These are our classroom rules:
- Listen to the speaker. (This one is especially difficult for many students.)
- Raise your hand or leave your seat or the room.
- Always be honest.
- Be a caring friend.
- Always try your best.
Here's what else we worked on this week:
In math we...
- continued learning the expectations and routines for guided math stations.
- made a pictograph about our favorite pets and discussed what we noticed--most/least, more/fewer.
- made a large number line and learned that some numbers are odd and some are even.
- practiced naming a quantity of counters (less than 6) without counting.
- learned that even numbers can be made into partners with no leftovers. For example, with 6, we have three sets of partners.
- learned how to complete a math journal page.
In reading we...
- started building good reading habits like taking a sneak peek at the beginning and checking it at the end.
- practiced doing something at the end of a book--rereading our favorite part, rereading the whole book, thinking about the book, or retelling the story.
- learned that we have to read more and more to become better readers.
- started setting goals for our daily reading and tracking how many books we read each day.
- worked on building our reading stamina.
In writing/language arts we...
- started writer's workshop! We first learned how to come up with ideas.
- learned how to touch and tell our stories across our "books" and then go back and sketch and finally write.
- practiced our first five word wall words (and, can, it, me, no) by spelling them, using them in sentences, writing them, and writing sentences with them. We will follow the same routine each week.
- studied a mentor sentence from The Kissing Hand. We pointed out things we noticed in the sentence and studied nouns. Students also had to put the mixed up sentence back together and completed a sentence by filling in a noun. These activities are kept in our Mentor Sentences notebook. We will follow the same routine each week.
- have been studying the letters in our names and words around our classroom. We are clapping the syllables, spelling the word, saying what we notice, and thinking of other words that start with the same letter.
- have been working on a beginning of the year first grade assessment. We are working on it a little at a time. It will help me determine the struggles and strengths of each student.
Next week's word wall words are: am, is, like, see, the.
In science/social studies we...
- started our first social studies unit--Where We Live.
- looked at four oceans and seven continents.
- studied globes and maps.
- learned about different types of land and water.
- read a Scholastic News about feelings.
- Book orders are due on Monday.
- If your child has not returned their writing ideas sheet yet, I am sending a new one home today. Please return it on Monday.
- Each Friday your child will bring home their poetry binder to read at home. Please return it on Mondays!
- Homework journals and menus are coming home today. Each week your child will choose at least 4 activities from the menu to complete in their journal. Label the top of the page "Week of ____________." All work can be done on one page for the week (if it fits). Please complete all work in the journal (for example, write the math equations in the journal and then answer). Students must also write a sentence about something they learned at school this week. Please return the completed journal and menu the following Friday. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
- Friday is an EARLY RELEASE DAY!
- Please be sure to send a HEALTHY snack with your child each day. No cookies, chips, or candy, please. Avoid fruit and applesauce cups if possible--they spill easily and make a sticky mess. Also, if your child would like to bring a water bottle, please be sure it is a "spill-proof/leak-proof" kind.
- disinfecting wipes
- WEEKLY I CAN STATEMENTS
-I can follow agreed-upon rules for discussions.
-I can participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade one topics and
texts in small and larger groups.
-I can add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas,
thoughts, and feelings.
-I can organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories and ask and answer
questions about the total number of data points.