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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

Friday, March 22, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette


Whew! This week we completed our book pages that we are publishing and our iMovies! The students did such a wonderful job researching and becoming experts through pictures, books, and the Ipads on their animal or object! We are SO excited for you to see them!  

Inferring
The children have been detectives! We discovered that to infer means to make an educated guess using clues and their schema (their background knowledge) on something the author usually does not tell. There are so many times we need to infer when we read!  We decided good readers infer to help them make predictions, answer a question they had, form a conclusion, determine how a character is feeling, and to figure out what words mean. The list could go on and on! You will have to use the clues they wrote in our published books to infer what their animal or object is! J

Math
We have been practicing counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. A fun song you could pull up on YouTube is Whatcha’ Gonna’ Do? (Count by 2s, 5s and 10s) to help practice this at home.

Hope everyone has a wonderful spring break!!

Reminders
  • No School – Monday, March 25th – March 29th
  • Brown Bag Lunch – Wednesday, April 17th at 11:45
  • Field Trip to Walk Acres – Tuesday, April 23rd from 10am – 2pm
  • Picnic on the Prairie – Sunday, May 5th

Friday, March 15, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette


We had another very productive five day week in first grade!  The kids have been working so hard on their class book pages and their iPad projects.  We are excited to share all of our work with you.  Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 17th for Brown Bag lunch.  We will share both of these projects with you.  We will start at 11:45 am that day so there is time to share, eat, and just enjoy spending time together.  If you have not ordered a copy of the class book, let us know by Monday. 

Math
We have been working on using our known facts to help us solve more difficult math problems.  We have been pulling out fast tens (3+7, 5+5,etc) and doubles (2+2, 7+7, etc) to help us add bigger numbers more efficiently.  Place value has also been a hot topic.  We know that the 3 in 35 is really 3 tens or 30. 
If we had to solve the problem 35+5, we would want them to see 5+5=10 and 10+30=40.  If they were solving 43+8, we would want them to say 3+8=11 because I know 3+7=10 and 1 more makes 11.  Then they would add 11+40=51. 
It is so important that the students have their fast tens memorized to help them be more efficient with their mathematical thinking.  With your cards at home you can play Tens Go Fish, Total of Ten, and 7-Up to help solidify those fast ten math facts. 


Picnic on the Prairie
The TMP Chili Supper has been rescheduled at Picnic on the Prairie on Sunday, May 5th.  There will be walking tacos, ice cream from Walk About Acres, auction baskets, teacher raffle baskets, AND a band!!  Look for the flyer!

Reminders
  • NO SCHOOL Monday, March 25th – March 29th – Spring Break
  • Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, April 17th at 11:45 am
  • Field Trip to Walk About Acres is Tuesday, April 23rd from 10 am – 12 pm


Friday, March 8, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette



Hello Families!

We are BUSY BUSY BUSY here in first grade!  This week we started a couple of big projects that we’ll be working on for the next few weeks.  Your child has chosen an animal to research and will become our in house expert on.  We need your help!  Ask your child which animal they chose!  Talk with your child about the animal they have chosen and the information they have collected at school.  Any additional information you'd like to gather at home would be wonderful as well. 

Writing
You may have already heard your first grader mention that we are publishing our very own book!  It is a wonderful opportunity for your child to take part in publishing a real hardbound book.  We have each chosen an animal to research and each student will have a page in the book dedicated to describing the animal they have researched.  In your child’s Friday folder you will find an order form that allows you to order a copy of the book that we will publish.  Please return this form by Friday, March 15th.  I encourage you to purchase it if you are able to.  I completed this project with students in the past and it is incredibly motivating and engaging for them; they can’t wait to see their page in the hardbound book! 

iPads
This week we had the incredible opportunity to use a class set of iPads.  I was so impressed with how quickly students caught on.  We learned how to take pictures and videos using the iPad.  We also learned how to use an app called Educreations and insert pictures from the Internet.  We will be using the iPads for the next few weeks and each student will be making their very own video presenting facts they have learned about the animal they have chosen. 

Reminders
  • March 14th – Kindergarten Round Up
  • March 25th-29th  No School, Spring Break
  • April 17th – Summer School Enrollment Deadline
  • April 23rd - First grade field trip - More information to come.  


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette


Happy Valentines Day!!!!

