Welcome to First Grade!

Elroy the Leprechaun!

Please share with your 1st grader!


I hadn't noticed any leprechaun trouble all day! But when I came back from the printer I found this note AND all of the gold coins were gone!


Better luck next year boys and girls! :)


Mrs. Lawburgh

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How to catch a leprechaun!

A short but great week in first grade!

Hello everyone,


Reminder…


No school Friday or Monday!


We made it through our first week of math stations (small group math) and the kids loved it! And so did I! We were able to work on skip counting, 2 and 3D shapes, expanded form, and 2 digit addition! The students loved having more independent work time. I can’t wait to continue this throughout the rest of the school year.



Next week in math, we will continue working with expanded form (40 + 3 = 43, 100 + 40 + 2 = 142) and 2-digit addition. We will start looking more into counting the value of mixed coins.


Next week in reading the kids will learn about how people and animals can work together. As we read we will focus on the long ‘e’ sound spelled y and ey. (happy, key…) The students did an awesome job this week focusing on fluency and expression as they read. We will continue to practice this skill next week. In grammar, the first graders will be learning about adverbs that tell when. For example, Penny got a puppy today. The adverb in the sentence is ‘today’.


Spelling words:

Key, bumpy, puppy, funny, penny, sandy, my, night, write, woman


Sight words:

Found, hard, near, woman, would, write


Please send your take-home book bag to school for new books if you need to!


Have a great long weekend!


Mrs. Lawburgh


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March 9 - 12

Thank you all for coming out for conferences last night! It was so fun showing off all the great things happening in first grade. With that being said, I am so excited to get back to a normal schedule without so much assessing. :)


Reminder - There will be no school on Friday, March 13th and Monday, March 16th.

There will be no Horizons on Thursday, March 12th.


Next week, we will continue in our Wonders reading curriculum as we read all about bugs and insects! As we read, we will work on visualizing details to help understand the information we read in a text. We will also continue to practice fluency and appropriate phrasing as we read aloud in small groups. After reading each book, we will work as a class to write responses to the texts. In phonics we will start working with our next long vowel sound, i, shown i, y, igh, ie and iCe.


Our spelling words are:


Night, light, right, pie, try, find, kind, boat, beach, rain, caught, listen


Our sight words are:


Caught, flew, know, laugh, listen, were


In math, we will spend more time working in small groups. We will review and practice working with 2 and 3D shapes, practice various addition and subtraction strategies, and work with adding double-digit numbers.


Have a great weekend and enjoy the warm weather!


Mrs. Lawburgh

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I am so blessed to work with such a wonderful group of first graders! I am so proud of all they have accomplished this year and can’t wait to share with you at conferences next week! Reminder… conferences are Thursday, March 5! Please sign up for a time if you haven’t already. :)


Next week is going to be busy. Missoula Musical auditions, rehearsals, and performances will all be next week! Your child took home a sign-up form this week. I sent a form home today with students who have not signed up yet just in case. Kendra sent out more information in an email last week. I posted the sign-up form below with extra information as well. Please let me know if you have any questions!


Because of Missoula rehearsals, there will be no after school program next week.


Next week is also Read Across America! Dr. Seuss’s birthday is on Monday, March 2nd. I can’t believe March is almost here. Please see dress-up day, and reading bingo info posted below. To celebrate the gift of reading, we will enjoy reading many Dr. Seuss books and welcome in a few guest readers!


As conferences are coming up we have been spending time assessing. We will continue this into next week. Because of this and Read Across America, we will be taking a week off in our Wonder’s reading curriculum. I definitely don’t want to rush through teaching long vowel sounds as they can be tricky to understand. Next week we will review the long vowels a, e, and o.


In spelling we will focus on number words:


Twenty-four, twenty-seven, thirty-one, thirty-two, thirty-eight, forty-five, forty-nine, forty-three, fifty-two, fifty-six


In math, we will continue working with 2-D shapes and start working with 3-D shapes.


Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the busy week ahead!


Have a great weekend,


Mrs. Lawburgh

Missoula Information!

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Read Across America Info!

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Another great week in first grade!

Over the past two weeks, the first graders have learned about the long ‘a’ and ‘e’ sounds and the different ways we see these sounds in words. They are doing a great job identifying these words as we read and putting their skills to work to sound them out! Next week we will focus on the long ‘o’ sound shown as o, oa, ow, oe and oCe. We will see lots of long ‘o’ words as we read stories about how animals survive in nature. The kids are LOVING reading all about animals! As we read aloud next week we will focus on using expression.


Spelling words:

Low, row, boat, soap. toe, no, over, more, team, find, twenty-one, twenty-two


Sight words:

Find, food, more, over, start, warm


In grammar we will work with the present-tense verbs ‘go’ and ‘do’. We will also work more with cutting words into closed and open syllables. As I mentioned before, this is a great skill to have as the kiddos start reading more complicated words. As we become fluent in reading we often forget these syllable rules. Here is a resource to help you brush up on the 6 different types of syllables. :)


https://thisreadingmama.com/6-syllable-types-resource-pack/


As conferences approach I will also be spending time assessing one on one and having the kiddos update their IXL and FAST testing scores.


In math next week the first graders will review what they know about 2D shapes and dive into 3D shapes. I love this week of the year as the kiddos get to be creative and build their own 2 and 3D shapes!


If you haven’t, please sign up for a conference time! Thanks!


Please return take home books Monday if needed!


Enjoy the ‘warm’ weekend,


Mrs. Lawburgh


A special visit from Deputy Sheriff Cody Pederson!

