Classroom News: Thursday, December 5, 2019

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Posted by searcy | Posted in 2019-2020 | Posted on December 5, 2019

Happy December!  It is hard to believe we are winding down 2019 and the 2nd 9 weeks of this school year.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  The holiday doors are perfect! I love learning about all of the traditions that are special to each family and learning about many different holidays is always a treat as well!  It was such a treat for all to share about their favorite holiday traditions and to have a peek into the magic of the holiday season through their eyes.  

This week, in Math Workshop, we are working on collecting and interpreting data from all types of graphs. The children are organizing data, asking and answering questions about the number of data points, how many in each category and how many more/less in one category than another. We have also been collecting data by taking surveys,  using tally marks to count the data and then we look at/analyze our data to see what we can learn! The students have been applying their addition and subtraction strategies when they interpret the data. When analyzing the data, we are looking to see how many items combined or compare different sets of information to find a total or to find the difference. 

Keep working on math fact fluency at home. Using Moby Max or flash cards is a great way to continue improving speed and accuracy. 

In Reader’s Workshop, we are reading for meaning and purpose. In doing so, we are reading passages and identifying the main topic and retelling key details, in addition to, determining the reason an author gives to support ideas in a text.  Continue reading at home daily for at least 20 minutes a day.  Asking your child to retell you the story – beginning, middle, to end.  Ask: What is the main idea…what is the story about?  Nonfiction: What is the topic?  What facts were learned after reading? Using strategies to solve tricky words is very important.  The more you are reading and working to build comprehension at home, the stronger reader your child will be come…building this confidence is so important.  

During Writer’s Workshop, we are continuing to apply the writing process and using a rubric to add details, proper writing conventions and we are working to use different ways to present facts. We are working hard to finish our “All About” books and our “How To” writing. At home, writing in a journal about a topic where your child feels he/she is an expert.  Ask your child what is your goal in writing? Are you: using sequence words, good beginning, good ending, a comparison, a color, size or shape word, a twin sentence to further explain, bold print or headings? 

In Phonics, we are learning about ending blends. A blend is when 2 or 3 consonants come together and you can hear both sounds. The blends we are covering this week were –mp as in bump, –st as in nest, and nt as in plant.

We were also introduced to a new group of our trick words. Those words were before, again, who, stop and off. We used these words in sentences. Please practice reading, writing and spelling trick words.

In Social Studies, we have been learning about Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. We are not only learning about these American Heroes but we are learning about all of the non-fiction text features offered in the books we are reading. We reviewed the table of contents, bold typed words, labels, captions, maps, charts, glossary and index. We are summarizing our reading and creating our own non-fiction booklets about Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and may you all have some quality moments with those you love dearly during this busy time.  It is so hard to slow down and enjoy the magic around us, but my hope for you all is that this will be a December where memories are made for each of you. Our holiday celebration is on Monday, 12/16 from 10:15-11.  Thank you to Ansley and April for planning this special time for us. 

Classroom News: Thursday, November 21, 2019

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Posted by searcy | Posted in 2019-2020 | Posted on November 21, 2019

Free Turkey Clip Art

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  May each of you have a memorable week with friends and family.  I am thankful for each of your kiddos.  I am so lucky to have such amazing learners with me each day!  

Adventures in character and our word of the month is Courage! 

1. Courage is facing the things that are hard for you.

2. This week is all about making a decision to show courage when others are making choices that are not wise. Our goal is to help children learn that sometimes their friends might be doing something they should not be, and it is okay for them to not participate.

3. Courage means being brave even when you are scared.

During math this week, we have been applying our addition and subtraction strategies to solve word problems within 20. We have been focusing on reading the key words in the word problems to decide whether we need to push our bars together to add or do we need to flip our bar because we are subtracting.Key words for addition: in all, altogether and for subtraction: How many more…..How many are left. We visualize the word problems to help us understand what symbol to use for each problem. When we solve word problems, we know to build it, draw it, read it and write it! We have also had fun writing our own word problems and having partners solve our problems.  

Home idea: Talk about minus is less, key words to solve word problems,  and have your child create word problems to solve during the holiday. This is a fun way to include math and writing. Also, have your child write a fact family to show all the facts they can solve in a snap from knowing one number sentence! 

