Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Week of March 20-24

Wednesday- Library
Friday- Dollar Dress but dismissal still at 3:00

Spring Break- April 3-7

I was so caught up in getting everything ready for Literacy Night that I forgot to send a poster home for Student of the Week last week.  So this week, there are two.

Student of the Week:

Hazel- One day she would like to visit Disneyland.  She loves gymnastics and cooking.  Hazel wants to be a chef someday.  She loves her cats.  Here is her picture below:

Pedro- He would like to visit Mexico and Spain.  He loves soccer and RSL.  However, his favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi who plays for Barcelona.  Pedro's favorite things are soccer and school.  Here is his picture below:

Reading/Writing:  We have started a Book of Knowledge.  It is where we read an article daily together then students paste a smaller copy of it in their Book of Knowledge (notebook).  Then they are to write two facts that they learned from the article.  This is to help build students' comprehension and vocabulary.  
Students are also learning about finding the main idea (what it's mostly about) and details in stories.

Math: In math students have been comparing two numbers and deciding which is greater than or less than the other while using the <, > symbols.  They are also starting to add and subtract with groups of ten.  For instance: 20+10=30 or 17+10=27.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Week of March 6-10

Wednesday- Library 
Friday- Spelling test

Up Coming:
Literacy Night- Tuesday, March 14th from 5:30-7:00 pm
Thursday, March 16th- Early dismissal at 12:45
Friday, March 17th- No School

Student of the Week:
Gabe is the student of the week this week.  He wants to be a Veterinarian when he grows up.  He is good at soccer and has met several of the RSL soccer players.  One of Gabe's favorite things is his dog Turbo.  He wants to visit California (Disneyland) someday.  Here is a picture below of Gabe.

Here are some pictures of our Read-a-thon from last Thursday for Dr. Seuss' birthday.  Students had a great time.  We just might do it again!  (They were most excited about me letting them take their shoes off) LOL!!

Students are preparing their chosen vocabulary word, definition, and sentence for Literacy Night.  We are also reviewing the R controlled vowel sounds such as /ar/, /or/, /er/, /ir/, and /ur/.  

Students are almost all checked off reading/recognizing the 100 first grade sight words.  I'm so proud of them.  Now we will be working on getting them spelled correctly.

Writing:  Students are writing about the best part of themselves. You will see this hanging in the hallway during Literacy Night.  You will want to keep this writing assignment for many years to come.

Math:  Students are revisiting place value.  We are grouping tens and writing how many we grouped and if there are any leftover.  For instance: if there were 26 blocks drawn, students would circle 2 groups of ten, making twenty.  They'd write the number 2 to represent 20, and then write 6 for the leftover ones, making the number 26.  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Week of February 27- March 3

Tuesday- 120th Day of School!!  
Wednesday- Library
Thursday- Read-a-Thon for Dr. Seuss' Birthday
Friday- Dollar dress & Early dismissal at 12:45

Literacy Night- Tuesday, March 14th from 5:30-7:00 pm

**Why celebrate 120 days of school instead of 100?  Well, in First Grade students identify the numbers to 120 and count by 1's, 5's, 10's, and 2's to 120.  They also can find numbers on a 120 number chart that are 10 more or 10 less than another number.  Ask your child about some activities we did in class.  

Student of the Week
Livie is the Student of the Week.  She loves, dogs, cats, and elk.  Livie wants to be a famous snowboarder someday.  She goes skiing often.  Livie would like to visit Legoland in the future.  Here is her picture below.


Greger was the Student of the Week last week.  He loves playing with Legos.  Greger would like to be a professional scuba diver when he grows up.  He wants to visit 7 Peaks Water Park.  Greger is very good at playing tag.  Here is his picture below.

Reading:  Students are learning the other sounds of the R-controlled vowels which are: /er/, /ir/, and /ur/.  We are studying about Dr. Seuss this week and reading many of his books.

Writing:  Students are going to write another opinion piece.  I will be reading the book "The Best Part of Me" aloud and then students will write about their favorite part of themselves.  You will get to see this displayed at Literacy Night.  

Math:  Students are learning about gathering and organizing data on a graph/chart.  They are also continuing to practice subtracting from numbers up to 20.  For example:  17-4= ___   or 19-9=___

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Week of February 13-16

Wednesday- Library
Thursday- Dollar dress and Early dismissal due to P/T Conferences
Friday- No School - P/T Conferences
Monday- No School (President's Day)

Student of the Week:

Last week was Jocelyn Q. She enjoys gymnastics.  She loves cats and dogs.  Jocelyn would like to be a doctor when she grows up.  She would also like to visit Disneyland.  Here is her picture below:

Micah is the Student of the Week this week.  He is good at karate.  He enjoys swimming and playing the game "Five Nights at Freddy's."  Micah would like to be a game developer when he grows up. He loves, loves, loves the Power Rangers. Here is a picture of him below:

Writing: This week we have been finishing up our informational books.  Students will share theirs with you at conferences.  Also, students have been writing a letter to a classmate each day.  Soon your child will bring home his/her book of letters from their friends.  Students have learned what a compliment is and are to write one to their friend in their letter.

Reading: We are learning vowel sounds called R Controlled Vowels.  We are learning the sounds that /ar/ make as in the word star and the sound that /or/ makes as in the word more.

