Monday, October 26, 2015

Classroom News

Here's what we've been learning:
     * words with the short e and short u sound
     * we can stretch out words to help us read and write
     * thinking about how words end/rhyming words
     * Character traits: stop and think while reading about the characters
     * writing a story with a beginning, middle and end
     * understanding the equal sign and equality
     * simple addition story problems and equations
     * counting on v. counting all strategy-please see the parent note being sent home tonight for           details
     * use capital letters when starting sentences, the word I and writing names

** Also, I will be sending home graded homework later this week. I have quite a bit that needs to come home :) Thanks!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Math Help

Here's a video I created to share the vocabulary we are using in math class. Please consider using this vocabulary with your child at home when you help with homework. Thank you for your support.  We say "is the same as" when we read the equal sign. We think of an equation as a balance. Both sides have to be the same or equal.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Frosty Friday Tomorrow

Tomorrow is our first Frosty Friday here at Riverview! Your child may purchase a slushy for $1.00. If you'd like to pay for the whole year (1 slushy a month) You can send $8. Similarly, the last Friday of the month will be Pop (popcorn) with a Cop will be the last Friday of the month. You can pay .25 a month or pay $2 for popcorn for the entire year. If you want a slushy and a bag of popcorn every month for the rest of the year, send $10. Thanks!

Also, today is our first reading homework. Please listen to your child read the books they brought home. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fire Drill

Today we practiced getting out of our classroom window in case of a fire. We did discuss that getting out of school is different than getting out of a different building like your home. Please consider discussing your fire exit plan with your child. 

Our New Reading Strategies

We've been working hard on our reading strategies that help us become better readers. So far we've learned that the most important part of reading is thinking about what you are reading. We've been practicing stopping during reading and thinking with these sentence stems: I learned....I wonder....please ask your child about these strategies. 

Here is our strategy we will start working on tomorrow

CAFÉ Strategy: Use Beginning and Ending Sounds Often when learning new words, children apply the strategy of using the beginning sound to help them identify the word. When they do this, they often guess a word that may not fit in the sentence, it starts with the same letter so they guess and move on without looking at the rest of the word. They may not even know there is an end to the word. To gain accuracy it is important that children also learn to look at the end of the word when reading. Applying the accuracy strategy of using beginning and ending sounds helps with both accuracy and comprehension since reading the correct words will enhance the meaning of what is being read. How can you help your child with this strategy at home?

 1. When listening to your child read, encourage him/her to slow down enough to pay attention to the end of the word. Have your child point to the end of the word and tell you the sound it makes. This reinforces that there is an end to the word.

 2. Have your child cross check the word he/she just read. Remind your child to ask, “Does it look right, does it sound right, does it make sense?” to help them identify the word.

 3. If necessary, revisit letter sounds and the concept words of beginning and end. Then, when stumbling on a word, have your child stretch out the word, saying the beginning, middle, and end sounds. After having him/her focus on the beginning and ending sounds, help your child read the word correctly and ask, “Did that make sense?”

 4. If your child is still struggling with this strategy, have your child write the word out. Slowing down to write the word can help focus his/her attention on the end sound. Thank you for your continued support at home!

 • Ideas and strategies are taken from: The CAFE Book, written by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser • Written by: Allison Behne ©


Today we did a vocabulary building/writing activity. Together we described a pumpkin and used a web graphic organizer to record our ideas. Then individually the students got to pick a gourd and use a web to record their own describing words. We discussed that good writers use interesting words. And best of all...everyone gets to take their gourds home! What a great day to be a first grader!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Ten Partner Game

Last week Mrs. Backey, an instructional coach, came into our room and taught us a new game. To play the game you need a deck of cards with all face and ten cards removed. The students set up the game as shown in the picture. The object of the game is to make as many "ten partners" as you can. The person with the most sets of partners at the end of the game is the winner. Please consider practicing/playing with your child. 

PTO Vendor Fair!!!

We are fortunate to have a wonderful Parent Teacher Organization here at Riverview. Meetings are usually the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 in the school library. When parents attend a meeting or volunteer for an event our classroom can earn $5. This money is used to buy great things for our classroom. Please consider attending meetings and volunteering. 

Riverview Elementary
Craft and Vendor Fair
December 5th  9:00 – 2:00 pm
525 South Water St. in
·    Over 30 vendors/crafters
·    Christianos Pizza, Popcorn, Beverages
·    Raffle tickets $1.00, 6 for $5.00,
20 for $10.00
·    For every 10 Box Tops you donate, receive 1 free raffle ticket!
Text Box: Norwex, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Scentsy, Jamberry, L’Bri, Tastefully Simple, doTERRA, Tupperware, Usborne, Signature Home Styles, Paparazzi, Avon and more!  Amazing crafters

Please contact Joy Strasburg at for more information!

Monday, October 5, 2015

This Week in Our Classroom

Homecoming week was a blast! Friday morning the high school band and varsity athletes came to Riverview to kick off our pep rally. At the pep rally, the first grade teachers stole the show and won 2 out of 4 games! Go First Grade! Here are a couple pictures of us waiting for the high school students to arrive.

This week there will be little/no math homework as I will be taking up a lot of time testing students on their reading levels. I'd like to have this information to discuss it with you at conferences. If you haven't returned you conference sign-up sheet, please do so ASAP.