First Grade News!
Ms Patti's Class, first week of November
Halloween at Delphi's house
Send back the UNICEF boxes
Sky Top Apple Orchard
This is a link to our class blog. I'd love a parent to help the kids write the blog and take a few photos each week. Do you have time? Let me know!
New box turtle habitat
Cades mom, Christa built our new box turtle habitat with kids a couple of Fridays ago. These were rescued turtles from a couple of years ago. We are excited about taking care of them again.
Young engineers at work (and play).
Majesti has a baby sister
Back in September, Majesti's mom gave birth to a beautiful baby girl!
New box turtle habitat
Writing: We are finishing up our small moment stories (narrative writing), and learning how to self-assess using a rubric. The kids will have an assessment on narrative writing the end of the week.
Fundations: We are working on 'glued together sounds' like all, an and am. We've mastered digraphs and bonus letters at the ends of words (ll, ff, ss). We work on new sounds, and then learn how to use them in reading and spelling. After the end of each unit, your child has a unit test to see if they learned all of the new concepts. Often they pass the test, but they do not use these new concepts automatically yet. We will keep practicing!
Reading: We have been working hard in small groups focused on specific decoding and comprehension skills. This month we will shift to a focus on written comprehension in most groups in preparation for our mid year assessments. The kids have made good gains in reading and seem to become stronger and stronger using the reading strategies they've been learning in group time. There is so much research out there that supports this simple fact: The more your child reads, the better reader they become. Keep reading a lot at home and we'll do the same at school! If you run out of time in the evening and you haven't yet done homework, the best thing to do is have your child read their book to you. If you don't have time for the worksheets, don't stress, but never skip the reading.
Science and Social Studies: This month we will focus on history a bit and continue our schoolyard ecosystems. We have focused on our science journals, and we'll be learning a new format for observing and asking questions like good scientists do.
Spelling: Trick words your child should be able to spell automatically: the, I, a, and, is, his, of, as, has, to, into, we, he, she, be, me, for, or, you, your, they, was, one, said. Use these words on the homework worksheet for the spelling practice section.
Each Monday, Ms Crystal puts a new World of the Week on the library website. Check it out with your child! It's a fun puzzle, plus her website always has interesting news for you.
Our school raised over $800 dollars with this program last year, and we need that money! Help us be the class with the most boxtops! Send them in everyday.
November Calendar- no scheduled field trips.
This Tuesday, Nov. 4- Election day. No school. Take your child with you to VOTE.
Next Tuesday, Nov. 11- Veterans' Day- No school.
Thursday, Nov. 20- holiday meal in the cafeteria- join us at 10:45.
Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 26-28- Thanksgiving. No school.