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Week of December 10

Upcoming Events:

December 14-early dismissal (12:30), class Christmas potluck party (11:00-12:30). 

December 17-January 4-No School, Christmas break

January 11-Kite day, parent observation (please see note which went home on Friday about specifics)

January 25-end of second quarter/first semester


Bible verse:

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Matthew 1:21


Spelling Words:

*This is a review week.  Please review words from the last 5 weeks.  Refer to the sheet going home on Monday, and/or scroll back to previous weekly blogs.




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Week of December 2

December 14-Christmas pot-luck party, 11:00-12:30. Early dismissal
December 17-January 4-Christmas break, No school
January 21-MLK Day, no school


Bible Verse:

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Matthew 1:21



Spelling Words:

1.  ball
2.  call
3.  fall
4.  hall
5.  mall
6.  tall
7.  talk
8.  walk
9.  your
10.  do


            Christmas art!
















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Week of November 26

November 29-Christmas program practice at hall
November 30-Christmas program! 6pm
December 14-Christmas party-11:00 (plan now to attend!); early dismissal (12:30)
December 17-January 4-No school, Christmas break







Bible Verse:

*no new verse








Spelling Words:

1.  hang
2.  king
3.  ring
4.  long
5.  sung
6.  sink
7.  wink
8.  bunk
9.  on
10.  but





    Turkey puppets!











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Week of November 19

Upcoming Events:

November 20-Harvest Day 
November 21-23-No School/Thanksgiving break
November 30-early dismissal; Christmas program-6pm
December 14-Christmas pot luck; early dismissal


Bible Verse:

No new verse this week

Spelling Words:

No new words this week

Word work time is fun!




             Reading group time.








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Week of November 12

Upcoming Events:

November 17-Holiday Market
November 20-Harvest Day (pie day)
November 21-23-No School/Thanksgiving break
November 30-Christmas program; early dismissal



Bible Verse:

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;  give thanks to him and praise his name."

Psalm  100:4


Spelling Words:

1.  end
2.  hand
3.  sent
4.  went
5.  fast
6.  must
7.  jump
8.  lamp
9.  they
10.  one







Students were asked to "Turn and Talk" to classmates about what they have learned about how plants grow.




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Week of November 5

Upcoming Events:

November 17-Holiday Market
November 20-Harvest Day (pie day)
November 21-23-No School/ Thanksgiving break
November 30-Christmas program







Bible Verse:

"Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us and we are his.  We are his people, the sheep of his pasture."

Psalm 100:3 (same as last week)






Spelling Words:

1.  back
2.  neck
3.  kick
4.  pick
5.  sick
6.  rock
7.  sock
8.  duck
9.  have
10.  or

















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Week of October 29

Upcoming Events:

November 1/2-parent-teacher conferences
November 17-Holiday Market
November 30-Christmas program

Bible Verse:

"Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his.  We are his people, the sheep of his pasture."

Psalm 100:3

(This continues from our last two verses!)


Spelling Words:

1.  add
2.  puff
3.  egg
4.  well
5.  will
6.  doll
7.  kiss
8.  miss
9.  you
10.  live

(Our focus is double consonant words)











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Week of October 21

Upcoming Events:

October 25-1st/2nd grade field trip
November 1/2-conferences (flea market)
November 17-Holiday market (10am-2pm)
November 30-Christmas program




Bible Verse:

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs."  

Psalm 100:1-2







Spelling Words:

*This week we will be reviewing all the words from the past 5 weeks, with a focus on all of the short vowels.  Please refer to the sheet going home on Monday with your child, or scroll back to the previous weeks' words.  There will be around 2 words chosen from each word list, with an additional 3 bonus words.









Connecting science and literacy; working with our friends to organize information!











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Week of October 14

Upcoming Events:

October 25-1st/2nd grade field trip
November 1/2-conferences
November 30-Christmas program






Bible Verse:

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth."

Psalm 100:1



*due to our last weeks being shortened, we are moving on to this new verse, and are not being tested on the verse from last week.








