Mrs. Nelson's 1st Grade News!
Week of January 11th
Happy New Year!
You may be wondering why I chose a beach background this week... ha! Well, I am headed to Cancun on Thursday as my best friend is getting married and I am a bridesmaid! Don't worry, my substitute is amazing, and a long time friend of mine. I will only be gone on Thursday and Friday. I told the kiddos today, mostly because the commented on my painted nails and asked why I looked to "nice"... ha! I guess that is a rarity. Anyway, I have a lot of things planned this week so please check below, as always, for important information.
Important Notes For This Week!
- Please remember to look over your child's take home folder and initial nightly. :) In addition, please also take a moment to look over any papers that come home and take out anything that doesn't need to come back. :)
- Please also remember to help keep track of your kiddos reading minutes (100 per week) on their reading log each week. Remember they can read the baggy book they bring home every day as well as any other reading material. Reading to them counts as well!
- This week we will be having homework and a spelling test. Homework came home today and includes spelling, reading, and math. It is due on Friday like normal. The spelling test will be on Friday, like normal, also.
-"Graded Work"- Please look through your child's folder nightly and discuss any work that does come home. We are now at the point of writing at least 4 solid complete sentences. We are focusing on a topic sentence, 2 details, and then a closing/ending. If there is a paper marked "unfinished", please discuss using working time wisely. :) If you notice that your child is having trouble with a specific area, please take this opportunity to discuss the work with them to have another chance to practice. :)
- I am working on developing and perfecting a new behavior/reward program that I intend to start putting into effect the week after next. :) I think the kiddos are really going to like it, and it is going to help us grow as a classroom community as well as work on responsibility skills even more. I am pretty excited to get it up and running. When I do get it all together, I will be sending out more information so you can understand what changes will be taking place. :)
- Middle of the Year progress forms will be coming home by the end of January. Here you will be able to see a good "snapshot" of your child's progress so far this year. This information will include reading level, istation reading scores, as well as math information. I am currently having conference with each and ever student to personally let them know how they are doing in regards to achieving their goals. I am SO proud of each and every one of them and how far they have come this year so far. You will be AMAZED as the progress they have made, especially in their reading levels!
- You may have noticed that you child has new "levels" written on their book bag. This is because they have gone UP, and are now able to choose from a more challenging set of books. Please continue to encourage your child to bring a new book home nightly. They know they are to change out their books each morning!
- Wednesday is "Testing Day" for the older grades, so our schedule will be a tad different that day. If you were thinking of bringing your child lunch on Wednesday, please plan for another day. :)
- Please don't forget, Friday is and Early Release day. School will be dismissed at noon this Friday!
What Are We Learning?
- identifying and reading high frequency words
- decoding words
- forming letters (handwriting)
- writing legibly
- matching sounds to letters
- writing- at least 4 complete sentences (beginning, 2 details, end)
- story comprehension, story structure, and retelling a story (beginning, middle, and end), summarizing, main idea, author's purpose, retelling, and plot! We are also talking about making predictions and drawing conclusions!
- review of long and short vowel sounds (a, i, o, and u) and the various spelling patterns they go with
- sentence punctuation and capitalization
- We are really starting to "chunk" words we don't know in order to help us sound them out. This basically means we look for parts we know; word families, blends, diagraphs, etc.
-word families: "ill" and "all"
- reading comprehension: comparing and contrasting
- Understanding that the equal sign represents a relationship where expressions on each side of the equal sign represent the same value
- A closer look at time, money, and graphing.
- We will observe and record changes in the appearance of objects in the sky such as clouds, the Moon, and the stars; including the sun.
- We will also learn what a fable is and begin to read examples and identify possible morals/themes in them while making connections to our own lives.
You will notice that beginning this week, spelling words will not follow the word family pattern that they have been. Instead, they will be a review of the common sounds and spelling patterns we have learned thus far. This week, the focus is "ck".
Sight Words: (Please add these to the baggy for continued practice. :)