Thank you so much for a wonderful week of parent-teacher conferences! I am so proud of each and every first grader!
The rest of our year is going to fly by at lightning speed. We will be covering a lot of fun social studies curriculum topics after spring break and getting ready for our field trip to the zoo. We can’t wait!
March 19 – Library Day
March 21 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30
March 22 – Popcorn Day!!
March 25 – Last Day for Sight Word Parent Volunteers
This week, we worked hard to build our REVIEWS with all the important and most convincing parts. We started with a catchy introduction, by asking a question. After stating our opinion and listing CONVINCING reasons, we worked on adding details to our reasons. We ended our reviews by restating our opinion and then telling our readers to do something. We’ve been working hard to produce more and more each day to add to our collection of completed reviews in our writing folders. Ask your first grader how many reviews they’ve completed so far!
This week our readers practiced some new strategies to help “triple check” that our words are correct.
We learned that readers are always thinking about the story. Sometimes when we are stuck on a tricky word, thinking about what’s happening in the story will help us figure out a word makes sense, looks right, and sounds right.
We also learned that the words in our book should fit together like a puzzle and should “sound right” when we read them. As we were solving tricky words together, we often asked, “What word fits in this sentence?”
Partner time is our favorite part of readers workshop!!! We LOVE coaching our reading partners and figuring tricky words together each day. Way to go, first graders!!! Keep being the BOSS of your reading!!!
During our math time this week, we continued to solve missing partner and missing total stories. We also stretched our thinking by using the Make a Ten strategy to solve equations and math stories with three addends or partners. After we looked for two partners that could make a ten, we found that adding the third partner to ten was a snap!
We are starting to work on counting and writing numbers up to 120. To help your first grader practice this skill, have him/her start at any 2 digit number and then count out loud to 120. This could be a great activity to do together in the car. As an extra challenge, you can even have your child write the numerals up to 120!
Parent/Teacher conferences will take place this week Monday and Wednesday. I am excited to meet with all of you to share some of the AMAZING growth your child has made since this fall. I am so proud of these first graders!!!
We have a lot of wonderful things to talk about in just 15 minutes. Please remember to be prompt and I will do my best to stay right on schedule too!
Also…as the snow finally begins to melt, pack some extra clothes in your child’s backpack. We try to wear our boots and avoid the mud and puddles, but sometimes our clothes/socks/shoes end up soggy.
March 11 & 13 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 12 – Book Fair Preview
We will head down to the book fair so your child can make a wish list of the books he or she would like to get. You do not have to purchase these books. This experience gets the kids excited about new books to read and possibly buy!!
March 14 – Book Fair Buy Day
Today our class has the opportunity to visit the book fair to purchase books. If your child would like to buy a book, please send his/her money to school on Wednesday in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and the phrase “Book Fair Money”. Remind your child to hand me the envelope when they get to school.
**No library this week due to the book fair.**
This week, we transitioned back into opinion writing. The first graders used their collections, brought from home, to be a judge and choose their best object. We then wrote a review of the object they chose. As they were writing their review, we started to see features of their writing that reminded us of our persuasive letters that we wrote back in December.
As we worked on a shared review together, we took note of key features that we’ll see in our own Reviews. We’ll build on these few features to build more persuasive reviews throughout this unit.
This week our math switch groups reviewed how solve missing partner addition and subtraction equations. To support our math learning we added new purple and blue quilt cards to our math toolkits. Our purple and blue cards are very similar to our previous yellow and orange cards, except this time we are encouraging our mathematicians to count-on or “make a ten” as they solve equations with teen totals.
We also began solving mixed stories again.The first graders performed very successfully when they complete the appropriate steps in order.
During our reading time this week, we worked on being the BOSS of our reading! If we’re being the boss of our books, when we get to a tricky word we know we have to STOP and try something to fix it. If that doesn’t work we can try another strategy!
Finally, when we think we figured out the word, we do a triple check to make sure the word: makes sense, sounds right, and looks right!
We are SO CLOSE to meeting our needed sign up to get $500 worth of PE EQUIPMENT!
We just need 26 more kids…that is one student per class.
This does not involve money — it simply involves registering and committing to taking care of your heart through exercise and diet.
WE CAN DO IT! Just 26 more kids and we have $500 worth of new PE equipment for everyone to use!
March 5 – Library Day
March 5 – Send in a Collection to School
We are starting a new writing unit that focuses on reviewing some of our favorite things. To kick off the unit, we would like each first grader to bring in a small collection of things from home. The collection should be able to fit inside their backpack and should be sent to school by Tuesday, March 5.
Examples include: seashells, matchbox cars, rocks, Shopkins, buttons, legos, etc. (Nothing too valuable or violent.)
