December 4th - December 8th
We have a full week up ahead! There is still time to sign up your child for the STEAM (science) day courses...the courses get filled fast! Our Winter Holiday Party will be on Wednesday 12/20 from 8:30 - 9:15 in our classroom. We will be eating a light breakfast, and will be making a cute snowman craft!
During math we will continue to work on addition and subtraction facts. We will also continue to discuss how addition helps with subtraction using the same numbers. Skip counting by 2's, 5's and 10's, and counting forwards and backwards to 60 will be a skill assessed at the end of the quarter.
During the reader's workshop we will continue to learn about blends. This week, we will focus on blends at the end of a word. We will continue to practice retelling using details, and identifying the plot and solution.
During the writer's workshop, we will practice adding adjectives to sentences. We will also practice how to write 3 sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation. This is a tricky skill, which some students need more practice with. Journaling at home or keeping a notebook to write fictional stories might be helpful for some students:)
During social studies we will learn about different holiday traditions including Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, St. Lucia, and Las Posadas. This will be an ongoing unit until the end of the school year.
Have a GREAT week!
Week of November 27th - December 1st
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break! We were in town and celebrated with friends! We have a full month before winter break...here we go!
During math we will continue to discuss how addition and subtraction are connected. We will learn what a "fact family" is. 3 + 2 = 5 so 5 - 3 = 2. Our goal this quarter is counting by 2's, 5's and 10's all the way to 60.
During the reader's workshop we will be learning what a blend is (2 consonant that make a "blended sound"). A good reading strategy is to say the word slowly and write the sounds you hear. We will continue to talk about adjectives and will continue to work on retelling stories outloud.
During the writer's workshop we will continue to write 3 sentences with connected meaning. I will be looking for correct capitalization and punctuation. We will also learn how proper nouns need to be capitalized even though they are not at the beginning of a sentence.
During science we will learn abut magnets and forms of energy (heat, light and sound).
Have a great week back,
Week of November 13th - November 17th
The Thanksgiving Feast is finally here! Please join us in the classroom at 11:45 11:45 sharp! We will start with the presentation and then we will eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal together! Thank you to our volunteers for helping with set up, clean up, and bringing in the food!
During math this week we will learn how addition and subtraction are related! We can solve 5 - 3 = 2 if we know 3 + 2 = 5. Please continue to practice your addition and subtraction facts at home! I will be encouraging the students to start doing mental math!
During the reader's workshop we will review all the digraphs learned so far: sh, th, wh, ph, ch. Our class will be learning what an "adjective" is. We will discuss how adding adjectives to our writing can help readers create a better picture in their mind. Identifying the problem and solution in a story will continue to be a skill practiced in the classroom this week.
During the writer's workshop we will be focusing on expanding our thoughts using adjectives and "feeling" sentences. I will be encouraging the students to write at least 3 sentences using correct grammar.
During the science/social studies time we will be practicing our Thanksgiving feast lines, and will be making our hats! We will also read stories about native Americans and pilgrims.
I look forward to celebrating with you on Friday!
Week of November 6th - November 10th
A full week of great learning ahead! Tuesday is an early release at 12:55. Please remember to send a lunch from home. On Wednesday, our class will get to watch the 5th grade play "Willy Wonka."
During math we will be working on using a variety of strategies to subtract. The students will be encouraged to practice using counters, a number line or a 120's chart. We will also continue to practice adding using numbers from 0 - 15. Mental math will continue to be encouraged! Math homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Thursday this week.
During the reader's workshop we will be practicing a new set of sight words: of, with, said, her, him. The phonics skill practiced this week will be on words with the digraph ch. We will continue to practice identifying nouns and verbs. After reading a book, we will practice identifying the problem and solution, and retelling the story in sequential order.
During the writer's workshop we will be focusing on writing at least 2 sentences with correct spacing, capitalization and punctuation. The students will be encouraged to reread what they wrote to make sure it makes sense!
During our science and social studies time, we will learn about Thanksgiving traditions.
Have a great week!
Week of October 30th - November 3rd
Our class did a great job with the subs on Monday and Tuesday! I hope everyone had fun trick-or-treating! We have a full and exciting week ahead...
The annual Thanksgiving Feast will be on Friday November 17th at 11:45 in our classroom. Parents, siblings and grandparents are welcome to join us! The students will be eating a traditional Thanksgiving feast, and will have a special presentation prepared for you! Costumes are optional! I will be sending the presentation lines on Friday to start practicing at home. Memorizing is encouraged but is not required:).
I will be sending a book at your child's reading level on Wednesday. Please read it with your child today. If your child is stuck on a word, have them look at the beginning part of the word or look at the picture. On Thursday, you may practice comprehension questions or retelling the story in sequential order orally. If you would like additional practice over the weekend, your child may practice reading the book for fluency to make it sound smooth.
Have a great week!
October 23rd - October 27th
The students will be participating in Arts Days on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday! Parent/teacher conferences will take place in the afternoon once students are dismissed. Lunch will not be served on those days!
