Dear parents and students,

Wow! January is flying by! I hope everyone had a lot of fun in the snow last week. 🙂 This week we are back to business with a lot of learning in room 512. Here are the things we are learning about this week.

Math: We are using number lines and 120 charts to learn how to add one more and one less to any number within 120. We have also begun learning how to add and subtract 2-digit by 1-digit numbers. The students are utilizing their 120 charts to help them solve the problems.

Phonics: Due to the snow days, we are continuing our unit on “ai” and ”ay” words. The students need to understand that these vowels make the long a sound. We are also pushing our spelling test from last Friday to this Friday. 🙂

Writing: In order to prepare for our exciting Author’s Tea on Friday, the students are choosing a genre of writing (narrative, informational, opinion) and creating a writing piece to celebrate their success in writing thus far. We are so excited to see you all on Friday morning! Be on the lookout for another blog post this week containing details for Friday.

Social Studies: This week we are learning how to compare and contrast our lives to those of Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea. We are also learning about the word “courage” and how these historical figures showed courage during their voyage.

Reading: This week we are reading the book entitled Bear Snores On and we are learning how to find the main idea of a fictional text. Students need to know that the main idea of a story is what the story is mostly about.

Thank you so much for all that you do!

Mrs. Dennis

Dear parents and students,

Even though we had an unexpected “snow day” this week, we have still learned so much in a couple of days! Here are some things we are learning about this week.

Math: This week is all about comparing numbers. We began learning this concept using base ten blocks and then we moved on to learning about what the greater than, less than, and equal to signs mean. (>,<,=) We have learned to look at each place value and to determine which number is greater.

Writing: What an amazing week we have had! To kick off our Opinion writing unit, the students brought in a collection of their favorite things. The students chose their favorite item in their collections. We learned how to give reasons to support our opinions using “for example” and “because”. We even pretended to be judges, asking each other to share more details about our opinions.

Reading/Social Studies: We have begun our unit on Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea! We are learning how these historical figures were influenced by time and place. We are also learning about their life and journey. We are using text features in the Lewis and Clark book to help us better understand their lives.

Phonics: This week we focused on the consonant digraphs -wh and -th. Please make sure that your child is studying their spelling words at home.

Thank you so much for all you do!

Mrs. Dennis

# Welcome Back!

Dear parents and students,

I was so happy to see all of my student’s smiling faces this morning. Everyone came in ready to learn and we have had a great start to the day! We have a very short week this week, but we will use our time to learn some new concepts and to review previously learned concepts.

Math: For the next two days, we are reviewing place value to 99. Today we are learning about the connection between tens and ones and dimes and pennies. At home, you can give your child some dimes and pennies to create their own two digit numbers. They had so much fun with this today. A concept that is very challenging for the students is understanding how to write numbers in expanded form (for example, 45 = 40+5). This would be a wonderful concept to practice with your child at home.

Writing: We are beginning our unit on Opinion Writing! You will see a letter in your child’s purple folder today. We are asking each student to bring in a collection of four items in a box. Please have them bring in their collection items next TUESDAY.

Reading: We are reading the book entitled Squirrel’s New Years Resolution and we are creating our own new years resolutions and goals. We will learn about what it means to make a goal and how to follow through with our goal.

Happy New Year and thank you all so much for everything you do!

Mrs. Dennis

Important Reminders:

• Report cards are coming home tomorrow! Please sign the envelope and return only the envelope to school with your child.
• Please send in two stamps to school with your child so that we may mail your child’s last report card home to you at the end of the school year.

# Polar Express Day!

Dear parents and students,

On Wednesday of next week, we will have Polar Express Day! We will make hot chocolate and write about how to make it. We will also do various fun activities that go along with the book The Polar Express. Please note that your child may wear pajamas on Wednesday. I hope you are all having a great week!

Thanks so much!

Mrs. Dennis

Dear parents and students,

I hope everyone had an amazing snowy weekend! I know I had fun playing in the snow. This week is a busy one and we will be learning a lot of fun things. Here are the things we are learning this week.

Math– This wee we are reviewing place value, but extending the numbers to 99. For example, students will need to know that 89 is made up of eight (8) groups of ten and nine (9) ones. Even though we are moving on to place value, I will continue to revisit word problems with a missing addend in small group.

Science- students will work to investigate light and sound. We will be using various tools to explore sounds that they make, as well as creating their own emergency sounds.

Reading– students will be working to comprehend Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells Batman Smells. We will review various reading standards already taught, such as main idea and retelling.

Writing– students will be independently writing their final informational writing piece. – I am so excited to read these over the winter break to see how far the kiddos have grown as informational writers from the beginning of the school year.

