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Lunch/Recess 12:30-1:15

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Welcome to 1st Grade!!!!!!

Our Week in Review... 

We had another fun-filled week in first grade!  Here's a look at last week...

Looking forward to another exciting week!

 Remember to check in each week for our Week in Review...

******Thank you to the parents who have donated to our treasure chest! Please remember the items are used as an incentive and will need to be replenished throughout the remainder of the school year. 



June 19, 2017....Celebrating June, July and August Birthdays
June 20,2017........Last day of School (Report Cards distributed)

Daily Snack Time

  •  *Please bring a healthy snack every day! (fruit, cheese, crackers, juice box,apples etc.)

  • Note: According to new federal guidelines, we cannot provide students with outside food during the school day. This includes food used as an incentive, reward, celebration, etc. If we violate this policy, the school will be fined!

ClassDojo Icon

We are on the go with dojo!!!!This simple, positive reinforcement online tool has the kids wanting to earn points for their good behavior. It is a great way for parents to stay abreast as to how your child is behaving or misbehaving while in school. If you have not signed up; please do so! Students have the opportunity to earn points throughout the week for exhibiting positive behavior.  The reward system was created to be simple as to not take away from too much instructional time.

The following is the reward system: 

15-20 points Free choice computer time
21-25 points Treasure chest:  Students can pick 1 item from our class treasure chest (we have lots of cool items)
26-32 points Treasure Chest and Fun Friday: Fun Friday allows the students to pick a variety of fun activities in the classroom( e.g. board games, puzzles, connecting cubes,play dough, geo boards etc)
33+ Get All Three Treasure Chest  and Fun Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Second Step Lessons (Skills for Social and Academic Success)
Learn more here:


Chapter 18 Multiplication and Division

Lesson 1:   Adding the Same Numbers
Use objects or pictures to find the total number of items in groups of the same size 
Relate repeated addition to the concept of multiplication

Lesson 2:  Sharing Equally
Use objects or pictures to find the number of items in each group when sharing equally
Relate sharing equally to the concept of division

Lesson 3:  Finding the Number of Groups
Use objects or pictures to show the concept of division as finding the number of equal groups

(Copy and paste the following link for a description of Chapter 18  which includes math vocabulary and activities to do at home.)

*****Suggested practice on IXL  (please make sure your child is practicing on IXL to help improve math skills) The expectation is for students to practice on IXL when they do not have assigned homework (Thursdays and Fridays)


Weekly Assignments

  1. Story for this week: 

  2. ***Please make sure your child is reading the weekly story in preparation for the reading test. 

    BIG IDEA:  

     Comprehension Skill :  

    IXL Language Arts
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  4. T.5
  5. T.6

Scholastic News: 

***** We are done with homework assignments! Please continue to have your child practice on raz-kids and IXL. We will use these last two weeks to review skills previously taught throughout the school year. 


Assignment 1

Assignment 2

Assignment 3


Raz-kids or IXL

Family Times is independent phonics practice to be done at home

READ TO, READ WITH, LISTEN TO AND TALK ABOUT READING! Your child should read for a minimum of 20 minutes per night.

Raz-kids or IXL

READ TO, READ WITH, LISTEN TO AND TALK ABOUT READING! Your child should read for a minimum of 20 minutes per night.


Raz-kids or IXL

READ TO, READ WITH, LISTEN TO AND TALK ABOUT READING! Your child should read for a minimum of 20 minutes per night.

Raz-kids or IXL

READ TO, READ WITH, LISTEN TO AND TALK ABOUT READING! Your child should read for a minimum of 20 minutes per night.

  • Raz-kids or IXL

READ TO, READ WITH, LISTEN TO AND TALK ABOUT READING! Your child should read for a minimum of 20 minutes per night.

**Please make sure your child is doing raz-kids and IXL at least once per week! 

Spelling Words

Sight Words


Amazing Words









Amazing Words (extra credit only ):*** Remember the amazing words are for extra credit only! All students are responsible for practicing the spelling and sight words in preparation for the test that will be given on Fridays. Students who choose to do the amazing words challenge will earn extra points if spelled correctly. Students are not penalized for misspelled amazing words.

Ways to Help Your Child with Spelling Words:

Get a head start and click on the link below to see spelling words for the entire year! 

  Comprehension Skills for the Year:   

The following are the comprehension skills we will cover while in first grade:
We will continue to revisit the comprehension skill Cause and Effect. This can be a very difficult skill for students to comprehend! The easiest way for students to grasp this skill is to remind them that Effect is What happened and Cause is Why it happened.  While reading, discuss what happened and why it happened.
 Effect: (What happened) The dog was wet     Cause: (Why it happened) It was raining 
We will discuss why an author writes a story (Author's Purpose).  There are many reasons an author may
write a story, however; at this young age I like to keep it simple with one of the following...
P   Persuade:  The author wants to convince the reader to take their point of view.
I     Inform: The author wants you to gain knowledge about a subject
E   Entertain:  The author wants to make you laugh or tell you a funny story.

Main Idea: Students should be able to tell what a story is mostly about and give supporting details
Plot: Students should be able to identify the three main parts of a story... Beginning, Middle and End.
Sequence: Students should be able to put events in the correct order.
Theme: Students should be able to discuss the big idea of the story (what lesson was learned?).
Character: Students should be able to identify people or animals in stories.
Setting: Students should be able to understand that setting is where and when a story takes place.
Compare/Contrast: Students should be able to tell how characters, pictures, etc. are alike and different.
Inferencing: Students should be able to draw conclusion using clues an author may give in a text or story.
 **** Helpful reading tips are not limited to the weekly reading story!


Writer's Workshop is the name given to our writing time each day. We call it Writer's Workshop because that is what "real" authors call their special writing time, since our students are becoming "real" authors", we have adopted the name as a part of our daily instruction.  The focus will be learning about techniques and strategies that good writers use. 

Students will learn to write, revise, edit, and publish stories throughout the school year. They will also begin to assess their writing and learn to implement the characteristics of quality writing into their own work. 

We are excited to share our focus units for the school year. You can encourage your child's writing efforts at school by having discussions about these topics. The more the children orally talk about their ideas, the easier it is for them to write about them at school. Encourage them to have these oral experiences by asking about the details of their stories. Instead of saying "I love my bike," stretch them to say "I love my red bike because it is the fastest bike on our street." 

Our first writing unit, Launching Writing Workshop, will introduce students to what writing will look like in our classroom. We will be learning expectations and procedures for our Writing Workshop time.

Writers will …

·    Use phonetic and standard spelling.

·    Print clearly.

·    Use spaces for letters, words and sentences.

·    Tell, draw and write stories from their lives.

A blast of NEWS from the Past 

    • Please help your child with the routine of taking the reading book home and bringing it back the next day.
    • Please check your child's book bag daily to remove his/her folder for incomplete assignments, notes, memos and any graded papers.
    • Raz-kids IS UP AND RUNNING Please log into raz-kids and continue to practice reading fluency and comprehension skills. The username for my class is: rwaters6 
    • IXL IS UP AND RUNNING The students are using the same username and password from last year. If you have misplaced this information, please email me. IXL offers practice with math and language arts skills. Please utilize this very helpful resource.

    • New Parents!  Please get more information about our school-wide reading and math assessments 
    • For information regarding NWEA, please click the following link. 

Helpful Resources:

Xtramath and IXL are great websites to help students independently practice and master math facts and skills.

Non-fiction books
colorful rubber bands for geo boards
prizes and goodies for our treasure chest

Candice White,
Sep 5, 2016, 3:52 PM
Candice White,
Sep 5, 2016, 3:51 PM