A Peek at Week 16: December 2-6

A Peek at Week 16

Reminder 1: November reading logs from the book-in-a-bag are due to school this week!

Reminder 2: Please remember to send boots to school with your child all winter – snow or no snow. Our playground gets quite muddy as things melt and refreeze! Also, watch the weather and make sure your child has appropriate clothing to play outside!

Devotions and Prayer – This month we will focus on advent, waiting and getting our hearts ready for the real meaning and celebration of Christmas.

Bible -We will continue reading about the Judges who lead Israel.  Highlights of this unit include:God showed mercy to his covenant-breaking people by sending judges to deliver them. The Israelites returned to a cycle of disobedience after the death of each judge. Ruth, a Moabite, came to Israel with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth and Boaz shared a selfless love, and Ruth, a foreigner, became an important member of God’s special people. God made Naomi’s bitter and empty life sweet and full again.

Math – We continue to focus on addition and subtraction problems that have an unknown partner instead of an unknown total. We’ll be working on story problems and listening for key words to know when we know a total or when we’re being told a partner. First graders continue working on the goal of  fluency for addition and subtraction facts within 10. Xtra math is a great way for some extra practice at home.

Phonics – We are working on phonetic skills which are tools to help kids know how to decode words in their reading. Skill 1 helps us read CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant) like b-a-t and CVCC words (like sand) and shows kids that those words will always have short vowel sounds. We also continue to work on learning sight words – please keep practicing these at home.

Reading Workshop– Our focus this week is on asking questions while we are reading. This helps students make sure they are making sense of what they are reading and is an important tool to increase comprehension.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on.  We’re working on some ways to tell more about a topic – trying to answer questions that someone else might have, writing twin sentences, and using labels in pictures.

Social Studies/Science – This week we begin a Social Studies unit on Wants and Needs. Our focus begins on what wants and needs are and how we get them. We also look at different goods and services.

Intervention Times

Just a reminder that each day, the first grade teachers are supported by additional instructional staff to help us meet the individual needs of our students in reading and math. Your child might mention that he/she is working with Mrs. Bootsma, Mrs. Rusticus, Mrs. Pifer, Mrs. Holwerda or Mrs. Correll. We work on individual skills in small groups and this is just one more way we work together to make sure the kids are growing! We are so thankful for our team!

Class Supplies

I’m am collecting toilet paper tubes for a Christmas craft. Thanks for saving them! We are all set with paper towel tubes!

Dates to Note:

Cookie decorating with buddies. Online sign-up is coming soon.

Class Christmas party (more details coming soon)

A Peek at Week 15

A Peek at Week 15

Bible This week we begin reading about the Judges who lead Israel.  Highlights of this unit include:God showed mercy to his covenant-breaking people by sending judges to deliver them. The Israelites returned to a cycle of disobedience after the death of each judge. Ruth, a Moabite, came to Israel with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth and Boaz shared a selfless love, and Ruth, a foreigner, became an important member of God’s special people. God made Naomi’s bitter and empty life sweet and full again.

Math – We continue to focus on addition and subtraction problems that have an unknown partner instead of an unknown total. We’ll be working on story problems and listening for key words to know when we know a total or when we’re being told a partner. First graders continue working on the goal of  fluency for addition and subtraction facts within 10.

Phonics – We’ll be practicing digraphs this week and how these combinations of letters make a new sound: sh, ch, th, wh, ph. We’ll also be introducing a new list of words that all first graders need to be able to read by sight. So far there are 8 lists of words that your child should know or be learning. We’ll keep practicing at school as well.

Reading Workshop– Our focus this week is on schema, making connections and how this can understand how characters are feeling and why they are acting certain ways. We’ll be doing a mini-study of the book Balloons over Broadway.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on.  The kids are excited about this new unit and have a lot of information to share!

Social Studies/Science – This week we begin a Social Studies unit on Wants and Needs. Our focus begins on what wants and needs are and how we get them. We also look at different goods and services.

Class Supplies

I’m still collecting paper towel tubes for math. If you have one that is NOT bent or peeling apart, we’d love to use it.

Dates to Note:

Tuesday, November 26: Thanksgiving Chapel at 8:30 AM

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break, no school

A Peek at Week 13

A Peek at Week 13

Bible – This week we’ll begin 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 continue to 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. We’ll be using the website xtra math for some extra practice with these facts.

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– Last week we collected a bunch of examples of non-fiction text features that help us understand what we are reading. Now our focus will move to background knowledge and schema and how these things can help us understand what we are reading.

Writing – We continue our work of 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 for helping your child with the idea sheet – these are so helpful when we encounter “writers’ block” here at school.

Social Studies/Science – We began 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.

Dates to Note:

Monday, November 18: Kingma’s and Traylor’s classes:  Field Trip to downtown Grand Rapids Police Station.  We’ll be gone from 8:45-10:45.

*I’m planning on Lena Clemo, Michelle Holman, Katie DeVries, and Brianna Powell.*

Tuesday, November 26: Thanksgiving Chapel at 8:25 AM

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break, no school

Two more notes

Our class has earned our first special celebration for great listening, hard work and following routines!!!  We will celebrate by having school in the dark tomorrow. Your child is encouraged/invited to bring a flashlight to help with his/her work. If you don’t have a flashlight available, let me know – I have some extras. Also, please read the writing note below for more information about a writing celebration that will happen on Wednesday!

Also, a reminder that there is NO GRPS bussing tomorrow (Tuesday) so we will have pick-up in the gym.

A Peek at Week 12

A Peek at Week 12

Bible – This week we’ll be reading stories from the time the Israelites spent in the wilderness after God brought them out of Egypt. Highlights from this unit include: God preserved the Israelites, taught them how to worship him, and brought them to the Promised Land. God took loving care of the Israelites. God gave the Ten Commandments to direct people in their relationship with him and others.