Spelling Words:

1.  in
2.  is
3.  it
4.  did
5.  big
6.  him
7.  rip
8.  fix
9.  was
10.  of














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Week of October 8

Upcoming Events:

October 25-1st/2nd grade field trip
November 30-Christmas Program


Bible Verse:

"I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you;  I will make your name great and you will be a blessing."

Genesis 12:2





Spelling Words:

1.  up
2.  us
3.  mud
4.  bug
5.  fun
6.  run
7.  sun
8.  cut
9.  to
10.  are


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Week of October 1

Upcoming Events:

October 8-teacher work day, no school
October 25-1st/2nd grade field trip
November 30-Christmas Program





Bible Verse:

Due to short week, no new verse





Spelling Words:

1.  bug
2.  cut
3.  fun
4.  up
5.  us
6.  mud
7.  sun
8.  run
9.  to
10.  are

*test for these words will be next week (10/12)


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Week of September 24

Upcoming Events:

October 8-teacher work day, no school
October 25-1st/2nd grade field trip ( see note going home this week)
November 30-Christmas program


Bible Verse:

The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household, and go to the land I will show you."

Genesis 12:1




Spelling Words:

1.  bed
2.  fed
3.  red
4.  get
5.  let
6.  pet
7.  men
8.  yes
9.  for
10.  as
























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Week of September 17

Sept. 17-teacher work day, no school
Sept. 20-picture day (8:40 am)
Oct. 8-teacher work day, no school




Bible Verse:

The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household, and go to the land I will show you."

Genesis 12:1

*we will practice this for two weeks


Spelling words:

1.  job
2.  God
3.  mom
4.  hop
5.  top
6.  got
7.  hot
8.  fox
9.  a
10.  and

* Test will be Friday.  In addition to these words, there will be 2-3 bonus words for fun.  The focus will be the short "o" sound.





We love our "word work" time!





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Week of September 10

Sept. 17-teacher work day, no school
Oct. 8-teacher work day, no school







Bible Verse:

"I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."
Psalm 119:11

* We will usually practice our verses for 2-3 weeks, and try to say them by ourselves on Fridays.  I let the students say them as they feel comfortable.







Spelling Words:

1.  am
2.  at
3.  cat
4.  can
5.  man
6.  ran
7.  had
8.  has
9.  I
10.  the

*Our spelling test will be on Friday.  The students will be asked to write the word the teacher says on their paper.  The words will be given in a random order, and used in a sentence.  It is most important that your child just tries to write the letters for the beginning and middle sounds at least.  I tell the students, the purpose of this test is so that I know what we need to work on in class.  Please do not let your child stress over spelling tests!









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Week of September 3

Sept. 3- Labor Day holiday, no school
Sept. 17-teacher work day, no school
Oct. 8-teacher work day, no school













Bible Verse:

"I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."
Psalm 119:11
















Spelling Words:

*No new words this week.

















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Week of August 27


Upcoming Events:

September 3-Labor Day holiday,
no school
September 17-teacher work day, no school
October 8-teacher work day, no school






Bible Verse:

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."
  Genesis 1:1













Spelling Words:

*no new spelling words this week


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Week of August 20


Upcoming Events:

August 21-First day of School
August 24-Back to School/Open House
                (6:00-7:30)
September 3-Labor Day holiday, no school
September 17-teacher work day/no school


Bible Verse:

*no memory verse this week


Spelling Words:

*no spelling words this week


















                   Our teacher assistant/Ms. Fox
12-10-18

Dear families,

We had another great week in first grade!  It was fun to get back into our regular routine, after having worked so hard to prepare for the Christmas program!  We are getting closer to the end of the term, and the students are spending time reviewing skills they have learned over the last quarter.

This week we will have our Christmas party.  Although the party is from 11:00-12:30, please feel free to come at any time, even for a short while.  We will start with games, and a story.  We plan to eat at 11:30, and end with our gift exchange game!

I pray you all have a blessed week ahead!

