Welcome to Mrs. Martino's 1st Grade Class!

This Week in First Grade


May 16-May 20

Dear First Grade Families,

I cannot believe we are in our last full week of First Grade!!!! Time sure does fly when you are learning and having fun!


This week we will be preparing for our BIG Zootopia presentation! Animals should be sent in tomorrow. Our Zootopia will be in our classroom on Wednesday from 10:15-11:00. This is following Field Day. We ask that you, of course, watch your own kiddo's presentation first, but if you do have the time, it would be great if you were able to visit a few other displays as some parents will not be able to make it. I know the kids are eager to share all of their learning with you!


In Math we will be covering telling time to the half hour and learning about equal parts. Students will also be taking an assessment that reviews all of our learning from the year!


During our writing time, students will have a chance to create a First Grade Memory Book. This is a fun way for them to capture special moments that have happened throughout the year. It is a great keepsake!


Specials: Technology


Important Dates:

Wednesday, May 13: Field Day: 8:40-10:00/ Zootopia: 10:15-11:00

*We will watch a short movie in the afternoon... we earned this from filling our Compliment Board.

It said: Congratulations! You ROCK first grade!

Let's watch a movie in comfy clothes!

Friday, May 15: Pajama Day! This is the other part from our Compliment Board that we earned. I decided to do it on Friday since we may not want to wear "comfy clothes" on Field Day.

Wednesday, May 25: Last Day of School!


Important Reminders:

-We are cleaning out our desks, so please be sure to check your child's backpack nightly and help them get everything out!

-All Library Books are due!


It is going to be a great week! Look forward to seeing you at Zootopia!



May 2 - May 6

Hello First Grade Families!

I cannot believe it is already May!!! Here is what is happening this week in First grade.


We will be giving the iReady diagnostic this week in school. Please do NOT go into iReady. The assessment MUST be done at school. We will have to restart if a student does this at home. Thank you.


Fundations: We are continuing to work with vowel teams and long vowel sounds. As you read with your child, look for long vowel patterns.


Reading: This week students will compare and contrast two stories. They will look for things that are similar and different. We will also be taking the iReady Reading Diagnostic.


Math: We will finish up Topic 14 on shapes and start Topic 13 that focuses on Time and Money.


Writing: We are wrapping up our Opinion Writing unit, writing a review on our own! This has been a fun writing unit!


Science: We are getting ready for Zootopia!!! Students are in the process of selecting an animal that cares for its offspring to do a research project on. Students will be creating a brochure that includes traits, habitat, ways the parent protects its offspring and other fun facts! Look for more information coming home on Friday.


Specials: Music / P.E.


Important Reminders:

-With the I Ready Diagnostic this week, please do not go onto I Ready at home. Students must complete the diagnostic at school. Thank you for your help with this.


-Our last library visit is Tuesday, students must return all books.


-Please remember our weather seems to change hourly:) Be sure your kiddo is prepared, we do always try to go outside!


Upcoming Dates:

May 13: End of the Year Bash 5:30-9:30! The PTO is celebrating the end of the year with food trucks, a movie, lawn games & music!

May 18: Field Day! First grade will be from 8:40-10:00.

May 25: Last Day of School!


It is going to be a great week! As always, reach out with any questions.



March 27 - April 1

Announcement! - Wish Week is This Week!

Special Dress up Days!

This week is Wish Week for all Legend Feeder Schools! Wish Week is an opportunity to raise money for Make-A-Wish® Colorado recipients. Our donations provide hope and special experiences for Wish Kids. All Wish Kids have a critical illness and are in need of additional celebrations.

There are many opportunities for our school and families to participate! Legend High School is hosting a Feeder Festival and they had a Wish Walk on Saturday, March 26th.

Gold Rush will participate in dress up days this week. We ask students to bring change to participate in daily spirit events. No donation is too small. All donations go directly to this year's wish week kids to help their wishes come true!

Please see our daily dress up themes below:

Monday: Fire or Ice

Tuesday: Princess or Hero Days

Wednesday: Camping or Staying In

Thursday: Pop or Rock and Roll

Friday: Pink or Purple


We will have a busy week! Here is what we will be up to:


Fundations: We will review the concept of base word and suffix and learn the new "trick words" her, number, and over.

Trick words are great words to practice spelling because they are not easily sounded out. We will review concepts learned in Unit 8 and take our unit test.