Math:  Students have been practicing/learning measurement with non standard units.  They have been measuring objects with a paper strip, centimeter cubes, large and small paper clips, and string. Non-standard units introduce most of the principles associated with measurement.  It helps students compare things.  Students might say, "My pencil is 1 paper clip longer than yours, or my book is 6 centimeter cubes shorter than yours."    

The class worked so hard to win the Penny Wars.  We came in third place! Thank you for all the donations.  It went to a great cause.  The class wanted to get the Olive Garden lunch so badly.  It was only for first and second place so I surprised them with some smoothies yesterday.  Thank you to Daily Rise Coffee for supplying/donating them. They were delicious!  

Here are some pics showing the fun we had drinking them. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Week of February 6-10

PE- Tuesday
Library- Wednesday
Spelling test-Friday
Penny War-this is the last week (We are in 3rd place!)  Thank you for your donations.
Valentine's Day- Tuesday, Feb. 14th (Students will make a valentine holder in class)
Parent/Teacher Conferences- February 16th and 17th.

Don't forget to have your child mark if they're brushing/flossing their teeth on the tooth chart that was sent home last week.  The class that brings back the most charts will win a $50 gift card to use towards something fun/special.

I had a parent ask if I'd share a link from Youtube.  She has her children watch stories being read aloud by these two men that are quite entertaining.  It's an easy way to count reading minutes.
The link is  I realize the address looks funny, but it works.

Here are the Students of the Week for the last few weeks.

Bradley- He's good at swimming, coloring, reading, and the XBOX 360.  Bradley wants to be a doctor when he grows up.  His favorite things are Minecraft, Legos, M&M minis, swinging, Imaginext, and Cheerios.

Alexis- Alexis loves math.  She wants to be a doctor someday.  Lexi loves to do homework, play with her toys, and she loves all animals.  She would like to visit California again.


Deborah- Some of Deborah's favorite things are fairies, unicorns, reading, camping, the snow, animals, and playing.  She wants to visit England where her grandma is from. She would like to be a teacher when she grows up.

Reading- Students are learning the vowel pairs of /ee/, /ea/, /ay/, /ai/, /ow/, and /oa/. They have also been introduced and have been practicing words that end with -ed.

Writing- Students have been working on informative writing.  This kind of writing is to inform the reader about whatever the subject is.  We are writing about animals.  I checked out several books from the library and students got to choose 1 of 5 animals to learn and write about.  They will be showing their writing to you at Parent/Teacher conferences next week.

Math- Students are learning about measurement.  They are comparing objects that are longer/shorter than the other object.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Week of December 5-9

Library- Wednesday
PE- Thursday
Spelling test- Friday
Field trip to Treehouse Museum- Wednesday, Dec. 14th

Our Student of the Week is Lucy.  Some of Lucy's favorite things are dancing, tumbling, and baking. She would like to be a baker when she grows up.  Lucy loves going to the soda shop called "Thirst." Her favorite flavor of drink is Rootbeer Vanilla.  Here is a picture of her below:

Reindeer in the Room
We have a special visitor from the North Pole in our classroom for the next two weeks.  His name is Rodney the Reindeer.  He watches the students' behavior each day and then flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa.  If students are behaving well, they earn a prize or a small treat.  Here is what Rodney looks like:

Reading: This week in reading students are discussing the difference between fiction and nonfiction.
We are reading some fictional books with reindeer and then learning factual information about reindeer.  Later this week, students will be filling out a KWL chart about reindeer. 
KWL stands for: 
K-What I Know (before reading)
W- What I Want to learn  (during reading)
L- What I Learned (after reading)

Writing: Students are writing an opinion piece about what animal they think would be best to fly Santa's sleigh (besides a reindeer).

Math: Students are continuing to make groups of ten.  However, this week there are only two addends and one of them is 9.  So if the problem was 9 + 5 = 14, then students take 1 from the 5 and add it to the 9 to make 10.  Now the new problem would be 10 + 4 = 14. 

Holidays Around The World:
Students have been working on a book called Holidays Around the World.  They are learning about these holidays: 
Christmas, Diwali, Kwaanza, Los Pasados, Hanukkah, and St. Lucia

This book is similar to the Thanksgiving book that students recently made.  They look forward to learning about these holidays and cultures.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Week of Nov. 28- Dec. 2

New set of spelling words for 2 weeks
Wednesday- Library
Friday- Dollar Dress/Early Dismissal

Good news regarding the Read to Feed Program:
The animals that are going to be donated to a family in Africa are a goat, chickens, and a llama. Students are so excited about this knowing they are helping other people in need.  Thank you for encouraging your child to do his/her book report in the homework packet. 

Reading- Students were introduced to silent /e/ words.  They learned that silent /e/ at the end of a word makes the vowel say its name.  We have referred to it as Magic E.  Students made a magic show folder that they brought home.  It shows the short vowel word changing into a long vowel word.  Hopefully they shared it with you and maybe even sang the song for you.

The folder looked like this:

Also in reading, I read some different versions aloud of "The Gingerbread Man."  Students compared and contrasted between two stories.  They will bring that paper home today.

Writing: Students are writing another opinion piece.  They are writing about a favorite recess activity and telling three reasons why it is the best.

Math: Students are adding three digits together.  For example:  9+3+1   They have to find the two numbers that equal ten then add on.  Students have trained their brains to think in groups of 5 and ten during math a lot this year as it's more simple and faster to find a group of ten when adding multiple digits together.