# Mrs. Abell's News

## Spelling

This week we practiced short /a/ words.

This week we spent a lot of time talking about being a good friend, a good student and just being you. A good friend shares and invites (our three vocabulary words!) . A good student follows the rules. And hey, we like ourselves! We are pretty darn awesome! We have been practicing being good students in the classroom with our Read to Self and Word Work stamina. We learned that stamina is doing something for a long time without giving up or getting tired. It is hard work, but WE DO HARD THINGS!! We are getting better and better each day. We also had our first spelling test on Friday and the kids did great!

## Writing

We did several writing activities where we listened to a story and then created a project after! This week we read “Elmer,” and wrote about how we “dare to be different.” We read “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?” and wrote about how to be bucket fillers in the classroom. We read “A Frog Thing” and "Dream Big, Little Pig" and created our Hopes and Dreams for first grade.

## Math

We have been doing review this week of the numbers 0-12 and how to represent them in different ways. Our first math test will be next Tuesday! Right now, we are doing the entire math magazine together and we have also introduced Math Journals. These are interactive notebooks that the kids will use everyday! We are doing a lot of modeling and learning how to cut and glue and organize the notebook right now. But the best part is WE GET TO USE MARKER OR CRAYON IN IT!! We have this rule, you see, when we write we have to use pencil--in case we make a mistake. But in this notebook, we use marker or crayon because it is fun! And if we make a mistake, we cross it out. Because hey--we gotta have a little fun :)

## Take a Break

I also would like to take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about Take A Break. We talked a lot about our classroom rules and what would happen if you break one (a logical consequence). One of these is Take a Break. What is really is is a reminder from me that the student is doing something they are not supposed to be and need to fix it. For the most part, students have been taking a break for forgetting to sit criss cross on the carpet (safety with legs), blurting (need to raise hand), talking to their neighbor on the carpet (need to be listening), and laying down (1st graders sit up!) The kids have done a great job with this and know that it is not a punishment, but a gentle reminder from me that they forgot to follow one of our rules and need a minute to think of a quick fix. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please don’t hesitate to ask!

## Fun Facts

We have celebrated 3 birthdays already in our room! Happy Birthday to Braeden, Aaden and Lucy!