Our VOYAGE continues: We started continued our 3rd anchor this week-COURAGE! We have learned that we can show courage by doing the right thing even when it is hard, facing things even when they are hard and this week our action point focus has been doing the right thing, when others are not. Our morning compliment time continues to go great! Students continue to give heartfelt peer compliments using our three learned anchors so far this year-Cooperation, Perseverance and Courage.
Winter Party: Just a reminder we will have our special class winter celebration on Monday, December 16th in our classroom from 10:15-11:00. Just like Scarecrow day all parents are invited to attend! Please also remember this is a very special time for your first graders and crafts, snacks and activities are planned based on the number of friends we have in the classroom so no younger siblings please. Thank you for your understanding with this! Thank you to our amazing room moms who are already buys planning another fun morning and to everyone who has volunteered to help! The students and I appreciate it so very much!
Holiday Doors and Writings: Please check students folders tonight for a very special holiday homework. These special doors and the writing to go with them will be due when we get back from Thanksgiving break by December 3rd. If your child finishes before then please feel free to send them in when they are done. We look forward to hearing about everyone’s special traditions.
What We Are Learning:
MATH: We have been working this week to determine if our addition and subtraction facts are true or false with the = sign in all places.(ex: 5-3=4, 6=2+4, 12=12) We start by circling the equal sign and reading our number sentence so we know if we are adding or subtracting. We then worked with our new elbow partners to build each side of the equal sign and then compared our answers together. If our sides of the equal sign were the same we determined the fact was true and balanced. If our sides of the equal sign were different we now know that is a false, unbalanced number sentence. Our OG math bars have been a huge help once again this week as we worked to build and compare both sides of the equal sign.
AT HOME: Give your child a true and false addition fact and have them show you, tell you and walk you through the steps they have been doing each day to solve their equations. Also ask them about the scale and how we show balanced and unbalanced equations with a scale. Do the same with a true and false subtraction fact.
Reader’s Workshop: We continued this week working to tackle and solve super hard words especially in our nonfiction texts. We learned how to do a s-l-o-w check and to say the word the best that we can and then make sure to think about what it means. We also learned we can continue to get super smart on nonfiction topics by finding and thinking about key words in the texts we read.
We also continue to work on identifying the main idea and supporting details of text we read. We think of the main idea as the big umbrella idea. We started our non fiction convention notebooks this week which are helping us to learn all about the special conventions and text features in the non fiction texts we read. We have learned about, practiced locating and practiced using: table of contents, bold print, headings, and glossaries. Students should now be able to tell you what each of these conventions are, where you find them and how they help us as nonfiction readers.
AT HOME: Have your child look through their personal libraries focusing on nonfiction texts and see if they can find you an example of each of the conventions we have learned so far.
Phonics: We continued with beginning blends this week. So far we have learned bl, cl, pl, fl, sl, gl, cr and tr. We will continue with beginning blends next week as well. Examples: flag, crab, plug, block
Trick Words: too, two, could, should, would ***Please remember once your child can read the trick words please continue to work on spelling them***
Writer’s Workshop: WOW! Students are really loving our writing unit this nine weeks and I am loving watching each of them grow as writers so very much! We continue to work on our non fiction writing unit focusing on writing informative/explanatory texts. Each day students are writing on topics they are experts on so they can teach their reader all about it. We have a writing station in our room full of lots of paper choices for planning and writing these fun books. Students are working on How To books as well as All About books! We also learned that writing in twin sentences, using size, shape, and color words and also giving examples helps us to better teach our readers. We are working to include pictures with arrows, captions and zoom ins that also teach our readers even more. With our All About books we learned the importance of our chapter titles and learned its best to make them interesting, keep them short, tell what the page is about and chop up our big topics. We continue to revisit narrative writings each Monday morning with our Weekend News stories in our writer’s notebooks as well!
We continue to practice REALLY using COPS (Capitalization, Order, Punctuation, Spelling) to help us check our sentences that we write. Students should now consistently AND independently be writing complete sentences with correct ending punctuation at the end in all sentences that they write. We now are really focused on correct capitalization at the beginning of our complete sentences, in names of people AND in dates. Continued reminders to these important skills at home would be helpful too!