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Happy Valentine's Day! Here is a look at next week.

What a crazy week! I sure hope next week is a little more normal! :)

The first graders had a great Valentine’s day! Thank you for all the yummy treats!

This week we made progress working with words containing the long ‘a’ sound (ai, ay, aCe, a) We will continue to work with this next week to gain confidence in reading and spelling.


Next week in reading, we will finish up a few stories from this week about how animal’s bodies help them. We will also start our new concept -- how do animals work together? We will practice identifying the main idea and key details of a text. As the first graders read about animals they will spend time writing informational texts to show what they have learned. In phonics we will work with the long ‘e’ sound shown by e, ee, ea, ie, and eCe.


Our spelling words are:

keep, feed, beak, team, here, we, rain, stay, because, other, twenty


Our sight words are:

because, blue, into, or, other, small


Please spend time at home reviewing the last few week’s words.

Our, give, eight, carry, animal, about, work, soon, every, done, buy, after, people, old, how, girl, boy, ago, upon, so, once, happy


In grammar we will work with the verbs was, were, has, and have and when to use them. We will spend time exploring words containing the prefixes re, un and pre. (ex. Reread, untie, preschool)


Next week in math we will continue solving word problems. We will also take time to review previously talk skills such as base ten number representation and manipulation, counting to and from 120, and skip counting.


Enjoy the weekend!


Mrs. Lawburgh


Happy Valentine's Day!

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We solved the missing candy math mystery!

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First Week of February


Hello everyone,


I hope everyone is feeling healthy or is on the mend! We had a pretty small class due to illness this week. We will touch on the new concepts taught this week on Monday to make sure we are all caught up. (synonyms, commas in dates, inflectional endings before a double consonant)


Next week we will enjoy reading a wide variety of books from multiple genres about animals and how their bodies help them.


In phonics we will be working with the long ‘a’ sound shown by ‘a’, ‘ai’, and ‘ay’, By this time of the year the kiddos have seen these spelling patterns quite a bit, but I am excited to focus on them next week so they will become even more familiar.


Our spelling words will be:

mail, rain, chain, play, day, way, baby, about, our, carry, nineteen


Our new sight words are:

about, animal, carry, eight, give, our


Next week in math we will spend time working with word problems. We will listen for words and phrases that let us know whether we need to add or subtract. I will incorporate doubles and doubles + 1 facts into the word problems to give the kids more practice with this skill. If all goes as planned, the students will be able to write their own story problems for their classmates to solve.


As Valentine’s day gets closer we will read a few V-Day books and write about ways we can show love to others. As I mentioned in my email, we will decorate Valentine bags on Thursday afternoon, and have our party Friday morning. Reminder, Friday is an early 12:00 dismissal.


Have a restful weekend!


Mrs. Lawburgh

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Happy 100th Day of School!

We had a fun week learning about life long ago! We also celebrated the 100th day of school today! The kids hunted for 100 chocolate candies around the room. Each chocolate had a number which the students used to practice various math skills such as 10 more 10 less, number order and breaking the numbers into groups of tens and ones. The first graders also started their 100th day of school challenge of writing 100 words! We may need to finish this on Monday, but they were all up for the challenge! :)


We have a few stories from the week that we didn’t have time to get to so we will take a look at them on Monday. We will also spend time reading and learning about where our food comes from - from farm to table. In phonics we will be working with the /oo/ sound as in ‘good’ and ‘pull’


Our spelling words will be:

book, cook, took, hood, wood, put, full, buy, done, every, eighteen


Our sight words are:

After, buy, done, every, soon, work


Next week in grammar we will review contractions containing the word ‘not’ such as don’t, wasn’t, aren’t, etc. We will spend time working with words that have a double consonant before the inflectional ending ‘ed’ and ‘ing’. You know you need to double the consonant before adding ‘ed’ and ‘ing’ if the word contains a short vowel sound, and ends in a consonant. (Ex. clap → clapping, tap → tapped). Finally, the student will be learning about and working with synonyms. These are words that have the same, or almost the same meaning. (Ex. cold, freezing, chilly…)


In math the students will continue to practice balancing equations. We will spend time reviewing doubles problems and doubles +1 problems. For example, we know 4+4=8. 4+5 is almost the same as 4+4 but has just 1 more so it will equal 9.


Please return your take home book bag on Monday for new books!


Enjoy the warm weekend! :)


Mrs. Lawburgh


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A BIG WEEK!

Hello everyone,


We have had a VERY exciting week in first grade! On Wednesday we welcomed two new students into our class! This threw a big (awesome) curve ball into my plans so we didn’t quite get to writing our own versions of fairy tales with week. But we did get the chance to survey almost every student at HPS! The kids did a great job recording tally marks and counting by 5s to find the total number of votes.


Next week we will be moving on in our reading curriculum. The first graders will be learning about what life was like long ago. (when pictures were all black and white… A.K.A The Olden Days) We will be reading stories about how people lived long ago and how it is different from the way we live life now. We will learn about, and use venn diagrams to help us organize similarities and differences.


In phonics we will focus on the long ‘o’ and ‘u’ sounds shown by oCe and uCe seen in words such as home, bone, nose, cube and cute.


Spelling words:

home, nose, rope, cute, cube, huge, nice, page, ago, people, seventeen


Sight words:

ago, boy, girl, how, old, people


In grammar the kids will be working with the verbs ‘is’ and ‘are’. ‘Is’ is used when referring to a singular noun. ‘Are’ is used when referring to a plural noun. Secondly, now that the students are comfortable using commas in lists, they will start to practice using commas in dates.