Reading: We are continuing our study of fiction books and story elements. We are practicing retelling the story by finding the most important events in a story. We will look for events that "go together" - we will identify the problem and events leading up to the problem, as well as events that lead to the solution. We will also begin a focus on the characters in the books we read, and keep track of what we learn about them. As you read with your child this week, have them practice retelling the story, and stop and discuss the characters you meet!


Math: We will begin Topic 11: Using Models and Strategies to Subtract Tens. We will learn to use multiple tools and strategies when subtracting, including using a model or place value blocks, using a 100s chart, and using an open number line.


Writing: We will continue our opinion writing about our collections. We judged our collection and wrote about the one that, in our opinion, was the best and winner of a blue ribbon! We learned that opinion writers try to convince or persuade their readers to agree with them by giving lots of reasons. This week we will revise and edit our pieces, then write about our second place winner. We will also learn how to write a piece that disagrees with someone's opinion.


Science: We will begin a new unit on Parents and Their Offspring. We begin with learning about animal traits. Our guiding question is: Animals of the same species are similar but not exactly alike. How do we know that young animals look similar to but not exactly like their parents?

We will compare and contrast parents and offspring. In one activity students will create an offspring of a bug that has some traits from the mother, and some from the father. The kids will have fun with this!


Reminders:

Our daily dress up themes for Wish Week:

Monday: Fire or Ice

Tuesday: Princess or Hero Days

Wednesday: Camping or Staying In

Thursday: Pop or Rock and Roll

Friday: Pink or Purple


*Please watch the weather and come prepared to go outside!

*Please remember to bring a water bottle and 2 snacks.


Specials this week: Music/PE


It is going to be a great week! As always, please reach out with any questions!



March 7 - March 11

I cannot believe we are wrapping up our 3rd quarter of first grade! Wow, time flies when you are having fun & learning. We will spend this week wrapping up our various units in reading, writing, math & science!


*Conferences are this week! I am looking forward to meeting with all of you this week to share all the hard work your kiddo has done! If you need to check your conference time, please click here. You will need your confirmation number, which should have been sent to you when you signed up through Canyon Creek.


Here are some important reminders for the rest of the week:

*Book Fair: There are still several open spots and we are in desperate need of volunteers for the upcoming Book Fair! Volunteering at the Book Fair is the perfect way to stay connected to your child at school and help students find the books they can't wait to read. Volunteer for 2 or more spots and receive a $5 credit. We may be forced to close the book fair during times where no volunteers are available. All help is greatly appreciated.

CLICK HERE TO HELP

We will preview the book fair on Monday. Students may then shop throughout the week during our brain break time. We will not have a specific shopping day like last time. Parents are welcome to shop before/after school or come at lunch! Please remember if you send your child to school with money to be specific about what they can or cannot buy. The volunteers will assist your child but cannot be responsible for what they buy. I highly recommend the ewallet. You can find out more information here. If you cannot make it to the book fair, you can shop online here.

*Time Capsule Homework: I sent home an email and letter on Friday about a fun project we are working on in class - creating a Time Capsule to be opened in 2033! Please send in any items to add to your child's time capsule by Thursday. I know the homework letter said Wednesday, so either day is fine. We will be putting them together to send home on Friday! I attached the letter to this email, if you didn't see it

*Collection Homework for after Spring Break: There will be a letter in your child's homwork folder tomorrow about our next writing unit after spring break. For this unit, they will need to bring in a collection. Please do not send in any collections until after Spring Break.

*Please pack 2 snacks every day.

*Please dress for our ever changing weather! We will go outside on most days, even snowy ones! Bring boots!


Specials this week: Art

Upcoming Dates:

-Parent Teacher Conferences: March 7-11.

-Spring Break: March 14-18



February 28 - March 4

Our Spring Conferences are coming up the week of March 7th. Please sign up now! You can access the online schedule here. The password is Digger.


Here is what will be happening in First Grade this week:


Fundations: We will be learning some new "trick words" - too, very, also, some, come. Students practice reading and spelling these words. We will be finishing up Unit 7 by reviewing the glued sounds we've learned (ing, ang, ong, ung, ink, ank, onk, unk) and practice adding suffix -s to words with these sounds. We'll also review the "trick words" in this unit (my, try, why, by, put, two, too, very, also, some & come) and take our end of unit test.


Reading: Students are encouraged to put all they've learned together to become the best readers they can be! They should do all of the things on their bookmark. (Take a sneak peek, check it/change your prediction as you read, do something at the end, reread to smooth out your voice, scoop words into phrases!) When they come to a word they don't know they should try a variety of decoding strategies - all of the tools in their toolbox - and try them quickly! Don't spend too long on any one strategy - try something else until you figure out the word.

