Monday, January 14, 2019

Week 21!

The scholars came back from break ready to learn. Here they are enjoying their marble jar reward after great teamwork all week!


We’re back in full swing this week with math and reading groups resuming!  Thank you to those who have signed up to help with math and reading groups.  We are still in need of a few parents.  Your support is vital to our learning and we greatly appreciate your help!

Have a wonderful week!  

Homework

*Please read the about the homework changes under the announcements portion.

Nightly: Read for 15 minutes, practice poem (1 minute), practice rocket math (1 minute)

Phonograms: ee, ey, e, ou, oo, er, ur, or, o, th

Monday: mile, seem, even, without, afternoon, Friday, hour, our, wife, state and math WB pg. 21-23

Tuesday: July, head, story, open, short, lady, reach, better, water, round and math WB pg. 24-27

Wednesday: cost, price, become, class, horse, care, try, move, delay, pound and math WB pg. 28-29

Thursday:  Review all 30 words and phonograms and Test B 

Friday: read for 15 minutes (book of your choice) 

Announcements
Clubs 

Spring club sign-ups have begun! If you are interested, please visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18DwPk4-JICmHZG_1ECNFz_ObqUlNc4rkamFSJ_a30t0/edit?usp=sharing

Homework Change

Thank you for taking the time to complete the latest homework survey.  We looked carefully at the numeric data and anonymous comments and had good conversation as a team.  Every child is unique and homework experiences vary widely, but there are occasional patterns in these surveys that help us to adjust our homework assignments.  With this in mind, we are going to make a few adjustments in the third quarter that will hopefully make the homework experience more joyful without sacrificing good learning.  We will continue to discuss as a team and will send another survey near the end of third quarter.  Beginning January 7th, parents and students can look forward to the following changes:

 1.  Spalding words will only need to be written once using the scholar’s best handwriting. As always it is crucial that parents read the words aloud to their child. Students will also write one sentence using one or more Spalding words.

 2.  Math homework will take place Monday- Thursdays. There will not be any math homework on Fridays.
Academics

Poem: I Know The Sounds That The Animals Make by Jack Prelutsky  Idiom: Fish Out of Water

Spalding: This week we have 30 words Spelling Test on Friday!

Monday: mile, seem, even, without, afternoon, Friday, hour, our, wife, state

Tuesday: July, head, story, open, short, lady, reach, better, water, round

Wednesday: cost, price, become, class, horse, care, try, move, delay, pound

phonograms: ee, ey, e, ou, oo, er, ur, or, o, th

Writing: Copy work and narration exercises will be from The Reluctant Dragon.

Grammar: We will review action verbs and how we use them in sentences. We will also learn about linking and helping verbs and practice using them orally and in written sentences.

Math: This week is all about graphing! We will collect data to create bar, picture and tally graphs. Literature:  We will continue to explore various fairy tales as we read Puss in Boots, Rapunzel and Jack and the Bean Stalk.

History: This week we will begin to explore the culture of the Aztecs. On Wednesday, we will learn about the daily life of this ancient culture and how they decided on where to settle.


Science: This week we will continue learning about the human body. We will explore the muscular system and its purpose. We will practice using our muscles and will observe different pictures to understand the importance of how strong muscles allow our bodies to function properly.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Sign Ups For Reading & Math Groups

Good Morning,
I apologize in advance for the lengthy post! 
Thank you to everyone that participated in the reading/math group survey, we sincerely appreciate your feedback and suggestions! After reviewing the results, it seems best for the majority of parents that we have reading groups on Thursday’s in the afternoon and math groups on Wednesday’s in the afternoon. We would like to invite you to bring in your young children for these groups if you feel that they would be able to remain engaged either in the class activities or something else that you bring in. We will see how it goes having them in the classroom during this time and will touch base as things progress. 
This quarter reading groups will be conducted in the following way: 3-4 parents will lead small groups of students as they read for 30-40 minutes. Mrs. Moore will pull her own group that she works with daily. During this time, I will pull each student to read one on one with me. This will allow me to more closely assess each student and their unique reading skills and abilities on a more regular basis.
For math groups, we will have 3-4  rotating small group activities. Each activity will allow students to practice the skills and topics being learned in class in a more hands on and individualized way. Math groups will also give students the opportunity to review past topics and to develop their critical thinking skills by practicing more challenging concepts. 
If you would like to participate in reading/math groups this semester, please strongly consider attending a training session on Tuesday, January 15th, from 3:00-3:45 in our classroom. 
Please sign up for math groups here
Please sign up for reading groups here
Please let me know if you have any other questions, comments, or concerns as we proceed with groups this year. I am SO beyond thankful for all of your support and dedication to 1A, we could not do it without you!  

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Reading & Math Group Survey

Good Morning!

In an effort to increase the rate of volunteering for math and reading groups going forward this year, I have created a survey to collect feedback from all of you in regards to what would make for the best volunteering experience!
Having math and reading groups in class each week is essential! These opportunities allow for individualized and consistent assessment and intervention for each student at their own level. My goal for 2nd semester is to read one-on-one with every student every single reading group session. This will only be possible if we have at least 3 volunteers every time. We appreciate every single minute that you give to support 1A and we could not deliver such a high quality of education without you! 

Please fill out the survey here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCD6SFS

If everyone fills it out by tomorrow morning, we will reward the class with an extra recess ;) ;)
But seriously, it would mean so much if we had 100% class participation on this survey.

Thank you!


