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

 

Week of May 15th!

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Well, Tritt Tigertown was a hit, to say the very least! Thank you to all of my wonderful volunteers! I don’t know who had more fun, the students or the adults! Thank you, Elaine, as always for the beautiful pictures that really captured the day.

I hope you all had a fantastic Mother’s Day and actually got to enjoy your muffins with your children!

I can hardly believe that this is our last full week of school. Our only event going on this week is Field Day this Friday, May 19th.

This week we will be learning about Analog Time in Math. I will be finishing up year-end Reading Assessments in Reading. We will be writing about our favorite First Grade memories and our aspirations for our summers in Writing. In Social Studies we will be learning about the effect of the scarcity of resources. We will draw from our experiences at Tritt Tigertown to bring this concept to life for us and to make some real world connections.

I hope that you all have a wonderful week!

Melissa

Week of May 8th!

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 Weekly Reminders:

  • Tritt Tiger Town this Friday, May 12th! Our goal is to have each student earn $10.00 to spend by Friday. Check in with your child on their running total this far!
  • Library Books DUE- Our last day going to the ILC will be this Monday, May 8th. Please send in ALL library books from home, as they are all due! Thank you for saving me work down the road!!
  • NO Homework This Week!- There will be no more homework, nor spelling tests this year! However, have your children read for 20 minutes each day, as well as practice their math facts! It is important so they do not give up any of the great gains they have made this year!
What We’re Learning This Week:
Math: We will spend the last couple weeks of school spiraling back through all that we have learned this year! We will be doing this through fun games and activities!

Reading: We will spend the last couple weeks reviewing all of our reading strategies that we have learned this year. I will also begin assessing for our end of the year report cards.

Writing: We will be writing a fiction story about an imaginary bug world, to accompany a painting they created. We will also be writing all about their Mothers!!!

Science: We will be wrapping up our unit on Animals .

Social Studies:  We will be wrapping up our unit on Goods and Services, culminating with Tritt Tiger Town!

Enjoy your week!

Melissa

Week of May 1st!

 

Animal Habitat Fun!!

Weekly Reminders:

  • Author’s Tea- This Thursday, May 4th from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.!
  • STEM Showcase-This Tuesday, May 2nd
What We’re Learning This Week:
Math: This week we will start solving 2-step word problems, which will really put all of our math skills to the test! As always, we will focus on the process: underlining the facts, circling the question, then working through the problem using a strategy. We will also learn and practice adding 2-digit addition problems, such as 23+45.

Reading: Students will be reading with a purpose this week. We will be reading nonfiction books about animals while taking notes on different, specified categories. We will then turn these notes into a research paper on animals.

Writing: We are excited to see you all this Thursday for our Author’s Tea! This week we will dabble in fiction writing, incorporating an animal theme. We will also be learning about using conjunctions: or, and, if because, so, before, but, and then to expand our sentences. At this point in the year, students are expected to start all sentences with capital letters, and end with the appropriate punctuation marks!

Phonics: This week we will be learning how to spell the /u/ sound as in push, would and took.

Science: We will be wrapping up our unit on Animals through completing our research reports as well as through creative writing!

Social Studies:  We will start our unit on Goods and Services. We will focus on money, needs and wants, producers and consumers, making choices,  generally, understanding the basis of how our world operates, ha! This will be in preparation for our Tritt Tiger Town where they will be exchanging their money for Goods and Services of their choice!

S.T.E.M.: Students loved creating their animal habitats with their groups. This week we will partake in an Eagle Challenge, where they will have to create an eagle that will soar. We will incorporate producers and consumers in this challenge!

Melissa

Week of April 24th!

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Reminders:
  • Celebrating the Arts! This Wednesday, Performing Arts Presentation. This Friday, Arts in Ed Day!
  • Author’s Tea Date Change!! Mrs. Fernandes’ Classes’ Author’s Tea: Thursday, May 4th from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.!
  • Please send in any small to medium sized BOXES for our STEM Zoo Challenge-building an animal habitat. Also, please ask your child if he/she needs any additional materials for his/her group.
  • SAVE the DATE!! First Grade Tiger Town-May 12th! Mark your calendars-we will need LOTS of parent volunteers!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!
Math: We will continue reviewing and reinforcing addition, subtraction, missing addend, and our problem solving abilities utilizing these skills. Also, students have started to earn dimes for Tiger Town. We’ve started exchanging our dimes for dollars, so please reinforce this concept at home! They need to earn $8.00 to participate in Tiger Town!

Reading: We will continue working on our higher level comprehension skills including the students’ ability to successfully identify the cause and effect of events in the stories that we are reading. Students will get to practice this skill in their reading logs this week.

Writing: We are busily preparing our books for our Author’s Tea. Also, we will try our hand at writing realistic fiction which will then segue to fiction/fantasy writing. We will continue focusing upon building our vocabulary and using more interesting, or “sparkling” words in our writing! Students are becoming more adept at using these words in their writing, as well as identifying them in the books they are reading. This is something we will be focusing upon for the rest of the year.

Phonics: This week we will be learning the /ar/ sound as in shark, charm and start.

Science: We will continue our exciting unit on Animals. This week we will start creating a book about all that we are learning. I continue to encourage you to send in any favorite books your child loves about a particular animal/animals!! We have received quite a few and I am enjoying reading these with the class!

S.T.E.M.: We started our Zoo Challenge! Students had to select an animal that was NOT at the Atlanta Zoo. They then had to work with a group to design a habitat for this animal that could fill the vacant building at the Atlanta Zoo.  We researched these animals and will CREATE these habitats this Thursday.  Students will need some materials from home, so please send these in BY THURSDAY. They all know what they need, but feel free to email me with questions.

Melissa

Week of April 17th!

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Reminders:
  • Zoo Trip-This Tuesday, April 18th!!
  • Author’s Tea Date Change!! Mrs. Fernandes’ Classes’ Author’s Tea: Thursday, May 4th from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.!
  • Please send back your child’s Student Information Forms (in manila envelopes) on Monday!
  • SAVE the DATE!! First Grade Tiger Town-May 12th! Mark your calendars-we will need LOTS of parent volunteers!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!
Math: This week I will be assessing 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes. We will start reviewing and reinforcing addition, subtraction, missing addend, and our problem solving abilities utilizing these skills. Also, students gave started to earn dimes for Tiger Town. They are LOVING this! This has been a wonderful way to introduce money, as well as reinforcing their ability to count by tens.

Reading: We will be working on our higher level comprehension skills including the students’ ability to successfully identify the cause and effect of events in the stories that we are reading.

Writing: We are busily preparing our books for our Author’s Tea. Also, we will try our hand at writing realistic fiction which will then segue to fiction/fantasy writing. We will continue focusing upon building our vocabulary and using more interesting, or “sparkling” words in our writing! Students are becoming more adept at using these words in their writing, as well as identifying them in the books they are reading. This is something we will be focusing upon for the rest of the year.

Phonics: This week we will be learning the diphthong /oi/ sound using the letters “oi”  as in coin and “oy” as in toy.

Science: We will begin our exciting unit on Animals. Our Zoo trip will be the perfect event to kick this off. I encourage you to send in any favorite books your child loves about a particular animal/animals!! He/she will be given the opportunity to share this with the class.

S.T.E.M.: Students enjoyed creating 2 and 3-dimensional solid figures using toothpicks and mini-marshmallows. This effectively reinforced the defining attributes of each shape and also served as a healthy challenge for their building skills. We will introduce our next S.T.E.M. challenge, our Eagle Challenge, and students will start observing the habits of the Berry College eagle.

Melissa