AT HOME: Brainstorm together with your child topics they are experts on and that they know a lot about that they could turn into a teaching book! Give them a sentence that needs to be fixed up(missing capital letters and ending punctuation marks) and have them rewrite it correctly to see if they can find and correct all the mistakes.
Science and Social Studies: Students are loving learning all about Benjamin Franklin! We have learned about Benjamin Franklin’s childhood, Ben as a writer, Ben as an inventor, and Ben as a strong leader!
OPTIONAL PROJECTS TOPICS FOR NOVEMBER:
SCIENCE: Light and Shadows
SOCIAL STUDIES: Benjamin Franklin
Thank you so much for your continued support! I could not do what I do without you!!
Foundation’s Patron Drive: THANK YOU so much to all the families who donated/pledged to support our amazing Foundation and their annual Patron Drive! The students and I appreciate your continued support, being ALL IN, and helping to ensure a strong Foundation can continue for the students, staff and families at Mt. Bethel! The best gift you can give is the GIFT OF EDUCATION by being ALL IN!!! We can’t wait to hear the final results and see if we met our 100% class participation goal!!! Thank you!
Book Orders: November book orders came home on Monday! If you would like to order your child some new books for their at home libraries orders are due by Monday the 11th. Students are all really growing as readers. This is a great way to help them continue to get excited about their reading while also expanding their at home libraries with some great new books both fiction and nonfiction!
Our VOYAGE continues: We started our 3rd anchor this week-COURAGE! We have learned that we can show courage by doing the right thing even when it is hard!
Veteran’s Day: We are looking forward to celebrating Veteran’s Day on Monday! This week the students wrote amazing, heartfelt thank you notes to our veterans! They also are working to make a flag to hold and wave during the parade and also are making a patriotic hat to wear on Monday! All students and staff were encouraged to wear red, white and blue on Monday! It is going to be a great day! Make sure to check out Seesaw to see some of the fun celebration on Monday!
What We Are Learning:
MATH: Last week we worked to review our addition strategies learned from quarter one with facts within 20 including: build with bars, count on, and using a numberline. We also learned two new strategies doubles and near doubles. This week we have been reviewing subtraction strategies with numbers within 20 including: count back 1, 2, or 3, use a numberline to count back, build with bars, related facts, and fact families. Students are doing a great job reading their number sentences, deciding the best strategy to use to solve it, working carefully to apply the strategy so they solve accurately, and then double checking with a second strategy. We also continue to label the two parts and the whole in each of our number sentences with both addition and subtraction facts. This skill will help the students tremendously as we continue to move through our standards especially with missing addend problems 3rd nine weeks.
AT HOME: Give your child a an addition or subtraction fact within 20 and ask them to solve it for you while also telling you how they are solving it, including which strategy they used and why! (ex: 9+3, 8+8, 7+5, 5+6, 13-2, 15-8, 12-3) Moby Max-fact fluency is another great at home resource and practice! Students usernames and passwords were sent home at the start of the year and were given out again at conferences. This would be a great activity to try to get your child on at least once a week to help them increase their fluency and learn their facts in a snap.
Reader’s Workshop: We continue to focus on nonfiction and how we can get super smart about non fiction topics! We worked this week to read our non fiction texts with a smooth and lively voice to help us get super smart on our non fiction topics. We learned when we read this way we also help to increase our comprehension of what we are reading especially with our non fiction texts. We also added another strategy to help us solve hard words- crash our parts together!
We started to work this week on identifying the main idea and supporting details of text we read and that I read to the students. We think of the main idea as the big umbrella idea. This week we also started to work on our non fiction convention notebooks. We will work on these over the next couple of weeks. They will help us to learn all about the special conventions and text features that are in the non fiction texts we read. We learned about table of contents this week.
