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Room 105

First Grade with Ms. Allio and Mrs. McKee

Teacher & Paraprofessional

Teacher - Kristin Allio (Ms. Allio)

Kallio@srvusd.net

 

Paraprofessional - Carol McKee (Mrs. McKee)

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Kristin Allio - First Grade

February Newsletter

 

February Word of the Month – Fairness – impartial and just treatment or behavior without favoritism or discrimination.

How can we show fairness?

  1. Take turns.
  2. Tell the truth
  3. Play by the rules
  4. Think about how your actions will affect others.
  5. Listen to people with an open mind.
  6. Don’t blame others for your mistakes.
  7. Don’t take advantage of other people.
  8. Don’t play favorites.

 

Character Counts

Fairness is our character counts word of the month. We will be incorporating fairness conversations and discussions throughout the month in several areas of the curriculum. Please discuss what fairness looks like at home in different situations as we may be sharing some of our personal experiences in class on this topic.

 

Thank you to our room parents, Carisa Ferrailoi and Laura Hennon. They work continuously to ensure that our Shutterfly site is sending out current updates. Thank you to our families that continue to show their support by volunteering in class, signing up to donate items, and helping your child be responsible for returning homework, Wednesday folders and library books on time. Thank you for sending in the field trip donation money to help make are field trip experiences possible for our class. We appreciate all you do!

 

Gung Hay Fat Choy! 2020 is the year of the rat in the Chinese zodiac calendar. We have participated in many activities to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Bright red lanterns hang from our classroom and each student learned of the Chinese Zodiac animal of their birth year. Be sure to ask them what their animal is.

 

February 2 is Groundhogs day. Will the groundhog see his shadow? In science we are learning all about shadows. Ask your child what type of weather conditions are necessary for the groundhog to see his shadow or not! (This is the same day as Superbowl Sunday).

 

February 3 – 7 is Words Matter Week. This is a district wide awareness week that the words we chose to use matter. We will have activities to bring awareness to our words every day this week.

 

Monday, Feb. 3 – Words Matter Kick Off! Crazy Sock day – wear crazy or mis-matched socks! Be the “I” in Kind Poster lunch activity.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Kindness Rock Project at lunch

 

Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Kindness Rocks displayed at lunch.

 

Thursday, Feb. 6 – Kindness Tree – kind notes displayed in MPR.

 

Friday, Feb. 7 – VG Spirit Wear

 

On February 6th we will attend a “Go The Distance” assembly that is a motivational event.

 

On Tuesday, February 4th we have an on campus field trip! Lego Bricks will be at Vista Grande for our first grader. Be sure to ask your child to tell you about it that afternoon!

Love is in the air! We will celebrate friendship and love this Valentine’s Day in first grade. Many of you have already helped your child prepare for our valentine activity by wrapping the cereal box with the colored chart paper that was sent home in the Wednesday folder. Your child selected the color chart paper in class and we will decorate our boxes in class. Thank you for your help and support with this. We will have a class Valentine party on Friday, February 14th 1:00-2:00. It is sure to be fun! 

Your child may address valentines to each student in our class. Our class is made up of 23 students, Mrs. McKee and Ms. Allio. A class list went home last month and I will send another copy home attached to this letter.

On Monday, February 17th it is President’s Day holiday. We celebrate this on the third Monday in February and we honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The day is sometimes understood as a celebration of the birthdays and lives of all U.S. presidents. In music, Mr. Gates is teaching a song about all of our U.S. presidents to our first graders. Ask your child to sing it to you!

Tuesday, February 18th there will be no school due to Staff Development day. I will be out for a couple of days this month to attend Staff Development sessions that will provide me with innovating teaching strategies to share with the students. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of professional classes to learn from as educators.

In math in first grade our expectation is that your child will successfully count and write up to 120. On Thursday, February 27th it will be our 120th day of first grade! We will celebrate with the other first grade classes in our MPR from 9:30 – 10:30 with many activities with the 120 theme.