Mrs. Fox














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12-2-18

Dear families,

Thank you so much for a wonderful week, and for helping us have a great Christmas program!  The students did a wonderful job, and you should all be very proud!

We only have two weeks left until we break for Christmas vacation!  As much as possible, please remind your child, we are still in school, and working on learning many things!  

I want to remind you of our upcoming Christmas pot luck party on Friday, December 14.  You will be getting a sign up sheet this week.  Please sign up as soon as possible, and plan to attend if you are able.  This is a great time to get to know other families in our class.  Younger siblings are welcome!  We will also have a gift exchange.  Please make sure and read the note concerning this.  We will be asking for a wrapped gift worth no more than 500 yen, for our Christmas exchange game.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox







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11-26-18

Dear families,

Thank you to all of you who helped out by providing pies and help with crafts!  We really appreciated it.  Looking ahead, we will be having our Christmas party on Friday, December 14.  This is always a fun time, in which we all have a pot luck lunch together.  Please make plans now to attend.  All families, including younger children are welcome to attend.  Please remember, students are dismissed at 12:30 on that day.

This week is the big Christmas program!  The students will be spending much of our week preparing, so you may notice our schedule will be a bit different.  Please make sure to have your child to the hall in plenty of time on Friday.  Students should be "dressed up" for this event!

See you all Friday night!

Mrs. Fox

      Christmas program practice!








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11-19-18

Dear families,

It was great to see many of you at the Holiday market!  I hope you and your family had a fun time!  Thanks to those of you who helped to make this event possible.  This week we will have more fun as we celebrate American Thanksgiving.  Again, thanks to those of you who are helping and/or bringing pies.  Please remember you are welcome to come anytime between 8:30-10:30 (crafts, games, etc.) and 12:30-1:00 (eating pie).

I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoy time with your families.  I'm thankful for each of you and your wonderful children!

Mrs. Fox


    Operation Christmas Child!  Thanks for your domations!







We like show and tell time!








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11-12-18

Dear families,

I hope you have all had a great weekend!  With this wonderful Okinawa weather, it's hard to believe we are getting close to the holiday season!  Please join us for the Holiday Market on Saturday.  Also, make sure you have saved November 30th on your calendar!  The students are working so hard, and will be very excited to sing for you.

This week we enjoyed having "Ace", a therapy dog, visit our school.  We were able to learn a bit about dogs, and learn how dogs are used to help people.

Don't forget to let me know if you would like to donate a pie, or come and help during our craft time on Harvest day.  Be watching for a note on Monday about specific ways you can help.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox







Story time with "Ace"!











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11-5-18

Dear families,

It was so wonderful meeting with each of you last week!  Thank you so much for taking the time to come.  I am so proud of the progress all the students have made, and you should be, too!  Thank you so much for your support in your child's learning.

We are getting closer and closer to the time of the Christmas season.  Make sure you are making plans to attend the Holiday Market and the Christmas Program.  In addition, please remember we are sending a "shoebox" to the needy children in the Philippines again this year.  Please support this effort as you are able.  (refer to the sheet which was sent home earlier)

Hope your weekend is wonderful!

Mrs. Fox











Counting our pumpkin seeds!
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10-29-18

Dear families,

It was great to see many of you on the field trip!  We had such a good time.  I look forward to seeing the rest of you at conferences this week.  Please make sure and come at your specific time, as most of my conferences are set up back to back, and we don't want to miss out on our time together!  I'm so proud of the progress all the students have made.  I encourage you to please bring your child with you, as your child wants to show you his/her work!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox









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10-21-18

Dear families,

I hope you were able to enjoy our beautiful Okinawa weather this weekend!  Let's hope and pray for more good weather this week, as we go on our field trip this Thursday.  Thanks to those of you that have offered to help, and to those who are coming.  We want all students to have a fun time and remember to be kind, respectful, hard-working, and self controlled on our trip, as we are guests at the park.  Please remind your child of this, as we prepare for our trip.  Please also remember to have your child wear his/her red OCSI shirt.  If your child does not have a shirt, any red shirt will be fine. (your child does not need to wear the shirt on Friday)

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox














Finding facts in non-fiction books!












