Week of April 24th - April 28th
I will be using the rest of this week to finish reading with each student in our class. I will be happy to share what I observed with you, and make suggestions on what to work on if you are interested. A short reading passage with questions will be sent on Monday and Wednesday this week. Flat Stanley envelopes are due tomorrow...I will be mailing the envelopes then!
During math this week we will be reviewing how to tell time to the hour and to the half an hour. I will also show the students how to tell time up to 1 minute (a skill covered next year in 2nd grade.)
During language arts this week we will start a poetry unit. We will be reading and writing acrostic and cinquain poems. The phonics skill this week will be on words with oi/oy.
During our science and social studies times we will be working on a secret project for MOM!
Let's make it a great week,
Week of April 17th - April 21st
I will be starting to DRA (reading assessment used for students in K-2nd grade) the students in my class to find out their reading level for Q4. By the end of 1st grade students will need to be at a DRA level 14 to be on grade level. Instead of sending a book home to practice reading, I will be sending a short reading passage with questions.
During math this week we will be taking a small fraction assessment on Monday. Then, we will be moving into the next unit - telling time. The students in 1st grade will need to know how to tell time to the hour and to the half an hour. This is a great skill to practice at home weekly:)
During language arts we will be moving into the next phonics skill - words with "oo" like in hoop/hook. We will end the nonfiction project about rabbits, and will add the project into Showbie for you to view! Next week we will be starting poetry!
During science we will learn about the plant life cycle and will continue to document the growth of our grass seed on the Book Creator app.
Wednesday is an early release at 12:55 and is also a no homework night. Please send a lunch from home that day. Thank you!
Week of April 10th - April 13th
The I Love to Read Day was a success! The kids loved dressing up as their favorite characters, and they enjoyed all the reading activities I had prepared for them! We got a chance to read with glow in the dark bracelets, we read books through the Reading Rainbow, and created a Chatterkid with our book characters. Thank you parents for joining us!
During math this week we will be starting a new unit - factions. The students will learn how to identify a whole, 1/2, and 1/4. We will continue to review harder addition and subtraction facts, and will practice telling time.
During language arts we will learn to read words with ai/ay (vowel teams). During the writer's workshop we will continue to read and write how-to's. We will also do a mini non-fiction project about rabbits. The students will get to research about rabbits, and will get to make a book including their favorite facts.
During science we will be learning about plant parts. We started growing grass seeds and will continue to document their growth using an app called "Book Creator." The students will take a picture of their grass, and will add a sentence or two explaining what they see that day.
Have a HOPPY week!
Week of April 3rd - April 7th
On Wednesday we will have having our first "I Love to Read Day" at 8:15 am sharp. The students will be dressed up as their favorite book character and will walk through the halls of BPE. I have encouraged the students to bring their book, and bring a change of clothes if they would like to change.
During math we will continue to review identifying 2D and 3D shapes. I wil be having the students bring an object from home this week that represents a 3D shape. We will be displaying these objects in the classroom.
During language arts we will be reviewing how to read words with "ee" and "ea." We will also practice writing sentences using 1st grade sight words. During the writer's workshop we will continue to read and write how-to's.
During science we will learn about the different components that make up soil. We will also plants grass seeds and document their growth.
7 more weeks until summer break!
Week of March 27th - March 31st
Full week up ahead! I will be gone on Thursday and Friday this week to the iLeap Conference! Mrs. Herrin, a former 2nd grade BPE teacher, will be covering my class during these two days.
During math this week we will be learning about 3-D shapes! The students will need to identify various shapes and describe their attributes. We will also practice creating new shapes by joining other shapes together.
The main focus this quarter in language arts will be on reading comprehension and on writing. Students are expected to write stories in sequential order and with correct grammar. Its a big skill to master but attainable! The phonics skill this week will be reading words with "ee" and "ea" - we refer to these as vowel teams. During the writer's workshop we will be reading and writing how-to's.
During science we will be learning about soil!. The students will be exploring different soil samples from home, and will be describing what they look like and feel like.
Have a great week,
Week of March 20th - March 24th
Welcome back! Please remember that our first annual I Love to Read day is this Friday, March 24th. The parade will begin at 8:15. The students will march the halls of Bridge Point to show off their costume. We ask that students carry their books to go along with their costume.
