Room 18 News

Upcoming Dates

Avers Dine and Donate PTO Fund Raiser December 15-19th
Furry Friend Drive to Benefit the Monroe County Humane Society through December 18
School Wide Field Trip to see Shrek December 18th
Quarter Ends: December 19
Winter Break: December 22 to January 2
Classes Resume: January 5th
Report Cards come home: January 9th


Monday, Dec. 8th, 3:30pm to Thursday, Dec. 18th, 12pm

Rogers School Drop off in Room 18

Our community service project for this season is helping the Bloomington Humane Society by having a Furry Friend Drive. We are collecting new bags of :

· dog food -(Purina or better)– dye free dry or canned

· cat food– (Purina or better)– dye free dry or canned

· dog and cat treats

· dog or Cat toys

· e.g. catnip and washable cat toys

· Kongs or Nyla brand dog toys

· cat litter-not the clumping kind

· towels-clean- old or new

· spare change

Our Week

Dear Families,

Our work this week has followed our pet theme. Students are researching a pet of their choice to write a research guide. We dove in to books and internet searches to help up gather information about caring for our pets. We’re working on our books in sections: interesting facts, a science drawing with labels, diet, movement and behavior. We're practicing reading for information and taking quick notes to help us write our paragraphs next week.

Following our theme of furry friends, our workjobs have had a pet theme. We worked with the book White House Pets. This book tells about all of the varied and odd pets that have lived in the White House. Students worked to identify the main idea of the book and write a brief summary. They worked to identify the animals named in the book and to tell one detail about that animal. They worked to sort animals into categories two different ways. The first time, we sorted the animals in a T-chart into three groups: normal pets, farm animals and zoo animals. The second time, we sorted the animals into a Venn Diagram: lays eggs and has four legs. We’ve been working on learning to distinguish (and clarify some confusion) the difference between a possessive s and plural s in our sign-ins. The book White House Pets gave us a number of opportunities to work with the plural possessive s. To quote a first grader “There sure are a lot of different esses!”

We continue with our daily sign in. Students sign in by reading a sentence on the board, finding the mistakes and writing the sentence correctly. Currently, we are working on identifying question words: who, what, when, why, where, how, does, did and so on that would give a clue as to what the punctuation at the end of the sentence should be. In our sign ins this week, I am writing an answer on the sign in (e.g. The teacher.) and the student try to write a question that could have that answer (e.g. Who made this mess?). We are also working on identifying and writing proper nouns with a capital letter, spelling common sight words correctly and identifying nouns, verbs and adjectives.

In reading, we continue to work on developing our prosody or fluency. As experienced readers, we use punctuation automatically. We read a story and use the punctuation to make meaning of the text. For beginning readers, learning to read in phrases is important. The meaning of the test is embedded in a chunk of words, not just in isolated words themselves. The order and the way words are put together in a text, creates the meaning. I am encouraging your child to compare the reading of text to spoken language. When reading text aloud does it have the intonation and prosody we hear in every day conversation with others? In first grade terms, we want to read like we talk. We use strategies as readers so we don’t sound like a robot. We use a storyteller’s voice. We read the punctuation and we practice.

Our binder poems provide us with great opportunity to practice our fluidity. They are familiar pieces so we don’t need to focus on decoding and can focus on the rhythm and flow of the language. You can help your child at home with this strategy is several ways. Read aloud a segment of text to your child. Model how you control your voice to go up and down. Highlight punctuation in the text and discuss what your voice did when you came to the punctuation. It may even help to read it once without intonation or attention to punctuation to see what differences your child is able to notice. Using a pencil, underline a phrase in a sentence and model how the words are said together without a pause. Have your child repeat this phrase for you a few different times until fluency is attained. Give your child a highlighter and ask him/her to highlight all punctuation in a portion of text. Then, go through the text with your child, talking about what their voice should do at each highlighted spot. Finish by having your child read the excerpt aloud.

In Math, we are working on expanding our number sense and understanding of place value. We started making number scrolls as we explore patterns found in numbers. We're using base 10 blocks to help us visual numbers and increase our fluidity adding and subtracting mentally. We're practicing telling time to the hour and half hour and have quarter hours with the expressions quarter past and quarter to . We learned a new game to help us counting coins called Spin and Count. Using a spinner with coin pictures and our took kit coins, children spin and take the amount and add it up. After five spins, the person with the greatest total wins.

We continue our community service project with a food drive for the Bloomington Humane Society. We will be collecting: dog and cat food (dye free, Purina or better) cat litter (non-clumping), towels (clean, old or new), dog toys (Kyla or Nyla brand), catnip and washable cat toys until December 18th. If you’d like to participate you may send items in with your student or just drop them off in Room 18.

Have a great weekend!

Laura B.