Also, do Moby Max. Go to Moby Max, math, then fluency Your child’s login is in your child’s folder. It will be a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap! Our standard is now sums up to 20 so knowing facts in a snap builds your child’s confidence when learning about new ways to solve! Using flash cards for addition and subtraction fluency is a perfect and easy way to build fact fluency as well. 

As readers ,we focused on discovering the  main idea….what is the story mostly about. We thought about key ideas and details to prove our thinking. We learned the title has power and can help us figure out the main idea! Both fiction and nonfiction books were used as we worked to find the main idea.  We are learning how important it is to slow down and read each page focusing on the details we are reading in each book. It has also been fun to discover the many text features in nonfiction books…table of contents, heading, bold face words, pictures, captions, glossary, index, and so on. When reading a nonfiction book at home, ask your child to show you the many nonfiction text features.  

Don’t forget….when your child reads a hard word ask: how are you going to solve this? Biggest help…let your child try and don’t tell! Remind your child to use the many tools/strategies he/she has learned….look at the picture, break the word into chunks, try it 2 ways (short vowel sound/long vowel sound), etc.  Keep reading each day for at least 20 minutes each day.  Reading with you is best! Think: What strategy did your child use to solve tricky words? What did your child do at the end…If fiction, can your child retell what happened to the characters? What is the problem and solution? What is the main idea? If a nonfiction book, can your child retell what facts were learned? Having your child read to family members over the holiday is a great way to build confidence.  

In Phonics, we are learning about ending blends. A blend is when 2 or 3 consonants come together and you can hear both sounds. The blends we are covering this week were -mp as in bump, -st as in nest, and nt as in plant.

We were also introduced to a new group of our trick words. Those words were every, where, there, ever and walk. We used these words in sentences, wrote them in rainbow colors and played games. Please practice reading, writing and spelling trick words throughout the year. Trick words are expected to be read, spelled and applied in writing correctly.

In Social Studies, we are finishing the unit about Benjamin Franklin.  We are not only learning about this American Hero, but we are learning about all of the non-fiction text features offered in the book we are reading. We reviewed the table of contents, bold typed words, labels, captions, maps, charts, glossary and index. We are summarizing our reading and creating our own non-fiction booklets about Benjamin Franklin. After the break, we will begin the unit on Thomas Jefferson.

During writing, we continue to work very hard on being experts and writing about a topic.  We are all working very hard on the “All About” books.  The holiday door homework is due on Tuesday, December 3rd. This is a great way to keep up with writing over the break!! I can’t wait to see all of the creative work done on the holiday doors!

Tomorrow is STEM day!  It is always super fun to be engineers.  

Buster the Bus came to visit us this week.  He taught us all about bus safety.

Today, we had a super, fun time reading with our 3rd grade book buddies.  Ask your child about this special time. This is a great learning opportunity for all involved.

The holiday party is Monday, 12/16 from 10:15-11:00.  April and Ansley will be in sending more details soon.  VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS WILL BE NEEDED!!! Your help and donations are always appreciated.  

Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy yummy food, lots of laughs and quality time with your loved ones.  My wish for each of you is to cherish each moment with your most precious loves because before you know it – they will be grown. So thankful for each of you and your little ones!!

Classroom News: Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Posted by searcy | Posted in 2019-2020 | Posted on November 14, 2019

FRIDAY IS PAJAMA DAY FOR CCYA 
Bring $1 (or more!) on Friday, 11/15 and wear your pajamas!
Proceeds benefit Cobb County Youth Association which provides a safe place for homeless Cobb County youth to sleep. Learn
more HERE.
Adventures in character and our word of the month is  Courage!

1.Courage is facing the things that are hard for you.

2.This week is all about making a decision to show courage when others are making choices that are not wise. Our goal is to help children learn that sometimes their friends might be doing something they should not be, and it is okay for them to not participate.

In Math Workshop, this week, we worked on understanding the meaning of the equal sign in addition and subtraction equations and determined if math sentences were balanced and true or not balanced and false. (6=6, 1+4=5, 7+8-1, 4+1=5+2) We know that the equal sign means same as. We focused on applying our addition and subtraction strategies to help us solve the equations and to see if they proved to be true or false. We used our strategies to help prove our thinking through building, drawing, counting on, counting back, number line and fact families.

