The Buzz

Ms. Larrabee's 1st Grade Class

The Buzz This Week... (8/31 - 9/4)

Social/ Emotional: This week we are going to focus on one of Keysor's four rules: follow all adult directions the first time. We will complete a mini lesson each day to review and practice this rule.

Writing: We are continuing to establish the writing community this week. We are learning how to correctly form a sentence, write in their writing journals, and come up with topics to write about. Thank you for completing their homework with them over the weekend to help with our writing community.

Reading: In reading, we are beginning to practice our expectations of what to do during guided reading groups. We're learning what readers do, why we read, and what different reading groups will look like. We'll also read Quick as A Cricket by Audrey Wood. Students will complete a writing prompt based from this book as well.

Word Work: This week we're beginning to study sight words and word family patterns. Each day we'll do a different activity to learn about our word family pattern and sight words. Each Monday, your child will come home with a piece of paper with their sight words and word families for you to practice with them at home. This week, this paper will be coming home Tuesday night.

Science: We're beginning our first science unit this week, what is a scientist. We'll be introducing science and what scientists do.

Math: - Over the first few weeks and continuing this week we have been learning about Understanding Numbers. This unit establishes classroom routines: calendar, daily schedule, expectations. Along with routines the focus of these investigations is teaching basic addition strategies through games. These games will be used during our math workshops throughout the year. Some of games we have played so far are compare, collect 20, and five in a row. These games help us work on counting, keep track of counting, and recounting.

Last Week...

8/24 - 8/28

Thank you to all of you who came to Parent Info Night last Tuesday night. During the evening, many aspects of our classroom were shared including our daily schedule, instructional units to come and opportunities to further your child's learning at home. One of the opportunities to further your child's learning at home is to read with your child daily. Soon, your child will be coming home with a reading log and reading incentive program. Be looking for more information to come.


We also earned our first marble party! We've worked really hard to follow directions the first time, show listening skills, and follow set classroom routines/ procedures. We had a lot of fun wearing our PJ's and learning with our stuffed animal friends.


On Friday, we met with our buddy room, Ms. Weiterman's 3rd grade class. Throughout the year, we will be completing various learning activities as well as service projects with Ms. Weiterman's class. On Friday we met our buddies and completed a get to know you activity! We had a blast!

"Buzz Worthy" Things to Look Out For

  • We will begin our show and tell process, "BUG of the week", this week, starting with me. A note will be coming home Tuesday, which explains how this process works. On the back of the note is the "Bug of the week" schedule.
  • Green intake conference sheets were sent home last Friday. These sheets are due Wednesday, September 2nd.
  • I am not sending home Scholastic Book Orders this month because our school is having a Scholastic Book Fair September 8th - 15th. Scholastic Book Orders will start in October.
  • First Fridays will be this Friday, September 4th from 8:25 - 9:00. I hope to see you in our classroom!
  • Picture Day is Friday, September 11th. Please fill out and return picture forms by September 11th.
  • There is no school on Monay, September 7th due to Labor Day.

Specials this week

Tuesday: E day (PE)

Wednesday: A day (Music)

Thursday: B day (Wellness)

Friday: C day (Library)