Math:

We are off to a great start with our wonderful math program.  During the first two weeks of school, we’ve been visualizing, representing, and breaking apart numbers using a variety of math tools: counters, stair steppers, and number cards.  When we break apart a number, we take a larger number and split it into two smaller numbers.  We call the two smaller numbers partners because when we add them together they equal the larger number.  So far, we’ve discovered the partners (and switch partners) for 2, 3, 4, and 5. (Check out the chart below!)  We have also used our knowledge about partners and patterns to solve addition (+0, +1, +2) and subtraction problems (-0, -1, -2).

Writing:

During Writer’s Workshop, we have been writing small moment stories. A small moment story is personal narrative (a true story about you)!

We started by building a poster: How to Write a Story

We practiced thinking of an idea. We then planned it out by sketching a beginning, middle, and end. And then, we began writing the words to match out story. We wrote a few stories together first and then, last week, the kids got to try writing on their own. They have done such a great job of showing us what they know and it will be so fun to watch them grow as writers this year.

This week, we began readers’ workshop.  This is such a wonderful time in our classroom.  We have enjoyed reading some great stories together and we have started building the foundation of our independent reading time.  Readers get better at reading by practicing reading, so we focused this week on building their independence for reading by themselves (read to self time).  We are working together to figure out the best routines that will help us be successful during this time. So far we have the following:

Important Notes: Week #3

The cool temperatures this weekend definitely made it fell like fall. It was a nice break from the hot, hot weather we’ve been having. We were able to enjoy some fun outdoor fall activities – I hope your family did too!! Be sure to check out our class photo stream to see a glimpse of readers workshop time and some of the other fun activities/lessons/breaks we’ve enjoyed this week.  Just send me an e-mail if you would like me to share the link with your family again. :)

September 10 – Library Day

We were able to get our first books from the library on Friday!  Our regular library day is on Mondays (we had to reschedule last week due to Labor Day). Send your child’s book back to school tomorrow so he/she can pick out a new one. If you forgot, no problem! :) You can always send it back the following week. If your child forgets and really wants to get a new one, just send me an e-mail and Mrs. Vandenberg (our librarian) and I will coordinate a time when your child can go down.

**The book that your child chooses from the library is a “just for fun” book.  Right now, the kids may choose any picture book they would like.  (Later in the year, they will be able to choose from nonfiction and chapter books too.)  Library books are perfect for you to read aloud to your child as a part of your nightly reading routine.  In a couple weeks, your child will begin bringing home a “take home book” at their “just right” reading level.  These books will be excellent practice for your child to read aloud to you at home.  Please feel free to send your child’s library book back to school as soon as you are finished reading it.  We have a bin to collect them in, and I will make sure your child’s book makes it back to the library.**

September 12 – Stuffed Animal Day

We have been working very hard to follow our first grade rules and reached out first class goal.  On Wednesday, your child may bring a stuffed animal to school. I will text a reminder Tuesday night and share more details on the blog later this week!

September 14 – 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. :)