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Important Notes: Week #24

What a fun Valentine’s Day celebration!!  The kids had a blast passing out their valentines and loved decorating their bags too too.  If you haven’t checked out our photo stream, please do. Here are a couple pictures that I just couldn’t help but share:

February 18 – Library Day

February 21 – Jet’s Pizza Night

February 22 – Spelling Assessment

We will assess our most recent words: be, this, from, I, have, or, by, one, had, not

February 22 – Popcorn Day

Learning Update!!!

Writing:

We continued to work on writing nonfiction teaching books. This week, we worked on organizing our books with a table of contents and we expanded our books to include four different chapters. As the kids start a new book, they first pick a topic and write down four different chapters that they will teach about for their topic. We worked on using these chapter titles to organize our ideas in our table of contents.

 

Reading:

This week in reading, we continued to work on figuring out the tricky words that “stop us in our tracks” as we read our nonfiction books.  We learned to crash the parts of a word together when we encounter a tricky word.  For example, we say can say each part: ex – er – cise and then crash the parts together: exercise.  Another strategy we learned is to do a S-L-O-W check, by running our finger slowly under the word, to make sure it looks right and sounds right. 

We also started thinking about the meaning of the words in our books.  When we are reading our nonfiction books we are learning new words about our topics.  When we get to one of these new words we can try the word the best we can and then describe what it might mean.  We had lots of fun telling about some of our new words and having our classmates guess what the word might be.

We added to our How to get SUPER SMART about NONFICTION topics chart this week too.  We learned that keywords are words that are used over and over to teach about our topic.  We worked on finding keywords in our books and sharing everything that we know about these words. 

Our first graders are becoming experts on so many topics!!!

Math:

In math, we continued to study LARGE, TWO-DIGIT numbers.  In particular, we used the greater than, less than, and equal to symbols ( >, <, = ) to compare these numbers.  When we compare numbers, we stressed the importance of building each number with ten sticks and ones to easily identify which number has more tens.  If both numbers have the same amount of tens, then we can compare the ones to find the greater number.  Our first graders quickly noticed that the greater than and less than signs look like a “hungry mouth” ready to gobble up which ever number is greatest.

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Just be careful… don’t let number like: 29 & 92 or 45 & 54 or 78 & 87 – trick you!!!  Build those numbers and pay attention to the tens!!!  Please review this concept with your first grader, if you notice him or her getting a little confused on the homework.

This week we also practiced adding ones numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) together, and tens numbers (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90) together.  Our first graders worked hard to notice which numbers they were working with so they could accurately represent each equation.  In order to prove our work, we used ten sticks and circles to help us find the missing total.

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Important Notes: Week #23

Just a friendly reminder, if you have not already, please send your child’s valentines to school tomorrow.  We will be passing them out on Friday along with some fun drawing, crafting, games, and snacks.  Be sure to check out our photo steam to see all the fun – just send me an e-mail if you need the link again!

February 11 – Twin Day

Look for a note in your child’s blue folder with the outfit they planned out with friends.  Send me an e-mail if you can’t find the note.

February 11 – Library Day

February 12 – Valentines Due

February 15 – Jet’s Pizza Party

Our class won a Jet’s Pizza Party for having the most participation at the last Jet’s Pizza Night.  On Friday, we will enjoy a pizza lunch together in our classroom.  Your child will be able to have two slices.  I will also supply a juice box, grapes, and Oreos.  If your child doesn’t like pizza and would rather bring in a lunch from home or order a lunch from school that is no problem.  We can’t wait!!!  Thank you first grade families for supporting our school.

February 15 – Valentine’s Day Fun!!!

*** Our homework packet for the week has the wrong dates listed.  (This is the packet that was originally going home the week of all the SNOW DAYS.)  Plan to send the completed packet back to school on February 18. ***

Important Notes: Week #22

Wow!!!  After 6 snow days in a row – INSANE – I am for sure ready to head back to school. I hope your first grader is excited to see their friends too!!! I know my girls have been missing their buddies and craving a school routine.

**Way to go first graders for continuing to learn at home on Moby Max, Raz-Kids, and reading too!!  Mrs. Reagan will announce the pizza party winners later this week! **

February 4-5 – Winter Break: NO SCHOOL

February 7 – Happy Birthday Cole!!!