Next week in math the first graders will be working on balancing equations. For example 4+4 = 7+2. This is unbalanced. They will work to figure out what can be changed to make both sides equal.


Please take time to read with your student this weekend and stay healthy!


Thanks,


Mrs. Lawburgh


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January 21 - 24, 2020

Hello all,


We had such a great (short) week, last week, reading a variety of folktales, fables and fairytales. I even threw in a few Mother Goose nursery rhymes just for fun. The kids loved reading Little Red Riding Hood, The Shoemaker and the Elves, Chicken Little, and The Tortoise and the Hare in their small groups during rotation time. I was so impressed to hear them read with such great expressions, and overjoyed to see them so excited about reading! Because I have so many of these traditional literature leveled readers we will continue to focus on this genre throughout this week. All of the stories from this genre are often retold by authors and usually have a few variations in the story line. This week I am going to work with each student to help them choose a story from this genre that they can adapt to make their own version. This will be a great way for the students to learn more about parts of a story including characters, setting, cause/effect, and conflict/resolution. I will then “publish” these stories to keep in the classroom for future students to enjoy!


The students did a great job working with the soft c and g sounds. This is a tricky phonics concept to understand so we will continue to work on these words into this week. We will take our missed spelling test on Wednesday after reviewing Tuesday.


Last week we started working more with graphs and surveys in math. The students were BEGGING to come up with their own surveys to ask other staff and students in the school. This week each student will create their own survey and graph to complete throughout the week. We will then analyze the data collected to learn more about the people who make up HPS.


Please return take-home book bags for a refill! I have a ton of new books for the students to enjoy thanks to the SRCL grant!


Have a great week!


Mrs. Lawburgh

Pumpkin apple bread was a huge success!

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Good to be back!

It feels so good to be back at school! We had a fun week in first grade!


To start the week off learning about how plants grow, we germinated black and great northern beans. The kids had a blast making predictions and observing how the beans changed from day to day. I’m hoping for a lot of growth over the weekend!


Today the kids finished their ‘How to make hot chocolate’ writing. They did a fantastic job using the time order words and were all SO independent in their writing! I’m so impressed!


Next week in reading we will take a look at popular folktales such as The Gingerbread Man and the Ukrainian folktale The Mitten. I recently ordered a ton of various folktales through our SRCL grant with the help of Mrs. Doom. I can’t wait to enjoy them with the kiddos! As we read we will practice identifying cause and effect in the stories. This week we read through a few plays and will be acting a few out next week as well. In phonics we will focus on the soft ‘c’ sound (cent, space, nice, race) and soft ‘g’ sound (edge, fridge, cage, page) When practicing soft ‘g’ words with your student a helpful hint I use is that if you hear the soft ‘g’ sound at the end of the word, and the word has a short vowel sound, use the letters ‘dge’. This is seen in words such as wedge, ledge, fridge, edge, bridge, pledge…) Silly English… :)


Our spelling words for next week are:

Rice, nice, page, age, edge, fridge, bridge, from, once, any, sixteen


Our sight words are:

Any, from, happy, once, so, upon


We will also spend time reading and writing words containing the inflectional endings ‘ed’ and ‘ing’. We will work specifically with words ending with ‘e’. (race → racing, dance → dancing etc...)


In math we will continue working on adding 3 numbers together. We will also start working with graphing as we analyze and create graphs and tally charts.


As I mentioned in my email, we will be baking some pumpkin apple bread next week! I’m thinking we will plan to do this either Thursday or Friday.


Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!


REMINDER: Next Friday, the 17th, we will have an early dismissal at 12:00.


Thanks for all you do at home!


Mrs. Lawburgh

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♫ "And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again!" ♫

Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful break and are ready to get the kiddos back to school! :) I know I’m anxiously waiting for school to start up again. If the second semester of school is anything like the first, I know we will be having a great time in first grade!


When we return from break we will be reading and learning about plants and how they grow. We will practice retelling stories using the time order words first, next, then, and last. Before the break, in phonics, we were focusing on the long ‘a’ sound shown by aCe. Next week we will focus on the long ‘i’ sound written iCe. (mile, like, life, shine…) We will also spend time working with alliteration. We will continue working with present and past tense verbs and will move into future tense.


New sight words:
Green, grow, pretty, should, together, water


Please take time to review the sight words from the two weeks leading up to break.

Away, now, some, today, way, why, around, place, by, walk, many


Spelling words:

Like, bike, ride, hide, mine, time, water, should, together, fifteen


Please take time to review and practice the number words one → fifteen at home. :)


In math we will spend a few days reviewing telling time to the nearest hour and half hour. We will review basic addition and subtraction strategies and start excelling into more challenging problems including adding 3 numbers together and subtracting multiple parts from a whole. We will review skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Finally, we will work on finding 1 more/1 less, 10 more/10 less, and even 100 more/100 less than a given number.


Please let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy the last few days of break.


Thanks!


Mrs. Lawburgh


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December 9 - 13, 2019

Another week has flown by! I hope you all enjoyed the concert on Tuesday. I know the kids had a blast performing!


As I mentioned in my previous post, this week we learned all about time! I can really tell that the students are excited about time… There were a few instances this week where the kiddos asked if they could just sit and watch the hands move on the clock because it was just SO interesting! :) I am very happy with how the students are understanding the concept of time and how it is shown on a clock. We are feeling pretty comfortable with telling time to the nearest hour, and will be moving in to the nearest half hour next week.