Please send your child with a backpack, snack, and Bobcat binder every day. We will have sometime in between to complete classroom work. Thank you!
Here is our schedule:
8 - 8:30 Unpack, snack, and classroom work
8:30 - 9:20 Presentation in the cafeteria (K-2nd grade)
9:20 - 11:55 Class work
8 - 8:30 Library, snack, and quick unpack.
8:30 - 9:20 Presentation in the cafeteria (K-2nd grade)
9:20 - 11:55 Class work
8 - 8:30 Unpack, snack, and classroom work
8:30 - 9:20 Workshop #1 room 203 (our room)
9:30 - 10:20 Workshop #2 room 205
10:30 - 11:20 Workshop #3 room 205
11:20 - 11:55 Class work/unpack
Week of October 16th - October 20th
The Sweet Berry Farm field trip was a huge success!! The kids had a BLAST painting their pumpkins, going through the corn maze, and shucking corn. Thank you to those of you who came and helped during the field trip!
The STEAM day logo contest (previously called Science Day) is now in full force! Logo contest information was sent home with your child on Friday! Logos are due October 26th. Please let me know if you have any questions!
During the reader's workshop we will be reviewing all the sight words learned so far this quarter. Check the "What We are Learning this Week" tab to see the list of words. These are words the kids should be able to read quickly. One of our mini lessons for the week includes learning what a "verb" is. Our class will continue to practice retelling stories read in sequential order. This is a great skill you can practice with your child at home after reading your favorite books!
During the writer's workshop we will be working on writing our thoughts down on paper, and circling words that may not look right. Our goal in the next few weeks is to write at least 1 complete sentence using a capital letter, spaces in between words, and adding some form of punctuation at the end.
During our science and social studies times we will learn all about BATS! Our class will be researching about these cool animals and will get to make a cool project as a culinary activity! We will share these with you during conferences!
Have a great week,
Week of October 10th - October 13th
I hope you had a fantastic long weekend! We have a short but busy week up ahead! Please log into Skyward to sign up for conference day/time. I look forward to seeing you all during parent/teacher conferences!
The whole 1st grade team will be participating in a monthly bingo board. This is completely optional! Please look for the bingo board inside your child's Bobcat Binder or look at the homework tab on the Weebly website. Feel free to email me videos or photos as the kids complete their work. We will be sharing their work during our morning meetings. Our class will be earning extra Dojo points for each bingo board completed.
On Thursday we will be headed to Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls. Please send your kiddo with a lunch from home, a snack, and a water bottle. Tennis shoes and socks are a must since we will be outside for the entire day. I will be bringing sun block and bug spray if needed.
During math we will continue to practice adding numbers using a ten frame. The focus will be on math facts from 0 - 10. Math homework will only be sent home on Tuesday due to our field trip on Thursday.
During the reader's workshop we will be practicing reading stamina, choosing just right books, and buddy reading. I will be starting to pull reading groups while the students are working on their reading workshop rotations. Retelling stories in sequential order will continue to be practiced throughout the day.
During the writer's workshop we will be working on a special writing activity based on the book "Crankenstein."
During science we will finish discussing the 3 states of matter, and how the stages may change by adding cold or heat.
Week of October 2nd - October 6th
On Thursday we will be having our Bridge Point family picnic from 5:30 - 7:30. The 1st grade color is orange! I hope to see you there!:)
Parent conferences are right around the corner! You can sign up on Skyward starting on Thursday October 5th. Please watch the tutorial on how to sign up by clicking here Skyward Tutorial.
During math time I will be introducing the concept of using a "ten frame" to count and add numbers up to 10. Math homework will be sent home on Tuesday and on Thursday. The activity will include skills covered in the classroom, and should be worked on independently.
During the reader's workshop we will continue to practice choosing "just right" books from our class library. We will also practice reading stamina and buddy reading. We will also continue to review what a noun is. After reading a book outloud to the class, the students will get to practice retelling the story orally - this is a great skill to start practicing at home.
During the writer's workshop we will be focusing on writing the sounds "we hear" to create a sentence. I will be reinforcing correct handwriting strokes and legible handwriting. In our classroom, we will be using a specific kind of paper which helps develop/practice correct handwriting...I would be happy to share a sample of it with you!
During science we will continue to learn about the 3 states of matter, and will be conducting some really fun experiments!
Week of September 25th - September 29th
Our 1st field trip of the year is coming up! If you haven't paid for your child to attend...please log into Skyward and click on "fees" to pay. Thank you! Our 2 chaperones for this field trip will be Mr. Dartt and Mr. Woster:) Way to go Dads!
Tuesday is an early release at 12:50. Our schedule will be slightly different in the morning! We will be attending specials and the kiddos will be eating lunch here at school!
During math time our class will continue to practice place value. We will be working on identifying ones and tens and using different manipulatives to help us create numbers.
During the reader's workshop we will practice choosing "just right" books and buddy reading. We will also continue to learn what a noun is. The sight words learned so far are under the tab "what we are learning this week." These are words the kids will need to read quickly.
