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

Week of April 10th!

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Reminders:
  • SAVE The DATE!! Mrs. Fernandes’ Classes’ Author’s Tea: Thursday, April 27th from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.!
  • SAVE the DATE!! First Grade Tiger Town-May 12th! Mark your calendars-we will need LOTS of parent volunteers!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
  • April Homework Choice Boards-Are coming home Monday. The items for the Shape Museum are due THIS WEEK!!
Math: This week we will delve more into 3-dimensional, solid shapes. Please have your child bring in their 3-dimensional objects this week for our Shape Museum! They will continue getting a lot of hands-on practice with tan-grams, pattern blocks and picture creation.

Reading: This week we compare and contrast the information we can glean from illustrations vs. the information we learn from text. We will continue reading our Read Aloud chapter book. We will also start practicing how to read longer passages and answer comprehension questions after highlighting information.

Writing: Students will write about their vacations. We will also try our hand at writing realistic fiction which will then segue to fiction/fantasy writing. We are also starting to focus upon building our vocabulary and using more interesting, or “sparkling” words in our writing!

Phonics: This week we will be learning the diphthong /ou/ or “ow” sound using the letters “ow”  as in crowd, and “ou” as in round.

Science: Students loved going on our nature walk, sketching the plants and then painting them in class! We will wrap up our unit on the wonderful world of plants and there will be an assessment early in the week!

Social Studies: This week we will be learning about George Washington Carver and all of his contributions to the worlds of science, farming and peanuts! This unit will tie in nicely to our Science unit on Plants.

S.T.E.M.: Students had so much fun creating their free-standing plants using STEM materials, and then conjuring up a magical story involving the plant’s magical powers. We were able to identify the characteristics of those creations that met the challenge, and those that fell short. This was a great learning experience for all! This week we will be building off of our solid figure math unit and will be creating 3-dimensional solid figures using toothpicks and mini-marshmellows.

Melissa

Week of March 27th!

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Reminders:
  • Report Cards-Please send back your signed envelopes, if you haven’t yet!
  • March Homework Choice Boards are due this Friday! Please send in the green sheet with all work stapled to it.
  • SAVE The DATE!! Mrs. Fernandes’ Classes’ Author’s Tea: Thursday, April 27th from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.!
  • Next week is Spring Break from April 3rd-7th!
Math: We will wrap up our unit on measurement with an assessment. We will start our unit on shapes and will be discussing and identifying defining and non-defining attributes. They will be getting a lot of hands on practice with tangrams, pattern blocks and picture creation.

Reading: This week we will continue practicing how to identify the connections between 2 characters, events, ideas or pieces of information in the text. This will extend from our unit on finding similarities in text. We will also start to discuss the different types of information that can be learned from illustrations vs. text. We have also started reading a Read Aloud Chapter Book!

Writing: Students really enjoyed writing their own Public Service Announcements. We all got to learn about causes (protecting animals!!) that they care about and they were able to try to drive some change in these areas! Look for a Public Service Announcement coming your way about STEM! This week we will write narratives about a spring memory. This will tie in nicely to our plant/spring unit.

Phonics: This week we will be learning the “eer” sound using the letters “ear” “eer,” as in the words “cheer” and “year.”

Science: We will continue reading, writing about and discussing the wonderful world of plants! This week we will be observing the wonderful world of plants and trying to recreate some of our own! I love all of the intuitiveness of the students on this subject!

S.T.E.M.: Students will work on and finalize their S.T.E.M. plant creations, as well as their magical stories and will be able to share these with their classmates. I look forward to hearing them all!

Melissa

Week of March 20th!!

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Reminders:
  • Report Cards are going home this Thursday, the 23rd. Please sign the envelopes and return this Friday, the 24th!
  • SAVE The DATE!! Mrs. Fernandes’ Classes’ Author’s Tea: Thursday, April 27th from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.!
  • THANK YOU for all of your gifts, flowers, candies, cards, lunches etc…!! It was SUCH a special week. I feel greatly appreciated and thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
  • There will be no Family Journal this week due to St. Patrick’s Day activities 🙂
Math: This week we will be learning about measurement. Students will be ordering objects from shortest to longest, estimating the length of objects, and finding the actual length of objects using non-standard units of measurement, such as cubes and pennies.

