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JANUARY 22, 2021

English Language Arts (ELA): We have been working on the following phonics skills: long a in the CVCe pattern, soft c that sounds like /s/ and soft g that sounds like /j/. In reading, we explored our new text Hunter's Money Jar focusing on retelling story events. We are working on narrative writing focusing on temporal words. Next week the students will be writing about their personal choices on how they save and spend money. It would be a wonderful start for you to have a conversation on the topic at home before we begin discussing in greater detail and writing next week!

Math: We have begun working with adding and subtracting within 120 counting by tens. Students have been using number lines as models to develop addition and subtraction operations, reasoning skills and number sense. Please see the Family Overview Unit 4 for the learning objectives.



JANUARY 15, 2021

English Language Arts (ELA): We have been working on the following phonics skills: digraphs sh, th, wh, ph, ch as well as the vowel sound found in ball. In reading, we explored our new text The Winners' Choice focusing on retelling story events. We are working on narrative writing focusing on temporal words.

Math: We have begun Unit 4. Students will be using number lines as models to develop addition and subtraction operations, reasoning skills and number sense. Please see the Family Overview Unit 4 for the learning objectives.

  • Upcoming Events:

    • iREAD! iRead happens from January 9-February 3. Please make a copy of this log or print it out to record student time reading. Students record time spent reading and total the number of minutes at the end of the time period. Time spent reading outside of synchronous learning time is counted. *Since first grade has time built in to read during asynchronous learning, the kids will already be on their way! :)*

    • Highland Park Poetry is now accepting submissions for their 2021 Poetry Challenge. Poets of all ages are invited to write poems responding to this year's challenges: 1) Fruits & Vegetables (2021 has been named the year of Fruits & Vegetables by the United Nations), 2) Common Threads, and 3) the Sweetelle, a poetic form invented by Allison Joseph. Follow the link for submission guidelines and entry form. There is no reading fee to submit one (1) poem so everyone can afford to participate. This is optional for your students. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 29, 2021.

  • Reminders:

  • No School January 18, 2021

  • Back to hybrid learning on February 1st!

JANUARY 8, 2021

English Language Arts (ELA): We have concluded our Unit 2B lessons and will begin Unit 3, Making Choices. Our anchor texts are The Winners' Choice and Hunter's Money Jar. The enduring understandings of the unit include lessons can be learned through characters and events in stories, stories need to have sequenced events, and people choose to use their resources to get what they need and want.

Math: We have wrapped up our unit 3 activities and will be beginning Unit 4. Students will be using number lines as models to develop addition and subtraction operations, reasoning skills and number sense. Please see the Family Overview Unit 4 for the learning objectives.

  • Upcoming Events:

    • iREAD! iRead happens from January 9-February 3. Please make a copy of this log or print it out to record student time reading. Students record time spent reading and total the number of minutes at the end of the time period. Time spent reading outside of synchronous learning time is counted. *Since first grade has time build in to read during asynchronous learning, the kids will already be on their way! :)*

  • Reminders:

    • No School January 18, 2021

DECember 11, 2020

English Language Arts (ELA): We have been working on adding s and ing endings in words. In reading, we explored our new text Going to School focusing on nonfiction text features, and key details to ask and answer questions. We are working on informative writing focusing on writing facts.

Math: We have continued using our number rack to practice adding, subtracting, counting, & comparing numbers. Please see the Family Overview Unit 3 for the learning objectives.

  • Upcoming Events:

    • PAJAMA DAY! December 18th is PAJAMA DAY for First Grade! Your child is also welcome to have a special snack/treat during class on 12/18.

  • Reminders:

    • Please remember to collect your child's materials from the vestibule before Friday, December 18th. When you are at IT, please return the Text Collection Books for Unit 1 and Unit 2.

    • The vestibule will be closed at the end of the day Friday, December 18. It will reopen on January 4.

    • NO ALO activities next week.

DECember 4, 2020

English Language Arts (ELA): We have been working on the following phonics skills: -ck, words spelled with x, adding -s to make plural as well as inflected endings. In reading, we explored our new text Far From Home focusing on the characters, setting and events. We also used key details to identify the central message of the story. We are working on informative writing focusing on writing facts.

Math: We started Unit 3: Adding, Subtracting, Counting, & Comparing. Please see the Family Overview Unit 3 for the learning objectives.

