- Don’t forget to send your child with a jacket. We go outside for recess unless it’s raining or below 40 degrees (Cobb Co policy).
- There is NO School next week, Monday, November 20th-Friday, November 24th! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I know I am very thankful for my wonderful students and parents this year!!
- THANK YOU to our veterans!
- FOOD DRIVE November 6-14, 2017 Nickajack will be collecting food items for The Center for Family Resources, which provides over 1,500 Thanksgiving baskets to Cobb families each year. Thanksgiving week can be even more financially stressful when students are home from school for more than just the holiday meal. Through participation in the annual Thanks for Giving food drive, our generous community captures the true spirit of Thanksgiving. With harvesting hands and a helping heart, please consider donating one of the following items to our food drive:
- Canned Gravy
- Canned Cranberry Sauce
- Canned Potatoes
- Canned Green/Yellow Vegetables
- Canned Pumpkin Pie Mix
- Canned Milk
- Canned Meat, Tuna, or Ham
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Soup
Beginning November 6th, please send any food items that you would like to donate to school with your child. There will be collection barrels located outside the main office. Thank you for your generosity! If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Weber at 678-842-5814, ext. 230.
- Tuesday is Nickajack’s Friends and Family Thanksgiving lunch! Meet us in the cafe 11:07 – 11:47, pictures and book fair after if you wish. Can’t wait to see everyone.
What We’re Learning This Week:
Math-We will be solving true/false equations this week. Students will have to solve both sides of the equation and label the equations as true or false. They will have to solve addition and subtraction problems to 20 in order to do this, so please continue to work on those flashcards at home!
Reading– This week we will have fun reading all about Thanksgiving themed topics: Pilgrims, Native American Indians, and fun books about turkeys! After reading, students will be able to answer comprehension questions.We will use all of the reading skills we have learned so far this year while reading these fun texts!
Phonics- This week’s phonics skill will be the TH sound. Please keep practicing sight words! 100-150 this quarter.
Writing-We will write some creative turkey stories this week, incorporating our skills learned throughout our Informational Unit so far. We will also finish writing about all of the things that we are thankful for.
Social Studies-We will continue learning about a founding father and inventor Ben Franklin. This is such a great and important unit for the students and we will learn just how difficult it was to create something as great as America!!
We had a great time at Sleepy Hollow! Thank you to our chaperones, Ameree’s mom and Jade’s mom for helping us!
- Happy Halloween! Please no candy for snack.
- Don’t forget library books on Friday.
- If you receive an orange supply list letter, you will ONLY need to send in what is circled. You may put your child’s name on it.
- 150 sight words need to be mastered this quarter! Keep practicing at home.
What We’re Learning This Week:
Math-We will continue adding and subtracting numbers to 20, i.e. 14-8=6, as well as solving related word problems. There will be an assessment on Friday on make a 10 and fact families, our 2 new strategies.
Reading– This week we will start focusing on connections we can make while we’re reading and how these connections can help us better comprehend. Please make sure that your child is reading 20 minutes each night!
Phonics- We will spend the week practicing the digraph ch.
Writing-We will continue our Informational Writing Unit this week! This week we will write informational pieces about spiders! We will focus on our editing skills: using capital letters at the beginning and periods at the end of our sentences.
Science-We will wrap up our unit on Magnets.
Social Studies – We will begin our unit on the contribution to our country made by Ben Franklin
- Our Field Trip to Sleepy Hollow Farm is this Tuesday, the 24th!! Please have your child wear sneakers they can get dirty and a jacket, morning temps in the 50’s.
- It was so great seeing or talking to each and every parent, yay, for Conference Week! Back to our regular schedule Monday.
- Please send in all library books this Friday. We are going to the Media Center.
What We’re Learning This Week:
Math-We will be subtracting numbers to 20, i.e. 14-8=6. This is typically a more difficult unit for students, so please help your child by using math flashcards at home. They can count backwards, use a number line and/or use any manipulatives you may have i.e. buttons, pasta, coins, etc. We will also be solving word problems using these subtraction facts.
Reading– This week we will continue focusing upon the main ideas about what we read and their supporting details. Please make sure that your child is reading 20 minutes each night!
Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be words with ch.
Writing-We will continue our Informational Writing Unit this week! This week we will write informational pieces about bats and spiders, AHHHH.
Science-We will kick off our fun unit on magnets and students will be able to experiment by testing magnets with different objects. We will be focusing on the vocabulary words: attract and repel.
Thank you to all of our NES volunteers who helped make the Fall Festival so much fun!
