Week of October 23rd!

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Important Reminders:

  • Our THIRD Count day is this Monday, the 23rd! We earned our Costume Party and are now working towards our 5th Goal-a class pizza party!!!
  • Please send in all library books this Wednesday. We are going to the ILC!
  • S.T.E.M. materials needed: Shoeboxes for our inventions! Please send in Monday!
  • Our Tritt-Mazing Race is this Friday, the 27th!! Our time is from 10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.                 if you’d like to cheer on Mrs. Fernandes’ Fabulous Firecrackers! Have your child wear his/her     green First grade Tritt shirts!

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-We will be subtracting numbers to 20, i.e. 14-8=6. This is typically a more difficult unit for students, so please help your child by using math flashcards at home. They can count backwards, use a number line and/or use any manipulatives you may have i.e. buttons, pasta, coins, etc. We will also be solving word problems using these subtraction facts.

Reading– This week we will continue focusing upon the main ideas about what we read and their supporting details. Please make sure that your child is reading 20 minutes each night!

Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be words with the long a sound such as: cake, drape and lane.

Writing-We will continue our Informational Writing Unit this week! This week we will write informational pieces about magnets as well as more fall themed activities, i.e. carving a pumpkin.

Science-We will kick off our fun unit on magnets and students will be able to experiment by testing magnets with different objects. We will be focusing on the vocabulary words: attract and repel.

S.T.E.M.-We will be wrapping up our own unique inventions! Ask your child about theirs!

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Week of October 16th!

 

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Important Reminders!

  • IMPORTANT-Our First Count Day for our Annual PTA Fundraiser: The Tritt-Mazing Race is this Monday, October 16th!  Please send in any donations on Monday! FYI, I will be sleeping over for the BIG Tritt Sleepover incentive :).
  • We will have an Early Release Week this Week, October 16th-October 20th for Conference Week. I look forward to meeting with you all!

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-We will be bringing it all together with fact families! Students will be able to see the relationship between addition and subtraction, which should help them with their math facts, i.e. the 6,4,10 fact family consists of: 6+4=10, 4+6=10, 10-6=4, and 10-4=6.

Reading– This week we will be focusing upon the main ideas about what we read and their supporting details. Please make sure that your child is reading 20 minutes each night!

Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be words that start with 3-letter blends such as: split. strip, and sprint

Writing-We will continue our Informational Writing Unit this week! Students enjoyed writing about what they are an expert at. They will get to teach the class this week. We will also write about fall themed activities and Benjamin Franklin.

Social Studies-We will continue learning about Benjamin Franklin this week and will create a book to tell all about him.

S.T.E.M.-This week, students will get to be “inventors,” emulating Benjamin Franklin. We will kick off this fun S.T.E.M. project this week.

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Week of October 9th!

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Important Reminders!

  • Please send back the Sound permission slip form with the payment. I still need about 6 more!
  • We will have an Early Release Day this Thursday, October 12th!
  • This week the PTA’s annual fundraiser begins. Be on the look out for materials to come home Wednesday!

What We’re Learning This Week:

Math-We will be adding numbers to 20 now. Please make or buy flashcards to practice with your children at home each night. It is very helpful for them to memorize these facts!

Reading– This week we will build on our understanding of Fiction vs. Nonfiction and will focus on all of the text features of Nonfiction books: Table of Contents, Glossary, Index, Heading and Captions.

Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be words that end in m and f blends. We will have a test this Friday.

Writing-We will start our Informational Writing Unit this week! This is always a big hit. Students will get to write a “How To” book on something that they are an expert in and will get to teach the class.

Social Studies-This week we will start our unit on the brilliant founding father, Benjamin Franklin. This is an awesome unit and the students are always so amazed at all of his contributions to our modern society.

S.T.E.M.- Everyone LOVED making their weather instruments! You may have had yours brought home already! This week, students will get to be “inventors,” emulating Benjamin Franklin. We will kick off this fun S.T.E.M. project this week.

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Week of October 2nd!

Image result for fall pumpkin picturesImportant Reminders:

  • Happy Fall! October Calendars are in the backs of the blue Communication Folders.
  • Please send in a “small moment” Fall Break picture that your child can use to write about on Monday when we return! We have already discussed some of their plans and a “small moment” that they may be able to take a picture of!

Math-We will be learning how to subtract numbers from 10 and below this week. We will start by using a number line and also using Image result for what we are learning this weekmanipulatives (counters.) We will work on our automaticity, as well as solving word problems involving subtraction. Please make sure you are practicing these facts at home with flashcards!

Reading– This week we will compare and contrast the different features of Fiction vs. Nonfiction text. We will categorize different books into these categories and will read a variety of both.

Phonics- Our phonics skill this week will be words that end in n-blends such as: print and thank. We will have our Spelling Test on Friday!

Writing-This week we will be writing about a small moment from our Fall Breaks. They will also be writing about their favorite seasons. Please send in a picture from your fall break that your child can use on Monday!

Science-This week we will be focusing on our beautiful four seasons. We will be identifying the defining characteristics of each and all the fun celebrations, related clothes, and activities of each.

S.T.E.M.- This week we designed and planned our weather instruments. Students selected their group members, the instrument they wanted to build, as well as the materials they will use. Thank you for sending in all the water bottles and paper rolls. They will be used!

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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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