Wednesday, October 24, 2018

October 24, 2018

First Grade News

Important Dates:
     October 27th - Trunk or Treat at CDS
     Book Fair - October 29- November 9th
     November 8th - early dismissal - 12:00 p.m.
     November 8th (12:00-8:00 p.m.) and 9th (8:00 a.m.-12:00  
              p.m.)  Parent Teacher conferences
     November 12th - Veteran's Day observance
     November 21st-23rd - Thanksgiving break

The month of October has been a busy month! We had Fire Prevention Week. The firefighters came in a talked to us about fire safety and fire prevention. We made our own firefighters and wrote thank you notes to the firefighters, too. 
We also read a lot of scarecrow stories in our classroom and discussed them. Then we made our own scarecrows to hang on our bulletin board. They look so great hanging there! We even wrote about what we would do if we were scarecrows. 

In reading we will finish up week 2 of theme 2. We have been working on several new word wall words - you, me, do, in, what. We have also been working on the comprehension strategies of noting details in the stories we've been reading and learning to recognize if a story is a realistic story or a fantasy story. 

In EnVision math we have been focusing on adding up to 20. We have worked on several different strategies, like using a number line, using an open number line, and using 10 frames, using our doubles facts, and using near doubles facts. We will finish this topic at the beginning of next week and then we will start topic 4, which focuses on subtraction to 20, using different strategies such as counting on or counting back on a number line, making a 10 to subtract, and thinking about addition to subtract. 

In writing workshop we are just getting our first books ready for publishing. We will be having our first book celebration tomorrow. We will have our first writing assessment on Friday, writing our own small moment, doing our best writing. Next week our class will start working on writing and publishing our very own book! I ordered the kit from Scholastic, and I'm looking forward to doing this writing project with my students. We will choose a topic for our book at the beginning of next week, then we will begin the writing and illustrating of our book. We will send it away to be published just before Parent Teacher conferences. Parents who would like to purchase a copy of the book will have the opportunity to do so. I'll send that information home with the children soon. I can't wait to see what they want to write about!

In science we just started our next unit about sound. We have only done one lesson so far, but in the next few weeks the students will discover through different projects just how sound is made.

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, 2018

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!