April 28, 2018

There are just 18 days left of school! Let’s finish strong!

Math—Last week we took the MI (math inventory), which is an end of the year assessment. I was so pleased and proud to see  the huge growth since the beginning of the year! 78% of the class scored in the advanced category. 🙂

This week we will take the Cobb County quarter 4 math touchstone.

We will review 10 more/10 less than a given number and review two digit addition and subtraction. At this time, students should also be fluent in +/- to 10.

Writing—We have been reading and learning about meerkats. We are writing informational stories about them. This is a review of quarter 2, and the students seem quite proficient in this area.

Reading—Last week we took the RI (reading inventory), which is an end of the year reading assessment. Again, I was pleased with all of the growth that occurred since the beginning of the year! These students are ready for 2nd grade! I will continue to complete DRAS (developmental reading assessments) this week.

Spelling—Words for this week will be soft g words: ge/gi/gy

Science—We continue to study plants and animals. We completed our science project last week and displayed it at STEAM night. Last week we planted lima beans and we will observe them as they grow.

Social Studies—We finished up our unit on George Washington Carver.

We will go to the Atlanta Zoo on Wednesday.

Please begin to return all library books.

 

 

February 24, 2019

Welcome back! I hope that you all had a great break! We are nearing the end of quarter three, so let’s finish strong. There will be many important assessments in the next couple of weeks. Students should show what they know!

Spelling words for the week will be ew/ui words. Take a practice test or two at home so that you can get 100% on Friday.

Science—We will be beginning our unit on animals this week. We will read about and discuss the basic needs of animals.

Math—Story problems will once again be our focus. New types of story problems will be introduced this week. We will continue to use manipulatives, drawings, and number lines to solve the problems. Keep working on basic +/- facts to 18.

Reading—We will finish up our unit on comparing and contrasting the adventures and experiences of characters in stories and we will return to retelling stories, using key details, later in the week.

Writing—We will continue with opinion writing.

Thank you to everyone that turned in their Six Flag Reading Challenge last week! You will receive a FREE ticket to Six Flags before the end of the school year. Congratulations!

Thank you for all of the valentine gifts! You are so sweet to think of  me.

Please keep sending in those box tops!

Our library day is Wednesday.

 

February 10, 2019

Math—We will be adding a two digit number with a one digit number. We will also be adding a two digit number with a multiple of 10. We will continue t0 work on word problems in our math journals.

Ooka Island—If you haven’t tried Ooka Island at home, please give it a try this week. The county is providing us with this phonics resource for this year. Pitner is piloting the program.

Writing—We continue to write opinion stories. Students are to name a topic, state their opinion, give reasons why they have that opinion, and provide an ending. First graders have many opinions!

Social Studies—We are continuing our unit on Teddy Roosevelt.

Spelling words for this week will be -er. -ir, and -ur words.

Reading—The Six Flags Reading Challenge is due on Friday. If your child reads for six hours or more, he/she will get a FREE ticket to Six Flags. We will continue the standard of comparing the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

School Picture Day is Thursday.

Library Day is Wednesday.

The valentine exchange will be on Thursday. Please send in valentines on Thursday only.

Winter Break—February 18-22

 

February 5, 2019

Happy February to all! We will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a card exchange and small snack on Feb. 14. A class list was sent home last week so that you can get your valentines ready!

There will be no school Feb. 18-22.

Our library day is Wednesday.

Math—We are subtracting tens from multiples of 10…90-30, 80-40, etc. We are counting back by tens, using a ten’s number line, and using a 120’s chart to assist with this. We also continue to work on word problems. Check the homework packet to see what types of problems we are currently working on.

Reading—We are comparing the adventures and experiences of characters in stories. We will use Venn diagrams to compare and contrast. Reminder: The Six Flags Reading Challenge is due on Friday, Feb. 15. Your child will earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags if he/she reads for a total of six hours before next Friday.

Spelling—Words for this week will be “or” words.

Writing—We continue with opinion stories. This week we will decide which pet is better, a dog or a cat.

Social Studies—We are finishing up our unit on Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea. We will begin our unit on Theodore Roosevelt at the end of this week.

We are celebrating Black History all month. First grade students learned about famous African American athletes. Our class learned all about Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field in the 1960 Olympics. Please stop by and see our decorated and informative classroom door.

Progress reports will be sent home next  week. Please sign and return. Thank you!

 

January 28, 2019

Let’s all be extra KIND this week at Pitner! The counselors have some fun things planned for us this week. Refer to the homework packet for ways to dress up this week.

Reading—We are identifying who is telling the story. Is it the narrator or the character? We are using key words to help us decide. We continue to practice retelling stories after reading them.

Math—We are working on +/- strategies to 20 this week. These will help us become more fluent with our facts. We will also learn a new type of story problem this week. Last week we focused on how many more and how many fewer when comparing items.

Spelling—Words for this week are “ar” words.

Social Studies—We will continue with our unit on Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea.

Writing—We continue to write opinion stories. This week we are giving our opinions on the best restaurant.