Spring picture day at Vista Grande is also on February 27th.

This year is a leap year so we will have 29 days in the month!

Thank you for all you do!

 

Sincerely,

 

Ms. Allio & Mrs. McKee

Happy New Year 2020!

Happy New Year 2020!

 

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the winter break with your loved ones and had a wonderful time. Thank you so much for the thoughtful and generous class gifts. We are so excited to share the new activities and supplies with the students. We have new puzzles, magnetic tiles, legos, scented markers and more to be creative problem solvers and use teamwork together with!

 

Character Counts

Our word of the month is Trustworthiness. To be trustworthy means to be able to be relied on as honest and truthful. We will discuss this word throughout the month and incorporate it into different classroom activities.

 

Reading

In January some themes we will be reading about will include Winter, Martin Luther King, Jr., community, and we will continue to enjoy a variety of non-fiction topics as well.

We will study the elements of a story such as its characters, setting, plot, theme, point of view and conflict.

 

Writing

Our writing will support our reading as we will learn how to write book reviews. The students love to share their writing aloud and this inspires and motivates the class to be creative and thoughtful when writing.

 

Math

We will continue to work on place value, comparison, and addition and subtraction facts to 20. We are always working on problem solving and using different approaches to attempt to solve problems.

 

Social Studies

Our Country will be the topic for January as well as current events happening in our Country. We will continue to learn about traditions and our ancestors.

 

Art

Mondays in January we go to the art room and enjoy stimulating art lessons with Mrs. Lind. The students get to use a variety of different media such as pastels, paint, pencils, markers and more to creative unique pieces of art that are being saved in individual student portfolios that each child has decorated.

 

Science

Mrs. Dalmada just completed the science unit on Animal Reporters. I hope you received your child’s workbook and letter that was sent home before winter break. The next unit of study will be Shadowtown.

 

Centers

Wednesdays we have our wonderful parent volunteers to help us with our center activities. Our centers usually include a writing activity, a hands creative choice such as puzzles, legos, magnetic tiles, blocks, tangrams, etc., iPad technology station, and a seasonal craft or game.

 

Parent Volunteers

Our parent volunteer is in charge of the craft or game station during our center activity time on Wednesdays from 10:35 - 11:55. Thank you to our wonderful parents that have volunteered and continue to volunteer for us. We are able to provide an enriching center station for the children to enjoy. If you are interested in volunteering please visit our classroom Shutterfly site. There is a link on my website.

 

Also, if you have a fun or educational craft or game that you think could be done in a 15 minute or less time frame for a group of six students (times four) please let me know and we can arrange for you to supervise this center station. If you have a craft or a game that you would like to share that is also a possibility even if you are unable to volunteer. Just let me know.  

 

January 17th report cards will be sent home! We are into our second semester in first grade and loving it all so much!

 

Thank you for your continued support!

 

We love first grade.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ms. Allio & Mrs. McKee

 

 

Happy Holidays

Razz Kids is a great homework option for reading!

December Newsletter

 

The holiday season is here! I hope you all enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving with your loved ones. We are happy to be back in action with our fabulous first graders!

 

Character Counts

Our life skill focus school wide this month is caring.

We will be incorporating this word into our lessons for the month of December.

 

Reading

Some of our topics this month will be winter, snowflakes, snowmen, holidays around the world, and gingerbread man.

In our early/late small groups we continue to read for comprehension and fluency as well as do phonics work. We are continuing with our nonfiction unit through December.

 

Library Our librarian, Mrs. Wiseman, will be incorporating our word of the month (caring) into her read aloud selections. Thank you for your help in getting those library books turned in every Wednesday. There a a few students that have had their books out for several weeks. Please try and locate the books or inquire about the book fee if you aren’t able to locate the book. We appreciate your support.

 

Writing

In writing we will continue to focus on nonfiction. We continue to use our Draw & Write journals to write about the nonfiction texts we are reading. The students will write several sentences about animal facts they learned from their reading. We have also been writing How To pieces. One of our weekly center activities includes writing a letter to our Star of the Week.

