First Grade Happenings

October 16, 2016

Some things to keep in mind this week:

  • Victor is our next Top Dog!

  • The Founders Day Walk-a-Thon, although a little wet, was a huge success! Now we just need the money to come rolling in! All pledge money is due next Friday, October 21st.

  • The Scholastic Book Fair is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students will get a "sneak peek" on Tuesday. This is a great way to buy inexpensive books for your child and it helps our school!
  • Yogurtland will be here after school on Tuesday. $4.00 for a cup of frozen yogurt!

Upcoming events:

Field Trip News
: We will be going to see “Seussical” at the Montalvo Arts Center on Tuesday, October 18th. Leaving around 8:30 am and returning around 11:00 am.

Field Trip

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 8:30-11am

15400 Montalvo Road

Saratoga, CA

Don't forget your booster seats!

Homework assignments for the week:

  • Remember, homework is due on Monday. Please remember to have your child log how many minutes he/she read each day on the homework sheet.

  • Homework goal for this week: accuracy! Take your time and do a good job the first time so you don’t have to correct errors during Fun Friday!

  • Please remember to remove items on the “Keep” side of the Homework Folder.

Academic skills last week:

Language Arts

  • Reading:

*Read Aloud: We finished The World According to Humphrey and started Ramona Quimby, Age 8.

*Independent reading and reading to others.

*Met with the new reading groups, distributed their new Guided Reading book and each child highlighted words they did not know.

  • Writing:

*Weekend News

*Noun/Adjective Sort: Students were given sentences and partnered to find the nouns and the adjectives.

  • Word Work:

*Nothing this week.


  • Calendar

  • The meaning of subtraction.

  • Subtraction Equations and number stories.

  • New game: Sub Track: Students roll two dice and determine the difference. They then cross of this number on a sheet. Once the number has been crossed off, if it is rolled again they get a strike. 3 strikes and you are out.

  • Friday Centers: Computer, I-Pads, Money Bags, Pop to Win, Shapes


  • Investigation 3, Part 2: Separating Soup MIx: Students were given a container with five different solids (rice, cornmeal, pinto beans, lima beans, mung beans). They were then told to separate the 5 items. They were given 3 different screens to help them with this.

Social Studies

  • We read and discussed a Scholastic News article called "Pumpkin Surprise". I also read aloud Too Many Pumpkins.

  • The students completed a "direct draw" of Frankenstein. The next day they were painted. They are hanging in the window. Check them out; they are awesome!

Character Education

  • We discussed (and role played) two choices on our "Wheel of Choice" : Counting to 10 to cool off, and Ignore it. Hopefully these are tools the kids can use when they are frustrated. Ask your child to show you the 4 different ways to count to ten.

Office Hours:

I am available after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.