“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
Thank you so much to all the families who were able to make it to Curriculum Night on Wednesday. I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about what our 1st grade day looks like. If you were unable to make it, here is the PowerPoint I presented and please reach out if you have any questions at all. I look forward to working with you and am very excited for a wonderful school year. Thank you again!
Hello First Grade Families and Friends,
We are off to a great start in first grade! I know we are going to have a fantastic school year! I look forward to seeing all of you at Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 13th from 6:45-8pm. At that time, I will be giving you more information regarding our school day and a closer look at our curriculum. For now, I have included some helpful information below.
Specials: Mon.-Rotate, Tue.-Music, Wed.-Gym, Thur.-Library, Fri.-Art
Lunch: Lunch costs $3.00. If your child will be buying lunch, please send in a check or money in a labeled Ziploc bag. You can also use our new online system. Our lunch time is 12:20 each school day. Milk costs 60 cents this year.
Snack: We have snack time every day at 10:35. Your child is welcome to bring in an additional snack for the afternoon – that snack time is optional. Also, your child is welcome to bring in a water bottle each day to keep at their desk.
Bus/Dismissal: If your child rides the bus in the afternoon, he/she will always be escorted to their bus route location in the hallway, unless there is a note from home informing me otherwise. There are dismissal forms on the First Grade website to download and print. (Any time there is a change in your child’s normal dismissal routine, you must write a note).
Home folder: Please be sure to check your child’s blue communication folder and return it to school each day.
Please email or call me with any questions or concerns you may have
Enjoy your weekend,
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Mrs. Lauren Roby