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Friday, May 17, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette

The end of the school year is near and we've had the weather to prove it!  We are wrapping up the school year fast, it has flown by!!  Please look for your child's grade card in their Friday folder next week.  We will be sending home Friday folders on Thursday.  We will have Field Day on Friday.  Your child won't need anything for field day, however please dress your child in play clothes that can get wet or dirty.  Also, we'll be outside all morning so please send your child wearing sunscreen.

Reading
We all can imagine what Little Red Ridding Hood sounded like when she said "Grandmother, what big teeth you have!"  We are switching gears this week and are doing Reader's Theater instead of reading groups.  We have been talking about the importance of reading with expression.  We all agree it's pretty boring to listen to a story when the reader sounds like a robot.  The students have been practicing reading their lines over and over so they can use appropriate phrasing and make their voices sound like their character that they will play in the performance.  Our plan is to videotape these performances so be on the lookout for an email with more on how you can see and hear what great expression we use in first grade! 

Math
We are wrapping up the year with subtraction.  We've been working very hard this week on using strategies such as counting back or counting on.  Students have been using 100s charts, number lines, and their fingers to count back or count on to find the difference between two numbers.  Sometimes we can even solve subtraction problems by using an addition problem we know.  It's really exciting to see students applying the addition facts they know so fluently to help them solve subtraction problems in the same fact family.  For example: 4+6=10, so 10-6=4.  

Reminders
  • Field Day/Last Day, May 24th, dismissal at 1:15.
  • May 30th - summer school open house 4:30-6:30
  • June 3rd - first day of summer school

Friday, May 10, 2013

Grade 1 gazette


The Picnic on the Prairie was a huge success! We enjoyed seeing everyone and getting to celebrate the kids’ hard work at the art show! 

Math
This week in math the students have been focusing on finding 10 more of any number (Ex: 42+10=52).  It is ok for students to have to count in their heads or use the hundreds chart, but soon they should be able to do this mentally.  They have learned a game called leap frog to help them practice. In this game they “leap” once, twice, or three times to add 10, 20 or 30 to any number.  Next week we will be reviewing subtraction and working hard at getting all the subtraction facts down fluently.  Continue to work on these at home! 

End of the Year
It is hard to believe that the year is winding down to a close!  There will be no homework coming home these next two weeks. Check at home to make sure all library books and reading group books have been returned.  If you have any items from the literacy bags at home, please send those in as well.  We have finished the final district reading and writing assessments! Next week the kids will take the final math facts assessment and no excuse word test.  We are so proud of all the effort and progress the students have made!!

Reminders
  • There is still time to turn in summer school applications.
  • Last day of school is May 24th with 1:15 dismissal.


Friday, May 3, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette


Wow!!  What a week of Missouri weather!  You never know what the weather will bring.   I sure would like to check Punxsutawney Phil’s credentials. 

Picnic on the Prairie
This Sunday TMP will host Picnic on the Prairie.  There will be walking tacos, honey ice cream from Walk About Acres, raffle items, and they will auction off the class baskets.  There will also be a live band, Artie and the Univibes, performing.  Bring your lawn chairs and your appetite and come support TMP on Sunday.  The Book Fair will be open in the library during the picnic.  And to make an exciting afternoon even more exciting, 1st grade will have their Art Show in the hallway.  Each piece is 25 cents and all of the proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (as voted on by the students).  I have enjoyed watching the kids get excited about measuring and sharing their art, but more importantly, how determined they are to raise money for kids with cancer.

End of the Year
It is hard to believe that we are to the point of talking about the end of the year.  Next week will be the last week for library checkout.  All books will need to be returned to the library the following week.  If you have any items from the literacy bags at home, please send those in. 
We have begun end of the year reading assessments.  Next week the kids will take the final District Writing Assessment.  They also have a final math facts assessment coming up.  Please practice those math facts at home.  Next week will be the last week for homework. 

Reminders
  • Picnic on the Prairie, Book Fair, and 1st Grade Art Show is Sunday, May 5th from 2-4 pm 
  • Friday, May 10th is the last day to check out library books
  • Last day of school is Friday, May 24th with 1:15 pm release time

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette


What a fun week!  We all enjoyed our field trip on Tuesday, despite the rainy weather.  We are very grateful to our Partners in Education, Walk About Acres for their hospitality.  We all made beeswax candles and ate honey ice cream, what a treat!  If you’ve never been I’m sure your first grader would love to show you around.  We finished the week with Science Olympiad and all enjoyed the hands on activities.

