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1st Grade


Week of April 8, 2019

General

Notes

  • Don’t forget to take Stanley with you! He is flat so easy to pack!
  • April 15-19-spring break
  • Please see note from Ms. Gaeta about an upcoming lesson that she will teach in guidance Personal Safety Lesson Letter
  • Tomorrow is Wacky Hair Day!
  • Tomorrow we will have our A-SPAN walk for the homeless.  If you would like to donate to the cause, click this link. 

Reading

We have been enjoying our reading adventures! This week we practiced retelling a story to our partners to learn more about the important details in our story. We reread our books to learn more and we talked about how important characters are in our book. Have fun reading over spring break!

Writing

This week students worked on bringing their stories more to life and took more responsibilities with creating their stories. They have been encourage to use an inner voice to remind themselves what tools or craft moves they have learned throughout the year in their new writing piece. They also worked on making strong endings and not leaving the reader with cliffhangers in their stories.

Math

Students learned how to “cut” different objects in half and in fourths and explain their thinking that they are cut into equal parts. We also talked about fair shares and how we know that it is a fair share.  

Science

In Science, we have been learning about spring, talking about how changes in temperature, light and precipitation affect plants and animals, including humans. We went on spring walks to observe, draw and write about seasonal changes.

Week of April 1, 2019

General

Notes

  • Keep a look out for Flat Stanley and a note to fill out during the upcoming Spring Break.
  • Don’t forget to take Stanley with you! He is flat so easy to pack!
  • Please let your teacher know if you are leaving early for Spring Break.
  • April 15-19-Spring Break

Reading

This week students went on reading adventures.  Students learned they go along with their characters on their adventures in the book.  Students learned to keep track of where and when the story takes place, and to use clues to predict what happens next.

Writing

We started a new unit and are starting to write about a realistic character going on an adventure. Students also have to come up with a problem that happens on this adventure.  

Math

In math this week students started to learn about fractions.  Students learned to identify and create halves.  Students learned to explain their thinking using the words equal amount, same size, or each piece is the same.

Science

We spent time this week talking about the sun and how the sun helps us here on Earth. We discussed how the sun rises in the East and sets in the West.

Week of March 25, 2019

General

Notes

FRIDAY FOLDER: Keep a look out for a Flat Stanley letter explaining the upcoming fun Spring Break activity.

April 1st-Teacher Work Day (no school for students) End of 3rd Qtr

April 15-19-Spring Break

Reading

We used our reading star voices to practice fluency, scooping up our words, reading like the characters, and reading with our partners.

Writing

Students published their book reviews this week.  We had a publishing party across the grade level.  Students sat in groups and read their book reviews out loud to each other.

Math

In math this week, students continued to work on patterns. Students created and expanded growing patterns this week. They also worked on number patterns. Ask your student to create a repeating or growing pattern at home for you to see.  

Science

This week students learned about the trees that inhabit our playground. They learned how trees sustain our environment and how we can take care of them. They also learned the different parts of the tree and how they work together for the tree survive.

Week of March 18, 2019

General

Notes

April 1st-Teacher Work Day (no school for students) End of 3rd Qtr

April 15-19-Spring Break

Reading

In reading, readers are becoming stronger bosses of their reading by envisioning their stories like movies in their minds. Adding movements to the characters to bolster their understanding of the story. They have also worked on keeping track of which character is speaking because books sometimes are not clear as to who is talking. That’s why a reading boss uses clues to keep track and to understand.

Writing

In writing this week, we started to fix up our book reviews to get ready for publishing.  Students used a checklist to make sure they stated their opinion, listed several reasons, and convinced their audience to read their book.

Math

We continued our unit on shapes and extended it into sorting by attributes (size, shape, color, thickness).  We ended our week with making repeating patterns and extending them.  

Social Studies

We continued our studies of maps and Virginia landforms. We learned about the landforms in the different regions of Virginia.

Week of March 11, 2019

General

Notes

Book Orders forms - due Friday March 15th for author Sarah Weeks – do not wait.

