Week of September 18th!

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  • STEM Materials Needed! Please send in any paper towel and/or toilet paper rolls as well as empty water bottles. We will be making our very own weather instruments! Please send these in by this by THIS Thursday!
  • Homework Choice Boards and Reading Logs are Due this Friday, September 22nd!
  • Fall Break is next week, September 25th-September 29th!

Math-We have learned how to draw pictures, use number lines, use our doubles facts and our Magic Ten friends to help us with our addition facts. We wiImage result for what we are learning this weekll continue using these strategies this week to help us with our addition facts and solving addition word problems. There will be an assessment on Friday! Please practice addition facts with your children every night with addition flashcards (you can easily make on index cards or buy from the store).

Reading– This week we will focus on answering higher level comprehension questions (the Whys and Hows) about what we read as well as retelling what we read.

Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be words that end in s-blends such as: grasp, brisk, and trust. Our first Spelling Test will be this Friday! This was delayed due to the hurricane from last week. I will select 10 words to test, and will also give a bonus word for extra points.

Writing-We will continue 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. Thank you for all the pictures! I have inserted them into the brads in their Writing Folders and they will be used! If, by chance, you still haven’t sent them in, can you this week, please?

Science-This week we will be focusing on the weather instruments: wind vanes, thermometers, and rain gauges. We will start to really observe the weather and will begin collecting data in our weather journals.

S.T.E.M.- Please bring in empty water bottles and toilet paper/paper towel rolls for our next STEM project! We will start brainstorming ideas and will begin the planning process for our next S.T.E.M. challenge which will be to create our very own weather instruments.

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Week of September 11th!

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  • Writing Pictures Still Needed-Last Call-Please send these in on Monday-we will be using them!

Math-We wiImage result for what we are learning this weekll 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 end in s-blends such as: grasp, brisk, and trust. Our first Spelling Test will be this Friday! I will select 10 words to test, and will also give a bonus word for extra points.

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.

Science-This week we will be transforming into meteorologists and will start learning about all things weather related. We will learn about all the different types of weather as well as weather instruments and how they are used. This is always a fun and interesting unit for all! We will have a LOT to discuss

S.T.E.M.- Students had a blast creating their islands as evidenced by the pictures! This week we will start brainstorming ideas and will begin the planning process for our next S.T.E.M. challenge which will be to create our very own weather instruments.

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Week of September 5th!

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  • NO School, this Monday, September 4th for Labor Day.
  • CogAT Testing  this week,  September 6th-8th, Wednesday through Friday.
  • Writing Pictures Needed! Please send in pictures of your child in the sleeve protector by this Friday.

Math-We wiImage result for what we are learning this weekll start addition  this week! We will focus on the strategies: drawing a picture, using a number line and counting on.

Reading– We will continue learning about reading comprehension strategies. This week we will start learning about story elements: characters, setting, and plot.

Phonics-We will not be getting any new words this week due to testing and the shortened week. We will be reviewing all of our words from the beginning of the year.

Writing-We will be focusing this week on capitalization, handwriting and punctuation. Please feel free to correct and reinforce at home!!

Social Studies-This week we will be learning about goods and services and the concept of scarcity. We will, of course, be learning a song to help us with this!

S.T.E.M.- Students decided upon their groups this week and created their plan and a diagram of their island. This week we will be building!

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Week of August 28th!

 

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  • S.T.E.M. Materials still needed! Please send in any empty apple sauce, pudding, and fruit cup containers this week!! We will be building on Thursday!
  • Early Release-This Wednesday, August 31st at 12:20 p.m.
  • Writing Pictures Needed! Please send in pictures of your child from different moments in his/her life glued to an 8 1/2″ x 10″ paper. I will put this in a sleeve protector and I will place in his/her writing folder. This will serve as a springboard for writing ideas throughout the year.

Math-We wiImage result for what we are learning this weekll be learning about dimes and pennies and how they relate to place value. We will also be extending this into expanded form.

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 s-blend. I will send these words home on Orange paper on Monday for you to review at home with your child. 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!!

Social Studies-We will wrap up our unit on continents and will start to learn about our local address. Please look for a sheet (both sides) to come home on which your child can practice writing his/her own address throughout the week!