Math – This week we’re moving into Unit 3. The focus of this unit is working with 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 working on the goal of  fluency for addition and subtraction facts within 10.

Phonics – We’ve introduced a new list of words that first graders should have memorized. These sight words are key words that your child needs to know to keep reading more and more books. Please continue working on the Most Common Words lists if your child has one at home. We are currently working on learning the words from list 7.

Reading Workshop- This week we’ll do a mini book study on The Moon Seems to Change.

Writing – We wrapped up our unit on narrative writing and will have a writing celebration this week Wednesday. Your child is invited to wear pajamas to school that day and to bring a stuffed friend, small blanket or pillow. Please also have your child bring his/her final small moments book back to school for our celebration – this book was sent home on Friday.

Social Studies/Science – This week we’ll finish our science unit on Space Systems and will begin a Social Studies unit called “What is a Citizen?” The visit to the police station will fit in with our unit when we review some of the community helpers that kids learned about in Kindergarten.

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, a box or two of ziplock baggies would be great!

Dates to Note:

Monday, November 18: Kingma and Traylor’s class Field Trip to Police Station. I’m planning on Lena Clemo, Michelle Holman, Katie DeVries, and Brianna Powell. We’ll be gone from 8:45-10:45.

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break, no school

Conference Follow-Up

Thank you for your partnership with me and our school community. You made our conference time meaningful and the time well spent. I appreciate your questions and ideas. Thank you for showing up on behalf of your child. I am honored to spend time getting to know your first grader.  Please reach out with any questions or concerns that come up as the year goes on. Communication is so important and helpful as I help your child grow socially, academically and spiritually this year. Liz

Foot Frolic Update

We are up to 74% participation from our class so far! Thanks for getting those envelopes in! If you still have pledges at home, please send them in tomorrow – it’s the LAST chance to get them to count toward our class %. If your child did not find anyone to donate or pledge, encourage them to bring the envelope tomorrow and ask me! I’d love to donate – they all did great running!!!

Here are the envelopes I have so far: Max, Darshak, Nelson, Liesel, Leland, Miles, Carter, Addy, Maddie, Theo, Mya, Thomas, Levi, and Sutton! Thank you!!!!

A Peek at Week 11

A Peek at Week 11

Bible – This week we’ll read more about Moses and the Israelites as receive the 10 commandments from God.  Highlights from this unit include: God preserved the Israelites, delivered them from Egypt, taught them how to worship him, and brought them to the Promised Land. God took loving care of the Israelites. God had a plan to use Moses to deliver the people from slavery. God gave the Ten Commandments to direct people in their relationship with him and others.

Math – We continue working on addition and subtraction facts to solve story problems. This week we will focus on how addition and subtraction are related. We’ll also learn how to write equations in the vertical form. We’ll be done with this unit at the end of the week.

Phonics – We continue practicing the blends in different words. Please continue working on the Most Common Words lists if your child has one at home. We’ll be working on list 7 at school this week.

Reading Workshop– Our focus this week is how to record our thinking as we are reading and then we get a chance to share those notes with our partners. We write questions we have, facts that are interesting, or funny/favorite parts of our reading.

Writing – We’ll be wrapping up our unit on SMALL moments after this week. We’ll be working on adding more sentences to books that are already “done” and on choosing a favorite piece of writing to edit and revise.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue in Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles. Our focus this week will be on shapes of the moon and it’s cycle around the earth.

Dates to Note:

October 22-31 Book Fair at school

Tuesday, October 29: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 18: Kingma and Traylor’s class Field Trip to Police Station (I’ll need 3-4 parents to come along on this trip.) We’ll be gone from 8:45-10:45.

A Peek at Week 10

A Peek at Week 10

Bible – This week we’ll continue reading about Moses and the Israelites as they leave Egypt.  Highlights from this unit include: God preserved the Israelites, delivered them from Egypt, taught them how to worship him, and brought them to the Promised Land. God took loving care of the Israelites. God had a plan to use Moses to deliver the people from slavery. God gave the Ten Commandments to direct people in their relationship with him and others.

Math – We continue working on addition and subtraction facts to solve story problems. This week we will focus on telling the difference between addition and subtraction especially in word problems.

Phonics – As we’ve added blends into our work, the spelling of new words gets more challenging – especially words that begin with blends like spl, spr, squ, str, etc.. We continue practicing with partners to hear the blends in different words. Please continue working on the Most Common Words lists if your child has one at home. Word lists 1-3 are words your child was introduced to in kindergarten. In first grade we are working on lists 1-6.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll begin working on the concepts of schema, prior knowledge and how to monitor your comprehension – ex. Stop when you read something that doesn’t make sense. We’re also going to be working in non-fiction books so we’ll look over some of the text features in those books.

Writing – We continue focusing on writing SMALL moments.This week our focus is on how to show when someone is talking, telling the story bit by bit and how to elaborate and give more details by telling what people were thinking and feeling.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue in Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles.  Tomorrow we will visit the public museum and planetarium as part of our science unit on Space.

Dates to Note:

Monday, October 21 – First field trip – Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

October 22-31 Book Fair at school

Tuesday, October 22: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, October 23: Half Day of School, dismiss 12:10

Thursday and Friday, October 24 & 25: No School, teacher professional development

Tuesday, October 29: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, October 28: No GRPS bussing so after-school pickup will be in the gym. GR Christian busses will run as usual.

Monday, November 18: Kingma and Traylor’s class Field Trip to Police Station (I’ll need 3-4 parents to come along on this trip.) We’ll be gone from 8:45-10:45.  Email me if you are interested in joining us.