Please know that you are welcome to come watch your child in the parade. If you are planning on attending morning assembly, please wait until all students (k-5) have been dismissed and are out of the hallways. Then, feel free to head to the 1st grade hallway to watch the parade. You are welcome to stand outside your child’s 1st grade classroom as the characters walk the halls and show off their costumes.
Afterward, the parade we will have a normal school day! Your child is welcome to wear their costume all day or can bring a change of clothes.
Please let me know if you have any further questions! Thank you!
During language arts we will be learning what a pronoun is. The students will also get to practice reading and writing the sight words learned so far this quarter. I will be putting a bigger emphasis on writing this last quarter. During the writer's workshop we will be spend time journaling, responding to reading, and adding to our weekend update journals.
Our class will be starting a new unit in math - shapes! The students will need to identify 2D shapes, and will get to sort them by their attributes.
During our science/social studies time I will be giving the students a writing prompt to check for progress this quarter.
Have a great week!
Week of March 6th - March 9th
We have 1 more week before spring break, woohoo! Our class will be following a normal schedule all week. Friday is Kite Day for the Steimle's! Parents are welcome to join us down by the field during PE time. If your child is absent on Friday, I will save their kite so no to worry!
I Love to Read Day...will be on March 24th. The students will be dressing up as their favorite book character and will walk the red carpet through our hallways! I am sending some information home which explains this fun project in more detail. Please use the link I have sent via email to sign up. Costumes can be home made or store bought. Please let me know if you have any questions: )
During language arts this week we will be reviewing words that follow the "Bossy E Pattern" - lake, make, dime, mute, stake, snake. We will also be reviewing what a compound word is and will make a PicCollage on our iPads! During the writer's workshop we will be writing on our weekend update journals and will be responding to reading using our ROW (reading or writing) notebooks.
During math we will be practicing counting coins using pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. I will also introduce the "half a dollar." Students in 1st grade will only need to know pennies, nickels and dimes during Q3. The week after spring break, we will be learning about shapes and telling time.
During science we will be learning about the water cycle and will be conducting a variety of experiments! We will also learn about different water sources (lakes, stream, oceans, rivers) and water resources.
Let's make it a great week!
Week of February 29th - March 3rd
We have a crazy week...!
Monday - I am off at a district science leader's meeting
Tuesday - early release at 12:55
Thursday - library 10:30 - 11
Friday - open house 7:30am/wild flower field trip 9 - noon
During language arts this week we will be practicing words that follow the "bossy e" pattern. We will also be practicing writing in complete sentences using correct capitalization, punctuation, and spacing. Journaling at home is a great way to practice writing in complete sentences!
During math we will be reviewing counting money using pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. We will be learning about solid figures next week.
During our science time we will be conducting some magnet experiments!
Have a great week,
Week of February 13th - February 17th
Our valentine's day party will be on Tuesday from 12:50 - 1:30 in our classroom! Please stop on by! We will be making a scrapbook and eating a sweet treat!
The Lady Bird Wild Flower Center field trip is coming up...March 3rd! We will be going on the same day as Open House! Please send $3 cash with your kiddo sometime next week. Thank you to all of you who offered to chaperone! 5 parents will get a chance to attend this field trip!:)
Week of February 6th - February 10th
During language arts we will focus on reading and writing words with ang, ing, ong, and ung. We will continue to practice writing proper nouns and capitalizing "I." During the writer's workshop we will continue one more week with the letter writing unit.
During math we will continue to compare numbers up to 120 using <,>,=. We will also start reviewing coin values specifically pennies and nickels. Students in 1st grade are expected to know how to count pennies, nickels, and dimes.
During science we will continue the sources of energy unit!
Week of January 30th - February 3rd
During language arts this week we will be exploring words with ank, ink, onk, and unk. We will also be reviewing writing proper names (names, dates, months, and the word "I"). During the writer's workshop we will continue to practice letter writing.
During math we will review expanded form and place value to the hundreds place. The students will also be introduced to comparing numbers using the symbols of greater than, less than, and equals to.
During science we will be learning all about sources of energy - heat, sound, and light. We will be conducting a variety of fun experiments using all (3) sources.
