Sunday, November 26, 2017

Week 16

We hope all our first grade families had a restful thanksgiving weekend. We had a very exciting few days last week with our first field trip and Kids Day. Thank you to those parents that volunteered as chaperones and helped with Kids Day. You are helping to create memories for our first graders. 
We can't do it without you, so thank you.  


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 12 - Getting to know the character by paying close attention to what the character is doing.
Teaching Point 13 - Readers can become the characters by reading in a way to show the character's feelings.

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 12: Using a checklist to review our narrative stories and making our first drafts even stronger.
Teaching Point 13: Making sure our writing is ready to read before we send it out into the world. Checking our presentation and using an editing checklist.


This week in math we will finish topic B. Students will be counting on or taking from ten to Solve Result Unknown and Total Unknown Problems. In topic C students will practice strategies for solving change or addend unknown problems.

Lesson 20: Subtracting 7, 8 & 9 from teen numbers.
Lesson 21: Share and critique peer solution strategies for take from with result unknown and take apart with addend unknown word problems from the teens.
Lesson 22: Solve put together/take apart with addend unknown word problems, and relate counting on to the take from ten strategy.

Parent Tips - Topic B
Parent Tips - Topic C

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 culture and heritage in familiesStudents will be sharing about their own culture. We will also be investigating other cultures  and how they are different and similar to our own.

Today the next dinner plate will come home. This is a very important part of our social studies unit as it helps students make connections with their own family. Please take some time this week to discuss your own culture and heritage with your child. 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
If you have some spare time we are still looking for moms or dads to 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.

First Grade Homework:

  • Daily reading helps children to become confident, successful students. Therefore, there is an expectation that students will be engaged in reading at home each day. This reading can include both independent and shared reading, in English or their mother tongue. For books read aloud to students, texts can be of any level to promote vocabulary and discussion. For reading done by students, texts should be at their independent level or lower. The emphasis should be based on enjoyable reading in order to build lifelong reading habits.
  • Math practice of learnt concepts. Each Wednesday students receive a packet to practice at home. Students are encouraged to complete this by the following Tuesday and return to school. This is not something that needs to be completed in one day, but rather 10 minutes each day. This is an opportunity to practice what students have been learning that week at school.

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.

Something to think about

Over the Thanksgiving weekend we found a great article about How to raise grateful children.

Important Dates to Remember

November 26 - Session 2 after school activities begin.
November 27 - Parent / Teacher conferences. No school for ES students.
November 30 - Prophets Birthday Holiday
December 4 - Early release day (All students released at 11:30)

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

Your Partners in Learning
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