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Writing Update!

We started a new bend in writing this week. We are continuing on with our Informational Chapter Books but we added in researching our topics. We began the week by starting brand new chapter books. This time, we looked through nonfiction books in our classroom library to learn more about our topics. We focused on using a picture of photograph to add more information and researching our topics with books from the classroom to find more information that we could add to our own books. Check out the chart below to see all the things we know how to add to our books!

Next week we will be wrapping up Nonfictions writing and celebrating all the hard work that first graders have done! These kids have been working so hard and I love reading their books!

Week 27!

Our 3D rainbows sure make it feel like spring, even if the weather has decided to get real chilly again.  On these cold days, remember to send your child to school with hats and gloves and encourage your child to wear them at recess time too!!

**No library this week due to the book fair.**

March 12 & 14 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 13 – 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 15 – 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.

March 17 – Boys Day Out Event

March 17 –  St. Patrick’s Day

Wear GREEN to school on Friday.

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!

Reading Update

During our reading time this week, we worked on being the BOSS of our reading!  If we’re being the boss of our books, when we get to a tricky word we know we have to STOP and try something to fix it.

If that doesn’t work we can try another strategy!

Finally, when we think we figured out the word, we do a triple check to make sure the word: makes sense, sounds right, and looks right!

At the end of the week we set a goal to be more mindful about using our strategies to do a triple check of our words.

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 –
A first grade classroom is like your school home.
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.
After we made sure to go back and add lots of details to our writing, we thought it would be important to add introductions and conclusions to our writing. We want to introduce our topic to our reader instead of just jumping in with facts on our first page. We can do this by starting off our chapters books with the sentence starter… In this book, you will learn all about….
While it is important for us to add an introduction to our writing, it is also important to wrap up our book with a conclusion. We don’t want to just end our books with a fact and the book ends, we want to end it with a sentence that lets our reader know that its the end of our book. We are adding the sentence…And now you know all about… Enjoy! First graders are being very creative with adding their own thoughts to their introductions and conclusions!

Week 26!

Parent-Teacher conferences have been scheduled.  If you haven’t confirmed your time through e-mail, please do.  Thank you so much for helping your child with take home books, sight words, MobyMax, and spelling words!!!  It is amazing what these 6 and 7 year olds are able to do!!

March 5 – Library Day

March 6 – Superhero & Princess Day

March 7 – Boys Day Out Forms Due

March 8 – Jet’s Pizza Night

March 9 – 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 send me an e-mail to let me know if a sack lunch is needed.)

Math Update!

This week our math switch groups reviewed how solve missing partner addition and subtraction equations.  To support our math learning we added new purple and blue quilt cards to our math tool bags.  Our purple and blue cards are very similar to our previous yellow and orange cards, except this time we are encouraging our mathematicians to count-on or “make a ten” as they solve equations with teen totals.
Picture 2

We also began solving mixed stories again.The first graders performed very successfully when they complete the appropriate steps in order.

Reading Update!

In reading this week, we wrapped up our nonfiction reading unit!  We continued to work on sounding like experts when we read aloud.

We learned that sometimes readers put on their writing glasses and read a book thinking about the cool and interesting features that the author put into the story.  We noticed that the author of our Owls book, Mary R. Dunn, used number words, shapes, colors, sizes, and even examples to teach us about owls.  We realized that we can do this in our nonfiction writing too!

We continued to notice keywords in our books and even made a list of keywords about our topic.  We tried to use these words when sharing with our reading partners to sound like experts.

Finally, we talked about using our bodies to bring the book to life.  We used our arms and faces to act our what was happening in our nonfiction books.  This was so much fun!!!


We loved reading nonfiction books!!!  Our next unit will focus on more strategies for figuring out tricky words, sounding like fluent readers, and making sure we understand what we read.

Writing Update!

This week in writing, we wrapped up our first bend of nonfiction books. We edited our books at the beginning of the week. We carefully read our books to make sure they made sense and looked to see that we had capital letter at the beginning of sentences, punctuation at the end of our sentences, and capitalizing the letter I and names. We then had a mini celebration of all the hard work we have done so far!

We also started the next bend in our nonfiction writing. Chapter Books! We spent time writing a book together, All About Hudsonville, so that we could get an idea of how chapters books are just like what we have been doing but longer and with more facts! We are so excited to be writing our own chapter books!