  • Sarah will be visiting Discovery on Tuesday April 9th. She is the author of over fifty books for children of all ages.
  • Some have already been inspired to check out the recipes in her novel Pie. There is some talk of a cheese “charving” (chewing carving) contest inspired by her wacky Oggie Cooder series. Other students have already met those two quirky cats featured in her Mac and Cheese series.  
  • You can find out more information about all her books at www.SarahWeeks.com
  • You can access a book order form with book descriptions at Peachjar here or in the library or a student’s backpack near you.

Reading

Our detectives have completed their missions of the Case of the Silent E, the Case of the Consonant Letter Twins, the Case of the Vowel Teams, the Case of the Sticky Blends, and the Case of Compound Words! Ask for them to ask them what they have learned about these kinds of words!

Writing

In writing this week, students started their very own book reviews. Students learned about using a sneak peak from reading to give a book introduction in their book review. They also learned to get their readers attention, but not give away the ending.

Math

We began a new unit on shapes.  Students have learned about sides, vertices, and angles on the basic shapes. We learned how we can sort some of these shapes using these new shape words.

Social Studies

We have been continuing to study maps this week. We started studying landforms and then began studying landforms in Virginia. The Virginia landforms we are studying are the coastal plains, hills, mountains, and the valley.

Week of March 4, 2019

General

Notes

Book Orders forms - due Friday March 15th for author Sarah Weeks – do not wait.

  • Sarah will be visiting Discovery on Tuesday April 9th. She is the author of over fifty books for children of all ages.
  • Some have already been inspired to check out the recipes in her novel Pie. There is some talk of a cheese “charving” (chewing carving) contest inspired by her wacky Oggie Cooder series. Other students have already met those two quirky cats featured in her Mac and Cheese series.  
  • You can find out more information about all her books at www.SarahWeeks.com
  • You can access a book order form with book descriptions at Peachjar here or in the library or a student’s backpack near you.

Reading

In reading this week, we worked on different strategies to use for solving hard words. These strategies included thinking about the story, thinking about what type of word would fit, and slowing down to break up long words. In phonics, we worked on making contractions and finding them in our reading.

Writing

Students are continuing to work on their review writing. This week we learned how to introduce our reviews with a question, naming the topic and giving our opinion. Writers compared their topic with something else to give more details on why their opinion was best. We also learned how to “say goodbye” at the end of our review.  

Math

This week in math students reviewed word problems. They learned about Part-Part-Whole word problems with both unknown parts.  Students also learned how to Compare problems with both bigger and smaller unknown.

Social Studies

This week in Social Studies students reviewed the continents, focusing on North American.  Students looked at the US Map and identified the location of Virginia. Students also located our state capital and the nation’s capital on a map.

Week of February 25, 2019

General

Notes

Annual Celebration of Arlington’s World Languages, Diversity & Cultures

Ms. Oronoz, Discovery’s Spanish teacher, is looking for students from Ms. Upshur, Ms. Healy, and Ms. Wright’s class to participate in Arlington’s celebration on Wednesday, March 6 from 4 to 6 pm at the Arlington Career Center at 816 S Walter Reed Dr, Arlington, VA 22204

Attire is the grade color shirt. If you are able to bring your child, please respond to this
Google Form

  • Conference sign up is live, please sign up for a conference with your child’s teacher using this link.  Conferences are half a day Thursday, March 7 and full day Friday, March 8th.  

Reading

In reading this week students learned how to triple check a tricky word  by asking “does it look right?”, “does it sound right?”, “does it make sense?”.  Students also learned to make a plan during their independent reading.

Writing

Students have begun to write reviews of places and things they love! They are writing about eateries like Pietanza and Chick Fil A, video games like Angry Birds and FortNite, and of course movies like The Lego Movie and The Greatest Showman! Ask them questions about places you visit or things you do. Reviews can also be negative. They are working on supporting their opinions, whether popular or not, with details.

Math

We have been very busy learning about the different coins and their values. The games we played this week helped us practice counting, comparing, and  organizing money. It is helpful to have your children practice counting and using coins at home.

Social Studies

We have been learning about maps, the cardinal directions, oceans and continents this week in social studies.

