Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Second grade here we come!
I am going to miss these fantastic first graders!
Thank you for sharing you kiddos with me.
Have an awesome summer:)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Balloon pop....Count down to summer vacation! Each balloon has a little surprise inside. Balloon number 10 had a dance party inside.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Wiswell Farm Trip with some Fantastic First Graders

First Grade News for June

Important Dates to Remember
    June 7th - Spring Concert - 1:00 p.m.
    June 14th - Field trip to Moosepoint State Park -   
    June 17th - Field Day K-4 (more info will come home soon)
    June 18th - Last student day - 1/2 day

These last couple of weeks in first grade are going
to be so busy! We still have things that we are
trying to finish up before we send the children
off to second grade.

We will wrap up our reading working on making predictions,
summarizing, and sequencing of events.  Our grammar focus
is on describing words (adjectives) and comparing using -er and -est.
Continue to read and talk to your child about what they are reading.

We will be working on our last math unit this week.
This unit is on fractions and students will be determining
whether shapes are divided into equal shares.  They will divide
shapes into 2 or 4 equal shares.  A goal is to understand that
more equal shares of the same whole create smaller shares.
We end our math program with a step up to grade 2 topic.

In Writing Workshop we are working very hard to finish our
last writing unit, which is writing realistic fiction. We just
started writing a new realistic fiction series, and these
will be chapter books! Hopefully we’ll have time to get our
last series all finished. If the children work hard
I’m sure they can do it!  


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dear Parents,

On June 14th the entire kindergarten, first, and
second grades will be taking a field trip to Moose
Point Park in Searsport.  We will be leaving at 8:45
in the morning and returning to school at 2:30.
 Please remember you are required to complete the volunteer
training and have a background check before you are
able to volunteer. This can take up to 3 days so if you
haven't completed this you will need to contact the
office as soon as possible.  

Items students will need for the field trip:

- Bag lunch with plenty of water
- Sun screen/bug spray
- Change of clothes (in case we get wet)
- boots/sneakers/water shoes that can get wet
- sweatshirt or coat (we are on the coast where it can be breezy)
- shovel/bucket (if you have one to explore the tidal pools)

* We are only taking two buses for all the students.
We will fill the buses, so parents will be asked to carpool.  
The park has asked for us to do this because of limited
parking spaces.

**Chaperones will need to pay a $3.00 fee at the gate.  
This is due to a change in park policy.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

              May in Grade One
It is hard to believe that we have already entered
the month of May.  As the saying goes…..“time flies
when you are having fun.”

Important Dates
May 6th    k-4 assembly wear a favorite jersey/sport team shirt
May 9th    noon dismissal
May 24th  no school teacher inservice day
May 27th  no school Memorial Day

As we read and work on comprehension we will also
focus on making predictions, sequence of events,
and summarizing.  Keep reading daily.

We are now working on narrative writing.  The children
are writing realistic fiction.  They are fiction writers
that will call upon their pretending skills to invent
characters and small adventures. They need to realize
that realistic fiction is something that could happen
but has not really happened…..not fantasy.

Animal Trait Inheritance and Variation is the unit
we are finishing up. There will be lots of discussions
about traits and characteristics. Once this unit is
complete we will be moving into plant science.  

Topic 14 focuses on understanding and defining
and non-defining attributes of two-dimensional
and three-dimensional shapes.  They will compose 2-D
shapes and 3-D shapes and identify attributes of the
shapes (such as number of faces, vertices, and edges).  
In topic 15 we will work with halves and fourths of shapes.

As always if you have any questions or concerns
please never hesitate to contact me.  

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The published authors!  So proud of these writers.  


Important Dates
April 2nd K-4 assembly - Spirit Day
Theme students can wear a hat
April 15-19 - April Vacation

Another month has arrived ever so quickly.
 It is so hard to believe how fast this year is going.
 The students have made so many gains in many areas.
It is always so amazing to see the progress in reading,
writing, and in math practices.  

This time of year is so muddy out on our playground
please help us encourage the children to try to stay
away from those areas.  It is still a great idea to have
them wear/bring boots to play outside in. We still have
snowy areas to play in, so snow pants are also needed.  

Reading - We will continue to build reading fluency while
working on story structure, comparing and contrasting,
and noting details.  In grammar we will work with proper
nouns, pronouns, the correct usage of is and are and was
and were.   In spelling we will be working on words with the
vowel sound as in book and vowel sound as in moon, long i spelled
with y, and adding -es to naming words, and the vowel sound in coin.

Math - Topic 12 in math is measuring lengths.  Students will develop
and understanding of length by comparing objects to determine
which is shortest and longest. They will also measure the
length of objects using nonstandard units. In topic 13 we will
work on telling time to the hour and half hour.  They will
practice writing time using both digital and analog clocks.
In Topic 14 we will discuss attributes of two-dimensional
and three-dimensional shapes. Students will put together
various shapes to create composite shapes.

Writing - We will be writing book reviews.  It is very
interesting to read the opinion writing and the reasons
to support their thinking.  We are still focusing on capital
letters and periods to complete sentences….these are a must.

Science - We have begun the parts of animals unit.
 The goal of this unit is to be able recognize certain animal
survive.  After that unit we will begin animal traits and
variations. In this unit students will make observations
to construct evidence that young animals are alike,
but not exactly like their parents.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Some very creative and clever Leprechaun traps. Will we be able to catch one, or will we be tricked?

Friday, March 1, 2019

March News in Grade One

March 8th       teacher inservice day….no school
March 15th     2nd trimester ends
March 22nd   report cards go home

In reading we are continuing to work with problem solving,
sequencing the events, and summarizing as we read.  Please
continue to read at home. We are seeing much reading
growth in these first grade friends….AWESOME!

Topic 10 is all about strategies to add tens and ones.
We will be using models, mental math, and 100 charts.
We are still working with place value of a 2 digit numbers.  
When we begin topic 11 we will be using strategies to subtract ten.

For writing we are still working on opinion writing.
The writers are persuading and supporting their
opinions with evidence….big work for first graders. :)

Once we finish traveling through space in science
we will start studying parts of plants and parts of animals.  

Just a reminder that we are still playing outside at recess
time, so please continue to send proper winter attire.
 It is also important to have shoes for inside of the classroom.

Thanks for your continued support.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Monday the 11th is our 100th day of school!!  
The children do not need to bring in anything
for this special day.  I will have all we need
here to celebrate 100 days of learning and fun!

Thursday the 14th is Valentine’s Day.  
We will have a little classroom celebration
at the end of the day.  I sent home lists
of names today.

Friday the 15th is our first field trip.
 We have our 5 classroom chaperones all
lined up and we are ready to go.  Please send in
Mc Donald’s order form and money by the 12th.  
Kiddos are so excited about this :)

February 18th is the start
of February vacation…..ENJOY!

Friday, January 4, 2019

January News From First Grade
Important Dates

*January 8th K-4 assembly theme is inside out
….so students can wear some clothing inside out
           *No School on Monday January 21st
                * January 29th early dismissal
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 short e, short u, and digraphs
sh and ch.  In grammar we will work on telling, asking
and 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.  

In Math we are extending the counting sequence.  
We will be counting to 120 by tens and ones, reading
and writing numbers to 120.  We will also need to represent
a number of objects with a written numeral. Counting by
tens and ones builds an understanding of place value.  
Once we finish topic 7 our topic 8 will focus on place value.

Our Science topic is seasonal patterns.  We will discuss how
the amount of daylight changes at different times of the year.  

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 2019 be a year full of fun
and learning for all first graders!