Monday, October 26, 2015

First Grade 
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 Week of October 26th
Unit 4…Bonus Letters (f,l,s and want to be z). One of our new spelling rules is the BONUS LETTER RULE. To read the word puff one would only need to know the sounds in the letters puf. However in our language when a one syllable word ends in f, l, or s, a second f, l, or s is added when spelling the word. 
Trick Words…, you, your, they, I
Week of Oct. 26th….
Spelling words are words using bonus letters
Word cards are available on Fundations site. *Please check out the Fundations tab on the website and read the unit 4 info.  I do not expect the activities to be returned, but you should be practicing these activities throughout the week to help strengthen the bonus letter rule* with your child.

Math Connects Develop Subtraction Concepts Essential Question:  What is a subtraction ?  What do you do when you subtract? Vocabulary: difference, number line, minus sign, take away, cross out, count down and subtract.
The students are practicing math facts. We subtract within 10.  Once again first graders will be fluent in subtraction within 10 by the end of the school year. Use flashcards at home. No Ten Marks homework this week.  Instead play a game on line.

Your child is brought home a Book Box last week. Keep it as part of their at home library. Throughout the school year they will be bringing home leveled paper books to keep. They can reread them to assist with developing fluency and share them with you.

 Writing    Writing Essential Question:  What is a personal narrative?
A personal narrative is a story about a life event. This is a small moment in our lives. Every Monday we write a personal narrative in the form of Weekend News. We choose an event that happened over our weekend and write a lead sentence, one to two details and a feeling or closing sentence. Our small moment about our weekend has a beginning, middle and end. Then we draw pictures to match the narrative. This is a quick write on Mondays. We do not spend a great deal of time on revisions of this piece of writing. Discuss your weekends with your child. This will assist them in their writing of Weekend News.                                        

Our class is beginning a study of air and weather that involves observing patterns in the day and night sky. Students will be looking for evidence that air is matter—that it is something real. Students will explore the properties of air using parachutes that they engineer to deliver cargo safely to the ground. Students will work with plastic syringes and tubing and observe how air can be captured, how air can be compressed, and how air under pressure can move things around. Students will observe daily weather conditions such as temperature, cloud cover, and wind conditions, and will analyze the number of hours of daylight over the year. They will be recording all this information on a class calendar and in a science notebook. Students will also observe and record daily changes in the appearance of the Moon over a month. They will be observing the Moon during 
the daylight hours and at home during the evening.

   REMINDERS      PLEASE do all parts of your spelling Homework each week and return it on Friday.
**** SCHOLASTC NEWS ORDERs are available on line. Deadline is October 29th.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

 First Grade
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Week of October 5th
Math Fluency
We are currently working on becoming fluent in addition to ten. This means that students can add 30 addition problems (3+6,2+8,5+5,etc.) to 10 within 2 minutes with 80% accuracy. They should be able to add a problem in 3 seconds.  This is an end of the year standard. 
Unit 3……Concept of consonanat diagraphs,key words and sounds: wh,ch,sh,th,ck (CHECK ON Fundations page)
The diagraphs “stick together” to form one sound, even though there are two letters. WH is only used at the beginning of a word and CK is only used at the end of a word right after a short vowel.
Trick Words: as-has-to-into
 FLUENCY: We are also working on SCOOPING phrases of short stories. This assists us in becoming fluent readers. Our focus is on Characters, Setting and Main Ideas to assist with COMPREHENSION.
Writing: We are working on different kinds of sentences in our writing. We are using punctuation marks (. ? ! ). We are discussing asking (?) and telling (.) sentences. We also are talking about sentences that show excitement (!). Write these different kinds of sentences when doing your spelling homework.
**Tomorrow I am sending your child home with a first grade word wall. The children can use it when they do spelling homework. These are all the trick words that they will be responsible for as the year goes on.
Grading….Students grades are based on the acquisition of achieving the END of the YEAR Common Core Standard in First Grade.  Please read through the grading system. Check out the Standards Based Report Card Pages on my website.  If students are receiving a 2 they are making progress towards the Standard.
Not Meeting the Standard
Working Toward the Standard
Meeting the Standard
Exceeding the Standard
A student earning a 1 demonstrates an inconsistent understanding and application of knowledge of
end-of-year grade level standards and is currently not meeting grade level standards.
A 1 indicates intervention is needed from teachers and parents.
A student earning a 2 is progressing toward achieving skills and learning end-of-year grade level standards but has not yet met the standards. Some support from teachers, parents, and/or peers is needed. A 2 indicates ongoing growth.
A student earning a 3 demonstrates understanding of grade level skills and concepts and requires minimal support to achieve
end-of-year grade level standards.
A 3 throughout the school year indicates strong, excellent work at grade level. A 3 indicates the goal for the grade level and should be celebrated.
A student earning a 4 independently uses and applies knowledge in ways that demonstrate higher-level thinking skills to achieve
end-of-year grade level standards.