- We will have an Early Release Week this Week, October 16th-October 20th for Conference Week. I look forward to meeting with you all!
- If you would like to help with Fall Centers please let me know.
What We’re Learning This Week:
Math-We will be bringing it all together with fact families! Students will be able to see the relationship between addition and subtraction, which should help them with their math facts, i.e. the 6,4,10 fact family consists of: 6+4=10, 4+6=10, 10-6=4, and 10-4=6.
Reading– This week we will be focusing upon the main ideas about what we read and their supporting details. Please make sure that your child is reading 20 minutes each night!
Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be words that have sh in them
Writing-We will continue our Informational Writing Unit this week! Students enjoyed writing about what they are an expert at. Together we are becoming experts at bats so we can write about them.
Science/Social Studies- We will continue learning about magnets.
We will begin learning about Benjamin Franklin this week and will create a book to tell all about him.
- Please send back permission forms and conference forms.
- An email was sent asking for cotton t-shirts for tye-dying for our farm field trip. When you purchase one please save the receipt. If I do not receive all by Thursday I will have to send them back home and that way you can return it if you wish. The other first grade classes are doing this as well.
- We will have an Early Release Day this Thursday, October 12th!
- Please have your child return their library book on Friday. Students are no longer allowed to go by themselves to the library, so if they forget they have to wait a whole week.
- Remember Mrs. Hunt is out of snack, so please send in one for your child.
- If anyone is willing to donate EXPO markers it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to those that have sent in new ones!
What We’re Learning This Week:
Math-We will be adding numbers to 20 now. Please make or buy flashcards to practice with your children at home each night. It is very helpful for them to memorize these facts!
Reading– This week we will build on our understanding of Fiction vs. Nonfiction and will focus on all of the text features of Nonfiction books: Table of Contents, Glossary, Index, Heading and Captions. Our focus will be books on BATS!
Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be words that have sh. We will have a test this Friday.
Writing-We will start our Informational Writing Unit this week! This is always a big hit. Students will get to write a “How To” book on something that they are an expert in and will get to teach the class.
Social Studies-This week we will start our unit on the brilliant founding father, Benjamin Franklin. This is an awesome unit and the students are always so amazed at all of his contributions to our modern society.
Our Green Glasses Day! Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow, and Lion entered Emerald City and had to wear green glasses:)
- Happy Fall! October Specials Calendars and Homework bag for the month will go home Monday
- Wizard of Oz Day is Wednesday! Please wear green. If you would like to send in a special snack for the class please email me, we would LOVE it!
- Picture day is Tuesday, October 3rd
- Early Release day is October 12th
- October 13th
- Conference Week is October 16 – 20th, early release all week
Math-We will be learning how to subtract numbers from 10 and below this week. We will start by using a number line and also using manipulatives (counters.) We will work on our automaticity, as well as solving word problems involving subtraction. Please make sure you are practicing these facts at home with flashcards!
Reading– This week we will compare and contrast the different features of Fiction vs. Nonfiction text. We will categorize different books into these categories and will read a variety of both. We will also finish our first chapter book, The Wizard of Oz.
Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be reviewing all short vowels (cvc words). We will begin Spelling Tests in 2 weeks.
Writing-This week we will be writing about our Fall Breaks. They will also be writing about their favorite seasons. Please send in a picture from your fall break that your child can use on Monday.
Science-This week we will be focusing on our beautiful four seasons. We will be identifying the defining characteristics of each and all the fun celebrations, related clothes, and activities of each.
Social Studies- this week we will learn about saving vs. spending as well as scarcity.
Fun pics from Book Buddies and Daily 5! More to come!
Math-We will continue with addition this week and will use our addition strategies such as drawing pictures, using a number line, counting on, using doubles, and our Magic 10’s.! We will also use these steps to solve word problems: read the problem. underline the facts, circle the problem and use a strategy to solve.
Reading– We will continue learning about reading comprehension strategies. This week we review story elements: characters, setting, and plot. We will learn more about how we learn about characters and their traits.
Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be words that have r-blends such as: grasp, brisk, and trust.
Writing-We will be writing narratives about small moments in our lives and will begin the revision process. We will practice going back, rereading our stories and identifying details we can add to improve our stories.
Social Studies – We will continue to practice our continent, country, state, county,and city. As well as reviewing the continents and oceans.
They LOVE this song! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE
- Early Release-This Wednesday, August 31st at 12:20 p.m.
- September Homework bags will go home Tuesday, September 5th. Inside you will find a calendar of words, specials calendar, list of sight words for the month for your child to learn, books to read, and a 100’s chart with activities. PLEASE save the bag and return by the end of September to reuse for October.
