Ms. A. Carter's First Grade
It's the Holiday Season
As the holidays are approaching we have so much to do in the classroom with what seems like a little time! We have several breaks coming up; however, we will be busy as bees in the classroom! Don't forget to refer to the November newsletter that went home to see which days we will be out for the Thanksgiving holiday. Also, don't forget that on Tuesday, November 26 we will get out of school at 12:45! Check out what we are doing below in all subject areas!
In reading, we will be working on multiple graphic organizers that help us build comprehension when reading. One focus is to look at the pictures that are in our stories and see what we can learn from them that is differnt than what the text is telling us. This allows us to really get a good idea of all the differnt ideas that can be shared in a book. In our independent groups, we are reading leveled stories and then writing about them in our reading journal. The prompts that the children are working on, are the same prompts that were sent home with the first quarter report card!
In FUNdations, we are well on our way to building fluency when reading and also working on blending various sounds together to create words. We have learned about digraphs, bonus letters, glued sounds (-am, -an, and -all), and we will work on making words plural by adding a -s to the end of words. These concepts are taught each day and are also found in your child's weekly spelling word list. You will notice that 4-5 of the spelling words cannot be sounded out. These are our "trick" words and we have to memorize these words rather than sounding them out. If over half of our class is not successful in writing these words outside of the weekly spelling test, the words are repeated so that we can master them.
In math, we are learning about 3D shapes, measurement, and place value. In addition to these concepts that are taught, we continue to spiral all the concepts that have been taught throughout the year. I try my best to integrate past concepts taught in the math journal that is done daily. Word problems are used quite often and are listed in our curriculum for students to be able to solve a word problem using pictures, numbers, and words. We go over our math journal each day and share exemplars so that students can learn multiple strategies for solving problems.
In Social Studies we are learning about multiple holidays and celebrations! We are talking about traditions that are done within these holidays. Ask your child what special celebrations they have learned about! Some include the Chinese New Year, Cinco De Mayo, The Cherokee Harvest Festival, Kwanzaa, and many more!
Our Schedule! Join us for lunch anytime!
7:15 - 7:30 - Breakfast
7:30 - 8:00 Math journal and unpack!
8:00 - 10:00 Reading
10:00 - 10:30 Writing
10:30 - 11:00 Recess
11:00 - 11:30 LUNCH
11:30 - 1:00 Math
1:00 - 1:40 FUNdations
1:40 - 2:15 Enhancements
2:20 Early Bus Dismissal
2:30 Late bus and Car riders dismiss
* Sign and read the planners every night! I try and send important notes in here from either me or the office!
* Spelling bags are due on Friday! I ask the students to complete 3 activities using their words! These can be any of the activities on the sheet! I have tons of ideas so if you need some help on coming up with some creative ideas, please let me know! Also, stop by anytime. We have some wonderful exemplar activies handing on our door!
* If you need a conference, please let me know ahead of time! I can't stop teaching class to have a conference; however, I can definitely make arrangements for the class if I know that you are coming!