In reading, we have added 3 / 5 of our Daily 5 stations. We have learned and mastered Read to Self, Work on Writing, and Iread, which is a reading software program that we use here at Kreft that gives students reading lessons based on their personal reading ability. We are continuing to practice these routines and procedures while I finish assessing the students on their reading levels in order to divide up reading groups.
During our read aloud stories, we have really been focusing on telling a summary, which we say is retelling the BIG parts. This is very difficult for the first graders as they always want to tell me their favorite part or the funniest part instead of the most important parts of the story. We are really working on giving a summary and just telling the BIG parts. We have also been discussing what makes a book fake (fiction) vs real (Non-fiction). This is also another skill you could work on at home if you are reading with your first grader. A lot of the students think that if a story has a cat and cats are real then the book must be real. But we are really focusing on thinking about what that cat is doing in the story and if it could really happen.
In phonics, we are working a lot on the beginning sounds and even looking at the formation of the letters and noticing their differences. For example, b, d and h all have a tall line and o and s have all curves.
In writing, this last week we started our small moments, personal narrative writing unit. The students brainstormed things that they have done and that they could write about. We discussed how you have to plan your story before you begin writing and you have to know at least 3-4 things that happened in order to write about it. This week we will be focusing on the beginning of our stories and including, who, where, when and what in our books.
In math we are still working on combinations of 8, 9 and 10. We started working on story problems using these numbers and thinking about the action in the problem. When it comes to a story problem we are also talking about the first thing you can do. We have discussed how if you don't know what to do, to start with finding the numbers in the problem and drawing a picture. Some students don't know what to do with the story problem and this gets them thinking about the problem and what to do next. We are also learning a lot of different math fluency games and I can send a copy of some of these home this week if you would like to play them at home you will have them!
We will begin social studies and science in a couple of weeks.
Other Important Information:
We have early outs every Wednesday at 2:30. The first one will begin on August 29th.
During the month of September we will be doing a handful of reading and math assessments to see where the students are currently working. Some of these are one on one assessments with me, while others will be on the computer. This means I will not be starting small group work right away but am hopeful to begin the last week in September.
Your first grader has a planner that they write in everyday, normally a message from the board, and then I sign at the end of the day. This is a great place to write a note if you need to tell me note or I may write how your student's day is in their planner. It is their responsibility to get it out and write in it everyday.
September Snack Calendar. We have 22 students in our class, and we have a student with a "Tree Nut" allergy. Please be considerate of this allergy when choosing snacks.
Mobile Food Pantry:
Kreft hosts a mobile food pantry the last Tuesday of the month every month. This is available for ANY families in need. September's food pantry is Tuesday, September 25th.
On Friday, September 21st there will be a first grade parent breakfast for parents to learn more about our first grade reading curriculum. If you are interested in coming a form went home on Friday. It is from 8:30 -10 a.m.
Scholastic Book Orders:
Every month I send home scholastic book orders. This month's due back by Friday, September 14th. You can go online at scholastic.com and order our class code is P84W4.
This year Kreft has partnered with Dairy Queen to help target our attendance, so don't be surprised if your first grader comes home with a free Dairy Queen treat at some point this year!
Our Daily Schedule
*Extra Snacks for the Snack Cabinet (In case someone forgets snack!)
If you ever have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask! You can reach me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or on the remind app!
Have a great week!
Sept 11 Reading Assessments
Sept 11 USA- Red, White and Blue Day
Sept 12 Beach Day
Sept 12 Early Out
Sept 13 Favorite College Team Day
Sept 14 September Book Order Due
Sept 14 Lewis Central Pride Day
Sept 17 Math Assessments
Sept 19 Early Out
Sept 21 First Grade Parent Breakfast 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Sept 24 Pete the Cat Author Coming to Kreft (More information to come!)
Sept 26 Early Out