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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