A Simple Note to Say…
Wow! It has been a busy two weeks for us in first grade! The kids have adjusted wonderfully, and they are working together so well as a class. I am delighted to be your child’s teacher, and I am looking forward to a great year!
I would like to thank all the parents who contributed snacks.
The class gets really hungry in the afternoon, and they look forward to those snacks. We would appreciate any contributions. Please keep in mind that we have a peanut allergy.
September 21st is the International Day of Peace. If students would like, they may wear items with peace symbols in observance of this annual day sponsored by the United Nations.
Again, I would like to thank all the parents for your continued support and generosity. I believe in strong parent/teacher communication, so please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or 227-3068 with any questions or concerns.
Just a Reminder: Please remember to remove all papers from your child’s folder on the “Stays Home” side and sign the homework sheet each night. Please make sure that the homework/behavior sheet is in your child’s folder each day. I will remove them each Monday and replace it with a new one.
If your child needs to take alternate transportation home, please send me a separate note in his/her folder. I review the folders each morning and send these notes to the office.
What’s Been Happening in Our Class?
• In language arts, we have been segmenting (breaking apart) and
blending (putting together) initial/final sounds in words.
• We have also been working on letters, sounds, and “power words” through our morning message each day. Power words are words that students should recognize “by sight” and not spend time sounding out each letter sound.
• We also focused on rhyming words through various poems and stories.
• In reading, we started our independent reading routine. The students have worked on choosing books of interest, which they can read independently. Our goal is to reach 30 minutes of sustained reading, while I conference with students on individual goals. We are off to a great start!
• In shared reading, we focused on text-to-self connections. After reading "First Day Jitters", we discussed how we connected with the main character. Many of us were a little nervous or anxious the first day of school too. After reading the story, we enjoyed some “jitter juice” for snack to help get rid of any jitters.
• After reading "A Bad Case of Stripes", we discussed the main character and her character traits. We also made text-to-self connections with the main character and wrote about our connections in our writer’s notebooks. We also got a bad case of stripes, through an art project, and wrote about how we could be ourselves.
• In Writer’s Workshop, we discussed the characteristics of a good sentence –capital letter at the beginning, spaces between words, and punctuation at the end. We are trying to record as many sounds as we can and use power words in our sentences.
• In math, we have been working with graphs, counting, and exploration. We explored math manipulatives and played a counting game with partners.
• We practiced counting with “Collect 20 Together”. This is partner activity that enables us to investigate and think about the relationships between numbers.
• We also discussed ways we could accurately and efficiently count objects that were placed in “Mystery Bags”. Once we organized the objects, we had to record our observations. Many of us even used ten-frames to record our answers!
• Finally, we compared and ordered numbers with “Staircases”. This activity enabled us to investigate and think about the relationships between numbers.
• In social studies, we honored “Patriot Day”. We created red, white, and blue ribbons and discussed reasons we were proud to be Americans.
• After reviewing school rules, we created monsters and reminded them about one important rule to remember at school. These monsters are displayed outside our classroom to remind all the students about school rules.