I hope that you all enjoyed your holiday break with loved ones. I have to say that as much needed the last couple of days relaxing has been, I am so thrilled to finally have a full week of school. The wacky weeks in month of November has thrown off our classroom schedule and I am anxious to get us back on track with a bit of normalcy. Here are your updates:
Peek into this week in 1st grade
In reading, we've been diving into naming character traits based on what a character says, does, or thinks. We have gotten really good at making inferences about a character in the books that we have read (2nd grade standard; RL.2.1, RL.2.3), and now we're going to push it a bit further into the 3rd grade standard (RL.3.1, RL.3.3) with stating where/what in the text helps support their inference about that character.
In math, we are continuing to work on subtraction. We've worked on subtracting a one-digit number from a two-digit number and we'll be moving forward this week with subtracting a two-digit number from a two-digit number. We will eventually move onto subtracting numbers up to 100s and 1,000s. By the end of this week, I plan on giving the students a quiz to see how we are mastering these math skills and how if it's appropriate to move forward to working on one/two-step word problems involving subtraction and/or addition. After this unit on subtraction, we will be looking into telling time by the minute.
Last week, students received their social studies textbooks. They were all so excited to do a walk-through of the textbook and to write their names in it. It was very adorable seeing the looks of excitement on their faces to have a textbook for the first time. The social studies curriculum in 1st grade really dives into our own and different communities: seeing and understanding laws, rules, recognizing and understanding how different community roles play a significant part in our lives.
With writing, we're working on writing in complete sentences-- ending our sentences with the correct punctuation. We've also continuing to work on our narratives stories with our focus on finding a small moment and being detailed in our writing the events that happened. Also making sure that our narratives have an actual conclusion.
A couple of weeks ago, the students had outdoor recess. Many of them came back inside with their socks and pants wet from playing in the snow. I allowed them to change into some their emergency clothes that were brought in the beginning of the school year. If you know that your child has dipped into the emergency clothes that was in their locker, please send back to school emergency clothes for future instances.
Join us for a night of STEM on December 6th from 5:30-7:00. Celebrate Hour of Code with coding activities and sphero maze, help the snowman safely glide down the Lenart mountain. Build a snowball structure with unique materials and meet and greet with real engineers!
Many parents have asked about how they can work with their child on our weekly math fluency test-- also known as "Fish Test." Though the test is never for a grade, it is important for students to know their basic addition and subtraction facts. The following website would be a great place for the math addition fluency. http://www.math-aids.com/Addition/Addition_Drills.html. Check off the appropriate boxes for what kind of problems you want.
These are your updates for the week.
There will be no school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week for Thanksgiving Break. School will resume on Monday, November 26th.
Students will be assessed on their List 8 sight words tomorrow. The list of words were given out last week Monday, November 12th. The words are:
east, choose, single, touch, information, express, mouth, yard, equal, decimal, yourself, control, practice, report, straight, rise, statement, stick, party, seeds.
Spelling words were also given out on Monday. The spelling test will be given tomorrow. The spelling words followed the "ou" and "ow" pattern. They are: loud, sprout, out, round, found, now, down, crowd, brown, owl.
The 1st grade class had 96% attendance during Report Card Conferences. If you have not had a meeting with me in regard to your child's report card, please set up an appointment with me as soon as possible. During report card conferences, I also passed back a yellow portfolio folder with your child's graded work. Thank you to those who have returned them today emptied and signed. If you have no done so, please send the folder back by tomorrow so new graded work can be placed inside of it and returned home. As a reminder, the yellow portfolio folder will be sent home every Thursday. Please take the weekend to review the graded work, sign the turquoise folder that is stapled inside the folder, and return the folder to school with your child on Monday.
Lyrics were sent home for the upcoming Winter music performance. The two songs that the 1st grade class will be singing is "Roar" by Katy Perry and "Light the Candle." Mr. Coulter asks that you practice these lyrics with your child at home in preparation to the performance. A letter with details on how the students will be graded in music was also sent home today. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Coulter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks and have a wonderful Thanksgiving break :).
Hi first grade families!
November is such a crazy month with all of the non-attendance days for students. These two weeks (week of November 12th and week of November 19th) only have five school days. This upcoming Wednesday, November 14th is a non-attendance day of students as the day will be dedicated to Report Card conferences. Thank you to everyone who has signed up online. If for whatever reason, you need a reminder or need to change the time: please feel free to update on the website. If we need to make alternative arrangements, then please let me know :).
Next week, we will only have school on Monday and Tuesday, November 19th and 20th respectively. The school will be closed from November 21st-23rd for Thanksgiving Break. Since our schedule is so hectic, I will be combining these two instructional weeks into one. What this means is that the sight words and spelling words given for this week will be extended until next week and students will be tested on Tuesday, November 20th.
As we are going into Quarter 2, one of my goals is to return back student work in a more efficient manner. As I reflect onto Quarter 1, I returned work as they were graded into students red homework folders and realize this may not be best way to ensure the work is returning home. Moving forward, I will be returning graded work and completed rubrics on a weekly basis in a "portfolio folder" every Thursday. Please go though the folder of work, empty out the folder, leave comments as needed, and return the folder signed back to school with your child. Please be on the look out for this on Thursday :).