Monthly Archives: January 2018

Week 21!

We had a great week of learning and are really enjoying our Readers’ Workshop in the afternoon!!  Moving our reading time to the afternoon has allowed us to read for longer and meet with reading partners everyday.  Check out our new daily schedule to see how our day has changed.  Click here –> DAILY SCHEDULE.

I will begin reassessing each first graders’ reading level soon to gather data for our March report cards and conferences.  Keep up the great work practicing sight words (if your child is still working on them), spelling words, and reading our take home books at home.  Your practice at home helps to build your first graders confidence and strategies when they are reading at school.  THANK YOU!!!

I sent an email out on Friday about our Zoo Field Trip in May.  We were able to secure a date in the spring: Monday, May 21.  We would love to have you join us!!!

January 29 – Library Day

January 30 – PE Apparel Forms Due

January 31 – Spelling Assessment

Covering all of our words this year: a, and, the, of, to, in, it, is, you, that, he, for, was, on, are, they, at, as, his, with

February 1 – How-To Writing Celebration

We will fancy up our writing and act our How-To directions with some of our buddies.

February 2 – Groundhogs Day

February 2 – 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 e-mail me to let me know.)

February 5 & 6 – NO SCHOOL: Mid-Winter Break

Have fun working on your valentines!!!  When you finish, please send your child’s valentines into school in a bag labeled with your child’s name.  I can store them here so they are ready for Valentine’s Day.

Reading Update!

This week in reading, we focused in on habits of a good reader to become SUPER SMART about NONFICTION topics.  We worked at finding nonfiction books that are at a level we can read most of the words and then practiced taking a sneak peek to see what we could learn about the topic, before we even read the words.

We worked hard to s-l-o-w down our reading and really pay close attention to each page and the words and pictures that help teach us. We used what we learned from one page to help us predict what else we might learn in the book. And, we spent a lot of time working with our partners and sharing what we had learned (in our own words).

Writing Update!

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!!

Math Update!

After reviewing the MAKE A TEN STRATEGY, we took a math quiz, which the students all did very well on. Then, we moved on to studying our doubles facts. Many of our first graders know the first 5 doubles in a snap. The final 5 doubles were a little tougher.

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We talked about how we can use what we know about doubles to help us solve other equations. We noticed that there is often a set of doubles that can be found hiding inside an equation. If we can find the hidden double, all we need to do is add one or subtract one to solve the equation.  For example:
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We will continue to work on our doubles facts, so our first graders can more easily use the Doubles +1 and Doubles -1 strategy. It would be wonderful if your child could practice their doubles facts at home too!! Practice makes permanent!!

We also studied some LARGE, TWO-DIGIT numbers this week — some of the biggest numbers that we’ve worked with so far this year!  We noticed that every 2-digit number has a place to show the tens hiding inside along with a place to show the extra ones.  We also represented these numbers using ten sticks and circles, and wrote an equation to match our work.

Since we were working with two digit numbers, we spent a lot of time counting tens and ones this week too.  We were able to do this practice using ten sticks and circles, the number path on our whiteboards, and boxes/jars of objects.  Our first graders learned to count the tens first and then “freeze” before counting up the extra ones.  Taking the time to “freeze” is an important strategy that helps our students recognize when it’s time to switch from counting by 10s to 1s.

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We can tell that our first graders are really beginning to understand the place value of these larger numbers!!!

Week 20!

I hope your family had a chance to get out and enjoy the warmer temperatures this weekend!!! This January thaw has felt amazing, but our playground will likely be soggy, especially tomorrow.  Make sure to continue sending in those snow pants & boots.

We will be starting some new routines and switching our math time to the morning and our reading time to the afternoon.  This will allow for a longer Readers’ Workshop for our growing readers!!!  I will post our updated daily schedule to the blog later this week.  Be sure to check it out!

January 22 – Library Day

January 25 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30

January 26 – Vision/Hearing Re-screen

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  If your child is eager to get to work on his/her valentines, I will be sending an e-mail later this week. 🙂

Math Update!

This week, we introduced our first graders to a new addition strategy called “Make a 10″.  For the equation, 9 + 4 = ___, we can “count on” to find the total of 13.  Since the total, 13, is a teen number (which has a 10 hiding inside) we helped our students notice that 9 + 4 = 10 + 3.  Both of these equations produce the total 13, but solving 10 + 3 is quicker and more accurate.

We will spend much of our math time next week working with this new strategy as it is still very new and fragile.

Reading Update!

We spent time looking at different nonfiction books to see how nonfiction books work differently than fiction stories.  We noticed features that could help us to understand what we were reading better.

The kids have learned so much from our nonfiction books already and they just LOVE sharing what they learned with the class.

Writing Update!

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 wash your hands. 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!

Week 19!

We had a great 4.5 days back at school last week despite the slushy and then cold weather outside!!!  I was so impressed with the way that everyone in our class was helping each other, sharing with each other, and making mindful choices!!!  Here’s to another great week!!!

January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15 – Library Day

January 17 – Dress Up for the Job You Want Day

January 19 – Popcorn Day