February is here! That means the 100th day of school is close! We will be celebrating the 100th day of school on Tuesday, February 5th as well as Valentine's Day on Thursday, February 14th. We continue to work hard in 1st grade. In Math, we will be finishing up our geometry unit and moving onto addition and subtraction within 20. In Writer's Workshop, we will be finishing up our review writing and moving onto revisiting our non-fiction chapter book unit. In Reading, we will revisiting reading non-fiction texts with a focus on book clubs. In Science, we are working within the Project Lead the Way unit focusing on light and sound.
“We’re doing math story problems. We use number lines to help us solve them” – Averie
“We wrote spooky stories. Mine is about a ghost in a forest” – Gianna
“We’re sharing books with partners and giving them feedback” – Mark
“We’re solving math problems by using number lines, tallies and ten frames” – Mikayla
“We’re using a rubric in writing to help us get better as writers” – TJ
“We’re learning about light. We’re seeing how it reflects by using flashlights and mirrors” – Aleksander
“The Fire Department talked to us about their trucks. My favorite part was seeing the mini truck. For a small truck, it had a lot of gas” – Will
“We’re learning how to hook the reader’s attention in our writing” – Julia
“We saw a fire truck that could hold 205 gallons of water” – Alexa
“We made pumpkins with paper, glue and scissors” – Sophia
“We’re noticing how light reflects and bends” – Vincent
“We’re becoming stronger readers and we’re teaching partners how to be better readers too” – Bella
“Thinking about how a disco ball works. We watched a video and talked about how light reflects off the mirrors” – Matt
“In science, we’re trying to bend light” – Olivia
“We’re reading with partners” – Robbie
“We wrote thank you letters to the Killingworth Fire Department” – Clara
Hello New First Grade Families and Friends,
I'm so excited to be your teacher this school year! I know we'll grow a lot as learners and have a blast each and every day. We're having a Meet and Greet on Tuesday, August 28th at 2pm in our classroom. I hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or 860-663-1121
I look forward to meeting you and look forward to a great year!
Mrs. Lauren Roby
“In word work, we are learning to break the words up to help us spell them” – Madison
“Are writing fictional stories with make-believe characters and make-believe settings” – Ava
“We’re making reader-text connections in reading. You can make a connection to self, a connection to text and a connection to world” – Abby
“Counting money in math. We’re counting pennies and dimes” – CJ
“We are breaking words apart in syllables to spell them” – Nelson
“Are making connections while we read. The Paper Bag Princess is like Oliver Button is a Sissy because both characters were brave” – Ryan
“We are learning to build our reading stamina. We are using a chart to keep track of how long we can stay reading” – Haylee
“Are reviewing math. We practiced working with money and telling time” – Maddox
“We’re making our characters come alive in our writing. One way to do that is to have them talk” – Daniel
“We’re learning about ducks. We’re hatching 10 ducklings in our classroom” – Braelyn
“Writing about characters and looked at books for good beginnings to help us start our stories” – Marissa
“We’re working with money. We worked with partners to show tens and ones using dimes and pennies” – Carter H.
“We’re learning about how to take care of ducklings. We’re keeping them in the incubator until they hatch” - Carter G.
“We’re learning about plot and thinking about creating our own problems in our stories and thinking about how the characters will solve it” – Brynn
“We’re going to start a new math unit. Right now, we are reviewing all the math we did throughout the year” – Emily
“We are using pennies and dimes. We’re trying to figure out different ways of showing the same amount of money. So, for 23 cents you could show 2 dimes and 3 pennies OR zero dimes and 23 pennies” – Reese
“We have 10 eggs in our incubator. We checked and there are already veins” – Mason
“We’re using plot-lines in reading to help us keep track of the beginning, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution” - Addie
Happy Spring! First graders continue to work very hard and grow as learners! In Reader’s Workshop, we’ll learn ways to get to know the characters in our books better. In Writer’s Workshop, we’ll be learning to write poetry and songs. In Math, we’ll continue telling time to the hour/half-hour as well as partitioning shapes. By the end of April, we’ll start Unit 7 focusing on addition and subtraction within 100. Of course, we will continue learning strategies to strengthen our fact fluency work as well. In science, we’ll continue learning from nature through our senses focusing on animal and plant structures.
