Monthly Archives: November 2018

Reading Update!

This week, we received notice from the SUPER SECRET DETECTIVE AGENCY that our first graders had earned a STAR for their badges because of all their hard work with snap words. They sent us off with a new mission of figuring out longer and trickier words. We focused on breaking apart long words and using what we know about the smaller parts to figure out the tricky word. We also paid close attention to the beginning of words, particularly for letters that go together, like blends (fl, dr, sm) or digraphs (th, sh, ch).

Writing Update!

We spent time immersing the students with books that model persuasive letter writing. We read some books featuring a homeless dog who tried to persuade people to adopt him. We also read some books about a little boy who is trying to persuade his parents to get him a pet iguana, a new bedroom, and to come home from vacation so he can leave his grandparents’ house. All these books are written with such humor, that they kept us laughing all week. We used these books as a reference as we moved into our persuasive letter writing unit.

The kids noticed that the letters in the books had some things in common. One thing we noticed about persuasive letters was that the best letters had to do with things that were important to us and that helped make our home, neighborhood, or school a better place. We brainstormed some ways we could help make our school a better place to learn. We will keep adding to this list each day.

Math Update!

This week, we continued to work on missing partner and missing total equations and stories. We started each day off with a review of equations and the kids have grown in their ability to recognize addition or subtraction and then label the equation with the matching secret code (P + P = T or T – P = P). If you notice your child knowing the answer right off the bat, encourage them to write the answer in right away, BUT then they need to go back and check that their answer is correct by labeling the secret code, drawing the math mountain, and placing their TOTAL at the top. This will help to reinforce how important it is to check their answer and make sure it makes sense (and help eliminate silly mistakes).

  1. Circling the numbers in the story
  2. Listening to see if the story is subtraction or addition
  3. Writing the secret code that matches the story (T-P=P or P+P=T)
  4. Adding the numbers to the equation
  5. Drawing the math mountain
  6. Putting the total at the top
  7. Clapping and counting ON or UP to solve for the missing number

Week 14!

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, caught up on a bunch of household chores, and had fun decorating for the holidays!  Get ready – these next four weeks will be jam-packed with winter fun!!!

November 26 – NO HOMEWORK DUE

We did not send home a homework this past week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The homework being sent home on Monday lists the due date as November 25 – this is incorrect.  Plan on December 3 for the due date.

November 30 – Library Day

November 30 – Popcorn Day

Stay safe on the roads!!!  It looks like we’ll have a few inches of snow in the morning!

Week 13!

We are entering our shortest week of the year!!!  We have lots of fun Thanksgiving read alouds planned and can’t wait to celebrate our first round of informational writing as a class on Tuesday.  These first graders have become experts at teaching how-to do different jobs at home and at school.

November 19 – Culver’s Night from 5:00-8:00

Come have a yummy dinner or dessert and support our school!!!

November 20 – How-To Writing Celebration

November 21-25 – Thanksgiving Break: NO SCHOOL

November 22 – Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thank you so much for all your donations for our PE CARES food drive.  Our school collected thousands of items for families in need!!!  Way to go, Georgetown families!!!

Reading Update!

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.

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!

We continued to work on missing partner strategies, this week. The first graders performed very well with the strategy of:

  1. Circling the numbers in the story
  2. Listening to see if the story is subtraction or addition
  3. Writing the secret code that matches the story (T-P=P or P+P=T)
  4. Adding the number to the equation
  5. Drawing the math mountain
  6. Putting the total at the top
  7. 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.

Week 12!

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