This Week in Room 108

Weekly Happenings in Miss Quaresima's First Grade Class

Week of February 15 - 19, 2016

February Dates that Rate

February 19 - BINGO Night - SOLD OUT!
February 29 - Last Day for Book Swap Donations

March 1 - Chick-Fil-a Spirit Night
March 2 - Read Across Titus Day
March 8 - Home and School Meeting 7pm
March 9 - 1st Grade Spotlight on the Arts

First Grade in Review

We have been very busy here in Room 108! It's hard to believe we've already started the 3rd marking period.

The first graders are working hard to become better readers and writers. In our journals, we are working on writing stories using a beginning, middle, and ending structure. The students have been using signal words such as "First, Next, Then, and Last," to show the sequence of their stories. In reading, we've been working on building our reading fluency by chunking phrases and reading smoothly. We are also working on changing our reading expression to sound like we are telling a story and not just reading words. We've been practicing words with -ck endings and words with that sneaky e hanging on the end. We've been identifying place value, and have been solving addition and subtraction number stories. In Social Studies, we have started our study of geography and maps. Google Earth is an exciting tool for finding locations such as our school, then zooming out to see North America and notice how small we really are in this big, big world.

Read Across Titus Day - March 2nd

I am very excited to report that Titus will be hosting its 4th annual book swap as part of our Read Across America Day celebration the first week in March.

We are looking for donations of gently used children’s books for the swap. Every student will attend the swap and get to choose books to take home. The more donations we get, the more books each child gets to choose. If you have a moment to go through your books, we would certainly appreciate the donation. You can start sending them in right away. Thank you!!!!

When sorting through your books at home, please be aware of the following criteria:

*Books should be gently used without missing or frayed pages.

*Both soft and hardback books will be accepted.

*Please send in books at your child’s grade level.

*Both fiction and non-fiction books are appreciated.

*Chapter books for older students are encouraged.

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.

Check the Word Wall section of our classroom website for a list of our word wall words.

This week's word wall words are:
can't, don't, other, quick, really, off

Shared Reading

In reading this week, we are reading the story Animals in Hiding by Melvin Berger. We will discuss the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts. We will also practice making "I wonder..." statements. These statements help us build comprehension skills by thinking about why something is happening as we read. Our phonics focus this week will be adding endings such as -s, -ed, and -ing to words. We will also identify verbs as action words.

When reading at home, be sure to have your child talk to you about the characters, setting (where and when), the problem the character has, and the solution to the character’s problem. It is also great to practice making connections. Model for your child how a book reminded you of something else, then have your child share a connection with you. In first grade, we practice making connections to things in our own lives, making connections to the world around us, and making connections to other books we have read.

Ask Me About:
At the end of this week, ask me to tell you about verbs. Create a list of verbs with me.

Everyday Math

In math we have been learning how to collect equivalent names for numbers. For example, 5 is the same as 2 + 3, 4 + 1, 5 + 0, N, PPPPP, and 6 – 1, and five tally marks.

This week we will also be practicing fact families using dominoes and fact triangles. A fact family is made up of three numbers and consists of 2 addition and 2 subtraction facts. For example, the numbers 2, 3, 5 would make the family 2 + 3 = 5, 3 + 2 = 5 (the turn-around fact), 5 – 3 = 2, and 5 – 2 = 3. We will learn that when you subtract you always use the larger number first to write the fact.

Later this week we will learn how to count quarters!

Ask Me About:
Pick a number between five and twenty. Ask me to show you all the different ways I can name that number.

Later this week, give me the numbers 4, 6, and 10. Ask me to write a fact family for those numbers. (4+6=10. 6+4=10, 10-6=4. 10-4=6)

Language Arts - Nouns

Over the past few weeks we have been learning about nouns in first grade. We learned that a noun names a person, place, animal or thing. We have also discussed proper nouns and plural nouns.

Go on a noun hunt around your house. What makes the each item you find a noun? Is it a person? a place? a thing? Is it a proper noun? Is it a plural noun?

Ask Me About:
Ask me to tell you a plural noun. What do you add to the end of a plural noun?
Ask me to tell you a proper noun. What do all proper nouns need?

Social Studies

To accompany our map unit in social studies, the students have been creating their own books based on the story Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney. The students will create maps of their bedrooms, houses, city, state, country, and planet.

This week we will also learn about President's Day. The students will read non-fiction books and learn facts about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Ask Me About:
Ask me to tell you about a map key. How does a map key help people read maps?
Ask me about the compass rose. What do the letters N, S, E, and W stand for?

BrainPop Jr.

The Titus Home and School association has purchased a one year license for BrainPOP, which is a very interactive online source for virtually every subject and topic associated with our elementary curriculum. We are now able to access BrainPOP, BrainPOPjr, and BrainPOP Español for both home and school.

In First Grade, we use the BrainPOPjr site at several times a week. Please visit the site with your children at home and encourage them to tell you about the activities we've completed in school.

Login: titus

Password: tigers

Check the Computer Lab Links page on our classroom website to find more fun learning games your child can practice at home.