Parent Survey

First Grade Families,

I can’t believe it is already the end of July! I am getting so incredibly EXCITED to meet my new first graders and I want to learn more about you!!!  In fact, I’ve already begun sprucing up our classroom library and changing around our classroom set-up!!

I would love your help to get ready for this upcoming year too!  Below I’ve included a link to a parent survey for you to fill out:

All About Your First Grader

All responses will be kept confidential and will help to prepare myself and our classroom for the first day of school.

Warmly,

Mrs. Smith

Supply List

I am so excited to be your child’s teacher next year!  I know that back to school sales will be coming soon and if you are as eager as I am to catch all the good deals, check out the list below to see what your first grader will need for this coming year.  I will provide most of the essentials, but we need some help!

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Welcome to First Grade!!!

Welcome to First Grade in Room 102. I am so excited you are here and can’t wait to meet you! Please take some time to explore all of the pages, posts, and links on our blog. I am in the process of updating information and links as well as calendars for next year. While you are looking around, be sure to sign up for email updates by filling in your e-mail address in the subscribe by e-mail rectangle located on the upper right-hand column. Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, special events, pictures, curriculum, assessments, and so much more. A school supply list will be posted on July 1. Later in the summer, I will provide information on the blog about the August open house.

And, don’t forget to stop in to OPEN LIBRARY this summer. The Library will be open for checking out books on June 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19 from 10-12pm and Final Book Check In on July 26…I will be dropping by summer Library a couple times with my daughter, Lucy, and I hope I get to meet some of you new First Graders!

Also, remember to sign up for email updates on the Georgetown School Blog.  The school blog will provide updates all summer long about school wide events and important details about open houses and calendar dates.
Enjoy your summer and I can’t wait to meet you all!!

Summer Learning

First Grade Families,

Summer is about to be in full swing!!  As you settle into your summer routine, remember your student has access to the following activities all summer long…

(Click on the highlighted links for more details about each activity!)

1. Raz-Kids – Continue to read books, listen to stories, and take comprehension quizzes even during the summer!  I have updated your child’s level so it matches the books that are just right for him or her.  Of course, when you have finished one level, you can move right up to the next one!

Our teacher username is: asmith150

2. Moby Max – This website offers a great way to practice skills taught during the school year.  Your child can take a placement test to find their just right level.  If you are unsure of your child’s login & password – just send me an e-mail.

3. Summer Library – Our school library is open every Tuesday from 10:00 until 12:00.  Find some “just right” books to read at home and chat with your past and future teachers too!

Keep up the great work reading at home for 20 minutes everyday!!!

Bubbles and Chalk Day!

Every year, we look forward to celebrating the end of the year together outside with bubblessidewalk chalkpopsicles, and fun!  We are all stocked up on FUN, but…we would LOVE if you would add bubbles, LARGE bubble wands (Dollar Tree), popsicles, or sidewalk chalk to one of your shopping lists in the next few weeks.  We hold our celebration on the second to the last day of school (June 9), so if you are willing to help supply us, you can feel free to send in your goodies anytime before that day. 

Thanks so much!

Game Day!

Last week on Friday, we finally earned Game Day! We spent some time in the morning playing board games in the classroom and then in the afternoon, we took advantage of the sunny day and played games on the playground! Check out some of our pictures from our fun day!

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Storyteller Voice

Check us out! We spent last week reading Character books and practicing our “Storyteller Voices.” On Friday, we partnered up and read our stories to our partners in our best Storyteller Voice. As I was walking around the room, I heard smooth reading, different character voices, and great expression! We had a blast!IMG_3441 IMG_3442 IMG_3443 IMG_3445 IMG_3446 IMG_3447 IMG_3448 IMG_3449 IMG_3450 IMG_3451

Learning Update!

Writing:

We have been working hard during writing the past couple weeks. First graders have been working on their teaching pages we looked at other nonfiction booked and noticed the different text features that authors often include in their nonfiction books. We are trying to use some of those features when we are writing our own books. Some of those features include: facts, labels, bolded words, How To’s, comparisons, diagrams, captions, text boxes, and fun facts.

Nonfiction books frequently have a conclusion at the end to summarize the big ideas.  We learned how to add a conclusion that shared how our topic is important/interesting and encouraged our reader to care about our topics the way we love our topics.

“One favorite winter drink after playing in the snow is hot chocolate with marshmallows. Now you know all about winter.”

In first grade, you get to play on the playground in the Ga-ga Ball Pit. I hope
 you get to play Ga-ga ball someday!”
 

We have been working on going back and checking all of our older All About books and making sure that each book has all of the features from our Anchor Chart.

