Friday, December 6, 2019

Dear Families,

Happy December!

Math: Your child took the first grade Winter Math Assessment this week. We reviewed it as a class and I went over it individually with each student. Look for the test to come home next week and please take time to review it with your child and work on those skills not yet mastered.
In the Engage New York Math Program, we are mid way through Module 2 which is an introduction to place value through addition and subtraction within 20. Please review the math work that comes home and help as needed. This module starts by teaching the students another addition strategy; making a ten. Look at the worksheets your child brought home this week to remind yourself of this strategy. We also are having fun and continuing our learning making up our own word story problems and it would really help if you continued this at home. Here is an example and it can be made more simple or taken to the challenge level.....One day 9 kids were walking to school and then SOME more came. Now there are 18. How many more came? Draw a picture, write an equation and explain your thinking.



Grammar: We will work on deciding if a sentence is a telling sentence or not.

Comprehension: We will focus on comparing and contrast.

Word Wall Words:   really      could     down

Reading Workshop: We continue to learn the strategies to help us get SUPER SMART about nonfiction topics.


Writing Workshop: We are deep into the editing and revising phase of the writing process and looking forward finishing our non fiction books soon.

Phonograms: Two or three letters that when put together change their sounds. We have learned
sh, th, ee, ea, ai, ay, er, ir, ur, ear, ch, wh, ck, ea, ai, ay, ed, ow, and ou oo or.  Look for these in your nightly reading

Social Studies: We will use our Social Studies Weekly Program to discuss citizenship and all the ways we can show we are great citizens.

Science: Our amazing mom volunteers have a gardening project planned for Monday, December 16th. They will guide the students in repainting and cleaning out our Room 5 Garden Box so please have your child wear clothes appropriate for painting and cleaning out the garden bed on 12-16. They also need some supplies and a parent to come help on that day so if you can, please contact Dominik or Victoria's mom.


Spirit Days:

12-18 Ugly Sweater Day
1-29 Pajama Day
2-19 Tie Dye Day
3-18 Crazy Hair Day
4-22 Crazy Sock Day
5-13 Wacky Wednesday

Needed Classroom Supplies:
large Ziplock baggies
laptop headsets
desk wipes
paper towels
prize box items 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Dear Families,

I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving and know that I am VERY thankful for all of YOU!

Math: We will continue working in Module 2 which is an introduction to place value through addition and subtraction within 20. This module starts by teaching the students another addition strategy; making a ten. Look at the worksheets your child brought home this week to remind yourself of this strategy. We also are having fun and continuing our learning making up our own word story problems and it would really help if you continued this at home. Here is an example and it can be made more simple or taken to the challenge level.....One day 9 kids were walking to school and then SOME more came. Now there are 18. How many more came? Draw a picture, write an equation and explain your thinking.



Grammar: Is this a complete sentence?

Comprehension: We will focus on drawing conclusions.

Word Wall Words:    there      school   now

Reading Workshop: We continue to learn the strategies to help us get SUPER SMART about nonfiction topics.


Writing Workshop: We will continue working on our non fiction books where most students are ready to edit and revise.

Phonograms: Two or three letters that when put together change their sounds. We have learned
sh, th, ee, ea, ai, ay, er, ir, ur, ear, ch, wh, ck, ea, ai, ay, ed, ow, and ou oo.  Look for these in your nightly reading

Social Studies: We will use our Social Studies Weekly to start our unit on American Symbols.

Science: Our amazing mom volunteers have a gardening project planned and it starts on Thursday, December 5th. On that day, they would will guide the students in repainting and cleaning out our Room 5 Garden Box so please have your child wear clothes appropriate for painting and cleaning out the garden bed. They also need some supplies and a parent to come help on that day so if you can, please contact Dominik or Victoria's mom.

Upcoming Events:
Thanksgiving Break 11/27-11/29


Spirit Days:

12-18 Ugly Sweater Day
1-29 Pajama Day
2-19 Tie Dye Day
3-18 Crazy Hair Day
4-22 Crazy Sock Day
5-13 Wacky Wednesday

Needed Classroom Supplies:
large Ziplock baggies
laptop headsets
desk wipes
paper towels
prize box items 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Dear Families,

Happy Thanksgiving early and here is a peek at our TWO DAY week coming up. I will have a Thanksgiving Theme running through all parts of our curriculum next week.

Math: We will continue working in Module 2 which is an introduction to place value through addition and subtraction within 20. This module starts by teaching the students another addition strategy; making a ten. Look at the worksheets your child brought home this week to remind yourself of this strategy. We also are having fun and continuing our learning making up our own word story problems and it would really help if you continued this at home. Here is an example and it can be made more simple or taken to the challenge level.....One day 9 kids were walking to school and then SOME more came. Now there are 18. How many more came? Draw a picture, write an equation and explain your thinking.



Grammar: I will write sentences and the students will read them looking for verb, adjectives and nouns.