Informational writing self check questions…

Language Conventions

Did I use all I know about words and chunks of words to help me spell?

Did I spell all the word wall words right and use the word wall to help me spell other words?

Did I end my sentences with punctuation?

Did I use a capital letter for names?

Did I use commas in dates and lists?

Development

Did I put facts in my writing to teach about my topic?

Did I use labels and wordsto give facts?

 

Structure

Did I name my topic in the beginning and get my reader’s attention?

Did I tell different parts about my topic on different pages?

Did I write an ending?

Did I tell about my topic part by part?

 

Math

In math we will continue to work on place value and addition and subtraction within 20 facts. We will be counting on or making ten to solve problems. We will learn strategies for solving change or addend unknown problems. This unit contains nine objectives. We covered the first five objectives in November and will cover the remaining four objectives in December.

Objective 4: Compare efficiency of counting on and making ten when one addend is 9.

Objective 5: Use the commutative property to make ten.

Objective 6: Make ten when one addend is 8.

Objective 7: Compare efficiency of counting on and making ten when one addend is 8.

Objective 8: Solve problems with addends of 7,8, and 9.

Objective 9: Share and critique peer solution strategies for put together with total unknown word problems.

 

Social Studies

We will be reading and learning about tradition, culture, transportation and how it has changed over time, and different ways we learn about our past in the month of December. Our topics include, What Are symbols of America?, How has travel changed?, How can we learn about the past?

 

Science

In science we will continue with our animal reporters topic. This ties in perfectly with our study of nonfiction reading and informative writing.

The topics will include:

How do animals use their body parts?

How do animals communicate with their young? Sounds all around.

What makes sound? Sharing vibrations.

How do they make silly sounds in cartoons?

Create your own (fictional) animal based on all the knowledge you have learned about animals.

My article about animals.

 

Art

We started our art class with Mrs. Lind in November and we will continue to enjoy art time on Mondays in room 306 from 10:30 – 11:15.

 

Technology

We continue using our iPads in class for educational learning in small groups. The students enjoy this time to explore fun and challenging educational apps.

 

Homework

Attention: We are no longer sending the book bags home with the reading books. Please continue to read every night with your child for at least 20 minutes. You can enjoy the library books that come home, any books you have at home, or online stories or phonics games. Please see me directly if you would like to work something out with bringing home books from school. We will continue to send the math workbook and math worksheets in the green folders home. Please, please, please remind your child to write his/her name on the math worksheet. We are recycling way too many worksheets that have been returned with no names.

The monthly take home project in December will be to turn the blank page into a beautiful snow family.

It has been a joy to see the creativity the students put into these monthly projects! Thank you for your continued support.!

 

Reminder

Please remind your child to ALWAYS write his/her name on any classwork or homework. We receive nameless papers every day in class that we recycle. We constantly remind them the importance of writing their names on their work. Thank you for your help and support with this.

 

Special Dates in December

  • Please see the Vista Grande web page for the most recent information of the month.

 

 

Thank you for all you do!!

 

 

Kind Regards,

 

Ms. Allio & Mrs. McKee

 

Happy Thanksgiving!
Grandparent & Turkey Trot Day

Dear First Grade Families,

 

Friday, November 22 will be Turkey Trot day and Grandparent Day!

 

There will be no early/late reading this day. All students will come to school 8:35 – 2:15

 

Grandparents are welcome to visit our classroom 8:35 – 9:45

 

Turkey Trot 9:45 – 10:30  Grandparents and parents are welcome to cheer on the children!

 

Looking forward to a fun filled day!

 

Kindly,

 

Ms. Allio

November Newsletter

 

I really enjoyed having our October conference time with you and the students to check in, set goals and focus on the positive choices we are working on in school. Thank you for being your child’s teacher and for supporting them with the homework they have. Having that special reading time with you makes a big difference as we grow our skills. You are appreciated!