We are going to continue the skills I mentioned in my previous post into next week. We will not be starting a new phonics concept, so no spelling test, but will instead review the sight words and concepts we have studied up to this point. I will briefly introduce a few new skills and sight words that we will be working on once we return from break to give the kids a little heads up.


I plan on getting up to date on our FAST and IXL testing next week as second quarter progress reports will be sent home by Friday.


If you can, please spend some time reading with your student this weekend. I am so proud of the readers they are becoming and I know they would love to show off! :)


Have a great weekend!


Mrs. Lawburgh

First Week of December

This week flew by, didn’t it?? The kiddos had a BLAST learning about maps this week! I think we have a few future world travelers in first grade! They also did a great job creating their own maps over the last few days. Let me tell ya… if these kids got to actually create their own towns, it would be amazing! Aquariums next to theme parks, right across the street from Santa’s house and the pet shop! :)


Next week we will be starting unit 3 of our reading curriculum. As I look ahead, I’m planning on stretching out the first week of unit 3 over the next two weeks leading up to Christmas vacation. So much to learn! Our theme for the next two weeks will be ‘time’. We will be reading about time, working on identifying past tense verbs, and learning how to tell time in math. Time is a BIG concept so please point out ‘time’ specific things at home. Like, what time do you go to bed, how long does it take to brush your teeth, etc….


In phonics we will be focusing on words containing aCe (c stands for consonant) seen in words like lake, brave, game, and plate. We have been referring to the ‘e’ as the ‘bossy e’ or ‘magic e’ but will now starting calling this phonics pattern ‘a consonant e’ as well.


We will have a spelling test next week. The words are:

Make, take, came, game, late, shape, dolphin, some, today, away, fourteen,


Our sight words are:

Away, now, some, today, way, why


Other skills we will be working on over the next two weeks are contractions with ‘not’ such as ‘don’t and aren’t’, using commas in series, and retelling stories and writing using beginning, middle and end. We will also continue working with irregular plural nouns.


Reminder: The Holiday Program is Tuesday the 10th. Please refer to Miss Carmody's email for more details!


Have a great weekend!


Mrs. Lawburgh


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Next week...

Next week in reading we will be learning about how to find our way around using maps. We have some fun activities and books planned! We will be focusing on the sounds, ch, -tch, wh, and ph. Our spelling words are:


whale, white, catch, match, chin, graph, phone, around, many, walk, place, thirteen


Our sight words are: around, place, by, walk, many


We will be working with irregular plural nouns (man - men, foot - feet, child - children) in grammar and using these nouns in our writing as well.


In math we will review finding the missing part of an addition problem and start working with finding the missing numbers in a subtraction problem. We will be reading word problems to help make the numbers come to life.


Have a happy Thanksgiving and stay warm!


Mrs. Lawburgh

The 1st graders did a wonderful job making turkeys with the nursing home residents!

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Kindness Challenge!

Hello all!


Our HAWKS word for the last two week has been kindness. To continue this characteristic, and make it an everyday habit, each grade has their own December Kindness Calendar. Each day the students will focus on the challenge given and try to carry it out at school and at home. Please talk with your student about this each day and ask them how they showed kindness at school.


Thanks!

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Way to go, MH!!

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November 18 - 22, 2019

Uffda! What a week.


With so many students gone or sick, I didn’t introduce the new skills that I had planned. On the bright side I got to review a lot of skills with the students who were at school! We will be carrying over the plans from this week into next week.


Thank you for sending books from home to donate to the little library across the street! We’ve collected 11 books so far!


Next week, to continue helping out in our community, we will be doing a Thanksgiving craft with the nursing home residents on Tuesday. This is all depending on the health of the kiddos. We will reschedule if we still have sick kids.


Please have your student rest and take it easy this weekend! I may just go into a short hibernation myself… :)


REMINDER: please send the roller skating permission slip back to school with your student if you haven't already. Cost is $5.


Thank you!


Mrs. Lawburgh

Thanks for coming in, Jessica!

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November 11 - 15, 2019

I have been feeling so excited lately. Why? Because the 1st graders are making so much progress in their reading! Listening to each one read this week during small group time was so COOL! How amazing is it to see a kid come into first grade unable to read and now reading interesting stories about animals! A few kiddos were even able to generate their own poem (with a little help) based off of a poem we read in class.


We didn’t quite have time this week to start our animal writing. We will start this next week using the information we gathered in a meerkat story we read earlier this week.


Next week in reading we will be learning about ways that people can help their communities. LOOK FOR AN EMAIL COMING SOON ABOUT HOW WE WILL BE HELPING OUR COMMUNITY NEXT WEEK. We will learn specifically about Martin Luther King Jr. and the difference he made in his community, and our country. In phonics we will focus on the sounds ‘th’, ‘sh’ and ‘ng’. Our grammer concept is common and proper nouns. We will start working on building our ability to break apart a word into syllables. This is such a helpful skill for students to have in reading!


Our sight words for the week are:

All, call, day, her, want


Our spelling words are:

Thing, think, crash, shelf, bring, stung, want, all, day, twelve


In math we will continue working with measurement using inches and centimeters. The kids had such a fun time this week learning about measurement. Especially measuring how far they could frog jump! Some can jump as far as I can!


Please keep reading and practicing words at home! It makes such a big difference!


Have a great weekend,


Mrs. Lawburgh

thankful for our freedom!

