Mrs. Mitchell's First Grade Class

Happy New Year!

What Have We Been Doing?

  • We finished our Pebbles, Sand and Silt unit. Their work should have already come home in a stapled packet. The geologists culminated the unit by making clay beads, then stringing them. We found that clay dries quickly when exposed to the air, so the students had to work pretty fast!
  • In literacy over the past weeks we have focused on words that ended in /ng/ words that had the /or/ sound in them, and most recently words that contain /ch/.
  • In mathematics, our unit revolves around helping children "see" the tens and ones in 2-digit numbers. For example, 27 is 2 groups of 10 and 7 ones. Our Math Expressions program uses special drawings of 10-sticks to show tens, and circles to show ones. The goal is to help your student learn place value. 52 would look like this:

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  • Social studies has us talking about services and goods. It takes some practice to figure it out, but if asked, our book defines "goods" as things people grow or make and "services" as jobs people do to help others. "Producer" and "Consumer" also are new vocabulary words.
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Show Your True Colors

As you know, each month each teacher chooses a new "Peacemaker". Some children get very disappointed when they are not chosen. I think I may have written about the attributes Stowe School teachers are looking for, but here they are again. If you can "catch" your child displaying these characteristics, you can tell them they are practicing for the Peacemaker Award: 1. Citizenship 2. Caring 3. Fairness 4. Responsibility 5. Respect 6. Trustworthiness

Last But Not Least....Conferences coming up on Tuesday Jan.26 and Thursday, Jan.28

Please watch for conference slips this week. The time you were given was based upon the information you gave us last Fall, as to what would work the best. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again. Report cards will be handed out during these conferences.