This Week in Room 108

Weekly Happenings in Miss Quaresima's First Grade Class

November 11 - 15, 2013

Dates that Rate

November 1st - December 5th: Home & School Association "Toys for Tabor" Collection

November 11th: Veteran's Day Assembly

November 11 - 22nd: Titus Food Drive (see below for more information)

November 15th: Student Advisory Spirit Day - "Sports Attire"

November 15th: Scholastic Book Orders Due

November 18th: Report Cards Go Home

November 25th: Full Day of School for Students - PM Parent Conferences

November 26th: Early Dismissal - 11:55am - PM Parent Conferences

November 27 - 29th: Thanksgiving Recess - No School

Don't Forget!

Mondays - Wear your sneakers for P.E.


Fridays - Bring your library books back to school


Box Tops - Keep sending in your box tops! Click here to check out how we're doing so far! The November winner will be announced soon!

Titus Food Drive

As the holidays approach, Titus is once again collecting various food items for families in our community. Our annual Food Drive will run from November 11th - 22nd.

First graders are asked to bring in cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, and canned veggies. Please send the donations to school with your child.


Every little bit goes a long way in giving our families a warm and happy holiday season.

Fall Conferences

Fall parent/teacher conferences are being held on Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th. Schedules noting your pre-selected time slots were sent home on November 6th. I look forward to seeing you and discussing your child's progress during conferences.

In School this Week...

Word Wall

The Word Wall is a great writing tool in our classroom. I do not expect the students to memorize each word wall word, but they do need to be aware that the words are on the wall, so they can use them as a reference when writing in the classroom.


You will see a sheet of word wall cards come home in your child's homework folder every Monday. Please practice these words with your child at home. Check the Word Wall section of our classroom website for a list of our word wall words.


This week's word wall words are:

boy, his, give, put, there

Spelling

This week is our first week of spelling. A list of spelling words came home today in your child’s homework folder. There will be 6 new spelling words each week and 2 challenge words. The spelling words are chosen based on our Word Sort focus for the week.


Check the Spelling section of our classroom website for a list of our spelling words.


This week's spelling words are:

that, thud, think, whip, when, what, *thick, *wheat


On our classroom website this week, I added links to the website Spelling City. This is a terrific site with some great games to help your child practice spelling while also having fun!! The most popular games are Hang Mouse and Word Unscramble. Check it out, here, and have fun spelling!!


If you have an iPhone, iPod or iPad, there is a Spelling City app, too! Check out www.spellingcity.com/app for more information!

Shared Reading

In reading this week, we are reading the story, Where Does the Rabbit Hop? Our phonics focus this week will be identifying L blends such as: fl-, pl-, bl-, and –ld. Our shared reading focus this week is making predictions, inferences, connections to the text while reading. We will use what we already know before and during reading to help us better understand the story.



When reading at home, be sure to talk to your child about what they are reading. Discuss the setting of the story including where and when the story took place. Have your child name the characters in the story. After reading, ask your child to retell the story details to you. At school, I ask the children to "close the book, start at the beginning, and tell me what happened in this story." Practicing this skill at home will help build your child's reading comprehension!

Everyday Math

This week in math the students will complete an end of the marking period skills assessment to show how much they have learned this year. We will be practicing skip counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, and up and back by 1s. We will also practice counting and exchanging pennies and nickels as well as writing and counting tally marks. Please continue to practice these important skills with your child.


This week we will also learn about adding using dominoes. Counting the dots on dominoes is a great visual tool for teaching addition! At the end of the week we will review for our math test. The unit 3 math test will be on Friday!! Please note that there will be two unit 3 math review pages coming home for homework. This test tends to be a little more tricky than the our first two tests.

Social Studies

On Monday, the first graders will attend a Veteran's Day assembly. We will learn about the men and women who have served our country. We will also create holiday cards as part of Operation Santa.


Later this week, we will read about Squanto. We will write facts about who he was and how he helped the Pilgrims during the first Thanksgiving. Look for our Squanto projects hanging in the halls next week!

In the Computer Lab...

Spelling City

On our classroom website this week, I added links to the website Spelling City. This is a terrific site with some great games to help your child practice spelling while also having fun!! The most popular games are Hang Mouse and Word Unscramble. Check it out, here, and have fun spelling!!


If you have an iPhone, iPod or iPad, there is a Spelling City app, too! Check out www.spellingcity.com/app for more information!

Brain POP

The Titus Home and School association has purchased a one year license for BrainPOP, which is a very interactive online source for virtually every subject and topic associated with our elementary curriculum. We are now able to access BrainPOP, BrainPOPjr, and BrainPOP Español for both home and school.


In First Grade, we use the BrainPOPjr site at http://www.brainpopjr.com/ several times a week. Please visit the site with your children at home and encourage them to tell you about the activities we've completed in school.


Login: titus

Password: tigers


Here are some videos pertaining to what we have been learning recently in first grade:

Characters

Setting

Sequence

th, sh, and wh

ch

Counting Coins

Equivalent Coins


Check the Computer Lab Links page on our classroom website to find more fun learning games your child can practice at home.