# Week 25!

Our Spring Parent Teacher Conferences have been scheduled for March 11 & 13.  An e-mail was sent out on Friday with your day and time.  Please look over your scheduled time and send me an e-mail to confirm or reschedule.  Thank you!

# March 1 – Library Day

We will be writing our last nonfiction book this week. I will use this piece of writing to assess each child’s understanding of writing nonfiction books. If you are able, before school on Monday, brainstorm with your child about a topic they are an expert on that he or she might want to write about and check in with your child about how their writing is going throughout the week.  I can’t wait to read these amazing books!!!

This week in reading, we worked on READING ALOUD like an EXPERT.  To read aloud like an expert, we needed to watch some experts in action. So, we watched a clip of the Kratt Brothers, from the show Wild Kratts.  We learned that we can do what Chris and Martin do – change our voices to show the important parts in our nonfiction books.

We searched through our books for the most fascinating parts that are worth sharing with others, so we would be ready to stop and talk to our partners.

We also practiced reading with feeling to match what was happening on each page.

Our fluency was AMAZING!!!

# Writing Update!

We continued with our nonfiction chapter books this week in Writing. We learned how good writers can add details to their books by adding comparisons and examples. For comparisons, we tried comparing things that might be a little hard to understand to things that are easy to understand. For example…

Sharks teeth are as sharp as a knife!

– or –

We also practiced giving examples to help the reader understand what we are trying to convey. By giving examples, we are helping our reader learn all the information they can about our topics. For example…

Hudsonville has lots of restaurants like Subway, Jets, and Sprinkles.

– or –

Monkeys eats lots of fruit. They eat bananas and oranges.

# Math Update!

This week, we began adding a two-digit number (containing a tens number and a ones number) together with some additional ones. To complete this task, we utilized two strategies. First, our handy-dandy method of counting on:

We had to be extra careful that we counted on accurately.  We made sure that we did this by always going back to double check our work and using our number grids to help us count through the decade numbers. Our second strategy helped us visualize how ones can be grouped together to “make a new ten” – even when we’re working with larger numbers. This method is an introduction to the regrouping strategies that your child will use in second grade and beyond.

# Week 24!

What a fun Valentine’s Day celebration!!  The kids had a blast passing out their valentines and loved decorating their bags, too.  If you haven’t checked out our photo stream, please do.

# February 22 – Spelling Assessment

We will assess our most recent words: be, this, from, I, have, or, by, one, had, not

# Writing Update!

We continued to work on writing nonfiction teaching books. This week, we worked on organizing our books with a table of contents and we expanded our books to include four different chapters. As the kids start a new book, they first pick a topic and write down four different chapters that they will teach about for their topic. We worked on using these chapter titles to organize our ideas in our table of contents.

This week in reading, we continued to work on figuring out the tricky words that “stop us in our tracks” as we read our nonfiction books.  We learned to crash the parts of a word together when we encounter a tricky word.  For example, we say can say each part: ex – er – cise and then crash the parts together: exercise.  Another strategy we learned is to do a S-L-O-W check, by running our finger slowly under the word, to make sure it looks right and sounds right.

We also started thinking about the meaning of the words in our books.  When we are reading our nonfiction books we are learning new words about our topics.  When we get to one of these new words we can try the word the best we can and then describe what it might mean.  We had lots of fun telling about some of our new words and having our classmates guess what the word might be.

We added to our How to get SUPER SMART about NONFICTION topics chart this week too.  We learned that keywords are words that are used over and over to teach about our topic.  We worked on finding keywords in our books and sharing everything that we know about these words.

Our first graders are becoming experts on so many topics!!!

# Math Update!

In math, we continued to study LARGE, TWO-DIGIT numbers.  In particular, we used the greater than, less than, and equal to symbols ( >, <, = ) to compare these numbers.  When we compare numbers, we stressed the importance of building each number with ten sticks and ones to easily identify which number has more tens.  If both numbers have the same amount of tens, then we can compare the ones to find the greater number.  Our first graders quickly noticed that the greater than and less than signs look like a “hungry mouth” ready to gobble up which ever number is greatest.

Just be careful… don’t let number like: 29 & 92 or 45 & 54 or 78 & 87 – trick you!!!  Build those numbers and pay attention to the tens!!!  Please review this concept with your first grader, if you notice him or her getting a little confused on the homework.

This week we also practiced adding ones numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) together, and tens numbers (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90) together.  Our first graders worked hard to notice which numbers they were working with so they could accurately represent each equation.  In order to prove our work, we used ten sticks and circles to help us find the missing total.

# Week 23!

Just a friendly reminder, if you have not already, please send your child’s valentines to school soon.  We will be passing them out on Friday along with some fun drawing, crafting, games, and snacks.  Be sure to check out our photo steam to see all the fun – just send me an e-mail if you need the link again!

# February 15 – Valentine’s Day Fun!!!

*** Our homework packet for the week has the wrong dates listed.  (This is the packet that was originally going home the week of all the SNOW DAYS.)  Plan to send the completed packet back to school on February 18. ***