We worked on building and adding 2 digit numbers today, we retold stories with the proper sequence, and we began writing an opinion piece about food that does or does not make a good breakfast. We also had art class and buddies in the afternoon. Tomorrow is our library day! Please send those books back in. Thanks!
We were feeling the effects of the full moon today! Please remind your students that being a good listener in school is important. In math, we learned new strategies for adding double-digit numbers. In reading, we worked on retelling stories with proper sequencing.
This week we are reading and writing about our food and where it comes from. Talk to your child about the food in your home and the process it went through to get from the farm to the table!
If you have not already, please complete the interview packet with your child this week. It is so interesting to compare life today with life long ago!
We had a happy Friday, full of math fact practice, reading groups, spelling tests, and writer's workshop. We learned about the seasons too. Stay well over the weekend!
We had a busy day! We had Community Meeting, Senior Readers, library time, and Social Thinking with Mrs. Dana!
Today we visited the theme baskets and each student put a ticket (free from the PTA!) in to take a chance on winning.
Tomorrow is our library day! Please send those library books back in. Thank you!
Today we read about and compared life long ago with life now. We also read The Hat by Jan Brett. Our P.E. teacher was out today, so I had fun running gym class for the Science Squad. We played Star Wars! Ask your child about it!
Please check your child's folder today! The Wonders letter for the week was sent home, plus a special interview assignment! Students are being asked to interview an older family member so we can compare what life was like back when they were in first grade to what life is like now. Have fun with it!
Today we compared the Wonders story The Nice Mitten to Jan Brett's version of The Mitten. We also acted out the story at the end of the day, and it was so fun!
We learned about a new section of the library today (animal nonfiction) and we checked books out, as usual. Now that we are almost halfway through first grade, some students felt responsible enough to take their library books home for the week. Ask your child about it! If your child chose to leave his or her book here, it will live in his or her bookbox until next Thursday. If your child chose to take the book home, he or she will need to keep it safe and enjoy it at home, and then bring it back to school next Thursday to return. If the book is not returned on time, the student will not be able to check out a new book until the old one comes back. Please talk with your child about a system that will work for you and your family to keep track of the book and keep it safe.
Also, students may wear Patriots gear to school tomorrow if they choose. 😊
This week we are deviating from our Wonders program a little. The spelling patterns that are introduced this week are a little tricky - soft c, soft g, and -dge endings. We will be learning about those patterns for the purpose of reading, but not necessarily for spelling. Our spelling words instead are a review of the long a and long i patterns. Please check your child's folder for the Wonders letter and spelling pretest, and practice at home if you are able.
Your child also went home with another copy of his or her code to log onto the McGraw-Hill site to access Wonders and Everyday Math materials and games. If you have a computer at home with internet access, please explore this awesome resource with your child. It is especially helpful if your child is out sick or if there's a snow day. Some students are logging on at the beginning of the week, getting a sneak peek at the books we will be reading - which is great! The more exposure, the better!
We finished up a fun wax-paper snowflake project today that we had started with our buddies. The snowflakes look great! Most students took home their mini alfalfa sprout gardens today, and they taste-tested the alfalfa sprouts that we grew in our fancy sprouter. Ask your child about it!
NO SCHOOL MONDAY! Enjoy the long weekend!
We had a very busy day! We watched an NBCS band, chorus, and strings concert this morning, we started the Senior Reader program (senior community members will join us to read with the children every Thursday from 10:40 to 11:00) , we had library, AND social thinking! Study those spelling words tonight!
Today we learned about relation symbols in math. Students learned to use > for "greater than," < for "less than," and = for "equal to." Our reading groups this week have been a lot of fun, as most of the stories are plays. The students have enjoyed treating their reading group time like reader's theater, saying their lines with fluency and expression!
We are working on a digital class story called Don't Let the Pigeon Break School Rules! Ask your child about it!
This week, each student is responsible for his or her own little babies! We are attempting to make mini alfalfa sprout gardens, so students started them this morning by wetting a sponge and "planting" alfalfa seeds on top of it. We will be observing the seed growth all week, and then students will be able to take their baby alfalfas home on Friday.
We squeezed in as much learning as we could today! We made "magic e" kits to practice changing short vowel (cvc) words to long vowel (cvce) words, like changing can to cane and man to mane. I shared my favorite holiday story today too. It's called Socks for Supper by Jack Kent. Ask your child about it! We also made a birthday book and practiced place value. Stay Warm!
We got outside today!! Yay! Some students even had the opportunity to go sledding during recess. If your child wants to play in the snow or sled at recess, he or she needs to have ALL their gear, snowpants included. We worked on place value this morning in math, building numbers with base-ten blocks. (A "long" is worth ten, and a "cube" is worth one, so a child building the number 53 would show 5 longs and 3 cubes.) We also worked a lot on differentiating between short and long vowel sounds today. Thank you to those who practiced those new long 'a' spelling words at home already! With a short week, plus a possible snow day tomorrow, I may not be formally assessing those spelling words on Friday ... We'll see how the rest of the week goes!