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Friday, October 26, 2012

Grade 1 Gazette

October 26, 2012

The last two weeks we have been working on asking questions as we read.  We would stop and wonder after each page.  After reading the book, we would go back to our questions and answer them.  The questions that the kids asked were very thoughtful.  They ranged from the meaning of an unknown word to figurative language that they were unfamiliar with to questions about the time period.  Good readers ask themselves questions as they are reading.  Asking questions is a great thing because it means as a reader they are listening to the story and working hard to understand it.  When you are reading with your kids at home show them that you also wonder as you read and share your wonderings with them. 

No Excuse Words
As we continue our handwriting practice, we are working on our no excuse words.  No excuse words are words that there is no excuse for spelling wrong because they are on our word wall.  No excuse words, or sight words, are words that are frequently in texts of all level and very common.  The unfortunate thing about these words is that most of them are not spelled the why they sound making them hard to read and spell.  Down below is the first grade list of no excuse words.  Please practice them at home and encourage your child to spell these words correctly when they write at home.



  • Next week is Spirit Week
  • Monday is Sports Day
  • Tuesday is Neon Day
  • Wednesday is Costume Day ****Students change into their costumes at 2:30; they   do NOT wear them all day
  • Thursday is Just Got Out of Bed Day
  • Friday is Dress Up Day
  • Fall Party is Wednesday, October 31st at 2:45 pm
  • Friday, November 2nd is TMP Mock Presidential Election
  • No School on Tuesday, November 6th – Teacher Workday

Friday, October 19, 2012

Grade 1 Gazette

October 19, 2012

Happy Grandparent’s Day! We enjoyed getting to spend time with all of the grandparents today.  It was a room packed, fun time!

Our mathematicians have been working on subtraction and different subtraction strategies we can use to solve problems.  We have also been solving addition and subtraction story problems.  After reading the problem, the first step is to imagine the problem in our heads and decide if the number is getting bigger or smaller (if we are going to write an addition sentence or a subtraction sentence).  What a tricky thing! After we decide, we are making sure we  

·        Write the correct number sentence
·        Use the correct operation (+ or -)
·        Show our work and thinking
·        Explain thinking

Descriptive Language
This coming week we will be talking about adding descriptive language to our stories, also know as sparkle words.  We will be using 5 pumpkins per class to help us do this.  If you have a pumpkin you would like to donate, it would be greatly appreciated! J

·        Fall Festival - Saturday, October 20th
·       Book Fair - Friday, October 19th & Saturday, October 20th 

·       No School – Tuesday, November 6th

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Phipps, Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Russo

Friday, October 12, 2012

First Grade Gazette

October 12, 2012

At This Point in First Grade…
First graders are still emerging readers and we are working to develop reading strategies that they can use when they are reading independently.  It is important to note that it is common for such new and young readers to regress over the summer because their new reading skills were not completely mastered.  First grade writers are writing two and three sentence stories right now and most are working to add details to develop their story.  We are focusing a lot on handwriting right now.  It is important for all letters to be formed correctly on the lines so that stories are legible to all readers.  Our little mathematicians are just now beginning to grapple with the concept of subtraction and are solidifying their addition skills.  It is very normal for first graders to use their fingers and to draw pictures to solve math problems right now.  As the year progresses, they will begin to solve problems more efficiently. 

Book It
October’s Book It calendar is the folder this week.  (Better late than never!)  The goal is to read 20 minutes each night five nights a week.  We will just be counting the last two weeks of October.  Send the calendar back in with the homework folder the last week of the month and we will send home their personal pan pizza coupon!  Book It runs through March.

·        Picture Retakes are Tuesday, October 16th
·        Next Friday, October 19th  is Grandparent’s Day from 2-3 pm
·        Fall Festival is Saturday, October 20th

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Jackson, Ms. Phipps, and Mrs. Russo

Friday, October 5, 2012

Grade 1 Gazette

What a week of fun and learning!

Ask your child what new facts they now about pasta, frogs, garbage, or healthy foods!  We have been reading lots of non-fiction books this week.  With each book we predict what we will learn by looking at the cover, title, and pictures.  We also pull any information we already have out of our background knowledge.  After reading we retell and recall the facts that we learned.  We have also talked about the difference between fiction and non-fiction.  When we retell fiction books we are retelling a story, when we read non-fiction books we tuck those facts we read away in our brains for later.

Math Facts
Knowing math facts fast and fluently helps us solve problems in the most efficient way possible.  Check out this math game that you could play at home.

Tens Go Fish
 Use a deck of cards with the face cards removed.  This game needs two players.
  1. Deal 5 cards to each player and put the remaining cards in a draw pile.  Players will look at the cards in their hand for any two cards that can be added to make 10.
  2. Any “matches” (cards that total 10) can be set aside.
  3.  Players alternate asking each other for cards that will help them add to 10.  For example: If player 1 has a 2 card they would ask their partner for an 8.
  4.  If the partner being asked doesn't have the card in their hand they will tell their partner to “go fish.”
  5.  Play continues until all cards have been matched.
Dates to Remember
Friday, October 19th – Grandparent’s Day and Book Fair
Saturday, October 20th – Fall Festival and Book Fair
Wednesday, October 31st – Fall Party and Parade

Thanks!  Mrs. Russo, Mrs. Jackson and Ms. Phipps