Thursday, November 16, 2017

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 4

Dear First Grade Families,

I wish you all a very break and a great time spent with family and friends.  With no homework assigned this upcoming week it would be helpful and beneficial to your child to have them read books from home, or the ones they checked out from the library, throughout the break.  There are also enrichment homeworks from past weeks that can be complete for many and turned in for Stallion Stars upon returning from break.  Remember too, that your child has an XtraMath login that was sent home a few weeks back where they can log on and practice math facts.  

Above all, I hope you all enjoy the week off and time spent with family and friends.  I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy turkey day,
Sarah
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Coming Up in 2nd Quarter - Week 5 (The week after Thanksgiving)
Math:  This week we continue exploring concepts in Geometry.  Students will be identifying, classifying and describing 3D shapes.  Students are continually reviewing addition and subtraction concepts in a problem solving format.

Science: This will be our final week on Rocks, Soil, and Bodies of Water. This week, students will focus on rocks and how they are useful to us. Students will explore the usefulness of rocks through the creation of bricks and other hands -on activities. The test over this unit will be on Friday.

Reading & Integrated Social Studies:  Using a variety of nonfiction text over customs and traditions students are going to continue to explore the features of nonfiction texts.  They will be learning about glossary, bolded words, diagrams, and maps.  

Writing: Students are going to continue developing their letter writing skills and learn about persuasive letters.  Throughout the week students will be writing various persuasive letters, trying to convince certain people they want or need something.  Students will also be faced with a big problem and will need to write a letter trying to explain why a very important school tool should not quit on them.  (This activity will go along with the book The Day The Crayons Quit.)
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Important Dates
  • November 20 - 24: Thanksgiving Break!
  • December 22: NO School for kids
  • December 25 to January 8: Christmas Break!
  • January 9: Happy 2018 - Kids Back to School
  • January 15: NO School - MLK,Jr. Day
  • February 9: Six Flags Reading Log DUE
  • March 9: Field Day! (More details to come)
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Classroom Reminders

  • Green Daily Folders initial daily and returned
  • Enrichment Homework!
    • Sent home every Monday and can be turned in when complete.  This is a great way to spiral review concepts that have been taught in class.  Thank you to those whom have taken the time to complete it.  I love seeing the progress made and light bulbs turn-on.  
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: PE
    • Please dress in comfortable clothes and wear tennis shoes.
  • Wednesday: Library

Thursday, November 9, 2017

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 3

Dear First Grade Families,

News from School:
Veteran’s Day Assembly: Sommer Elementary would like to invite our active duty, retired, or reserve service members to join us in honoring our Nation’s Heroes at our Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 10th, 2017 at 7:35am. Coffee and snacks will be available for our special guests following the assembly in the library. If possible, please fill out and submit this RSVP.
Honor Wall Pictures Needed
We will also be putting up our Honor Wall again this year. Please attach a COPY of your Veterans picture to the appropriate ½ page on THIS form. We ask that you DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL copies of pictures as they will be on display and children will be looking and touching them. The Deadline to turn in Photos for the Veterans Wall is Tuesday, November 7th. If you still have your picture from previous years, please feel free to send it back in!

Holiday Lunch for Families
1st grade’s family lunch will be on Thursday, November 30th.  More information to come.

Until next week,
Sarah ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Coming Up in 2nd Quarter - Week 4
Math: This week we will be exploring concepts in Geometry.  Students will be identifying, classifying and describing 2D shapes.  Students are continually reviewing addition and subtraction concepts in a problem solving format.
Science: This week, we will be continuing our unit on Rocks, Soil, and Bodies of Water with a focus on Soil. Students will be bringing in soil samples from home on Monday (make sure you send a note to your parents). Students will explore the different soils in class throughout the week and will discuss their properties. They will also compare and contrast the different types of soils.

Reading & Integrated Social Studies:  Using a variety of nonfiction books about different customs and traditions students will learn that authors write stories to:
~Inform: Pass along information (facts) about a particular topic/subject. (nonfiction)
Students are also going to be exploring the features of nonfiction texts.  They will be learning about captions, pictures, and labels.  

