This Week in Room 108
Weekly Happenings in Miss Quaresima's First Grade Class
Week of March 16 - 20, 2015
Dates that Rate
March 17 - Happy St. Patrick's Day!
March 20 - First Day of Spring!
March 20 - Early Dismissal at 11:55am - Don't forget to pack a snack!
April 1 - Spring Reporting Conferences after school
April 2 - Early Dismissal at 11:55am - Don't forget to pack a snack!
April 2 - Spring Reporting Conferences after school
April 3 - 6 Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL
April 8 - Spring Reporting Conferences after school
In School this Week...
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.
You will see a sheet of word wall cards come home in your child's homework folder every Monday. Please practice these words with your child at home. Check the Word Wall section of our classroom website for a list of our word wall words.
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.
This week's word wall words are:
done, would, keep, people, some
A list of spelling words came home 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 focus for the week.
Check the Spelling section of our classroom website for a list of our spelling words.
This week's spelling words are:
hoop, loop, roof, dude, tube, rude, mushroom, flute
If you have an iPhone, iPod or iPad, there is a Spelling City app, too! Check out www.spellingcity.com/app for more information!
In reading this week, we are reading the story Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon! While reading we will discuss good note-taking strategies to help us remember what we read. We will also learn about using context clues to help figure out the meaning of unknown words. Our phonics focus this week will be words with –oo-, like in room and good.
When reading at home, be sure to have your child talk to you about the characters, setting (where and when), the problem the character has, and the solution to the character’s problem. It is also great to practice making connections. Model for your child how a book reminded you of something else, then have your child share a connection with you. In first grade, we practice making connections to things in our own lives, making connections to the world around us, and making connections to other books we have read. Have your child explain to you how their connection is connected to the book. For example, the book The Three Billy Goats Gruff reminds me of The Three Little Pigs because there are three pigs in that story, just like there are three goats in The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
This week in math we will learn the definition of a polygon, and we will identify 3-dimensional and symmetrical shapes. This week we will also complete some math activities to show how much we have learned and grown in math so far in first grade. We're excited to share our progress with you at our Spring Reporting Conferences
Science - Solids, Liquids, and Gases
This week in science, we will continue our study of solids, liquids, and gases. We will discuss how you can tell if something is a solid, liquid, or gas. Talk to your child about solid, liquid, and gas objects in the world around us.
Writing - Sentences
This week in writing, we will be focussing on writing complete sentences. We will also talk about how to expand sentences. For example, instead of writing: The cat sat. We will expand our sentence using adjectives and additional details: The fat cat sat on the rug.
This week we will introduce 5 STAR writing:
1 - My sentences are written neatly.
2 - All sentences start with a capital letter.
3 - I use finger spaces between my words.
4 - I spell word wall words correctly.
5 - My sentences having ending punctuation . ? !
When your child writes at home, remind them to have 5 STAR writing!!
In the Computer Lab...
The Titus Home and School association has purchased a one year license for BrainPOP, which is a very interactive online source for virtually every subject and topic associated with our elementary curriculum. We are now able to access BrainPOP, BrainPOPjr, and BrainPOP Español for both home and school.
In First Grade, we use the BrainPOPjr site at http://www.brainpopjr.com/ several times a week. Please visit the site with your children at home and encourage them to tell you about the activities we've completed in school.
Here are some links pertaining to what we are learning this week:
Check the Computer Lab Links page on our classroom website to find more fun learning games your child can practice at home.