Have a great week!
Week of January 17th - January 20th
Our valentine's day party is on Tuesday February 14th from 12:50 - 1:30 in our classroom. The kids will be eating a small treat and will be able to pass out their valentine's. Please remember no food or candy, thank you! I like to use Pinterest to get ideas for my son. Erasers, bubbles, pencils, soaps, and homemade crayons are always a hit!
4 day week ahead! Wednesday is a no homework night so only math sheets will be sent home this week.
During math we will be reviewing the topic of place value. The students will be practicing recognizing patterns to add using the 100's chart. We will also review identifying ones, tens, and hundreds. Next week, we will learn all about standard and expanded form!
During language arts we will continue to practice identifying words with blends and digraphs. We will continue to read books by Jan Brett and will practice identifying the problem and solution. Next week, we will start talking about the beginning, middle and end in a story. During the writer's workshop we will continue to write letters.
During science we will continue the weather and seasons unit. We will also talk about the moon, sun, and wind.
Have a great week,
Week of January 9th - January 13th
Report cards for quarter 2 are available on Skyward. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress so far this year! I am always available to meet with you if necessary!
We have an "almost full" week this week...early release on Friday at 12:55. Please send a lunch from home that day. We will also have specials and library. Monday January 16th is a school holiday.
During math we will continue to explore fact families and multi-step word problems. I will also review place value. We learned this skill earlier this year, but I will now be looking for mastery in identifying ones, tens, and hundreds. We have started talking about telling time...I would like to encourage you to practice telling time to the hour and half hour at home.
During language arts we will continue to work on blends at the beginning of a word. We will also continue to read books by Jan Brett, and will practice identifying the characters and the problem/solution. In a few weeks, we will start working on identifying the beginning, middle, and end in stories. During the writer's workshop we will continue to work on letter writing.
During science we will start the weather and seasons unit. The students will learn to predict, observe, and graph the weather. They will also practice identifying each season's characteristics.
Week of January 2nd - January 6th
Welcome back! I hope everyone has a great winter break and is refreshed about having 2 weeks off! Short but busy week ahead...
During math we will continue to practice writing fact families, and to review addition and subtraction facts from 0 - 20. We will also review how to solve addition and subtraction word problems.
During language arts we will be reviewing the difference between nouns, verbs, and adjectives. The main focus during phonics will be on beginning blends (words starting with fl, tr, st, cr). We will be reading the winter classic "The Mitten" by Jan Brett, and will be practicing retelling through a fun hands on activity. During the writer's workshop we will be starting letter writing. The students will learn to identify the parts of a letter, and will get a chance to write letters to their peers, teachers, and family members.
During our social studies time we will be writing new year's resolutions!
Looking forward to this week!
Week of December 12th - December 16th
This is our last week before winter break! Friday is an early release at 11:55! Our winter party will be on Friday from 8:30 - 9:15 in our classroom. We will be eating breakfast and making a winter craft:)
During this week we will be completing a variety a holiday activties such as making a ginger bread fact family house and reading "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." No homework will be sent home:)
Quarter 2 will also be wrapping up this week! If you would like to meet with me for a conference I would be happy to once we come back from break!
Week of December 5th - December 9th
Full week ahead! Quarter 2 will end before the winter holiday break. You will be able to view report cards online on Skyward once we come back in January. If you would like to meet with me to discuss your child's progress please let me know! I would be happy to meet with you!
During language arts this week we will continue to explore what an adjective is. This is a tricky skill to master! I usually tell the students to use their 5 senses to describe a noun and that seems to help. We will continue to practice writing sentences using correct spacing, capitalization, and puncuation. The students love to add different types of punctuation such as question and exclamation marks. There will be more of an emphasis on writing from now on. We will be exploring different writing genres such as personal narratives and letter writing.
During math, we will continue to practice addition and subtraction facts using big numbers (10 - 20). Our class has already started talking about "fact families." We will continue to explore this concept this week. Story problems involving addition and subtraction will also be a big part of our week.
During social studies we will be reviewing the diferent between good & services and needs & wants. We will also be spending some time doing writer's workshop at the end of our day.
Our winter party will be on Friday December 16th from 8:30 - 9:15am in our classroom. We will be eating a light breakfast, and will be making a snowman craft!
