Team 7 First Grade News
Together we achieve great things!
September 28, 2015
The little people in Room 7 are “great and getting greater!” Each and every child is displaying "super character." Our classroom is alive with first graders spontaneously engaging in thoughtful conversations about books, collaboratively exploring solutions to problems, and best of all empowering each other to be the best they can be. Believe me; it just doesn’t get any better!
Our Week in Review
In our quest to be strong readers, the children have pledged to read every day and read everything in sight as they go about their daily lives. We are learning reading strategies; tools we can use to help us read words. Just as builders have tools to help them construct buildings, readers have their very own special toolbox to help them figure out tricky words. Reading is a magical and yet complex process in which the child must use decoding strategies while holding onto the meaning of the text. When we equip children with the correct tools or strategies, they challenge themselves to read and understand higher-level text. They read with passion!
Reading is a special thing
The words that I have read
They do not stay inside the book
They stay inside my head.
Super Readers Calendar
Your child will be participating in an exciting reading incentive program starting in the month of October. All your child needs to do is spend 15 minutes or more a day reading, either independently or being read to by an adult. After each reading session, he or she asks an adult to initial the date on the monthly calendar and record the number of minutes read. At the end of the month, please add up the total number of minutes/hours and send the completed calendar into school. All children who reached the reading goal will receive recognition for their outstanding effort. In the very near future, the children will be able to bring home just right leveled books from our classroom library. Every minute spent reading can be calculated and recorded as reading minutes. Please keep the reading calendar in a safe, easily accessible place.
Children really do learn to read by reading. Reading is a time of peace, of adventure, of exploration, of just enjoying a good story. Thank you for making reading a priority. Please remember to initial your child's reading calendar each night.
We are writers!
We are winding down on our first math unit. On Tuesday, October 6th, we will have a math assessment. I will be sending home two activity sheets that serve as excellent practice reviews and confidence boosters.
The children have been working hard to build their number sense and practice counting skills.
Unit 1 Math Targeted Skills:
· Counting by 1’s, 2’s, and 5’s
· Counting objects (like pennies)by 2’s and 5’s
· Writing numbers that come before and after
· Comparing numbers (finding the larger number)
· Writing numbers from 0 to 10
· Using tally marks to show a number
· Writing a number to match a set of tally marks
*Check out the on-line resources at www.everydaymathonline.com.
More Exciting Adventures
Thank you for all you do!
Have a wonderful week,