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First week of November

Another busy week in first grade! A highlight was welcoming Lois Johnson into our room on Thursday to read Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora . This was a part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record program, where people all over the world read the same book on the same day to promote and support literacy!


We also enjoyed reading many other stories this week that tied into our weekly theme of ‘buildings and what they are made of’. We read various versions of The Three Little Pigs and found similarities and differences between them all. Ask your student which version was their favorite and why!


In math the students had a blast playing a fun partner math game. In the game they had to work together to sort numbers from least to greatest. I was so impressed with how these kiddos worked as teams!


Next week in reading we will be looking at stories about animals and the places they live. We will be working on ending blends in words such as ‘nd’ in band, ‘nk’ in sink, ‘mp’ in jump, ‘nt’ in ant, and ‘sk’ in desk. We will continue working with plural nouns and review possessive nouns with ‘s. In writing we will work on nonfiction animal research!


Next week in math we will start working with measuring length. I will introduce measuring with like-objects such as paper clips or crayons, and move into using rulers and tape measures with inches and centimeters.


Our spelling words for next week are:

lend, send, fast, past, sink, wink, could, of, who, eleven


Our sight words for next week are:

Eat, no, of, under, who


Please remember to enjoy the books in your student’s take home book bag! Don’t forget to return it for new books when you are ready!


Enjoy the weekend!


Mrs. Lawburgh


Happy Halloween!

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A great Halloween Week in 1st grade!

This week the kids enjoyed listening to and reading spooky Halloween books. On Wednesday we read our Scholastic News reader that explained the similarities and differences between birds and fruit bats. To follow, we read Janell Cannon’s book, Stellaluna. In this story we read about a fruit bat who lost her mother and had to live in a nest with birds until she was found.


The students did a GREAT job writing the number words one through ten this week. Everyone aced the spelling test today! Way to go first graders!


In math we spent time working on finding the missing part in an addition problem. I am very happy with how the kids are doing with this. We will continue working on this skill next week. Next week in math we will also continue to work on skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. We will spend time ordering numbers from least to greatest and vice versa.


Next week in reading we will focus on the short ‘u’ sound. We will spend time reading and comparing various versions and spin-offs of The Three Little Pigs while focusing on setting, characters and events. We will continue working with contractions containing ‘s and move into singular and plural nouns.


Our spelling words for next week are:

cut, bug, rug, plug, drum, shut, luck, truck, could, would, should


Our sight words are:

could, live, one, then, three


Have a fun and safe time trick or treating tonight! I’ll be at my house with lots of candy ready to hand out!


Thank you,


Mrs. Lawburgh


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Sight words changes!

Hi all,


I realized I posted the wrong list of sight words for next week. Our words for next week are could, live, one, then, three. The words I posted below are for the following week.


Thanks!

Learning Everyday!

This week in first grade we read stories about special community helpers such as doctors, mail carriers, and firemen. We started working with words containing the inflectional ending -ed, like in walked, played and wanted. The kids learned that adding -ed to the end of a word tells us that is has already happened. They noticed that -ed can say three different sounds, ‘t’, ‘d’, and ‘id’. We will continue reading and working with these words next week. We also started using commas in our writing as we made lists of nouns such as our favorite foods and toys. Next week we will be using this skill as we write about halloween. In reading we will be reviewing and assessing previously taught skills. We will start learning about contractions containing ‘s like she’s, he’s, and it’s. We will have a spelling test on Thursday focusing on number words one through ten. In math this week we spent time practicing and becoming fluent in counting by 10s and 5s. We continued to practice comparing numbers using greater than and less than. Next week we will practice counting by 2s. We will also start working on finding missing addends in addition problems. (7 + _ = 10) Lots to do in first grade! :)


Next week’s spelling words:

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten


Our sight words for the following week are:

Eat, no, of, under, who


Please keep reading and practicing sight words at home! I have noticed great improvement with these kiddos! Keep it up!


Here is a link to some great math fact games you can play at home. Check it out!

https://onesassysub.blogspot.com/2018/01/ideas-for-building-math-fact-fluency.html


Have a great weekend,


Mrs. Lawburgh


Quick Update

Hello all!


Just wanted to give you our sight and spelling words for the week.


Sight words: there, again, use, new, help


Spelling words: Leg, beg, men, hen, fret, went, then, when, head, bread

Today we finished our apple life cycle project!

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Thanks for teaching us about the Worry Monster, Miss Pritchett!

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A Beautiful day at the apple orchard!

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Busy week!

Thank you all so much for making it to conferences! It was so nice to share the great things that are happening in first grade! Please let me know if you have any follow up questions or concerns.


As I mentioned in my previous post, we did IXL testing this week. This took a bit longer than I thought it would so we are going to be continuing this week's math and reading skills into next week. A reminder that next week is a short week due to MEA break. Wednesday is a noon dismissal. No school on Thursday or Friday.


Our apple orchard trip is Monday! Please remember to send your student to school with appropriate shoes and warm clothes. To make the field trip worth while we will be learning about the life cycle of an apple on Tuesday of next week.


There will be no new sight words or spelling words for the short week. Please take this time to review reading and even writing these previous sight words. Please be sure to return your take home book bag by Wednesday so your student can take home new books for the long weekend.


After MEA break we will be starting our next unit in reading. In this unit there will be 5 sight words a week instead of 4. Here is a list of the sight words for the entire unit. Please take the time to go over these words over MEA break to give your student a head start once we return.


again, help, new, there, use, could, live, one, then, three, eat, no, of, under, who, all, call, day, her, want, around, by, many, place, walk


Stay warm and enjoy the weekend!