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First graders have been working hard and have been enjoying writing these nonfiction books!

Math:

We have been working on adding two 2-digit numbers together and solving it by drawing ten sticks and circles. We checked to see if we had enough circles left over to make a new ten.  If we did, we circled them into a group of ten.  Then we counted all our ten sticks and then our leftover ones to find the answer. In order to be accurate, we know that our tens and circles have to match our numbers and they must be lined up neatly, with five groups clearly showing, so it’s easy for us to ring a 10.

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We have also tried the t​en above strategy:​ ​

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​Your first grader ​can use the strategy that he/she ​feels the most comfortable with. Our goal is to be accurate and to understand that sometimes when we add two-digit numbers – we make a new ten!!!

Reading:

In Reader’s Workshop this past week we focused on becoming the character in the books we are reading. We found that we can use our voice, face, and body to help us act like the characters.

We practiced with some of our favorite books like Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon, and Arthur and DW. We will continue working on characters with some reader’s theater next week!

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Learning Update

Math:

This past week our mathematicians studied measurement.  We discussed how in the old days before rulers were invented, people used to use their body parts to measure objects.  This kids couldn’t believe this was true and brought up a very big problem… our feet and fingers are different sizes!  We realized that when we use a common unit – like a paperclip – we all get the same results.  To test this theory, we used paperclips to measure various things in our math book and around the room.

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We also introduced the word “length” and talked about how to line up measurement tools properly to get the most accurate measurement.  We compared lengths of objects from shortest to longest and longest to shortest (1, 2, 3)

At the end of the week we took our Unit 7 assessment – our first graders did great!!!  This week, we will start our last math unit on 2-digit addition!!

Reading:

We wrapped up our unit on learning from fiction and nonfiction books, this week.

We spent a few last days with our topic baggies working on fluency. We had each partner pick one book from their topic and practice reading with a storytelling voice (fiction) or a teacher voice (nonfiction). To do this, they first practice reading their section once to figure out the tricky words. Then, they went back to read carefully, paying close attention to punctuation and what is happening in the story. We got to read our section to our partners and show off our fluency skills.

The kids have loved working with their partners for the past month and learning about new topics every week.

Learning Update!

Reading:

We jumped back into reading workshop this week by helping ourselves get ready to read new books by first asking what we already knew about our topic before reading. When we pulled out a new book, we asked ourselves, “What do I already know?” This helps get our mind ready to make connections to new ideas.  We spent time comparing the books in our ‘topic bags’ and really thinking about the facts we were learning.  They were able to find examples in multiple books that taught the same information, so they knew that fact must be true.  We were able to share with our partners about things we had learned. We also looked at what new vocabulary words we were learning about a topic.

As we are learning new information on our topics, we want to keep track of our thinking. Our books were filled with post it notes marking pages to show new learning and the kids had a blast sharing all this new information with the class.

Writing:

This week during Writer’s Workshop we jumped right back into our nonfiction books. We began the week reviewing all that we’ve learned!  First we pick a topic that we are an expert in.  Then, we brainstorm five facts that we know about that topic.  We use teaching pictures (labels, captions, zoomed in details, and direction arrows) and add our fact and an extra detail on each page of our book.

This week we also discussed the importance of using headings on each page of our writing. A heading gives our audience an idea of what they are going to learn about on that page.

To end the week, we learned that we need an introduction to hook our readers into reading our books. We began our introduction with a question or an interesting fact, so our audience will want to keep on reading!

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Our first graders have loved using all of the facts they’ve learned about their fascinating topic during Reader’s Workshop to help them write new “All About” books during our writing time.  We can’t wait to explore more nonfiction text features next week!

Math:

We learned that shapes can be divided into equal parts.  When a shape is broken into two equal parts we call these halves.  When a shape is broken into four equal parts we call these fourths.  It’s important to understand halves and fourths especially when we are trying to share something (like a pizza, cookie or granola bar) equally.

We continued to study shapes during our math time this week.  We started the week combining triangles, rectangles and squares to form new shapes.  We learned about: rhombuses, trapezoids, parallelograms, and hexagons.  We also found that we could combine and transpose our shapes to create patterns.

Later in the week we began exploring with 3-dimensional shapes! We touched on the following shapes…

We learned about the attributes of each of these shapes.  We also briefly discussed how these 3-D shapes compare to the 2-D shapes. For example: the 3-D sphere is just like a 2-D circle and the 3-D rectangular prism is just like a 2-D rectangle.  We combined different shapes together to create new shapes and also tried to break large shapes apart into smaller ones.