They will also try and become a "Reading Star" by doing the following:

  • Scoop up Lots of Words

  • Look out for clues, like dialogue tags - quotation marks " "

  • Change your voice to sound like a character

  • Show feelings

  • Read some parts s..l..o...w.. and some parts fast!

  • Add sound effects - BAM! WHOOSH!

  • Read LOUD and clear!

Look for this to come home for homework and encourage your child to do all of these things to read like a Reading Star!


Writing: Students are finishing up their writing assessment. They will also learn a new writing plan and write paragraphs with a topic sentence, body with details, and a conclusion. They'll begin by writing about their favorite things to do at recess. This framework will come in handy when we begin our next writing unit, sharing our opinions and adding details to try and convince others to agree with us. We will begin this unit after spring break.


Math: We will continue with Topic 9. We will learn some strategies to add tens and ones, including using base ten blocks, using an open number line, and mentally being able to add ten to a two-digit number.


Science: We will continue our unit on Sound. Students will Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.


Upcoming Dates:

-Parent teacher conferences are the week of March 7.

You can sign up now! You can access the online schedule here. The password is Digger.


-The Book Fair will be the week of March 7, students can shop before school and after school. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up here. If you would like to order books online, click here.


-Spring Break: March 14-18



February 21-25

Hello First Grade Families!

I hope everyone enjoyed the nice long weekend!


Our Spring Conferences are coming up the week of March 7th. Scroll down to find the link to sign up!


Here is what will be happening in First Grade this week:


iReady: This week your child will start doing iReady reading & math as part of their homework. There is a detailed letter coming home with homework on Tuesday along with a new clever badge and login information. Please take a moment to read the letter! (Thank you!)

Students will always work on their pathway, this is a green rectangle box. Sometimes there will also be a blue box, this is an assigned lesson, students will only do the blue lessons in class, not at home. The assigned lessons are often concepts we are working on together in small groups. If you have any questions, please reach out!


Fundations: Students will continue to work with the new glued sounds: -ank,-ink,-onk,-unk.

WOD ( vocabulary) link & fangs


Reading: This week students will learn how to infer and visualize. We will look at various poems that do not have pictures. Students will infer what the poem is about and visualize what is happening as the words are read. When we infer, we merge what we already know (our "background knowledge" or "schema") with clues from the text to figure out what is going on. For example, one poem reads:

Went to the corner

Walked in the store

Bought me some candy

Ain’t got it no more

Ain’t got it no more


What happened to the candy? We can infer that the author ate the candy because we know that is what you do with candy!



Writing: Last week we began taking a writing assessment. Students chose a topic for a nonfiction chapter book. Without assistance from me, they will plan, write (using everything we learned about how to teach their reader) , revise and edit. I am excited to see their books. I will be sharing these with you at conferences.


Math: We will continue with Topic 9. Students will be learning how to compare numbers with >,< & = symbols.


Science: We are starting a new science unit on Sound. Students will Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.


Upcoming Dates:

-Parent teacher conferences are the week of March 7.

You can sign up now! You can access the online schedule here. The password is Digger.


-The Book Fair will be the week of March 7, students can shop before school and after school. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up here. If you would like to order books online, click here.


-Spring Break: March 14-18



February 7-11

Homework: Students will continue to have this week to finish up...

1. ...their valentine's box to hold their valentines. Please make sure there is an easy way to get valentines out of the box so they can read them.

2. ...address valentines to each student in their class.

**Both should be brought to school next Monday, Valentine's Day, February 14th.


Fundations: We will review the trick words why, by, my, and try and practice writing these in a sentence. We will also be reviewing the welded, or glued, sounds we learned last week - ing, ang, ong, and ung.


Reading: We are continuing our unit on learning tools to help us understand our books. We'll discuss the importance of keeping track of who is talking by recognizing quotation marks and when who is talking changes. We will also review the strategy "read the word the best you can, and think about what it means." Students use clues in the text to help them with new vocabulary. For example, when reading a chapter called The Secret Concoction students will use the clues in the text to figure out what a "concoction" is.

**This is a great strategy to practice at home! Ask your child what new words mean and find clues in the books they are reading. You can also do this when reading books together.