Writing: We are bringing back letter writing!  Students are going to be spending the next couple of week learning about parts of a letter, why they are important and why people enjoy getting them.  Students will be practicing writing letters to various people of their choosing, seeing how the content of letters change depending on who they are writing to.  So… Be on the lookout for a friendly letter from “yours truly”.
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Important Dates
  • TOMORROW: Veterans Day Assembly
  • November 20 - 24: Thanksgiving Break!
  • November 30: Family Holiday Lunch
  • December 22: NO School for kids
  • December 25 to January 8: Christmas Break!
  • January 9: Happy 2018 - Kids Back to School
  • January 15: NO School - MLK,Jr. Day
  • March 9: Field Day!
    • More details to come!
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Classroom Reminders

  • Green Daily Folders initial daily and returned
  • Enrichment Homework!
    • Sent home every Monday and can be turned in when complete.  This is a great way to spiral review concepts that have been taught in class.  Thank you to those whom have taken the time to complete it.  I love seeing the progress made and light bulbs turn-on.  
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: PE
    • Please dress in comfortable clothes and wear tennis shoes.
  • Wednesday: Library

Thursday, November 2, 2017

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 2

Dear First Grade Families,

Today your child will be bringing home their data binder along with their 1st quarter report card.  Their data binder comes home every nine weeks with their report card in a gold envelope located in the the inside pocket of the binder.  In the binder, each nine weeks grading period is separated by colored piece of paper that is labeled with the quarter.  Please review and discuss the common assessments with your child, but do not remove any of these work samples.  (I will return the entire binder to you at the end of the year.)  If you have any questions about what a 1, 2, 3, or 4 means on the report card, please refer to the grading guidelines tab on the 1st grade blog.  Please keep in mind, that most of the time, a 1 is given for a skill that was recently introduced and requires more practice and teacher guidance.  At this time of year, several students may have mostly 2’s. This indicates that a child is meeting expectations with minimal guidance and is progressing as expected as a learner.  
Please kindly return the data binder (with all its content) and signed report card envelope with your child by Monday. The report card, and other papers inside, is yours to keep.
News from School:
Veteran’s Day Assembly: Sommer Elementary would like to invite our active duty, retired, or reserve service members to join us in honoring our Nation’s Heroes at our Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 10th, 2017 at 7:35am. Coffee and snacks will be available for our special guests following the assembly in the library. If possible, please fill out and submit this RSVP.
Honor Wall Pictures Needed
We will also be putting up our Honor Wall again this year. Please attach a COPY of your Veterans picture to the appropriate ½ page on THIS form. We ask that you DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL copies of pictures as they will be on display and children will be looking and touching them. The Deadline to turn in Photos for the Veterans Wall is Tuesday, November 7th. If you still have your picture from previous years, please feel free to send it back in!
Until next week,
Sarah
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Coming Up in 2nd Quarter - Week 3
Math: We will be continuing our subtraction unit. Students will practice subtraction using strategies, movement, games and tools with numbers from 1 to 20. The students will also practice matching subtraction problems with a subtraction number sentences.

Science: This week, we will begin our unit on rocks, soil, and bodies of water. Students will learn and make observations about different bodies of water this week and will discuss how water is useful to us. We will also explore the different sources of water in the state of Texas.

Reading & Integrated Social Studies:  Using a variety of books, from different genres, and about different customs and traditions students will learn that authors write stories to:
~ Entertain: Just tell a good story whether it be sad, funny, scary, etc.
~ Persuade: Convince a reader to think a certain way about a particular topic/subject/idea.  

Writing: Students will continue working on their “How-To” they started last week.  This week’s focus is going to be on revising, editing, and adding needed illustrations to help get their instructions/directions through to their readers.
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Important Dates
  • November 3: Fall Picture Retakes
  • November 3: Passport to Sommer  (5:30 to 8:30)
  • November 20 - 24: Thanksgiving Break!
  • December 22: NO School for kids
  • December 25 to January 8: Christmas Break!
  • January 9: Happy 2018 - Kids Back to School
  • January 15: NO School - MLK,Jr. Day
  • March 9: Field Day!
    • More details to come!
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Classroom Reminders