Week of February 18, 2019

General

Notes

  • We are studying money in Math. We are requesting donations of coins (which will not be returned, but remain in school). We need  U.S. coins -- pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. The children will be doing a variety of activities with them from sorting to counting a collection of coins. Please send them in with your child in a baggy labeled as “class coin donation” so that we know it is for the classroom as opposed to being their lunch money. Your help in this matter is appreciated.
  • February kicks off our great Kindness Challenge. Classrooms have printed boards and we are encouraging full participation. Encourage your child to try a challenge. Once completed they initial the chart. Challenges include sit with someone different at lunch or high five a friend for doing something well.
  • World Heritage Night is scheduled for 2/21/19 from 6:00-8:00pm. First grade students from Mrs. Healy, Mrs. Upshur and Mrs. Wright classes will have a Spanish performance at the show. Please save the date and join us for cultural performances and presentations.

Reading

In reading, we learned to be the boss of our own reading.  Readers learned to STOP at the first sign of trouble, and try something.  If what they tried didn’t work, they need to try something else.

Writing

We looked at other student’s “Best in Show” collections and used our opinions to agree or disagree with them that it was the Best in their collection.  

Math

Thank you so much for sending in the coins for us to use in our classroom. The coins have been very helpful with our money unit as we study, sort, identify and count them.

Social Studies

Students turned in their Famous American projects and shared them in their classrooms.  We learned a lot of important facts about many famous Americans. Ask your kiddos what they liked about the project and who or what else they would like to do a project like this in the future.

Week of February 11, 2019

General

Notes

  • Famous American Projects are due Wednesday, February 20th. 
  • We are preparing to start our study of money in Math on Tuesday, February 19th. We are requesting donations of coins (which will not be returned, but remain in school). We need  U.S. coins -- pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. The children will be doing a variety of activities with them from sorting to counting a collection of coins. Please send them in with your child in a baggy labeled as “class coin donation” so that we know it is for the classroom as opposed to being their lunch money. Your help in this matter is appreciated.
  • February kicks off our great Kindness Challenge. Classrooms have printed boards and we are encouraging full participation. Encourage your child to try a challenge. Once completed they initial the chart. Challenges include sit with someone different at lunch or high five a friend for doing something well.
  • World Heritage Night is scheduled for 2/21/19 from 6:00-8:00pm. First grade students from Mrs. Healy, Mrs. Upshur and Mrs. Wright classes will have a Spanish performance at the show. Please save the date and join us for cultural performances and presentations.

Reading

In reading, we finished our nonfiction unit.  Students learned to use drama when reading out loud like an expert. Students also celebrated everything they learned from reading nonfiction.

Writing

We began a new unit this week on writing Reviews (Opinion Writing). Students were excited to choose their “Best in Show” from their collection of favorite things bag. They shared their reasons why their item was the best.  

Math

We continued to practice place value, ordering numbers from greatest to least, least to greatest, and estimation. We did lots of counting and ordering this week plus a few fun Valentine’s Day activities. Next week we will begin our unit on money.

Social Studies

This week we continued to discuss our presidents and began learning about the flag and Virginia symbols.

Week of February 4, 2019

General

Notes

  • Please remember to send your child with a coat, hat and gloves. We try to take the children outside if possible. Please label all clothing just incase items are misplaced!
  • Look for an at home project in your child’s communication folder. Students have been learning about different important historical people and we’re looking forward to their representation of these people.
  • February kicks off our great Kindness Challenge. Classrooms have printed boards and we are encouraging full participation. Encourage your child to try a challenge. Once completed they initial the chart. Challenges include sit with someone different at lunch or high five a friend for doing something well.
  • World Heritage Night is scheduled for 2/21/19 from 6:00-8:00pm. First grade students from Mrs. Healy, Mrs. Upshur and Mrs. Wright classes will have a Spanish performance at the show. Please save the date and join us for cultural performances and presentations.

Reading

We are experts in reading nonfiction books! We practiced finding important details and showing feeling on each page. We shared our expertise with our classmates.

Writing

In writing, students celebrated their final nonfiction teaching books! They were able to share with buddy classes and do gallery walks within their classrooms. The audience showed kindness by leaving kind compliments to the authors after they were done reading. Look for a compilation of all their hard work this unit in their communication folder. Starting next week, students will begin to sharpen their opinion skills! If you have not sent in their favorite items baggie assignment from last week, it needs to be in the classroom by Monday February 11th.