AT HOME: Have your child find you a couple non fiction books in their personal libraries. Then have them tell you what makes its non fiction. Have them find the table of contents and tell you what it is, where you find it and how it helps you. Have them practice reading their reading groups books to you and when they are reading remind them we are really working on using our smooth and lively voices and matching our feelings and tones to the characters.
Phonics: Blends: A blend is when 2 or 3 consonants come together and you can hear both sounds. So far we have learned bl, pl, cl, fl, gl, and sl. Next week we will focus on r blends.
Trick Words: (last week) blue, over, put, good, from, (this week) here, any, want, eat, many
Writer’s Workshop: We have been working over the last two weeks with our non fiction writing unit focusing on writing informative/explanatory texts. We are learning how we can teach our reader. Students worked to think of topics that they know a lot about and brainstormed lists in their writer’s notebooks. We then worked with a writing partner to plan our writings using our temporal words on our fingers. Our next step we have been practicing is to sketch our pictures across a couple of pages. Last, we write the informative texts focusing on teaching someone how to do something or all about something. Students can chose each day they are ready to start a new story if they want to write a How To book or an All About book. We have learned we can teach our readers by: thinking about questions they might have including Who? Where? How? When? Why?, writing in twin sentences, and including pictures with arrows, captions and zoom ins! We will continue to expand this nonfiction writing even further over the next couple of weeks. We continue to revisit narrative writings each Monday morning with our Weekend News stories in our writer’s notebooks as well!
We continue to REALLY practice using COPS (Capitalization, Order, Punctuation, Spacing) to help us check our sentences that we write. Students should now consistently AND independently be writing complete sentences with correct ending punctuation at the end. We now also really focusing on correct capitalization at the beginning of our complete sentences AND in names of people.
AT HOME: Brainstorm together with your child to think of even more topics they know a lot about that they could turn into a informative/explanatory writings! Give them a sentence that needs to be fixed up(missing capital letters and ending punctuation marks) and have them rewrite it correctly to see if they can find and correct all the mistakes.
Science and Social Studies: Last week we learned all about light and shadows! We learned about natural and artificial sources of light. We then learned how shadows are made and students had so much fun creating their own shadow puppets, using a light source and creating their own shadows all over the classroom! We started to learn all about our first American Hero for the year-Benjamin Franklin! We are working on a project that integrates social studies, reading main idea, and writing each day focused on Benjamin Franklin! We have learned about Benjamin’s childhood and Benjamin as a writer.
OPTIONAL PROJECTS TOPICS FOR NOVEMBER:
SCIENCE: Light and Shadows
SOCIAL STUDIES: Benjamin Franklin
Thank you so much for your continued support! I could not do what I do without you!!
We LOVE the TURF!!!! Even on rainy, gloomy days we are still able to get outside, get some fresh air, and take a brain break! We are also able to enjoy recess outside even on days when it has rained in the morning because the turf dries so quickly! Before we had the turf on days like today we would have been stuck inside because the field would have been unsafe with all the mud! We are SO lucky our Foundation purchased the amazing turf for us a couple years ago and look forward to being able to enjoy it for many years to come! Thank you to everyone who is already ALL IN and has donated or pledged to Foundation’s Patron Drive! If you haven’t already and would still like too, there are only 2 days left!!!!
We have had a wonderful week together as we start our 2nd nine weeks and get back into our normal schedule after last weeks early release days. We began many new things this week in all academic areas that the students have been very excited about!
Thank you again so very much for taking the time to come in last week and meet with me. I loved being able to share with each of you your child’s growth and progress so far this year as well as goals we will continue to work on in the coming weeks and months!
