Monthly Archives: September 2018

Week 6!

Go Eagles!!!  We had a fun Friday showing off our school spirit and cheering with the super fans.  It sounds like the Homecoming Football game was a good one. 🙂 🙂

October 2 – Vision Screening

October 5 – Library Day

October 5 – Walk-a-thon

We are pumped up and excited to walk in support of our school!!!  Plan to dress your first grader in 80’s gear and comfy shoes on Friday (or Eagle Pride gear).  The first graders will be walking on the track from 9:45-10:30.  All parents are welcome to join us outside to walk on the track.  Donation envelopes can be sent in on or before Monday, October 8.

This week our first homework packet will be sent home.  Please look for this in your child’s blue folder on Monday.  Directions are included right on the page.  For more information about homework in first grade please check out this link –> HOMEWORK.

This week your child will bring home some important reading homework too!  An envelope will come home in your child’s blue folder containing sight words to practice. Plan to keep this envelope in a safe place, so you and your child can practice these sight words quickly every night. New sight words will be sent home when your child moves on to a new set at school.  Sometimes this will happen in just a couple of days. Other times it may take a week or two before your child receives a new set.  Please save all of your child’s sight words, so you can go back and review some of the older ones periodically. Knowing many words by sight will help to boost your child’s confidence and fluency as a reader. Thank you so much for your support at home!

***Look for an e-mail later this week with details about how to help with our sight words at school.  I would love to have some parent/grandparent volunteers come to school to practice with our first graders each week.***

Writing Update!

The kids have gotten the hang of planning their stories with a beginning, middle, and end, but they don’t always add more than just one detail on each page. So, this week, we focused on adding details to our stories that bring our stories to life. We especially worked to make our characters move and make our characters talk. It was so fun to see the different ways the first graders were adding these details to the words and in the pictures. We’ll keep adding new ways to bring our stories to life next week.

Reading Update!

This week, we continued to work on building good reading habits. We worked on rereading to build fluency. We focused on reading with a smooth voice and scooping up phrases as we read, instead of reading one word at a time. These strategies will support higher reading comprehension.

Then, we began a new bend in our first unit of reading and focused in on strategies for figuring out tricky words. We first talked about taking a sneak peek at the pictures to look for clues that might help us figure out some of the words on the page. We then labeled some bad habits that readers pick up and encouraged kids to try strategies from our good habit poster.

Math Update!

This week we began our second math unit.  Unit 2 will cover addition and subtraction strategies and provides the foundation for all of the math learning that will take place for the rest of this year and beyond.

This week we learned how to draw pictures to solve story problems. This strategy worked well, except it took us a R-E-A-L-L-Y long time to draw pictures of some objects, such as castles, pencils, and rockets.

Later in the week, we tried a new strategy: circle drawings. We used a break apart stick and circles to show the partners in a story. Then we counted up the total in a snap!


We also learned about the math symbols, equal (=) and not equal (≠).  Numbers are equal (=) when they are exactly the same. This understanding of equality is an important math concept that students will apply when writing equations throughout this year.

Week 5!

We have had lots of fun using technology in our classroom over the past two weeks.  We’ve been getting acquainted with the Doodle Buddy and Teach Me apps on our iPads.  We also logged onto our computers for the first time and used a barcode badge to find the Clever page. Look for more information about MobyMax & RazKids, which can be found on Clever, soon!  We are hoping to check out these amazing resources for learning at home and at school this week in our classroom.

September 27 – Picture Day

If you are ordering pictures, please send in your child’s picture envelope on or before Thursday.

September 28 – Eagle Spirit Day

Wear your Eagle gear or maize and blue colors.

September 28 – Super Fans – Pep Rally

September 28 – Library Day

Please help your child send his/her book back to school.

September 28 – Popcorn Day!!!

Save the date for our Halloween Party!!!  It will take place Wednesday, October 31 from 12:45-1:30.  More details about how to sign up to volunteer will be emailed soon.

Reading Update!

This week in reading, we focused on reading more and more every day. We used a reading mat to help us keep track of which books we had read and be able to count how many we read at the end of our reading block. After keeping track of our books, we started setting goals to see if we could read more and more each time. 

Writing Update!

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.

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Looking at the example story above, 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.

At the end of the week, we emptied our writing folders and sent all their stories home. Check out some of the stories your first grader has been working on!

Math Update!

During our math time this week we reviewed breaking apart larger numbers into smaller partners.  We also focused on using our knowledge of partners and patterns to practice addition (+0, +1, +2) and subtraction (-0, -1, -2) facts. This week in particular, we practiced adding and subtracting doubles partners (1+1, 2-1, 2+2, 4-2, 3+3, 6-3, etc.), and discovered that a number minus itself equals 0 (8-8 = 0). After reviewing these concepts, we took our Unit 1 math assessment. The kids performed very well.

After taking math assessments (quizzes or tests), your child will receive their assessment with a summary of the skills assessed and their score out of the total points available for each skill. Anyone that is not consistently showing mastery of a skill area, will get some form of intervention at school to strengthen that area. If you have any questions about any of the assessments that come home, please let me know.

Week 4!

We had a blast getting to use our iPads for the first time in first grade and in our STEAM special we also got to practice logging into our computers. These first graders are excited to use technology. Make sure to check our class photo stream to see pictures from all of our fun last week and coming up this week too.

September 17 – Constitution Day

September 20 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30

September 21 – Library Day

Don’t forget to send your child’s library book back to school today.

Upcoming Important Dates:

September 27 – School Picture Day

October 5 – Walkathon Day