First Grade October 2019 Update

Dear First Grade Families,

We are having a great time in First Grade!! We wanted to update everyone on some of the exciting things that have been going on in First Grade.

Our Personal Narrative/ Small Moment stories are coming along!  Many of the children have multiple stories in their writing folders. We have been focusing on bringing our stories to life by adding movement, thinking, feeling, and talking.  We will soon begin the process of revising, editing, and fancying up our stories as we start the publishing process.   Mark your calendars for our First Publishing Party on November 1st at 8:30 in our classrooms!

Our classrooms are a buzz with interesting mathematical conversations.  We have been playing many math games.  We have also been working with the bead string and investigating numbers and their systems in our number talks.  We are presently focusing on story problems which include both addition and subtraction. We are looking for efficient strategies for solving these problems (doubles, near doubles, making tens, counting on, etc). We will soon begin our doubling/pairing unit.  This investigation explores the concepts of unitizing, early algebraic thinking, and multiplication.  The children will work to develop mathematical conjectures and theories.  Students are focusing on carefully representing their work and providing evidence for their theories and conjectures. Within the unit the children will learn the importance of gaining information from what “works” as well as “what doesn’t work” when solving problems and working towards conjectures.  The classroom is full of such rich mathematical conversations.

Homework has officially begun.  Our focus for homework for this month will be Reading.  The children will be bringing their book baggies home to read each night. Each week’s homework will highlight our reading focus from our daily lessons.  For example: students might be asked to share 3 good reading habits that they are practicing, students may teach you about what it means to be a good reading partner, what makes a good retell, etc.…   Children should be reading for at least 15 minutes per night.  Stay tuned for more information as the month progresses.

Please be on the lookout for our Mystery Reader sign up sheet!  Mystery Reader will be held on Friday mornings at 8:30am in our classrooms.  Parents are invited to sign up for a day & surprise the students with a 10 minute read aloud.

Just a quick reminder…we have snack every afternoon.  Please send your child with a healthy snack labeled with his or her name.

As always, thank you for all of your support!  Please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments and/or delights.

All the best,

Kristin and Sarah