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10-14-18

Dear families,

I hope you had a good week and weekend.  We had so much fun learning about apples, and making applesauce last week.  We also had fun reading our rough drafts to our friends, and deciding together which story to publish! ( we will be working on this for a while, and hope to have our stories ready to read to you at conferences!)

If you have not filled out the conference form on line, please do so as soon as possible.  (you should have received an email form Mrs. Roe regarding this)  In addition, if you have not returned the field trip note, please sign and return as soon as possible so we can make plans.  Finally, pleases make sure your child returns his/her library book tomorrow, as we are back to having library on Monday tomorrow!

Thanks to all of you who contributed to the  "coin wars!"  We will find out who won, this week!

Have a blessed week!

Mrs. Fox








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10-7-18

Dear families,

Another strange short week!  I hope you all are recovering well from the storms, and have been able to enjoy some family time.

This week we will try to get back into the routine of things!  Thanks to all who have already contributed to the "coin wars."  We will continue collecting coins throughout this week.  Thanks also to those of you who ordered books.  They should arrive by next week.

If you have not already, please sign up for a conference time.  (check email from Mrs. Roe concerning specifics)  I look forward to meeting with each of you and your child.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox








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10-2-18

Dear families,

Wow!  I hope you all stayed safe in the storm!  As many of you know, I had to go out of town, and was able to make it safely to mainland.  Thank you for your prayers.

We are so thankful to have power and water again at OCSI.  We will have classes again tomorrow.  Please note our spelling test will be tomorrow, as we were not able to do it last Friday.  There will be NO test on new words this week. 

We will not have library until next Monday, so feel free to keep books at home for a few more days.

For your information, clubs will start tomorrow as previously planned.

Have a blessed week,

Mrs. Fox










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9-23-18

Dear families,

We had another good week!  We have been making good progress in all areas, and have gotten used to many first grade routines.  We are already in our last week of September!  Thank you for helping your child return homework consistantly, and for reading with your child at home.  Just a reminder, our library day is Monday, so please return books by that day so your child can check out new books.  On weeks when there is a holiday, we will usually have library on Wednesday instead.

The students looked great for picture day on Thursday.  If you did not order photos, you will be able to see the photos in the yearbook at the end of first grade!

Be watching for a field trip note to come home this week, and make plans to attend if you wish!

As mentioned earlier, if you would like to order from the scholastic book order, feel free to do so.  Please order by September 30 at http://world-schools.scholastic.co.uk/okinawa-christian-school-intl.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox





All dressed up for picture day!












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9-17-18

Dear families,

I hope you are enjoying a great "long" weekend, and taking advantage of the wonderful Okinawa weather!

We had another fun week, and the students all helped to make my birthday special!  Thank you!  

This week we will have our pictures taken.  Please remember, even if you choose not to order pictures, the picture which is taken will be used in the yearbook, so all students will be participating.  Please read instructions carefully, and provide the exact amount needed for your purchase.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox




















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9-10-18

Dear families,

We had another great week, as we welcomed two new students to our class!  Welcome Mia and Tadhg to our class!

On Friday you noticed the red T shirts that went home.  If your child ordered a shirt, please have him/her wear the shirt on Fridays!  If you did not order a shirt, any red shirt would be great!  We will be wearing these shirts on field trips as well.

Snack time went well this week.  If your child would like to bring a snack, please make sure it is a healthy snack.  Thank you!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox








Sharing our writing with our friends!






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9-3-18

Dear families,

We had another great week in first grade!  Many students are getting used to the routine of the day, and are learning to follow directions well.  We are welcoming another new student to our class this week!  Welcome Mia!  We now have 20 students in our class!  

