Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Important Dates for December
*December 2nd - Holiday Kids Shop 5:00 - 7:00

*December 2nd trimester ends

*December 9th report cards go home

*December 16th K-4 Winter Concert
                          Dress rehearsal

*Book Day -
               Dec 19th and snow date Dec 20th

*December 21st K-4 Winter Concert @1:00

*December 23rd Noon Dismissal

We are still very busy reading and working on reading skills daily.  We are working on building fluency and gaining comprehension as we read.  It is very important for children to read each evening.  As your child reads to or with you have them retell what they have read, or answer questions you may prompt them with during/after reading.  We are working lots with story elements (characters, setting, problem and solution).  You can also practice grammar using simple sentences.   We have been talking about nouns (person place or thing) and verbs (the action word a thing you can do).  We also are finding the naming part of a sentence( the who or what).

We are busily writing and working in our nonfiction unit.  We are writers who teach with our words and pictures.  We are really working on handwriting and the correct formation of letters.  Using the lines and spaces correctly to form neat and appropriate letters.

Adding and subtracting and story problems….Oh My!  Students are working on strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems.  We are working on writing number equations.  We will also start estimating this week and counting larger amounts of numbers.  Please practice counting at home. Use the start with get to strategy.  EX…..Start with 64 and count to 88.  Start with 88 and count backwards to 73. Counting practice can be  quick and simple…  it while in the car, walking into a store, or during bath time.

 Holiday Celebrations Around the World
Each and every student has different holiday traditions and ways to celebrate the season.  We are planning a journey to see how children from Russia, England, Germany, Mexico, Australia, and Holland celebrate.  

It is getting colder outside and winter weather is approaching.  Please send your child to school with the appropriate winter attire.  Also please talk to them about “keeping track” of their hats, mittens, etc.  We do our best to help with this process.  

Wishing everyone a joyous and wonderful Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

It is very hard to believe that we are entering the month of November already.  Our first grade friends have been super busy learning.

As we enter the new month we will also be starting our theme 3 reading unit.  In this unit our reading strategies are phonics and decoding words, evaluating as we read, predicting/inferreing, and questioning.  For comprehension we focus on main idea and details. This leads into summarizing what we have read.  We work on reading fluency daily, and have seen much improvement. For grammar we are focusing on what is a sentence, and the naming part of the sentence or the who, and the action part of the sentence.  We begin Spelling words and tests in this unit.  Be on the lookout for a spelling list to come home.  The first graders will also bring home a Spelling Contract each week. They will be responsible for choosing 5 different activities to help them practice the words on their spelling list. The children are very excited to start having spelling tests…….just like the big kids!

Solving Story Problems is our unit 3 in Math.  This unit develops ideas about counting and quantity, the composition of numbers and the operations of adding and subtracting.  Counting and comparing larger numbers will be a big focus.  There will also be the challenge of finding all the 2-addend combinations of a number.  

Ask your child what a small moment story means to them. The finishing touches (editing and revisions) are being made to their favorite small moment story as these blossoming writers are becoming published authors.  Information writing is coming up next.  The students will be writing to teach about topics that they are “experts” about.

In Science we will explore sound.  The key learning is that sound is caused by vibrations.   For Social Studies we will discuss and read about the pilgrims and how life was then.  We will also compare it to life now.  

**As the weather begins to cool down please dress appropriately for recess.**

November 11th Veteran’s Day - NO school

November 23rd, 24th and 25th - Thanksgiving break