Room 18 News

8 January 2016

Upcoming Dates

18 January No School Martin Luther King Day
21 January 100th Day of First Grade!

Our Week

Welcome back! I trust everyone had a good holiday. The kids seem happy to be back at school. I’m sure they grew over vacation. They seem very grown up! Report cards are coming home today in your student’s binder. As ever, if you have questions or concerns please contact me.

In Reading, one of our major focuses is comprehension. I would encourage you, while reading with your child to ask them questions about what they have read and to make predictions to help them focus their attention on making meaning. In class, we often read a story more than once. We focus on different things with each successive reading. First, we might focus on meaning and finding information. On a second reading, we might focus on finding vocabulary words, words that rhyme, follow a phonemic pattern, look for parts of speech or find powerful and interesting words. The whole group may meet to read a story so that we all can participate together with a story. Small groups might meet together based on ability or interest. Student read independently to strengthen individual skills and to follow up on personal interests.

In the large group this week, we began an author study of Jan Brett. We have enjoyed the traditional tales she retells and her beautiful and detailed illustrations. We enjoy following the details of the story that happen in the border illustrations. We will be looking for elements or themes that are common to all of her books. For example: story is set outside, set during winter, animal characters, elaborate pictures with frames, hints in the borders of the pictures; hedgehog as a character. We used her story of Fritz and the Beautiful Horses for our second quarter retelling. We’re working with The Hat and The Mitten focusing on the skills of inferring, synthesizing, sequencing and cause and effect. When we infer, we use what we already know to help us draw conclusions about what the author doesn’t say and to help us understand what we read. When we synthesize, we gather information together to say something in a new or different way.

We have begun studying the long vowels sounds. We are looking for patterns such as CVCV (consonant, vowel, consonant, vowel); and CVVC or what we sometimes call a walking vowel — when two vowels go a walkin’ the first one does the talking’ and says its name. We will be practicing these patterned spelling on our spelling test.

While winter seems reluctant to arrive, IF there is a delay start of school, elementary students begin school at 10:35 a.m. no matter what day of the week.

The official school policy on school delays and closures may be found here:

Weather Closings and Delays

Have a great weekend!

Laura B.

Spelling Words



It was a good day to stay inside. We played a very fun game!