Monday, October 23, 2017

October News

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 31st- Halloween Party and Science Day!

Our Halloween Party will be on Tuesday, October 31st from 8:40-9:30.  Kids should arrive at normal time dressed in their costumes.  We will have an all school parade starting at 9:40.  Parents are welcome to join us for the party and/or stand along the edges of the playgrounds to watch us for the parade.  After the parade, students will change into normal clothes for the rest of the day.  (Consider having the students wear their clothes under their costume if possible).

If you would like to help with the party in person or by sending supplies, please click on this link to sign up:

After the party, first grade will spend the rest of the morning trying out some science experiments to learn more about states of matter.   We would love to have some parent helpers stick around and help us move through the experiment rotations!  If you are available to help with these from 10:15-12:00, please sign up on the signupgenius link above or send me a quick email.  

Tuesday, November 7th--NO SCHOOL-- Staff Professional Development Day 

A Peek Into Our Classroom  

Reader’s Workshop

We are focusing on...

*Understanding that reading is thinking!
*Listening to our inner voice
*Leaving "tracks" of our thinking by making notes when we learn new things, make connections, or have a question about what we read (We use LOTS of sticky notes!)
*Become problem solvers who can use lots of strategies to decode and understand what we read 
*Continuing to build stamina and independence

You can help at home by:

*Keep up with the nightly reading routine
*Encourage students to "think aloud" as they read and share their questions, learnings and reactions to text
*Model asking questions as you read 

Writer’s Workshop

We are focusing on....

*Learning more about crafting small moment, narrative stories
*Making our stories come alive by making our characters talk, move and feel
*Telling our stories in small steps using transition words
*Using mentor texts and trying out some of the strategies we see other authors use 
*Beginning to edit our work for best spelling, upper/lowercase letter usage, and punctuation 

You can help at home by:

*Ask your child what they are writing about
*Ask what they are trying to make their stories "come alive" 
*Pick small writing tasks to practice correct letter formation and upper/lower case usage (when they are making sight word flash cards is a great time for this!)  


We are focusing on...

*describing 2-D shapes according to attributes like sides and corners
*comparing, classifying, representing and building shapes
*combining shapes in different ways and noticing what shapes can be put together or taken apart to make new shapes
*continuing to build number sense and addition/subtraction (we will revisit this in depth again next unit)

You can help at home by...

*ask your child to find geometric shapes and describe them using our math language 
*continue to build number sense and practice counting and addition/subtraction skills 

Science /Social Studies

We are focusing on...

*observing and describing the properties of solids and liquids
*learning how scientists explore materials and make observations 

*our next unit will be a Social Studies unit, focusing on the history of United States traditions and celebrations such as Thanksgiving, analyzing how things have changed over time 

You can help at home by...

*search for and describe liquids and solids in your world! 

*begin to talk about your family traditions and customs