A Peek at Week 19

A Peek at Week 19

Welcome back! I hope you had a great break! I’m heading to Canada today for one more family celebration so I’m busy getting ready for next week. We’re reading to jump in and get back to learning together! Please make sure to send boots and all appropriate snow clothes with your child this week. We sent it all home over break!

Note: We are collecting flashlights to use with our light and sound unit. Please label one and send it to school with your child by Friday. Let me know if you don’t have one for your child to use. Thanks!

Devotions and Prayer – Last month we focused on advent, waiting and getting ready for the birth of Christ. This month we will be focusing on Epiphany and the gift of Christ to all!

Bible -We resume our regular Bible stories by continuing with the Judges. Highlights of this unit include:God showed mercy to his covenant-saving his 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 will begin a new unit in Math this week on place value working with tens and ones. Big objectives include: read, write and represent 2 digit numbers, compare two-digit numbers, add tens and ones, use strategies to add within 20, solve story problems. The kids will continue working on their number math scrolls which also help us see patterns in tens and ones.

Phonics – This week we will continue practicing our new sight words – adding list 9! This means that we’ve worked on close to 100 sight words this year. Sight words are critical as your child learns to become a fluent reader. If your child is still working on earlier lists, please consider setting aside extra time at home to continue practicing the words together. We do a lot of work on them at school as well and partnering at home can make a big difference!

Reading Workshop- This week we’ll focus on asking questions while we read. Our goals are: use images and words to gain understanding, ask questions when you read, listen and view, understand why some questions are answered and some are not, and find questions to expand our thinking.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on.

Social Studies/Science – We will begin our unit on light and sound this week. Here are some highlights of this unit: Sounds are made when something vibrates. Sounds can be loud or soft, and high or low. We use sound and light to communicate. A shadow is made when something blocks the light.

Dates to Note:
Monday, January 20 – Half day of school, 12:10 dismissal.
MAP testing (winter session) will be this month

A Peek at Week 18

A Peek at Week 18

Reminder: We have been SNOW-FREE this week but please remember to send boots to school with your child all winter. Our playground gets quite muddy! Also, watch the weather and make sure your child has appropriate clothing to play outside!

Reminder 2: Your child should bring a gently used book wrapped in paper to exchange for a class game on Friday.

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 – This week we will read the stories of Jesus’ birth as we prepare to celebrate Christmas with you next week.

Math – This week we’re doing more practice with addition and subtraction story problems – reading them CAREFULLY and not just guessing if they are addition or subtraction.

Phonics – This week we’ll continue working on review of skill 1 and 2 which indicate when a word will have a short vowel. We’ll also be learning how to tell when a word ends with c, k, or ck.

Reading Workshop- We’ll be using our reading time this week for Christmas stories and activities that continue to help us focus on the real meaning of Christmas.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on. We’ll also be writing some Christmas cards during writing time.

Social Studies/Science – This week we’ll wrap up our Social Studies unit on Wants and Needs. We’ll work on producers-consumers, scarcity – choice and on trade and money.

Dates to Note:
Class Christmas party: Thursday afternoon, December 19:
Christmas Chapel: Friday, December 20, 8:25 AM
Christmas tree cone decorating with buddies will happen Friday morning.
Christmas Break: Monday, December 23-Friday, January 3
School resumes Monday, January 6, 2020

A Peek at Week 17: December 9-13

A Peek at Week 17

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 finish reading about the Judges once we get back to school after Christmas break. 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 – This week we’re doing a lot more practice with addition and subtraction story problems – reading them CAREFULLY and not just guessing if they are addition or subtraction. We’ll also take the end of the unit test.

Phonics – This week we’ll continue work on some Phonetic rules that help students begin to know if a vowel will make a long or short sound. We also continue to work on our sight words – please keep practicing these at home.

Reading Workshop– Our focus this week is on predicting, retelling and summarizing – all using the book Sneezy the Snowman.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on.  This week we’re doing a check in and setting goals for the next section of our unit – moving into writing information chapter books.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue in our Social Studies unit on Wants and Needs. We’ll work on: Wants-needs, products-services, and producers-consumers.

Class Supplies

I’m still collecting toilet paper tubes for a Christmas craft. We’re hoping to use them on Friday! Paper towel tubes will also help if you have those!

Dates to Note:

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

Class Christmas party: Thursday, December 19 (more details coming soon)

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