Also, if your child would like to bring a snack please make sure that it is a fruit or vegetable. Also, in order to minimize classroom disruptions please be sure to send your child to school with a water bottle so they will not need to leave the classroom to go to the drinking fountain. Additionally, we have P.E. every school day so please make sure your child wears or brings appropriate shoes for gym class so they can participate.
Literacy (Daily 5 & CAFE)
This week in literacy our class learned how to participate in Phonemic Awareness. Students engaged in several letter sound activities to support their reading and writing. Some of these activities include blending words, segmenting words, rhyming, deleting and adding phonemes, finding the initial and ending sound in a word, and so on.
As a class, we have started our Read to Self time. This is going to be one of our choices for “Daily 5″. We have discussed and practiced self-selecting a “just right book” and reading independently for three minutes. This time will increase as the year goes on. We watched a short video clip to help us make a good choice when choosing a book. In order to make a good choice we just have to remember IPICK:
I- choose my book
Purpose- Why am I reading?
Interest- Do I like it?
Comprehension- Do I understand?
Know- Do I know most of the words? (Use the five finger rule!)
Our class enjoyed singing along to this song to help us remember how to pick a “good fit book”:
This week, our class began our “Handwriting without Tears” program. This program incorporates multi-sensory lessons for letter, word, and sentence practice. We reviewed uppercase letters from kindergarten. We also began writing on the new paper. It has double lines instead of the traditional three lines. The purpose for the double lines is to provide students an easy transition to notebook paper.
Students were also introduced to Writer's Workshop. Writer's Workshop is a designated time of 45 minutes each day where students will become “authors”! Our lessons are primarily taken from the Units of Study by Lucy Calkins which is aligned with the Common Core Start Standards. This program exposes first graders to opinion, narrative, and information writing. We are starting the year off with narrative writing! Our class worked on writing about a "small moment" of their choice independently without teacher or peer support. This assignment allows me to better understand the writing strengths and needs of each individual student and to help develop writing goals for each student.
First graders been graphing to develop essential skills to meet the following common core state standard:
1.MD.C.4 Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Student Friendly Objective: I can collect information, organize it into tally charts or picture graphs, and answer questions about it.
We graphed our birthday months, how we get to school, how many letters in our names, and how many boys and girls. Other math terms such as: most and least, fewer and more, bar graph, pictograph, concrete graph, bar graph. data, tally chart, tally mark, and in all have been practices as well.
Students were also introduced to our "math warm-ups". These problems are aligned with the common core state standards and serve the purpose of supporting students in utilizing the standards for mathematical practice. Our class has "math talks" after working on the problems to share our thinking. Last week our focus was that there isn't just one way/strategy and sometimes there isn't even just one answer to a problem. That is one reason why we do mathematical standard number 3 and "talk math" to learn from our classmates. I have attached one of our math warm-ups that shows several different strategies/answers our class had to the same problem:
In social studies we shared our “Get to Know You” bags. It was wonderful to learn a little bit more about my students’ personalities, hobbies, and interests.
We have also been learning about the Indian Trail rules at school. Some students were able to earn Tiger Stripes for being safe, respectful, and responsible! There are times we all forget the rules and need reminders. There are also times when students need their positive behavior to be acknowledged and rewarded. In our class I use the a color chart to allow students a chance to assess their own behavior at school. Students begin everyday on green.
Purple: Students may be able to move their clip to purple when they are showing continued excellent behavior. If students are still on purple at the end of the day they will receive a tiger stripe and a Dojo point.
Green (Good to go): Students begin everyday on green which means they are making good choices and following the school rules.
Yellow (Warning): Students may be asked to move their clip to yellow as a warning that they need to make good choices.
Orange: If a student continues to have a hard time making good choices they may be asked to move their clip to orange. Students will write an apology letter.
Red (Consequence): If a student, again, continues to have a hard time making good choices they may be asked to move their clip to red. Parents will be contacted. Students always have the option (and will be reminded) to improve their behavior in order to move their clip back to green.
Monday, September 4th - No school, Labor Day
Friday, September 8th - Library books due
Monday, September 11th - Art can get messy! If your child is concerned about their clothes, please have them bring a smock to school. Some examples are an old large t-shirt, an old button-down shirt, or a School Smart full protection vinyl smock. Students should try to avoid wearing their best clothes and shoes on the day they have art.
Wednesday, September 13th - Parent Open House at 6:30pm
Thursday, September 21st - No school, Rosh Hashanah
Friday, October 6th- Early release, students dismissed at 1:00pm.
Monday, October 9th- No school, Fall Break
Tuesday, October 10th- No school, teacher institute day