# March 25 – On Demand Opinion Writing Assessment

Our class will be writing our last persuasive review this week.  I will use this piece of writing to assess each child’s understanding of opinion writing.  If you are able, before school on Monday, brainstorm with your child about a toy, restaurant, place, food, etc. that they love. I can’t wait to read these amazing pieces!!!

# March 26 – Body Safety Presentation @ 11:00

(Presented by the Children’s Advocacy Center)

# March 29 – April  6 – Spring Break: No School

Have a wonderful spring break!!!  Enjoy lots of rest, relaxation, and hopefully sunshine and warm weather, too!!!  I wish you safe travels if your family is vacationing somewhere outside of West Michigan.  See you soon!!!

Our first grade readers added more “tools” for solving tricky words to their reading strategy tool box this week!  One of our new tools is to read our words part by part.  If we slowly say each part, a really long word with lots of syllables isn’t as tricky anymore.  (j – ump – ing = jumping)

We also practiced using words we know to help us figure out new words.  If we already know a word like will, we can use part of the word will to help us read a new word: thrilling.

We found that to figure out some words in our books, we need to try many different vowel and consonant sounds until the word makes sense, looks right, and sounds right!  Sometimes there are so many sounds to try, but we won’t give up!

Finally, we realized that there many words in our books that we know in a snap from practicing all our sight words this year.  We practiced reading familiar words quickly, instead of saying each sound, because we know them so well.

Our first graders have been loving the Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways book that we’ve been using to practice with all of our new reading tools.  If you are looking for a new series to read, definitely check these books out!

# Math Update!

During our math time this week, we spent time studying our 120 number grid.  We noticed patterns in the ones place and tens place going across the grid and down the grid.  We also used our number grid to find 10 more and 10 less than a number.

While our number grid can be very helpful, it’s not our only tool for adding ten more and ten less.  We can also use our ten sticks find the answer when adding and subtracting tens or adding and subtracting just the tens place or ones place.

We will continue using our strategies next week to add and subtract two digit numbers!

We learned how to use the partners of 100 to solve equations that totaled 100. The partners of 100 are very similar to the partners of 10; however, we are working with tens instead of ones. This strategy came in handy for solving some of our two-digit equations as well.

We also used our understanding of the relationship between addition and subtraction to solve equations. This strategy helped us to quickly find the missing partner in an addition equation once we solved the subtraction equation.

# Writing Update!

This week, we spent time elaborating on details that we can add to our reviews that would be the most convincing. We strayed away from details like, it’s cool, fun, awesome…and worked on adding comparisons where the students told us why their idea was better than another.

Red Robin is better than McDonald’s because you get endless supplies of french friends.

We then challenged the kids to add all the key features of a convincing review to their own writing. We spent the week fixing up our reviews and adding more to them.

On Friday, we celebrated the work that we have done in this unit by building a book of reviews and sharing them with our classmates. Look for this book to come home and enjoy reading them!

# Week 28!

Thank you so much for a wonderful week of parent-teacher conferences!!!  I am so proud of each and every first grader!!!  🙂

The rest of our year is going to fly by at lightning speed.  We will be covering a lot of fun social studies curriculum topics after spring break and getting ready for our field trip to the zoo.  We can’t wait!!!

# March 22 – Dress-Like-The-Job-You-Want Day!

We will discuss what they might like to dress up as and talk about what is school appropriate. I’ll plan to talk with the kids and make a plan on Wednesday and then we can have Dress-Like-The-Job-You-Want Day on Friday. You might want to ask your kiddo what job they might want to dress up like and brainstorm what kind of clothes would match that.  Last year, we had some chefs/bakers, dancers/gymnasts, teachers, scientists, athletes, engineers/builders, policemen, and coaches. We will supplement their outfits at school, so please don’t feel the need to buy anything. I promise to take pictures! 🙂

# Writing Update!

This week, we worked hard to build our REVIEWS with all the important and most convincing parts. We started with a catchy introduction, by asking a question. After stating our opinion and listing CONVINCING reasons, we worked on adding details to our reasons. We ended our reviews by restating our opinion and then telling our readers to do something. We’ve been working hard to produce more and more each day to add to our collection of completed reviews in our writing folders. Ask your first grader how many reviews they’ve completed so far!

This week our readers practiced some new strategies to help “triple check” that our words are correct.

We learned that readers are always thinking about the story.  Sometimes when we are stuck on a tricky word, thinking about what’s happening in the story will help us figure out a word makes sense, looks right, and sounds right.

We also learned that the words in our book should fit together like a puzzle and should “sound right” when we read them.  As we were solving tricky words together, we often asked, “What word fits in this sentence?”

Partner time is our favorite part of readers workshop!!!  We LOVE coaching our reading partners and figuring tricky words together each day.  Way to go, first graders!!!  Keep being the BOSS of your reading!!!

# Math Update!

During our math time this week, we continued to solve missing partner and missing total stories. We also stretched our thinking by using the Make a Ten strategy to solve equations and math stories with three addends or partners. After we looked for two partners that could make a ten, we found that adding the third partner to ten was a snap!

We are starting to work on counting and writing numbers up to 120. To help your first grader practice this skill, have him/her start at any 2 digit number and then count out loud to 120. This could be a great activity to do together in the car. As an extra challenge, you can even have your child write the numerals up to 120!

# Week 27!

As the snow finally begins to melt, pack some extra clothes in your child’s backpack.  We try to wear our boots and avoid the mud and puddles, but sometimes our clothes/socks/shoes end up soggy.

# March 12 – Book Fair Preview

We will head down to the book fair so your child can make a wish list of the books he or she would like to get.  You do not have to purchase these books.  This experience gets the kids excited about new books to read and possibly buy!!

# March 14 – Book Fair Buy Day

Today our class has the opportunity to visit the book fair to purchase books.  If your child would like to buy a book, please send his/her money to school on Wednesday in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and the phrase “Book Fair Money”.  Remind your child to hand me the envelope when they get to school.