Monday, January 7, 2019

1st Grade Homework Changes

Homework Change
Thank you for taking the time to complete the latest homework survey.  We looked carefully at the numeric data and anonymous comments and had good conversation as a team.  Every child is unique and homework experiences vary widely, but there are occasional patterns in these surveys that help us to adjust our homework assignments.  With this in mind, we are going to make a few adjustments in the third quarter that will hopefully make the homework experience more joyful without sacrificing good learning.  We will continue to discuss as a team and will send another survey near the end of third quarter.  Beginning January 7th, parents and students can look forward to the following changes:

 1.  Spalding words will only need to be written once using the scholar’s best handwriting. As always it is crucial that parents read the words aloud to their child. Students will also write one sentence using one or more Spalding words.

       2.  Math homework will take place Monday- Thursdays. There will not be any math homework on Fridays.

  Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns moving forward. 

Week 20! Welcome Back!

Good Morning, 1A Families!

I am overjoyed to be back at school this morning and cannot wait to see all of your children! It's going to be a great quarter as we continue to learn and love together in class! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns regarding Q2 evaluations and report cards, I'd love to set up a meeting to discuss your child's progress and goals.

Homework:
Nightly: Read for 15 minutes, practice poem (1 minute), practice rocket math (1 minute)
Monday: 1st 8 words, Workbook pages 7-8
Tuesday: 2nd 10 words, WB 9-10
Wednesday: 3rd 10 words, WB 15-16
Thursday: All 28 words, Test B
Friday: Practice Phonograms, No Math Homework

*Please note that we will begin a brand new math workbook for tonight's math homework. The math workbook from last semester should stay at home.

Poem: I Know The Sounds That The Animals Make by Jack Prelutsky  Idiom: Fish Out of Water
Spalding: This week we have 28 words Spelling Test on Friday!
Monday: mail, male, female, eye, I, glass, party, upon
Tuesday: two, twin, twice, twelve, twenty, between, they, would, could, should
Wednesday: any, many, city, only, where, week, weak, first, sent, cent
phonograms: ai, ey, ar, w, t, ou, sh, wh, ea, ir
Writing: Copy work and narration exercises will be from Master of all Masters and Aesop's Fables.
Grammar: Students will observe Diego Rivera's painting of La PiƱata. We will identify nouns, verbs, and adjectives that exist within this painting. We will write a full sentence about this painting based on observations made throughout the week.
History: This week in history we will be studying the ancient culture of the Maya.  We will learn about the cities they built in the rainforest, their ancient writings and other aspects of their everyday culture.

Science: This week we will begin a new unit on the human body! We will start by learning about the skeletal system. The class will be able to explain the different functions of the skeletal system. We will also put together and label our own skeletal system using q tips! 

Literature:  We will be reading a variety of fairy tales this week including Sleeping Beauty, Frog Prince, Rumpelstiltskin, and Hansel Gretel.  As we read each fairy tale, we will also work to identify various story elements.  We will also learn how to use the decoding skill “stretchy snake” to help us become fluent readers!  
 
Math: This week is all about comparing and ordering numbers. We will compare by using the phrases “__ more than” “__less than” and we will also compare by subtracting.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Week 19


Only a few days left before winter break but they are filled with many exciting activities.  Please see the announcements below for some important info before we head off for break!  I will be sure to post one last blog post with pictures from our world religions party before we close out 2018.  We're almost there!

Homework
Nightly: Read for 15 minutes, practice poem (1 minute), practice rocket math (1 minute)
*Poetry recitation on Monday! 
Monday: Phonogram practice sheet and wkbk pg.171-174
Tuesday:  Wkbk pg. 175-178
Wednesday: No homework. Have a wonderful winter break!

Announcements
Class Book Exchange: During our world religions celebration on December 19th, we will have a class book exchange. Please have your child bring a wrapped book (used or new) and will receive a new (to them) book in return!
Desk Cleaning: As we prepare for the new year, our wonderful cleaning crew will be cleaning the insides of desks.  Please have your child bring a 2 plastic grocery bags (to double) or a sturdy canvas bag to hold their desk supplies during winter break.
Thank you!: Thank you to all who took the time to complete the homework survey.  We appreciate your feedback!
Lost and Found: The lost and found will be cleared out over break. Please stop by the MPR for any missing sweaters, water bottles, etc.
Book Bags: Book bags will not be sent home this week.  Although there is not assigned homework, break is a great time for some free reading!

Academics
Poem: Table Manners by Gelett Burgess- Recitations on Monday and Tuesday

Idiom: The More The Merrier!

Spalding: This week we will not have spelling words. Students will be assessed on all 70 phonograms, half on Monday and half on Tuesday.
Please make sure to practice the phonograms over the weekend and on Monday night in preparation. Practice sheets will be sent home on Friday, 12/14 and on Monday, 12/17.
There will be no book bags sent home this week.
There will be no grammar/writing this week due to the half days.

Math: On Monday, we will practice our sorting and graphing skills with jelly beans.  On Tuesday, we will build a snowflake with various shapes.  We will also take part in various holiday math games.

Literature:  We will conclude our Frog and Toad book series by making a Toad puppet to remember all of his adventures with Frog. We will also read the African American folktale “Brer Rabbit Gets Brer Fox’s Dinner”.

History: This week we will be finishing up our Mexico unit with a review, a story and a craft! 


Science: This week we will conduct a holiday themed science experiment and practice following the steps of the scientific method. We will make a hypothesis and observe what happens when candy canes are placed in different liquids such as water, salt water, and vinegar. 

Week 21!

The scholars came back from break ready to learn. Here they are enjoying their marble jar reward after great teamwork all week! ...