Home idea:  Do Moby Max! Talk about minus is less and have your child create word problems to solve. Also, have them write a fact family to show all the facts they can solve in a snap from knowing one number sentence!  Using simple flash cards-addition and subtraction is also a great tool to build math fact fluency.

Also, Go to Moby Max, math, then fluency Your child’s login is in your child’s folder. It will be a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap! Our standard is now sums up to 20 so knowing facts in a snap builds your child’s confidence when learning about new ways to solve!

In Reader’s Workshop, we continued to explore and read non-fiction books. We are also learning how to tackle super hard words in order to keep learning while reading non-fiction books. We are continuing to learn about context clues, crashing word parts together to solve the whole word, checking to see that the words we read look right and sound right.  We also want to be experts at reading aloud! We want to do something at the end and mark interesting parts, we want to read with feeling, figure out how the book is organized, study books like a writer.  It is super fun reading with a partner to practice reading aloud like an expert!

Continue reading at home for at least 20 minutes each night. When your child reads a hard word ask: how are you going to solve this? Biggest help…let your child try and don’t tell! Use the resources I shared with you at your child’s conference to build comprehension skills. Ask as your child wraps up reading for the evening: What strategy did your child use to solve tricky words? What did your child do at the end…If fiction can your child retell what  happened to the characters? If a nonfiction book can your child retell what facts were learned? Reading with your child at home each day will continue to build your child’s confidence as a reader and continue to strengthen comprehension skills.

In Phonics, we are reviewing the blends from the last two weeks. A blend is when 2 or 3 consonants come together and you can hear both sounds. 

We were also introduced to a new group of our trick words. Those words were too, two, would, should and could. We used these words in sentences, wrote them in rainbow colors and played games. Please practice reading, writing and spelling trick words throughout the year. Trick words are expected to be read, spelled and applied in writing correctly.

All writers have done a great job with the new unit – ALL ABOUT BOOKS. We are beginning to work to elaborate by using a comparison, a twin sentence to explain, and using a checklist to check for writing conventions ( capitals, periods, etc). Being an expert on a topic is always so fun!  Writers are working hard to apply their spelling skills to use our phonics rules to spell unknown words and to check the word wall. Way to go WRITERS!! At home, talk with your child about new ideas for the all about books! Also, writing in a journal several times a week can be very helpful to continue to build writing skills.  

We have loved learning about sound and Benjamin Franklin this week!  Next week, we will start learning about Thomas Jefferson.

Next week , Friday the 22nd, will be a school-wide STEM DAY.Each grade will be given an engineering challenge and we can’t wait for this fun day!!!

As mentioned last week, I am giving  the children an opportunity to take part in an optional report. This opportunity is intended to enhance learning and curiosity and by no means is it intended to add stress to your lives. If interested, your child may do a report on any of the following science and social studies topics we have or will be covering: light, sound, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. The report should fit your child’s learning style. Traditional reports, posters, dioramas or any other presentation format is welcome. We look forward to learning more together. Reports will be due on Friday, December 6th. This is a perfect way for your child to extend his/her learning on any of the topics above. 

Our winter class celebration will be on Monday, December 16th from 10:15-11:00.  Be on the lookout for a sign up sheet on our class Shutterfly page set up by our wonderful room moms-April and Ansley. Your help is greatly appreciated. It will be here before we know it!!  All parents are invited, so I wanted to make sure you put this date on your calendar.  I know April and Ansley will be thrilled to have your help!  It takes a village to pull together a fun celebration for our kiddos!  Your help is always so appreciated!  

Holiday Door Homework/Project is due Tuesday, December 3.  Please pay very close attention to the information that came home today and I also previously posted information about the assignment along with examples.  Have fun!!

Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend!  I know we are entering a very busy time for everyone.  I know for myself I keep reminding myself to enjoy the moment and try not to get carried away with all of the chaos around me.  Enjoy your most precious processions….those sweet kiddos!!  They grow up so fast!! The quality time spent with them now making memories will pay off down the road!  

 

Holiday Door Homework-Due, Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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Posted by searcy | Posted in 2019-2020 | Posted on November 14, 2019

A Ziploc bag came home today with your child’s Holiday Door Homework enclosed.  Please read the letter with details about the assignment.  You will also find the writing paper for the writing portion of the assignment and you will also find the white construction paper ready to decorate.  Be creative and have fun with your child as you work to create a project giving your child an opportunity to share about his/her traditions surrounding a holiday of your choice.  I look forward to seeing the end result on December 3. 

