Monthly Archives: January 2018

Important Notes: Week 21

We had a great week of learning and are really enjoying our Readers’ Workshop in the afternoon!!  Moving our reading time to the afternoon has allowed us to read for longer and meet with reading partners everyday.  Check out our new daily schedule to see how our day has changed.  Click here –> DAILY SCHEDULE.

I will begin reassessing each first graders’ reading level soon to gather data for our March report cards and conferences.  Keep up the great work practicing sight words (if your child is still working on them), spelling words, and reading our take home books at home.  Your practice at home helps to build your first graders confidence and strategies when they are reading at school.  THANK YOU!!!

Look for an e-mail later today about our Zoo Field Trip in May.  We were able to secure a date in the spring: Monday, May 21.  We would love to have you join us!!!

January 30 – PE Apparel Forms Due

January 30 – Library Day

January 31 – Spelling Assessment

Covering all of our words this year: a, and, the, of, to, in, it, is, you, that, he, for, was, on, are, they, at, as, his, with

February 1 – How-To Writing Celebration

We will fancy up our writing and act our How-To directions with some of our buddies.

February 2 – Groundhogs Day

February 2 – 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 e-mail me to let me know.)

February 5 & 6 – NO SCHOOL: Mid-Winter Break

Have fun working on your valentines!!!  When you finish, please send your child’s valentines into school in a bag labeled with your child’s name.  I can store them here so they are ready for Valentine’s Day.

Mrs. Stadt :)

Learning Update!!!

Reading:

This week in reading, we focused in on habits of a good reader to become SUPER SMART about NONFICTION topics.  We worked at finding nonfiction books that are at a level we can read mostof the words and then practiced taking a sneak peek to see what we could learn about the topic, before we even read the words.

We worked hard to s-l-o-w down our reading and really pay close attention to each page and the words and pictures that help teach us. We used what we learned from one page to help us predict what else we might learn in the book. And, we spent a lot of time working with our partners and sharing what we had learned (in our own words).

Writing:

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.

Math:

After reviewing the MAKE A TEN STRATEGY, we took a math quiz, which the students all did very well on. Then, we moved on to studying our doubles facts. Many of our first graders know the first 5 doubles in a snap. The final 5 doubles were a little tougher.Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 10.15.43 PM

We talked about how we can use what we know about doubles to help us solve other equations. We noticed that there is often a set of doubles that can be found hiding inside an equation. If we can find the hidden double, all we need to do is add one or subtract one to solve the equation.  For example:
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We will continue to work on our doubles facts, so our first graders can more easily use the Doubles +1 and Doubles -1 strategy. It would be wonderful if your child could practice their doubles facts at home too!! Practice makes permanent!!

We also studied some LARGE, TWO-DIGIT numbers this week — some of the biggest numbers that we’ve worked with so far this year!  We noticed that every 2-digit number has a place to show the tens hiding inside along with a place to show the extra ones.  We also represented these numbers using ten sticks and circles, and wrote an equation to match our work.

Since we were working with two digit numbers, we spent a lot of time counting tens and ones this week too.  We were able to do this practice using ten sticks and circles, the number path on our whiteboards, and boxes/jars of objects.  Our first graders learned to count the tens first and then “freeze” before counting up the extra ones.  Taking the time to “freeze” is an important strategy that helps our students recognize when it’s time to switch from counting by 10s to 1s.

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We can tell that our first graders are really beginning to understand the place value of these larger numbers!!!

Important Notes: Week 20

Boy, did I miss my first graders this week!!!  With curriculum meetings and sick kids at home, we had a lot of substitute teachers.  Room 106 did a fantastic job of helping, listening, and celebrating while I was away.  I am excited to be back at school this week!!!  We will be starting some new routines and switching our math time to the morning and our reading time to the afternoon.  This will allow for a longer Readers’ Workshop for our growing readers!!!  I will post our updated daily schedule to the blog later this week.  Be sure to check it out!

I hope your family had a chance to get out and enjoy the warmer temperatures this weekend!!! This January thaw has felt amazing, but our playground will likely be soggy, especially tomorrow.  Make sure to continue sending in those snow pants & boots.

January 23 – Library Day

January 25 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30

January 25 – Happy Birthday Olivia!!!

January 26 – Vision/Hearing Re-screen

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  If your child is eager to get to work on his/her valentines, I will be sending an e-mail later this week with our class list. :)

Learning Update!!!

Reading:

We spent time looking at different nonfiction books to see how nonfiction books work differently than fiction stories.  We noticed features that could help us to understand what we were reading better.

The kids have learned so much from our nonfiction books already and they just LOVE sharing what they learned with the class.

Writing:

We are just getting started with a new writing unit: How To! We noticed this week that How To writing teaches us how to do something

We then practiced writing a How To  as a whole class. We wrote How To wash your hands. As a class we thought of all the materials you would need and the steps in order. Before we wrote our steps, we drew a teaching picture for each step and then wrote our steps out.

We want to make sure that what we are writing about is something we know how to do before we start.  We need your help! This weekend, please brainstorm with your First Grader about some topics that they know how to do. Some ideas included might include…

-How to build a snowman

-How to jump rope

-How to play with your dog

-How to take care of your pet

-How to play tic, tac, toe

-How to brush your teeth

We will create a class list of ideas on Monday! I can’t wait to hear all the good ideas!