Student Homework will not be graded.  It is a review and practice of skills that students are learning in First Grade. I do look at it to see how children are progressing.  It is important to do your homework weekly.  If   you  find your child having difficulty, please let me know. Be sure to do all parts of the spelling  from the list.  You must write sentence and choose two other portions to do. Study for our Friday tests.
Ten Marks homework is corrected online and you can see your child’s results. I just do one page per week.  Many students enjoy using the computer as an option for homework.  If you are unable to do it online, please let me know and I will send it home.
I will be going to a professional development on Tuesday afternoon.  I will be learning on how to do a math component online  and will be sharing it with you soon.

First grade is responsible for the garden area under our window.  We will be caring for it throughout the school year.  If you would like to assist and have your BCI check, please let me know and we could use your assistance caring for that area and keeping it looking lovely.
W-A-N-T-E-D … Tulip/Daffodil Bulbs
Planting date WEDNESDAY, October 7th. Please have your child dress in long pants and bring a Sweatshirt.

 W-A-N-T-E-D…. Small flashlights for our classroom, electric pencil sharpener, and Halloween and Thanksgiving Stickers.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

First Grade
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Week of September 21st

Math Connects: Develop Addition Concepts A math pack was sent home on Monday.  Please return it on Friday.
     Ten Marks Homework will be available starting on Monday the 28th.  I will send home an access code for each student. We are working on vertical and horizontal addition.
Some addition math links are:
 Deep Dive Addition Game
 Free Fribbit Addition and other games    
This is what your child will be learning for their first trimester in mathematics.
Trimester One Math Essential Questions
●What are the next ____numbers after ____?
●How many are in this set? How can you write the numeral?
●What number comes before ______?
●What number comes after______?
●Explain with pictures, words, or equations: What is a turnaround fact?
●How does a turnaround fact help you
 learn math facts?
●Use manipulatives to show a number
 sentence for:
●What is a fact family?
●What does an equal sign mean?

Fundations: Unit 2, Week 2.  Check out the info on our website.
Blend ,read and spell three short vowel words.
We are changing end sounds to make new words.
Kit change /t/ to /d/ to make kid.
Essential Question: What is a CVC (consonant/vowel/consonant) Word? (c-a-t, h-a-t, etc)  We tap the words out. This will assist with our spelling, reading and writing.
Read the Fundations Unit 2 for ideas of games to be played at home to review these concepts.
Review Sight words: a-and-the   Practice  spelling them. We want these to be automatic in your child’s writing.  As we progress they will get more difficult. We follow the Fundations program for our spelling program in first grade.
Many children are already referencing the word wall, word banks and dictionaries when writing.
TRICK WORD and SPELLING Homework will begin Next Week
We are currently focusing on Classroom and School Community Rules for Social Studies. The children are learning expectations in our school community.
Classroom and School Community Essential Questions
*What is a rule?  Who makes rules? 
Why do we need rules?
*What makes a good rule?
*What are some consequences for not following the rules?  
Vocabulary: Rule, consequences, responsibility, rights, cooperate. conflict, feelings, pros and cons._____________________________                                                              
Writing: The students have begun a journal. Currently every morning we write about a topic in our journals. The children are working on:
*Starting a sentence with a capital letter.
*Using spaghetti spaces between letters in a word and finger spaces between each word.
*Using a punctuation mark at the end of a sentence
(. ? !) to signal to the reader to stop at the end of a complete thought.
 ***Bring a labeled Water Bottle Daily it is still warm and children get thirsty. Students may bring their water bottles to gym.
***Please return your Scholastic News payment

Scholastic Book Club on line.  Orders until the 30th.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

First Grade Home to School Connection
Week of September 13th
Looking forward to meeting with you all on Thursday, September 17th   at 5:30-7:30 for Open House
 Math Connects: Math My Way 2015 ……..
 Develop Addition Concepts
We are adding vertically and horizontally. We are practicing math facts to 10.
Essential Question:  What is an addition number sentence?
Vocabulary: addition, equal, number sentence, equation,whole, part,  plus and sum
An easy way to add two numbers is keep the larger one in your head and count uP.

