Important Notes: Week 26

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. 🙂

Learning Update!

Reading:

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.

Writing:

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!

Math:

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.

Hat Day

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!!

Important Notes: Week 25

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

 

Learning Update!

Writing:

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.

Math:

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.

Reading:

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!!!

 

Learning Update!

Writing:

We continued to work on writing nonfiction teaching books. This week, we worked on organizing our books with a table of contents and we expanded our books to include four different chapters. As the kids start a new book, they first pick a topic and write down four different chapters that they will teach about for their topic. We worked on using these chapter titles to organize our ideas in our table of contents.

Math:

In math, we continued to study LARGE, TWO-DIGIT numbers.  In particular, we used the greater than, less than, and equal to symbols ( >, <, = ) to compare these numbers.  When we compare numbers, we stressed the importance of building each number with ten sticks and ones to easily identify which number has more tens.  If both numbers have the same amount of tens, then we can compare the ones to find the greater number.  Our first graders quickly noticed that the greater than and less than signs look like a “hungry mouth” ready to gobble up which ever number is greatest.

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Just be careful… don’t let number like: 29 & 92 or 45 & 54 or 78 & 87 – trick you!!!  Build those numbers and pay attention to the tens!!!  Please review this concept with your first grader, if you notice him or her getting a little confused on the homework.

This week we also practiced adding ones numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) together, and tens numbers (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90) together.  Our first graders worked hard to notice which numbers they were working with so they could accurately represent each equation.  In order to prove our work, we used ten sticks and circles to help us find the missing total.

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Reading:

This week in reading, we continued to work on figuring out the tricky words that “stop us in our tracks” as we read our nonfiction books.  We learned to crash the parts of a word together when we encounter a tricky word.  For example, we say can say each part: ex – er – cise and then crash the parts together: exercise.  Another strategy we learned is to do a S-L-O-W check, by running our finger slowly under the word, to make sure it looks right and sounds right. 

We also started thinking about the meaning of the words in our books.  When we are reading our nonfiction books we are learning new words about our topics.  When we get to one of these new words we can try the word the best we can and then describe what it might mean.  We had lots of fun telling about some of our new words and having our classmates guess what the word might be.

We added to our How to get SUPER SMART about NONFICTION topics chart this week too.  We learned that keywords are words that are used over and over to teach about our topic.  We worked on finding keywords in our books and sharing everything that we know about these words. 

Our first graders are becoming experts on so many topics!!!

Important Notes: Week 23

Just a friendly reminder, if you have not already, please send your child’s valentines to school tomorrow.  We will be passing them out on Friday along with some fun drawing, crafting, games, and snacks.

 

February 12 – Library Day

February 12 – Valentines Due

 

February 15 – Valentine’s Day Fun!!!

*** Our homework packet for the week has the wrong dates listed.  (This is the packet that was originally going home the week of all the SNOW DAYS.)  Plan to send the completed packet back to school on February 18. ***

Important Notes: Week #22

Wow!  After 6 snow days in a row and a 2 hour delay – INSANE – I am for sure ready to head back to school. I hope your first grader is excited to see their friends too!

**Way to go first graders for continuing to learn at home on Moby Max, Raz-Kids, and reading too!!  Mrs. Reagan will announce the pizza party winners later this week! **

February 4-5 – Winter Break: NO SCHOOL

** No homework this week or library time due to our winter break. **

Have fun working on valentines!!! We have 23 students in our class.  Remember to leave the “to” line blank.  Just have your child sign his or her name on the “from” line.  Feel free to send your child’s finished valentine’s into school when you are done – I can hold on to them here until Valentine’s Day!  Thank you!!!

Snow Day!

Snow Day Learning incentive from Mrs. Reagan….

We have another SNOW DAY today.  Please encourage your child to do at least 30 minutes of learning (see below).  Thanks to our AMAZING PTC (made possible by your WALK•A•THON Donations), $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card (one per grade) will be given to randomly drawn students.

AND EXTRA special INCENTIVE:

Mrs. Reagan will throw a pizza party for the classroom that has the MOST PARTICIPANTS in SNOW DAY LEARNING. She will look at who has participated over all the snow days (last Friday, today …. and maybe other days this week) and the class with the most students who participate will get a PRINCIPAL PIZZA PARTY!

Options for learning:

  1. Read a book or two or three.  ONLINE Learning record for reading minutes.
  2. Learning on MOBYMAX or RAZ-KIDS through Clever.com:
  • Log into https://clever.com/in/hpseagles
  • Select log into other google account.
  • Type in district username followed by @hpsstudents.net
  • Type in password – if your child doesn’t remember the password, choose TIME TO READ instead — or email me, the teacher!
  • Select Elementary Apps
  • Find MOBYMAX OR RAZ KIDS….get started!

Students have until 5 pm tonight to participate.