November 20, 2020

Clarification on November 20th and 24th

  • Friday, November 20th

    • 8:40-10:55 = Records Day (No Student Attendance)

    • 12:55-3:10

      • PM Students attend LIVE Synchronous Learning ELA/Math

      • AM Student Attend Specials (at their normal PM specials time) and teachers provide asynchronous work to complete (science/social studies/math/ELA)

  • Tuesday, November 24th

    • 8:40-10:55

      • AM Students attend LIVE Synchronous Learning ELA/Math

      • PM Students attend Specials (at their normal AM specials time) and teachers provide asynchronous work to complete (science/social studies/math/ELA

    • 12:55-3:10 = Remote Learning Planning for Conferences (No Student Attendance)

  • Wednesday November 25 - Friday November 27 = No School - Holiday

English Language Arts (ELA): We have been reviewing the short vowel sounds and will move into blend sounds found within words after Thanksgiving break. In reading, we compared our two anchor texts. In writing, we wrote opinions with support to share how a good school friend acts.

Math: We will continue to review and practice addition and subtraction fluency skills as well as practice solving number stories.

  • Upcoming Events:

    • We look forward to talking with you about your child's progress during conferences.

Reminders:

  • Please replace dry erase markers as they dry out. We use them often and appreciate your help with this!

  • Please remember to completely shut down your child's iPad one time a week. It really helps all of the apps work best! Thank you!

November 13, 2020

Clarification on November 20th and 24th

  • Friday, November 20th

    • 8:40-10:55 = Records Day (No Student Attendance)

    • 12:55-3:10

      • PM Students attend LIVE Synchronous Learning ELA/Math

      • AM Student Attend Specials (at their normal PM specials time) and teachers provide asynchronous work to complete (science/social studies/math/ELA)

  • Tuesday, November 24th

    • 8:40-10:55

      • AM Students attend LIVE Synchronous Learning ELA/Math

      • PM Students attend Specials (at their normal AM specials time) and teachers provide asynchronous work to complete (science/social studies/math/ELA

    • 12:55-3:10 = Remote Learning Planning for Conferences (No Student Attendance)

  • Wednesday November 25 - Friday November 27 = No School - Holiday

English Language Arts (ELA): We continued practicing the short u vowel sound, next week we will be reviewing all of the short vowels. In reading, we will use key details to understand story elements and identify the central message of the story The Recess Queen. In writing, we will continue writing opinions and supporting our opinions with reasons.

Math: We will continue to review and practice addition and subtraction fluency skills as well as practice solving number stories.

  • Upcoming Events:

    • We look forward to talking with you about your child's progress during conferences.

Reminders:

  • Please replace dry erase markers as they dry out. We use them often and appreciate your help with this!

  • Please remember to completely shut down your child's iPad one time a week. It really helps all of the apps work best! Thank you!

November 6, 2020

English Language Arts (ELA): We will continue practicing the short u vowel sound. In reading, we will use key details to understand story elements and identify the central message of the story A Fine, Fine School. In writing, we will continue writing opinions and supporting our opinions with reasons.

Math: We will be starting Unit 3: Adding, Subtracting, Counting, & Comparing. Please see the Family Overview Unit 3 for the learning objectives.


  • Upcoming Events:

    • Friday November 20th

      • 12:55-3:10 = PM Students Attend LIVE Zoom Synchronous Learning

      • 12:55-3:10 = Asynchronous Learning for AM Students ONLY

  • Tuesday November 24th

      • 8:40-10:55 = AM Students Attend LIVE Zoom Synchronous Learning

      • 8:40-10:55 = Asynchronous Learning for PM Students ONLY

  • Wednesday November 25 - Friday November 27 = No School - Holiday


  • Please return to school:

    • ReadyGEN Text Collection Unit 1as we are no longer using it. There is a first grade bin in the school's front entrance for book returns.

OCtober 30, 2020

English Language Arts (ELA): We will be introducing the short u vowel sound. Later in the week we will begin Unit 2 Module A. The theme is Becoming a Classroom Citizen. The anchor text is A Fine, Fine School. As readers, we will understand that key details help us determine the central message in a text. As writers we will understand that opinions are supported by reasons. As learners we will understand that citizenship begins with becoming a contributing member of a classroom community.

Math: In math, students have been working with fact families and word problems. They will be focusing on addition strategies, doubles and doubles plus one next week.

Upcoming Events:

  • No school Tuesday, November 3rd for all students. No synchronous or asynchronous instruction will occur on this day.

  • No school Friday, November 20th for AM Students.

    • 12:55-3:10 = PM Student Attendance

  • No School Tuesday, November 24th for PM Students.

    • 8:40-10:55 = AM Student Attendance

District Information:

Mobile Testing Sites - Lake County Health Department has mobile pop up COVID19 testing sites.

Fun School Event:

Indian Trail Pumpkin Awards Video

OCtober 23, 2020

English Language Arts (ELA):

  • Students have been working with the short e vowel sound. In ReadyGEN students have been using text to seek information about animals. The supporting text What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? was introduced and will be used to assist students as they continue to develop questions and answers about text, our writing focus.

Math:

  • In math, students are working with Double-Flap Cards to create and visualize fact families. Additionally, students are developing story problems to match the equations.

