I hope that your Thanksgiving weekend was filled with family, fun, food, and a little relaxation too. I had so much fun with my kiddos, caught up on a bunch of household chores, and had fun decorating for the holidays! Get ready – these next four weeks will be jam-packed with winter fun!!!
November 26 – NO HOMEWORK DUE
We did not send home a homework this past week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The homework being sent home on Monday lists the due date as November 25 – this is incorrect. Plan on December 3 for the due date.
November 26 – Library Day
November 29 – Happy Birthday Kaylee!!!
November 30 – Popcorn Day
December 1 – Happy Birthday Georgie, Emmy & Hunter!!!
Stay safe on the roads!!! It looks like we’ll have a few inches of snow in the morning!
We are entering our shortest week of the year!!! We have lots of fun Thanksgiving read alouds planned and can’t wait to celebrate our first round of informational writing as a class on Tuesday. These first graders have become experts at teaching how-do different jobs at home and at school. Be sure to check the photo stream to see our celebration fun and check out pictures from our Toy Day at school too.
November 19 – Library Day
November 19 – Culver’s Night from 5:00-8:00
Come have a yummy dinner or dessert and support our school!!!
November 20 – How-To Writing Celebration
November 21-25 – Thanksgiving Break: NO SCHOOL
November 22 – Happy Thanksgiving!!!
November 22 – Happy Birthday Charlotte!!!
Thank you so much for all your donations for our PE CARES food drive. Our school collected thousands of items for families in need!!! Way to go, Georgetown families!!!
This week, we received notice from the SUPER SECRET DETECTIVE AGENCY that our first graders had earned their badges for all their hard work solving hard words. They delivered the badges and sent us off with a new mission. We are focusing in on SNAP WORDS (words we know and can read quickly, without having to slow down – we know them in a snap). We’ve worked hard to grown the number of snap words we know and have practiced recognizing these words in our reading.
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.
The first graders are coming up with really cool and detailed How To’s. Next week we will work on fixing up our How To’s and celebrating them!!
We continued to work on missing partner strategies, this week. The first graders performed very well with the strategy of:
- Circling the numbers in the story
- Listening to see if the story is subtraction or addition
- Writing the secret code that matches the story (T-P=P or P+P=T)
- Adding the number to the equation
- Drawing the math mountain
- Putting the total at the top
- Clapping and counting ON or UP to solve for the missing number
We are in the habit of checking to see if the number we solved for makes sense in the math mountain (the largest number always has to go at the top). If they make a mistake, the math mountain helps them to realize this.
It was a pleasure to talk with all of you at conferences last week!!! These first graders have been working hard since the beginning of the year. Thank you so much for all of the support and encouragement that you provide your child at home working on math homework, take-home books, spelling word, handwriting, sight words, Raz-Kids and MobyMax. Phew!!! I can’t wait to see how these sweet little ones continue to grow!!! If you have any questions or concerns as the year continues please let me know.
We had so much fun visiting the book fair this week! THANK YOU so much to the PTC and the sweet families from our classroom that donated books. We have tons of new stories that we can’t wait to read!!!
November 2-16 – P.E. C.A.R.E.S. Food Drive
November 11 – Veteran’s Day
November 12 – Library Day
November 15 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30
November 16 – No Sight Word Parent Helpers
Parent helpers plan on November 30 and December 7. Then, we’ll start back up again in the new year. Thank you so much for your support!!!
Brrrrr!!!! It has sure been cold outside!!! Just a reminder to send your child to school with their cold weather gear – our lunchtime recess is a long one. Also, don’t forget to label EVERYTHING in case a mitten, hat, or boot goes missing!
Our classroom has been a tad on the chilly side too. Feel free to send your child to school with an extra sweatshirt or sweater to wear in the classroom.
Save the date…
November 21-25 – Thanksgiving Break: No School
December 13 – Holiday Music Program
We kicked off Unit 3 this past week and introduced our first graders to a new strategy: math mountains. A math mountain is a method for organizing the partners on bottom and the total on top. If we aren’t sure of the total in a math mountain we can underline the greater partner and count ON. If a partner is missing, we can underline the known partner and count UP to the total (drawing a circle for each number that we count). The number of circles tells us the missing partner.
Our first graders solved stories that were missing a partner instead of the total this week too. This was our first time exploring ways to solve this kind of problem. We found that our math mountain strategy helped us organize the numbers so we could count-UP from the known partner to the total in order find the missing partner. So, we worked hard to recognize the total and partner in each story so our math mountains made sense and our work was accurate.
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 WALK IN THE HALL. 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!
This week, we started a new unit of reading focused on figuring out tricky words. Our classroom received a mystery envelope from the SUPER SECRET DETECTIVE AGENCY! We’ve been busy on missions all week, to help us be the best word detectives we can be.
Each new mission has given us a new tool to help us carefully figure out new, tricky words. We’ll keep working on new missions as we grow as word detectives.
We had a fabulous first writing celebration on Thursday! The kids were so proud of their writing. I kept this final piece at school and will be saving it to go in a special book that you will receive at the end of the year. The rest of your child’s writing was sent home for you to enjoy! Our next writing unit will focus on writing How-To Directions. We are excited to get started!
THANK YOU so much to the many parents that volunteered in our classroom during the party and donated all of our supplies and treats. The kids LOVED dressing in their costumes, and had a blast making their toilet paper pumpkins, playing Halloween Memory, and eating TONS of yummy food. We are so thankful for all of you!!! I will be adding all of the pictures from our party to our class photo stream soon – let me know if you need the link to check them out.
November 2 – 16 – P.E. C.A.R.E.S. Food Drive
Send in your nonperishable food items.
November 5 – Book Fair Preview Day
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 or look at!!
November 7 – 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”.
November 8 – Jet’s Pizza Night
November 9 – Spelling Assessment
*We will not have our normal library time this week due to the Book Fair.*
When we read with our first graders, there are three areas that we look for growth throughout the year: comprehension, accuracy, and fluency. This week, we introduced a tool to aid the students in strengthening their reading comprehension.
This tool helps guide the students in retelling the events of a story in order. When we use this tool, we start by reading a story. When we finish reading, before moving on to another story, we see if we can remember the events of the story. The kids practiced retelling the events across their fingers.
This past week we spent most of our writing time preparing a special story to share at our writing celebration! First, we picked out a story that we are very proud of to revise on our own and to check for all the parts of a good small moment story. Then, we edited our stories by making sure they were easy to read. After that, we got a chance to use colored pencils to add some color to our stories. Finally, on Thursday, we celebrated!
During our celebration time, we had a chance to add a cover to our story and share a favorite part of our story with the whole class. I am so proud of how far these first graders have come as writers since the beginning of the year.
Parent/Teacher conferences will take place this week Monday and Wednesday. I look forward to meeting with all of you to share some of the AMAZING growth your child has made since the beginning of the year!!
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!
Thank you!! Report cards will be sent home with everyone on Monday, November 5. Check your child’s folder.