Mrs. Kelley's 1st Grade Class Newsletter
I hope everyone is enjoying the long Labor Day weekend! Next week is a short week with no school on Monday. Your kids are settling in and learning everyday. Our class has wonderful manners and we receive compliments on our behavior everyday from other teachers that see our class in the hallway and restrooms. WOW!! Good job!
Here is the link https://www.smore.com/bvb5w to the 1st Grade Team Newsletter so you can see what curriculum all first graders will cover this week.
Please click the links for several short videos we will use this week at school. We will focus on vowels and consonants during phonics lessons. Kids can review these videos everyday to practice and learn!
What Do The Letters Say? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtbL3byFa18
Nessy Phonics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t6Buu9a0KM
The Vowel Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR-BLFZyAWs
There is still time if you would like to order books from Scholastic. Our order code is MH9F6. All orders can be made online. The deadline to order is September 8th. Click the link if you are interested. https://clubs2.scholastic.com/
You are welcome to join your child for lunch beginning September 14th.
Remember kids need to have tennis shoes for P.E. days. Thank you!
SPECIALS THIS WEEK:
Mon: No School
Kids work on Independent Reading EVERY day in 1st grade!
Our Reading Block is called "Daily 5." Kids will eventually have 2 or 3 rotations to choose from 5 different literacy activities, with "READ TO SELF" being mandatory each day. Kids are currently practicing Read To Self and choosing their own books.
Each day we graph how long the entire class can stay focused on their books. The first day was two minutes. As of Friday, Sept. 4th, the kids had built their reading stamina up to 16 minutes!! That's an eternity in 1st grade world! GREAT JOB!
The kids worked on building their stamina everyday. I told them when they had built their reading stamina up to 8 minutes, we could sit in cozy spots around the classroom.
Kids find a comfortable nook or rug and spend time practicing reading. Sometimes it helps to STRETCH OUT!!
Books and Buddies
Having a little "buddy" to read with adds a bit of fun to learning.
Students are working on addition strategies.
Using counters to set up addition problems.
Showing different ways to make six!
Playing games to reinforce math addition concepts.
Shake and Spill!
Shake up the counters, spill them out, set up an addition equation, record your math sentence.
Working together makes learning more meaningful and certainly more FUN!
This week we learned how scientists use observations. Kids practiced "observing" by looking at a partner's face without talking for one minute. They were looking for colors and shapes.
What colors do you see? What shapes?
Observing and Sharing
After observing their friend, students share their observations with the class.
Student of the Month
Each month at Homestead, teachers choose one boy and one girl from each grade level that displays outstanding citizenship. This first month of school the Specials teachers chose the exemplary students. I am VERY proud that one of our very own Kelley's Kids was awarded this honor. She is smiling so BIG and she did a great job on the morning announcements!
Our class has a compliment jar that we fill with FUZZBALLS for each compliment. Well our class filled that jar up SO QUICK! We had a cookie party on Friday to celebrate.
The view from my easel...
This is my favorite part of the day...seeing these sweet faces and teaching them new things. Here they are talking with partners about a story we just read. Thanks for having such great kids!