Math

In math, students reviewed place value for numbers 1-110.  They used Base Ten blocks, Ten Frames, and Sticks and Dots.  Students reviewed the difference between place and value.  Students also reviewed comparing numbers with picture models.

Social Studies

 Continuing our learning of Famous Americans, we learned about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Ask your first grader all the great things they learned about these two great Presidents!  

Week of January 28, 2019

General

Notes

  • Please remember to send your child with a coat, hat and gloves. We try to take the children outside if possible. Please label all clothing just incase items are misplaced!
  • Look for a ziplock bag with a letter about our next Writing Unit in your child’s folder.  
  • Look out for a Valentine note from your child’s teacher in their folder.
  • February kicks off our great Kindness Challenge. Classrooms have printed boards and we are encouraging full participation. Encourage your child to try a challenge. Once completed they initial the chart. Challenges include sit with someone different at lunch or high five a friend for doing something well.

Reading

This week, students worked on finding and owning topic specific words. For example, we looked at the key words “patients” and “germs” in our “How to be a Doctor” book. Additionally, students are being encouraged to use an interesting and smooth voice when reading non-fiction. This entails rereading their books once they have read through them. This is easier work to complete once they know what the words are in the text.

Writing

This week students worked on publishing their final copies for our nonfiction unit. Students will celebrate by having a publishing party in the classroom!  Keep a lookout for all of their nonfiction writing to come home!

Math

Students have been working on writing numbers to 110. They have been practicing forming the numbers correctly and writing them in the right order.

Social Studies

Adding on to our Famous Americans, we learned about Christopher Newport and Thomas Jefferson.  Students are continuing to learn how these famous Americans are important to us.  

Week of January 21, 2019

General

Notes

It is getting chilly outside, please remember to send your child with a coat, hat and gloves. We try to take the children outside if possible. Please label all clothing just incase items are misplaced!

Reading

This week we worked on building our toolkit for reading hard words. Students were encouraged to try reading more difficult and longer words. They have been encouraged to chunk the longer words into smaller parts and then *crash* those parts together to make sounds that makes sense. If the vowel sound they choose just doesn’t seem to work, they are asked to try another vowel. Another tip and trick was to use active thinking while reading. If they come across a word that doesn’t sound right or makes sense, they should do a slow check for all the sounds they hear.

Writing

In writing, students have been working on editing on the go and adding author’s craft moves into their own writing. Students will be choosing one piece of writing to edit and revise as their final nonfiction book

Math

We reviewed addition and subtraction and practiced filling in missing numbers to make equations equal. We also reviewed all that we have learned this quarter.

Social Studies

This week we began studying famous Americans.  We learned about Maggie Walker who was the first African American who started a bank and first African American bank president and famous tennis player, Arthur Ashe.

Week of January 14, 2019

General

Notes

It is getting chilly outside, please remember to send your child with a coat, hat and gloves. We try to take the children outside if possible. Please label all clothing just incase items are misplaced!

Reading

Students worked on re-reading to make sure they understand the story and worked on their fluency including stress and intonation with non-fiction books.

Writing

This week, students prepared for publishing. They thought about what it would be like reading their final work as a reader. They were challenged to be thoughtful about their punctuation and to use their anchor charts to spell harder words. Students were also challenged to begin new books in these final days to use all of their newly gained non-fiction teaching skills.

Math

We reviewed equality this week. Students learned to balance equations using subtraction. We also reviewed story problems and made our own subtraction story problems.  

Social Studies

This week in Social Studies we talked about Martin Luther King Jr.  We talked about who is he and why he is celebrated in January.  

Week of January 7, 2019

General

Notes

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a fun and relaxing winter break! Our new year is off to a great start! It is getting chilly outside, please remember to send your child with a coat, hat and gloves. We try to take the children outside if possible. Please label all clothing just incase items are misplaced!

Next Wednesday is an early release day for professional development.

Reading

We began our Non-Fiction reading unit this week.  We learned that readers take a sneak peak at the cover before they even start reading about their topic, study each page closely to get smarter about their topic, and that you don’t just read a book-- you also have little chats about that book.

Writing

This week students have begun to write more details in their writing. They have learned that chapters can have different structures. They can have a how-to chapter to teach the reader how to do something. They can write a list chapter. This could be a list of equipment needed to play soccer. Additionally, they have learned about introductions and conclusions so their reader’s know when a chapter has begun and ended.