Scarecrow Day: We are all getting SO excited for our upcoming Scarecrow day on THURSDAY-October 31st from 9:30-10:30! Our awesome room moms and volunteers have been working SO hard to organize, plan and get everything ready for a very fun morning for the students. Just a reminder all students are encouraged(but it is not mandatory) to dress up as a scarecrow for the day! NO other costumes will be allowed on this day if your child chooses not to dress up as a Scarecrow. I can’t wait to see all the cute overalls, plaid, patches, straw, hats, bandannas, etc. Its a very fun and memorable morning for all first graders! All parents are invited to attend and to help out with the planned stations but no younger siblings please as our room fills up very quickly with all the students and parents only. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Foundation’s Patron Drive: There are only 5 SCHOOL DAYS left to get your donations or pledges in! The patron drive ends on Thursday, October 31st! Many families asked at conferences if we needed anything for our classroom, which I appreciate so very much! We are all set for right now but I would love for all families to support our Foundation and their patron drive and help to ensure that the trainings, activities, double STEM teachers, teacher grants, and professional learning and resources that they provide for the teachers and students at Mt. Bethel can continue! Thank you so much to all the families who have already pledged or donated and for your continued support of our amazing Foundation through their annual Patron drive! We are at 66% class participation right now! Help our class go ALL IN and reach 100% class participation and Donate HERE!!!
Our VOYAGE continues!: We are in week 3 with our second anchor PERSERVERANCE-never giving up, even when the task is hard. We have focused on the following three action points during these last couple of weeks: 1. Perserverance means you are committed to your goals, 2. Not giving up when things get hard, and 3. Sometimes you need to change how you do things. Thank you FOUNDATION for this amazing program and helping our class grow positively each day with our social interactions and skills!
What We Are Learning:
Math Workshop: Over the last two weeks we looped back around to counting to 120 and place value with our numbers from 20-99. Last week we looped back to our numbers up to 120 in which students need to be able to consistently AND independently count up to 120 starting at any number less than 120. Within this range students need to be able to READ and WRITE the correct numerals as they count on. Those students who showed mastery with this standard worked hard extending their knowledge and worked to skip count both forward and backwards by 1’s, 10’s and 5’s starting on different numbers! Students did so well with these and were eager each day to see their new challenge! This week we focused on place value! We are working to build, draw-with tens(big kids) and ones(little kids), read, and write-in expanded form- our numbers up to 99! Students did a great job building, drawing, reading and writing all of these numbers up to 99! Our OG math number bars were a HUGE and VERY helpful addition to both of these units and provided lots of hands on practice which is really helping all students to understand and master these standards. THANK YOU FOUNDATION!!!
AT HOME: Give your child a number up to 99 and have them write it for you identifying how many tens-big kids they have and ones-little kids they have. Then have them draw it for you. Next, have them count their drawing for you, and finishing by having them write the number in expanded form. Give your child any number between 1-120 and have them count for you and write for you the 3 numbers that come before yoru given number and teh 3 numbers that come after your given number. If they want a challenge give them a random number and ask them to skip count forward by 1’s, 10’s or 5’s first then have them also do it going backwards!! We also learned a super fun new math game this week called place value war that I know they would love to show and tell you all about! All you need is a deck of regular playing cards to play!
Reader’s Workshop: We are focusing on nonfiction now! This week we started working on a new anchor chart during our mini lesson time that is focusing on how we can get super smart about non fiction topics! We worked to take a sneak peek to start our learning, stop and study each page, guess what might come next, and chatted about pages and our books with our reading partners to get super smart on our non fiction topics. Next week we will start to work on identifying the main idea and supporting details of text we read.
AT HOME: Have your child find you a couple non fiction books in their personal libraries. Then have them tell you what makes its non fiction. Ask them to show you how they sneak peek at their new books and also what is means to stop and study each page.
Phonics: FLSZ (floss) Rule: When f, l, s or z is heard after a short vowel at the end of a one syllable word it is spelled with a double ff, ll, ss or zz. Examples: chill, buzz, less, cuff
Trick Words: (last week) one, very, ask, came, your, (this week) help, than, last, next, going
Writer’s Workshop: This week we started our new non fiction writing unit focusing on writing informative/explanatory texts. We are learning how we can teach our reader. Students worked to think of topics that they know a lot about and brainstormed lists in their writer’s notebooks so they have a great resource of ideas to choose from each day as we write. We then worked with a writing partner to plan our writings using our temporal words on our fingers. Our next step we have been practicing is to sketch our pictures across a couple of pages. Last, we write the informative texts focusing on teaching someone how to do something or all about something. We will continue to expand this nonfiction writing even further over the next couple of weeks. We will continue to revisit narrative writings each Monday morning with our Weekend News stories in our writer’s notebooks as well!