Holiday Homework

Dear Parents,

As the holidays quickly approach, first grade loves to help our children see and learn about some of the many, many ways people celebrate important days in different cultures, both within our Mt. Bethel population and far, far beyond.  Giving each student an opportunity to share the special customs and traditions of their families during this season, I am sending home a paper “door” and writing paper.  A picture of how your home might look during the holiday season will be drawn/ colored on the inside of the flaps or “door”.  Try to work with your child to capture the special significance of your celebration as you brainstorm ideas with your child.  Any outside decorations can be added to the front face of the doors to represent your home/traditions. In years past, students have used different mediums such as paper scraps, glitter, natural fibers, or cloth to create a unique and life-like depiction of their home/celebratory traditions.

For the writing portion of this activity, please discuss your family’s holiday traditions and customs.  Please work with your child to write an informational writing that will tell about how your family celebrates this holiday and what makes this holiday special to him/her.  These projects will be shared with the class and then displayed in the hallway for everyone to enjoy. Please encourage your child to be neat and careful to create a super first grade writing! The focus is on capital letters, spacing, and punctuation as well as BEST EFFORT! J  Your child may want to do a practice/rough draft first and then recopy it.  You are welcome to help with this writing piece; however, the work should be completed by your first grader.  One final note… have your child practice reading the sentences aloud, so the class presentation is clear to his/her classmates. 

The project is due back no later than Tuesday, December 3. Thank you so very much for contributing to our celebration of different cultures during this holiday season!

Most Sincerely and Happy Holidays,

Mrs. Searcy

 

Classroom News: Thursday, November 7, 2019

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Posted by searcy | Posted in 2019-2020 | Posted on November 7, 2019

Veteran’s Day is Monday, November 11 and we will be honoring our veteran’s with a breakfast and parade.  We have written letters and art work to welcome them to Mt. Bethel and to let them know how much we appreciate all they have done for our country.  

We continue The Voyage Adventures in character and our word of the month is  Courage! Courage is facing the things that are hard for you.

In math this week, we focused on subtraction strategies. We know we can build it, count back, use a number line, and think about related facts and fact families to help us solve a subtraction problem!

Fact Family:      6+7=13

sooo……

7+6=13,            13-7=6 ,                  13-6=7

Home idea:  Do Moby Max! Talk about minus is less and have your child create word problems to solve. Also, have them write a fact family to show all the facts they can solve in a snap from knowing one number sentence! 

Also, Go to Moby Max, math, then fluency. Your child’s login is in your child’s folder. It is a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap! The standard is now sums up to 20, so knowing facts in a snap builds your child’s confidence when learning about new ways to solve! FLASH CARDS ARE ALSO GREAT!!

In Reader’s Workshop, we continued to explore and read non-fiction books. We are learning about all of the important text features such as a table of contents, headings, captions, labels, glossaries and an index. We are also learning how to tackle super hard words in order to keep learning while reading non-fiction books. We are learning about context clues, crashing word parts together to solve the whole word, checking to see that the words we read look right and sound right and much more. Keep reading at home for at least 20 minutes each day. When reading for 20 mins each night, focus on building fluency and comprehension!  Talk to your child about….What strategy was used to solve tricky words? What did your child do at the end…If reading a fiction book, is your child able to retell what  happened to the characters using sequence words like beginning, middle, and end? If  reading a nonfiction book is your child able to retell what facts were learned?

In Writer’s Workshop, we have continued to review all of the elements of a good personal narrative with our “Weekend News.” We are also continuing to write informational “How To” and “All About” booklets where we are the experts and are writing to teach our readers. We will be buddy reading our informational books to make sure our readers do not have any unanswered questions. If so, we will be revising and adding details to our books. The children love being teachers!  Keep writing at home several times a week.  Have your child write about a topic of interest or a topic where he/she is an expert. This is always fun!

In Phonics, we are learning about blends. A blend is when 2 or 3 consonants come together and you can hear both sounds. The blends we continued covering this week were bl as in block, cl as in clown, pl as in plane, fl as in flower, gl as in globe and sl as in sled.
We were also introduced to a new group of our trick words. Those words were here, any, want, eat and many. We used these words in sentences, wrote them in rainbow colors and played games. Please practice reading, writing and spelling trick words throughout the year. Trick words are expected to be read, spelled and applied in writing correctly.

