Welcome to First Grade!

What's Happening in First Grade:

What we are up to in First Grade!

Week of September 20:

Fundations: We will continue to work on correct letter formation with all of our lower case letters. Please look for the practice sheets that come home so you can see how your child is doing with this. If you would like to have your child practice this at home, please let me know and I can send home more handwriting paper. This week we will continue to use sounds to tap out and spell three letter words. We will also work on forming sentences, spelling sight words correctly ( a, and, his, is, of & the) using a capital and correct punctuation.


Reading: We are continuing to learn good habits for solving tricky words. This week we will learn to crash the parts of a word together, do a slow check and make sure the word we read makes sense and looks right! If your child gets stuck on a tricky word at home, be sure to ask them what good habit they want to use to solve it!


Writing: We will learn how to edit our small moment stories. Students will look back to see if they have capital letters in the right place and punctuation at the end of a sentence. They will also use the strategies we have learned when it comes to spelling to check their words.


Social Studies: We are learning how to have a growth mindset. Last week was all about determination and the power of yet. This week we will focus on perseverance. Some great read alouds I will be sharing are:

A LIttle Spot of Perseverance

The Thing That Lou Couldn't Do

You Can Do it Bert


Digger Dash: Mrs. Boutilier's Class is...The Jumping Jaguars! The Digger Dash will be on Friday, October 1. Our run time is 9:15-9:35. Families are welcome to meet us outside and cheer us on. Please remember shout outs are due before the dash, You may send those in anytime leading up to the event.


Upcoming Dates:

No School: Friday, September 24

Conferences: Week of October 4. Look for a Sign Up Genius soon. I will offer some morning conference times all week and evening conferences on the 5th & 7th.


Reminders:

-Please send your child to school with a water bottle.

-Please send in an extra mask in case your child likes to change them out.

As always, reach out with any questions!


Week of September 13

Digger Dash: I am sure you heard all about our Digger Dash assembly this past Friday. You should have received an envelope with more information on Friday as well. Check your child's backpack if you haven't seen it:) We are super excited for this fun event! It will be held on Friday, October 1. Our first grade time is 9:15-9:35. Families are welcome to come and cheer us on. We will be choosing our Digger Dash name this week so stay tuned. I am looking for a parent willing to make our class banner. I will provide the banner and student pictures. I do have parents willing to assist you with this project. Please email me if you are interested!


Fundations: Students have reviewed all the letters in the alphabet! Be sure to ask your child how to write these letters. We will now focus on building words. Students will learn how to tap out sounds to spell words. Some words we will try this week are: mat, sad, map, lip, nap, mud, sat, nut, net, mad, lug. Learning to say each sound in the words will also help with our good habits in reading for solving tricky words.


Reading: We are building good habits for solving tricky words. We don't want to get stuck on a word, we want to take action to figure out the word. Some habits we are working on are: checking the picture, looking at all the parts of a word, getting a running start, thinking about the meaning of a word, doing a double check and trying it two ways! Look for a bookmark coming home soon that will help your child remember these good habits!


Math: My Mathematicians are continuing to work on strategies for addition and subtraction. This week we will use addition to help us subtract and read word problems to determine if we need to use addition or subtraction to solve them. Continue to work on math facts at home. The games that come home are also a great way to review these concepts.


Writing: Our focus this week will be to make the characters in our story think and feel. We will look back at stories we have finished to see if there are pages we could revise and add what our characters were thinking and feeling during that moment of the story. We will also learn how to use familiar words to help us spell new words. For example, if you can spell crunch you could spell lunch.


Social Studies: We are working on having a growth mindset. We often get stuck thinking or worrying about things we can't do But what if we started to look at those can't do things as things that we can't do yet. We will watch this fun video of the Power of Yet. We also will read the book Giraffes Can't Dance and talk about being brave and trying new things.


Upcoming Dates:

-No School: Friday, September 24

-Digger Dash: Friday, October 1

-Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 5 & Thursday, October 7. I will try to provide additional times before school throughout the week. Look for a sign up Genius coming out as the week gets closer.


Week of September 7


Fundations: So far, we have reviewed the following letters/sounds and worked on letter formation:

t, b, f, n, m, i, u, c, o, a, g, d, s, e, r, p, j. . We are only forming the letters in lowercase formation.

This week we will focus on:

l, h, k, v, w, y, x, z & q.

Ask your child to tell you the sound and how they would write these letters using our language: sky line, plane line, grass line, worm line.


Reading: We have finished I ready so now we will be able to focus on building good habits for solving tricky words. Students will learn how to use the picture and look at all the parts of a word to


Math: We are continuing to learn new strategies to help us with addition and subtraction. This week we will learn how to use a ten frame to help us add and how you can add in any order, i.e. if 4+2=6 then 2+4=6 too! For subtraction, we will learn to use a number line to count back to subtract.


Writing: The small moment stories are going great! This week we will learn how to unfreeze our characters, we will make the people in our story move, think, feel and talk!


Social Studies: We recently read the story, How to Lose Your Friends. Students are now writing their own story, How to Keep All Of Your Friends. Look for these books coming home soon.

Week of August 30:

Iready: This week students will complete the Iready Reading Assessment. We will be taking the assessment Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I use three days so students are not overwhelmed, we work for about 20 minutes each day. If a student is absent or needs more time, we have until Friday to finish.

Fundations: So far, we have reviewed the following letters/sounds and worked on letter formation:

t,b,f,n,m,i,u,c,o. We are only forming the letters in lowercase formation.

This week we will focus on:

a, g, d, s, e, r, p, j.

Ask your child to tell you the sound and how they would write these letters using our language: sky line, plane line, grass line, worm line.

Reading: Now that we have established good habits for reading our books, we will start to learn good habits for solving tricky words. Readers will use the picture to help them figure out hard words. We will also learn how to drop bad habits ( looking at someone for the answer) and pick up good habits ( looking at the picture).

Math: We will be starting a new topic this week and learning some new math games as well! We will continue with addition and learn two new strategies, counting on and using our doubles facts. I will be playing a catchy rap for the kids to learn their doubles facts, the Doubles Rap. Click here if you want to learn it too!

Writing: We are continuing to work on our Small Moment stories. This week we will focus on zooming in. We will make sure that we are writing about one small idea, not a big idea. For example, a BIG idea is going to school. A small idea is eating lunch in the cafeteria and including all the details that happened at that moment.

Social Studies: I will be reading one of my favorite books, Elmer. You can find it here. It is a beautiful story about celebrating our own unique qualities.