 

Thank you to all our wonderful parent volunteers for making our Halloween party such a fun success! Everyone enjoyed the games and treats that were generously provided to us on Halloween. It was spooktakular!

 

Character Counts

Our life skill focus school wide this month is Thankful.

We will be incorporating this word into our lessons for the month of November.

We are grateful to have this opportunity to focus on gratitude as an attitude!

We have so many reasons to be thankful!

 

In November we will also focus on communication. We continue to develop skills for careful and thoughtful listening. We practice respectful and reciprocal patterns of communication throughout each day as we improve and sharpen our conversational skills. The goal is for our students to gain positive and effective strategies for asserting their ideas, preferences, and needs.

 

Reading

 

In reading we have been built a base of good reading habits. In our early/late small groups we continue to read for comprehension and fluency as well as do phonics work. We are starting our Nonfiction unit where we will be reading to learn about our world. We will be learning about animals as well as enjoying a variety of nonfiction texts. We will be making predictions, retelling important parts, rereading to notice more, and connecting parts of the story together. We will also be comparing and contrasting books. Readers have big jobs to do such as using tools for solving and checking hard words. Some strategies include, check the picture, look at all parts of the word, think about what is happening, read it part by part and try it many ways.

 

Writing

 

In writing we will focus on nonfiction as well by writing all about information we learn. Writers get ready to write by teaching all about a topic. We be using prompts such as if…then…to help us organize our thoughts and ideas on paper. We will be using our Draw & Write journals to write about the nonfiction texts we are reading. The students will write a sentence about an animal fact they learned from their reading. As we prepare to write we will gather lots of information, learn to elaborate (say more) name a topic, supply facts, add details, and have closure.

 

Math

In math we will be introducing place value through addition and subtraction within 20. We will be counting on or making ten to solve problems. We will learn strategies for solving change or addend unknown problems. This unit contains nine objectives.

Objective 1: Solve word problems with three addends, two of which make ten.

Objective 2: Use the associative and commutative properties to make ten with three addends.

Objective 3:  Make ten when one addend is 9..

 

Social Studies

We will be reading and learning about our world and the changes that have taken place over time as well as learning about tradition and culture. Our topics also include, how we honor our Country and heroes, symbols of America, what life was like long ago, how travel has changed, and how we learn about our past.

 

Science

 

In science we will become animal reporters. This ties in perfectly with our study of nonfiction reading and informative writing.

The topics will include:

What are animal body parts and how do animals use those body parts?

How are parents and their young alike and different?

How do animals care for and communicate with their young?

What makes sound?

How can we use sound to communicate over long distances?

 

Art

 

Art with Mrs. Lind will begin in November, yay!

 

Technology

 

We continue using our iPads in class for educational learning in small groups. The students enjoy this time to explore fun and challenging educational apps.

 

Homework

Attention: After the Thanksgiving holiday break we will no longer be sending the book bags home with the reading books. Unfortunately, we have not been able to receive many books back on time or at all from some students and the system is no longer working. Please continue to read every night with your child for at least 20 minutes. You can enjoy the library books that come home, any books you have at home, or online stories or phonics games. Please see me directly if you would like to work something out with bringing home books from school. We will continue to send the math workbook and math worksheets in the green folders home. Please, please, please remind your child to write his/her name on the math worksheet. We are recycling way too many worksheets that have been returned with no names.

The monthly take home project fin November will be to decorate a turkey in a disguise.

Reminder

 

  • Please remind your child to ALWAYS write his/her name on any classwork or homework. We receive nameless papers every day in class that we recycle. We constantly remind them of the importance of writing their names on their work. Thank you for your help and support with this.

Special Dates in November

  • Please see the Vista Grande web page for the most recent information of the month.

 

 

Thank you for all you do!!

 

Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

Kind Regards,

 

Ms. Allio & Mrs. McKee

October Newsletter

With the arrival of Autumn on September 23, 2019, we have started to enjoy a variety of fun fall activities in first grade! 