In Science, we are learning about sound, volume, pitch,  light  artificial and natural and shadows . Next week, we will start the unit on sound and Benjamin Franklin.

FUN OPPORTUNITY: I am going to give the children an opportunity to take part in an optional report. I will explain more about this opportunity tomorrow. This opportunity is intended to enhance learning and curiosity and by no means is it intended to add stress to your lives. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED. If interested, your child may do a report on any of the following science and social studies topics we have or will be covering: light, sound, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. The report should fit your child’s learning style. Traditional reports, posters, dioramas or any other presentation format is welcome. We look forward to learning more together. Reports will be due on Friday, December 6th. HAVE FUN!

May you all have a wonderful weekend!  

Happy Halloween! Classroom News: Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Posted by searcy | Posted in 2019-2020 | Posted on October 31, 2019

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Happy Halloween to each of you!  May this be a FUN, SAFE night for all!!  We had a super Scarecrow Day today.  All my sweet friends looked precious in their Scarecrow attire.  Many thanks to all who donated items for the centers, volunteered to be in charge of a center today, and to April Farrish and Ansley Duckwall for organizing a perfect celebration!  This is always a special day!

In Math, this week, we learned multiple strategies for adding numbers within 20. Some of those strategies are counting on 1, 2 and 3, number lines, doubles and near doubles. We used our OG resources to help with all of these. We are enjoying partner math activities every day.  When these strategies are applied, they will help with our fact fluency. We also had a fun time plotting coordinates on a graph to create a Jack-O-Lantern. At home: Review doubles facts up to 20 with your child, 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4,….10+10 etc. Also, review doubles plus one….1+2 =3, 2+3=5, 3+4=7, 4+5=9, etc. Also, please take advantage of  Moby Max. Once on Moby Max, click on math, then fluency. This is a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap! Our standard is now sums up to 20 so knowing facts in a snap builds your child’s confidence when learning about new ways to solve!

During Reader’s Workshop, we are learning to be super smart when reading using PERSEVERANCE  to read hard, tricky words. We know good readers solve hard words and don’t skip over them. We know we can check the picture, look at all parts, get a running start and to try it two ways, get it to look right and make sense!  We added to our list of strategies by crashing all parts of the word together, doing a s-l-o-w check, and read it the best I can and think do I know what it means? Continue reading for at least 20 minutes a night and when your child reads a tricky word ask: how are you going to solve this? Biggest help…let your child try and don’t tell! 🙂 The more your child works to solve the word and reads it independently, the stronger reader he/she will become.

In Writer’s Workshop, we are working on writing teaching books.  The children are learning about the importance of informational writing and how this differs from our personal narratives. We are realizing how we are experts and can become teachers by thinking of a topic we know and understand, saying it across our fingers, sketching it across pages and finally writing our words. After carving a pumpkin in our classroom, we started working on an informational piece on “How to Carve a Pumpkin.” We will continue to work on “small moment” stories through our Weekend News each week. Writing in a journal a few times a week is a great way to continue to keep up great writing skills at home! 

In Phonics, we are learning about blends. A blend is when 2 or 3 consonants come together and you can hear both sounds. The blends we are covering this week are br as in brag,  cr as in crab, dr as in drag, fr as in frog, tr as in trip and st as in stop.

We were also introduced to a new group of our trick words. Those words were blue, over, put, good and from. We used these words in sentences, wrote them in rainbow colors and played games. Please practice reading, writing and spelling trick words throughout the year. Trick words are expected to be read, spelled and applied in writing correctly.

Today is the last day of the MBES Patron Drive.  Thanks to ALL who have donated. Please don’t hesitate to make your donation TODAY to help us reach 100% participation.  Your donation is so appreciated!

Have a wonderful 1st weekend of November!  Stay warm….sounds like it will be chilly!  Don’t forget to turn your clocks back Saturday night…..yay-an extra hour of sleep!!  NO SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5-ELECTION DAY!  