This month we will celebrate some birthdays in our class.  If your child has a birthday during the school year, and your would like to have your child bring a treat to share with the class, you are welcome to do so.  Please note that this is absolutely optional.  Either way, we will acknowledge your child's birthday, and try to make his/her day special! (if your child has a summer birthday, we celebrate the last week of school)

As you may have realized, our library day will be different this week, as Monday is a holiday.  We will go to the library on Wednesday instead.  Please make sure all books are returned by Tuesday.

Finally, you may have noticed the note about snacks sent home on Friday.  Please make sure your child's snack is healthy, if you choose to participate.

Have a blessed week!

Mrs. Fox





















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8-27-18                                        

Dear families,

It was great seeing so many of you at Open House on Friday night!  If you were not able to come, make sure and take a look at the materials coming home in your child's folder on Monday.  In addition, let me know if there is another time you would like to stop by to see your child's classroom!

We had a great first week, and the students are already settling into the routine of things.  Please make sure your child has a water bottle each day, as it has been very warm.  Your child needs to remember to return his/her "take home" folder each day, as there is usually homework and other important information for you to read.

On Monday we will begin library time!  Your child will be checking out two books each week.  One book is a "just right book" (one which he/she should read independently, and one will be a "free choice" book (one which you may need to read to your child, or they may choose to look at the pictures only).  Please return all library books on Fridays each week.

Enjoy some photos from our first week!

Blessings,

Mrs. Fox





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Dear families,

Hi!  My name is DeAnne Fox, and I will be your child's teacher this year!  I'm so excited to be back at OCSI for my fifth year, and looking forward to getting to know both your child and you during this school year.  I have been teaching first grade for quite a while, both in Japan and in the States, but it's always fun to start a new year and watch a new group of students grow!

There are a few things you should know as we begin the new school year.  Please make sure your child brings a water bottle to school each day, as it gets quite warm here in Okinawa!  Your child also needs to bring his/her backpack daily.  Please make sure that all items (school supplies, etc.) are clearly labeled with your child's name.  Your child should know if he/she is a bus rider or not.  If for any reason this changes on a particular day, make sure and notify the school as early as possible. 

Finally, please know that all students line up after playtime before going up to their classrooms.  If your child needs help carrying class supplies on the first day, feel free to come up to the classroom.  Please know however, you will have an opportunity to spend more time in our room on August 24th for Open House!

Looking forward to a great first week!

Mrs. Fox

                      Mr. and Mrs. Fox
Literacy Focus:

Our focus for this week will be continuing to work on our comprehension skills.  We will do this by thinking about the "main idea" of a story and "details".  We will continue to build and expand our vocabulary as we have been doing by noticing new words in our books.  Thank you for continuing to help your child with his/her RAH book reading at home.  The students have all made great gains in their reading!






Math Focus:

In math we will be finishing up our unit on addition skills to 20.  Please help your child continue to practice his/her doubles facts.  Students should also be practicing counting on from any number.  We will be even learning how to add three numbers this week!










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Literacy Focus:

Our focus this week in reading will be a review of our comprehension skills and strategies covered so far.  We will try to also look again at expanding our vocabulary as we read many Christmas themed books.
In writing we will continue our "how to" writing unit.  We will be learning how to write using "time words" such as first, next, etc.




Finding "chunks" in words.



Math Focus:

In math we will continue our unit on addition strategies.  We will keep practicing counting on and will also practice memorizing our doubles facts to 20.















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Literacy Focus:

This week we will spend most of our time focusing on "accuracy" as we learn new ending blends.  We will also be learning about "characters, setting, problems, and solutions" as we begin to read some Christmas themed stories!


Math Focus:

In math we will be reviewing our subtraction, and then moving into a new unit where we will learn strategies for adding numbers up to 20.  One strategy your child may want to practice is counting on from any given number.











         Yummy pie!









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Literacy Focus:

With such a short week, this week we will be spending lots of time reading stories, and reviewing rhyming words.  We will also be listening to  Thanksgiving themed stories, and be practicing checking for comprehension, as we retell the story.





We got to read with our 5th grade buddies in their classroom this week!


