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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Writing, Math, and Science

Hello, families!

The first day of spring is only days away and I can tell you that the kids will be so happy not to have to wear boots and snow-pants to school every day!
In writing, we have been working on writing stories with a beginning, middle, and end.  Students will receive new composition-style "Writer's Notebooks" on Friday.  They will have the opportunity to decorate the cover with pictures taken from magazines in order to personalize them.  We will use these notebooks for the rest of first grade.  We will write in them, adding to drafts, and keep a list of writing topics.

Today in math, we started our assessment on shapes (unit 3.1).  We will continue and finish tomorrow.  Our next unit is about adding and subtracting problem types within 20.  I will send home the newsletter tomorrow.   It will give you more information.

In science, we are wrapping up our unit on pebbles, sand, and silt.  Our focus now is on SOIL!  We've discussed the ingredients of soil and we even made some "homemade" soil.  Today, though muddy and damp, we collected a sample of soil from outside our school.  Tomorrow we will look at both and cite similarities and differences.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March is here!

Hello families!

March is here and we are well into the third quarter of school!  
This month we will wrap up our "Pebbles, Sand, and Silt" science unit.  The unit ends with a look at clay, the smallest of the earth materials, and how earth materials join together with humus to make soil.  This is a great segue to our last science unit "New Plants."  

Our next math unit, which will most likely begin the week of March 16th is all about solving all addition and subtraction problem types (within 20).  This is where fact fluency plays a major role.  We will make sure that all students are fluent in their addition and subtraction facts to 10 first.  If you have any flash cards at home, they will be useful in practicing for fluency.

I still have all the 100th day of school posters here in the classroom.  If your child (or you) would like to bring his/hers home, that's fine.  I would love to keep some for samples for next year's students.
Thank you!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

...back to school!

Hello families!

I feel ready to get back to school. 
This week was very relaxing and fun, but I'm looking forward to the next 81 school days with your kids.

Monday, February 23rd is the 100th day of school.  I have some themed-activities planned for the day.  On Tuesday, we will get back to business as usual.  This includes:

1.  A review of unit 2.3 in math and an assessment at the end of the week.  
2.  A continuation of the study of sand in our science unit.  We will learn more about how sand is made (weathering and erosion).
3.  This week we will do The Daily 5 (well, more like The Daily 3), with a focus of small group reading.
4.  In my SIPPS group, we will continue our lessons as usual.
5.  We will continue our keyboarding lessons in the computer lab on Fridays.  I encourage your first grader to practice at home as well (focusing on correct finger-placement!).

Enjoy the weekend!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February: report cards, book fair, Valentine's day...

  • The Scholastic Book Fair is at Melrose School.  Our class is signed up to visit the Book Fair on Tuesday, February 3rd at 10:30am.
  • Report cards will be ready for viewing online on Monday, February 9th.
  • While Valentine's Day is on a Saturday and the kiddos don't have school the day before, we will "celebrate" Valentine's Day on Thursday, February 12th.  If your child wants to hand out Valentines, they will have the opportunity on the 12th.  If the Valentine's contain candy, it's okay.  The kids just aren't allowed to eat it at school.  We plan to decorate shoe boxes to use for the exchange of Valentines and the kids will take them home and use the boxes for whatever they want!
  • February vacation will start on February 13th - February 22nd.
  • Our new student is planning on joining the class on February 2nd!  That brings the total to 17 students (6 boys, 11 girls!).
  • A friendly reminder:  the kids DO go outside for recess daily (unless it's raining or "wicked" cold), so send them to school with what they might need:  boots, snow-pants, mittens, hats, etc.  I will make sure that they have ample time to get all gear on before recess begins.  It might be a good idea to keep a stick of chapstick and some hand lotion in their backpacks.
Thank you!

Mrs. Turenne

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

End of quarter coming soon!

Hello families!

Today I sent home the Unit 2.2 math assessments (I think that only 2 students are still working on it).  I noticed that there are a couple of standards that need some re-teaching.  One is the math standard regarding understanding the meaning of the equal sign involving addition and subtraction. 
For example, here is a problem much like the one on the assessment:

? + 6 = 10-2

Yes, it can be overwhelming to look at.
I have taught students to solve for the 10-2 and then rewrite the equation as:

? + 6 = 8

Now, they can use their knowledge of math facts to solve for the unknown, or they can count up from 6 to 8.
I will reteach this concept and the kids will do a some more work in this area before we start our new unit.

Also, those students who have been working so hard on the Making Words homework...THANK YOU!
The practice of cutting out and rearranging the letters is beneficial in learning spelling patterns.  I will send home 3 Making Words sheets weekly through to the end of February or so.
I do not plan on giving any additional homework, but if you think your son or daughter should have more homework, please let me know and I'd be happy to oblige.

Because the half-way point of first grade is only 4 days away (!), I will me doing some mid-year assessments with the students.  This progress monitoring will help in reporting out grades and keeping track of their growth throughout the year.

I believe that report cards will be ready to view on the Aspen program sometime during the first week of February. 

Thank you!!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

January 2015

Hello, families and Happy 2015!

I hope that you all had a wonderful 12 days with your precious children.  I missed them so much over vacation.  I thought of them all often.

Here are a few things to tell you about:

1.  We have just started a new earth science unit called "Pebbles, Sand, and Silt."  Today we observed 3 types of volcanic rocks with hand lenses and noticed what happened when we rubbed them together.  I overheard many scientific discoveries, such as "I made sand!" and "The white rock is like chalk!" as well as "Little pieces are breaking off!"

2.  This week the first graders will go up to the computer lab to get their first in-school experience in keyboarding skills.  As they move on in the grades, efficient keyboarding skills will be necessary.
The program which we will use at school is Internet-based, meaning that they will be able to access it at home for future practice.
Stay tuned for more info....

3. We are in the middle of our math unit and will be finishing up next week.  Today and tomorrow, our focus is on using addition to solve a subtraction problem.  We call it "THINK ADDITION."  For instance, if I am asked

13-6 = ?

I can think 6 + ?  = 13
If we know our addition facts, it's easy.  If not, we can count up!
Start at 6 and count up 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13!  I had to count up seven numbers!  The answer is 7!

We will finish the unit with word problems (both addition and subtraction)!

Monday, December 1, 2014

December is here!

Hello, families!

It's hard to believe that today is the first day of December.  Tomorrow marks the 60th day of school.  Time needs to S-L-O-W D-O-W-N!!!

Meanwhile, we are plugging along in first grade.  The "Choose MyPlate.gov" mini-unit is going well!  We have all learned about the 5 food groups and how to identify foods as being a part of a particular food group.  We have discussed the fact that people add things to foods in order to make them taste appealing (sugar to cranberries, ketchup for example).  We have thought about why we like to eat certain foods together (pasta with chicken nuggets, sauce with pasta), too.

On December 11th our class will visit a PTO-created holiday store just for kids!  All items are priced $5.00 and less (with most items $1 or $2).  Kids will be able to shop for family members.   In the past, we have even wrapped and tagged gifts in class.  More information will follow via a flyer from the PTO.

We will finish our math unit on data and measurement this week and the kids will be assessed on Friday.  Look for the assessment to come home next week.  Our next unit will be on addition and subtraction and the relationship between the two.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you!