Have a great week!
Week of November 28th - December 2nd
I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Jake, Everett, and I went camping in Mule Shoe Bend Park. We have a full week up ahead! Thursday is an early release...please send a lunch from home, thank you!
During language arts I will be introducing what an "adjective" is. We will also continue to review nouns and verbs. We will begin to add the sight words learned so far to our personal dictionaries. The students are able to use these dictionaries during writing time to help them spell tricky words. I will be assessing the students' reading levels this week, therefore I won't be meeting with reading groups. During writing time we will be practicing writing 2-3 sentences with connected meaning and correct spacing/capitalization/punctuation. Our major focus for quarter 2 is using correct spacing between words.
During math we will be practicing subtraction. The students will practice using different strategies to subtract (mental math, ten frame, part-part-whole, counting up, tally marks, 100's chart). We will also be practicing solving story problems involving subtraction. I encourage the students to circle key words in word problems to help them solve.
During social studies we will be learning about goods & services and needs & wants. These terms tie in perfectly around the holiday season!
Have a great week,
Week of November 14th - November 18th
Our Thanksgiving Feast Celebration is on Friday from 12:00 - 12:45. We will be starting promptly with the presentation at 12:00. The students have worked really hard these passed 2 weeks, and are really excited to show you what they have prepared!
Thank you for the birthday treats, messages, and gifts! You truly made me feel special during my birthday!!!
During this week we will be getting prepared for the feast, and will be practicing for our presentation. During math we will mainly be reviewing math addition and subtraction facts. We will also practice reading story problems and will learn how to outline/highlight "key words" such as "in all" or "minus." During language arts we will be reviewing digraphs and the sight words learned so far this year. During the writer's workshop we will learn how to go through the writing process (rough draft, edit/revise, final copy).
See you all on Friday!
Week of November 7th - November 11th
FIT groups will start on Monday! On Tuesday we will be going to the Austin Nature Center downtown to learn all about bats! Please send a sack lunch on Tuesday since we will be eating lunch at Zilker Park.
During language arts we will be reviewing the digraphs -wh, -sh, -ch, and -th. We will also review the difference between a noun and a verb. I will be introducing the last component of Daily 5 - Work on Writing. During this time, the students will get to pick a topic to write about and will write, write, and write! I will be looking for correct spacing, capitalization, and punctuation. During the writer's workshop we will be working on writing to the following prompt: "what is your favorite place to eat and why."
During math we will continue to practice addition by using a variety of strategies. The students have learned how to add numbers quickly by knowing a "double." So if you know that 4 + 4 = 8 then 4 + 5 = 9 (1 more). On Friday, I will be introducing subtraction.
During social studies we will continue to learn about traditions and Thanksgiving.
Week of October 31st - November 4th
Happy halloween week! I have some fun activities planned for Monday including making your own monster, a "I am dressing up as..." writing activity, and a candy corn noun/verb watercolor activity.
During language arts we will be learning about the digraphs sh, th, and ch. We will be practicing how to write the sight words learned so far from Q1 in complete sentences, and will continue to add to our "read only" sight word list. During writing we will be practicing writing stories, and answering to a prompt including complete sentences. Our goal this quarter is to write 5 sentences with connected meaning, correct capitalization, and punctuation.
During math time we will continue to practice addition and subtraction facts. We will also touch on "turn around facts." If 3 + 2 = 5 then 2 + 3 = 5. Multi step word problems involving addition will also be reviewed this week. I always read the problem out loud, and then the students get to solve the problem on their own.
During our social studies time we will be learning about Thanksgiving traditions. Our thanksgiving presentation is scheduled for Friday November 18th. The students will be preparing a special presentation and will be eating a traditional thanksgiving meal.
Week of October Week of October 24th - October 28th
I enjoyed discussing your child's progress, thank you for coming in to meet with me during conferences! We are back into a routine with a full week ahead...
During language arts we will continue to review short vowels sounds of the vowels a, e, i, o, and u. We will be practicing the following sight words this week: at, the, to, and he. If the students are able to read these words easily, then we will start practicing writing them. Daily 5 is in full motion. The students get to choose between read to self, buddy reading, word work, and listening to reading. During this independent work time I get to meet with reading groups. During writing time we will practice writing in 2-3 complete sentences using correct capitalization, punctuation and spacing. I have introduced the "period", however, some students are already including question marks and exclamation points.