We are REALLY focused and working on using COPS (Capitalization, Order, Punctuation, Spacing) to help us check our sentences that we write using our very special purple editing pens. Our goal very soon is that students are able to consistently AND independently write complete sentences with correct ending punctuation at the end. We also now are focusing on correct capitalization at the beginning of our complete sentences AND in names of people.
AT HOME: Brainstorm together with your child to think of even more topics they know a lot about that they could turn into a informative/explanatory writing! Give them a sentence that needs to be fixed up(missing capital letters and ending punctuation marks) and have them rewrite it correctly to see if they can find and correct all the mistakes. On Sunday evenings as you get ready for the week talk with your child about your weekend together. Ask them what smaller “seed” idea they could focus on to write and share all about in their weekend news.
Science and Social Studies: We started learning all about light sources this week and deciding if they were natural or artificial. We also started to learn about how shadows are formed and will work to create our own shadows tomorrow! We will finish this next week! We also started to learn all about our first American Hero for the year-Benjamin Franklin!
OPTIONAL PROJECTS for OCTOBER:
Social Studies: Where We Live
Thank you for your continued support! I could not do what I do without your support! Thank you!!!
Did your child LOVE practicing and performing their leveled Reader’s Theater scripts last week? Did you notice a huge improvement in their reading fluency and expression as the week went on like I did when I listened to them practice at school? I was SO impressed when they performed their scripts on Friday with their increased fluency and expression! WOW! This was such a great activity for us to do last week during our early release days focusing on a super important, imperative part of our reading!
Did you know that all of the amazing leveled Readers Theater scripts your child brought home were purchased over 8 years ago through a Foundation Teacher grant I wrote!!!
It is amazing the things we as teachers are able to get and use for many many years through teacher grants funded by our Foundation! I was able to do this because of continued support of our Foundation and their annual patron drive! Just a reminder there is still time to donate or pledge your $125 per child to help ensure a strong foundation can continue and that amazing opportunities like teacher grants can still be granted!!! Thank you SO much to those families who have already donated or pledged! We only have 10 days left in the Patron Drive!!! October 31st is the last day! We are up to 12 families who have donated or pledged with 66% of our class being ALL IN!!!!!
THANK YOU so much!!!
Have you heard your child talk about showing cooperation or persistence? Or our morning compliment time each day? If you have not, please ask them!!!
It is such a special time in our class and a wonderful way we start each day together! Our focus during this time is on compliments to our classmates using our new Voyage anchors from our amazing new character educational and social learning program we were trained in this year-The Voyage! I have seen a huge improvement in our class this year with students showing these character traits daily in all of their interactions with each other and we are only two anchors in! The compliments that are shared each morning would make each of you so very proud! I know I am SO proud of each of one of them! Please ask them if they gave and/or received a compliment today!
Our training and the new program was made possible this year thanks to our amazing Foundation and parents support of the patron drive last year! The Voyage program is a two year program that then repeats as students go through the grades and we would LOVE to be able to continue it next year with funds from this years patron drive and everyone being ALL IN and for many years to come!!! Without parents continued support funds might not be available. Just think if students could continue this amazing program for the remainder of their time at Mt. Bethel the character traits that they will continue to develop and carry with them for the rest of their lives!
Please help us continue our Voyage and be ALL IN by supporting our Foundation today with your donation or pledge! Thank you so very much to all the families who have already donated or pledged and are ALL IN! The students and I can’t thank you enough!
Are you ALL IN? Just a reminder that Foundation’s Patron Drive is currently going on! I just made our family donation and hope you too will support our amazing Foundation and pledge or donate today! Below is a video with some highlights of some of the amazing programs, resources, and staff members who are all funded by our amazing Foundation! Imagine all the additional resources students would have access to if everyone was ALL IN?