 

Classroom News: Thursday, October 24, 2019

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Posted by searcy | Posted in 2019-2020 | Posted on October 24, 2019

 

Thank you so much to all of the families who have already given so generously to our wonderful Mt. Bethel Patron Drive. We, are so appreciative of all of the support and wonderful programs made possible because of this important drive. Please don’t forget to support this drive as your children are the fortunate ones to receive the many, many benefits!!! This is the LAST week!  We Are ALL In….please help us reach 100% participation!!

In Math, this week, we are working on place value and composing and decomposing numbers. It is important that the children understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. We have written our numbers in standard form, expanded form, using lines and dots from the Orton Gillingham math training. We are also building our numbers using our OG blocks and identifying numbers that are ten more, ten less, one more and one less than a given target number. We think about how many big kids (tens) and little kids(ones). We explore how many ways we can show a number! We can build it, draw it, read it and expand it! We used partners to help deepen our understanding and explained our thinking! Example: 34 is 3 tens and 4 ones.

We know that 3 tens is 3 groups of 10 so that is 30. Then, we know we add on 4 ones. 

1. We build the model with our OG math bars and draw it to show we have good number sense.

2. 3 tens and 4 ones

3. 30+4 =34

Home idea: Have your child think of a number 20-99 and have them draw the number, show how many tens and ones and write the expanded form.

Also, Go to Moby Max, math, then fluency. It will be a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap!

This week, in Reader’s Workshop, we continued learning how to get super smart about non-fiction topics.  We are becoming experts on many topics.  We know that if we activate our background knowledge about a topic we are able to connect to and better understand what we read. We do this by exploring the cover of a book to determine the genre, to predict vocabulary we might encounter and to think about how prior knowledge may help in our understanding. After reading the book Hang On Monkey, we predicted vocabulary and details about monkeys we might find on each page and by studying each page, we noticed we are able to find many details and information by studying the cover and each page. We found most of our predictions to be accurate. We made many text to text connections between different books. Our focus right now is on comparing fiction to non-fiction texts and beginning to understand how to read non-fiction texts. We realize that fiction books need to be read from beginning to end. Non-fiction texts we can scan and skim and learn through the many non-fiction text features without reading the entire book. We will continue to learn about important non-fiction text features. We love becoming SUPER SMART NON-FICTION readers!  Please continue reading at home daily and taking advantage of the many resources I gave you at your child’s conference to use when your child is reading to you. Here is the website that lists books by level if you wish to purchase “JUST RIGHT BOOKS” for your child.  Your child’s reading level was listed on your child’s report card.

https://www.kidsbookseries.com/list/sorted-by-accelerated-reader-level

In Writer’s Workshop, we are working on writing teaching books.  The children are learning about the importance of informational writing and how this differs from our personal narratives. We are realizing how we are experts and can become teachers by thinking of a topic we know and understand, saying it across our fingers, sketching it across pages and finally writing our words. We chose a topic we know a lot about and we are off to a great start as expert writers on this topic of choice.  Next week, we will be working on an informational piece on “How to Carve a Pumpkin.” We will continue to work on “small moment” stories through our Weekend News each week. Writing in a journal at home is a great way to continue working on writing skills.  

In Phonics, we learned the Floss Rule: When /f/, /l/, /s/, or /z/ is heard after a short vowel, one syllable word, the /f/, /l/, /s/, /z/ are doubled at the end of the word.

Examples: bluff, thrill, less and buzz

We were also introduced to a new group of our trick words. Last week’s words were one, very, ask, came and your. This week’s words were help, than, last, next, and going. We used these words in sentences, wrote them in rainbow colors and played games. Please practice reading, writing and spelling trick words throughout the year. Trick words are expected to be read, spelled and applied in writing correctly.

During science this week, we are having fun learning about light and understanding different sources of light-natural and artificial light. Next week, we will be learning about sound as well.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy any pre-Halloween festivities.  I look forward to seeing all my SCARECROWS on Thursday, 10/31.  Thank you to April and Ansley for organizing a fun celebration and thank you to all who have volunteered to help or to send in items!  You all are SO APPRECIATED!!  