Math Focus:

In math we will be reviewing our addition and subtraction skill during this short week.


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Literacy Focus:

In reading this week, we continued learning about non-fiction books, and specifically focused on learning about plants.  As we read our books, we learned how to "tune into interesting or unknown words."  We started a "word collector" and hope to expand our vocabulary all year!

We also started our RAH! (Read At Home) program.  Thanks to all of you for encouraging your child with his/her reading.  The students also enjoyed getting into reading groups, and working on all areas of our "Daily 5."  In addition, we met with our 5th grade reading buddies again on Friday which was a lot of fun.


Math Focus:

In math we are continuing to learn about ways to subtract.  We also learned about related facts and fact families.  We will continue to review our subtraction facts to 10 this week, and prepare for our subtraction unit test.  Please encourage your child to practice subtraction facts at home.


















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Literacy Focus:

In reading this week we will continue to read more books about plants.  We will read both fiction and non-fiction, and be focusing on looking for new words and expanding our vocabulary.  We will also be beginning the Read At Home (RAH) program.  Please make sure and listen to your child read each night, and don't forget to spend time talking about the books!


Math Focus:
 
In math we will continue our subtraction unit.  Thank you for supporting your child!  The students are doing a great job learing their facts.  You may want to use words like difference, fewer, or compare, as you talk about subtraction at home.  Encourage your child to practice counting back as well, in order to help with subtraction.










Fun time reading our personal narratives to our friends!













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Literacy Focus:

We will continue to learn about non-fiction books.  We will be looking at specific features of non-fiction books, including things such as table of contents, diagrams, headings, etc.  Specifically, we will be reading books about pumpkins, and learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Last week we enjoyed starting our 5th grade reading buddy time.  As part of our Daily 5 "read to someone," we will be reading to a special 5th grade buddy each week.  We hope to later do other special things with our buddies as well.






Math Focus:

We have been getting better with our subtraction facts, and are continuing to practice our subtraction facts to 10.  We will also be learning about "related facts" soon.  (if we know 2+3=5, then we know 5-2=3)





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Literacy Focus:

In reading this week, we continued learning about finding information in both fiction and non-fiction texts.  We intergrated our science with our literacy, as we learned about how animals use their bodies for doing various things. 

This week, we will continue to read non-fiction texts.  We will also be doing some basic reading assessments, looking at the wonderful progress all the students have made already!

We will be finishing up our personal narrative stories as well.  We are getting excited to share them with you at conferences.




Math Focus:

In math we will continue to learn about subtraction, as we practice our facts to ten.  We will be looking at counting back as a strategy to subtract.  We will use a number line to help us with our counting.  You may want to practice counting back from "any given number" with your child.  

This past week we had fun using dice to help us practice our subtraction! (we subtracted the smaller number from the greater number)




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Literacy Focus:

In reading we will be focusing on reading non-fiction texts, as we continue to read science related topics.  We will be learning how to look for facts in books, and will be comparing fiction and non-fiction books about a similar topic. 

 As part of our "work on writing", we will begin our "Wonder Journals", and learn to ask questions before reading texts.  Specifically, we will move into thinking about how animals and plants live and grow.










Math Focus:
Last week we took our math test, and the students did great!  We are moving into subtraction now, and will be learning about how to find the difference in numbers.  Students should be working on subtraction problems to 10.  Students will all so learn about using counting back as a subtraction strategy.





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Literacy Focus:

This week we will complete things we were not able to do last week.  We also hope to move into reading non fiction books related to plants and animals.  We will be learning some of the differences between fiction and non-fictions texts.

We will also begin choosing the personal narrative we want to "publish" and begin our final drafts.








Math Focus:

In math we will complete our first chapter and have a chapter test on Wednesday.  (we will review on Tuesday)  This will be a test covering addition facts to ten.  Students should also review math vocabulary. ( see review sheet sent home on Wednesday in take home folders)



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Literacy Focus:

This week will will be reviewing our comprehension and accuracy skills as we read some new books by "David Shannon".  The students will focus on making connections as well as practice checking for understanding as they read.