Math
We’re having an art show and YOU’RE invited!  In math we are talking about measuring and we read a book called Measuring for the Art Show.  In the story a little girl and her class have to measure artwork that will be displayed for an art show.  The first graders have decided that we should have our own art show and boy have we been doing lots of measuring to get ready for it.  This is COMPLETELY their idea and they are PUMPED!!  On May 5th our art show will be on display during the Picnic on the Prairie from 2:00-4:00.  Our artwork will be for sale for $0.25 a piece - what a bargain!  The kids have had lots of suggestions on what our money should be used for, from art supplies for our school, to a donation to help kids with cancer.  We will be voting as a grade level to decide what the money will go towards.  We hope you’ll be there to support us!  It is incredible to see their minds at work preparing for this big event! 

Reminders
  • Picnic on the Prairie - May 5th 2:00-4:00
  • Last day of School May 24th – Early release day 


Friday, April 19, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette



Math
This week we have been learning about fractions of shapes.  We have divided circles and rectangles into two and four equal parts.  We described the equal parts of the shapes using the words halves, fourths and quarters.  To celebrate our hard work, today we put our fraction knowledge to use and made bagel pizzas! The kids made one half pepperoni, one quarter with cheese and the other quarter (or forth) Canadian bacon.  When splitting pizza or food at home, talk about the different fractions with your kids! J

Summer School – It’s Not Too Late!!!
If you have not signed up for Summer School, please get your application in to guarantee your spot.  If you need another application, let me know and I can get you one. 

Reminders
  • Field Trip to Walk About Acres is Tuesday, April 23rd from 10 am – 12 pm
  • Science Day Friday, April 26th – Send your child in comfy clothes and tennis shoes.
  • Picnic on the Prairie is Sunday, May 5th from 2-4 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette


Reading

We've been busy this week talking about all of the things that great readers do when they make a mistake.  We know ALL readers make mistakes, it’s what we do about that mistake that matters.  Great readers listen and watch for their mistakes.  They check to make sure what they've read looks right, makes sense and sounds right.  If it doesn't  they go back and fix it.  As you listen to your child read compliment them when they go back and reread to fix a mistake.  This is called self-correcting. 

Math

This week we've been learning all about 3D shapes.  We've identified cylinders, spheres, pyramids, rectangular prisms and triangular prisms.  As mathematicans we talk about how many flat sides or faces the shapes have and how many corners or angles they have.  I've been so impressed with what a wonderful job students have done noticing what makes each of these shapes unique. 

Don’t Forget
There are many important dates to remember in the coming month.  Please see below!  Don’t forget to come to our brown bag lunch on Wednesday, we’ll be showing of our iMovies and the book we published (yes they’ve arrived!)  Also, please return the field trip permission slip if you haven’t already. 

Reminders
  • Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, April 17th at 11:45 am
  • Shakespeare’s Pizza Orders are due on Friday, April 19th
  • Field Trip to Walk About Acres is Tuesday, April 23rdfrom 10 am – 12 pm
  • Picnic on the Prairie is Sunday, May 5th from 2-4 pm

Friday, April 5, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette


We had a great week getting back into the routine of things and to top it off, we had some beautiful spring weather today!

Reading and Making Mental Images
As books get harder and have more words, there are fewer pictures on the pages.  As a reader, it is important to make a picture in your head, a mental image, about what is happening in the story.  The picture in your head in formed by the words on the page and your background knowledge, your schema.  This week we read books, but I did not share the pictures with the students.  They had to use the words from the book along with their background knowledge to form a mental image of what was happening in the book.  They made mental images of what a night in the country looked like, what a little boy’s room might look like if he turned it into a forest for his pet salamander, and what a house looked like when everyone was sleeping.  Talk to your child about the mental images they formed in those books but also do it with books that you read at home with them.  Read a few pages without showing them the pictures and then have them describe what they see in their mind. 

Important Dates
On Wednesday, April 17th, we will share our I-Movie projects on our animals with you at the Brown Bag Lunch.  Lunch will begin a little early that day at 11:45.
There is a note about our field trip to Walk About Acres in the folder this week.  Please return it by next Friday, April 12th so we can let Ms. Melissa, in the kitchen, know how many sack lunches we will need that day.

Summer School
If you have not signed up for Summer School, please get your application in to guarantee your spot.  If you need another application, let me know and I can get you one.  Summer School will be here at Two Mile this year in the month of June.

Reminders
  • Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, April 17th at 11:45 am
  • Shakespeare’s Pizza Orders are due on Friday, April 19th
  • Field Trip to Walk About Acres is Tuesday, April 23rd from 10 am – 12 pm
  • Picnic on the Prairie is Sunday, May 5th from 2-4 pm