Learning Update!!!


After working for a few days to write our last small moment story, we continued to work on drafting CONSTRUCTED RESPONSEs to questions about a text. Our first graders have worked hard to listen to questions and figure out answers, but they need to fully respond to a question in a format that shows they understand the question (restate question), they can answer the question (answer – ALL parts), and they can use information from the text to back up the answer they chose (cite information from the text).

This week, we used Raz-Kids as a tool to help us practice our constructed response. When the first graders reach a certain level within Raz-Kids, a constructed response question gets added the end of the quiz they take after reading their book. We worked together to read a story, answer the quiz questions, and then form a constructed response answer to the last question.


We’ve already learned so much about being a great decoder and how important it is to use strategies to figure out tricky words.  This week, we tried to push ourselves even more as readers, by learning a new strategy that taught us how to break apart words into syllables, so we could decode multi-syllable words.  This new strategy had a special name: SPOT & DOT!!!

Before we could try SPOT & DOT we had to develop our understanding of a syllable.  We learned that words can be split apart into syllables and every syllable has its own vowel sound.  (This vowel sound is sometimes made up of a vowel all by itself.  Other times it’s made up of a team of vowels working together.)   Since our SPOT & DOT strategy works with words that contain two or more syllables, we studied several words and tried to predict if they had only one syllable or many syllables.

Next, we were ready to SPOT & DOT.  We followed the steps below:

After Step 3, we swooped our fingers under each syllable to read the word.

We tried reading many 2-syllable and 3-syllable words as a class before the kids tried some on their own.  We will continue practicing this strategy next week as we tackle some of the tricky multi-syllable words the kids find in their own books.


We began our Unit 6 in math this past week.  Our first grade mathematicians are now sorting, organizing, and comparing data.  What a blast!!

To start things off, we learned how to take random data and record it on a chart or graph.  Crossing out each object as we add it to our graph helps us to be accurate in our representation.

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After graphing the information, we were able to notice many things about the data we were studying.  Which group had the most?  Which group had the fewest?  How many in all?  And, we were also able to make comparisons – how many more or how many fewer.  To compare our data, we drew matching pairs and then circled the magic number.

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The magic number represents the difference between the two groups being compared.  No matter if we are comparing how many more or how many fewer – the number is always the same (that’s why it’s magic!).

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We can’t wait to learn more!

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Chapter Books!!!

What a crazy week of parent-teacher conferences – thank you so much to that families that graciously cancelled and rescheduled their conference times due to my strep throat.  I am feeling so much better and excited to get back to school!!

During conferences, I had a lot of conversations with parents about getting their child interested in some fascinating characters from beginning chapter books.

Reading aloud chapter books to your child at home is a great way to end your day together and also helps to develop important comprehension skills. Chapter books usually have just a few illustrations so your child is nudged to visualize the story events in his/her mind. These books can also enrich vocabulary and present interesting characters that might change in surprising ways.

At school, we have been reading from the Freddie Fernortner & Mercy Watson series! THE KIDS LOVE THEM!!!  Here are several other chapter book series to try:

Fly Guy series / Arnold

The Littles series / Peterson

Cork and Fuzz series / Chaconas

Henry and Mudge series / Rylant

Mr. Putter and Tabby series / Rylant

Poppleton series / Rylant

Andrew Lost books by J.C. Greenburg (A GREAT SCIENCE-Y SERIES!!!)

The Young Cam Jansen books by David A. Adler

Nancy Clancy books by Jane O’Conner (A GREAT MYSTERY SERIES, especially for readers who are already familiar with Fancy Nancy!)

Jigsaw Jones books by James Preller

Junie B. Jones by Barbra Park

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Important Notes: Week 27

Our 3D rainbows sure make it feel like spring, even if the weather has decided to get real chilly.  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 – Day Light Savings: Spring Forward

March 13 – Blanket Day!!!

March 13-15 – 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 16 – Marco’s Pizza Night

March 17 – Body Safety Presentation

(Presented by the Children’s Adovcacy Center)

Happy Selection Sunday!!!

