Mrs. Garthe's Fantastic First Grade

December 20, 2015

This Week's Lessons

Writing-Opinion Writing-students will be finishing up their opinion pieces on their favorite fairytale. This will be a summative evaluation of what your child has learned about opinion writing this quarter. We will then work in our December journals and do some fun winter holiday writing.

Reading-We will read a few holiday/winter storing and practice retelling what we have read. Please continue reading most days over the break. I will include a January reading goal and color sheet. Please turn the December sheet in when we return from break.

Spelling/Phonics- No new spelling words due to the short week.

Sight Words-no new sight words, but I am happy to report that 100% of students in our class met the grade level goal of knowing at least 52/64 first and second quarter sight words!!

Math-Topic 7-Counting and Patterns to 120. Topic 7 Test on Tuesday. Please have your child take the online test as a review.

To Login to Pearson Realize:

Username: first name, last name, last three digits of student ID # (johndoe555)

Password: FHSD, student ID # (FHSD555555)



Tues-No specials due to Early Release and parties (Pease return all library books)

Reminders and Important Dates

Spirit Week Continues Dec 21-22

Mon-Moving and Shakin'-wear your exercise gear

Tues-Time to Celebrate-wear red and green

December 22-Winter Party 11:45-12:45-Early Release 1:10

Christmas Break-December 23rd-January 5th (Students return January 6th) I want to wish all of my students and their families a safe a happy holiday season!

Scholastic Reading Counts

I am excited to finally introduce you to a new program our school has purchased this year. It is called Scholastic Reading Counts. It's a simple reading program that allows students to take a short quiz after reading a book. Many book titles are available, but I will say that it is sometimes difficult to find a book because Scholastic hasn't perfected their listings. I try the author first and then a title search. I've introduced this program as a whole class and have been trying to get small groups to take a quiz for practice. This program probably requires some adult help to find the book and to read some of the questions. It is totally optional, but it is a great motivator and will help you assess whether or not your child is really comprehending what he or she is reading. I will be using it some in small reading groups at school as well. Please feel free to check it out online by clicking on the link below or download the free app called Scholastic Reading Counts.

username: Student ID #

password: Password1 (make sure the P is capitalized)