Mrs. Nagel's 1st Grade Newsletter

October 31st, 2014

November 3-7th

End of the quarter is November 6th! All updates to progress and attendance need to be made by 12:00 noon! Please be sure to File Share your students October assignments (due Nov. 3rd) no later than November 6th!

Quarter GOAL = 25%

Book-It started in October! Please scan and include your child’s reading calendar with your November assignments. I will be sending Pizza Hut coupons to the students I receive the Book-It calendars for. Remember to read with your child 20 minutes every day (even if you’re not participating in the Book It Pizza Hut program, students still need to submit a reading calendar).

No School Friday November 7th (Teacher inservice)
Can be a great day for make-up!

Mrs. Nagel will be out-of-the-office November 6th-7th for teacher meetings! Please contact the MNVA office if you need immediate assistance at (866)215-2292, option 3.

Weekly Progress Goals

September Starts:
Progress by Thursday November 6th you should be at or around 26% in each course
Friday November 14th is 29%

October Starts:

Progress by Thursday November 6th you should be at or around 13% in each course
Friday November 14th is 16%

Remember, these are progress goals meant to guide you and your child to stay on track throughout the year.

In your Friday Folder this week...

Clear Cache- directions on how to clear your cache in various different browsers. I recommend to do this weekly to make sure your computer is running smoothly.
How to use Noodleverse for Sight Words-
Practice K12 Sight Words with Noodleverse! About:Noodleverse is an interactive, engaging portal that allows students to review and practice core concepts that are aligned with K12 curriculum. By bringing together thousands of activities in one place, K12 makes it easy and fun for students to continue learning – Noodleverse is a universe for your "noodle"! Noodleverse has enriching activities for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade that are part of K12’s innovative Language Arts curriculum.
Pencip Grip -
visual resource to use for help with child's pencil grip
Pumpkin Book, PumpkinLife Cycle
(from Monday class), Pumpkin Seed Words- several resources to use along with learning about pumpkins this fall season.
Sight Words Roll and Read (K)-
sight word game from the basic sight word list
Sight Words Roll and Read (1st)-
sight word game from the advanced sight word list
Scarecrow -
fun coloring and counting activity book

1st grade Class Connects

We begin regular classes starting November 10th, the first day of the 2nd quarter!

- Math & Science class connect at 11:00 or 1:00.

Tuesday - Language Arts Writing class connect at 11:00 or 1:00.

Wednesday - Guided Reading classes. The time will depend on your child's reading level. (Book Club group will be Thursday at 1:00).

Thursday - WIN Class at 11:00. Depending on your students needs, I may be inviting them to work with me in small groups or individually.

Friday - individual work time with Mrs. Nagel, as needed

Mrs. Nagel's 1st grade November Classroom Calendar

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Having trouble accessing Art or Muisic courses in the OLS?

Try this!

First clear your cache and cookies (directions in the Friday Folder), restart computer and try to open course/lesson again.

If that doesn't solve the problem, access the OLS in the Chrome Web Browser (instead of Internet Explorer or Mozilla FireFox). If you do not have it installed on your computer already, you can get it here > Chrome

If that still does not help, please contact K12 Help Desk at (866)512-2273.

Math Resources


Pencil Grip

Hand-eye coordination and finger/hand strength is not only crucial to your child's physical development but will also help with forming the correct pencil grip. Correct pencil grip is very important to help your child write correctly.

Here are some ideas to help strengthen fingers, hands are form correct finger gripping when writing:
1. Sorting small items such as buttons, bolts, nuts, different dried beans,
2. Sewing on burlap (or cardboard) with a dull pointed needle and yarn.
3. Tracing stencils of shapes or objects (use cookie cutter or thick puzzle
4. Teach the child "Finger Plays" (like Itsy Bitsy Spider)
5. Chalkboard activities
6. Cutting and pasting activities.
7. Lacing or sewing cards.
8. Pegboard designs
9. Stringing large bead, hollow macaroni, cereal, etc.
10. Puzzle blocks.
11. Dot to Dot activities.
12. Playing Barrel of Monkeys and Pick-up Sticks (commercial children's games)
13. Playing with clay
14. Hanging socks or small items with snap clothes pins
15. Placing items like cotton balls, beads or macaroni in egg cartons.

*Using fingers, especially the "pincher grasp", will strengthen hands!

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