Math

We started the week off with subtraction strategies. Students used 10 frames, fingers, manipulatives, and doubles to help us subtract.  

Science

This week in science, we continued to talk about winter.  Students learned that in winter, the days become shorter and it is darker earlier in the day. Students continued to learn that the location of Virginia impacts our seasons and weather.

Week of December 17, 2018

General

Notes

  • Our Field Trip to the Discovery Theater is TOMORROW,  Friday, December 21st , please wear GRADE LEVEL GREEN T SHIRT!
  • Pajama day is also tomorrow!
  • Have a wonderful Winter Break!

Reading

In reading, we completed our Word Detectives study course! They have earned an official badge, learned to find a problem, fix it, and make their reading smooth. Ask your child about the contractions we hunted for in our books and in the world.

Writing

Students began to work on their table of contents in their teaching non-fiction books. They are working on making these topics short and not a sentence. Additionally, they are working on teaching not just in their written facts, but in their illustrations.

Math

This week we practiced solving story addition problems. We used the addition strategies we learned last week. The students worked hard writing their own addition problems. We also practiced equality.

Social Studies/

Science

THANK YOU to all the parents who came in and shared about their holiday traditions! The students really enjoyed learning about how everyone celebrates!  This week we continued to learn about different holidays.  We also started to talk about winter in science.

Week of December 10, 2018

General

Notes

  • Permission slips for our Field Trip to the Discovery Theater on Friday, December 21st will be in Friday folders.  Please fill out both the FRONT and BACK and return to your child’s teachers as soon as possible.  
  • Pajama day is also on the 21st. The children may wear their pajamas on the field trip along with their green class shirt.

Reading

This week in reading, students learned to break words at part.  The students studied the beginning of words closely to look for blends/digraphs.  They learned to look out for endings, such as, -s, -es, and -ing.  They also learned to watch out for vowles teams as they read.

Writing

This week, we learned how to use a Table of Contents to make our stories even bigger.  

Math

This week we reviewed addition strategies and are learning about doubles and how we can solve other problems using those doubles.

Social Studies

Students had an exciting presentation from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation! Our presenter showed real life artifacts from Colonial Jamestown and some even got to wear a few!! Please check out our Twitter feeds to see pictures of our your child’s class presentation.

In class, we learned where Virginia is located on the map of the United States. While we have already begun to study the celebration of different holidays around the world through you, our families, we have learned about even more. We will continue to learn about Diwali, Christmas, Santa Lucia, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Los Posadas, Kwanzaa, and the Chinese New Year.

Week of December 3, 2018

General

Notes

  • Please send in empty paper towel rolls for us to use for a math activity
  • Please make sure to dress your student for the weather (jackets, hats, mittens). We will send your child outside with the jacket you send them to school in.
  • Permission slips for our Field Trip to the Discovery Theater on Friday, December 21st will be in Friday folders.  Please fill out both the FRONT and BACK and return to your child’s teachers as soon as possible.  

Reading

In reading this week, we worked on turning new words into snap words, scooping up words when we are reading, and breaking words into parts, trying it in different ways until we find a word that sounds right and looks right.

Writing

This week in writing, students continue to work on their teaching books.  Students thought about questions their readers might have.  Students used fancy words to teach about their topic. Student also learned to add and subtract information from their writing to make sure it made sense.

Math

This week in math, students reviewed place value.  They identified tens and ones and learned about  the value of numbers.  Students also reviewed how to compare two numbers using greater than, less than, and equal to up to 75.  Students also reviewed ordering a set of three numbers from least to greatest and greatest to least.

Science

Students continued to learn about matter and observed ways that different objects dissolve or do not dissolve.  Ask your first grader if they know what dissolve means and how you can test it.  

Week of November 26, 2018

General

Notes

  • Please send in empty paper towel rolls for us to use for a math activity
  • Please make sure to dress your student for the weather (jackets, hats, mittens). We will send your child outside with the jacket you send them to school in.

Reading

This week we earned our detective badges. Ask your first grader about their detective work. We learned about snap words and using words inside those words to figure out new words. Snap words should be read in a “Snap!”.