In writer's workshop time we will begin finishing up our drafts of personal narrative stories, and begin to choose one to publish!



Math Focus:

In math this week we will review our math facts to ten, and be taking a math test on Thursday.  The students have been doing a great job.  Thank you for working with your child to help him/her learn the math facts!












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Literacy Focus:

During our Daily 5 reading time, we have continued to focus on our comprehension skills.  We have talked about the importance of thinking while we read, so we know what the story is about!  This is a hard skill, as many first graders are focused on sounding out words as well!  Make sure to talk with your child about what he/she is reading!

We were so excited that we were able to build our reading stamina this week.  We actually ead for 20 minutes one day!  We will continue to practice this throughout the coming weeks.

In writer's workshop time, we learned about the importance of talking about our ideas, before putting them on paper.  We practiced touching our papers, while telling our stories.





Math Focus:

In math we have continued to practice our addition facts.  This week we will work on ways to make ten.  Please help your child memorize facts to ten as much as possible.  We will be have an end of unit test sometime next week.




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Literacy Focus:

We had a lot of fun learning about "working on writing," as we started using our response notebooks to write about connections from books we have been reading.  We also shared with each other by "turning and talking" to our friends about our connections (what a story reminded us of).  Finally, we were really excited to start our "Word Work" time, as part of our spelling.  We practiced making our spelling words using lots of different types of letters. (blocks, magnets, whiteboards, etc.)

Writing in our response notebooks!





Practicing our "turn and talk."












Math Focus:

In math we learned about ways to make 4,5, 6, 7, and 8.  We learned about how different combinations of numbers can still make the same number, and practiced doing it with linking cubes.  



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Literacy Focus:

In reading this week, we continued learning about the Daily 5, and focused on Read to Self, and Read to Someone.  We learned about making predictions, in order to help our comprehension skills.  This week we will begin learning and practicing our "work on writing" as we write responses to our stories.  We will also be introduced to "word work" as we make our spelling words with fun objects!


"Read to Someone" time


Math Focus:

In math we will continue working on our addition skills.  We learned a fun number hop counting game this week, as we practiced counting up.  We are continuing to work on practicing our number formation.  You may want to practice this at home as well.




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Literacy Focus:

This week in our class we will continue to practice our "Read to Self."  We will also practice "Read to Someone" which we started last week.  The students had so much fun reading with a partner, and are beginning to learn how to "check for comprehension."  We have been talking a lot about the importance of thinking while you read, so you know what you are reading about!  This is actually hard for many first graders, so we will spend much time focusing on comprehension this year.





We have started "Writer's Workshop" time, and have had fun learning about personal narratives.  We have even had a time to share our stories, and sit in the author's chair!




Math Focus:

This past week in math we worked on number formation, as well as learning about adding numbers.  We talked about the terms part and whole, as we put numbers together to make larger groups.  This coming week, we will continue to do much of the same, focusing on adding.




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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue learning about our Daily 5 program.  We will be focusing on learning how to choose "Just Right" books.  These are books that are not too hard, and yet not too easy.  These are books which your child should be able to read independently.  We will continue practicing building our stamina, as we "read to ourselves."

In Writer's Workshop time, we will begin learning about writing personal narratives.  We will focus on writing stories which are true, and happened to us.





Math Focus:

In math we will be doing some assessment to determine student levels.  We will begin with some basic addition skills with a focus on using the words "part" and "whole" when talking about a group of numbers.  Please make sure to check your child's folder each night for homework.






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Literacy Focus:

This week we will be introduced to the Daily 5, (read to self, work on writing, word work, read to someone, and listen to reading), with an emphasis on learning to build stamina when reading to self.  We will talk about what kinds of books we like to read, and begin learning some simple strategies to use when beginning to read.










Math Focus:

In math we will begin by reviewing our counting skills, and practice writing numbers.  We will practice counting on as we prepare to move into simple addition.