Crittenden's Corner

Weekly Updates from Room 158

Week of November 17-21, 2014

Dates to Remember

*Saturday, November 15- Holiday Craft Fair at Claxton (10:00AM-2:00PM)

*Monday, November 17- PVA Family Night (5:30-7:30PM)

*Friday, November 21- Claxton Holiday Meal! (Our revised lunch time is 10:55-11:25)

*Friday, November 21- SPIRIT DAY: College Day!

*Friday, November 21- Book Fair Begins in the Media Center (through December 2nd)

*Tuesday, November 25- Thanksgiving Reader's Theatre Play (12:40-1:20PM)

*November 26-28- Thanksgiving Break :)

Upcoming Birthdays!

November 22- Kiley Gillmon

November 30- Addy Crosson

Friday Mystery Readers WANTED!

Every Friday is a Mystery!

Do you want to volunteer in our classroom but don't have a lot of time? I am so excited to start us our Friday Mystery Reader sessions! Every Friday, starting November 7, our read aloud time will be a "mystery" reader that comes and reads to the kids! Our read aloud time is from 2:00-2:15/2:20, but I am flexible if you would like to be here but cannot at that time! Here's how it works: attached you will find a link to an open google document where you can sign up for any Friday. Please indicate the book would would like to bring! If you do not have a preference, I can provide you with a book from our classroom! I will know who is coming in every Friday, but the kids will not! I know that the kids would LOVE a chance to see their parents be our mystery readers or someone else from our community! Thank you to Callie's mom, Rachel and Clara's mom, Maggie for being our first mystery guests! We still need readers for Friday, December 5th and Friday, December 12th!

Follow the following link to sign up for a time slot!

Holiday Lunch at Claxton

I can't believe we are approaching the holiday season already! On Friday, November 21st, Claxton will be having our annual Holiday Lunch! On this day, we invite our students' families to come and eat with us :). I sent a form home today for you to indicate whether or not you will be able to attend and how many non-students are coming. Each non-student meal is $5.00! We will be serving turkey and dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls and fruit! Please return these forms to me no later than Wednesday, November 19th so our cafeteria staff will know how much food to prepare! I look forward to seeing you all there! :) :)

What We are Studying in First Grade

MATH- This week, we will be learning how to subtract with numbers within 20, and how to prove our thinking when we solve these problems. Students will learn a number of strategies that will help them remember how to solve these problems.

FUNDATIONS- This is our last week of Unit 6! In this unit, students have learned that some words have a baseword and a suffix added to the end of the word. We are learning that the suffix s makes a word plural and this week we will be learning that it ALSO can make words mean an action that someone is doing RIGHT NOW (i.e RUNS or SHUTS). Students will review how to tap these words and mark these words in order for them to be able to identify and decode these words in a connect text.

READING- We will be continuing to introduce the launching lessons for the structure that will help the students be more independent and build reading stamina. This structure is called the Daily 5. Students will be practicing building stamina to read by themselves and become independent readers. If you would like more information of the Daily 5, please email or call me :)

SOCIAL STUDIES- We will be studying the First Thanksgiving for the remainder of the month. Students will learn about the events of the First Thanksgiving, why we celebrate it now, what it means to be thankful, and the differences and similarities between how we celebrate now and the First Thanksgiving.

SCIENCE- We will be continuing our study of plant life cycles as we observe our pumpkin seeds that we planted and record in our science notebooks.

Thanksgiving Reader's Theater!

On Tuesday, November 25th (our last day before the Thanksgiving break), our students will be putting on a short reader's theater that covers what we have been studying about the first Thanksgiving and how it is the same and different than how we celebrate now. We will start the performance at 12:40 PM that afternoon and we will finish around 1:20! Students will be making simple hats and props to help them with this play. We do not have as much time to practice this play, and that is why I have sent home each student's part with them for you to practice. Their part is highlighted in yellow. Please have your students practice his or her part and discuss the meaning of what they are saying! We will also practice this next week during school! I want to invite all of you to come and watch the play on Tuesday, November 25th from 12:40-1:20 PM! The kiddos are very excited about it ! :)