- September Specials Calendar can be found on the Specials tab
- Don’t forget to mark transportation daily, or send in a note.
- Our room parent would like to share this job with another parent. Please let me know if you are interested, the meeting is Thursday for all room parents.
- Bus Safety program is Tuesday.
- We check out books from the library on Wednesday for the first time. One of their books is to stay in the classroom in their box of books and the other one can go home. Please return books every Friday and we will get new ones.
- September 6,7,8 is CoGat testing. This will be their first (of many) standardized test. It is NON academic, meaning no reading or math is involved. Please have them here on time those days and maybe a special snack for their hard work (it’s long and rather boring for them:(
- Please remember school breakfast ends at 7:45. If they arrive after they do NOT get breakfast. If it’s close to that time please tell them to go straight to breakfast, not the classroom first. Bus riders will always get breakfast if they choose.
- When we go to the top field they can bring a ball from home or outside toys (jumprope, hoola hoops). Please write their name on it.
- Shoelaces, yikes, please help with this. It would be very helpful if you could double knot laces before school. I understand they are learning and we want them to practice, but for during the school day we are just too busy to practice. Also, the bathroom floors get dirty and the laces drag in there YUCK!
Reading– We will continue learning about reading comprehension strategies, honing in on our ability to ask questions as we read and how this can help to increase our comprehension of stories.
Phonics-We will be learning words with the l-blend. Your child can work on reading and spelling these words throughout the week. We will play a fun spelling game on Friday.
Writing-We will be focusing this week on capitalization, handwriting and punctuation. Please feel free to correct and reinforce at home!!
Math -We will be focusing this week on tens and ones and the teen numbers (11-19)
Social Studies-We will wrap up our unit on continents and will start to learn about our local address.
We had a great week of school! Our kiddos are really becoming experts in our rules and procedures and learning is really getting going!
Here are some updates from our class:
- Monday is the Solar Eclipse. School will be extended 45 minutes. We will not be going outside. We will be watching a live broadcast on the SmartBoard. If your child is leaving early or not going to be present, please send in a note. If you child is absent, it will be an excused absence, but please send in a note explaining the reason.
What We Are Learning This Week:
Math-We will be wrapping up our unit on Number Sense from 1-120, as well as decomposing these numbers. There will be an assessment at the end of the week.
Reading– We will begin to learn different decoding and fluency strategies: Chunky Monkey, Eagle Eye, Skippy Frog, Flippy Dolphin, Lips the Fish and Stretchy Snake and will start with retelling our stories using a beginning, middle and an end.
Phonics-We will be learning words with the l-blend a list can be found on the August homework sheet. Your child can work on reading and spelling these words throughout the week. We will play a fun spelling game on Friday.
Writing-We will continue writing narratives on “small moments” across the pages this week following this process: Think of an idea, Plan, Touch and Tell, Sketch, then Write.
Social Studies-We will start learning about continents and oceans this week. Please look for our Continent Song coming home next week on purple paper.
Dear First Grader,
I am so excited you will be in my class. We are going to have a lot of FUN! I have been teaching for 20 years, and I LOVE teaching first grade. My favorite part of being a first grade teacher is teaching students how to read and how to be better readers! I LOVE to make learning fun! I enjoy using technology, art, songs, and games to help you learn. I am also a BIG fan of movement breaks. I hope you are too!
Want to know a little about me? Well I LOVE to read! I also love the beach especially watching the sunset and finding cool shells. I am married to Mr. Hunt. I have a 20 year old daughter named Taylor and a 16 year old son named Dylan. I have a 14 year old beagle named Todd and a cat named Belle. Mrs. Hunt and Dylan want to get a puppy, but Mr. Hunt and Belle are not so sure. Maybe one day. I used to live on a farm with horses and goats, so I LOVE animals.
I really hope you had a great summer! I cannot wait to hear ALL about it.
What We Are Learning This Week:
Math-We will be continuing to work on our number sense from 1-120, as well as learning place value and decomposing numbers into tens and ones.
Reading– We will continue to work on our decoding and fluency strategies for reading, as well as selecting “just right” books and practicing our reading stamina. I will be wrapping up assessments this week.
Phonics-We will be learning words with the l-blend. These words can be found on the August Homework paper sent home. Your child can work on reading and spelling these words throughout the week. We will play a fun spelling game on Friday. We will continue to review short vowel sounds.
Writing-We will start writing personal narratives this week following this process: Think of an idea, Plan, Touch and Tell, Sketch, then Write.
Science -We will start learning about weather and types of precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, and hail/hailstones) this week.