PLEASE check out the Fundations  Page on the website:  Unit 2

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What is a CVC  (consonant-vowel-consonant) word?

**Blend,read and spell three sound short vowel  words
**Learn or review three words by memory: a, and, the. These are called trick words because they can not be sounded out. Instead your child needs to learn them by memorizing them.
**Learn capitalization, punctuation and word spacing for sentence dictation.

*** Please let me know if you need a copy sent home. Trick Words…a-and-the Word cards are available on Fundations site with unit pack. I also send home words to create at home.
Right now the children are learning some sight words, and there are lots of ways you can help your child become a skilled reader.
  Skilled readers glance at a page of printed matter and get meaning almost instantly.  They can do this because they recognize the words and the meanings so rapidly that the words do not seem to come between them and the meaning at all.
*Sight words are words that we know at sight.  As soon as we see them, we know what they are.  We memorize them, just as children memorize McDonald's, pizza and Barbie.
*Sight words are service words.  If children don't know them "by sight", they spend a lot of time struggling with their reading.
                  Helping with Sight Words
The words on the Dolch 220 Basic Sight Vocabulary list make up 65-70% of the running words in early readers and children's picture books.
*Our sight vocabulary continues to grow throughout our lives.  As adult readers, we rarely find words in our recreational reading that we don't know; however, we often find new words in our instructional reading.
As children begin learning sight words, let them work with a few new words at a time so they don't become discouraged.  It is very important that children see this as a game and that you call attention to words they know with "one look" rather than calling attention to the words they don't know. (SRA DOLCH READING PROGRAM)
                        Sight Words
a   all   am an   and are   at   can  come  did do   for   get  go  have here   I  is in  it  like  look  me   my  on  out  put  said  see   the  that to  up  was  went   what  when who  why    where  you  your   with
(Partial List to begin with, more to follow)
 This year I am using Reading Street as my classroom reading series.  It is published by Pearson Education 2011 and is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  It provides an explicit, systematic, highly qualified instruction focusing on the five critical elements of reading identified by research: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension, as well as an emphasis on concept and oral language development. Please check out the icon on my website to learn more about Reading   Street.

SOCIAL STUDIES....  Our first unit of study is Rules in the  Classroom and School Community.

 Essential Questions  
*What is a rule?  Who makes rules? 
Why do we need rules?
*What makes a good rule?
*What are some consequences for not following the rules?  
Reminders: ***Bring a labeled Water Bottle Daily it is still warm and children get thirsty. Students may bring water bottles to gym class on Tuesday and Thursday.
***Please return your Scholastic News subscription payment.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

First Grade
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             Week September 29th


We will be beginning with Unit 3 learning diagraphs wh,ch,sh,th,ck. These consonants “stick together” to form one sound. We will be beginning with this unit because we have spent the first weeks of school learning and using consonants. 
Word Wall Words or Fundations Trick Words   as-has-to-into Spelling Pattern this Week “at” Make flash cards with the words sent home.  Practice these words. High Frequency words appear repeatedly in children’s stories.  Children need to know these on sight. They are words that most often cannot be sounded out.
PLEASE RETURN September Reading Log.  Along with the new reading log, to be sent out OCTOBER 1st, I will sent home some fun ways and places to read.  Return that form and you will receive a PRIZE!

Math Connects: We continue to practice addition.  A good strategy 8+3=11 is to keep the larger number in your head (8) and count UP (3) to get the sum of 11.  Use a number line or ruler.  Put your finger on 8 count up three more and end on 11. Use pennies for counters if you need.
We are working on writing number words ( 1…one, 5…five) to twenty.  Our focus is also on what comes before, after or in between a number.( ___1,2, 6__8, 11,12___)
Vocabulary:  before, between, after and number line.
Ask your child about using our ENO Board for daily math. We are having a BLAST!!!!!
TEN MARKS Homework is up on line every Tuesday night.  Please let me know if you need a paper copy sent home.
REMINDERS:  We are making applesauce on Wednesday.  Please let me know if your child cannot have any.
W-A-N-T-E-D Tulip or daffodil bulbs for planting.
Please return spelling homework on Friday.