Mrs. Lawburgh

Field Trip!

On Monday, October 14, grades K-5 will be taking a field trip to the Country Apple Orchard in Harrisburg, SD. We will be leaving HPS around 9:00 to arrive at the orchard at 11:00. We will return to HPS by the end of the school day.


Students will be provided a sack lunch from the school. If they would prefer to pack their own lunch they are welcome to do so. Please let me know what your child's lunch plan is as soon as possible so I can let the kitchen know.


Please make sure your child has good walking shoes and a jacket in case of cooler weather.


Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Thank you!

First Week of October

October is here! Can you believe it?? We had another great week in first grade. There is just not enough time in the day.


Next week on Monday and Tuesday, we will be IXL testing in Math and Reading. These tests will help me individualize my teaching to make sure everyone is making progress and working on the appropriate math and reading skills. I will share your child’s scores with you at conferences.


In reading next week we will be working with r- and s- blends.

Br (brick) cr (crib) dr (drop) fr (frog) gr (grab) tr (trap)

Sm (smile) sn (snack) sp (spin) st (star) sw (swim)


When reading through blend words at home, please remind your student that a blend is not just one sound, but two sounds squeezed together. There is often confusion in thinking it is a brand new sound. Another observation I’ve made is that young writers often thing the ‘tr’ sound is actually ‘chr’. If spelling the word ‘tree’ they may write ‘chree’. Please take the time to talk about this with your student. :)


Our spelling words for next week are:

Spill, spin, grab, grass, drop, drip, trick, trim, two, move


Sight words:

Jump, move, run, two


We spent more time working with question words this week as they show up everywhere. Here are a few tricks I teach the kids to help them remember how to spell each word. First, I tell them that almost all question words start with ‘wh’


What - Think - What is on your head? A hat! wHAT

When - When will the hen lay eggs? - wHEN

Where - Where are you? I’m over here! - wHERE

Who - put a smiley face in the o - Who are you? wh☺

Why - Saying the word is the hint that there is a y at the end.


Next week as we write we will review capitalization, punctuation and spacing between words. We will continue our fall writing. Before we write we have been thinking about mountains and pebbles. One way we think about it is that the mountain is the main topic that we are writing about. Pebbles are the little details. Another way we think about it, is that a mountain topic may be going to Disney World. But there are a lot of little ‘pebble’ stories that we could tell from the trip to Disney World.


In math we will continue working with addition and subtraction. We will begin working on comparing numbers by focusing on the tens and ones place. We will work with >, <, and =. On Monday I will be sending home an addition fact packet as ‘homework’. There is no due date, but as soon as your child finishes a page have them return it to school. Please take the time to practice these facts with your student. Remember that they may need a number line or objects to help them add. :)



Don’t forget! Conferences are Thursday! I’m looking forward to meeting with you all!


Have a great weekend!

Space Day!

Today we learned about space! We were so lucky to be able to check out the 6th grader's planetarium in the mini gym! In the classroom we learned about the phases of the moon and the planets in our solar system. Next time you look at the night sky, ask your student what they know about the moon!
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Way to go O.R.!

Congratulations to the HAWKS of September. Students are chosen each month based on their leadership in implementing the character traits we are working on at HPS. This month our focus has been RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY. For the month of October we will be focusing on FAIRNESS, HONESTY, AND COMPASSION.
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Weeks are flying by!

Again, I can’t believe it's already friday! September is almost over! We are having great days in first grade. I’ll say it again, I am a very blessed teacher.


This week we had the time to take the math and reading FAST test. FAST tests are formal assessments that give me an idea of where each student is at academically. It helps me gauge where I would like them to be by mid year, and end of the year. The first time taking these tests can be a bit tricky for first graders because there are so many new skills that the kids will learn in first grade. This is why I waited until the kids had a few weeks of first grade down before having them take the tests. I will share information from these tests at Fall conferences. Please sign up for a conference time if you haven’t already.


The kiddos did a great job this week working with ‘l’ blend words. It's so much fun watching them sound out longer words successfully! Next week in reading we will focus on the short ‘o’ sound as we read stories about things friends do together. We will continue working with writing personal narratives as the students write about their favorite Fall things. Next, we will practice counting syllables in words. This is such an important skill to have as it will help the students decode multisyllable words later this year.


Our spelling words for next week are:

shop, stop, block, clock, log, hot, lot, make, they, too


We will have a few bonus words on the back of the test. Please continue practicing question words such as:

who, what, when, where, why and how.


Sight words:

Fun, make, they, too


In math we will continue working on addition and subtraction. We will start working with fact families to help us understand how many math problems are related. We will read and solve story problems. Some including missing addends. The students are becoming more confident with place value and building numbers using tens and ones. Next week we will start talking about the hundreds place a bit more as we practice counting up to 120.


Please spend time this weekend reading with your student if you can! They would love to show you what they are learning!


Have a great weekend,


Mrs. Lawburgh

Having fun playing Addition Bump It!

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I can't believe it's already Friday!

We had a great week in first grade! Next week we will be focusing on words with ‘l’ blends seen in words such as ‘black, glad, plan, class, flag, etc… We will see these words in our stories as we read about taking care of pets and animals. To grow our phonemic awareness we will work on contrasting vowel sounds. The students will describe the differences they hear in vowel sounds seen in words such as ‘back’ and ‘bake’. Next, we will work on making nouns plural by adding ‘s’ or ‘es’. We will continue retelling stories using key details and important events.


