letters.
We had a fun writing celebration on Friday complete with a toast. I kept your child’s celebration story at school, but all their other writing to came home on Friday. You will be amazed at how easy it is to read!!!
November 20 – Library Day
November 21 – Spelling Assessment
Our spelling words are: in, it, is, that, you
November 22-26 – Thanksgiving Break: NO SCHOOL
November 23 – Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Thank you so much for all your donations for our PE CARES food drive. Our school collected nearly 4,000 items!! Way to go, Georgetown families!!!
You may have noticed that your child came home with their yellow handwriting workbook on Friday. Since the beginning of the school year, we’ve focused on the pages teaching the correct formation of the capital and lowercase letters. There are lots of additional pages that we didn’t complete and we wanted to send the books home for you to use as a resource. Please keep the book handy and pull it out so your first grader can try a page from time to time. We know that PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT, so let’s keep practicing the correct way. Thanks for your support from home!
This week, we continued to focus on common chunks that we see in words. We focused on words with ED endings. ED typically makes three different sounds when it is at the end of a word. We worked on sorting words as we listened to the sounds the ED made.
The kids are noticing our H Brothers, R Sisters, and ED endings in their books and all over the classroom!
We continued to work on subtraction 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.
We spent this week revising and editing our small moment stories. Each student had the chance to choose a favorite piece they had been working on and then we worked to make it even better.
After revising and editing, we added color to our pictures and a cover page with a title and author. Finally, at the end of the week, we got to celebrate our stories! After reading and coloring, we shared compliments about what we’ve learned as writers and had our Hawaiian Punch toast! We had a great time wrapping up our second unit of writing. We hope you enjoy the stories that come home!
I found a great opportunity to help supply our classroom with new, inspiring books for the kids to read. We are already half way to our goal toward funding these new books. Any donations made in the next 6 days will be matched up $50 (use the code – LIFTOFF). If you feel the desire to donate, we are so appreciative. But, you all support us in so many ways, so please don’t feel pressured to do this. If you do know anyone in your family or community who would be interested, please spread the word to them to help us reach our goal. Thanks so much for all your support!
It was a pleasure to talk with all of you at conferences last week!!! 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, sight words, Raz-Kids and MobyMax. 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.
November 13 – Library Day
November 14 – Vision Screening
November 16 – Parent Club Meeting @ 6:30
November 17 – Popcorn 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 22-26 – Thanksgiving Break: No School
December 14 – Holiday Program @ 6:30
This year, we will gradually introduce our students to many different chunks that they can use when decoding a word (vowel teams, r-controlled vowels, etc.). This week, we focused on H BROTHERS (th, sh, ch, & wh) & R SISTERS (ar, er, ir, ur, & or).
This week we focused on zooming in to the most important part of our small moment story. When we are writing our stories, it is easy to list off a bunch of things we did. We might end up with stories that sound like this….
“This weekend I went to the mall with my mom. We got some clothes. Then we went to Subway and got a sandwich. Next we went home and watched a movie. I hope we can do that again!”
We have been calling this a watermelon story. A watermelon story is a big story (many moments). In Writer’s Workshop, we want to write tiny seed stories. These stories are small, zoomed in stories. Like seeds in a watermelon, there are small stories inside of big stories.
Looking at the example story, we could write a seed story of going to the mall. We could also write a story about getting our sandwich from Subway or watching a movie at home. We want to focus on one moment in time, and write lots of details about that one time.
We also talked about making sure to add details to that seed story. We can do this by adding dialogue, writing details that use our five senses, and adding actions of what our hands, feet, and face are doing.