First grade will have specials from 1:15-2:00 each day. Click on the document below to see which day we have music, computer lab, physical education, art, and library. It will also give you the teacher's name for each specials class.
Each Friday our class newsletter will be posted here. If you would like a copy emailed to you, please send an email message to let me know which address to send your newsletter to each week.
December 5 Reflections
December 6 PTA Meeting
at 7:00 PM in
the GES library. All are welcome to attend.
December 7 Early
learners are dismissed at 1:00 PM. There are no afternoon activities or
December 9 Gingerbread People Projects Please send all your gingerbread people back to school by this date.
December 16 Report
December 21 Early Release All learners are dismissed at 1:00 PM. There are
no afternoon activities or programs.
December 24- January 2 Holiday Break Enjoy your time with your family during our holiday break. See you on Tuesday, January 3rd!
Our young authors are using the 6 Traits of Writing to develop their writing skills. The 6 Traits of Writing include: ideas, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice, and conventions. Click on the file below to find more information about writing with the Six Traits.
Reading to your child is a wonderful way to model the reading skills they are learning and practicing. When you are looking for "Just Right" books for your child to read to you, ask them to use the Five Finger Rule to find a book.
The Dolch high frequency list was
published by Edward William Dolch, Ph.D. in his book, Problems in Reading,
The Garrard Press, 1948. The
Dolch list of high frequency words comprises the 220 words which were common to
the word lists used in beginning reading programs. There is a separate list of 95 Dolch nouns. Many
of these words were introduced to your child at the kindergarten level. In first grade we will introduce and learn
words that have short and long vowel patterns, color words, number words, word
families, r-controlled vowel patterns, and more complex vowel patterns (like
–ew, -oo, -ou, -ow). Your child will
continue to learn more words in second grade.
Our goal at Gilford Elementary School is
to have students use these words correctly when reading, writing, and spelling
them. We will continue to introduce a
few new words each week and practice them in various ways. The words are placed on our Word Wall,
a resource used to help students with a visual cue to use these words
appropriately in all of their work.
We will be using the Eureka Math program in GES and GMS. You can find many resources to support your child's learning on our school website under the parent information tab. Learners are given multiple opportunities to learn with concrete manipulatives, pictorial representations, and finally the mathematical expressions. They learn and share strategies for solving a problem and look at various ways to problem solve to determine which is the most efficient way. We will continue to utilize Dreambox, our online learning resource, this year as well. Learners can access Dreambox on our ipads in the classroom or through the link on our school website when they are using Dreambox at home.
We play lots of games in our classroom to help us learn. Check here for math games you can play at home too. You may need dice, coins, or counters to play the games. If you visit the useful links tab (under Classroom Information), you can find websites with math games and resources as well.