Crittenden's Corner

Dates to Remember

*Friday, December 5- SPIRIT DAY: Claxton Colors

*Monday, December 8- Midterms Go Home

*Monday, December 8- PVA Family Night (5:30-7:00PM)

*Friday, December 12- Claxton Holiday Meal (our revised lunch is 10:55-11:25 AM)

*Friday, December 12- SPIRIT DAY: Pajama Day

*Thursday, December 18- Winter Concert (6:00-7:00PM)

*Friday, December 19- SPIRIT DAY: Claxton Colors

*December 20-January 4, 2015- Holiday Break :)

Upcoming Birthdays

December 8- Jamaron Shelton-Harris

Claxton December Holiday Lunch

I cannot believe it is already December! I loved seeing so many loved ones come out for the November Holiday lunch. Our December Holiday Lunch is next Friday, December 12th! Our class will have a revised lunch time of 10:55-11:25. A BLUE form came home with Thursday folders asking for the number of NON-STUDENTS attending. I am also sending a copy of this form home with students tomorrow. Please return this form to me no later than Wednesday, December 10th! The meal will be a traditional holiday meal: sliced ham, macaroni & cheese, green beans, sliced carrots, rolls and apple crisp. The price for a NON-STUDENT plate will be \$5. Please do not send any money with your lunch count since you will be paying at the register! I look forward to seeing all of my students' loved ones! :)

What We Are Learning in First Grade

Math : The kids have done so well with subtraction! They have learned different ways to solve a subtraction problem (drawing a picture, using a number line, counting back) and can now use any of these strategies to solve simple subtraction problems. This coming week, we will be learning about fact families and how they relate to subtraction. A fact family are three numbers that are related, just as people that are in families are related. They can make a set of related math facts. Knowing these math fact families will help with your child develop fluency for solving simple addition and subtraction problems. If you would like some additional resources to help your child with this concept, just let me know :)

Fundations: We are starting UNIT 7 of Fundations! I am so proud of the progress that I am seeing with the students' spelling and ability to decode words in a connected text! In Unit 7, we will be introducing 8 more glued sounds (ANG, ING, ONG, UNG, ANK, INK, ONK, UNK). Each letter in the glued sounds has an individual sound, but because they are so close together, they often sound close together or glued together! Students will learn how to write and read words with these glued sounds during this unit! Our homework for this unit will be 3 weeks long, as it is a 3 week long unit. As always, if you have ANY questions about the Fundations homework, please let me know.

Reading: WOW! The past 15 school days, the kids and I have been working hard on the launching lessons for the Daily 5. The Daily 5 is a structure that will allow students to work on their independent reading and writing. I am so proud of our class- we have built up our reading stamina and now can read and write for 15 minutes at a time! During the next couple of weeks, we will be learning about major story elements (character, setting, problem/solution, main events).

Writing: We will begin to learn about how we can write "all about" or informational pieces on subjects that we are interested in! We will continue to work on aspects of informational writing for the remainder of the month.

Social Studies: This month we will be learning about the different holidays and celebrations in cultures around the world during this time of year. This will be a great opportunity for the kids to recognize the similarities and differences in countries and cultures all around the world! We will be learning about the history of the celebrations or holiday, the countries or cultures from which it originated, and how these celebrations are similar or different from the students' own celebrations or holidays.

Science: This month, we will be focusing on force of motion! Students will learn definitions for push, pull, force, and motion. They will be scientist participating in several hands on activities that will reinforce the concept of force and motion.