Next week’s spelling words are:

Clip, flip slip, flag, black, plan, trap, what, when, who


Sight words:

be, come, good, pull


The students did a great job as they wrote their personal narratives this week. We will finish our writing up on Monday and display our work for others to read.


Next week in math we will continue practicing basic addition problems up to adding 5. We will start mixing in some subtraction problems as well! We may even get the chance to write a few story problems together. This week I had the chance to listen to most of the students count up to 100 and back down again. I was SO impressed with how well they did!


Please take the time to read with your student over the weekend! :)


Mrs. Lawburgh

Thanks for reading to us today Jody!

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Homecoming Week!

Homecoming week was a great success! We had so much fun celebrating being Redhawks! Thank you to all who helped make this week awesome! Even with all of the busy homecoming days, we still managed to get a lot of work done. Everyday I see the kids becoming more confident as readers. Keep it up first grade!


Next week in reading we will move from the short ‘a’ sound to the short ‘i’ sound.

Our spelling words for the week are:

pin, win, spin, hit, sit, miss, this, chip, ship, with


Our sight words are:

up, down, out, very


This week the kids each chose an event from their lives that they will be writing about next week. They will practice writing key details about the event to add more depth to their writing. As we read stories we will practice visualizing images in our head.


In math we will continue working on addition up to adding 3. The students are doing a great job using various addition strategies. We will keep working with place value, and counting back from 100. Slowly we will move into comparing numbers using >, < and =.


Please return your book bag on Monday if new books are needed!


Enjoy the weekend,


Mrs. Lawburgh


Learning about genres!

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Happy Homecoming!

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Week 3

I am so blessed to have such a kind and caring class of first graders!


We have officially finished the first 3 weeks of our reading curriculum titled Smart Start. This was a review of letter names and sounds, common blends and digraphs, and 30 basic sight words that will be popping up in many of our books.


Next week we will start unit one. We will be reading fictional stories as we learn more about that genre. In writing we will focus on personal narratives, or writing about something that has happened to you. As we read, we will be focusing specifically on the short ‘a’ sound. While the students have their own individual sight word spelling list that we work on at school, they will also have a spelling list of words containing our phonics concept. Our spelling list for next week is:


Man, can, nap, tap, hat, pack, back, shack, that, chat


Our spelling test will be on FRIDAY. :)


Our sight words for next week are:


School, not, does, what


Please continue to review the sight words from the previous weeks as well as practicing these new sight words and spelling words. Below is a link to 30 ways to practice sight words at home. Check it out!


https://www.teach-me-mommy.com/ways-to-practice-sight-words-at-home/


In math we will continue working on various addition strategies. Last week we focused on adding 0 and 1. Next week we will work on adding 2 and 3. We have also been practicing counting up to 100 as well as counting down from 100. The kids found that counting down is a bit trickier than counting up. We will continue to practice this next week. Finally, we will continue working with place value as the students learn how to represent a 2 digit number using ten rods and ones cubes.


As you may know, next week for homecoming we will be doing a Pennies for Patients challenge. Please see my email for more details. As we do this challenge we will be learning about coins and their values. This is a skill I usually work on later in the year but I figured this would be a relevant time to start learning some money basics!


We will start our homecoming week off with PJ day!


Tuesday - Mathletes and Athletes

Wednesday- Footloose - 80s

Thursday - Bikers and Surfers

Friday - Redhawks Spirit Day


You may have heard your student mention dressing up as trolls (from the movie Trolls) for the parade on Friday. I will be putting together troll wigs for each student. They will also have a bright colored apron to wear. Feel free to pack any extra bright colored clothes for your child to change into before the parade if you’d like.


Please let me know if you have any questions about homecoming week!


Have a great weekend,


Mrs. Lawburgh

Thanks 6th grade for reading with us!

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We love our flex seating!

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Week 2

Another great week in first grade!


If you need new take home books after the long weekend, feel free to return your student’s bag on Tuesday of next week. Thank you for taking the time to read these stories with your child. It makes a difference!


Next week in reading we will spend more time working with the short vowel sounds as well as introducing / relearning ‘ck’ as in ‘back’ and a few blends such as ‘sn’, ‘st’ and ‘sp’ seen in ‘snap’, ‘stop’, and ‘spot’. We will be listening to and writing about a few of my favorite stories including Jack and the Beanstalk and The Tortoise and the Hare. We will listen to a few different versions of these stories and share similarities and differences that we notice.


Our sight words for next week are:

was, said, see, have, and, for, with, she, me, are


In math we will continue working with place value as the kids just learned about hundreds, tens and ones. The student’s practiced trading in 10 ones for 1 ten. They started to understand why we write numbers the way we do. 14 is 1 ten and 4 ones. Lightbulb moment! We will also spend more time next week working on addition strategies such as drawing a picture, using the number line, and counting objects while we work on reading and solving number story problems.


Today we read a Scholastic Kids article about having a growth mindset. Next week we will spend time talking and writing about ways to stay positive when things get tough or when we make a mistake.


* SEE HOMECOMING DRESS UP DAY INFO BELOW * I will be in need of a truck and trailer for the first grade float in the homecoming parade on Friday the 13th. I will need the trailer at the school at the beginning of the day to be decorated. Please let me know if you are able to help!


Have a great Labor Day weekend!