Please send the collection to school in a ziplock bag. Feel free to send it with your child on Monday. We can save it at school until Tuesday.
March 7 – Jet’s Pizza Night
March 8 – PJ Day!!!
Wear your cozy pajamas to school!!! This is an all school event.
March 8 – 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 send me an e-mail to let me know if a sack lunch is needed.)
March 9 – Boys Event – BAM in Holland
March 10 – Daylight Savings – Spring Forward
Thank you so much to all the moms and dads that have volunteered so far for our Zoo Field Trip on Monday, May 20. I would love to have as many chaperones as we can get. It is always a very fun day!!! Just send me an e-mail if you would like to attend. No rush – if you aren’t sure of your schedule right now, I can keep adding volunteers to our list until the end of April. 🙂
In reading this week, we wrapped up our nonfiction reading unit! We continued to work on sounding like experts when we read aloud.
We learned that sometimes readers put on their writing glasses and read a book thinking about the cool and interesting features that the author put into the story. We noticed that the author of our Owls book, Mary R. Dunn, used number words, shapes, colors, sizes, and even examples to teach us about owls. We realized that we can do this in our nonfiction writing too!
We continued to notice keywords in our books and even made a list of keywords about our topic. We tried to use these words when sharing with our reading partners to sound like experts.
Finally, we talked about using our bodies to bring the book to life. We used our arms and faces to act our what was happening in our nonfiction books. This was so much fun!!!
We loved reading nonfiction books!!! Our next unit will focus on more strategies for figuring out tricky words, sounding like fluent readers, and making sure we understand what we read.
This week we wrapped up our unit on Nonfiction Books. Once all of our books were finished, we went through and carefully edited and revised our favorite book.
We ended the week by adding a cover to our book and finally getting to color the pictures we have been working so hard on the past several week. Way to go first graders!
This week, we reviewed everything we have learned about tens and ones, comparing numbers (<, >, =), counting on, making a 10, and using our doubles facts.
We took our Unit 4 assessment later in the week. The kids worked very hard to double check their work and be careful counters. Look for your child’s test to come home on Monday. If a section of the test is still a little fragile for your child we will continue working on those skills here at school.
We are looking forward to solving more stories and working with teen totals during our Unit 5 that will begin on Monday.
The first graders in room 102 have worked so hard to reach their 25 star goal!! The class voted and they want to be rewarded with a hat day!! Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 26th, we are going to celebrate and wear our hats to school!! Yay!! Way to go first graders!!
Our Spring Parent Teacher Conferences have been scheduled for March 11 & 13. An e-mail was sent out on Friday with your day and time. Please look over your scheduled time and send me an e-mail to confirm or reschedule. Thank you!
February 25 & 26 – Math Assessment
February 25 & 26 – Informational Writing Assessment
We will be celebrating all that we’ve learned about nonfiction writing this week and we will also be writing our last nonfiction book this week. I will use this piece of writing to assess each child’s understanding of writing nonfiction books. If you are able, before school on Monday, brainstorm with your child about a topic they are an expert on that he or she might want to write about and check in with your child about how their writing is going throughout the week. I can’t wait to read these amazing books!!!
February 26 – Library Day
We continued with our nonfiction chapter books this week in Writing. We learned how good writers can add details to their books by adding comparisons and examples. For comparisons, we tried comparing things that might be a little hard to understand to things that are easy to understand. For example…
Sharks teeth are as sharp as a knife!
– or –
A first grade classroom is like your school home.
We also practiced giving examples to help the reader understand what we are trying to convey. By giving examples, we are helping our reader learn all the information they can about our topics. For example…
Hudsonville has lots of restaurants like Subway, Jets, and Sprinkles.
– or –
Monkeys eats lots of fruit. They eat bananas and oranges.
This week, we began adding a two-digit number (containing a tens number and a ones number) together with some additional ones. To complete this task, we utilized two strategies. First, our handy-dandy method of counting on:
We had to be extra careful that we counted on accurately. We made sure that we did this by always going back to double check our work and using our number grids to help us count through the decade numbers. Our second strategy helped us visualize how ones can be grouped together to “make a new ten” – even when we’re working with larger numbers. This method is an introduction to the regrouping strategies that your child will use in second grade and beyond.
This week in reading, we worked on READING ALOUD like an EXPERT. To read aloud like an expert, we needed to watch some experts in action. So, we watched a clip of the Kratt Brothers, from the show Wild Kratts. We learned that we can do what Chris and Martin do – change our voices to show the important parts in our nonfiction books.
We searched through our books for the most fascinating parts that are worth sharing with others, so we would be ready to stop and talk to our partners.
We also practiced reading with feeling to match what was happening on each page.
Our fluency was AMAZING!!!