Writing

This quarter we are writing teaching books. We started our new unit by thinking of something we are good at and we “taught” our partners about our topic. Please ask your child about their writing topic or ask if they have new writing topics, you may have some suggestions for them.

Math

In math, we have been working on estimation and explaining the reasonableness of our answers using terms such as “too many” or “too few” to explain our thinking.  We are also continuing to work on skip counting by twos, fives and tens.

Science

This week in science we started our unit on Matter. Students learned there are 3 types of matter (solids, liquids, and gases). Ask your child if they can name a solid, liquid, and a gas.

Week of November 12, 2018

General

Notes

  • Please send in empty paper towel rolls for us to use for a math activity
  • Please make sure to dress your student for the weather (jackets, hats, mittens)
  • Look for an invite from your classroom teacher to share a holiday tradition with your child’s class.

Reading

This week in reading, students continued to learn about being a word detective. Students learned word detectives using EVERYTHING they know (check the picture, look at all parts of the word, do a double check, try the vowel two ways) to solve unknown words.  Students also learned to do a S-L-O-W check when they encounter an unfamiliar word.

Writing

What a fun mini project we have been working on this week! After an in-class conversation about our favorite foods and Thanksgiving meals, students were inspired to write their own recipes! Students choose either a Thanksgiving dish or a favorite dish and wrote their own steps on how to make it. We will continue this next week.

In two weeks, we will begin working on non-fiction writing. Please begin asking them about their favorite topics so they will be able to write details in class.

Math

This week, students practiced writing numbers to 75. Students are concentrating on making sure their numbers are written the correct way (reversals and transposals). You can practice writing numbers at home too!  

Social Studies

This week we learned about Powhatan and Pocahontas and how they were important. Ask your 1st grader what they learned about these two Native Americans.  

Week of November 5, 2018

General

Notes

  • We have been using Dreambox as a part of Math Workshop in 1st grade.  Dreambox is an adaptive system to help students build their understanding of math at their own individual level.  Teachers in grades 1st through 5th at Discovery are using Dreambox in their classrooms formatively to help make decisions about students’ individual needs.  In order to save the integrity of the data we are collecting, Dreambox lessons will just be done in school.
  • Please send in empty paper towel rolls for us to use for a math activity
  • Turkey Projects are Due Wednesday, November 14th.

Reading

This presentation was completed last year and was a useful resource to parents. If you are interested, here is the link for you to view Parent Reading Academy presentation. In reading this week, we began our “Word Detectives” Unit and the students were excited to accept their first missions of being on the lookout and noticing a problems and they can be on the lookout for problems, notice them and try to solve them.

Writing

Last week we celebrated completing our Personal Narratives. Look forward to seeing your child’s collection in their Friday Folder soon. This week, students completed a pre-assessment on how to write an “all about” informational piece. This will be our upcoming focus. Ask your child:

  • What do you already know alot about?
  • Can you teach me about it?
  • How can we find out more about that topic?

Math

This week we continued working on story problems. Students are making sure they understand what the problem is asking for and using the right strategies. We administered the 1st quarter math assessment as well.

Social Studies

Students were involved in a school based election this week, they voted for the yearbook cover.

Students learned about the past and the present this week.  Ask your students what they learned about things in the past versus things today.

Week of October 29, 2018

General

Notes

  • We have been using Dreambox as a part of Math Workshop in 1st grade.  Dreambox is an adaptive system to help students build their understanding of math at their own individual level.  Teachers in grades 1st through 5th at Discovery are using Dreambox in their classrooms formatively to help make decisions about students’ individual needs.  In order to save the integrity of the data we are collecting, Dreambox lessons will just be done in school.
  • Please send in empty paper towel rolls for us to use for a math activity
  • Look out for a Turkey Project in your student’s red folder.  Projects are Due Wednesday, November 14th.

Reading

We have celebrated the work we have completed this quarter as readers. We have grown so much as first graders. There are so many habits we do now without even thinking! Can you believe that? We wrapped up our Good Habits unit by reflecting and thinking about what habits we would like to strengthen and making it a goal to work on in the next quarter.

