Week 29!

It’s a short week!!  We’re looking forward to some warmer weather too!!

March 26-28 – Nonfiction Writing Post Assessment

Our class 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!!!

March 30 – April 8 – 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!!!

Reading Update!

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!

This week, 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.

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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.

At the end of the week, we reviewed and took our unit assessment. The students performed very well. We are excited to move into our next unit of math that focuses on sorting, organizing, and comparing data.

Writing Update!

This week we wrapped up our unit on Nonfiction Books. We began the week by finishing any books that were not done by adding more to the words and pictures. Once all of our books were finished, we went through our books carefully to edit each book. Check out our editing checklist to see what we were looking for in our finished books.
We ended the week by adding a cover to our book and finally getting to color the pictures we have been working so hard on the past several week. Then we joined with another First Grade Class to read them our Nonfiction Books. We had so much fun teaching other kids all about our topics! I loved hearing them use their teacher voice while they were reading their books. Way to go First Graders!

Week 28!

Thank you so much for a wonderful week of parent-teacher conferences!!!  I am so proud of each and every first grader!!!  They are such a sweet group of kids and so kind to one another!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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 19 – Library Day

March 21 – Spelling Assessment

Be sure to practice our spelling words at home: one, by, not, had, or

March 22 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30

March 23 – Math Assessment

March 23 – Writing Celebration

We will celebrate our amazing nonfiction writing and share our work with another first grade class!

Reading Update!

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 past 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.

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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.

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

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.