Math: We are continuing our topic on place value, learning about and working with the tens and ones place. Students will generalize that when a number is written, the tens digit is always on the left, and that the ones digit is always on the right. They need to understand that the value of a digit is determined by which place it is in. Students will also draw models to represent tens and ones in different numbers:


Writing: We are winding down our unit on writing nonfiction, or "teaching" books. This week students will finish up the chapter book they are working on. They will revise their work, making sure their books have all of the things we've learned for how good authors teach their readers: think of questions your readers might have (did you answer them?); write in twin sentences; make sure your pictures teach (include labels, captions, close ups...), include information on size, shape, color, or size; make a comparison to help readers understand (a shark's teeth is as sharp as a knife), and give examples. After revising, students will edit their writing, looking for correct spelling, punctuation, and capitals.

This week students will also begin a writing assessment, writing a teaching book all by themselves, trying to make sure they include all of the above. We will share these at conferences.


Social Studies: Students will continue their research on a Famous American Hero or Symbol. They will be using this research and collaborating with peers to create a poster or book to help teach others what they learned.


Specials: Art

Reminders:

**Conferences are coming up! They will be the week of March 7th. Look for a link to a sign up to come home soon.​

**Valentine's Day will be celebrated on Monday, February 14th. Students should bring their box to hold their valentines and valentines addressed to each student in their class. Please hold onto these until the 14th.

**Remember to dress for the weather! Students should bring or wear boots when there is snow on the ground.



January 31-February 4

Fundations: Students will learn the glued sounds: -ang, -ing, -ong, -ung. We will make words with these sounds and look at the rhyming patterns. Our Trick words ( sight words) are: why by, my, try.

Reading: Before starting our new reading unit, students will review strategies for solving hard words: think about what word would fit, slow down and read the word part by part, try the sound two ways and use their sight words.

Our next unit will focus on tools to understand their books. We will work on understanding the meaning of the words we read and make a movie in our minds to better understand the story.


Math: Our focus will be on counting tens and ones and making two digit numbers. Our unit on place value will help us with addition and subtraction strategies in the future.


Writing: As students write their nonfiction books, I am asking them to slow down and really check their work. Students are looking for capitals, punctuation and making sure sight words are spelled correctly.We are also focusing on making sure our handwriting is "ready for 2nd grade". At home, if your child is getting through their sight word lists, stop and pick 5 for them to try spelling.


Social Studies: This week students are selecting a Famous American or an American Symbol to research and report on. They will be working in groups and collaborating on a poster.


Specials: PE/MUSIC


January 24-28

Hello First Grade Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Here are the happenings for this week in first grade...


Fundations: We will be reviewing concepts learned, such base words / suffix s (when spelling kids should take the s off and spell the base word, then add the s back on), digraphs (ch, sh, wh, ck, th), "glued" or "welded" sounds (an/am/all), and scooping words when reading a sentence to make it sound smooth. We will be getting ready to take our unit 6 assessment.


Reading: We are finishing up our unit on nonfiction by learning how to become experts on our topics and teaching others all we've learned from our books. We've learned how to read aloud like an expert... We learned to:

* Mark interesting parts we want to share

* Think about how the book is organized

* As we read a part, show the feeling (scary, cool, cute, shocking information).

* We studied our books from a writer's lens - trying to see what authors have done that we could try in our writing.

* We find and think about keywords and include these as we teach our topic

* And we try to use excitement and drama to bring the topic to life!

As we become experts we want to use these ideas for reading aloud like an expert as we teach our topic to our peers. We will finish up our unit by using these skills to teach others about the topics we've become experts on!

**Try this at home! After reading a nonfiction book this week try having your child teach their topic to you, like an expert!


Math: We are finishing Topic 7. We noticed patterns when counting by 1s or 10s. When counting by 10s we noticed that when we add 10, the tens place increases by one. Continue to practice counting by 10s starting at numbers other than 10 at home! (4, 14, 24, 34 44, 54, 64...)


We will begin Topic 8 this week. Topic 8 is called Understand Place Value. It develops the concepts of tens and ones, which is a key foundation of our base-10 number system. Topic 8 strengthens students' understanding of the place-value system and prepares them for 2-digit addition and subtraction. We will learn to build numbers 11-19 and notice that these numbers have 1 ten and some ones. We'll also learn that numbers made with only groups of ten (20, 30, 40...) have some tens, but no leftover ones.


Writing: We are continuing to work on our nonfiction chapter books. We will learn that writers do research like finding images or photos, to help them say more about their topic. We will also spend some time editing our writing, checking for capitals, end punctuation, and using resources to help us spell (our word wall and word bank book.).