S.T.E.M.- We will start to build our own islands with different landforms.*** Please send in any empty apple sauce, pudding, and fruit cup containers this week!!

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Week of August 21st!

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Reminders:

  • Monday, August 21st-The Solar Eclipse-Extended Day. Students will be dismissed 45 minutes later, to allow for the eclipse.
  • Wednesday, August 23rd is Picture Day! Please send in your forms!

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  finished learning about all of the different decoding and fluency strategies: Chunky Monkey, Eagle Eye, Skippy Frog, Flippy Dolphin, Lips the Fish and Stretchy Snake. When your child is reading at home, ask him/her to use these strategies and explain them to you! We will start learning reading comprehension strategies this week, and will start with retelling our stories using a beginning, middle and an end.

Phonics-We will be learning words with the r-blend. I will send these words home on Orange paper on Monday for you to review at home with your child. 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 wrapped up our unit on Landforms will start learning about continents and oceans this week. Please look for our Continent Song coming home next week on purple paper. Students will get a ticket for memorizing :)!

S.T.E.M.- Students were able to improve upon their S.T.E.M. challenge from last week-a critical part of the engineering process. They were great collaborators and creative thinkers! We will start our new S.T.E.M. Challenge-building our own island with different landforms.*** Please send in any empty apple sauce, pudding, and fruit cup containers this week!!

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Week of August 14th!

S.T.E.M. At Work!

Our students started using the engineering process this week by brainstorming and planning with their groups before creating their products!

Reminders:

  • Family Journals-PLEASE read your child’s entry every week and respond in PRINT. Thank you!!
  • Please check the back of your child’s folder every day for any Wow! and Oops! card information.
  • Landform Pictures: We are starting our unit on Landforms in Social Studies this week. Please send in a picture(s) you may have related to landforms: mountains, the coast, plains, plateaus, valleys,

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. I will be wrapping up assessments this week.

Phonics-We will be learning words with the l-blend. I will send these words home on Orange paper Monday for you to review at home with your child. 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 start writing narratives this week following this process: Think of an idea, Plan, Touch and Tell, Sketch, then Write.

Social Studies-We will start learning about landforms this week. As I mentioned, please send in a picture that you may have involving a landform such as a mountain, valley, plateau, coastal area and/or plain.

S.T.E.M.- Students had a great time with their S.T.E.M. challenge of the week-to work with their groups to create the longest paper chain. They had limited resources to do so. We evaluated the products and we make improvements next week. They were great collaborators and creative thinkers!

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Week of August 7th!

 

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Reminders:

  • Family Journals-We started our Family Journals today! These went home today and will go home every Friday. PLEASE read your child’s entry every week and respond in PRINT. Thank you!!
  • Please check the back of your child’s folder every day for any Wow! and/or Oops! card information.
  • Open House is this Thursday, August 10th. The First Session will be from 6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m. The Second Session is from 7:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
  • THANK YOU for all of you who sent in my “Wish List” items. I appreciate it!!

What We Are Learning This Week:

Math-We will be working on our Number Sense from 1-120. This will include being able to write, count, identify and create these numbers using manipulatives.

Reading– This week we will focus upon the 5 finger rule for selecting a book. Please see the Green sheet in their folders and keep for reference. We will also start learning about our very important Reading Strategies, see picture to the right, for decoding and accuracy. I will also begin conferencing with students this week.

Phonics-We will be reviewing all of the short vowel sounds this week before going into blends next week.

Writing-Students will be taking the ideas from their “All About Me Bag,” projects and will start writing autobiographical pieces about themselves.

Social Studies-We will continue talking all about Rule Following, Respect, and being good citizens and classmates this week. Having respect for our friends, teachers, and school is paramount in our classroom!

S.T.E.M.-We have S.T.E.M. every Thursday and it is one of my favorite times of the week! I love watching the children become creative problem solvers! We started STEM this week visualizing and illustrating what working as a team looks like. We will spend the rest of this month reinforcing the engineering process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve through creative problem solving tasks. This will build our foundation for our content related STEM activities that will begin in September.

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First Grade, First Week, First Day!