  • Green Daily Folders initial daily and returned
  • Enrichment Homework!
    • Sent home every Monday and can be turned in when complete.  This is a great way to spiral review concepts that have been taught in class.  Thank you to those whom have taken the time to complete it.  I love seeing the progress made and light bulbs turn-on.  
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: PE
    • Please dress in comfortable clothes and wear tennis shoes.
  • Wednesday: Library

Thursday, October 26, 2017

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 1

Dear First Grade Families,

As we are embarking into our second quarter (already!) here are a few quick reminders of things that need to be completed daily and come to and from school each day.
  • SNACK:  We have snack every afternoon and children are responsible for bringing their own.  I do always have extra crackers in the classroom to share in case a child forgets.  (I know this will happen, as goes life, and I am totally okay with sharing.  However, it seems lately that the same kiddos who aren’t bringing a snack.  Thanks for helping your child bring a healthy snack daily.)  
  • Purple Reading Folder:
    • Students are to complete their assigned reading book Monday - Thursday.
    • Students are to complete a choiced reading response activity Monday - Wednesday in their Take Home Reading Response Journals.
    • Thursday’s homework is to reread assigned books for fluency practice or c finish assigned chapter book.  (Please follow your child’s provided reading schedule that is tapped into the front of their reading folder.)
    • Reading log needs to be filled in and signed by a parent daily.
  • Green Daily Folders:
    • Students color in their calendar indicating the type of day they had at school.
      • Please look for little notes from me if warranted.
    • Please initial each day so that I know you have seen your child’s calendar.  This is a great way for a daily line of communication to stay open between school and home.
    • This green folder is also where important papers that need to go home from the school or our classroom are placed.  (Such as: Enrichment homework every Monday, Monthly lunch calendars, Field trip permission slips when the time comes, etc.)
  • Enrichment Homework:
    • This is sent home every Monday and can be turned it anytime.  The enrichment homework is a great spiral review of things that are taught in class throughout every content area.  Please know that I do check all homework that is turned in for accuracy and correctness to ensure students are understanding the concepts that are covered in class.
    • This is not something that is required but is encouraged.

Until next week,
Sarah
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Coming Up in 2nd Quarter - Week 2
Math: Students will be introduced to subtraction using strategies, movement, games and tools with numbers from 1-20. The students will practice subtraction problems identifying subtraction words to describe what is happening in the math story. Students will also learn how to write subtraction number sentences.

Science:  Students will continue to explore magnetism and patterns of movement. We will have a variety of hands on activities and experiments to reinforce learning, including magnetic bowling, testing magnet strength using paperclips, and Willy the Worm (using magnets to make a “worm” move through a maze in different movement patterns).

Reading & Integrated Social Studies:  Students will be continuing to explore different types of questions that we use during reading.  We will learn that there are two types of questions “thin” (simple; very short answer like ‘yes’ or ‘no’) and “thick” (require reader to think deeply about what they read).  Students will also explore calendars as a tool to measure time and how we are able to ask those “thin” questions about what is happening.  We will also explore how these questions can also be asked about not only stories, but about pictures as well.

Writing: Students will select something they know how to do or make well and generate steps (instructions), teaching someone how to do what they have selected.  Students will be learning what it takes to write a “How-To” book and how missing details (or adding something not needed) can make or break something turning out the way it is intended to.
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Important Dates
  • October 30: Free Flu Shot Clinic
    • Our grade level is scheduled for 8:45 in the morning.
  • November 3: Fall Picture Retakes
  • November 3: Passport to Sommer (Information was sent home Tuesday)
  • November 20 - 24: Thanksgiving Break!
  • December 22: NO School for kids
  • December 25 to January 8: Christmas Break!
  • January 9: Happy 2018 - Kids Back to School
  • January 15: NO School - MLK,Jr. Day
  • March 9: Field Day!
    • More details to come!
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Classroom Reminders

  • Green Daily Folders initial daily and returned
  • Enrichment Homework!
    • Sent home every Monday and can be turned in when complete.  This is a great way to spiral review concepts that have been taught in class.  Thank you to those whom have taken the time to complete it.  I love seeing the progress made and light bulbs turn-on.  
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: PE
    • Please dress in comfortable clothes and wear tennis shoes.
  • Wednesday: Library