Monthly Archives: October 2018

Important Notes: Week #10

Way to go Turkey Trot participants!!! It was so much fun to cheer you on last week at the event. We have some very fast runners in our class. Let’s keep the fall fun going – we are excited for some fun Halloween/Harvest activities this week!!!

October 29 – Library Day

October 30 – Picture Retakes

Send back in your child’s picture folder, and I will make sure they head down to smile.

October 31 – Halloween Party @ 12:45

Click on this link for information about our party –> Halloween Party Details

November 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 send me an e-mail to let me know.)  We will not have parent volunteers for sight words this week due to the half day!

November 4 – Day Light Savings – Fall Back

Today, I sent an e-mail with our fall conference schedule.  Please mark this date on your calendar.  If you have not sent me an e-mail to confirm your time, please do!  I am excited to be able to meet with you and share some of the amazing growth your first grader has made since the beginning of the year!

Halloween Party Details

Our Halloween Party will take place this Wednesday, October 31, from 12:45-1:30.


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On WednesdayOctober 31, your child can bring their Halloween costume to school in a bag. Please keep all swords, weapons, makeup, etc… at home for the real Trick-or-Treating.  We will change into our festive gear around 12:30ish. Your child will wear their Halloween costume during the party and change back into their school clothes (or stay in their costume) after the party before we have recess.

Thank you so much to all the parents who are donating supplies and volunteering during the event. Please send in your party donations by Tuesday, October 30, so I can double check that we have everything we need.  Food items can be brought in the day of the party.

We are looking forward to lots of fun!!!  I’ll take pictures to share on our photo stream for you to see if you haven’t signed up to volunteer at the party!  Please remember, if you plan to attend the party, you need to sign up to help with our craft, game, or snack and complete a background check. Please leave younger siblings at home to allow for space in the classrooms.

Learning Update!!!

Writing:

We focused on making our stories easy for other people to read, this week. We spent time focusing on neat handwriting, finger spaces, and spelling our word wall words correctly.

We spent time practicing putting capitals in the right places – we focused on making sure to capitalize the letter I when we talk about ourselves. We are encouraging our writers to be careful not to add capital letters to all their words (which is common for beginning writers). We will continue to build on where to add capitals and punctuation throughout the school year.

Math:

This week, we reviewed all the concepts that we covered in Unit 2. Unit 2 covered addition and subtraction strategies and provided the foundation for all of the math learning that will take place for the rest of this year and beyond. Look for the math assessment to come home soon and check over how your child performed. Any areas that are still NOT consistently solid, we will continue to practice in our lesson warm ups and small group intervention.  This week’s homework will be a review of writing addition equations (P + P = T) and subtraction equations (T – P = P).

Reading:

We talked about how good readers think about their books as they read.  We focused on how when they finish reading one book, before moving on to their next book, they can stop and think. This week, we focused on making connections to our books as we read. As we read, we stopped to think, ‘Would I feel the same way, if that had happened to me?’ or ‘Do I know of any other characters, from different books, who have felt this way before?’ Connections help us to understand how characters feel and infer why they are acting the way they are acting in different parts of a story. Making these connections will help your child to have a deeper understanding of story events and prepares them to be able to talk about character traits.

Important Notes: Week #9

Thank you so much to our parent volunteers who began supporting students with our sight word intervention last week. We are very excited to continue meeting with you!  Thank you also for supporting your first grade reader at home with their take home books.  Remember to return these books to school each day, so your child can bring home a new book to read to you!!!  I am getting excited to reassess each child’s reading level.  I know they have been growing and are getting very excited about many of the series books in our classroom!

October 22-26 – Be Nice * Be Safe Week

October 22 – Library Day

Send your child’s book back to school.

October 22 – Holiday Posters Due

October 23 – Math Assessment

October 23 – Turkey Trot

If your child would like to participate and you did not sign up already, late registration can be filled out at the race.  The races begin at 5:00.  Gates open at 4:30.  If your child signed-up for the race, Turkey Trot t-shirts/goodies were sent home on Thursday or Friday.

October 25 – Favorite Color Day

We’ve earned another classroom prize!  Plan to send your child to school dressed in their favorite color(s).

October 26 – Popcorn Day

Learning Update!!!

Reading:

This week, the kids had fun sharing some of the books they’ve been reading on their own. We practiced giving book introductions where the kids share the WHOWHAT, & WHERE from their stories. This skill helps build our first graders’ ability to summarize, while also giving them a chance to share their excitement over a book with friends in the class.

We also talked about how good readers think about their books as they read.  We focused on how when they finish reading one book, before moving on to their next book, they can stop and think.

Writing:

This week, we took time to remember all that we’ve learned about small moment narrative stories. We made a chart with the class to list all the things they should be adding to each of their stories to make their story the best small moment story they know how to write.

We challenged the class to see if they could start a new story and add all these things to their story. We collected the story and will send it home to share with you. When you see it come home, have your child read it to you and see if they can point out the different parts of the chart that they added to their own story!

Math:

This week, we focused on subtraction equations and stories.  We continued to emphasize that a subtraction equation always begins with the total and worked hard to label all our equations so we knew which numbers to put where.

We also learned that we can use addition to help us solve subtraction.  If we know the partners for an addition equation, we can use this understanding to help us find the missing partner in a subtraction equation.

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Important Notes: Week #8

Brrrrr!!!  The weather is sure starting to feel like fall. As your child begins to bring their cold weather gear to school, don’t forget to label everything.  Hats, gloves, and even boots frequently go missing and we want to make sure all these items get returned to the correct owner.

We had so much fun working on our sight words with some of the Grand Valley baseball players on our half day of school.  Thank you, Mr. Detillion, for bringing in some of your team to spend time with us at school!

