A Peek at Week 13

Good evening, parents! I’m so grateful for the beautiful weather this weekend and the chance to spend extra time outside. I hope you were able to be outside and relax some too! It hardly felt like November!!! At school this week, we will continue to focus on prayer for our country and leaders. I’ll share this resource once more: https://www.worldvision.org/christian-faith-news-stories/6-ways-pray-country-during-election

Bible – This week we’ll continue reading stories from Joshua as he takes over as the leader of the Israelites. Highlights of this unit include: The victory at Jericho belonged to God, not to Joshua. Rahab and her family were saved for helping the spies. God sent miracles to help the Israelites defeat their enemies. God helped the Israelites conquer the land of Canaan.

Math – This week we’ll be moving on to Unit 3 where we will focus on addition and subtraction problems that have an unknown partner instead of an unknown total. We’ll solve these with math mountains, circle drawings, and equations. First graders are also working on the goal of  fluency for addition and subtraction facts within 10.

Phonics – We’re working on digraphs this week and how these combinations of letters make a new sound: sh, ch, th, wh, ph.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll begin a unit from the Comprehension Toolkit written by Reading Specialists Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis. Our focus will be on Monitoring Comprehension. This is a really good description of the strategy which I think is helpful for parents to know:

“When readers monitor their comprehension, they keep track of their thinking as they read, listen and view. They notice when the text makes sense to them or when it doesn’t. They distinguish between what the text is about – the events of the narrative – and what it makes them think about. Primary grade kids are always thinking about what they hear, see and read. They are noticing, wondering, making connections, and making judgements all the time. When they monitor their comprehension, they use that awareness to steer their thinking as they enter texts. They expect to interact with the pictures, the features, the words, and the ideas. Although retelling is a necessary skill for young readers, they need to go beyond retelling and merge their thinking with the text to come up with big ideas and underlying themes.

Above all, monitoring comprehension is about engagement. Young learners are more likely to stray from meaning when they are not interested in the content, find the concepts too hards, or don’t have sufficient back ground knowledge to understand it. They stay on track when they talk, draw, and write about their thinking, interaction with the text and with each other to gain understanding.”

Writing Workshop – This week we begin writing non-fiction books that teach others. First graders are experts in so many areas! It’s fun to see all of the things that they know. Thank you in advance for helping your child with the idea sheet that I’ll be sending home Monday – these are so helpful when we encounter “writers’ block” here at school.

Social Studies/Science – This week we start a new unit on “What is a Citizen?” Our first focus topics are on rules: who makes them and why we need them. Next we’ll look at the topic of fairness and whether fair means the same thing for everyone or not.

Class Supplies: I’m collecting paper towel tubes for math. If you have one that is not bent or peeling apart, we’d love to use it. Thanks also for the extra sandwich baggies. We’re all set for a while!

Foot Frolic Frenzy: The Foot Frolic Frenzy is coming soon! Here is a fun video that tells more about the FFF! This important event raises money for  so much of what we do at school. This year’s fundraiser will also help offset additional COVID expenses. Now more than ever, we would love your support. Reach out to grandparents, aunts/uncles, and family friends to help raise money for our school. You can connect over the phone or use the email form below.

Dates to Note:

  • Week of November 16 – Foot Frolic Frenzy (our class will be running their laps during PE class)
  • November 17 – Growing Deeper: Racial Justice (7:00-8:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, November 25-Friday, November 27 – No School – Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30 – No School (K-8) – Teacher work day
  • December 1 – Virtual Expedition Kindergarten
  • December 21-Jan 3 – Christmas Break


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