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Archive for October, 2016

October 31st – November 4th

It was nice to see everyone last week during conferences. Thank you for your time and for sharing your child with us.

We would also like to thank everyone involved with The Harvest Carnival. Once again it was a great success.

Important dates to remember: 

November 3rd is School Picture Retake Day.

November 6th is Daylight Saving Time (move clocks BACK one hour)

In reading this week we will continue to work on schema, exploring how we activate it before and as we learn. Students will have discussions on how and why readers make connections to the text to help figure out the big idea. Activating a student's schema can increase a reader's feeling of self-confidence and their ability to take risks, and it will help your child remember what they haave read.

How you can support: Remind your child that their schema is their feelings, experiences, thoughts, and opinions. Take a minute to ask your child what they know about the topic before they read. This will help connect new learning to something they already know, which makes their knowledge base stronger.Try it with your child and discuss how it can boost their chances for meaningful interaction with the text.

In writing, students will use temporal words such as first, next, and then to move their story along. They will focus on the passing of time and how to  express time in correct sequence.

How you can support: When talking with your child point out some of your favorite temporal expressions, such as, "later that afternoon…" or "as soon as I finished…"

In math, students will be exploring how subtraction is related to additions. We willl be working with fact families.

How you can support: Practice with your child on fact families. For example: in addition, 8+5=13. Thus in subtraction, 13-5=8, and so on.

In science, they will begin their study of light, with a focus on illumination.

How you can support: Ask your child to point out examples of illumination. Halloween night will be a perfect opportunity to point out examples such as lighting a candle in the pumpkin, Halloween lights on houses, etc.

Next week November 10 is our Veteran's Day Assembly @ 2:30 p.m. First grade students will be singing for the all! Remind them to dress in red, white, and blue. Please join us!

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It is conference week! We are excited to meet with families and learn all about you! If you haven't signed up for a time, please do using Bloomz or email us.

Remember to make arrangements for your child this week as school ends each day at 1:10p.m.

OMSI if visiting this week Wednesday with a hands on lab to learn about BATS!

In reading we are swooping into nonfiction texts to learn about bats. Students will learn the word, "schema," and how using it can help support comprehension.f3a055fd1eae26a4828f7e64eac15158

What you can do to support: Try a new genre this week. Read nonfiction together. As you sit down to read or listen to your child read, ask them what they already know about the text. Tell them that good readers "activate their schema" befor they begin reading. As you read together stop in meaningful places and ask them what new information they've learned to "grow their schema."


In writing we will continue to write small moments. Students are working on individualized goals. Ask your child what they are trying to accomplish in their writing.

What you can do to support: Give your child possible ideas to write about and model small moment stories. "Capture" in words small moments when you are together. For example, when you run to the car and get soaked from the rain, say "This is a great small moment story. First, we stood at the door and came up with a plan to get to the car without getting soaked. Then, I said 1…2…3… and we ran for it. I dodged the drops like a professional skater. We jumped in the car and laughed because we were still soaked."

In math we will learn to use doubles as a strategy to increase addition and subtraction fluency.

What you can do to support: Work to visualize doubles equations everyday. For example, there are six eggs in one row of the egg carton and six more in the other row (6 + 6 = 12). Start looking and you will see them everywhere. Sing this song together.






In science we learned about the engineering process. Students know that engineers take on a problem, research, brainstorm ideas, pick the best idea, develop a design, build the design, and test it out. Our problem is: "The electricity has gone out in the building. Mrs. Mueller instructed everyone to stay in their classroom. We need to send a message to Mrs. Faddis. What device could we build so we can communicate?" Thus far, students have completed their research, brainstorming, and designs. Due to the short week we will not have science instruction. They will build and test their models after the conference week.

What you can do to support:  Students will be bringing home their instruments this week after they have presented them to their class. Let them present them to their family. Ask them how it works to make sound, different pitches, and volume.

Conference week all week! Dismissal is 1:10p.m.

Please help out at our Harvest Carnival if you can, Oct. 29th from 4 to 7pm. Sign up below;


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Oct. 10th – Oct. 13th

If you have not had a chance to sign up for conferences, please do so on Bloomz. If you do not see a time that will work for you, please email and we will find a time that will work.

In reading we will begin to look closely at the events within a story to retell. We will not only explore how events build, but also how and where change happens. We will practice identifing important events that move a story along. We will also tune into interesting words and how they are used in a story.

What you can do to support: As you sit down to read or listen to your child read, remind them that when you finish the story together you will try to remember what has happened. Remember to check for understanding as you read. Stop every so often and ask who is in the story and what is happening. At the end, ask your child to start at the beginning and tell you what happens in the story. If you notice they leave out a part such as the end just ask "what happened at the end of the story?" 

In writing we will continue to write, write, write adding details as we can. Perhaps we will even see one of the interesting words we found in reading in our own stories.

What you can do to support: Share your excitement for words, share some of your favorite words and how you use them in your own writing.

In math we will examine equations, solving for missing addends. We also will focus on greater than and less than when comparing equations.

What you can do to support: Practice writing equations for math problems. An example may be: I put 7 glasses in the dishwasher. You put the other 5 glasses in. How many did we put in altogether?  Then write the equation to match. 7 + 5 = 12

In science we will build our instruments to focus on scale. We will experiment with pitch and volume.

What you can do to support:  Play with your voice, encourage your child to listen for differences. Discuss how the faster the sound wave oscillates the higher pitch it will have. For example, on a guitar a big heavy string will vibrate slowly and create a low sound or pitch. A thinner lighter string will vibrate faster and create a high sound or pitch.


No school on Friday due to State Inservice Day

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In reading this week we will work on accuracy skills. One focus will be "cross checking." This strategy ensures students monitor the words they are reading asking themselves, "Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?" Another strategy student will learn is to "flip the sound." Students will practice long vowels with the bossy e all week long. When they come to a tricky word that can't be blended they may have to "flip the sound" and use another sound the letter makes to read the word accurately.

What you can do to support: When reading together, ask your child, "Does that letter make another sound? Flip the sound and reread the word."

In writing the students will add details to their narratives asking questions to tell more about their story.

What you can do to support: Tell the who, what, when, where, why, and how of a story. See if together you can tell the most "boring" story in the world (i.e. I went to the store) versus the most exciting story in the word.

In math this week the students will learn the part-part-whole relationship of numbers, using number bonds.

What you can do to support: Practice taking apart any number of objects into two parts and then pushing them back together to make a whole. Say, "2 Cheerios and 2 Cheerios is the same as 4 Cheerios."

In science this week the students will learn about how to be a scientist. They will take a listening walk to capture sounds. They will begin experimenting with how sound is made and investigate vibrations. Finally, students will learn how sound changes, immersing in pitch and volume. They will begin the inital planning stages of designing their own instrument.

What you can do to support: Drop toys in the bath tub and talk about the waves. Notice how they travel and wonder together why they move the way they move.


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