This Week in Room 108

Weekly Happenings in Miss Quaresima's First Grade Class

Week of March 9 - 13, 2015

Dates that Rate

March 9 - Read Across Titus Day

March 11 - Spotlight on the Arts Performance @6:30. Please arrive by 6:15!
Wear a brightly colored shirt!
March 17 - Happy St. Patty's Day! Wear Green Day!

March 20 - Early Dismissal! Don't forget your snack!

March 21 - First Day of Spring!!

CB Technology Initiative - iPads in the Classroom

Have you heard? All Kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms in Central Bucks have received iPads for use in the classroom! We have started to explore these new learning tools in class recently and are having so much fun learning!

Be on the lookout in the coming days for a special edition of our classroom newsletter featuring some of the apps we have been using in class!

Last Call for Donations

The United Way of Bucks County is asking your help with their annual Food Drive to support the BC food pantry. Our food drive officially ended on Tuesday, March 10th; however, due to our delays and snow days last week, we are still looking for donations!!

If you are interested, please bring your donation to school to help your community be a stronger, happier, healthier place. First graders are asked to donate cereal and nonperishable milk products.

Thank you for your support!

In School this Week...

Word Wall

The Word Wall is a great writing tool in our classroom. I do not expect the students to memorize each word wall word, but they do need to be aware that the words are on the wall, so they can use them as a reference when writing in the classroom.


You will see a sheet of word wall cards come home in your child's homework folder every Monday. Please practice these words with your child at home. Check the Word Wall section of our classroom website for a list of our word wall words.


This week's word wall words are:

family, once, read, soon, together

Spelling

A list of spelling words is coming home in your child’s homework folder. The spelling words are chosen based on our Word Sort focus for the week.

Check the Spelling section of our classroom website for a list of our spelling words.


This week's spelling words are:

teeth, beak, tail, toad, near, load, float, train

Shared Reading

n reading this week, we are reading the story Fishy Facts. We are creating a KWL chart to share what we already Know about fish, what we Want to learn from this book, and what we have Learned about fish after reading. We will practice comprehension this week by matching fish facts with the correct fish. We will also discuss main idea and supporting details.


When reading at home, be sure to have your child talk to you about the characters, setting (where and when), the problem the character has, and the solution to the character’s problem. It is also great to practice making connections. Model for your child how a book reminded you of something else, then have your child share a connection with you. In first grade, we practice making connections to things in our own lives, making connections to the world around us, and making connections to other books we have read. Have your child explain to you how their connection is connected to the book.

Everyday Math

This week we will begin our study of geometry. We will practice identifying shapes, learn how to describe the attributes of objects (shape, size, weight, color, etc), and will practice making patterns.


Later this week, we will learn the definition of a polygon, will identify 3-dimensional and symmetrical shapes. This is a short unit, next week is our Unit 7 math test! Our test will also assess fact families and place value. Don't forget to practice these skills at home!

Writing - Nouns

This week in writing, we will be focusing on nouns.

We have learned that common nouns are naming words. Nouns can be a person, animal, place, thing, or something you can touch. This week we will review proper nouns as nouns that have a special name. We will also make a list of things that need a capital letter. Later in the week we'll discuss plural nouns.

Check out BrainPop Jr. for some great videos about nouns!

In the Computer Lab...

XtraMath

Have you checked out XtraMath at home? XtraMath.org is a great site that offers your child individualized math fact practice. Please email me if you need your child's log-in information.

Microsoft Word

Each week in the computer lab we have been learning how to use the program Microsoft Word. We have learned the following technology skills:


  • Opening programs
  • Using the shift key to capitalize the first letter in our first and last names
  • Using the space bar to add a space between our first and last names
  • Using the enter key to add a new line of text
  • Basic typing of our spelling words
  • Using the backspace key and undo button to remove mistakes
  • Text editing including how to change the font, size, and color
  • Printing documents
  • Closing programs



We will continue to add to this list during our future visits to the computer lab.

BrainPop Jr.

The Titus Home and School association has purchased a one year license for BrainPOP, which is a very interactive online source for virtually every subject and topic associated with our elementary curriculum. We are now able to access BrainPOP, BrainPOPjr, and BrainPOP Español for both home and school.


In First Grade, we use the BrainPOPjr site at http://www.brainpopjr.com/ several times a week. Please visit the site with your children at home and encourage them to tell you about the activities we've completed in school.


Login: titus

Password: tigers


Here are some links pertaining to what we are learning this week:

Patterns

Plane Shapes

Solid Shapes

Solids, Liquids, and Gases



Check the Computer Lab Links page on our classroom website to find more fun learning games your child can practice at home.