Social Studies: We have been thinking about other famous American Heroes and were introduced to American Symbols, such as the Statue of Liberty, Bald Eagle, Mount Rushmore, American Flag, White House, and Liberty Bell. We will choose either an American Hero or a Symbol to research. As we do our research we will decide which facts we learn are the most important and ones we should teach to others - tying this into our work in reading. We'll work with a partner to create a poster or book that will teach others the important facts we learned. This research and project should take about 2 to 3 weeks.


Specials: Music/PE


Reminders:

- Library is always on Tuesday

-Students need to come prepared for any weather. We usually go outside, even if there is snow!


Upcoming Dates:

-No School: Friday, February 18 & Monday, February 21


It is going to be a great week!


January 17-21

Hello First Grade Families!

I hope your kiddo shared with you the significance of this long weekend. We spent last week learning all about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and why it is so important we honor him today. I was impressed with how quickly the students understood the importance of his message and were inspired to create their own dreams for our world. They are currently on display at school and will be sent home soon.


Here is what is happening this week in First Grade:


Fundations: Students will learn the different meanings when adding a suffix -s. Some words like "chins" use the suffix -s to mean more than one. Other words like "shuts" use the suffix -s to show an action.


Reading: Last week we focused on determining importance - deciding if facts we read are important or just extra information. This can be tricky for first graders, and we are really just giving them exposure on this idea and don't expect mastery. In tomorrow's homework folder, you'll see your child's work/thinking with this concept. They really did a great job! We began by thinking about pizza ingredients and deciding which items are important / must haves to make a pizza, and which items are extra. Then, we sorted some facts about penguins, deciding which facts are important, and which are extra or interesting. For example, when thinking about what we learned about Martin Luther King, Jr. we decided that the fact he liked football and basketball as a boy was an interesting fact. An important fact was that he gave speeches to help change unfair laws. We also did this work while learning about another great American - Helen Keller. Your child may have shared the article we read and the facts they sorted with you. The kids also enjoyed watching an animated movie about Helen Keller and how she learned to communicate. The kids loved it!


**This week for homework, read at least one nonfiction book and list important facts (facts that are important to your topic) and facts that are just extra or interesting. Mrs. Noll had a great way to think about it - If you were in charge of a zoo, what facts would someone who was taking care of the animals need to know, and which facts are just extra or interesting?


As we continue our adventure with nonfiction students will review how to read aloud with feeling and find interesting things to share with their peers from their texts.


Math: We will look at patterns on our number chart. For example, when we count by 1's we move across. It does not matter what number you start on, you will just keep moving across the number chart, left to right. When counting by 10's you will move straight down, again no matter what number you start on. Students will then learn to use an open number line to count. For example, if we start at 84 and want to count by 1's to 90, we would write, 84,85,86,87,88,89,90. BUT if we start at 84 and want to count by 10's to 104, it would look like this: 84, 94, 104. These tools will be setting them up for success when we continue with addition and subtraction strategies. Practice counting by 10s starting at numbers other than 10 at home!


Writing: We are continuing to work on our nonfiction chapter books. Many students have already begun their second book. This week we will learn to add an index or glossary to help our readers find important information and learn key vocabulary words.


Social Studies: Last week we learned about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and a first grader named Ruby Bridges who helped change unfair laws. Even first graders can work to make a positive change in the world!


This week we will be thinking about other famous American Heroes and be introduced to American Symbols, such as the Statue of Liberty, Bald Eagle, Mount Rushmore, American Flag, White House, and Liberty Bell. We will choose either an American Hero or a Symbol to research. As we do our research we will decide which facts we learn are the most important and ones we should teach to others - tying this into our work in reading. We'll work with a partner to create a poster or book that will teach others the important facts we learned. This research and project should take about 2 to 3 weeks.


Specials: Technology


Reminders:

-Library is always on Tuesday


-Students need to come prepared for any weather. We usually go outside, even if there is snow!


-Please be sure your child is bringing their book bag back and forth to school everyday.



Upcoming Dates:

-No School: Friday, February 18 & Monday, February 21


It is going to be a great week!



November 15-19

Hello First Grade Families!

Here is what is happening this week in First Grade!

**Please see below for information about the GRE Book Fair happening this week!

**Turkey in Disguise is due on Friday, November 19th! I sent this project home and an email about it on Friday so you could get a jump start:). Hopefully you all saw it!