Thanks for all the donations you are sending in for Pasta for Pennies! The students are so excited about helping out the cause! The box top competition will be going through the month of March. Please continue sending in your box tops!

Note Takers
This week we have been talking about keeping track of our thinking by taking notes! Students have practiced drawing pictures, writing words and summaries on sticky notes, and sharing favorite parts. They know that readers do this to help them remember what they’ve read. In nonfiction, we know to pull out important facts from the text. When reading it a big concept to think about what is most important and what details they should include.  We took notes on a web (graphic organizer) to help us organize our thinking! We will continue to learn how graphic organizers can help us to organize information so that they can be expert researchers for a project coming up in the next couple of weeks! J

Conferences Around the Corner
As we prepare for conferences and grade cards there will not be a newsletter sent out. We look forward to seeing and talking with you at conferences about your child’s progress!  

Reminders
  • No School on Friday, February 15th – Teacher Workday
  • No School Monday, February 18th – President’s Day
  • Chili Super Saturday, February 23rd 5 to 8
  • No School Friday, March 1st – Conferences
  • Week of February 25th–March 1st – Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, February 8, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette

Thanks for all of those chili supper donations!  This week we had a wonderful assembly on Friday and heard all about a collection drive called Pasta for Pennies.  Check out information in your child’s Friday folder about how collecting pennies can help us work towards a cure for cancer.

Math
This week in math we finished up our work with counting and grouping things by tens.  These are BIG concepts.  We asked students to help us count things by tens.  We also asked how many groups of ten and how many singles we had after organizing things.  We want students to recognize there are 2 groups of ten and 6 single ones in the number 26.  We also asked questions like “How many more singles we would need to make another group or pack of ten?”.  Having addition facts that equal ten memorized really came in handy for this question.

At home encourage your child to help you organize things into groups of ten.  Ask things like:
  • How many do you have in all?
  • How many more do you need to make another group of ten?
  • How many groups of ten do you have?
  • How many single ones do you have?
  • BIG QUESTION – How many more do you need to make 100 in all?

Valentines
We will have a Valentines party on Thursday the 14th from 2:45-3:30.  We will pass out Valentines earlier in the day so we will have time to enjoy them.  We’ll also make our own Valentine bags to collect our Valentines in.  If your child would like to bring Valentines please be sure they have one for each child in our class.

Reminders
  • Valentine’s Day Party is Thursday, February 14th at 2:45 pm 
  • No School on Friday, February 15th – Teacher Workday
  • No School Monday, February 18th – President’s Day
  • Week of February 25th-March 1st - Parent Teacher Conferences 


Friday, February 1, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette


Wow!!  What a week of Missouri weather!  It is hard to believe that February is here.  It is time to start planning for Parent Teacher Conferences at the end of the month.  A note with your time from our last conference in this the folder this week.  Let me know if that time works for you or we need to find a new time.
Today was the deadline for our auction baskets for the PTA Chili Supper.  If you have any last-minute donations, send them in ASAP.  The baskets will be on display in hallway on Valentine’s Day.

Reading
As young readers begin reading books with more substance, it is so important for them to talk about what they have read.  There are two parts to comprehension – literal retell and synthesis.  Below are some guiding questions for you to ask your readers as they read with you at home.  You can ask these questions of books that they have read to you and of books you read to them.

Literal Retell
     Fiction
  • Who were the characters in the story?  What happened to them?
  • Where did the story take place?
  • How did the story end?
  • What was the problem in the story?  How was that problem solved?

      Non-Fiction
  • What did you learn from this book?
  •  Name three facts.

Synthesis
      Fiction
  • What did this story make you think of from your life?  Did you make a connection?
  •  What was your favorite part and why?
  •  Would you tell someone else to read this book?  Why or why not?
           
       Non-Fiction
  • Why did the author write this book?
  •  Do you have any questions about __________?
  •  Would you tell someone else to read this book?  Why or why not?



Reminders
  • Valentine’s Day Party is Thursday, February 14th at 2:45 pm 
  • No School on Friday, February 15th – Teacher Workday
  • No School Monday, February 18th – President’s Day
  • Week of February 25th-March 1st - Parent Teacher Conferences 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette


Please take a minute to answer this survey asking if you'd be willing to contribute $5 for a field trip to Walk About Acres we'd like to take.  This survey is anonymous and just takes a quick click of a yes or no!  Thanks in advance!