Scarecrow Day: Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Posted by searcy | Posted in 2019-2020 | Posted on October 24, 2019

Scarecrow Day is Thursday, October 31, 2019.  All first graders will dress up as a Scarecrow in full Scarecrow attire.  Jeans, overalls, plaid shirts, straw hats, jean dresses, patches, etc are all easy, great costumes.  Please see above for examples-past scarecrows!! 🙂   This is always a fun day.  Please have your child in his/her costume when arriving to school on the 31st and please have him/her wear sneakers. Thank you to our room moms, April Farrish and Ansley Duckwall, for organizing the scarecrow centers. Also, a big thank you to all who have volunteered to plan a center or to donate items for the celebration.  April and Ansley have set up a Shtterfly account for you to sign up to volunteer or to donate items.  Volunteers will be needed from 9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.   The center time will be from 9:30-10:30.  Click on the link below to sign view the sign up to volunteer.  Looks like a couple of slots are still open!! Join in the FUN!! Thank you all and I look forward to a SUPER TIME on the 31st!!

https://searcys1stgrade.shutterfly.com/signup#signupSheetTab:tab=62

 

Classroom News: Thursday, October 17, 2019

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Posted by searcy | Posted in 2019-2020 | Posted on October 17, 2019

Parents, thank you all for your support this week.  Conference week has been a huge success and I have loved meeting with each of you to share your child’s progress with you.  

Scarecrow Day will be here soon!  Thursday, October 31st is Scarecrow Day.  Please have your child dress like a scarecrow….jeans, plaid shirt, boots, straw hats, patches, bandannas, etc. Thank you to our room moms, April and Ansley, who have helped plan a special celebration full of scarecrow themed activities.  This is always a fun-filled day!  

 

The Voyage Adventures continue…..our word of the month is Perseverance. We learned that in order to persevere: you need to be committed to you and it is always important to try things a new way and keep pushing forward which is often common when we are not at first succeeding!

During math this week, we focused on extending numbers to 120. We have been digging deeper with noticing patterns on the 120’s chart as well as skip counting to 120. We have extended our thinking by counting backwards with a partner counting and problem solving!
Home Idea: Play a game! Ask your child to guess the number you are thinking! Say it is before 40 or say I am going to count 63, 62, 61, 60, ___. Practice counting by 10’s to 120! 

Also, go to Moby Max, math, then fluency. It will be a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap!

As readers this week, we are learning to be super smart when we read nonfiction books. We have learned that we can learn from our sneak, study the pages, and chat with a partner! We will continue this unit next week.  Keep reading at home for at least 20 minutes a day.  Please take advantage of the tools I gave you at your child’s conference to build comprehension skills.  

Phonics/Grammar: We have been learning about nouns (person, place, or thing) this week and we have been working to recognize/name the nouns in sentences when reading.  Next week, we will will be focusing on a new rule in phonics: the Floss Rule. When a one syllable words ends in FLSZ, you will double those consonants at the end. For example: off, pill, pass, buzz. The trick words this week are: one, very, ask, came, your.

Trick words not only need to be read in a snap by the end of 1st grade, but your child also needs to be able to spell the trick words.  The 2nd 9 week trick word list was sent home with the 2nd 9 week standards.  

Writer’s Workshop: Due to early release we have not had our formal writing time. Starting next week will be moving into writing nonfiction or choosing a topic to teach our reader. We will learn to tell in steps, use our temporal words to help organize our thinking, and use text features to teach our reader. At home, begin planning all the topics where your child is an “expert”  or could teach a reader.  It could be soccer, crafts, being a friend, doing a cartwheel, an animal, playing chess, playing any board game, etc.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the cooler weather!  Thank you again for a great week.  Also, a huge thank you goes to the Mt. Bethel PTA for spoiling the teachers and staff all week with delicious treats.  These have been enjoyed by all and have been perfect for these busy days!!  

THANK YOU MBES FOUNDATION!!!!

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Posted by searcy | Posted in 2019-2020 | Posted on October 17, 2019

THANK YOU MBES FOUNDATION! Our amazing foundation funded the math manipulatives which compliment our Orton-Gillingham Math Training. The first grade teachers and students are so fortunate that ALL students in 1st grade will  benefit from this hands on approach to deepen their understanding. It allows ALL students to be successful with all math standards! Students begin by “building it”. Then, they move on to show their work by using drawings and number sentences. This teaching method gives our students the confidence to tackle any math problem because they know they can “build it” and therefore can SOLVE IT! Thank you Foundation! Parents, YOUR DONATION DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!

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