February 7 – JET’S PIZZA PARTY for LUNCH

Our class won a Jet’s Pizza Party for having the most participation at the last Jet’s Pizza Night.  On Thursday, we will enjoy a pizza lunch together in our classroom.  Your child will be able to have two slices.  I will also supply a juice box, grapes, and Oreos.  If your child doesn’t like pizza and would rather bring in a lunch from home or order a lunch from school that is no problem.  We can’t wait!!!  Thank you first grade families for supporting our school.

** No homework this week or library time due to our winter break. **

Have fun working on valentines!!! We have 22 students in our class.  Remember to leave the “to” line blank.  Just have your child sign his or her name on the “from” line.  Feel free to send your child’s finished valentine’s into school when you are done – I can hold on to them here until Valentine’s Day!  Thank you!!!

Snow Day Activities!!!

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We have another SNOW DAY today.  Please encourage your child to do at least 30 minutes of learning (see below).  Thanks to our AMAZING PTC (made possible by your WALK•A•THON Donations), $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card (one per grade) will be given to randomly drawn students.

AND EXTRA special INCENTIVE:

Mrs. Reagan will throw a pizza party for the classroom that has the MOST PARTICIPANTS in SNOW DAY LEARNING.  She will look at who has participated over all the snow days (last Friday, today …. and maybe other days this week) and the class with the most students who participate will get a PRINCIPAL PIZZA PARTY!

Options for learning:

  1. Read a book or two or three.  ONLINE Learning record for reading minutes.
  2. Learning on MOBYMAX or RAZ-KIDS through Clever.com:
  • Log into https://clever.com/in/hpseagles
  • Select log into other google account.
  • Type in district username followed by @hpsstudents.net
  • Type in password – if your child doesn’t remember the password, choose TIME TO READ instead — or email me, the teacher!
  • Select Elementary Apps
  • Find MOBYMAX OR RAZ KIDS….get started!

Learning Update!!!

Writing:

This week in writing, we asked ourselves “How Can I Teach My Reader?” We need to think about who our reader might be and think about the questions they might have about our topic. For example, if we were writing “All About Dogs,” chances are that we would be writing to someone who doesn’t know much about dogs. If one of my facts is Dogs chew bones. My reader might want to know “Why do they eat bone?” or “What kind of bones.” It’s our job as the authors of our books to think about the questions readers might have before we write and answer those questions before our reader has to ask those question.

We also focused on writing twin sentences to focus in on key words that will help teach our readers more about our topic. Here are a few good examples of twin sentences from our students’ writing:

Great Wolf Lodge is a hotel. A hotel is a place where people can spend the night.

Dogs need exercise. Some kinds of exercise are walking and playing fetch.

Dinosaurs are predators. Predators eat other animals.

Reading:

This week in reading, we continued our focus on habits of a good reader to become SUPER SMART about NONFICTION topics.  We worked hard to think about the facts that we had learned while we were reading and spent time sharing them with our classmates. To make sure that we were sharing facts in a way that would be interesting to our friends, we practiced reading them smoothly, trying our best to sound like a teacher or a news reporter.

We also began to review different ways to figure out tricky words in our nonfiction books.

Math:

After reviewing the MAKE A TEN STRATEGY, we took a math quiz, which the students all did very well on. Then, we moved on to studying our doubles facts. Many of our first graders know the first 5 doubles in a snap. The final 5 doubles were a little tougher.

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We talked about how we can use what we know about doubles to help us solve other equations. We noticed that there is often a set of doubles that can be found hiding inside an equation. If we can find the hidden double, all we need to do is add one or subtract one to solve the equation.  For example:
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We will continue to work on our doubles facts, so our first graders can more easily use the Doubles +1 and Doubles -1 strategy. It would be wonderful if your child could practice their doubles facts at home too!! Practice makes permanent!!

We also studied some LARGE, TWO-DIGIT numbers this week — some of the biggest numbers that we’ve worked with so far this year!  We noticed that every 2-digit number has a place to show the tens hiding inside along with a place to show the extra ones.  We also represented these numbers using ten sticks and circles, and wrote an equation to match our work.

Since we were working with two digit numbers, we spent a lot of time counting tens and ones this week too.  Our first graders learned to count the tens first and then “freeze” before counting up the extra ones.  Taking the time to “freeze” is an important strategy that helps our students recognize when it’s time to switch from counting by 10s to 1s.