Hello Families and Friends,
Thank you to all the families who helped make our feast such a success! The students loved learning about Colonial Life and enjoying a special feast with their classmates and families was a wonderful way to end our Social Studies unit. As we look forward to December, there is so much exciting learning happening in our classroom! In Reader's Workshop, we're exploring non-fiction/informational texts. In our Word Work, we're learning about glued sounds like ing, ang, ung, ank, ink and unk. In Writer's Workshop, we're writing non-fiction chapter books and researching our topics so we can make informative books for our readers. In Math, we're focusing on place value and exploring numbers to 100. In Science, we'll be exploring different animal structures and using the scientific inquiry process to understand how various structures help foster growth and survival. In Social Studies, we're excited to learn about different holiday traditions celebrated around the world. Finally, we look forward to our special centerpiece craft on the 19th (with families) and our Polar Express activity on the 21st. Thank you so much for your support at home and please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
“Learned about CVC words. Consonants sandwich the vowel” – Madison
“Practiced writing ‘hooks’ in our writing so, the reader can’t put down the story because they really like it” – Ava
“We used special editing pens to make our writing better” – Abby
“Used checklists in writing. It helps if we missed something” – CJ
“Reading with partners and taking turns” – Nelson
“Playing math games and learning ways to make 5” - Ryan
“We’re having Number Talks. We try to figure out what’s the number. There are lots of ways to figure it out” – Ollie
“Practiced checking the picture to see if it matched the words” – Maddox
“We had a hip hop assembly and learned how to dance” – Daniel
“We’ve been working on the computers. We’re doing activities to help us be a better reader and writer” – Braelyn
“Practicing stamina. We tell ourselves: just keep reading, just keep reading” – Marissa
“Used tallies to show how many” – Carter G.
“Giving feedback to partners. We give them a compliment and tell them what to try next” – Carter H.
“We’re spelling words with digraphs. Duck has a digraph in it” – Brynn
“Made a Feelings book. We used colors to show how feelings felt in our bodies” – Emily
“Learned how to make new friends and how to use the Buddy Bench” – Reese
“Keeping track of our reading strategies and trying hard to get in second grade” – Mason
“Practicing Sight Words. Drawing things that match them to remember what they are” - Addie
“We’re graphing and comparing how much more and how much less” – Addie
“We go to Specials! My favorite it Art” – Mason
“We’re making our characters come alive. We’re making them walk” – Reese
“We learned about Stamina. We’re setting goals to push ourselves” – Emily
“We’re practicing rereading to make our reading sound smooth” – Brynn
“We have special phones that help us sound words out” – Carter G.
“We’re learning to keep writing and writing because you can always make your writing better” – Carter H.
“We’re writing Small Moments in writing. It means something that happened in your life” – Marissa
“We are learning to look at the picture to solve words” – Braelyn
“We write stories. We are making our characters move and talk” – Daniel
“We talked about being healthy - eating right, exercise and washing your hands” - Maddox
“We’re playing math games like ‘How Many am I Hiding?’ with partners” – Ollie
“We learned how to use Tallies. We use them to show a number” – Ryan
“We’re keeping track of our reading. We make tally marks for each book we read” – Nelson
“We are learning Sight Words and practicing letter sounds in school” – CJ
“We’re doing non-standard measurement. It means you’re using something you’re not used to using like cubes, pennies or paperclips” – Abby
“We are rereading books and marking parts we didn’t notice before” – Ava
“We learned to ‘scoop up’ words to make our reading sound a little bit smoother” - Madison
Mrs. Lauren Roby