Comprehension: We will focus on categorizing and classifying in all the stories we read.

Word Wall Words:    (no new ones)

Reading Workshop: We continue to learn the strategies to help us get SUPER SMART about nonfiction topics.


Writing Workshop: We will continue working on our non fiction books when we get back from Thanksgiving Break.

We have decided what we are an expert on, written a topic sentences for each area on which we will write and now are ready to move onto adding details, editing and revising.

Phonograms: Two or three letters that when put together change their sounds. We have learned
sh, th, ee, ea, ai, ay, er, ir, ur, ear, ch, wh, ck, ea, ai, ay, ed, ow, and ou.  Look for these in your nightly reading

Social Studies: We will use our Social Studies Weekly to start our unit on American Symbols.

Science: Our amazing mom volunteers have a gardening project planned and it starts on Thursday, December 5th. On that day, they would will guide the students in repainting and cleaning out our Room 5 Garden Box so please have your child wear clothes appropriate for painting and cleaning out the garden bed. They also need some supplies and a parent to come help on that day so if you can, please contact Dominik or Victoria's mom.

Upcoming Events:
Thanksgiving Break 11/27-11/29


Spirit Days:

12-18 Ugly Sweater Day
1-29 Pajama Day
2-19 Tie Dye Day
3-18 Crazy Hair Day
4-22 Crazy Sock Day
5-13 Wacky Wednesday

Needed Classroom Supplies:
large Ziplock baggies
laptop headsets
desk wipes
paper towels
prize box items 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Dear Families,

Here is a peek at our upcoming ALL MINIMUM DAYS week.

Math: We are into Module 2 introduction to place value through addition and subtraction within 20. This module starts by teaching the students another addition strategy; making a ten. Look at the worksheets your child brought home this week to remind yourself of this strategy. We also are having fun and continuing our learning making up our own word story problems and it would really help if you continued this at home. Here is an example and it can be made more simple or taken to the challenge level.....One day 9 kids were walking to school and then SOME more came. Now there are 18. How many more came? Draw a picture, write an equation and explain your thinking.



Grammar: We will work to find the action parts, verbs, in a sentence.

Comprehension: We will focus on categorizing and classifying in all the stories we read.

Word Wall Words:    many        some       where

Reading Workshop: We are enjoying reading our nonfiction books as we continue to learn the strategies to help us get SUPER SMART about nonfiction topics.


Writing Workshop: We picked our seed, the topic we know a lot about, and now we are writing all about that topic. We are also learning how to write a topic sentences and then add details to our writing.

Phonograms: Two or three letters that when put together change their sounds. We have learned
sh, th, ee, ea, ai, ay, er, ir, ur, ear, ch, wh, ck, ea, ai, ay, and ed.  Look for these in your nightly reading

Social Studies: We received the latest Scholastic News and used it to read and talk about Veteran's Day and how we can show respect to our Veterans. Look for your child's poster to come home soon.

Upcoming Events:
Conference week and Book Fair Week 11/18-11/22
Thanksgiving Break 11/27-11/29


Spirit Days:
11-20 Sports Day
12-18 Ugly Sweater Day
1-29 Pajama Day
2-19 Tie Dye Day
3-18 Crazy Hair Day
4-22 Crazy Sock Day
5-13 Wacky Wednesday

Needed Classroom Supplies:
large Ziplock baggies
paper towels
prize box items 

Friday, November 8, 2019


Happy November,

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful three day weekend!

Math: We are moving into Module 2 introduction to place value through addition and subtraction within 20.



Grammar: We will work to find the naming parts of a sentence.

Comprehension: We will focus on making predictions in all the stories we read.

Word Wall Words: please     made   may

Reading Workshop: We are in our non fiction unit learning the strategies to help us read/learn about many different topics.



Writing Workshop: We have picked our seed (topic) and we are now beginning to write everything we know about our topic.

Phonograms: Two or three letters that when put together change their sounds. We have learned sh, th, ee, ea, ai, ay, er, ir, ur, ear, ch, wh, and ck. Look for these in your nightly reading

Social Studies: We received the latest Scholastic News and used it to read and talk about Veteran's Day and how we can show respect to our Veterans. Look for your child's poster to come home soon.

Upcoming Events:
Veteran's Day Mon, 11/11 no school
Conference week and Book Fair Week 11/18-11/22
Thanksgiving Break 11/27-11/29


Spirit Days:
11-20 Sports Day
12-18 Ugly Sweater Day
1-29 Pajama Day
2-19 Tie Dye Day
3-18 Crazy Hair Day
4-22 Crazy Sock Day
5-13 Wacky Wednesday

Needed Classroom Supplies:
large Ziplock baggies
prize box items 


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Dear Parents,

We are back!  Sorry for detail posting here but no power messed up our schedule!