Unit 2: Developing Strategies with Dice & Dominoes.

Technology:

Please remember to close all of the apps, do a hard shut down, and wipe the iPad screen and case each weekend. Thank you!

Reminders:

Please help your child by establishing a dedicated work space for remote learning. Please make sure all of the student materials are at that work space.

An email has been sent to each class about preparing the math manipulatives for student use. Please check your email from your child's teacher.

THANK YOU for assisting with these things!

Upcoming Events:

  • PAJAMA DAY!!! Students are invited to wear pajamas to "school" on Thursday!

  • Halloween! One very special BONUS to learning remotely is the First Grade will have the opportunity to dress up in costumes for school! On October 30 your child is invited to wear a Halloween costume for remote learning. We will model our costumes for one another and do special Halloween themed activities. Have your child bring their own special snack (an Affy Tapple, a yummy donut, etc something from home) that they can enjoy with our class for fun.

  • November 3 No School

OCtober 16, 2020

English Language Arts (ELA):

  • Students have continued working with the short o vowel sound. Next week we will begin to focus on the Short e sound. Students have begun Unit 1 Module B using the anchor text Time to Sleep. They worked to identify text features and details within the text. In writing students wrote details and began to explore developing questions and answers from the text.

Math:

  • In math, students have worked with dominoes to find part, part, total as well as comparing sums using math language (greater than, less than, and equal to). Students practiced these skills through games.

Unit 2: Developing Strategies with Dice & Dominoes.

Sent Home:

  • Home Time Learning Activity packets for next week and possible Remote Learning baggies.

Technology:

Please continue to have your student bring their charged iPad to school each and every day. Also, please remember to close all of the apps, do a hard shut down, and wipe the iPad screen and case each weekend. Thank you!

OCtober 9, 2020

English Language Arts (ELA):

  • Students have practiced working with the short o vowel sound. They have demonstrated their understanding of writing in a sequence using the words first and later. They expanded their writing skills by writing with lists and labels as well as creating short stories. All teachers have now had the opportunity to read individually with students. Some of the students will have new Reading A-Z Level Up choices next week. Students will begin Unit 1 Module B. The theme continues with Connecting to Our World. Students will be reading, exploring, and doing activities relating to nonfiction texts. The writing focus is writing questions and answers about a topic.

Math:

  • In math, students have continued to explore nonstandard measurement by measuring with their feet. The students also practiced recognizing numbers plus and minus one. We played Halloween Bump It!, a fun addition game. Students took the Unit 1 assessment and next week will start: Unit 2: Developing Strategies with Dice & Dominoes.

Sent Home:

  • Home Time Learning Activity packets for next week.

Technology:

Please continue to have your student bring their charged iPad to school each and every day. Also, please remember to close all of the apps, do a hard shut down, and wipe the iPad screen and case each weekend. Thank you!

Reminders:

Scholastic Book Club orders for October are due today. Thank you!

Upcoming Events:

  • Virtual Fun(d) Run October 3-12. Online registration will be open on the website (112foundation.org)

  • Monday, 10/12 - No School for Students, Institute Day for Teachers

OCtober 2, 2020

Please take this weekend with cooler weather to practice making coats "right-side-out/in" so students can put their coats on when it is time to go home. This will be especially helpful as the weather changes. Also, if your child wears lace-up shoes, please be practicing how to independently tie them. Thank you!


English Language Arts (ELA):

  • Students have continued to practice working with the short i vowel sound. Next week we will begin the short o vowel sound. In writing students were using the sequence words "first" and "later" to describe events. Students have been working in their My Printing Books both in school and at home. Please encourage your child to form the letters correctly on the lines with appropriate size. When papers are completed please ask your child to use a pencil to complete them. The reinforcement of school expectations is very helpful. Thank you!

Math:

  • In math, students have been exploring nonstandard measurement by measuring things in our classroom using popsicle sticks and unifix cubes. Students have worked on making estimates using benchmarks to make realistic guesses. Students have continued to explore the number rack to find missing addends (4+?=9) and relating the addition fact to subtraction. These concepts will continue as we progress with our unit.

Sent Home:

  • Home Time Learning Activity packets for next week

  • Scholastic Flyers (digital or paper)

  • PE kits

    • The materials are to be used by your child only as directed by their teacher

Technology:

This document outlines the steps to access the class board in Otus. As a reminder, we are posting the At Home Learning assignments weekly on Otus.

Upcoming Events:

  • Virtual Fun(d) Run October 3-12. Online registration will be open on the website (112foundation.org)

  • Monday, 10/5 - No School for Students, E-Learning Planning Day for Teachers

  • Monday, 10/12 - No School for Students, Institute Day for Teachers

September 25, 2020

English Language Arts (ELA):

  • Students are practicing the short i vowel sound, comparing and contrasting Stellaluna and Dragons and Giants, and continuing to reinforce the correct letter formation and placement of the letters on the lines in Handwriting Without Tears. Additionally, students have been developing writing skills writing about sequence of events.