On our half day we also made the cutest pumpkins – check the photo stream for a picture of your child holding their masterpiece. :)  Always feel free to send me an e-mail if you would like me to re-share our photo stream link with you.

October 15 – Library Day

Please help your first grader return his/her book.

October 19 – Sight Word Parent Helpers Begin

Volunteers, look for an e-mail tonight with more details about when to arrive, where to go, and what to do.  Also, all volunteers must fill out our background check survey.  I will include this link in the e-mail.  The kids are so excited to have you come! :)

October 22 – Holiday Posters Due

Please feel free to begin sending in any Halloween party donations.  I can hold on to these items at school.  If you are interested in donating or volunteering, here is the signup.com link:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Learning Update!!!

Reading:

This week, we added to our collection of strategies to use when we encounter a tricky word.

We focused on checking to see if our guess makes sense within the context of the page we are reading. Then, we double check to see if the guess matches the letters/sounds of the word on the page. When we are stretching out the sounds in a tricky word, we can try more than one vowel sound to figure out the new word. We spent a lot of time talking about vowels and some of the different sounds they make.

Writing:

We continued to work on writing small moment stories during our writers workshop.  This week, we learned that great writers include the 3 W‘s in their writing:

By including the 3 W’s on our first page, our writing is clear, detailed, and paints a picture for the reader.  For example:

My family went for a bike ride around our neighborhood.

Our class ate two Oreos in the classroom.

We also focused on making our stories easier to read. We introduced the strategy of using a word wall to access frequently used words and spell them correctly in our stories.

Math:

We spent time studying a new math concept: SUBTRACTION!!!  When we solve stories that involve “taking something away” we use a minus sign (-) to represent what happened.  For example, when given the story:

There were 5 cookies.  I ate 3.  How many are left?

Our first graders learned to represent this thinking with circle drawing, break-apart stick, and minus sign right through the circles that were taken away:

We also emphasized that a subtraction equation always begins with the total.  Then we show the “minus” partner, which means that our answer is actually a missing partner (rather than a missing total like an addition equation).  Our first graders “trained their brains” to count up the total and write that number first to accurately represent a subtraction story or circle drawing with an equation.

With our introduction to subtraction still very fresh and new, please support your child on their homework pages as they learn to understand the strategies involved with solving and representing subtraction stories!!!!

Important Notes: Week #7

It was a cold, rainy day for the Walk-a-thon this past Friday, but we didn’t let the yucky weather get us down.  We had a blast walking around the school and dancing some Zoomba in the multipurpose room.  Thank you so much for sending in your donations in support of our school.  Prize winners will be announced later this week once all of the donations have been counted.  Pictures from the Walk-a-thon have been posted to our google photo stream – just send me an e-mail if you would like me to re-share the link.

This week, we visited RazKids, a fantastic website full of books at your child’s just-right level, on the computers and iPads.  Your child has access to this wonderful website at home too!  It is a great resource to use for snow days and during days off from school.  To access it, just log onto Clever using the name and password located on your child’s blue folder.  Click on the RazKids app. My teacher username is: rstadt0. Your child’s password for RazKids is the same password that they use to log in to Clever.  Have fun exploring!

October 8 – Homework Packet Due

Thank you so much for helping your child read, practice sight words, and complete their math pages this past week.  Remember, new sight words will be sent home when your child moves on to a new level at school.  Right now, myself and our first grade parapro, are meeting with students to practice words.  Soon, we will have parent and baseball helpers working with our first graders too.  Your child will progress through words more quickly when this support begins! :)

October 8 – Walkathon Donations Due

October 8 – Library Day

Help your child bring his/her book back to school.

October 11 – Jet’s Pizza Night

October 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 to let me know if a sack lunch is needed.)

Our Halloween Party is coming together!!  Thank you so much to everyone who has volunteered materials and your time already!!  Remember our party will take place Wednesday, October 31 @ 12:45.  If you are planning to attend the party, please sign up to assist with the craft, game, or snack and fill out the background check form: BACKGROUND CHECK.Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

If you would like to donate to our party, we could especially use: a healthy snack and more volunteers for the game and craft.

Learning Update!!!

Math:

Our first grade mathematicians have learned to solve addition stories by drawing pictures, using circle drawings, and writing equations.

This week each of our math groups brainstormed solution strategies for solving equations with missing totals.  To solve 5 + 2 = ___, our first graders suggested…

…making a circle drawing:  

…counting the partners on all their fingers: 

A third strategy that we learned was: COUNTING ON!!!!  Counting on is more accurate and time saving than the first two methods.  When we count on, we underline the greater number and draw dots under the smaller number to show our math work.  Then, we clap and say the greater number, and count on by pointing to and counting the circles under the smaller number.

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Writing:

This week, we continued to add details to our stories that bring our stories to life. We worked on adding tiny steps to our stories and telling them one step at a time, instead of zooming through all the parts.

 We also learned this week, how to finish our stories with a special ending by adding our feelings or thoughts. We talked about how when you give a gift, you finish by wrapping it up and tying a bow.  Stories are similar, our endings help “tie a bow” to our stories and help the reader know that our story is finished. We talked about how sharing some thoughts or feelings at the end of our story is a good way to finish.

 

Reading:

We continued to build on our strategies for figuring out tricky words. So far, we’ve talked about sneaking a peek at the picture for clues to the words on the page. The kids also got good practice studying all the parts of their tricky words for chunks of the word that they knew. And, we ended the week by practicing using the context of the rest of the sentence to help them figure out tricky words. So, when you are reading with your child at home, if they come to a tricky word, encourage them to look at the picture, look at all the parts of the word, and to take a running start and try rereading the sentence.