Ms. Jorenby's News

September 22, 2016

Literacy Learning with Daily 5

In first grade, our young learners really take off with learning to read and write! One way that we help them do this is by giving them many chances to practice reading and writing throughout the day and giving them choices about how to do this. To that end, I like using the "Daily 5" model to organize our day. Our children will have five different literacy tasks to complete each day: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing. During a Daily 5 choice time, each child will get to choose one activity to do at that particular time, so that all five activities will be occurring at the same time. The Daily 5 structure gives students an appropriate amount of independence and control in their learning, and helps to create a lifelong love of reading and writing! So far we have learned about Read to Self, Work on Writing, and Word Work. When we build up 20 minutes of stamina for each task, we will add Listen to Reading and Read to Someone into the mix and be able to start making choices!

Vocabulary Words

  • neighborhood - “group of streets, houses, and stores near your home"
  • neighborly - “friendly and helpful to your neighbors”
  • spot - “see or notice someone or something that is hard to see" OR "a small mark or stain on something"
  • rush - “move somewhere or do something very quickly”

Try these activities to give your child more practice with their newly acquired vocabulary words:

• Invite your child to act out the words.

• Have your child draw pictures about the words or write sentences or stories that use the words.

• Tell each other real or imagined stories that include the words.

• Talk about the words when you hear them used or see them in storybooks, on signs and posters, or elsewhere.

• Use the words to play games such as “I’m Thinking of a Word,” in which you give each other clues about a word and then try to guess the word.

Encourage your child to share other interesting words he or she encounters, and discuss interesting words you hear. Above all, have fun with words!

This week in Spanish...

Welcome to Spanish Class/ Culture Review

Key Concepts

  • Calendar and counting 1-30
    • Recognize that the days of the week and months are written with lowercase letters.
    • Day of the week: lunes, martes, miércoles, jueves, viernes, sábado, domingo
    • Months of the year: enero, febrero, marzo, abril, mayo, junio, julio, agosto, septiembre, octubre, noviembre, diciembre
    • Name numbers 1-31. Recognize patterns.
      • uno 1, dos 2, tres 3, cuatro 4, cinco 5, seis 6, siete 7, ocho 8, nueve 9, diez 10, once 11, doce 12, trece 13, catorce 14, quince 15, dieciséis 16, diecisiete 17, dieciocho 18, diecinueve 19, veinte 20, veintiuno 21, veintidós 22, veintitrés 23, veinticuatro 24, veinticinco 25, veintiséis 26, veintisiete 27, veintiocho 28, veintinueve 29, treinta 30, treinta y uno 31
  • Identify and describe aspects of culture
    • (Es ___. música, comida (food), tradición, ropa (clothing), arte, lengua (language), celebración)

Social Studies Standards Addressed:

E.4.13 Investigate and explain similarities and differences in ways that cultures meet human needs

E.4.14 Describe how differences in cultures may lead to understanding or misunderstanding among people

E.4.3 Describe how families are alike and different, comparing characteristics such as size, hobbies, celebrations, where families live, and how they make a living


Please remember to sign up for a conference time at this link: Jorenby Conference Times

Wednesday, September 28 - September Birthday Celebration

Friday, October 7 - Purple or Waunakee Apparel Day

Monday, October 10 - Picture Retake Day

Tuesday, October 11 & Friday, October 14 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 21 - Early Riser Reader

Ms. Jorenby

Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or concerns any time!