This Week in Room 108
Weekly Happenings in Miss Quaresima's First Grade Class
November 10 - 14, 2014
Dates that Rate
November 3 - 14:
- Operation Santa (see below for more information)
November 10 - 21:
- Titus Food Drive (see below for more information)
- Veteran's Day Assembly
- Happy Birthday Cade!!
- Happy Birthday Emma!!
- PAWs for Pride Assembly
- Home & School Mother & Son Magic Show - 7 pm
- Reporting Documents available on Parent Portal
November 24 - 28:
- Thanksgiving Recess - No School
- Fall Reporting Conferences - View the schedule here
Wednesdays - Wear your sneakers for P.E.
Fridays - Bring your library books back to school
Box Tops - Keep sending in your box tops! Click here for more information!
The November winner will be announced soon!
This year we hope to send a bit of the holidays to those in the armed forces. Please help us by donating the following items between November 3rd - November 14th. Boxes will be in the rotunda for you to drop off your donations . . . Thank you!
- K- 3rd grade: Hot Chocolate, Snack Bars & Fruit Snacks
- 4th - 6th grades: Playing Cards, Travel-size amenities, Frisbees, Footballs, Sporting goods, etc..
Titus Food Drive
As the holidays approach, Titus is once again collecting various food items for families in our community. Our annual Food Drive will run from November 10th - 21st.
First graders are asked to bring in cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, and canned veggies. Please send the donations to school with your child.
Every little bit goes a long way in giving our families a warm and happy holiday season.
Fall parent/teacher conferences are being held on Monday, November 24th.
Click here to view our conference sign-up sheet.
Please make a note of your pre-selected time and plan to arrive about 5 minutes before your conference time. I am looking forward to discussing your child’s progress with you.
In School this Week...
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.
You will see a sheet of word wall cards come home in your child's homework folder every Monday. Please practice these words with your child at home. Check the Word Wall section of our classroom website for a list of our word wall words.
This week's word wall words are:
boy, his, give, put, there
A list of spelling words came home today in your child’s homework folder. There will be 8 new spelling words each week including two more challenging words. The spelling words are chosen based on our Word Sort focus for the week.
Check the Spelling section of our classroom website for a list of our spelling words.
This week's spelling words are:
chin, chip, chug, shin, ship, shot, cheese, shirt
In reading this week, we are reading the story, Time for Bed. Our phonics focus this week will be identifying beginning and ending consonant digraphs such as –ch, -sh, -wh, -th. Our shared reading focus this week is making connections to the text while reading. We will practice making connections from the book to ourselves (text-to-self), from the book to another book (text-to-text), and from the book to the world around us (text-to-world).
This is a great skill to practice at home. After reading with your child, ask your child to tell you a connection he/she has to the story. For example, "This story reminds me of _____ because in the story ______." In class we have discussed that the story Time for Bedreminds us of our parents tucking us in at bedtime because in the story the animal parents tuck in the baby animals.
This week in math the students will complete an end of the marking period skills assessment to show how much they have learned this year. We will be practicing skip counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, and up and back by 1s. We will also practice counting and exchanging pennies and nickels as well as writing and counting tally marks. Please continue to practice these important skills with your child.
This week we will also learn about adding using dominoes. Counting the dots on dominoes is a great visual tool for teaching addition! At the end of the week we will review for our math test. The unit 3 math test will be on Friday!! Please note that there will be two unit 3 math review pages coming home for homework. This test tends to be a little more tricky than the our first two tests.
On Monday, the first graders will attend a Veteran's Day assembly. We will learn about the men and women who have served our country. We will also create holiday cards as part of Operation Santa.
Later this week, we will read about Squanto. We will write facts about who he was and how he helped the Pilgrims during the first Thanksgiving. Look for our Squanto projects hanging in the halls next week!
In the Computer Lab...
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 http://www.brainpopjr.com/ 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.
Here are some videos pertaining to what we have been learning recently in first grade:
Check the Computer Lab Links page on our classroom website to find more fun learning games your child can practice at home.