Fundations:

New Vocabulary ( Word of the day): call

New Trick Words ( Sight Words) : said

New Sound: We will continue to work on the glued sound -all. We will review bonus letters, ff, ll, ss, zz.


Reading: We are continuing to read Non Fiction. This week we will start learning about all of the Non-Fiction Text Features that help us better understand our topic. Students will study photographs, labels, headings, captions, table of contents and many more!


Don’t forget you can access nonfiction books at home through Raz Kids. You can also login to Epic at www.getepic.com/students My class code is: dcc1888 - Then select your student. There is a price to have Epic at home and it is NOT a requirement!


Math: We took an assessment on Topics 1-4 last week. Please look for this to come home in your child's red Homework Folder tomorrow. We also began Topic 5 last week. We looked at finding the missing number in an equation as well as working with equivalent expressions, deciding if they are true or false. We learned to look closely at the symbols, and learned that the = symbol really means "has the same amount as..."

For example, when we see the expression 2+2 = 3+1 we say "2 plus 2 is the same amount as 3 plus 1." This expression is TRUE because both sides of the expression have the same amount - 4. 3+2 = 3+4, is FALSE because 3 plus 2 is NOT the same amount as 3+4.

We also learned how to play a new game, Roll and Record with 3 dice. Students should look for two dice that have a sum they know then add on the third die. For example, if they roll 5 + 4 + 5, add 5 + 5 first to make a 10, then add on 4 to get the sum of 14.

Playing this game is part of homework this week!


Writing: We cleaned out our writing folders on Friday and the kids brought home their Small Moment stories. Hopefully your child shared these with you! If not, please be sure to look in your child's backpack and leave these at home. Please find time to let your child share their work with you and praise all of their hard work!


This week we will begin our nonfiction writing unit, writing "teaching books" that teach our readers a topic that we are "experts" on. We will make sure that we teach our readers by answering questions our readers may have...who, what, where, when & how. We will also learn how to use twin sentences to elaborate and add details. For example, “One piece of equipment you need when you go skiing is a helmet. You wear a helmet to protect your head. We will also use what we are learning about nonfiction text features during reading and work on adding these to our writing. We will begin by making sure we have pictures that teach by adding labels, arrows, or a "zoom in."


Social Studies: This week we will continue our study of the first Thanksgiving. We will learn about how hard their first year was and how Squanto helped the Pilgrims. We will also compare how Pilgrim children lived with how children live today. We will look at what clothes they wore, chores they did and how they played! This is always fun and very enlightening :) Be sure to ask your child what the big differences were and if there were any similarities.


Specials: P.E. / Music


Upcoming Events & Reminders


Thanksgiving Break: November 22-26


**Turkey in Disguise is due on Friday, November 19th! I sent this project home and an email about it on Friday so you could get a jump start:). Hopefully you all saw it!


Canned Food Drive: We are collecting canned foods and non perishable items for the Parker Task Force. The grade with the most donations wins a doughnut party!!!! Please send in items now until November 18!

Book Fair: Monday November 15-Friday, November 19.

Our class will be previewing the book fair tomorrow. I highly recommend creating an E-Wallet. You can click here for more information.

If you send in money or create an ewallet for your child to shop without you, please go over expectations with them. The volunteers are there to help but cannot control purchases. So if you do not want $20 worth of bookmarks and posters, be sure your kiddo knows that:)

See more information Below:

It is going to be a great week!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!



November 8-12

Hello First Grade Families!

Here is what is happening this week in First Grade!


One Book, One School: Our Superintendent and the District Library Media Center organized the One Book, One District event next week. The goal is to build unity, promote literacy and support social and emotional development. Students across the District will read the book, Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham. Gold Rush will also participate in District spirit days shown below.

Monday: Wear GRE Spirit Wear - or our school colors (red, gold/yellow, black)

Tuesday: Wear Clothes Inside Out

Wednesday: Mindfulness - Yoga Pose

Thursday: Wear Red, White & Blue

Friday: Showing Kindness


Fundations:

New Vocabulary ( Word of the day): fill, talk , chill

New Trick Words ( Sight Words) : I & they

New Sound: -all. We call this new sound a glued sound because they are more than one sound, but they are glued very closely together. Some examples are ball, call, wall, hall


Reading: We will be starting a new unit on non fiction books! To start this unit, students will be selecting non fiction books to read throughout the week. When reading nonfiction, or books about real life, readers start learning about a topic even before they read a page. When they do a sneak peek they are already learning stuff about the topic, by looking closely at the pictures and studying the page. We will also start to learn about the different text features a nonfiction book has... You need to study these carefully. Text features include photographs, captions, labels, diagrams, a glossary, a "close up" of a feature, or even extra fun facts listed on the page. Study these features carefully - you can learn so much, even before you read the words!