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We can tell that our first graders are really beginning to understand the place value of these larger numbers!!!

Important Notes: Week #21

It looks like a very snowy week of weather ahead with some FREEZING cold temps!  We are planning on a full week, but we’ll see if the the wintery weather gets in the way. Remember to send your child to school with all their winter weather gear and maybe a sweatshirt in case they get cold in the classroom.

TWIN DAY will take place sometime this week, but NOT MONDAY!!  Originally, we were hoping to dress up with a group of friends on Monday, but we were unable to plan our outfits on Friday due to the Snow Day.  Twin Day will happen after we have a day to plan at school – I will keep you posted on the exact date.  Look for a page to come home in your child’s folder to see what outfit and accessories they have planned to wear.

We have been obsessed with reading nonfiction books and writing nonfiction stories over the last few weeks. These first graders are experts about so many things!!  Be sure to check the photo stream to see pictures from our imaginary “tea party” where we shared about some of the coolest facts from our nonfiction books. Send me an e-mail if you need the link. :)

January 28 – Library Day

January 29 – Happy Birthday Olivia!!!

January 31 – JET’S PIZZA PARTY for LUNCH

Our class won a Jet’s Pizza Party for having the most participation at the last Jet’s Pizza Night.  On Thursday, we will enjoy a pizza lunch together in our classroom.  Your child will be able to have two slices.  I will also supply a juice box, grapes, and Oreos.  If your child doesn’t like pizza and would rather bring in a lunch from home or order a lunch from school that is no problem.  We can’t wait!!!  Thank you first grade families for supporting our school.

February 1 – 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 e-mail me to let me know.)

February 2 – Groundhogs Day

February 4 & 5 – NO SCHOOL: Mid-Winter Break

Have fun working on your valentines!!!  Winter Break is the perfect time to get this job done! :)  When you finish, please send your child’s valentines into school in a bag labeled with your child’s name.  I can store them here so they are ready for Valentine’s Day.

Also, look for an e-mail later this week about our Zoo Field Trip in May. We were able to secure a date in the spring: Monday, May 20.  We would love to have you join us!!!

Mrs. Stadt :)

Important Notes: Week #20

It’s going to be a cold one tomorrow! Don’t forget to send in your child’s labeled winter gear to school and remind them to put on the snow pants for recess.  Also, wash those hands!!!  We’ve had some yucky viruses spreading around school.  Winter is back!!!

January 21 – Library Day

January 21 – MLK Jr. Day

January 21 – Happy Birthday Liv!!!

January 25 – Popcorn Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  If your child is eager to get to work on his/her valentines, I will be sending an e-mail later this week with our class list. :)

Learning Update!!!

Reading:

This week in reading, we focused in on habits of a good reader to become SUPER SMART about NONFICTION topics.  We worked at finding nonfiction books that are at a level we can read most of the words and then practiced taking a sneak peek to see what we could learn about the topic, before we even read the words.

We worked hard to s-l-o-w down our reading and really pay close attention to each page and the words and pictures that help teach us. We used what we learned from one page to help us predict what else we might learn in the book. And, we spent a lot of time sharing what we had learned (in our own words).

Writing:

This week in Writers Workshop, we started a new unit about Nonfiction Writing. We are just at the beginning of the unit but we have already learned so much! First graders are so excited to be teaching about topics that they know a lot about! We began the week by talking about when you write a Nonfiction book, you need to pick a topic that you are an expert about. The way that we do this is first to think of a topic that you know a lot about. Then you plan your pages across your fingers. We want to make sure that we know around 5 facts about our topic so that we can write those facts across our pages in our books.

After you plan your topic across your fingers, good teachers and writers quickly sketch their plan across the pages in their books so that they don’t forget what they want to write on that page! Once you have sketched you plan then it is time to write the words! 

Math:

This week, we introduced our first graders to a new addition strategy called “Make a 10″.  For the equation, 9 + 4 = ___, we can “count on” to find the total of 13.  Since the total, 13, is a teen number (which has a 10 hiding inside) we helped our students notice that 9 + 4 = 10 + 3.  Both of these equations produce the total 13, but solving 10 + 3 is quicker and more accurate.

We will spend much of our math time next week working with this new strategy, as it is still very new and fragile.