During math time we continue to work on addition facts from 0 - 20. I encourage the students to use whichever strategy works for them to help them add. We will also be practicing reading and solving easy addition story problems.
During our social studies time we will be learning all about the presidential election! We will be conducting a mock election, and the students will get to vote!
FIT groups will be starting beginning of November...I will be sharing more information with you once the date gets closer!
October 17th - October 21st
Arts days will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. We will be having early release on those days at 11:48am. Conferences will take place on Wednesday - Friday. Homework for next week will include reading a book of choice and completing the reading log. There will be no math pages sent home.
If you would like book ideas for home...go to http://wwhttp://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/
I look forward to discussing your child's successes so far this school year!
Week of October 10th - October 14th
I hope you had a great long weekend! Looks like the Texas heat will be staying for a little bit more! If you need to sign up for a conference time, there are days/times still available on Skyward. I will be starting conferences on Monday October 17th.
During language arts we will be reviewing words with a CVC short vowel pattern. Some of these words include mat, cat, let, pet, sit, lit, pot, not, mug, rug. I will be starting reading groups during our Daily 5 time. While I meet with groups, the students will be working on independent work. During the writer's workshop we will be writing in our creative writing journals and reader's/writer's notebooks. I will be encouraging the students to use correct capitalization, spacing, and punctuation.
Durin math we will be practicing addition facts from 0 to 20. We will also be practicing solving easy addition word problems. Math homework will only be sent home on Thursday due to Tuesday being a no homework night.
During our social studies time we will be working on a Crankenstein project and will be learning about bats! Picture to come!
Week of October 3rd - October 7th
Busy short week up ahead! We will be going on our 1st field trip to the Paramount Theater to see Charlotte's Web on Thursday! Please send a lunch from home that day since we will be eating inside the classroom. Friday is an early release! Students will be eating lunch (bring lunch from home) and will be dismissed at 12:45.
During language arts we will be focusing on short e words (web, Meg, red, pen, ten). We will be practicing Daily 5 in full force - the students will get to choose between Read to Self, Word Word, Reading with a Buddy, and Listening to Reading. We will continue to read fiction and nonfiction books and will practice identifying the author's purpose.
In math we will be learning how to order numbers on a number line and will work on adding easy numbers. I like to encourage the students to do mental math, use their 120's charts, and/or use a number line to count. Manipulatives such as cubes, counters, and other objects are also available for the students if needed. We will also start to read and solve easy addition word problems.
During science we will be learning about the 3 states of matter - solids, liquids and gases. The students will be conducting a variety of experiments to help them understand the difference between each state.
Have a great week!
Week of September 26th - September 30th
Rainey week up ahead! Be sure to bring a light jacket and a sweater to stay warm. Our classroom can sometimes get a little chilly with the A/C going full blast!
During language arts we will continue to work on handwriting. Our main goal is to be able to write all of the letters legibly and correctly by the end of this quarter. Letter reversals are very common and developmentally appropriate for these little guys! Please don't worry if you see your kiddo reversing B's, D's or Y's...we will continue to work on these! During phonics we will be reviewing the short vowel sounds of A, I, O, and U. We will also continue to practice reading books and identifying the author's purpose. During Daily 5 we will be practicing Read to Self, Read with a Buddy and Word Work.
During math we will be focusing on counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's. These are great skills to practice in the car or for a few minutes at home each week. Skip counting by 2's is the most difficult for 1st graders. Math homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Thursday this week!
Science time is all about EXPERIMENTS! The kids are over the moon! Be sure to check out our Photo Stream!
Have a great week!
Week of September 19th - September 23rd
There has been a lot of learning going on in our classroom!! We have established routines and everyone has been working hard!
I will be placing our first Scholastic book order on Friday. If you would like to order books you can go online and find our class or you can send an order form/payment back to school. Ordering books from Scholastic earns our classroom points to use towards FREE books!!!
