This Week in Room 108

Weekly Happenings in Miss Quaresima's First Grade Class

Week of April 7 - 11, 2014

Dates that Rate

April 8 - Phillies/Baseball Day - Wear your favorite Phillies or baseball shirt

April 11 - Young Author's Day - Brian Floca visits Titus!

April 11 - Guys and Dolls Dance 7:00 PM

April 17 - Early Dismissal @ 11:55 am - Don't forget to pack a snack

April 18 - No School for Students

April 16 - April 23 Portfolio Conference Days - Check our sign up sheet for your date and time!

Phillies Day!

In honor of tomorrow's Phillies home opener, students are encouraged to wear their favorite Phillies shirt to school tomorrow!

If your child isn't a Phillies fan, feel free to wear any baseball themed shirt, or just red, white, and blue!

Portfolio Conferences

Thank you for signing up for your child's portfolio conference. The sign- up window will remain open for any last minute changes until tomrorrow, Tuesday, April 8th.

I will be sending home the final schedule in your child's Wednesday folder this Wednesday, April 9th.

I look forward to discussing your child's progress with you at his/her conference!

Request for Tissues

We are down to our final few boxes of tissues!

If you are willing to donate another box of tissues to our classroom, we would greatly appreciate it!!

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.

For the remainder of the year, our weekly word wall words will be included on our Friday spelling tests. The words will always be available on the wall; the children will need to locate them and spell them correctly.

This week's word wall words are:

done, people, keep, some, would


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:

walk, talk, stall, small, because, pause

The challenge words are:

stalk, fault

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

Shared Reading

In reading this week, we are reading the story The Ugliest Dog in the World. While reading, we will learn to use visualization to make pictures in our brains. Good readers visualize what happens in a story when they find a spot that makes them wonder. Visualizing helps us use what we already know about a topic so that we better understand the story we are reading. Our fluency focus this week will be metaphors. We will learn how authors compare one thing to another to make the story more interesting.

Everyday Math

We will continue unit 8 this week. We will practice counting up to make change when buying items from our math journal store.

Last week, we started counting a combination of dollars and cents this week. We learned how many quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies are equivalent to 1 dollar. We also practiced writing money amounts using dollar and cent notation.


This week in writing, the students will be completing their spring writing prompt, "I went..."

The students will also be reflecting on their learning so far in first grade. Our reflections will be shared in our portfolios.

Writing - Sentences

We are continuing to focus on writing complete sentences. This week we answered the question, "What do sentences need?"

Sentences need to be a complete thought. This means our sentences must have:

1 - A capital letter

2 - Good spacing

3 - A subject or noun (who or what the sentence is about)

4 - A predicate or verb (the action word or "being" word - is, was)

5 - Ending punctuation

We have also been checking our five star writing:

1 - My sentences are written neatly.

2 - All sentences start with a capital letter.

3 - I use finger spaces between my words.

4 - I spell word wall words correctly.

5 - My sentences having ending punctuation . ? !

When your child writes at home, remind them to use a complete thought and 5 Star Writing!!

In the Computer Lab...

Microsoft Word

Over the past few weeks in the computer lab, the first grade students have been learning how to use Microsoft Word. The students have been practicing the following skills:

  • capitalizing the first letter in their name
  • typing spelling words
  • using the 'enter' button to move to a new line
  • using the 'backspace' button to remove mistakes
  • formatting of the text including color, size, and font
  • printing their finished work to the appropriate printer

We will share our technology skills during your child's spring conference.