Reading: This week we will be practicing how to identify the connections between 2 characters, events, ideas or pieces of information in the text. This will extend from our unit on finding similarities in text.

Writing: Students will be learning how to write Public Service Announcements. This will tie in nicely to our units on Opinion and Informational Writing! They will be writing their own Public Service Announcements!

Phonics: This week we will be learning the “00” sound using the letters “oo,” “ew,” and  “ue” as in the words pool, threw and rule.

Science: We will be kicking off our unit on plants! I know we have some budding botanists in the class, so this should be fun for all!

S.T.E.M.: We will be creating our plant STEM project. Students will have to create a plant that has magical powers. This will be a STEM projects that incorporates writing and creativity!

Melissa

Week of March 13th!

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Reminders:
  • SAVE The DATE!! Mrs. Fernandes’ Classes’ Author’s Tea: Thursday, April 27th from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.!!!
  • THANK YOU for all of your generous book donations from the Book Fair. The students are enjoying reading them and I will be using them for lessons. Please know how much I appreciate them all!
  • Classroom Supplies Update: Thank you for all of the glue sticks!!! As you know, we all do a ton of writing in our class. We seem to have gone through hundreds of pencils. If you happen to be out and see pencils at the store, it would be great if you could send some in, preferably sharpened, but not necessary! Lastly, many of our markers are spent. We have gone through our extras as well. Sorry about all the requests-they are a busy and productive group! There is nothing better than new markers, pencils and glue sticks!
Weekly News:
Math: This week I will assess adding to 100. Then, we will be focusing upon subtracting within 100 and beyond. As always, please review math facts: addition and subtraction to 20 each night at home! It will help in everything we are doing and learning in math!

Reading: We will start learning about Point-of View while reading. This will focus upon who is telling the story and what effect this has upon the details and essence of the story. This will be incorporated into their reading logs.

Writing: Students will be writing persuasive pieces this week. We will also continue working with verbs, subject/verb agreement and verb tenses (past, present and future).

Phonics: We will be working on the “or” sound by using the letters, or/oar/ore/ such as in the words “sport,” “board,” and “score.”

Social Studies: We will be culminating our Harriet Tubman unit and there will be an assessment this week.

S.T.E.M.: Students loved building their cup structures. We were able to incorporate measurement through estimation and actual measurement using non-standard units of measurment. We also ordered their structures from smallest to largest. They are working so well collaboratively, through creativity and communication. Their critical thinking skills are really developing as well and students were able to deduce what strategies produced better results. This week we will kick off our plants STEM activity which will fit nicely into our plants unit that we are starting next week.

Melissa

Week of March 6th!

 

THANK YOU Mrs. Bress for our Thing 1 and Thing 2 Dr. Seuss shirts! It was the perfect way to culminate a wonderfully celebratory week of Dr. Seuss!

Reminders:
  • This Tuesday, March 7th will be Picture Day. Envelopes were sent home earlier this week.
  • Our March Homework Choice Boards will be sent home on Monday! Please staple all related work through the month!
  • Please remember to respond to your child’s Family Journals this weekend.
Weekly News:
Math: We will continue learning how to add and subtract to 100 by using 10’s and 1’s. For example, 60+27=87. We will also be solving word problems using these skills. We will begin to regroup as well, i.e. 27+8=35

Reading: We will continue working on our ability to compare and contrast characters and their experiences. We  use the word, “contrast” for differences and “compare” for similarities. They will be able to practice this skill in their reading logs this week, as well!

Writing: We will continue writing about opinions and will also start to learn about verbs, as well as subject/verb agreement.

Phonics: We will be working on the “er” by using the letters, ir/er/ur as in “turn,” “bird,” and “serve.” Students may have a little more trouble with this this week, discerning which letter combinations to use.

Social Studies: We will be learning all about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

S.T.E.M.: Students were introduced to our new S.T.E.M. challenge, designing a structure. They were able to select their group members and select a strategy for their design. Many of them started to design their models as well. This week we will be building these structures, estimating their height, measuring them with a non-standard unit of measurement, as well as comparing the sizes of the structures.

Melissa