This Week in Room 105

Weekly Happenings in Miss Quaresima's First Grade Class

Week of April 22 - 26, 2013


Welcome to the new edition of our classroom newsletter! Just like my weekly emails, our newsletter will share what we are learning in first grade and special events happening at Titus. Each week, I will send an email with the link to our newsletter, similar to the Tiger Times.

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April Dates that Rate

April 26 - Titus Walk for the American Cancer Society 2 pm

April 30 - Talent Show Auditions 3:30 - 4:40


Gym on Tuesday - Don't forget your sneakers!!

Library on Wednesday - Please return all library books to school on time!

School Supplies - Some of our school supplies are beginning to run out. Please talk to your child to see if they need new supplies. Most children have been running out of glue sticks, dry erase markers, and crayons.

Box Tops for Education

Keep sending in those box tops! The Rita’s Water Ice challenge continues through the end of the year! The class with the most box tops collected will win a Rita’s Water Ice Party!!

In School this Week...

Word Wall

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.

This week's word wall words are: done, people, would, keep, some.

For the remainder of the year, our weekly word wall words will be included on our Friday spelling tests. The words will always be available on the wall; the children will need to locate them and spell them correctly. Please practice these words at home with your child.


A list of spelling words will come home each Monday in your child’s homework folder. There will be 6 new spelling words each week and 2 challenge words. The spelling words are chosen based on our Word Sort for the week.

This week’s spelling words are: fast, had, jog, drop, box, sock.

The challenge words are: grass, has.

Please practice these words at home with your child. There will be a spelling test on Friday!!

Shared Reading

In reading this week, we are reading the story Something From Nothing. We will discuss how good readers pay attention to what the author says about the characters. We will watch as the characters grow in the story, and will make connections to our own family relationships, just like Joseph and his grandfather’s relationship. While reading we will identify and practice R-controlled vowels; possessive words using apostrophe – s; and proper nouns.

Everyday Math

In math this week, we will continue our study of fractions as we discuss how to share equally with others. We will also practice identifying the fractions 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4.

We will also be reviewing for our unit 8 math test, which will be on Friday, April 26th.


This week we will compare poetry to other forms of writing. We will create a spring acrostic poem using words that describe springtime. We will also read and write poems about the weather.

In the Computer Lab...

Learning to Type

The first graders have recently been experimenting with Microsoft Word.

We have been learning to:

  • type spelling words
  • change the font of words
  • change the color of words
  • change the size of words
  • use the highlighting tool
  • change the format of words (bold, italics, underline)

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Here are some videos pertaining to what we have been learning recently in first grade:

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