Monday, November 13, 2017

Week 15

Thank you for taking the time to read our first grade news. Congratulations to all the first graders that were part of Madagascar. You did a great job! This week we have an exciting week with our first grade field trip and Kids Day.


Readers Workshop

In readers workshop this week are continuing with our unit, Readers meet the Characters
Essential Questions:
  • How can I use what I know about the characters to help me read with expression.
  • How can I read in a way that helps me know how the characters are feeling.
Our first grade readers will be exploring what characters do in books and what this teaches us about them. We will also be paying close attention to character feelings and if they change in the book.

Teaching Point 10 - Strategies for solving tricky words
Teaching Point 11 - Reread so that we can read like story tellers with expression.

Writers Workshop

In Writers workshop we will continue to write Realistic Fiction stories.

Essential Questions:
  • What makes a good story?
  • How can I use what I know about letters, sounds, and words to write words the best I can?
First graders will be doing lots of pretending, making up characters, thinking about settings and imagining realistic adventures these character can have.

Teaching Point 10: Using checklists to set new goals.
Teaching Point 11: Adding detail to my writing by adding more sentences to each part of a realistic fiction story.


This week in math we will continue with topic B. Students will be counting on or taking from ten to Solve Result Unknown and Total Unknown Problems

Lesson 18: Subtraction of 8 from teen numbers
Lesson 19: Compare the efficiency of two strategies; counting on and taking from ten.

Parent Tips - Topic B

Social Studies

In Social studies this week we will continue investigating our essential question, How are families similar and different?
This week we will be discussing traditions. Students will be sharing traditions in their own families and learning from their peers about other traditions.
Thank you to those families that are having their "dinner plate conversations". This is a very important part of our social studies unit as it helps students make connections with their own family. The dinner plates come home each Thursday for you to discuss over the weekend. Please note down any discussion points on the back of the dinner plate for your child to share with their classmates.

Culture and Heritage in your family
Next week we will be discussing culture in our families. If you have some spare time, we would love to have you come and share about your culture. You could share things like music, food, clothes from your country.
Please let your child's class teacher know if you would be willing and they will arrange a date that suits you.

Kids Day

Kid’s Day Parent Volunteers Needed

Kids' Day is on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 from 8:00am to 11:30am. Students will then be dismissed at 11:30am for a long Thanksgiving weekend. This is a half day for CAC and Pre K-5 will be participating at the same time. For new parents to the school Kids’ Day is a fun-filled day in which they can show off their house spirit, participate in a wide variety of physical activities, and enjoy each other!

Students Kids day T-shirts will be given to the students on the day.

Going Home Arrangements

If your child's going home arrangements change please let your child's classroom teacher know so that we can ensure your child heads in the right direction.

Important Dates to Remember

November 20 - Service Staff appreciation lunch
November 20 - Math Workshop for parents (2-3pm)
November 21 - Field Trip
November 22 - Kids Day
November 26 - Session 2 after school activities begin.
November 26 - Thursday Schedule
November 27 - Parent / Teacher conferences. No school for ES students.

If you have any questions or feedback for the first grade team please don't hesitate to contact us.

Your Partners in Learning
Taryn Carr (
Gaby Morales (
Charlie Saunders (

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