**You can access nonfiction books at home through Raz Kids.

Some of you might also have a subscription to Epic Books. The kids have access to this website at school. You can get Epic at home, however there is a cost for an at home subscription. It is a wonderful website with a whole library of books on various reading levels. Of course, this is totally optional and NOT required at all!


Here is a message Epic Books asked me to share with you...

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Math: We will be taking our unit assessment for topics 3 & 4. This assessment will cover addition and subtraction. Students will be asked to show, or explain, what strategy they used for solving a problem.

Some strategies we've learned are:



Writing: We are finishing up our last Small Moment stroy, trying to make it our best story yet, using all of the things we've learned about how to write a good small moement story! We will clean out our folders and your child's small moment stories will come home later this week. Please look for these and celebrate all of their hard work with them! They are becoming amazing writers! In fact, when I asked them recently what subject they enjoyed most, many of them answered writing!


Later this week we will begin a new writing unit, writing nonfiction or "teaching books," teaching our readers about topics we are "experts" on. This unit coordinates with our reading unit on nonfiction. We will learn to plan, or touch our fingers, and describe all of the ways we can teach a reader about our topic. Our goal is to be able to teach our reader 5 things. For example, I am an expert on skiing. I can teach my reader what equipment you need, where you should ski, the first moves you need to learn , how to stay safe on the mountain and what to do if you fall! I can’t wait to see what experts I have in my room!


Social Studies: We began a unit on the history of the first Thanksgiving. Students will compare their Thanksgiving feasts to the first feast that was held! Be sure to ask your child what they are learning. What are things that have stayed the same? What are the differences?


Upcoming Events:


Specials: P.E./Music



Canned Food Drive: We are collecting canned foods and non perishable items for the Parker Task Force. The class with the most donations wins a doughnut party!!!! Please send in items now until November 18!

Book Fair: Monday November 15-Friday, November 19.

It is going to be a great week!




November 2-5

Hello First Grade Families!!!

I hope everyone had a Spooktackular Halloween and enjoyed a little extra rest today :) I would like to send a special thank you to Jenna Cascio, Tiffany Steele, Laura Steinau, and Cooper's Grandma, Pat, for volunteering and running stations during our party! I could not have done the party without them! Thank you to Jenna and Tiffany for helping me set up the party Thursday afternoon! We greatly appreciate all the donations parents sent in as well.



Here is what is happening this week in First Grade:


Fundations: Students will be introduced to bonus letters: ff, ll, ss. We will learn to make words with these letters. Some examples are: bluff, spill, fuzz.

Word of the Day: Miss

Trick Words: You & Your

As always, we learn the meaning of our words as well as how to use these words in a sentence.


Reading: This week we will learn how to use everything we know to BE THE BOSS of our reading and not get stuck on a tricky word. Students will stop at the first sign of trouble, try something to get the job done and triple check the word by asking: Does it make sense? Does it sound right? Does it Look right?


Math: This week my mathematicians will discuss what strategies that help them to subtract. Do you use a number line? Make 10? Think addition to subtract ( fact families)? Make a picture or use cubes? Students will also work on solving and writing word problems.


Social Studies: Students will begin to learn the history behind Thanksgiving. We will start this week by discussing our background knowledge (what we already know) on this holiday. We will then read a nonfiction book and record our thinking, writing down what we have learned and what questions we will still have. We will ask, "Was our background knowledge correct?"


Specials: Technology


Upcoming Events & Reminders

-With the cooler weather, be sure your kiddo is coming to school prepared with jackets, mittens, hats, etc! We will be going outside for recess.


-We will be having a spirit week the week of November 8th in celebration of our One Book, One District initiative. Students can participate by:

Monday, November 8: Wear your school shirt or school colors

Tuesday, November 9: Inside out day, wear your clothes inside out!

Wednesday, November 10: Mindfulness Day, practice yoga or meditation

Thursday, November 11: Wear red, white and blue and write a letter to thank someone

Friday, November 12: Show extra kindness and make someone smile


It is going to be a great week!




