I can't believe we are already in Week 3 of school. These last couple of weeks we have been working hard in getting settled with our routines so that we can begin learning content this week. This week our focus in reading will be growing as readers- we will be learning and practicing reading books in different voices and then reading the words of a book with how the author intends for us to (ie, scary, cheerful, sick, etc). In math, we are reviewing what students have worked on in math last year by fluently adding and subtracting within 20. Here are some other important updates to note! In science, we are sorting thing by whether they are living or non-living. Eventually we will study and observe the different life cycles of living things-- from animals to plants! In writing these next coming weeks, we will be beginning to write narrative stories-- starting off with brainstorming our biggest "OUCH" stories in our own lives. In spelling/phonics, we will start off simple and begin spelling CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words to help spell harder multi-syllabic words.
Agenda & Homework
Today was the first day that we used our agendas. Time was given during class for students to write down the homework for the day. Please get in the routine of using the agenda at home to keep track of what homework needs to be done and what has been completed. Today in class we discussed how when we are done with each assignment for the day, that we cross out our completed work. There were two things written in the agenda for today: "reading log and math worksheet." Reading logs are due the following Monday and math homework is to be done daily and collected the following day. Students will bring their agendas home every day and will need to bring them back to school each day.
Students were sent home with a new reading log for the week while the one from last week were collected today. This is a weekly homework assignment that students will have every week. Reading logs are a part of a student's grade in 1st grade. Students are expected to read 20 minutes/day and track their minutes on the sheet. I collect the reading sheet the following Monday. The expectation is that students should have logged at least 100 minutes for each weekly log (I am not counting the weekend). You and your child may decide how to disperse those 100 minutes/week that fits best to your schedule. For example, Johnny may have swim practice on Tuesdays and can not complete the 20 minutes on that day, he can then read for 40 minutes on Wednesday which will give him his minimum of 100 minutes.
Link: Why it's important to read for 20 minutes each day.
1 day read (20 minutes) - 3 out of 5 (60%)
2 days read (40 minutes) - 3.5 out of 5 (70%)
3 days read (60 minutes) - 4 out of 5 (80%)
4 days read (80 minutes) - 4.5 out of 5 (90%)
5 days read (100 minutes) - 5 out of 5 (100%)
Students were sent home with a "Acceptable Use Policy" form from our Technology/STEM teacher, Mr. Sidarous. Please read over the form, sign, and return back as soon as possible. If you have not completed and turned in the "Back To School" packet forms from the first week of school, please do so as soon as possible-- the office needs them to update all information.
1st grade took their NWEA math and reading test last week. There are still a few students who have not finished their math test- Mrs. Lee will finish testing them sometime this week or the next. You will receive your child's scores during Curriculum Night.
Important Upcoming Dates
September 26th - Curriculum Night (5:30p-7p)
September 22nd - Asha P's birthday
September 24th - Kayleen L's birthday
September 26th - Thomas F's birthday
Thanks and have a great rest of your week! :)