Crittenden's Corner

Weekly Updates from Room 158

Week of September 22-26, 2014

Dates to Remember

*Monday, September 22nd- Mid-Terms Come Home- please sign and return!

*After School Arts Classes Start Next Week!

*This TUESDAY, September 23rd, is our Annual Open House. Please note the change from last week's update below!

*September 25th- Our first field trip to Elida Corn Maze! Please make sure your child has comfortable walking shoes and a jacket :)

*September 26th- NO SCHOOL- Parent Teacher Conference Day!

*October 3rd- SPIRIT DAY- Tacky Day

*October 10th

  • SPIRIT DAY: Claxton Colors!
  • Individual and Class Pictures
  • FALL CARNIVAL from 5-8PM :)

Upcoming Birthdays!

October 1st- Ben Parchuk

October 17th- Ms. Crittenden

Open House


I would love to see each and every one of you at our Fall Open House next Tuesday, September 23rd! The NEW times are as follows:

  • 5:30- Title 1 Meeting in the Gymnatorium- All Families who attend are entered a drawing to win a $50 Ingles Gift Card!
  • 6:00-6:45 OR 6:45-7:30- Join me in our classroom, room 158, to talk about what we will be studying in first grade this year, MCLASS, Fundations, upcoming field trips and more! Each family who attends will receive a homework pass for their child :)

Fall Carnival!

Please join us on Friday, October 10th from 5:30-8:30 for our Fall Carnival! There will be a cake walk, booths that have fun fall activities (our class and Ms. Gebhard's class will be sharing a booth), a Haunted House put on by the 4th and 5th graders to raise money for their field trips, music, face painting and more! I would love to see each of you there! :)

**If you would like to help out at our booth, please let me know! Help would be greatly appreciated :)

What Are We Studying in First Grade

  • Math- We are still focusing on addition and number fluency for numbers within 20. We studied number bonds: a visual that helps the child see that two small addends equal a sum. Next week I will be teaching them to pick out two different ways to make a number bond to create a sum. For example, how many different ways can you make 7? We will be working with the number bond visual to help the students with this concept. You can help reinforce this by helping your child draw out different ways to make a number less than or equal to 10!
  • Fundations- This week we will be starting Unit 3 in Fundations. Over the next two weeks, we will be learning about consonant digraphs! A consonant digraph is two consonants that go together to make one sound such as "s" and "h" together make the sound of /sh/.
  • Reading- Our reading groups have started! This week we will be working on answering and asking questions about non-fiction texts, discussing the differences between fiction and non-fiction, and working on retelling a story.
  • Writing- We have been working on what makes a complete sentence and what is an incomplete sentence. Students made a "sentence buddy" to help them remember the components of a complete sentence! This week we will be putting together what we learned about sentences; students will be working on creating short stories focusing on tiny moments, making sure to include what they have learned about complete sentences in their work!
  • Social Studies- We will be continuing our study of where we live in the world and communties. We eventually want to have children understand that different communities around the world have similarities and differences. In order to achieve that, they first have to understand what goes on in their own community! We will be having several people from our community come discuss how they help the community with the class over the next couple of weeks.
  • Science- This week we will be working on how a scientist OBSERVES. We learned this key word last week and studied a cookie (the kids had a blast). Students will get a chance to observe pieces of crazy fruit and note smells, colors, looks and even tastes in their science notebooks!

Be looking for more updates next week! :)