October 25 - 29

I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing fall break. I cannot wait to hear about all of the fun times that were had when the students return tomorrow. Here is what is happening this week in First Grade:


Fundations: We will get 2 new trick words ( sight words): or & for. We will also get 2 new vocabulary words : thick & quick. We will continue to work on forming sentences with trick words, vocabulary words and words that we can tap out. We will focus on capitals and punctuation. We will also spend time working with the digraph ck.


Reading: We will be focusing on asking questions while we read. Students will be looking at nonfiction magazines and recording what they are thinking. They will write what they learn and what they wonder. As you read with your child this week, stop and ask questions - model this for them, and encourage them to ask questions and discuss what they wonder.


Math: Students will begin to learn about Fact Families and how knowing fact families will help them memorize their addition and subtraction facts. One strategy we will practice this week in our subtraction unit is to "use addition to subtract." To use this strategy we think about the fact family and the related facts. When you have the numbers 6, 4, 2 you can make the following equations:

4+2=6

2+4=6

6-2=4

6-4=2

If I know that 4+2=6, then I can use that to figure out the subtraction problem 6-4. If 4+2=6, then 6-4=2.


Upcoming Dates:

No School: Monday, November 1 - Teacher Inservice Day


Upcoming Events:

Specials: Art


Halloween Celebration:



I am looking forward to our Halloween Celebration!!!! Please see the communication & map about our parade and parties below. Our party sign up can be found HERE. I am only allowed 4 parent volunteers in the classroom but everyone is welcome to the parade. We will have 2 more celebrations this year so if you were unable to attend this party, there will be more!



HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS

On Friday, October 29, students are welcome to start their day in their costumes. They will enjoy a class party with the teacher and up to four parents who are planning the party. Students will also enjoy store bought treats that are distributed by the teacher.


While the Legend Feeder elementary schools are limiting visitors during class parties, all families are welcome to attend our outdoor parade (weather permitting). Please see grade level parade times below. Parents are welcome to watch anywhere along the route.


8:45-9:00 Grades K & 1

9:15-9:30 Grades 2 & 4

9:45-10:00 Grades 3 & 5



We encourage students to be creative with their costumes, but safety remains our number one priority. Please make sure that students have a costume that fits over their clothing. Students will be asked to change out of their costumes independently at 10:15 AM when our regular school day will resume. Please note that face paint, masks and weapons are not permitted.


We are looking forward to the festivities!


October 11-15

I enjoyed getting to talk with all of you last week during conferences! I am so grateful we could connect and discuss all of your kiddos' accomplishments. I hope everyone enjoyed the fall weather this weekend. Here is what is happening this week in First Grade.


Fundations

Each week we build on letters and sounds we have learned to write words and sentences. This week we will spend time reviewing all of our sounds and trick words. We will add two new words: shut & much.


Reading

We've been discussing how Reading is Thinking, and the importance of paying attention to our "inner voice" as we read. Our inner voice is our thinking voice. When we make a connection it might say, "This reminds me of..." When we learn new information our inner voice might say, "Wow!" "I didn't know that!" or "That's amazing!" This week we will practice asking questions as we read. Listen to your inner voice - what questions do you have? Sometimes the kids will quickly answer with, "I don't have any questions." I respond with, "If you did, what would they be?" It is helpful for you to stop and model how to ask questions as you read with your child!


Later this week we will discuss story elements, characters, setting, problem and solution. This helps students understand what is happening in their books and allows them to retell the story.


Writing

As we continue to write our small moments using our new craft moves we will pause to edit and check our spelling and punctuation. The goal with spelling is to spell some or our sight words correctly - in Fundations we call them "trick words" - and other words phonetically. Some of the "trick words" we have learned to spell so far are a, and, the, is, his, of, as, has, and was. These words are posted in our classroom and I tell the kids they should be spelled correctly every time! We also are trying to use resources, like the Word Wall in our classroom, to help us spell.


Math

We will finish working on strategies to add to 20 and move on to subtraction strategies. Continue to play math games and practice facts at home!


Science

We will start to look at seasonal patterns, we will look at the amount of daylight in each season. What season is it lightest/darkest?


Seesaw:

Your child has been busy in Tech posting fun videos. You can access their Seesaw account here. It will send me a link to approve you.


Upcoming Dates:


Fall Break: October 18-22

Halloween Parade/Fall Party: Friday, October 29. **More Details to come soon, but the kids will wear their costumes to school and our party will take place first thing in the morning. They will then change into regular clothes for the rest of the day.


Reminders:

-Please have your child return their library books on Tuesday.

-It is getting cooler, so please be sure to send your child with a light jacket


Specials: PE/Music