 

Student/Parent/Teacher conferences will be held in early October. In first grade the student is invited to be a part of the conference meeting. This is a special time for us to meet and discuss the progress we have made and goals we have for the school year. 

 

Character Counts

 

Our life skill focus this month is RESPECT.

We will be incorporating this word into our lessons for the month of October.

 

Respect – 1. Due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others. (noun)

2. Admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities or achievements. (verb)

 

In October we will also focus on recognizing feelings. Our class is learning how emotions can be mild or strong and can change the way your body looks and sounds on the outside and feels on the inside. We will be predicting feelings as we learn that emotions are one way we react to things and situations. We will think ahead and try to predict, or guess, someone’s feelings. We can also think back to what happened first to understand how someone is feeling. Empathy is an emotion we will discuss. We will learn what it means to understand and feel what someone else is feeling and hoe being empathetic demonstrates kindness, generosity, and caring towards them. Finally, we will learn to be understanding that people can change. Our class will be discussing how everyone can change, and that means we will have many opportunities to grow, learn, and try new things. Focusing on our abilities to grow, learn, and change can help us persist in trying new things.

 

Reading

 

In reading we have been building good reading habits. In our early/late small groups we have been reading for comprehension and fluency as well as doing many vowel sorts and a lot of phonics work. Each student has a phonics binder with activities that can be completed at your child's own pace. Once the work has been completed and turned in to be checked, you child will be able to select a prize before moving on to the next set of phonics activities. We will be word detectives in October placing emphasis on studying individual words. One of the teaching points is, “Word detectives are always on the lookout. They notice when there’s a problem and stop to solve it right away.”.  We have enjoyed good literature including fables (a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral.) and folktales ( a folk tale is a story that has been handed down over many years.) and will continue to be exposed to stories with lessons or morals to be learned.

 

Writing

 

In writing we have discussed small moments and how we can stretch out our thoughts into short stories. We have done some creative writing as well as guided writing where we focus on our creative ideas and neat printing.

 

Math

 

We continue to problem solve in math and focus on solving problem sums and differences to 10. We encourage you to practice those math facts with your child as it will be so important to have a strong number sense with all we will be learning this year. Math fact flash cards will be sent home with you and your child at our October conference. You can use them in the car or on the go when you have a few minutes of time to enjoy some fun facts together.

 

Social Studies

 

Time and Place have been our focus in social studies. We have enjoyed using our Scholastic News articles to learn about how people lived long ago compared to how people live today. You should be seeing these articles along with your child’s work come home in the Wednesday folders. It is a good opportunity to invite you child to share what they learned with you. We have also spent time on learning about citizenship and what it means to be a good citizen.

 

Science

 

In science the class reviewed plant parts and the jobs each one does.  They listened to Planting the Wild Garden which shows how seeds are dispersed (wind, rain, water in streams/oceans, animal movement, animal droppings, people and even plants themselves when seed pods burst open and spread). Mrs. Dalmada provides a hands on approach to science learning lab that our class enjoys!

 

 

Technology

 

We have started using our iPads in class for educational learning in small groups. The students are excited about it! You will receive information about an online program called XtraMath when you come for your child’s conference.

 

Homework

 

Our students have shown responsibility with homework! Congratulations!

If your child receives the same reader for homework please either have them read it to you, discuss the book details together, and praise your child for great reading, then go ahead a choose a different book from home or the library to read together and enjoy.

 

Each month in first grade we will offer a take home family project for your child. This is optional. 

October is a pumpkin template to decorate.

 

Reminder

 

  • Please remind your child to ALWAYS write his/her name on any classwork or homework. We receive nameless papers every day in class that we recycle. We constantly remind them the importance of writing their names on their work. Thank you for your help and support with this.