Math:  In math, we are taking the time to make sure we are all solid with math facts to 10 and then moving on to facts to 20. Please continue the practice at home and it can be as simple as asking your child, " What is 2+5?  What is another equation for 7?" 

Grammar: We will continue learning about making complete sentences with correct punctuation.

Comprehension: Topic, main idea and details

Word Wall Words:     long     no    old

Phonics: We are learning about phonograms, two or more letters that when written together, make one or more different sounds. This week we will learn a new phonogram..../ck/ the two letter /ck/ after one short vowel like sick, back, kick, lock etc.

Reading Workshop: We are jumping into our new unit on non-fiction books.  The students chose books at their level and are enjoying reading facts about guinea pigs, goldfish, owls, rivers, planets and even black holes!  Wow!  I'm so impressed with their reading skills.  Below are the strategies your child will be introduced to in this unit of study. 







Writing Workshop: We have moved on to our new unit of study; non fiction writing! We will work in this unit for many weeks enjoying writing about things, animals and people we know a lot about. Our writing ties into our new Reading Workshop unit of study.  As students read more non-fiction books, they will have more writing ideas during Writer's Workshop.  Please have a discussion with your child about topics they know a lot about.  You can talk about three facts they know about that topic.  The students are all excited to write informative pieces!  Next week, I'll be sending a paper home (graphic organizer) that students will need to complete at home to help them write an informational piece. 




Social Studies:October is fire safety month. We read a Scholastic News that talked about fire safety.  If you have connections with the fire department and would like to come in to talk about fire safety, please let me know!
Halloween is next Thursday.  The parade is at 8:15. Our party is after recess 9:30-10:55.  Please come by if you can!  Send an extra change of clothes if you feel your child will be uncomfortable in their costume!  Thank you in advance to our Room Moms, Alea and Jody along with their volunteers, for making our Halloween so much fun!

Star of the Week:  We love learning about our new classmates! Please check the blog for your child's week and if you need to change your week or any of the activities, please just let me know.

Events:
no school Fri, 11/1
Veteran's Day Mon, 11/11 no school
Conference week and Book Fair Week 11/18-11/22
Thanksgiving Break 11/27-11/29


Spirit Days:
11-20 Sports Day
12-18 Ugly Sweater Day
1-29 Pajama Day
2-19 Tie Dye Day
3-18 Crazy Hair Day
4-22 Crazy Sock Day
5-13 Wacky Wednesday

Needed Classroom Supplies:
large Ziplock baggies
gummie bears
prize box items 






 




Friday, October 18, 2019

Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming to our Writers' Celebration! Everyone LOVED sharing  with you and having you here with us! If you weren't able to make it today, each student brought home the first and final draft of the small moment story so you can enjoy celebrating at home!

College and Career Week: We will spend the week thinking ahead to what college we would like to attend and what career path we would like to follow. Please help me by starting the conversation at home this weekend so your child will have some ideas to share with the class. Teachers and staff will be wearing our shirts, jerseys, and hats from our colleges. If you have any shirts etc. from the college you attended, you child can wear it to school!


Math: We are in the second half of Module 1 of our Engage New York Math Program and now working with addition AND subtraction equations/word problems. The students are learning many different math strategies to solve an equation and most importantly, learning to use THE MOST EFFICIENT one. When working with your child at home, ask your child to explain his/her thinking and what strategy is being used.

Grammar: What is a sentence?

Comprehension: Topic, main idea and details

Word Wall Words:      each     if    most

Phonics: We are learning about phonograms, two or more letters that when written together, make one or more different sounds. This week we will learn a new phonogram..../ck/ the two letter /ck/ after one short vowel like sick, back, kick, lock etc.

Reading Workshop: Below is a copy of our finished reading workshop anchor chart. The students learned a new strategy each day about the good habits readers use to solve hard words. Please ask your child to tell you more about each strategy and use this as a reference during your daily at home reading. 



Writing Workshop: We loved celebrating our narrative writing with all of you and look forward to starting our non-fiction writing writing unit next week. Here is a picture of our anchor chart and the steps we will follow to write our first information piece of writing. Spend time this weekend talking about what the topics your child would like to write about. 



Rotations: Starting in November, each Friday, all first graders will rotate between the three first grade classes to work in science, social studies or art. I will be teaching Social Studies and will start with unit one in our curriculum; students describe the rights and individual responsibilities of citizenship.

Star of the Week: We had a great time this week learning all about Aisha's family and heritage and can't wait for the next Star of the Week. Please check the blog for your child's week and if you need to change your week or any of the activities, please just let me know. We are so excited to learn more about our new classmates.

Spirit Days:
11-20 Sports Day
12-18 Ugly Sweater Day
1-29 Pajama Day
2-19 Tie Dye Day
3-18 Crazy Hair Day
4-22 Crazy Sock Day
5-13 Wacky Wednesday

Needed Classroom Supplies:
large Ziplock baggies
gummie bears
prize box items (dollar store type)
paper towels