Sunday, December 1, 2019

FIRST GRADE DECEMBER NEWS

    Important Dates

*December 6th report cards go home

*Book Day -
                Dec 16th and snow date Dec 18th

*December 19th K-4 Holiday Concert @1:00

*December 20th Noon Dismissal


Wishing everyone a joyous
and wonderful Holiday Season


     










































We are still very busy reading and working on
reading skills daily.  We are working on building
fluency and gaining comprehension as we read. 
It is very important for children to read each
evening. As your child reads to or with you have
them retell what they have read, or answer
questions you may prompt them with during/after
reading.  We are working a lot with story elements
(characters, setting, problem and solution). You
can also practice grammar using simple sentences.
We have been talking about nouns (person place
or thing) and verbs (the action word a thing you
can do).  We also are finding the naming part of a
sentence( the who or what).

We are busily writing and working in our nonfiction
unit.  We are writers who teach with our words and
pictures. We are really working on handwriting and
the correct formation of letters.  Using the lines and
spaces correctly to form neat and appropriate
letters.

Adding and subtracting and story problems ...Oh
My!  Students are working on strategies for solving
addition and subtraction problems.  We are working
on writing number equations. In topic 6 we will be
representing and interpreting data.  We will talk
about surveys, tally marks, and picture graphs. To
interpret the data the students will compare data
and they will solve word problems to find the
“unknown” data.









































      Holiday Celebrations Around the World
Each and every student has different holiday
traditions and ways to celebrate the season. 
We are planning a journey to see how children from
Russia, England,Italy, Scandinavia. Australia, and
Wales celebrate.  










It is getting colder outside and winter
weather is approaching.  Please send
your child to school with the
appropriate winter attire.  Also please
talk to them about “keeping track” of
their hats, mittens, etc.  We do our
best to help with this process. Please
encourage them to keep a pair of
shoes here at school, or remind them
to send a pair daily. 
Thank you:) 





























Tuesday, November 5, 2019

November Newsletter
It is very hard to believe that we are entering the month of November already. 
Our first grade friends have been super busy learning. Just a reminder
(if you have not signed up already) we have parent teacher conferences coming
up.  The link to sign up is https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Center_Drive_School


As we enter the new month we will also be starting our theme 3 reading unit.  In
this unit our reading strategies are phonics and decoding words, evaluating as
we read, predicting/inferring, and questioning.  For comprehension we focus on
main idea and details. This leads into summarizing what we have read. We
work on reading fluency daily, and have seen much improvement. For grammar
we are focusing on what is a sentence, and the naming part of the sentence or
the who, and the action part of the sentence.  We begin Spelling words and tests
in this unit. Be on the lookout for a spelling list to come home. The first graders
will also bring home a Spelling Contract each week. They will be responsible for
choosing 5 different activities to help them practice the words on their spelling
list. The children are very excited to start having spelling tests…….just like the
big kids!


We are beginning Topic 4 in Math…..Subtraction facts to 20.  In this topic the
students are introduced to several key strategies for solving subtraction facts. 
These strategies include counting to subtract, making 10 to subtract, and using
addition to subtract. Please continue to practice those basic addition and
subtraction facts:)
  
Ask your child what a small moment story means to them. The finishing touches
(editing and revisions) are being made to their favorite small moment story as
these blossoming writers are becoming published authors.  Information writing is
coming up next. The students will be writing to teach about topics that they are
“experts” about. 


In Science we will explore sound.  The key learning is that sound is caused by
vibrations.   For Social Studies we will discuss and read about the pilgrims and
how life was then.  We will also compare it to life now.  


**As the weather begins to cool down please dress appropriately for recess.**


IMPORTANT DATES


Book Fair October  October 28th to November 8th
Parent Teacher Conferences  November 7th Noon Dismissal
Parent Teacher Conferences November 8th  No School
Veteran’s Day November 11th No School

Thanksgiving Break November 27th to 29th

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

October 23, 2019

Today was Unity Day, a day for people across the country to unite against bullies. I read the story ‘Bullies Never Win’ to the class and we had a great discussion about what bullies do and how we can stop the bullying from continuing. Some of the suggestions were to ignore the bullying and walk away, stand up to the bully, get help from an adult or stick together with other friends. We talked about which adults would be good to talk to about bullying, like Mrs. Ludden, our guidance counselor, Mrs. Marvin, our principal, a teacher, or a parent. I have a feeling that this group of first graders is not going to allow anyone to bully them!


Thursday, October 17, 2019

October 15, 2019

Zoey Barrett and Zachary Fournier rode to school in style today! They both got to ride to school on one of Orrington’s fire trucks! Zoey got her name pulled out in our classroom to earn the ride to school, and she chose Zachary to ride with her. They both said the ride was amazing. Thank you to the Orrington fire department for making Zoey’s and Zachary’s day!