Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kindness Spirit Week

During the week of February 12-15th, it is kindness week.

Please dress in spirit and celebrate kindness:

Monday: Team Kindness (Sports Day)

Tuesday: Kindness Comes in all Colors (Rainbow Day)

Wednesday:  Kindness is our Superpower (Superhero Day)

Thursday:  Kindness is the Gold Rush Way! (GRE gear Day)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Important Dates coming soon!

-Scholastic Book Orders are due Wednesday, January 31st.

-Jump Rope for Heart Money is due this Friday, Feb. 2nd.

-Valentine's Day Party is on Wednesday, February 14th, from 2:40- 3:30pm.  

-Our Class's Musical will be held on Tuesday, February 27th from 7:15-7:45 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

This week we will be finishing up our 3rd math unit this week. Then over the next few weeks we will be working on a new mathematics unit about measurement and fractions called Fish Lengths and Fraction Rugs. Your child will be comparing the lengths of objects by measuring them with a variety of units, such as cubes, paper clips, and inch tiles. We will also work on story problems about comparing lengths, learn how to tell time to the hour, and investigate halves and fourths.  Throughout this unit, students are learning to use consistent units to measure accurately and to understand the underlying mathematics of measuring. This kind of experience will improve their sense of what measuring is all about. Their work with fractions begins to lay the foundation for work in later grades. In the coming weeks, you will receive more information about the mathematics in this unit as well as suggested activities to do at home.
If you would like to learn more about this unit or the language used in this unit, please check out the Pearson website using the link below.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Wrapping up 2017

The first half of our year has flown by.  We are building our stamina for learning each and every day as we become readers and writers.  We finished up our narrative writing unit about small moments in our lives. We just began a new writing unit that will be continued after the new year on informational writing.  Students will become experts in their interests and create book all about their topics.  Some of the topics we are experts on in our class are: sports, animals, game, and hobbies.  In math we have finished up our second unit this year on geometry and are currently digging deeper into addition and subtraction, as well as place value.  We have been working on story elements in reading.  Students have begun to retell stories with key details and they are identifying main characters, settings, and problem/solution.  We have already grown so much as a class in 2017, I am excited to see what 2018 can bring!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Beginning of Year Math Concepts

These are the First Unit math concepts that have been taught from the beginning of the school year until the end of September.

  • Identifying numbers within 100
  • Writing numbers to 100
  • One-to-one counting of objects
  • Skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's
  • Counting forward and backward to 20 at least
  • Adding and subtracting within 20
  • Solving story problems using pictures, words, and numbers

* If your child is unable to correctly show these skills consistently at home, please continue to practice them as they are the basis for most of our math learning in 1st grade.

Second Unit Math Concepts:

We are beginning a new unit in mathematics called Comparing and Combining Shapes. This geometry unit focuses on two-dimensional shapes and the relationships among them. Throughout this unit students observe, describe, name, compare, classify, represent, and build with 2-D shapes. Later in the year, in another geometry unit, students will learn about three-dimensional shapes and objects. Throughout this unit, students will be working towards the following goals:
        - Compose and decompose shapes in different ways.
        -Build and draw familiar 2-D shapes.
        -Use geometric language to describe and identify important features of familiar 2-D shapes, and use those features to sort those shapes.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Making Connections
A Comprehension Strategy

Dear Parents,

We have been working on the comprehension strategy of making connections.  We’ve talked about how readers think and read at the same time.  They make connections from what they already know to information in the text.

Thinking about what you already know is called using your schema, or using your background knowledge.  Schema is all the stuff that’s already inside your head, like places you’ve been, things you’ve done, books you’ve read – all the experiences you’ve had that make up who you are and what you know and believe to be true.   When you use your schema when you read it helps you use what you know to better understand and interact with the text.  It makes reading more meaningful and fun.

We read the story Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes.  We talked about experiences we’ve had that made us feel worried.  We connected our memories and emotions of feeling worried with Wemberly and could better understand the story.  We could relate to Wemberly and how she felt.  Our discussions helped us connect to the story. 

As adult readers we make connections all the time, perhaps without even being aware that we are doing so.  Sometimes a book will remind us of a personal experience or emotion. This is called a text-to-self connection.  A book may also remind us of another story we have read or a character from another book.  This is a text-to-text connection.  This can also include poems, scripts, songs, or anything that is written.  Finally, there are text to world connections.  These are connections that readers make between the text and the bigger issues, events, or concerns of society and the world at large. 

You can help your child learn how to make connections!  As you read with him/her become aware of your own thinking and share it out loud.  Model your thinking for them and encourage them to share their thinking too.  At first you may hear “I don’t know,” but keep modeling for them.  They are learning from you what proficient readers do in their head as they read!

Have fun making connections together!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Beginning of the Year Reading

Beginning of the year assessments are wrapping up and I just wanted to touch base with you about your child’s results.  In a packet that was sent home, you will find: a scale of reading levels with your child’s highlighted, a book list of just right books you can get from the library or purchase, a strategy paper for reading at home with your child and a Raz-kids login to read books online at home.

In order for your child to grow as a read, your child reads to be presented with Just Right books. “If the book is too difficult, it will lead to frustration; too little of a challenge will lead to boredom (Routman, 2003). So the book needs to be “just right.” A just right book is one that provides a little bit of a challenge for the student. It should be a book that the student finds interesting and can be read with a small amount of assistance with the text. Spending time reading just right books during independent reading time will help students become stronger.”

Thanks for working with me to help your child build reading skills necessary for life!