As the holidays approach, there are few things to keep in mind:

• Last week, you received a letter regarding our Holiday Class Book Exchange. I would love for each child to participate. Please, please, please send in your child’s book no later than Thursday, December 14th. This will give me a little time to purchase books for students if we do not have enough
• Our class’ Holiday Party is Friday, December 15th at 12:00 PM. All parents are welcome to attend.
• We are wrapping up the second quarter. Please make sure your child is practicing reading site words (Club lists). To be considered “On Level” for the end of the second quarter, your child must have passed both Club A and Club B lists.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for all that you do!

Thank you,

Mrs. Dennis

Dear parents and students,

Happy December everyone! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we are having so much fun in first grade! Here is what we are learning about this week.

Math: This week we are continuing with our unit on missing numbers in equations. We are taking it a step further and applying finding the missing number into word problems. We are using many different tools and strategies to help us find the missing numbers. This is a challenging concept for the students because they must determine that there is a part missing instead of the whole.

Writing: Our Informational Writing skills have been put to the test this week! The students are bring challenged to write their own “All About” informational story about an animal of their choice. We will go to the Learning Commons today to pick out some informational books on animals so that the students can begin their research tomorrow. Your child is more than welcome to do research at home on their animal and bring it in to help them write their book. 🙂 Please ask your child all about their informational writing at home. They will love to tell you all about it.

Phonics: This week we are learning about the final digraph -ck. Ask your child to find things in your home that end with the digraph -ck.

Reading: This week we are reading the book entitled Gingerbread Baby. We are focusing on retelling the story and understanding all of the key details in the story.

Our Elf: We have a classroom elf! His name is Linus. Linus is making sure that all of us are working hard and being nice so that he can report to Santa. He is quite a silly elf!

Important Information:

• The first grade Holiday Party is on December 15th from 12:00-1:00 PM.
• Please don’t forget to send in a book with your child for the holiday book exchange!

# Holiday Book Exchange

Dear families,

To help us celebrate the holidays in class, we will be doing a class book exchange!  You will receive this same form in your child’s folder today but I wanted to let you know on the blog, as well. 🙂 Each child should bring in one wrapped paperback book by Thursday, December 14th.

Book Guidelines:

• The book should be NEW, paperback, and around \$3.00.  Please do not send in hardback books.
• Please be sure the book is suitable for a boy or a girl. (non- gender specific)
• Please have your child write their name next to From: on the attached gift tag. (for example: To: my friend From: Susie)
• Each child will receive a new book to keep.  You may want to remind your child that the book they bring in will not be the book they take home (so they don’t get too attached to it).  If you are unable to make a purchase, please let me know.

Thanks so much and Season’s Greetings!

Mrs. Dennis

Dear parents and students,

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving break and ate lots of turkey! I had so much fun spending time with family and friends and I hope you all did as well. We have so much to be thankful for. Here are some things we are learning this week.

Math: This week we are learning how to find missing numbers in addition and subtraction number sentences. We will continue with this skill next week and apply it to word problems. We are learning some strategies that will help us with this skill, such as using fact families, tens frames, the counting on strategy, and number lines.

Reading: Snow! Even though we do not get a lot of snow in Georgia, it is still exciting to learn about it. This week we are reading the book Snow is Falling. We are learning to find the main idea in an informational book and support it with three details. We are also learning how snow is good and bad for the environment. We will make snowflakes on Friday. Shh…it’s a surprise!

Writing: This week we are learning how to write informational chapter books. The students are writing an “All About First Grade” book and we are learning about what a table of contents contains and we will create our own for our books. We will finish these books this week and then the students will move on to writing their own informational chapter book on a topic of their choice.

Social Studies: We are completing our first in-class project this year on Benjamin Franklin! The students are very excited and I explained the rubric to them yesterday. The students will do research on Benjamin Franklin and they will make their own creative poster. Students are more than welcome to find and print out pictures of Benjamin Franklin at home to bring in to glue onto their posters. 🙂

Thank you so much for all that you do!

Mrs. Dennis

Important Dates and Information:

• Our Holiday Party will take place on December 15th from 12:00-1:00 PM.
• We will go to the library on Friday of this week.

# Thanksgiving Lunch

Dear parents,

We are so excited to host Thanksgiving lunch at Mountain View! As a reminder, our lunch time is 10:24 AM and on Thursday, November 16th. If you purchased tickets for the luncheon, then they came home in your child’s purple folder last night. Please bring these tickets with you on Thursday. We look forward to seeing you all then for a fabulous feast!

Thanks so much!

Mrs. Dennis

# Book Fair and Thank You!

Hello everyone,

Thank you all so much for making me feel so special for my birthday today! I loved my cards and gifts. You are all so kind to me and I appreciate you! 🙂

This is a reminder that we will go to the Book Fair on MONDAY of next week, so please send in your book money on that day.

Thank you so much!

Mrs. Dennis