Mrs. Lawburgh

Homecoming Week Event/Dress up day schedule

HENDRICKS REDHAWKS PRESENT…… A MOVIE THEMED WEEK! HENDRICKS HOMECOMING 2019- BRING IT ON!! SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH- SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14th


Sunday-9/8 XC TEAM -Running of the FB from Hendricks to Estelline-2pm start at the Hendricks Golf Course finishing at the Estelline FB Field. Movie Inspiration: FORREST GUMP


Monday- 9/9 Movie Inspiration/Dress-up Day: Breakfast Club, PJ DAY, 8:00AM PEPFEST, 2:00PM HOMECOMING CORONATION


Tuesday-9/10 Movie Inspiration/Dress-up Day: High School Musical, Mathletes & Athletes

VB GAME @ HENDRICKS, REDHAWKS vs. ORR 4:30PM JH, 6:00PM JV followed by Varsity, BURNING OF THE “H” at the Beach following the games.


Wednesday-9/11 Movie Inspiration/Dress-up Day: Footloose, 80’s

Staff vs. REDHAWK VB TEAM 1:00-2:00pm


Thursday-9/12 Movie Inspiration/Dress-up Day: Teen Beach Movie, Bikers & Surfers

XC MEET @ DESMET 4:00PM


Friday-9/13 Movie Inspiration/Dress-up Day: Friday Night Lights, REDHAWK SPIRIT DAY Parade at 2:15pm, HOME FB @ ESTELLINE, REDHAWKS vs. Castlewood, JH 5:00pm & VARSITY 7:00pm


Saturday-9/14 HOMECOMING DANCE @ ESTELLINE for 7-12th grade students. (Thrift Shop Formal) 8:00PM-11:00PM, transportation provided by HPS See Mrs. Johnson to get signed up!

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Congrats to our Hawks weekly winner!

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First Week of school: ✔

Is it just me or did this week fly by? What a wonderful group of first graders I have!


We got a lot accomplished during the first week of school. Our daily routine is set and the days are running smoothly. We have even started our reading rotations (daily 5) which consists of read to self, word work, writing workshop, center, meet with the teacher and listen to reading. I am excited to say that next week we will be starting a new way to listen to reading. I have decided to create my own listen to reading library instead of using an app. I'll be recording myself as I read some of our classroom books and students will actually be able to hold the book and follow along as they listen to me read on their iPad! If anyone would like to volunteer to come in and record a few books on the iPad please let me know!


On that note, I have another volunteer opportunity! I will be sending home a sign up sheet for volunteers who are willing to come in and read aloud to the class. I’ll have you sign up on person a month and you can choose to come in once that month or up to once a week for the whole month. I’ll also be sending the sign up sheet as a google doc, so feel free to add your name to the month of your choice. Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you would like me to order a certain book for you to read through the school.


Next week in reading we will continue working with short vowel sounds. If your student hasn’t shown you already, ask them if they can remember our vowel rap! We will also continue practicing the digraphs th, ch, and sh as we read and write. I have been so impressed with how well the students know their letter sounds and visual phonics hand signs. Just today I was able to give ONLY the hand signs that make up a word and the students were able to tell me which word I signed. SO AWESOME! I told them it was like having our own secret language. :) They thought that was pretty cool.


Our sight words for next week are:

this, is, my, look, little, where, here, play, the, we


Please keep practicing these at home!


In math we will continue becoming more familiar with the 1 - 100 chart. This week we read a book about a girl named Princess Star who loved stars but hated numbers. So much so that she covered up all the numbers she could find during the day with stars. She quickly realized that her days couldn’t function without the numbers on her clock, calendar and phone! This was a great way to show the students how important numbers are. They even thought of other places where numbers are important as well! After the book I covered up numbers on the 100s chart with stars and we had to count and follow patterns to fill in the missing numbers. We will continue working with the number chart next week. We will also dig deeper into understanding place value (hundreds, tens, and ones) and addition.


In writing we spent time writing together and fixing sentences that were missing uppercase letters and punctuation. I was very impressed with how well the students did as they got to write their own sentences during our free writing time.


It's going to be a great year!


Have a great weekend!


Mrs. Lawburgh

Friday Donuts! Thanks KM!

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Take-Home Book Bags

Take-home book bags went home today with 5 books inside. Please take good care of these and return them every Friday to be refilled. Happy reading!!
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First Day of School!

Wow, what a fun-filled day! I can already tell it's going to be a fantastic year in first grade. Lots of fun and learning requires lots of energy so please get lots of sleep tonight!
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Are you ready?

Thank you for stopping by the classroom at open house! It was so good to see you all! I hope you enjoy the last weekend before school starts.


Next week we will be spending a lot of time going through how are days will look in first grade. We'll read lots of back to school stories and other fun books as well. In reading we will review letter sounds and visual phonics hand signals. (a hand sign for each individual sound). We will work on our phonemic awareness and the ability to identify sounds at the beginning, middle and end of a word. Along with this, we will be reading rhyming books and poems and working on skills that involve rhyming.


Our sight words for the first week are:

I, like, do, to, you, he, can, go, a, has

As I mentioned at open house, feel free to use the sight word flash cards I sent home in your packet.


In math we will spend time reviewing the basic numbers 1 - 10 and strengthening our ability to identify their matching number words. Next, we will review and become more familiar with the 1 - 100 number chart. Being fluent with this will set a great foundation for the students as we move into more first grade math standards. If I feel we are ready, I will spend some time touching on basic addition and subtraction.


In handwriting we will focus on the letters a - e. We will review the key parts of sentences, sentence directionality, and other concepts of print such as punctuation, quotations, and print-to-speech matching. Hopefully we will spend some time practicing writing sentences as a class and individually.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.


See you on Monday!!


Mrs. Lawburgh