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February 1, 2016

Readers' and Writers' Workshop

Wow!! Research has been an amazing thing to watch with this very inquisitive group of children. You could have heard a pin drop in this classroom as they pored over the stacks of polar animal books on their tables. They wrote PAGES of facts down in their journals!! They came to me NUMEROUS times throughout each day to share with me the coolest facts they found! It has been a wonderful week. We will continue reading and writing about polar animals this week.

We also started reading comprehension skill sheets this week that we will continue to practice for the remainder of the year. We are learning to highlight critical information and answer questions with a complete sentence. We will be using all of the comprehension strategies we have learned this year such as making predictions, making connections and inferences. Students will bring the skill sheets home in their Monday folders. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Mathematicians' Workshop


We started our measurement unit last Friday. We will continue this week measuring, comparing lengths, and collecting data for graphs and charts. Students will get to interview their friends about their favorite cookies, pets, and ice cream flavors.

Parent letter with Global Scholar test results will be in Monday folders this week. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Common Core Standards

Measurement & Data:

  • 1. Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
  • 2. Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps.
  • 4. Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.

Reading Standards for Literature:

  • 1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • 5. Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.

Reading Standards for Informational Text:

  • 1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • 2. Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
  • 5. Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
  • 6. Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
  • 7. Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
  • 10. With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for Grade 1.

Writing Standards:

  • 2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.

Ongoing Daily Standards:

Print Concepts

  • RF.1.1. Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
    • Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation).

Phonological Awareness

  • RF.1.2. Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
    • Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.
    • Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
    • Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.
    • Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes).

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • RF.1.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
    • Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs (two letters that represent one sound).
    • Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
    • Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
    • Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.
    • Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.
    • Read words with inflectional endings.
    • Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.


  • RF.1.4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
    • Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
    • Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression.
    • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

Important Dates & Events

  • 2/12 Valentine Party Students will be exchanging valentine cards. Student list will come home soon.
  • 2/15 Presidents' Day