Today we read the book, Grandfather Tang's Story. The story is about a Chinese man who tells his granddaughter a story. As he tells the story he builds animal shapes out of tangrams. Tangrams are ancient Chinese puzzles made up of 7 pieces. The students spent math class today trying to manipulate the shape pieces to create some animals shapes. It was very tricky!!! We learned an important lesson in math: perseverance. Because we worked so hard on our geometry station today, we did not get through our book lesson. There will be no math homework tonight. Special thanks to instructional coach, Mrs. Backey for helping us today!
There is very exciting news! This week your child is starting spelling. Most of the students will have 6 words on their list. Three of the words are phonetic, meaning they will follow a spelling “rule.” This week all the words have the short a sound. The other three words will be “sight words”, that sometimes can’t really be sounded out. All six words will be written in your child’s agenda. Therefore, it is important to return the binder to school daily. We will practice the words daily at school. I’m also asking that you help your child practice their words at home a couple times a week. You could practice them by writing them, using magnetic letters to build the words, giving your child a “practice test” and so on. There are many fun ways to practice the words. Every Friday your child will take a spelling test.
As you know, lunch is free for all students this year. However, if your child brings cold lunch and would like a milk, they need to purchase one. There has been some confusion (on everyone's part) about this. Please let me know if you have questions!
Your child will be bringing home math homework tonight. The sheet will practice the "partners of 5" we learned in school over the last 2 days. The back of the sheet is the "remembering" portion. Please complete both sides. Here is a video created by Ms. Lehr explaining the lesson. Thanks for visiting the blog.
I'll be sending home graded math homework tonight. We do not grade homework traditionally. We grade based on the completion of the work. You will notice numbers on the top of the page. Here's what they mean:
3- homework returned and fully completed
2-homework returned and partially completed
1- homework returned and not completed
0- homework not returned
There will be no math homework tonight. We are slowly making our way through the lesson. Once we've completed the lesson I will send the homework home. Homework will never be anything new to your child. It will be what they learned in class, so that they may practice the skill/concept.
Have a great night! Tomorrow is library class. Remember to return books!
Here we are during morning meeting playing our favorite game, Rumpelstiltskin. Morning meeting happens every day in our room. We greet each other, share, participate in an activity and write a message together. It's a great start to our day.
This week we stared math boxes. During our math box time we sequence 15 numbers. Then we write the numbers, say them forwards and backwards. Lastly, there is a number game to play. During this time Ms. Hopp can work with individuals or groups of students.
We've also been reviewing letter names and sounds. Next week is the PALS assessment.This assessment is a state assessment. There will be a guest teacher in our room on Thursday and Friday so I can pull students out of the room and assess them on their phonological awareness (letters, sounds, words). I will be at school those days, so you can still reach me there.
Every afternoon we start our math class with math routines. These are 5 activities that help us with our number sense and counting. So far I've modeled how to complete the routines, but the students are gradually assuming this responsibility.
One of our goals in First grade is to become independent readers. We started this journey this week by launching our Read to Self time. The students brainstormed a list of reasons why it's important we read everyday. Then we created a list of behaviors that should take place during Read to Self time in our classroom. These behaviors included read quietly, get started right away, read the whole time, and stay in one spot. We've started practicing these behaviors while I time the students. We were successful at two and three minutes of reading stamina. Tomorrow we will try to read to self correctly for 4 minutes! Our goal is to get to 20 minutes of independent, productive, uninterrupted minutes of reading. While the students are reading I have time to meet with small groups or individuals to provide instruction.
Also, tomorrow will be your child's first night of math homework. You can then expect math homework every night or every other night. :)
Here's what we're learning: * The meaning of word and sentence-what a sentence looks like. * How to work with partners and solve disagreements. * A couple math games to play independently * Read to Self-what it looks like and sounds like in our classroom * We wrote down and illustrated our hopes for first grade and our dreams. * We took the STAR assessment on the computer. More info will be handed out at conferences next month. Next week we'll: * Begin math instruction and homework * Begin writing and reading workshop * Review letter sounds and writing letters * Continue our work on words and sentences * Picture Retake Day is September 18th * There is a PTO meeting in the school library at 5:30 on Tuesday night. * There is a Board of Education Meeting on Monday night.
Our first week of first grade went so fast! There are so many routines to learn. Here are some things we practiced: leaving the room, lining up and walking in the hall, show 10 quiet signal, how to sit at table spots and on the carpet, using whiteboards, markers, colored pencils, pencils, using water bottles, morning jobs, playground safety rules etc. We also spent time learning each others names and getting to know each other.
I'm very excited for our year! We have a wonderful class!