Today we made gingerbread houses in Art class! Thank you to those of you who sent in materials or volunteered their time. The kids had a blast getting in the holiday spirit!
Hello, parents and guardians,
I hope you all are having a safe and fun Thanksgiving break!
As the term draws to a close in the following week we are wrapping up several academic units. We will be finishing up our geometry unit as well as our how-to writing. In guidance we've been practicing being flexible, as sometimes the school day (and life in general) brings changes and surprises. Our students donned capes that said "Superflexible Me" and brainstormed ways in which they could handle unexpected changes. Flexibility is an important attribute to have!
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving break and travel safely!
Good Afternoon, Parents and Guardians,
I hope this post finds you well on this dreary day. Here are some updates of what's going on in class...
Reading: We're continuing to talk about non-fiction books and the ways in which they can show up information. Today we looked at a Ranger Rick magazine for diagrams, pictures, and what information about the world this magazine could tell us.
Math: We've started our geometry unit, and we're currently working on sorting shapes by their attributes as well as ways in which shapes can fold and/or move.
Fundations: We're taking a few days to review the spelling rules that we've learned in the past few weeks, such as identifying digraphs, when to use a bonus letter, and welded sounds. We're also continuing to work on proper capitalization and punctuation.
Writing: As we move into the last two weeks of our How-to writing unit we're trying to give poor turkeys a break...by writing how to disguise them so that they don't get gobbled up in someone's Thanksgiving feast!
Which brings me to my next topic: your students brought home a cardstock turkey today, with the goal of disguising this turkey so he no longer looks like himself! Let's see if the turkeys can escape being eaten this Thanksgiving! Turkeys are due back to school by Monday, November 20th. Below are some examples of ways to disguise your turkey (you can also google "How to Disguise a Turkey for kids" and the results are very creative!) This ties into our current science unit on animal adaptations and survival.
This week is a regular week of school, but please be advised that the following week there is no school November 22nd-24th in observance of Thanksgiving. If your child will be missing any school for a family trip, etc, please let myself and the office know. There will be no homework that week.
Have a wonderful night!
came Good Afternoon, parents and guardians,
We had such a special guest visit the first grade last week...some wonderfully interesting animals came from Animal Encounters in Rochester came to help us learn more about adaptations and survival. We got to see a macaw, a lizard, an albino hedgehog, a crocodile, a boa constrictor, and a wallaby.
CONFERENCES: Parent-Teacher Conferences will be occurring next week on November 6th and 7th (unless otherwise scheduled with me).
Conferences run back-to-back and are 20 minutes long. I kindly ask that you respect the timeframe and arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time so that conferences do not run over or get cut short. I look forward to seeing all of you again and telling you about all the hard work the students have done so far this year!
If you can no longer attend your originally scheduled time please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reschedule.
Have a wonderful evening!
Hello, parents and guardians,
I hope you've been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather! Here's what's been going on in our classroom...
Reading: We've begun reading groups this week as we work on fluency and stamina as readers. We've been practicing tapping out words to sound them out when they're tricky.
Math: Currently we are working on subtraction facts and using word problems to create number bonds and number sentences.
Fundations: This week we learned about the "Bonus Letter" rule: when a word has a short vowel in the middle and ends in f, l, s, or z, the last letter is doubled. Ask your first grader to both tap out and spell words like "mess", "fill", "buzz", and "off."
Writing: Our current unit focuses on writing "how to" pieces. Students are practicing using transition words like "first", "next", "then", and "finally" to tell about something in sequence.
This week has started WIN, or What I Need. Students travel to different first grade classrooms in the late afternoon and work on math skills that are challenging for them, such as oral counting, numbers to 120, etc. The students have loved getting to know other first grade teachers and making new friends in other classrooms!
A Scholastic book order went home today. If you would like to place an order online my class code is RP2NR.
HALLOWEEN: On Halloween our class will be doing themed academic activities and a few games. Students may wear orange and black if they choose, however we will not be wearing costumes to school.
We had a busy and exciting week in first grade! Here's a little glimpse of what we've been up to...
On Tuesday the Barrington Fire Department visited to teach us about fire safety. We discussed what to do in case of a fire, how to avoid dangerous situations, and the importance of having a plan and a meeting place with your family to make sure everyone gets out of the house safely.
On Wednesday we hiked Blue Job in Strafford. It was a beautiful day and the students really enjoyed being out in nature. Thank you to all of our chaperones who helped make this trip possible!
One of the elements of being a good reader is being able to read with a partner. Students have been practicing sitting "elbow-elbow, knee-knee" (side by side) while holding the book in the middle and taking turns. This would be great to practice with your child as you do your nightly reading and fill out your reading logs!
Here are some fantastic models showing us how to partner read:
Thank you to all parents and guardians who have signed up for a Fall conference time slot. I will be making phone calls to those of you who still need to sign up, and reminder emails will go out closer to the date.
We're off to a great start...can you believe it's already mid-October?
:) Miss Tatarczuk
Welcome to October, Parents and Guardians!
My apologies for the length of time it took to get this blog off the ground. There has been plenty to do as I adjust to life at BES and your children adjust to being first graders. What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been!
Your students have been hard at work digging into academics. Here's what we've been up to...
Reading: Students have been working on building their reading stamina. Our goal is to be able to read independently for 15 minutes, and we're just about there! We've talked about how to find a "just right" book and a "just right" spot in the classroom, as well as using a 5-finger Retell to inform others about what we've read.
Math: We've finished the first two chapters in Math in Focus, which covered number sense and number bonds. As we move into October we'll be working on addition facts to 10 and creating number stories from pictures.
Fundations and Writing: Students have reviewed letter sounds and letter formation, as well as practiced tapping (sounding out) short-vowel three-letter words. These are known as CVC words, or Consonant-Vowel-Consonant. Students have also worked on writing about favorite small moments.
Science: We're currently working through our Plant and Animal unit, starting with plants. We've reviewed the parts of the plants, as well as completed a fun experiment about how plants survive by comparing beach umbrellas to trees. We're also growing lima bean sprouts to watch the growing process and to practice our scientific observations.
Reminders will go home next week regarding the Blue Job hiking field trip.
I will work on updating this blog frequently and in a timely manner. Emails will continue to be sent in addition to blog posts. Just a friendly reminder that if you need to communicate with me regarding your child please do so by contacting me through my school email at email@example.com.