During the writer's workshop we will continue to work on creative writing journals and prompt writing. Our class is participating in a writing contest! We will be choosing the most creative piece, and the winner will earn 5 brilliance Dojo points!
During science I will be introducing "matter." We will learn about the 3 states of matter and will get to create a Pic Collage. The students will be finding objects around the school from each of the matter categories and will make a collage on their iPad.
Hope to see you all at the family picnic next week!
Week of September 18th - September 22nd
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Our 1st field trip of the year is right around the corner. The 1st grade classes will be attending Sweetberry Farm on October 12th. More information to come very soon! I will also be sending out a link to sign up for chaperoning if you are interested!
During math time we will continue to practice identifying the ones and the tens place in a 2-digit number. We use "cubes" and "longs" to help us make numbers. Identifying the months of the year and the days of the week is another skill we continue to explore in our classroom.
During the reader's workshop we will continue to practice reading stamina and choosing "just right books." The students have learned to pick books of interest and close to their reading level. I use the "soup" analogy to help students choose books...you don't want to eat your soup when its too hot (an easy book) or when its too cold (a hard book)...you are going to want to eat your soup when the temperature is just right. We will also continue to learn about nouns!
During the writer's workshop we will continue to work on our creative writing journals and prompt writing. Our focus in the next couples of weeks is to get our thoughts down on paper using legible handwriting.
During science I will introduce the scientific method. Our class will be conducting 3 really fun experiments! Be sure to check out our Photo Stream for pictures!
Let's make it a great week!
Week of September 11th - September 15th
Be sure to check out our photo stream! Lots of smiles and learning going on in our classroom!
During math I will be introducing "place value." The students will get to use manipulative (unifix cubes and place value longs and cubes) to make ones and tens. We will also practice identifying which digit belongs in the ones and tens place.
During the reader's workshop we will practice reading stamina and buddy reading. We are continuing to practice taking "sneak peaks" by looking at the cover of a book. Our class will also continue learning about nouns.
This week's prompt during the writer's workshop is "I want to be a scientist..." and "Good partners look like..." I will be looking for spaces in between words and legible handwriting. I have been reminding the students to reread their work before being done! :)
During science I will introduce what a scientist is, and we will discuss the importance of science safety.
Week of September 5th - September 8th
I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! We have a short but busy week up ahead! Our BIG goal this week is to listen to the teacher the 1st time directions are given:)
We will be going on (3) field trips so far - Sweetberry Farm & Thinkery. Please go to Skyward and click on "fees" on the left side of the screen. You will be able to pay for all the field trips online. I will be sending out a chaperone interest form a few days before each field trip.
During math we will be working on skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's. We will be using a 100's chart to help us count. By the end of the first quarter, the students will need to count forwards and backwards to 30. On Tuesday, I will be sending home a 100's chart to help your child practice counting.
During the reader's workshop we will continue to take "sneak peaks" before reading a book. I will be introducing reading with partners using EEKK (elbow elbow knee knee). We will review last week's sight words and practice new ones: can, come, go. Our class will also learn what a noun is.
During the writer's workshop we will continue to practice writing neatly with spaces in between words. We will also practice writing our name (I have seen some letter reversals and capital letters in the middle of names). This is a great skill to practice at home! Our prompt this week is "We need teachers because..."
During our social studies time we will continue to discuss how peoples' jobs help us in our community.
August 28th - September 1st
We had a wonderful 1st week! Our Back to School Morning is on Monday from 7:40 - 8:40 in our library. All parents are welcome!
During math this week we will be working on counting forwards and backwards from 1 - 30. The students are encouraged to use a 100's chart or number line to help them count! We will be working towards the number 120 by Q4.
During the reader's workshop we will be working on reading a book and taking a "sneak peak" (making a prediction of what the book is about). We will introduce the sight words - I, and, big. The students will be expected to read these words quickly and easily.
Each week during the writer's workshop we will be working on a prompt/s. This week the prompts are:
- A fireman is brave because...
- When I grow up I want to be...
I will be encouraging the students to write neatly and with spaces. I will also be watching out for letter reversals and writing with a capital/lower case. These are skills which will we will practice all quarter!
During social studies we will introduce "communities." We will be talking about community helpers, and about what we want to be when we grow up.
Let's make it another great week!
Week of August 21st - August 25th
Welcome to 1st grade! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing summer! I am looking forward to meeting you during our Bobcat Welcome on Friday August 18th from 8 - 10 am in room 203.
If you haven't purchased school supplies there will be some extras available in the office:) Here is our school supply list:
At Bobcat Welcome, I will be asking you to send an email to me with your child's name and both parents' names. This seems to be the most accurate way of getting everyone's correct email addresses. If you would like to send this to me before Bobcat Welcome, feel free to do so! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
First grade teachers are going paperless this year! We will be gathering all the "Back to School Information" via a Google form. Please fill out and get it back to us by Friday evening. That way we can make a bus schedule, and have all the information we need for the first day of school:).
If you have any bus questions, please visit email@example.com. They can process inquiries much faster through email than phone. If your child rides the bus home, please know what bus they ride, as I will need to know this on Friday:).