During language arts this week we will continue to work on handwriting and will be practicing the letters Uu, Qq, and Ss. We will continue to practice writing 1 sentences using good spacing and neat handwriting. A new skill taught this week is author's purpose. We will be reading books together and discussing whether the author meant to inform us, persuade us, or entertain us. The first component of Daily 5 (rotations during reader's workshop) will be practiced this week - "Reading to Self." The students will be reading books from their book boxes and will work on their stamina. We will be graphing our stamina this week, and work on improving as each day passes.
During math we will continue to use a 100's chart to count forward and backwards to 120. We will review skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's, and will practice adding small numbers together. Math homework will be sent home Tuesday and Thursday...please encourage your child to complete on their own and send back to school the next day.
During science we will be starting our scientific method unit. We will be discussing science safety and what a scientist is. Next week, we will be conducting a variety of really fun experiments! Can't wait to show you pictures!
Week of September 12th - September 16th
Thank you for all the kind messages during this difficult time! It is good to be back in Austin! Mrs. Taylor did a fantastic job while I was away!
A few reminders about this week...
We will be having our 1st early release tomorrow! The students will be dismissed at 12:48 (2 hours earlier than usual). Please send a lunch from home:) Thursday is picture day. I have sent an envelope home, and will be collecting money orders all throughout the week. Flu shot permission slips are also due on Thursday.
During language arts this week we will continue to practice handwriting and will be focusing on the letters D, G, O, and i. I will also be encouraging the students to write their names with correct capitalization and correct letter formation. We will also be reviewing what a noun is.
During math time we will be learning how to count forward and backwards using a 100's chart. We will also be exploring how to use a ten-frame to count. Last week, the students learned how to use a number line to count. We will continue to review this skill this week. For a few minutes each day, we will be reviewing how to skip count by 2's, 5's, and 10's. This is a skill that can also be practiced at home.
During social studies we will be reviewing what a community helper is, and how community helpers help in our neighborhood. The students will get to choose what they want to be when they grow up, and will be making a neat project which will be posted outside our room.
Please continue to fill out reading logs...reading a book is only required on Monday's and Wednesday's. Math homework will be sent every Tuesday and Thursday with the exception of this week since Tuesday is an early release/no homework day.
Week of August 29 - September 2nd
First week down and it went great! I am really proud of how hard everyone is working! Way to go Steimle's! We will have our "Back to School Morning" for 1st grade on Tuesday at 7:45 am in the classroom.
During language arts this week we will continue to practice handwriting, and will focus on a few letters at a time each week. We will be practicing how to write each letter and the sound it makes. Nouns will continue to be a review.
During math we will be reviewing how to identify and count numbers using a 100's chart and a number line. We will also be working on correct number formation. Number reversals are very common in 1st grade, so we will continue to work on them all throughout the school year.
Our 1st field trip to the Paramount Theater is scheduled for Thursday October 6th. We will be going to see Charlotte's Web! I will be sending a field trip letter on Monday.
I have sent a few emails and have added you all to our classroom Photo Stream. If for some reason you have not received my emails and/or invitation to the stream please let me know! Thank you!
Have a fabulous week!
Week of August 22nd - 26th
It was a pleasure meeting you all on Friday during Bobcat Welcome - Meet the Teacher! The Bobcat Binder (blue binder) will be sent home every day. Please get in the habit of checking it with your child and send back to school the next day. If there are any transportation changes please send a yellow form and/or call the office.
During this week, we will be establishing classroom routines and expectations...
In language arts we will be practicing how to write the letters J, K, T, C, and A. We will also be reviewing how to hold a pencil, what a noun is, and how to listen attentively to a story.
In math, we will be reviewing different skills such as how to write numbers 1 - 10, comparing numbers 0 - 5, identifying shapes (circle, square, triangle, and rectangle), and reading simple picture graphs.
Let's make it a 1st great week back,
August 19, 2016
Welcome back!!! I hope everyone had a restful and exciting summer! Bobcat Welcome "Meet the Teacher" for 1st grade will be on Friday August 19th. I look forward to meeting you all!
- Mrs. Steimle
If you purchased school supply packs last spring, they will be delivered to my classroom. There will be a few extras available for purchase in the office, but supplies are limited! You may also purchase your own and bring to the classroom on Friday. I will be labeling all of their supplies:)
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