Mrs. Stadt :)

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences will take place this week Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  I look forward to meeting with all of you to share some of the AMAZING growth your child has made since this fall!!

I’ve posted the revised conference schedule below.  We have a lot of wonderful things to talk about in just 15 minutes.  Please remember to be prompt and I will do my best to stay right on schedule too!

Report cards will be sent home in your child’s blue folder on Monday, March 13.

Thank you!!

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Learning Update!!!


This week, we reviewed the long vowel combinations that we’ve introduced:

ee, ea, ai, oa & oy, ay, ey, y & ow, ou.

And then we introduced a new set of vowel teams. We discussed vowel teams:

aw, au, ue, oo, ew.









The first graders are building a collection of vowel teams to help them decode tricky words. This week, we will dig into multisyllabic words with a new decoding strategy called Spot & Dot.


This week, the first graders worked hard to get ready for our fifth writing celebration of the year. We spent time sorting our stories into a GREAT pile and a ‘not so great’ pile. They chose one story to revise and edit. Then, in preparation for our celebration, we studied other authors and noticed that they had added a cover with a title, a dedication page, and an all about the author page. And just like them, we tried it too!  If the stories don’t entertain you, the about the author pages will!  It was such a fun celebration of all we’ve learned!!!






This week, we reviewed all the different kinds of stories and equations that we have focused on in Unit 5. We then took the unit assessment and the students performed very well. We will continue to practice the skills that have been introduced this year, but we are ready to move into our next unit of math that focuses on sorting, organizing, and comparing data.

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Blanket Day!!!

The first graders in Room 106 have earned another star prize for following our first grade rules!!!  This time around we voted to have a blanket day, so… Monday, March 13, will be Blanket Day in Room 106!

Your child may bring in a big or small blanket to snuggle with throughout the day.  Psst – don’t tell your first grader, but we may use these blankets to build some forts at the end of the day!

Mrs. Stadt :)

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Important Notes: Week 26

We will be finishing up several units of study this week in preparation for report cards and parent-teacher conferences.  Thank you so much for helping your child with take home books, sight words, MobyMax, spelling words, and their home address.  It is amazing what these 6 and 7 year olds are able to do!!

 March 7 & 8 – Jet’s Pizza Nights

March 8 – Library Day

March 9 – Math Assessment: Unit 5

March 9 – Writing Celebration

March 10 – 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.)

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Learning Update!!!


This week, we reviewed the long vowel combinations that follow the rule TWO VOWELS GO WALKING, THE FIRST ONE DOES THE TALKING: ee, ea, ai, oa.

And then we introduced a new set of vowel teams that don’t follow that same rule. We discussed vowel teams with ‘o‘ and vowel teams with ‘y.’


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 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.Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 10.08.47 PM

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.

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Important Notes: Week 25

What an AMAZING week of weather!!!  We tried to take advantage of it and get outside for some extra recess time to get our bodies moving.  Hearing the birds chirp and soaking in the sunshine made it feel like spring.  We begin so many fun science units in April & May.  We are getting eager for the nice weather to stick around!!

March 1 – Library Day

March 2 – Happy Birthday Nathan!!!

March 2 – Happy Birthday Liam!!!

March 2 – Last Day for Sight Word Volunteers

March 3 – Popcorn Day

March 3 – Spelling Review Assessment

Thank you to the many parents that have signed up to chaperone at our zoo field trip.  I will send out more information and reminders in April & May.  If you would still like to help out with a group, just send me an e-mail.

Please review our 35 “no excuse” spelling words with your first grader.  On Friday, I will assess each child over all the words we’ve learned this year.  If you are looking for some fun ways to practice here are a few: play dough, pipe cleaners, yarn, puffy paint, sand, stamps, finger paint, shaving cream… check out this link for more ideas: 60 Ways to Practice Spelling Words.

Here is a list of all 35 spelling words that we’ve covered this year:  FIRST GRADE CORE WORDS

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