 

 

 

Special Dates in October

 

  • October 3 – minimum day
  • October 4 – no school – conferencing available
  • October 7 - 11 - Book Fair 
  • Conference Week October 7 – 10
  • October 13 - SRVUSD Run For Education
  • October 19 – VG Carnival
  • October 21 - November 3 - Canned Food Drive
  • October 23-31 Red Ribbon Week
  • October 25 - Picture Make up day
  • Halloween October 31 – minimum day – morning parade 8:45-9:15

 

September News

Responsibility is the Character Trait we will be focusing on for the month of September. 

 

Homework started last week. We are very proud of the responsibility the students demonstrated with remembering to bring the math workbook back and forth from school. Homework will consist of reading, math assignments, and optional spelling practice. You will see their homework book buddy bags coming home each Monday. In the bag you will find a letter for you listing the homework for the week You will also find the optional spelling words to practice. It is strongly encouraged that your child will practice the spelling of these words at home. The Math workbook will start to live in your child’s backpack. Please help them in keeping it in there when it is not being used.

 

*On Wednesdays your child will do a math worksheet instead of a math workbook page.

 

Star of the Week begins this month. Our Star of the Week may bring in a non-living item to share with the class on the Monday of their Star week.

 

We will also be starting Volunteer times next week! If you aren’t able to make it on a day you have signed up for, please try to find a replacement or just email me and let us know you can’t make it. This way we can plan accordingly.

 

Last week we sent home Emergency forms with bags (for emergency snack) that we need back ASAP. Thank you if you have already filled out the paperwork and returned a snack with it. If you haven’t then please send those in so that we are prepared in case of an emergency. Thank You!

 

Thank you to those of you that have already donated for field trips! We are still collecting $40 donations for first grade field trips this year. You can donate by cash or check. Checks can be made payable to Vista Grande Elementary. Our first in house field trip is coming up on September 25th! The bubble lady will be joining us on campus for some fun for all of first grade. She will be doing a science talk while engaging the students in some fun and exciting activities!

 

 

Thank you to Mrs. Hennon and Mrs. Ferraioli for volunteering to be our Co-Room Parents! They have created a Shutterfly site for you to check out. This website is separate from our regular classroom site. So please be sure to check in on both regularly for updates. There is a link on the website under the volunteer’s section.

 

Here is the Classroom Communication link:

 

https://forms.gle/SKSv4PtA5aXFNWJa6

 

 

 The Back to School Picnic is September 5th 5:00-7:00. This will be a great event for your family to enjoy and get to know other families on campus.

 

Daily Schedule

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

8:35 Early Reading Time/ Phonics and Reading

9:25 Late Readers Arrive

Readers Workshop

10:15 Recess

10:30 Math

11:15 Art/Social Studies/ Science/technology

11:55 Lunch

12:40 Story time/ Writers Workshop

1:25 Art/Social Studies/ Science/technology

2:05 Afternoon Recess

2:15 Early Readers go home and we begin late reading time

3:00 Late Readers go home

 

Wednesday

8:35 VGTV Write Star Letters

9:25 P.E. with Mr. Glimme

10:15 Recess

10:30-11:45 centers

12:00 Lunch

12:40 Library

1:15 All Student Dismissal

 

 

Weekly Prep Schedule

P.E.- Wednesdays & Fridays 9:25-10:15

Science- Thursdays 9:25-10:15

Music- Thursdays 1:00-1:30

Library- Wednesday 12:40-1:10

Art TBT

Technology TBT

 

 

August Newsletter

We are off to a great start of the 2019-2020 school year in first grade! It has been wonderful getting to know the students and their families. I enjoyed seeing many familiar faces and families as well as meeting new ones at our Vista Grande Back To School Night. I appreciate your prompt attention to getting the class supplies, and field trip funds in to me. I am enjoying reading the parent questionnaires that are coming back to me as well.

 

A special "Thank You" to Laura Hennon and Carisa Ferraioli for volunteering to be our class room parents. Both are awesome and appreciated.

