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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.

Picture 3

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.

Important Notes: Week #6

Go Eagles!!!  We had a fun Friday showing off our school spirit and cheering with the super fans.  It sounds like the Homecoming Football game was a good one. :) :) Check our google photo stream to see more cute pictures!

October 1 – Library Day

Please help your child return his/her library book to school today.

October 2 – Vision Screening

October 3 – Crazy Hair Day!!!

Wear a hat or style your hair in a crazy, colorful way!!

October 5 – Walk-a-thon

We are pumped up and excited to walk in support of our school!!!  Plan to dress your first grader in 80’s gear and comfy shoes on Friday.  The first graders will be walking on the track from 9:45-10:30.  All parents are welcome to join us outside to walk on the track.  Donation envelopes can be sent in on or before Monday, October 8.

This week our first homework packet will be sent home.  Please look for this in your child’s blue folder on Monday.  Directions are included right on the page.  For more information about homework in first grade please check out this link –> HOMEWORK.

This week your child will bring home some important reading homework too!  On Friday, an envelope came home in your child’s blue folder containing sight words to practice.  Plan to keep this envelope in a safe place, so you and your child can practice these sight words quickly every night.  New sight words will be sent home when your child moves on to a new set at school.  Sometimes this will happen in just a couple of days.  Other times it may take a week or two before your child receives a new set.  Please save all of your child’s sight words, so you can go back and review some of the older ones periodically.  Knowing many words by sight will help to boost your child confidence and fluency as a reader.  Thank you so much for your support at home!

***Look for an e-mail later this week with details about how to help with our sight words at school.  I would love to have some parent/grandparent volunteers come to school to practice with our first graders each week.***

Learning Update!!!

Math:

This week we began our second math unit.  Unit 2 will cover addition and subtraction strategies and provides the foundation for all of the math learning that will take place for the rest of this year and beyond.

This week we learned how to draw pictures to solve story problems. This strategy worked well, except it took us a R-E-A-L-L-Y long time to draw pictures of some objects, such as castles, pencils, and rockets.

Later in the week, we tried a new strategy: circle drawings. We used a break apart stick and circles to show the partners in a story. Then we counted up the total in a snap!


We also learned about the math symbols, equal (=) and not equal (≠).  Numbers are equal (=) when they are exactly the same. This understanding of equality is an important math concept that students will apply when writing equations throughout this year.

Reading:

This week, we continued to work on building good reading habits. We worked on rereading to build fluency. We focused on reading with a smooth voice and scooping up phrases as we read, instead of reading one word at a time. These strategies will support higher reading comprehension.

Then, we began a new bend in our first unit of reading and focused in on strategies for figuring out tricky words. We first talked about taking a sneak peek at the pictures to look for clues that might help us figure out some of the words on the page. We then labeled some bad habits that readers pick up and encouraged kids to try strategies from our good habit poster.

Writing:

The kids have gotten the hang of planning their stories with a beginning, middle, and end, but they don’t always add more than just one detail on each page. So, this week, we focused on adding details to our stories that bring our stories to life. We especially worked to make our characters move and make our characters talk. It was so fun to see the different ways the first graders were adding these details to the words and in the pictures. We’ll keep adding new ways to bring our stories to life next week.

Important Notes: Week #5

We have had lots of fun using technology in our classroom over the past two weeks.  We’ve been getting acquainted with the Doodle Buddy and Teach Me apps on our iPads.  We also logged onto our computers for the first time and used a barcode badge to find the Clever page. Look for more information about MobyMax & RazKids, which can be found on Clever, soon!  We are hoping to check out these amazing resources for learning at home and at school this week in our classroom.

September 24 – Happy Birthday Zaidyn!!!

September 24 – Library Day

Please help your child send his/her book back to school.

September 27 – Picture Day

If you are ordering pictures, please send in your child’s picture envelope on or before Thursday.

September 28 – Eagle Spirit Day

Wear your Eagle gear or maize and blue colors.

September 28 – Super Fans – Pep Rally

September 28 – Popcorn Day!!!

Save the date for our Halloween Party!!!  It will take place Wednesday, October 31 from 12:45-1:30.  More details about how to sign up to donate and volunteer will be emailed soon.

PJ Day!!!

4687699-pajama-kids-with-clipping-pathRoom 106 has done it again!  We have been working hard to follow our First Grade Rules each day.  Whenever our class clip has landed on Ready to Learn or above (at the end of the day) we’ve earned a star (or stars) toward our goal.  Our goal this time around was to earn 10 stars and we have reached that goal!!

To celebrate, Friday, September 22, will be a P.J. Day in our classroom.  Your child may come to school wearing their favorite pajamas, slippers, and robe, but no stuffed animals please!

Mrs. Stadt :)

Learning Update!!!

Math:

During our math time this week we continued to break apart larger numbers into smaller partners. We used whiteboards and markers, counters, stair steppers, and activities from our math workbook to visualize the partners, switch partners, and doubles partners for the numbers 6, 7, and 8. Challenging your first grader to write and show each set of partners in a variety of ways has helped to increase number sense and flexibility with these numbers.

We also continued to use our knowledge of partners and patterns to practice addition (+0, +1, +2) and subtraction (-0, -1, -2) facts. This week in particular, we practiced adding and subtracting doubles partners (1+1, 2-12+2, 4-23+3, 6-3, etc.), and discovered that a number minus itself equals 0 (8-8 = 0).

Writing:

We continued to work on writing small moment stories.

We talked about how important it is to plan out a story before we start writing. This ensures that we don’t put all the details on the first page and then run out of things to say AND to make sure that we know what we want to share on each page, in case we don’t finish the story in one day and have to come back to it another day.

Then, we worked on revising stories to make them better by ADDING more to our stories. The students looked for pages that had blank lines and then brainstormed more details to add by thinking about WHO? WHAT? WHERE? WHEN? & HOW?

We ended the week by focusing on writing all the sounds we hear in words. We noticed that some words we could write in a snap! Some words had chunks inside of them that we already knew how to write. And, with words that we didn’t know, we practiced counting the sounds we heard as we stretched it out and then we wrote down the letters that matched each of the sounds we counted.

Reading:

We continued to work on building good habits for our reading workshop.

We talked about how important it is to TAKE A SNEAK PEEK before we read. We know to look at the pictures and think about what might happen in the story, but we also focused on thinking about what words would go along with the pictures that we saw in the book. The kids were able to predict words they thought they might see in the book.  Then, when they went to read the story, they were able to read words that may have been tricky, but because they had predicted those words might be in the story, their brains were ready to read them.

Good readers take a sneak peek before they read, but they also DO SOMETHING after finishing. Readers can choose to reread a book, think of their favorite part of the story, or retell what happened in the book.

We also started directing our students toward books that might be closer to their just right level. We will have a chance to read with and assess each student’s reading level in the near future, but for now, we are using information that we have from the end of Kindergarten. We added a sticker to their book box that reminds them which books would be the best for them to read.

Important Notes: Week #4

We had a blast getting to use our iPads for the first time in first grade and in our STEAM special we also got to practice logging into our computers. These first graders are excited to use technology. Make sure to check our class photo stream to see pictures from all of our fun last week and coming up this week too.

September 17 – Constitution Day

September 17 – Library Day

Don’t forget to send your child’s library book back to school today.

September 20 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30

This week I will be meeting with your child to assess his/her reading level and gather information about reading readiness skills. I am excited to get to work on helping your grow in their love for reading, writing, and math this year!!!

Upcoming Important Dates:

September 27 – School Picture Day

October 5 – Walkathon Day