Writing
In writing this week we have continued working with nonfiction.  Early in the week we explored different types of nonfiction and realized nonfiction text is everywhere! We looked at magazines, newspapers, online articles, recipes, nutrition labels, maps, books, instructions and how to books. Look for and talk about all the nonfiction writing you see at home! Later in the week we started making our own type of nonfictions books. It was wonderful to see the children plan out what they wanted to write and incorporate all the different features of nonfiction we have talked about in class. They included features such as a table of contents, glossary, labels, headings, and close-ups. We will continue working on creating different types of nonfiction next week!

TMP Chili Super
Don't forget we still need donations for our class auction basket.
  • Mrs. Jackson's class basket theme is Superheroes
  • Ms. Phipps' class basket theme is Movie Night
  • Mrs. Russo's class basket theme is Italian


Reminders
  • Early Release on Wednesday, January 30th at 1:15
  • All items for the class auction basket are due by Friday, February 1st.  
  • PTA Meeting February 4th at 6 p.m. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette


What a wonderful week!  We started a we unit in both math and writing and the conversations we've had a fabulous!  Please take a minute to answer this survey asking if you'd be willing to contribute $5 for a field trip to Walk About Acres we'd like to take.  This survey is anonymous and just takes a quick click of a yes or no!  Thanks in advance!

Writing
In writing this week we dove deeper into non-fiction.  Students gathered in groups to study non-fiction texts and their features.  Each group became an expert on one particular feature.  The groups found great examples of their features and then created posters that showed those examples and also explained why authors used that feature to help readers.  It was incredible to see how the kids took charge of this project and worked together to create!

Math
Early in the week we a book about the Masloppy family, a family whose name says a lot!  The character Nicholas in the story decides he's tired of being sloppy and goes to work organizing things in his house.  We decided we wanted to organize our classroom too.  We counted materials we had around the classroom.  Some of the counting we did was pretty hard because we were working with big numbers, sometimes close 100.  We realized that counting by ones wasn't always the best idea because we ran into problems like losing track as we counted.  With the help of rubber bands and Ziploc baggies we began to put our materials into groups.  Tens seemed to work the best.  These are HUGE concepts for first graders!
  • What comes after 100 anyway?
  • Why is counting by 10's easier than counting by ones?
  • How do we count by 10's if we have some ones left over?


TMP Chili Super
Don't forget we still need donations for our class auction basket.
  • Mrs. Jackson's class basket theme is Superheroes
  • Ms. Phipps' class basket theme is Movie Night
  • Mrs. Russo's class basket theme is Italian


Reminders
  • NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 21st - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
  • Early Release on Wednesday, January 30th at 1:15
  • All items for the class auction basket are due by Friday, February 1st.  

Friday, January 11, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette


We had a very productive five day week in first grade!  We are in the middle of administering winter assessments in all subject areas and it is amazing to see how much the students have grown since August.

Writing
We are in the middle of setting new writing goals.  We are referring back to our cupcake model to see what parts of the cupcake our story has and what parts we need to add to make it better.  At this point, first graders know the parts of a good story.  Now they are working to incorporate all the important parts. The important parts of a story are:
  • The cake mix – the writing idea
  • The eggs – correct spelling, punctuation, and capitalization
  • The sprinkles – the lead or opening that catches the reader’s attention
  • The cupcake liner – the ending that holds the story together
  • Icing – the details that make the writing that much sweeter

We Need Your Help
First grade is full of milestones.  Really becoming a reader and putting thoughts together to form a story are some of the biggest ones.  Learning to tie your shoes is also another big milestone for first graders because their fine motor skills are more developed.  Please practice with your child at home to help them reach this milestone! 
TMP Chili Supper
The TMP Chili Supper is next month on Saturday, February 23rd.  We are still collecting items for our class baskets to be auctioned off that night.  Please send in your donations soon.  This is a great way to raise money for our school.
Mrs. Jackson’s class basket theme is Superheroes
Ms. Phipps’ class basket theme is Movie Night
Mrs. Russo’s class basket theme is Italian

Reminders
  • NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 21st – Martin Luther King’s Birthday
  • Early Release on Wednesday, January 30th at 1:15 pm
  • All items for the class basket for the TMP Chili Supper are due on Friday, February 1st