 

I have emailed our parents information on the slip reading and "Star" schedule. Please let me know if you aren't receiving the emails so I can update as necessary. I don't want anyone to be missing out on any news I send out.Thank you for being so supportive. We have an awesome class and I'm so excited about our upcoming year together.

 

Our slip reading schedule with early/late reading begins on Monday, August 26th. I am excited to begin this new schedule and work with smaller reading groups. Letters went home on Friday, August 23rd to inform you of your child's schedule. Emails were also sent out on August 23, 2019.

 

We are establishing good habits to follow on a daily basis in our classroom. There are many new routines to become comfortable with and our goal is to follow our Vista Grande Code of Ethics and be polite learners throughout each day and the transitions that happen. We are doing a great job creating good habits and establishing positive routines.

 

Snacks and Lunch

 

Please send your child with two labeled snacks and a lunch (or with their ID# to purchase a lunch). We are all getting into establishing healthy routines and choices.

 

 

Reading

 

Early/Late Reading begins August 26th. 

Early Readers 8:35-2:15 M,T,Th, F

Late Readers 9:20-3:00 M,T, Th, F

Wednesdays all first graders come 8:35-1:15

 

In reading we have also been discussing building good habits.

The main lessons have been...

Readers Take a Sneak Peak to Get Ready to Read, Readers Do Something at the end of a Book, and Readers Get Stronger by Reading More and More. Some of our discussion has included...We work as a team,  we build good habits together, we take a sneak peek at the beginning of a book and make predictions, we check our sneak peek, we do something when we finish a book, we may reread a favorite part, reread the whole book, think back over the parts, retell the story to a partner, we give reminders to our reading partners, and we read together. Into September we will be learning that readers set goals to read all day long, readers reread to make their voices smoother, readers track with their eyes and scoop up more words, and when readers reread they see more!

 

Writing

 

We all wrote a story about a small moment and we focused on having a beginning, a middle, and an end to our story. Students were directed to think of an idea, a thing that happened to them, or a thing they do, then to plan out what they wish to say, draw a picture, and then write!  For homework we are decorating a piece of tag paper to use in our writers workshop folders to inspire us with ideas to write about. We discussed how oral rehearsal helps students think of entire story, envisioning that story as a whole before putting it into words on paper. We talked about how writers use pictures to help them add words to tell their stories. I September we will be learning how to revise finished work and how to rehearse new work. We will learn that writers spell by stretching out each word, listening for all the sounds and recording what they hear. We will talk about helpful tips for ways to spell words such as...say it, slide it, hear it, write it, using snap words, and listening for little words inside.

 

 

Handwriting 

 

We are working on practicing our penmanship in class by reviewing the correct strokes to make for letter formation. We are practicing the upper and lower case letters. The students get a chance to come up to the front of the room and make their best letter under the document camera for all to see and admire. I have been prompting them to self assess and circle their best letter for each upper and lower case letter they write.

 

 

Math

 

One of our goals for first graders is to be able to count and write to 120. We have been practicing this in class on paper, orally, and to some fun movement songs. For our math classwork we use our workbooks and work together and in groups to problem solve. We have learned about number bonds with two parts and a whole. Now our focus is to represent put together situations with number bonds. count on from one embedded number or part to totals of 8 and 9, and generate all expressions for each total. We will be learning to understand the meaning of the equal sign by pairing equivalent expressions and constructing true number sentences.

 

Science

 

In science with Mrs. Dalmada our first graders are talking about what is living vs nonliving. We learned that living things need air, water and the sun. Even if some things move, grow, or make sounds/talk it doesn't mean they are living (electric toys for example). We are starting a unit on plants and what makes them different and alike. Each student has a Museum of Leafology science journal.They are excited!

 

Social Studies

 

We are learning about citizenship. We have also started to create a map of our classroom with directionality labels of North, East, South, West, symbols and a map legend. It is a work in progress. 

 

Art & Technology

 

We will be doing art projects and using iPads in the classroom. We will begin an eight week instruction in an art classroom with Mrs. Lind in November and we will begin our visits to the computer lab sometime in the winter with Mr. Alfaro

 

P.E.

