Thursday, February 1, 2018

                                                     February News from First Grade

                                                           IMPORTANT DATES
February 9th   is the 100th day......if we have no snow days :)
February 6th  deadline to have writing collection to school....note regarding this went home this week
February 10th is the Valentine Dance
February 14th is Valentine's Day....a class list is being sent home with this letter
February 16th is First Grade Field Trip to Planetarium....**very important info
                is going home on Friday about this trip, so please check folders.
February 19th - 23rd is February Vacation

We will have a little class Valentine's party at the end of the day on the 14th.  If you wish to send in cards or a little treat we have 16 friends.

We will be celebrating the 100th day of school.  Please have your child bring in a collection of 100 items.  We will do some sorting, counting, describing, writing, and sharing with this collection.  Some ideas could be stickers, pennies, buttons....or any other idea you and your child come up with. 

**Be on the lookout for the Field trip form on Friday it has lots of information about our trip, and it also has a portion that needs to be filled out and returned.

Our animal book is proceeding very well, and the students are doing an awesome job with the writing and researching process.  I am very impressed and so proud!  You will also be when you see the completed project.  Please be sure to return all slips regarding the book.  Thanks in advance.

In our 6th math unit the focus will be on fluency with 2-addend combinations of 10.  The students will find relationships among the different combinations of numbers up to 20.  They will need to find as many 2-addend combinations of a number, and they will need to prove that all the possible combinations have been found.   Solving word problems with both addition and subtraction will also be practiced.  Subtracting one number from another, with initial totals of 12 will be practiced.  We have been working with telling time to the hour and half hour.  The children are doing well with this skill. 

Read, Read, Read....we have been doing lots of that.  The reading logs are showing that reading is continuing at home.  I love it!  Our comprehension focus will be on story structure (characters, setting, problem, events to solve problem, and solution)  You can practice these at home when reading together.  Making predictions and summarizing are also key elements of our reading work.  Knowing those first grade sight is such a benefit.  If you still have those flash cards that were sent home please practice those.  If you need another copy let me know.  Spelling words are becoming a little more challenging as the weeks go on, and the students are rising to the challenge.  Thanks for studying with them at home. 

In Writing we are finishing our book and will begin the writing review unit. 

In science we are still learning about the moon, sun, and the planets. Just a heads the near future there will be a planet project guideline paper being sent home.  More information to come in the next week or so.  Each child will become an expert on a planet, and teach us about it.

February is a short but very busy month. We are also all wondering if the groundhog will see his shadow?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

For our writing reviews unit the students will need to bring in a small collection of items.  
Here are some guidelines….

  1. These objects need to remain at school for a short period of time, so do not send in anything you will miss horribly.
  2. There should be no more than 5 or 6 items in collection.
  3. The collection should fit in a shoe box or a plastic shopping bag.  No large items please, and boxes make it easier to store the items.
  4. The collection should be items that are similar (for example 5 toy cars, 6 different pens, 5 different tiny stuffies, 6 different trading cards, 6 small toys, 5 books)

Please work with your child to gather these items and send them in for Tuesday, February 6th.

Thank you in advance

Very Exciting News

Please check your child's folders today, and you will find a letter, slip, and envelope.
We are published authors!!! Our awesome animal book will be available for you to purchase.

We are sending our book out to the publishing company on the 16th of February. 
I would need all slips and payments back by February 13th .  This will ensure
enough time to make our deadline.

Our class will receive a free hard cover copy of the book if I get all 16 slips
signed and returned.  There is NO pressure to purchase, but please return
the signed slip.  Simply check No I am not interested in purchasing box,
sign, and return.  This allows us to get our free classroom copy!  How awesome!

On the slip going home there is also a permission slip that needs to be returned.
This is for permission to have your child's class picture on the meet the
authors page.  Please return that by Friday, February 2nd.

Any questions please send me a message.  Thank you in advance & I can not
wait to see their fantastic work in print.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Not sure what happened to the January post, but I can not seem to fix it ;)  Hope you are able to read the happenings in our classroom, but if you can't they also went home on the grade one newsletter. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January News From First Grade
Important Date
           No School on Monday January 15th

In Reading we will be focusing on the comprehension skills of…
compare and contrast, making generalizations, cause and effect, and summarizing.  We will continue to work on building fluency.  Our spelling strategies will be digraphs sh and ch, and we will begin long vowel words and the patterns to make the long vowel sound.  In grammar we will work on exclamation sentences and using I or me correctly in sentences.

Our unit on teaching chapter books will be wrapping up soon.  In our next writing unit the focus is opinion writing.  We will be using the vocabulary words persuade/persuasion LOTS. They will be given the opportunity to “debate” on certain topics.  

Fish Length and Animal Jumps is our unit 5 in Math….any guesses on what we will be doing?  Students will gain an understanding of what length is, and a sense of linear measurement, and most importantly how to measure accurately.  They will measure lengths using different sized-units, and they will compare lengths.  We also touch upon fractions using halves and fourths of circles and squares.  

In science we will begin a unit called protecting the young.  The focus of this unit is how animal parents protect and care for their babies.  

Just a reminder to have a pair of shoes for inside the classroom, and to have appropriate winter clothing for outside recess….if we can get out there :)

Happy New Year & may 2018 be a year full of fun and learning for all first graders!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Dear Moms and Dads,
We want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thanks for all you do for us.
Mrs. Lausier's Fantastic First Graders