Math:

  • In math, students are using the number rack and games to reinforce skills such as teen numbers are composed of a ten and some ones, and nickels and pennies have values.

Sent Home:

  • Blue ribbon!

  • Home Time Learning Activity packets for next week

  • StoryWalks flyer

  • Math manipulatives kits

    • Please store the boxes in a safe place as we will not be using these at this time

    • The materials are to be used by your child only as directed by their teacher

  • On Tuesday, PE kits for At Home Learning

Technology:

This document outlines the steps to access the class board in Otus. As a reminder, we are posting the At Home Learning assignments weekly on Otus.

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, 9/28 - Yom Kippur, No School

  • Monday, 10/5 - No School for Students, E-Learning Planning Day for Teachers

  • Monday, 10/12 - No School for Students, Institute Day for Teachers

September 18, 2020

English Language Arts (ELA):

  • Students participated in MAP testing at the beginning of the week. They approached it with hard working attitudes. Great job to them! The results will be shared by the district at a later date.

  • Students have participated in ELA activities this week to continue practice of the short a vowel sound, explore the text Dragons and Giants, and reinforce the correct letter formation and placement of the letters on the lines in Handwriting Without Tears. Additionally, students have been developing writing skills writing about events and the characters from Dragons and Giants.

Math:

  • In math students have been working on counting by 2's and learning to use a number rack. The number rack is a wonderful tool to help visualize concepts using benchmarks of 5 and 10 and fluency of fact understanding.

  • In number corner this month, the learning goals are counting and recognizing numbers from 0 to 30, with an emphasis that teen numbers are made of 1 ten and some more. Students are working with numbers in groups of 2, 5, and 10. Students review the concept of unitizing; thinking of 10 items as a single unit called a ten.

Reminders:

  • Please remember to respond to the CrisisGo email by 8AM daily. Thank you!

  • Please use Clever to access student applications on the iPad.

  • Please contact support.nssd112.org with any technology issues. Teachers have limited access to email while students are in session and are unable to respond to assist you with the issue.

Events for next week:

  • OTUS Class Boards and Lessons will reflect the entire week. Please complete the activities for each day only.

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, 9/29 - Yom Kippur, No School

  • Monday, 10/5 - No School for Students, E-Learning Planning Day for Teachers

  • Monday, 10/12 - No School for Students, Institute Day for Teachers

September 11, 2020

We had a fantastic first week of first grade! We have really enjoyed getting to know the students and they are getting to know their classmates as well. Routines have improved every day and expectations are being reinforced. Students are demonstrating responsible, safe behaviors at school and we are so proud.

Math: We started our Bridges Math Lessons this week: Bridges Unit 1 Numbers All Around Us Parent Overview

English Language Arts (ELA): We also dove into our first ReadyGen unit. The Unit 1 Module A theme is Connecting to Our World. The anchor text is Stellaluna. As readers, we will retell stories including key details. We will write narrative stories. As learners, we will recognize relationships among living things.

Reminders:

  • Please remember to respond to the CrisisGo email by 8AM daily. Thank you!

  • Please use Clever to access student applications on the iPad.

  • Please contact support.nssd112.org with any technology issues. Teachers have limited access to email while students are in session and are unable to respond to assist you with the issue.

Events this week:

  • Monday, 9/14 Reading MAP Test

  • Tuesday, 9/15 Math MAP Test

  • Thursday, 9/17, 4PM links shared for IT Virtual Open House Video

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, 9/29 - Yom Kippur, No School

September 6, 2020

Welcome back! We are so happy to be back in school. The students did a wonderful job on Thursday and Friday.

Welcome to First Grade! The first days of school we are focusing on building our classroom community and learning routines.

We will use SeeSaw as our primary form of communication. It's an easy way for you to see what your child is working on, see pictures, and get announcements about things happening in our classroom.

This blog will be updated on Fridays to give you important updates about the week ahead.

  • Have your child bring their charged iPad in their backpack to school every day.

  • Have your child bring a water bottle with a straw to school every day.

  • Have your child bring their take home folder every day.

  • Your child will need headphones by Monday, September 14th. Please send them in, if you haven't already.

Bridges Math 1st Welcome Families

Bridges Math 1st Unit 1 Numbers All Around Us Parent Overview

Excellent video with practical tips to use when you are reading with your child. It's well worth the 5 minutes and 27 seconds!

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, 9/7 - Labor Day, No School

  • Thursday, 9/10, 7:30 PM - PTO General Meeting via Zoom - Link to follow in future communication.

  • Thursday, 9/17 - IT Virtual Open House - Details to follow.