 

Our P.E. days are on Wednesdays and Fridays. The students are having fun while staying fit with Mr. Glimme. Thank you for your help with sending them to school with appropriate P.E. attire on these days.

 

Music 

 

We will enjoy music time with Mr. Gates on Thursdays from 1:00-1:30. music time is a highlight of our week!

 

 

Homework

 

Homework will go home on Mondays in a book bag. Your child will have two books, a math workbook and a weekly homework sheet inside of the book bag. Please have your child bring the math workbook to and from school daily and return the book bag on Friday.

Homework will begin on August 26th. The first week it will be optional to complete. The following week of September 2nd homework will be required. Thank you for your help with teaching your child to be responsible for the math workbook that will be going between home and school during the week. 

 

Star of the Week

 

I have emailed a schedule for when your child will be Star of the Week. We have our class mascot, Tiburon the shark, that will enjoy a visit with your child during "Star" week. Feel free to switch weeks with a classmate if the chosen week won't work. Please let me know of changes. Thank you.

 

 

Parent Volunteers

 

We will start welcoming parent volunteers mid September on Wednesdays. We would like a parent to help with library from 12:40-1:10 on Wednesdays. It is nice to have a parent come and stuff our Wednesday envelopes as well. We would also enjoy to have parent volunteers work with a smaller group of first graders doing various center activities. More information to follow in the next few weeks.

 

CHARACTER COUNTS

Trustworthy 

Respect

Responsibility

Fairness

Caring

Citizenship

 

In first grade we focus on learning what good character is and what it means to show good character.

 

 Character - It's how you live life when no one is looking.

1st Grade Curriculum at a Glance

Readers Workshop

Writers Workshop

Phonics Workshop

Math

Science

History and Social Science

Art

Social Skills

(Sanford and Harmony & Character Counts)

Physical Education

Music

Technology

Work Habits and Study Skills

 

 

Homework

First grade students will have 30 minutes of homework nightly (Monday - Thursday).  It is the policy of The San Ramon Valley School District that first graders read for 20 minutes a night with a total duration of homework time to be 30 minutes. The other 10 minutes will be math worksheets from our Eureka math program. Once the 30 minutes is up, homework is over even if your child did not complete it. 

Fun Websites To Check Out

Google Earth (App)

ReadWriteThink

k-12 phonics, word games and comprehension

www.readwritethink.org

Starfall

Interactive Books, phonics, stories

www.starfall.com

Reading Planet

www.rif.org/reading

Enchanted Learning

Free based reading-printable books, games, etc...

www.enchantedlearning.com

Reading a-z

Subscription reading program-great stories and activities

www.readinga-z.com

Book Adventure

FREE reading motivation program k-8 . Read books and take quizzes

www.bookadventure.org

Book Pals

Screen Actors reading favorite stories...streaming video...

www.storylineonline.net

Math websites for quizzes, games, and fun!

www.kidsnumbers.com

www.mathfactcafe.com

www.multiplication.com

Homework Assignments

February 17 - 21

Read for 20 minutes every day!

Monday            Presidents Day Holiday - no school

Tuesday           Staff Development - no school                                  

Wednesday      Math worksheet

Thursday         Math Lesson 15 pages 64/64

Friday               No homework

Words of the Week February 17 - 21

Review Week

Vista Views

Vista Views 2/13/2020 

Classroom Communication Link

 

https://forms.gle/SKSv4PtA5aXFNWJa6

Scholastic Book Order Class Code

NJHN8

 

Book orders are due at the end of each month.

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Special Dates are listed below...

120th Day of School Together Day - February 27th

ARF off Campus Field trip March 24th

Character Counts Sing a Long- April 2nd   9:30 AM and 5:30 PM

Oakland Zoo Field trip April 26th

Character Day- May 6th

Link to Bell Schedule

https://tinyurl.com/yy2qzf9z

 

Code of Ethics
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