FIRST GRADE FLASH

GARDEN OF LEARNING...January 29th

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CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS


FEBRUARY


2nd Groundhog’s Day

1st-5th School Counselor’s Week

4th Blizzard of Blend Day

5th The Three Little Pigs 9:30

5th PTO Bingo Night

9th 100th Day Of School-dress like 100

8th Report Cards on HAC

11th Valentine's Day Party

12th Lincoln’s Birthday

14th -20th Random Acts of Kindness

14th Valentine’s Day

12th and 15th No School President’s Holiday

February 17th Mrs. Arnold Science Curriculum

19th Mustang Meeting Dance Team will perform

22nd Washington’s Birthday

March 1st Pledge sheet due

March 4th PTO PASTA DINNER RESCHEDULED

DIGGING INTO ACADEMICS...

This week...

We had a week interrupted by snow...and we read about SNOW and penguins.

We read Tacky and The Emperor Penguin.

We learned words with ow and oa.
We learned about compound words.

We took a math unit test and started earning our belts in Kicking It.

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DIGGING DEEPER

Next Week ..
We will read Snow Surprise and Shadow in the Snow.
We will learn about tens and ones.
We will learn words with blends.
We will learn about Compound words.
We will read the Snowflake Man and Learn about Snowflake Bently.
We will perform Three Little Pigs.
We will do snow experiments.
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PASTA DINNER POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 4th






Valerie Singley

rvsings@ptd.net

484-614-5264 (mobile)

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Sign up for PTO BINGO February 5th

COMPOUND WORD DAY

We had an awesome compound word day...we saw necklaces, earphones, handbags, necktie, headbands, handcuffs, sunflower, lipstick, football, baseball, armpits, backbones, and so much more!!

BLIZZARD OF BLEND DAY

BRRRRR!!!! A cold front is blowing in and we are busy learning about winter and words with blends...On Thursday, February 4th a BLIZZARD of Blends is expected to freeze over our classroom. Please wear your scarf, gloves and sweater or sweatshirt and bring in an item that begins with a blend.

Acts of Kindness


Please fill your HEART TO HEART BAGS with a book, treat and drink so we can fill someone's heart with love!
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We had the most miniutes read in first grade over 7800 minutesw of reading! Great job!!!

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The Three Little Pigs

On Friday, February 5th our class will perform 5 different versions of the Three Little Pigs. Check out cute videos at Three Little Pigs Thinglink. Please RSVP!


Please look for scripts in their folders and have them read over their highlighted part at least 2 times when it comes home. They do not need to memorize the text...just read it fluently.

Three Little Pigs Reader's Theater

Friday, Feb. 5th, 9:30am

4068 North Fairview Street

Macungie, PA

Please join us on Friday, February 5th at 9:30 for Mrs. Arnold's First Grade Production of the Three Little Pigs performed by the students in room 12. Please RSVP and let me know how many will be attending.


Please Sign in...in the office and then report to Room 214.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Spelling List Tested on 2/8 BLENDS

snow
swim
slip
sled
fly
flipper
blubber
glide
snowman
snowflake
snowball

ow and oa words...will be tested on 2/1

low

row

tow

slow

grow

snow

road

soap

boat

coat

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We started practicing Kicking It Math Facts! Keep Practicing!!

STUDY math facts with +1 +2 +3

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Xtra Math

We are using a program called XtraMath to increase speed and accuracy in arithmetic. Each student is invited to spend a few minutes each day practicing math on a computer, tablet, or phone. If you would like to do XtraMath on a tablet or smartphone, look for XtraMath in the app store. The app costs $5. On a laptop or desktop computer, he/she can do XtraMath for free at xtramath.org.

How to Practice with your child...

Practice Sheets-When your child comes home with a practice sheet, have him/her erase any work from earlier that day. Then have him/her read each fact (not just the answer) aloud along with the answer. If you hear either the slightest hesitation or you child makes an error, give them extra practice by immediately giving your child the answer and asking him/her to repeat the problem and the answer again. Your child should then back up three problems and begin again. If there is no hesitation or mistake, be sure to praise your child. If you would like to have them practice writing the answers, wait at least an hour or try again in the morning. When working on memorizing facts, two short sessions with time in between is much more helpful than one very long session.

Flash Cards–When using flash cards with your child, use only 12 flash cards at a time (9 cards should be cards with facts that your child has already mastered. Brain research states that it is better to learn a small amount of new material mixed with a larger amount of mastered material. Cards are numbered at the bottom to let you know what order to switch new cards in. Start with the original 12. When your child is able to answer all 12 correctly in a cold read (the first time you practice), switch out #s 1-3 for #s 13-15. You will repeat this process each time switching out the oldest cards for newer ones as your child masters new facts. Do not rush to swap out cards, make sure your child has really mastered the facts. The old cards will go into a review deck which should be used every 4thtime you practice.

Spend about 2 to 3 minutes running through the cards. Your child should read each fact (not just the answer) aloud along with the answer. If you hear either the slightest hesitation or your child makes an error, give them extra practice by immediately giving your child the answer and asking him/her to repeat the problem and the answer again. Have your child repeat the fact and answer three more times. Put the card back three cards from the front so that your child has an opportunity to practice it again.

Math Fact Automaticity

What is Automaticity With Math Facts?

When students first begin learning math facts, they learn them to the level of accuracy –they are able to solve the problems correctly, if they take their time and concentrate. As they continue practicing, they develop fluency –the ability to solve problems quickly without making mistakes. The final stage is automaticity –students are able to solve problems quickly without errors and without much conscious attention. A student who has automaticity with math facts is able to perform other tasks at the same time (problem solving, multi-step problems, etc.). Students who have automaticity in decoding are able to read flashcards of the word without even thinking about it. Likewise, a student who has automaticity with math facts can’t help but to say the answer when they see the math fact.

Students who lack automaticity with math facts often complete higher leveled math problems riddled with tiny computation errors. These errors stem from not knowing their math facts to the level of automaticity. The student can either focus on the steps of the math problem, or focus on solving the math fact correctly, but they can’t do both. Helping students learn math facts to automaticity will improve their ability to learn and retain higher order math skills because they won’t be distracted with remembering their math facts.

How this program works: Rather than the usual sequence of learning math facts by factor (all the ones, fives, nines, etc.), this program introduces 2 new facts (and their reverses) per sheet so that students do not have too many to learn at a time. Students often fail to learn their facts because they are asked to learn too much at one time. When facts are introduced too quickly, students begin to confuse what they have already learned with newly introduced facts.

In addition, some of the more difficult facts are introduced midway through the sequence rather than at the end so that students have more time to work with them. Research seems to indicate that students often have more difficulty with these facts because they don’t have as much time to work with them, and they are learned late in the sequence when students have more facts they are trying to keep track of.

TOP TURTLE...Liam

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Click the links below for resources for to help at home.

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