Parent Reading Academy presentation

Writing

In writing this week, students worked on using and editing checklists and putting finishing touches on their books using mentor texts to help them get a story ready for publishing.  Tomorrow they will show off their published story in class.

Math

In math this week students learned about solving addition word problems.  They followed these steps:

  1. Read the problem
  2. Draw a picture (Tens frame/ Part-Part-Whole)
  3. Write an equation
  4. Write Answer and Label
  5. Check your work

Ask your students about the different types of addition problems they solved.

Science

This week we talked about pumpkins and their life cycle.  We spent some time talking more about fall as the season has changed just outside our window as we observe the changes in the leaves.  

Week of October 22, 2018

General

Notes

  • We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom.  You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us.  Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done.  Please click here to volunteer.  Many thanks in advance for helping us!

  • We have been using Dreambox as a part of Math Workshop in 1st grade.  Dreambox is an adaptive system to help students build their understanding of math at their own individual level.  Teachers in grades 1st through 5th at Discovery are using Dreambox in their classrooms formatively to help make decisions about students’ individual needs.  In order to save the integrity of the data we are collecting, Dreambox lessons will just be done in school.

  • Please send in empty paper towel rolls for us to use for a math activity
  • Please remember to bring in a small pumpkin (size you use for a pumpkin pie or that comes free at the pumpkin patch).

Reading

We worked on developing good reading habits with our partners by giving good book introductions and those partners don’t tell, they help each other by giving clues for strategies that they can use.

Writing

This week we selected our stories for our publishing party. We have been busy revising and editing our selections. Our first publishing party will be held in the classroom. Your children will be very excited to share their stories with you at home.

Math

This week we introduced part-part whole and students worked on counting on from one part to another part to get to the whole.  

Science

This week in science, students learned about Apples.  They learned about how apples grow and the life cycle of an apple.

Week of October 15, 2018

General

Notes

 

  • We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom.  You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us.  Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done.  Please click here to volunteer.  Many thanks in advance for helping us!
  • Planetarium Dates:

Look for permission slips in October 19th Friday Folders. Fill our the FRONT and BACK.

  • Duncan and Wright October 29th
  • Healy October 30th
  • Klanderman and Upshur November 1
  • Bullying Prevention Month - Wear orange on Wednesday, October 24th.

Reading

We worked on building persistence in our reading! Students were given tools and strategies on how to read “tricky” words. Such as check the picture for clues, double check to make sure the sounds match the letters in the word, and try the two ways a set of vowels can sound.

Writing

We read some books by our favorite authors to practice using craft moves and POP words to add excitement to our stories. We added these new moves into our own writing. The students are really enjoying sharing their stories with their classmates.

Math

We began our week by making combinations of different numbers to begin our addition unit.  You will hear students talking about making equations or number sentences with these combinations.  

Science

This week in science students studied Force and Motion.  We talked about how objects can be pushed and pulled.  We talked about how objects can go in a straight motion, back and forth motion, and circular motion.  Students got to explore with magnets and their pulls.  Ask your student about their favorite science activities.

Week of October 8, 2018

General

Notes

 

  • The use of headphones with iPads begins NEXT WEEK! If you have not sent in a set for your child, it is imperative for them to be at school no later than Monday, October 15th.  Please contact your child’s teacher if this is a financial hardship, we’re more than happy to help.
  • We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom.  You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us.  Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done.  Please click here to volunteer.  Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Reading

We talked about building good habits and dropping bad habits. Students should be using these habits while reading at home and read to self during Reading Workshop at school.  Some good habits are looking at the picture, looking at all the parts of the word, and get a running start.  

Writing

In writing this week, we used words we know to help us spell new words and we began editing our own work with a writing checklist..

Math

In math this week, students learned to order a set of 3 numbers from greatest to least and least to greatest.  Students used Ten Frames and Base Ten Block visuals to help order their numbers. Please continue to work on skip counting  (by 2’s 5’s, and 10’s) with your students at home up to 30.  

Science

This week we began talking about Fall and changes that we are starting to see outside.  Learning about Fall will be an ongoing observation as some changes have not started yet, but we know it is coming soon.  

