Classroom Newsletter

First Grade Happenings

Friday, January 13, 2017

Reading:  Reading aloud like an expert was our goal this week.  We practiced reading fluently with expression.  This also means that we are working on reading until we get to a punctuation mark instead of just reading to the end of a line and then pausing.  Please help your child practice this at home when he/she is reading to you.  Most of the students are also using reading notebooks to write responses to questions about their guided reading books.  Please note that these are questions your child should be able to answer independently as well as write their responses on their own.  If your child is struggling with this, it is something that needs to be practiced.  At this point in first grade students should be able to write multiple sentences in response to a question about a book.  In second grade they will be writing paragraphs and by third grade they will need to be typing responses for state tests.  The questions they have in their notebooks are just a beginning stepping stone to get them ready for these future expectations.  Please make sure your child is answering these questions in sentences. 


Writing:  We worked on editing this week.  It took us a long time to go through one of our All About books and make changes and then make a new copy!  We worked hard to make sure we used capital letters, punctuation, and spelled word wall words correctly. 


Math:  This week we continued to work with our go through 10 strategy. This has been tricky for us, but we are starting to get it.  Can your child show you how to use this strategy to add and/or subtract? 


Science/Social Studies:  We had a great time studying hibernation, snowflakes, snowshoeing, and hiking at the school forest on Friday!  We also took some time this week to review the school wide expectations. 


Next Week:  Next week we will be doing some assessments for the end of the quarter.  We will be finishing up our reading and writing units.  In math we will learn a new story problem type and work more with place value. 


Star Students:  Sophia:  for always getting right to work and always doing her best!

                        Isabella:  for trying hard each day to become a better reader!


Reminders:  The next PTA Meeting is Monday, January 16th at 6:30 in the Franklin Library.  All parents are welcome to attend!  Free childcare is provided.


No School on Friday, January 20th due to teacher in-service. 


On February 1st we will be going to the Capital Civic Center to see Pete the Cat from 12:30-2:30.


We will be celebrating the 100th day of school on Tuesday, February 7thLook for a note to come home with more details soon. 


Parent/Teacher Conferences are February 14th, 16th, and 17thPlease look for a note to come home soon about scheduling that meeting. 


No School Friday, February 17th due to Parent/Teacher conferences. 


No School Monday, February 20th due to Teacher in-service.   


As always, thank you for supporting your child’s learning!  If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me. J