Keep  your eye on the weather this week! 🙂

January 21, 2019

I hope you all had a restful and relaxing long weekend!

100% of the students have learned all 200 sight words so we will be celebrating with a pizza party this week! I’m so proud of all of you!

Please have your child wear his/her Pitner red first grade t-shirt on Friday.

Our library day is Wednesday.

In Math we are learning to mentally solve 10 more and 10 less than a 2-digit number. We are also working on story problems that involve comparing numbers. We are asking how many more and how many fewer? Keep working on +/- facts to 20.

In Reading we are finishing up identifying the central message in a text, as well as working on retelling the story.

Spelling words for the week will be words that end in the letter y.

In Social Studies we will begin our unit on Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea.

We will continue with opinion stories in writing workshop.

Many students are running low on school supplies. This would be a great time to replenish crayons and glue sticks.

Reminder: If your child is participating in the Six Flags reading challenge, 6 hours of reading should be completed by Feb. 15. You will turn in the paper work at that time.

January reading logs are due on January 31.

 

 

 

January 14, 2019

Welcome back! I hope all of you had a wonderful break with your families. We are off to a great start in 2019 in room 211. Let’s get ready for second grade!

Spelling words for this week will be ie/igh words. Take a practice test or two at home this week so that you can get 100% on Friday.

In Math we will continue comparing two two digit numbers and use the symbols greater than, less than, and equal to make the number sentence true. We will also review place value up to 99, counting tens and ones. We will learn a new type of story problem. We will compare two numbers and decide how many more or how many less. We will continue to use the t to help solve word problems.

In Reading we are retelling the stories and identifying the central message in the text.

If your child is participating in the Six Flags reading incentive, forms need to be returned by Feb. 15. Students who read a total  of six hours or more at home between now and then will earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags.

We just finished our unit on oceans and continents in Social Studies. Everyone did a great job identifying and locating the seven continents and five oceans. We will learn about  various landforms this week.

We are working on opinion writing in Writer’s Workshop. We read the book called Duck! Rabbit! and the main character is either a duck or a rabbit…we’re not sure. Students gave their opinion and supported their opinion with several reasons. Look for these out in the hall soon!

Our library day is Wednesday.

Please sign the parent signature card and return. You may keep the copy of the report card. If you have any questions regarding the report card, please let me know and we can set up a conference.

Thank you for continuing to send in those box tops! Keep them coming!

NO SCHOOL—Monday, January 21.

 

 

November 12, 2018

There are just four days before our Thanksgiving holiday, so we are working hard before our break!

Spelling words for the week will be “sh” and “ch” words. Take a practice test or two at home this week so that you can get 100% on Friday.

We continue to work on story problems in math. In addition to this, this week we are learning how to add three numbers together. Then, we will work on story problems that involve addition of three numbers.

In writing we are working on “How To…” stories. This week we will be writing about How to Get Ready for Bed. We will work on a lead, the steps involved, and an ending.

In reading we are learning about the author’s purpose in a text. We will also identify the reasons an author uses to make his point.

Please continue to read and fill out the November Reading Log. Twelve books (or more) should be read by Nov. 30. Please write the date, the title, and initial.

We are having so much fun learning about our third President, Thomas Jefferson! Your child should be able to tell you many facts about him!

Progress reports will be sent home on Friday. Please sign and return.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families! We’ll see you back here on Nov. 26.

 

 

 

Happy Halloween!

I hope that everyone has a safe and fun filled Halloween! I heard about some fantastic costumes today!

Spelling words for this week will be long I words. Don’t forget about the bossy e at the end of the words!

Reading—We are reading nonfiction books and determining the main idea and the key details in the text. We have had several mini lessons that have helped us with this.

Math—We are working on +/- strategies to 20. Subtraction seems to be a bit more of a challenge, so please continue to help your child with this at home. We are also working on new types of story problems.

Writing—We are writing informational pieces and teaching the reader about our topics.

Social Studies—We have been learning about Benjamin Franklin. Your child should be able to tell you one or two important things that Ben invented many years ago that we still use today.

Keep working on your sight words. 100 words should be mastered by mid December.

Thank you for turning in your October Reading Logs.

Reminder: No school on Nov. 6.

 

Conference Week

Thank you, parents, for signing up for conferences! 100% of you are scheduled for a conference. I’m looking forward to meeting with all of you this week.

Spelling words for the week are long a words. There is no homework packet this week, just the spelling test.

Keep working on your October Reading Log. It is due on Oct. 31. Each student should attempt to read 12 books this month.

In Math we are working on place value to 99. We continue to work on story problems. During this quarter, higher numbers will be used in the problems and we will learn how to solve new types of story problems.

In Reading we are using text features to locate key details in our nonfiction texts. Your child should read the book in the baggie that comes home. Upon completion, students should retell or summarize the story to you. Please return the book in the baggie on the following day.

We will take a pretest over informational writing this week

Reminder: Students are dismissed two hours early all week.

Keep sending in those box tops!