206's First Grade News
Week of October 10, 2017- October 13, 2017
We love learning how to Identify our Feelings with Ms. Larrea!
"Be silly. Be Honest. Be kind."
- If you have not written me an email or letter about your child, IN A MILLION WORDS OR LESS, please do so when you get a chance!
- Scholastic Code: QLGKF
- Homework should be turned in on FRIDAYS
- Monthly Choice Boards will be collected at the end of each month. Students should complete at least FOUR activities
- Incomplete work will be sent home in your child's folder if you child was absent, had an early dismisal, or did not complete it for some reason. It does not have to come back to school, but should be completed at home for extra practice.
- Birthdays are celebrated from 2:45-2:55. We will not have whole class treats, but you may come in and read a book!
- Please send your child with an APPROVED snack EVERYDAY
- Remember to send your child with his/her PINK take-home folder EVERYDAY
- Also, please empty out the LEAVE AT HOME side each night
- At dismissal, please come to the FENCED SIDE of the Sport Court so we can keep track of all the students
- At dismissal, 1st grade dismisses 5 minutes earlier than the older grades. If you have an older child, please come get your first grader first
- Don't forget to send your children in their PE uniforms with CLOSED-TOED gym shoes on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS
- We dismiss M,T,Th,F at 2:55 and W at 1:40
- October 17th - Hot Diggity Dog Lunch
- October 20th - Session 1 After School Classes Ends
- October 21st - Reid's Birthday!
- October 23rd - October 27th - Red Ribbon Week
-Tuesday: Wear a red accessory
-Wednesday: Out of Uniform Day (wear athletic clothing)
-Thursday: Red top and uniform bottoms
- October 27th - Pizza Lunch!
- October 30th - Session 2 After School Classes Begin
- October 31st - Halloween, Class Party! (More info to come!), and Scholastic Orders Due!
- November 1st- Winter Uniforms Begin
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This week in Writing we started our Small Moments. Small moments are similar to Personal Narratives, but are more focused and contained. They are interesting and important snippets about our lives. We talked about how Personal Narratives are the whole watermelon (Ex. a vacation), but Small Moments are just a seed from a slice of watermelon (Ex. one day from the vacation or a few hours). On Wednesday we picked new Writing Goals and read Alexander and the No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Day. We talked about how the whole book talked about only ONE day. It included tons of details and feelings throughout the entire book. On Thursday, we practiced writing a Small Moment by writing about our day yesterday! We talked about what we did at each point of the day yesterday so students would remember and we included details and feelings! Next week we will use our Picture Folders to brainstorm ideas for our next Small Moment paper.
We have been doing an AMAZING job at learning our Sight Words! I am so impressed with how many students have been bringing their lists back and moving on to the next list. Now that we have tried out various forms of Word Work activities, we began a consistent schedule this week. On Mondays we will always build all our words with magnetic letters, on Tuesdays we will make Sight Word popsicle sticks houses, on Wednesdays we will play Sight Words games, on Thursdays we will stamp our Sight Words in play-dough, and on Fridays they will line up Sight Word popsicle sticks. Yesterday,in place of Reading Rotations and we did Sight Word Rotations to introduce the various Sight Word activities. They had so much fun! The students were broken up into groups of six and rotated to various stations. They practiced spelling Sight Words on the iPads, stamped their words with play-dough, did a popsicle stick Sight Word sort, and wrote their words various ways on Sight Word Tic Tac Toe Boards. Ask your child what his/her favorite activity was! Looking forward to watching your child learn even more Sight Words!
This week in Science, we completed our Biomimicry Unit to learn about looking to animals and nature to solve human problems. We talked about various animal "super powers" and what could be invented modeled after those animals. I showed the class various examples of animals with interesting abilities. For example, Gecko's have sticky hands and feet to climb walls, sharks have small scales and smooth skin to swim fast, and dogs have large ears to hear better than humans. On Wednesday, each table group helped each other brainstormed different animals and abilities. They were getting so creative! Students picked their animal and what special ability that animal possesses. Then, on Thursday, students came up with an invention modeled after their animal's ability. These will be coming home with your child today and they should work on creating their invention to share with the class BY THEIR PRESENTATION DATE! They can use any materials they choose and it does not have to actually work, but they should be able to share what it is, what animal it is modeled after, and what ability that animal possesses. Looking forward to seeing your child's invention!
Celebrating Columbus Day!
Next Week in 206...
We had a great short week! In writing we began Small Moments. Small Moments are interesting and detailed stories about ourselves. We will continue working on these next week in addition to coding our Personal Narratives on Scratch Jr. In reading we will continue learning how to Activate Prior Knowledge and use our connection knowledge from this past month to connect to things that happened to us in the past. In math we finished Topic 2 and will begin Topic 3 - Addition Facts to 20 next week. In handwriting we will continue working on lowercase letters. Even when your children are working on homework, encourage good writing posture and grip. Ask them how we learned to hold our pencils! In grammar we will continue our Punctuation Unit. This week we learned when and how to use exclamation points. Next week we will continue this and review periods and question marks. In science students will present their Biomimicry Projects! Looking forward to another great week and seeing your child's project!