February 24, 2017
Dear 1-O Parents,
This week we continued making predictions. We have been thinking about how our understanding changes as we read. First I thought this, but when I read on I learned something new and my understanding changed.
We read lots of books where the main character has a strong opinion, such as: I Will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato, What Would You Do If You Had Animal Teeth?, Can I have a Stegosaurus?, Brave Charlotte, You Can Do It Bert, One Word From Sophia.
In writer’s workshop we worked on becoming more fluent at writing an opinions and stating reasons and adding some details. At first we were writing about our favorites and then first graders started writing about other things that were important. After vacation we will write one small moment and one or two more opinion pieces then we will have our opinion writing assessment. You can help you child by asking for their opinion on things and ask them to give reasons why.
In math we worked more with doubles facts and used them to help us find the answer to a doubles facts plus 1. We practiced adding two digit numbers without regrouping and learned about collections boxes. In math collection boxes are a way of thinking of the many names for a number. For example 7 can also be 3+4, 4+3, 2+5, 5+2, 77-7 , 7 pennies, seven dots, seven cubes, 7 tally marks etc. In math we ended our week with catch up and math games. After vacation we’ll try a few more strategies for addition facts and have our Unit 6 assessment.
In Science we chose describing words for a special rock and then we heard Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor and we decorated our own pet rock. After vacation we’ll be learning about dinosaurs. On Wednesday, March15 we’ll be having a Dinosaur Dig. More about that, after vacation!
Where every you are, whatever you do I hope you have a good vacation week. Remember to make time for reading.
Mrs. O. and Ms. Sailor
February 17, 2017
Dear 1-O Families,
After a snow day Monday and a delay Tuesday morning, we started our class week on Tuesday – Valentine’s Day at 10:10. We answers true or false questions about the heart to see what we already knew. Knew. We read books, watch a short video looked at a heart model and tried an experiment where we worked with a partner taking turns running in place for a minute or keeping time then listening to each other’s hearts. We learned a few facts and developed more appreciation for our hearts. At the end of the day our room mothers and a few parent joined us for a snack while we opened Valentines. Thank you to our room parents for organizing the snacks.
This week we read, Arthur’s Valentine, The Secret Life of Squirrel – A Love Story, How to Heal a Broken Heart, The Best Part of Me, I will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato and Have I Got a Book for You. In readers workshop we are working on a unit called Reader’s Have Big Jobs to Do Fluency, Phonics and Comprehension. We’ve been trying to touch on each in mini lessons, and read alouds. In individual conferences we’ve been listening and help kids find what each needs. We read everyday we come to school even if we have a delay.
This week in math we have been working with fact puzzles to find facts that are equal 6 -3= 5+1, We also been working on the strategy of using a doubles facts to find the answer to near doubles fact. Use 5+5 to find the answer to 5+6 quickly. Also first graders made shapes using geo-boards and recorded them on paper
In writer’s workshop we are doing opinion writing. We’ve started some accountable talk where we state what we think and try to give reasons in science and reading and math.
I don’t usually write about the classroom plants - but today I will. The one in the picture above sat in the window for 6 weeks before it started to sprout to its current height of 3 feet. For those 6 weeks, we watered it and kept it in the window with the lovely afternoon sun. This week our amaryllis is blooming gloriously. It’s been a nice sign to all of us to keep trying and not give up with a hard math problem or a bump in reading.
I like snow about as much, or maybe more than most, but I am so hoping for five full days of school next week.
Have a good weekend!
Mrs. O. and Ms. Sailor
February 10, 2017
Dear 1-O Families,
On Monday, we celebrated the 100th day. We sang The Hundredth Day song. We looked at the news from 100 years ago in the New York Times. By the way the NYT only cost 1 cent in 1917. We set a goal to read 100 books as a class. We heard 100th Day Worries and looked for the problem and solution. The we set up our own collections. We had Legos and lollipops, pennies and pom- poms, blueberries and grapes and more. We found different ways to make 100. We Heard 100 Ants Are Marching. We made 100th Day crowns and wrote what we would do if we had 100 dollars. Before P.E. We made necklaces with Cherrios and count the food items we raised for “End 68 hours of hunger.” We met our goal of 100 food items, and got 47 more food items for a total of 147 food items.
Thank you for you help!
Tuesday, we had a snow day.
Wednesday we had delayed opening. We read a book called Grandpas’ Teeth. It was a mystery and as I read the book I stopped in a number of place for kids to make predictions. We worked with work wall words and in math practiced finding 10 more and 10 less than any number on our hundreds chart and worked on telling time with a clock with only an hour had – no minute hand.
Thursday we had a snow day.
Today we continued making predictions as we read. Worked with word and did more two digit number stories in math.
Tuesday, February 14th is out Healthy Heart Valentine’s Day. Please send one valentine for each first graders.
Have a great weekend,
Mrs.O.and Ms. Sailor
Pictures from the
100th Day of School
February 3, 2017
Dear 2-O Families,
Your child’s mid trimester progress report is coming home with this letter.
Thank you so much for sending the collections of 3- 5 items in for our opinion writing unit. Those items should come home today, if they have not come home already. Thank you.
In writers workshop we worked on two pieces of opinion writing, one on our favorite item in our collection and our other piece on recess. “Do you like Indoor or Outdoor recess best?” First graders were asked to state their opinion and give reasons why, then restate their opinion.
This week in math we had a math assessment for unit 5. We also completed the mid year math assessment over several days. We’ll start Unit 6 on next week.
Monday, February 6th is the 100th day of school. We’ll have lots of activities about 100. Please send 100 small items that your child can use on the 100th day.
We will be counting our food for end 68 hours of hunger
Do we have a 100 items?
In Reader’s workshop we retired some old books and made new good fit choices.
Our Reading Unit is called Reader’s have big jobs to do – Right now we are working on tools for working with bumps. I attached a strategy sheet to the back of this letter. Kids are encouraged to try at least two of the strategies when the come to a bump.
This week in science we’ve been busy reading and enjoying The Magic School Bus Goes in side the Earth. First graders learned what’s inside the Earth an made a clay model of the Earth with a partner.
On Tuesday, February 14th we’ll be having a Healthy Heart Day listening to our hearts and learning about them. We’ll have a healthy heart snack tasting on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 PM and open Valentines.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. O. and Mrs. Sailor