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First Day Reminders:

  • Please have your child return all the completed items on the left side of his/her blue communication folder. There is a form, the “What’s In a Bag,” homework assignment, and your child’s yellow bus tag.
  • We have P.E. on Monday, so please remember to send your child in with his/her gym shoes!!

What We Are Learning This Week:

This week we will start out with many “Getting to Know You,” activities. We will be sharing our “All About Me,” bags, collecting data on all of our favorite things, developing our classroom community, and most importantly, establishing our rules and expectations for behavior and how we will treat each other this year.

Students will learn all about our classroom’s good behavior incentives. I reward tickets in our classroom which students can exchange for a multitude of positive rewards. I also give out Wow cards for excellent behavior. Please check the calendar on the back of your child’s Blue communication folder to see if your child earned a Wow card, or, on the contrary, an Oops card. I will have a brief explanation written.

Math-We will be collecting data and creating bar graphs to display this information. I will also start assessing students’ ability to Count and Write numbers to 120.

Reading– This week we will start building our stamina when reading quietly, as well as learning how to select appropriate books for each child’s reading level.

Writing-Students will do a fun Rainbow Writing activity about themselves Monday-look for it their folders Monday.  It’s fun to save a couple of these early writing samples to then compare their work to what they are producing at the end of the year. You will be amazed! We will also start to brainstorm information about ourselves and will begin to turn these details into a writing piece about ourselves. In the beginning of the year we reinforce the basics: Capital letters to start sentences, appropriate spacing and punctuation to end!

Social Studies-We will be talking all about Respect this week. Respect for our friends, teacher, family and school! I love this beginning unit because there are some many wonderful books and activities to make these important concepts and lessons FUN!

STEM/Science- We will begin our units and STEM activities next week!

If I have forgotten ANYTHING, please do not hesitate to email me!

Have a fantastic week!

Melissa

Meet & Greet is Here!

 

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I’m excited to meet you all at our Meet and Greet, Thursday, July 27th from 9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.  Our room number is Room 205. Please remember to bring your supplies, see previous post, as well as the filled out, Student Information forms sent to your email addresses from Tritt.  I’ll see you all this Thursday morning!

Mrs. Fernandes’ 2017-2018 1st Grade Class!

Welcome to Mrs. Fernandes’ Class!

A warm welcome to all of those who will be joining me for the 2017-2018 school year. It will be an awesome year! For those of you who do not know me, this will be my 11th year teaching and I could not be more excited to share it with your children! I earned my Master’s Degree in Education in New York City, then moved to Georgia and completed my training in Orton Gillingham, and shortly after that earned my Gifted Endorsement from the University of North Georgia. As you can see, I am extremely passionate about education and am dedicated to giving each of your children a strong foundation from which they can thrive. My husband Tom and I are parents to three girls, Catherine, 13, Shannon, 11 and Mary, 6.  We live with our Australian Shepherd, Luke, in East Cobb. You can excitedly announce to your children that we are going to be getting a puppy in the next couple of weeks and I promise to share lots of photos, and PERHAPS a puppy debut this fall!

I’m excited to meet you all at our Meet and Greet, Thursday, July 27th from 9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.  Our room number is Room 205.

Here is our School Supply List: In case the attachment isn’t loading, I also listed it here:

-24 Pack of #2 Sharpened Pencils (we go through these, so I’ll take more for sure)

-1 Box of colored pencils

-1 Box of Crayola Markers

-2 Boxes of Crayola Crayons (24 ct.)

-1 Pack of Expo Dry Erase markers

-1 Small (snap close) pencil case

-6 Large Glue Sticks

-1 Pair Fiskars Scissors

-3 PLASTIC folders WITH Prongs-1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Yellow

-1 Mead Primary Journal (this may be slightly harder to find)

-3 Mead wide ruled composition books (100 Sheets)

-1 Red plastic spiral notebook (70 Sheets)

-1 Box Regular sized tissues

-1 One Inch Binder with clear front sleave

GIRLS– Sandwich sized Ziplock AND 1 Container Hand Sanitizer

BOYS-Gallon Sized Ziplocks AND 1-Pack of Wet Ones hand wipes