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Friday, January 25, 2013

Grade 1 Gazette


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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