This week we read Owen and Mzee and were able to learn about the comprehension skill of character traits. Students reviewed that characters have both inside traits and outside traits. They also remembered that the inside traits can be described based on how a character acts and what they say. This story connects well to our literary theme of friendship because it is an amazing true story about a baby hippo and the bond that it formed with a 130-year-old tortoise. Students were able to also practice and additional comprehension skill of comparing and contrasting how character traits may change throughout the story. Students will be able to continue this practice with our current chapter book read aloud, Charlotte's Web, next week. The Owen and Mzee website is very interactive and your child may like exploring it at home. Here is the link: http://www.owenandmzee.com/omweb/.
This week students have been "fancying up" their writing and preparing to publish a favorite informational piece that they can share with the class. Students are focusing on editing and revising their pieces based on the goals they have received during one-on-one conferencing with me and based on the goals they have made themselves using the first grade revising checklist.
This week we continued to learn about equivalent equations with subtraction for our common core standard:
1.OA.D.7 Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false. For example, which of the following equations are true and which are false? 6 = 6, 7 = 8 – 1, 5 + 2 = 2 + 5, 4 + 1 = 5 + 2.
Student Friendly Objective: I can tell if an equation is true or false. (For example 2+3=6-1 is true, but 2+3=7-1 is false.)
Students continued to work on completing the pages from our famous faces book. They are eager to learn about more famous people that they can add to this book by reading more biographies and autobiographies.
Saturday, January 6th- Wednesday January 31st:
iRead for 112 Education Foundation & 1D Reading Practice at Home- Saturday, January 6th officially begins our North Shore School District “iRead for 112 Education Foundation” reading event. An informational note and recording form is inside your child’s Home Folder. Please record all minutes read and shared at home, beginning Saturday, January 6th - through Wednesday, January 31st. Please have your child keep his/her iRead recording form inside of his/her home folder so it does not get lost. Reading and recording minutes is a school wide activity. Minutes spent reading books sent from school, library books, books at home, magazines, newspapers, etc. can all be included on the recording form. Completed forms with parent signatures and TOTAL number of minutes read need to be turned in by Tuesday, February 6th. Thank you for your continued help, support, and participation at home! Donations are much appreciated and are optional.
Wednesday, February 14th: Valentine's Day, students are welcome to bring valentines to school for all 21 classmates. *Please do not include any sugary treats or goody bags with your child's valentines, because a sweet treat will be provided in our classroom. Thank you for continued support and understanding!
Friday, February 16th: Early Release, students will be dismissed at 1:00.
Monday, February 19th: No School, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, February 21st: Ice Cream Day, ice cream will be for sale at lunch for $3.00 to support our PTO.