Wednesday, October 24, 2018

October 3, 2019

First Grade News

Important Dates:
     October 22nd - School Picture Day
     October 26th - Trunk or Treat at CDS
     Book Fair - October 28- November 8th
     November 7th - early dismissal - 12:00 p.m.
     November 7th (12:00-8:00 p.m.) and 8th (8:00 a.m.-12:00  
              p.m.)  Parent Teacher conferences
     November 11th - Veteran's Day observance
     November 27th-29th- Thanksgiving break

In reading we will finish up week 2 of theme 1. We have been working on several new word wall words - we, not, too, and jump. We have also been working on the comprehension strategy of comparing and contrasting, deciding what is the same and what is different. 

In EnVision math we have been focusing on adding up to 10. We have worked on several different strategies, like using a number line, using 10 frames, using our doubles facts, and using near doubles facts. We will finish this topic next week and begin topic 3, which will focus on adding and subtracting to 20.

In writing workshop we have been working on writing small moments. Small moments are things that have happened to the children or things they have done. Right now we are focusing on bringing the characters in our small moments to life - making them move and talk, think and feel. 

In science we just got started on our communications unit. We have only done one lesson so far, but in the next couple of weeks we will be learning about how people can communicate with each other, whether they are close to another person or far away.

Please remind your child to dress appropriately when coming to school. They need to be wearing their warmer jackets now, as the weather has begun to turn very fallish, sometimes almost wintery. 
If they have hats and even mittens or gloves, they will probably come in very handy at recess time. Thank you!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

September News from First Grade

September 9, 2019

We are off to a wonderful start! The students are so eager and anxious to learn all about grade one. We have worked on classroom and schoolwide rules and expectations. Just a few reminders.... We do not bring toys to school unless it is for a special day or reward. We can not heat up meals at lunch time.

Here is a little bit about what we will be working on this month.....

We  are ready to begin the first topic in our brand new math series...enVision! We completed the review/readiness the first week of school. Topic one is focused on solving addition and subtraction problems to 10. The main emphasis of this topic is to understand the meaning of addition and subtraction. Using various representations and acting out will help students understand 'add to', 'put together', 'take from', 'take apart' and 'compare' situations. This early foundation supports the deep understanding that is essential as they move along in math.

We have started our Back to School review unit. In this unit we work with introducing the reading strategies of prediction, retell/summarize, and question. We review rhymes, beginning sounds, and other phonemic awareness skills. Letter formation and recognition is also a focus. We will also review high frequency words that were taught in kindergarten. The students have started read to self time, and we are working on increasing our reading stamina. We are also working on selecting a 'just right' book. Doing this will increase reading fluency and accuracy.

Writing small moments with independence in unit one! As writers they will be challenged to bring their small moments to life. They will make a beginning for their story , show what happens in order, use details to help the reader picture the story, and make an ending for their story.

Coming up.... we will study the behavior of light. Students will observe reflection of light, and which materials allow light to pass through and which materials  block light.

September will be a busy and fun month. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. We are partners in this adventure called first grade!