Week of October 1, 2018

General

Notes

  • Tomorrow is Grade Level T-shirt Day-1st Spirit Day of the year!  
  • Please remember to send in headphones with your child for iPad use.  
  • We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom.  You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us.  Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done.  Please click here to volunteer.  Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Reading

We learned several more good reading habits.  We learned that readers reread to see more, we learned that readers can take a sneak peek at a page to figure out words and that readers need to drop bad habits. We are continuing to work on using reading mats.

Writing

We have continued to bring our characters to life. Students are writing how their characters were feeling in the story or perhaps what they were thinking. Students have made their writing exciting by using speech bubbles and including the speaking language in their written body.

Math

This week we worked on place value.  Students practiced grouping objects in groups of ten and what was left over for ones.  We also worked on circling groups of ten and labeling the value of the number.  

Social Studies

This week in Social Studies we learned about Christopher Columbus.  Students learned about his journey and exploration.  Ask your student what they learned about Columbus.

Week of September 24, 2018

General

Notes

  • Please remember to send in headphones with your child for iPad use.  
  • Picture Day is October 2nd!  Reminders will be sent home in Friday Folders!
  • We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom.  You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us.  Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done.  Please click here to volunteer.  Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Reading

In reading, we talked about what good habits we have while reading to self and with a partner.  We can scoop up more words to make phrases and reread to smooth out our voices.  

Writing

What exciting stories we are writing in 1st grade. Our small moment stories are coming more alive each day while we “unfreeze” our characters and add details to our stories.

Math

This week in math, students have been learning about skip counting by 5’s and 10’s.  Students learned new math games during math workshop.  Ask you student about their favorite math game.  Also feel free to practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s up to 30, and counting backwards from 30-0 at home!

Science

In science, we began this week learning about our five senses and how we can use them.  Ask your 1st grader ways they can use all five senses at one time.  

Week of September 17, 2018

General

Notes

  • Please remember to send in headphones with your child for iPad use.  
  • We will continue to administer the PALS assessment next week.  
  • Picture Day is October 2nd!  Forms will be sent home in Friday Folders.

Reading

In reading we began to build our Good Reader Habits! We have been practicing how to sneak peek a book. Take a picture walk with your child to have them show you how a sneak peek works. After a sneak peek, students have read their stories to check their sneak peek predictions. Lastly, we learned that reading isn’t over once we finish a book. We need to do something with our reading - share, reread, or reflect on our favorite parts.

Writing

We are working on telling stories by touching, telling, sketching and then writing. We introduced revising our work.  We are working on writing “small moment” personal narrative stories about our lives.

Math

This week in math students learned to play the game Collect 20.  They also counted different objects from  our mystery boxes. Students practiced writing their numbers from 1-30.  Ask your student what other math choices they had this week!

Science

This week we started our first science unit.  We learned what a scientist is, about science tools, and what a scientist can do.  We discussed how we are all scientists.

Week of September 10, 2018

General

Notes

  • Please remember to send in headphones with your child for iPad use.  
  • We will administer the PALS assessment next week.  Students will be assessed in different areas for the next few weeks.  

Reading

In reading we learned about how good readers choose books to read. We read the book “Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians”. We know that a book must be one we are interested in and one that we can read. If there are 5 or more words we don’t know on a page, it’s too hard and 0 - 1 words is too easy. We’re looking for “just right” books!

Writing

We read the story, Veggie Monster to help us get some ideas for writing. We wrote about a personal experience and we are looking forward to sharing our stories.

Math

In math this week we have been working different problem solving tasks.  The teachers have been rotating into each classroom to teach a task.  Ask your student what their favorite math task was this week.

Social Studies

Students learned about how to be a good citizen.  We learned about Johnny Appleseed and the ways that he showed being a good citizen.  We practiced in the classroom how to be a good citizen through games and activities.  

Week of September 4, 2018

General

Notes

  • Please send back you 1st Day Packet if you have not already done so.  
  • Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 12th from 6:30-8:00

Reading

This week in reading, we practiced coming to the carpet, we practiced “turn and talk” with a partner, and independently reading from book baskets.

Writing

We worked on our writing with some first week of school activities.  

Math

This week in math we talked about our Guidelines for math workshop.  Students started to learn about having a growth mindset and how speed does not matter. Ask your student what math tools they got to explore this week in math.

Social Studies

In social students this week, students learned about having good citizenship in school.  We talked about rules in our own classroom.