TEAM 7 FIRST GRADE NEWS
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November 16, 2015
Our Week in Review
In writing, we spent a great deal of time recounting a personal experience. The children are learning to stretch their stories across the pages. In essence, they must replay the movie and paint the pictures with their words. Crucial to writing is maintaining that creative free flow of ideas on paper that writers experience when they first start jotting down their thoughts. Writers need to organize their thoughts, visualize it and spill it out on paper spelling the best they can and keep going. Sketching out our stories in a sequence of pictures and orally retelling the events has enabled the children to stay in the moment and elaborate on the action. The key is to conclude the narrative with a feeling or thought that wraps things up. My ultimate goal is for the children to retell a sequence of events with precise detail, while weaving feelings, thoughts, and dialogue into their pieces. Learning to reread ones work for the purpose of fixing and fancying it up is an important component of the writing process that follows the drafting phase. Capitalization, punctuation, and spelling are essential to written communication.
Look What Else We Are Learning!
text + thinking = real reading. It is when the words and the brain collide that real reading begins.
This week we will focus on the consonant blends (sh, th, ch, wh) as well as the comprehension skill of sequencing.
I sent home Unit 1 high frequency words to review and practice. If you prefer I can send you a power point which is so much more engaging than flashcards. Just e-mail me and I will be happy to send it to you.
More Learning Fun!
The children are having fun being scientists and investigating the skills they use to learn about the world around them.
As a scientist, they learned to:
*Ask questions and make observations
*Use their senses and tools
*Collect and analyzing data
*Sort and group information
*Create graphs to record and communicate findings
*Make predictions, conduct experiments, draw inferences and conclusions
I shared my grandmother's button box and the children were amazed at all the different varieties. They had a grand time finding all sorts of ways to sort and classify them. We will be wrapping up this unit in the near future and marching on to learning about light and shadows.
Important Reading News!
Every child who turned in a reading calendar for the month of October was rewarded with a "bling" tag from Mrs. Seachrist. In addition, a group picture will be posted in the school and they will be featured at our next SWEBS assembly.
The next quarterly incentive requires the children to meet their required 15 minutes (or more) reading homework goal each night. So for the month of November, your child should be reading a minimum of 315 minutes or 5 hours and 15 minutes. In December the children should be reading a minimum 345 minutes or 5 hours and 45 minutes. Those children who went above and beyond during the month of October were asked to challenge themselves and supersede their previous reading time.
You can help your child by: reading with your child regularly, letting your child see you read, encourage him or her to read and apply strategies to figure out those tricky words, let your child know that reading is part of his or her nightly homework and show your child that you value reading by signing the monthly calendar. I showed the children how to make up missed minutes due to an after school activity by tacking it on extra minutes to subsequent nights or making up the missed minutes on the weekend.
Please look in your child's RED folder for a bookmark depicting the strategies we use to decode unknown words.
A Peek Into the Future
November 18th - Book Fair Begins, Distribution of Report Cards
November 19th, 24th and 25th - Parent-Teacher Conferences
*November 23rd - Spelling Assessment
November 24th - We can shop at the Book Fair - You are invited to shop with your child during our scheduled library time 10:55-11:30.
*Your children are a delight and bring a smile to my face each and every day!