Math:

This week, we introduced our first graders to a new addition strategy called “Make a 10″.  For the equation, 9 + 4 = ___, we can “count on” to find the total of 13.  Since the total, 13, is a teen number (which has a 10 hiding inside) we helped our students notice that 9 + 4 = 10 + 3.  Both of these equations produce the total 13, but solving 10 + 3 is quicker and more accurate.

We will spend much of our math time next week working with this new strategy as it is still very new and fragile.

Wacky Day!!!

Room 106 has done it again!!! :)  We’ve reached another 25-star goal and this time around the kids have chosen a WACKY Day as their prize.

Wacky day will take place: Friday, January 19.

Your child can dress in a wacky/mismatching outfit, wear a wacky hairstyle or hat, and our day at school will be a little wacky and backwards too! :) :) :)

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions!

Mrs. Stadt :)

Important Notes: Week 19

We had a great 4.5 days back at school last week despite the slushy and then cold weather outside!!!  I was so impressed with the way that everyone in our class was helping each other, sharing with each other, and making mindful choices!!!  Here’s to another great week!!!

January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 16 – Library Day

January 19 – Popcorn Day

We are only 7 stars away from our next class prize!!  A wacky day may be in order later this week or early next week!  Stay tuned for more details.  The kids are excited!!

Also, congratulations to two great role models in our classroom who earned Room 106 outstanding awards, Lyla & Macy!!!  Way to go, girls!!!

Learning Update!!!

Reading:

We spent some time this week reviewing our read to self routines. The kids fell right back into the swing of our workshop.  We began a new unit of study focused on nonfiction books. The kids are so excited to dig into this section of our classroom library.  They have found books about animals, planets, weather, people, vehicles, and much more.

We talked about how important it is to warm up to their book before trying to read. Nonfiction books are filled with new vocabulary words and if we take the time to look through the pictures, we often have a general idea of what is going on and can make better guesses as we tackle new words.  Encourage your first grader to warm up to new books before they read the words!

Writing:

This week, we transitioned back into writers’ workshop starting by diving into some nonfiction ALL ABOUT books. We studied books that were written to teach us new facts about one topic and then the kids tried writing one all on their own. We will continue to work on writing that teaches next week, as we move into our unit on HOW TO writing.

This week, we also introduced the first graders to a new kind of writing called CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE. Good readers are able to respond to their reading by answering questions about what they’ve read. A CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE is a way of fully answering a question (RACE) and this is something they are expected to be able to do independently by third grade. We will start practicing these types of writing exercises each week.

Our first graders started this practice by playing a game called WOULD YOU RATHER? The kids listened to questions and figured out their answer, and then practiced fully responding to the question in a format that shows they understand the question (restate question – I would rather…), then, answer the question (answer – ALL parts), and give a reason for their choice (because…). We will continue to work on this throughout the school year and we will grow in our expectations of what they are adding to their CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE. If you see any constructed response papers come home, have your child read through their response with you and point out those three parts (restate, answer).

Math:

As a first grade staff, we are always striving to meet the needs of each and every student.  In order to do this, we studied the data from our students’ math performance so far this year, and used this information to group together students with similar areas of expertise and areas of need. For this unit, many of our students will be taking part in a “math switch” in which they may be traveling to a different classroom, so that they are able to work in the group and with the teacher that will help them reach their full potential as a math learner.  Each group of math learners will be working on the same math concepts each day, but the pace and practice may look a little different.

We began new math learning this past week!!  Our Unit 4 in math will focus on tens and teen numbers, place value to 100, and strategies for adding larger numbers.  So far, we’ve practiced counting groups of tens.

We studied the teen numbers (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) and noticed that every teen number has a 10 hiding inside along with some extra ones.  We also represented teen numbers using a ten stick and circles, and wrote an equation to match our work.

Important Notes: Week 18

Welcome back, first grade families!!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful break!!  I am looking forward to seeing your first grader’s smiling face tomorrow.  :) :) :)   I also can’t wait to hear about your favorite adventures over break and share some of the fun that our family had too.  We will be reviewing a lot of routines tomorrow, begin studying nonfiction books, get new partner reading spots, and start our math switch groups!!!  Bring on the learning!!! :) :) :)

January 8 – Welcome Back!!!

January 9 – Library Day

January 12 – 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 so I know to order a lunch for your child.

A few reminders:

Library: Our check out day is on Tuesday. Please help your first grader find his/her library book and make sure that it is returned to school. Right now, our class can check out any books from the picture book section or the nonfiction section of our library. These books are just for fun and can be read with your child.

Snacks: We eat snacks twice a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please send in two healthy snacks so that your child stays fueled for learning.  Don’t forget a water bottle too!

Recess: We go outside for a lunchtime recess every day unless it is raining or the “feels like” temperature is below zero degrees. Please send your child to school with boots, hats, gloves, snow pants, and coats every day. Even if there isn’t snow on the ground, spending 30 minutes outside can get really chilly.

Sweatshirts: Our classroom can be on the chilly side so if your child would like to bring a sweatshirt to keep in their locker or on the back of their chair, that would be no problem!

Transportation Changes: If your child will be leaving school a different way than normal or if your child will be leaving early for an appointment, be sure to send a note in his or her blue folder or call the office to let us know of the changes before 3:00 pm.

Take Home Books: I have your child’s take-home book here at school!!!  I kept them over break, so you wouldn’t have to worry about reading them.  I placed your child’s bag back in his or her mailbox to take home on Monday.  Remember to return your child’s take home book back to school each day so he or she can choose a new one to bring home.

Thank you!

Rachel :)