Thank you for attending our recent parent-teacher conference this week. I appreciate your taking the time to meet with me, and I hope that our conference was able to provide you with some valuable insight into your child’s progress in school. I look forward to our continued partnership throughout this school year!
This week students have been focusing on the following essential questions during reader's workshop:
1. How can I be the kind of reader who reads and rereads for the whole time during reading, getting ready to talk to my partner?
2. How do I make sure that I am reading many books, as smoothly as possible, for as long as possible?
3. How do I make sure that I am picturing and understanding what I am reading?
4. How can my partner and I talk about our books in ways that let us share them and think about them and also have fun with them?
The learning targets students have been aiming for and reaching have been:
1. I can read and reread the whole time during reading and be prepared to talk to my partner.
2. I can read smoothly for a sustained amount of time.
3. I can make a picture in my mind before reading, predict, and revise my mental image as I read the story.
4. I can retell key details after reading.
5. I can talk with my partner about books in a way that helps us both comprehend and have fun.
They have been using a new reading tool to help them have discussions with their partners and reading groups. I have heard them sharing their favorite parts, asking and answering questions about the characters, settings, and storylines.
Thank you so much for attending our open house. It was wonderful to meet all of you and I know we will have a great year. At open house I had a few packets and a Student Digital Citizenship Contract to be signed and returned, Some of you may not have gotten a chance to attend open house or to fill out that form, please let me know if you may need a copy.
I also will email the power-point presentation on Friday and send home additional copies if needed. You can also find under the FOR PARENTS tab the English Language Arts and Math Road Maps for first grade!
Looking forward to seeing you again at the Harvest Luncheon next week!
First graders have been observing and noticing patterns of the weather and seasons in our science unit. On Thursday, they read a book about a boy who went to summer camp. The boy in the morning would wear a coat but by the afternoon he had to take his coat off. We had to think about the reasons why he would do that. We made connections, too! In the morning many of us need a coat or jacket at the bus stop- and by recess and the end of the school day we no longer need it. We recording our learning by sketching a picture of us in the morning and compared it to the end of our school day sketch. We then took our sketches outside to add details of the weather we observed from in our classroom!
Dear First Grade Families,
It has been another fantastic week as first graders! I have enjoyed getting to know your child. They have been learning about establishing good reading habits, engaging in writing small moment stories, as well as learning how to use some new math tools, like a number line! During writing time, they have been working on making a beginning for their stories and showing what is happening in order. In reading workshop, they have been focusing on taking “sneak peeks”, checking their “sneak peeks”, and remembering to “do something at the end” of reading their books. Math workshop has been so much fun, too! They have been using their math tools (ten-frames) and representing and solving addition problems using the vocabulary words: adding, sum, total, equals, plus!
During science, they began their first exploration of weather! Your child heard a story about a little boy who watched storms with his grandpa from the front porch of his house. The little boy learned how exciting it can be to watch the weather! After hearing the story, we observed and drew the weather. We looked out of our classroom windows, and described the gray sky, how it was gloomy, and how droplets were on the windows and trees on Wednesday afternoon. You can encourage your child’s curiosity about the weather by becoming weather watchers yourselves! Anytime there are interesting clouds or weather conditions, invite your child to spend some time watching it with you.
In the upcoming weeks, your child will be starting to learn how to use a checklist to set personal writing goals and reflect on their progress as small moment narrative writers. Small moment stories consist of true stories-special ones. Thanks for all your help with their "All about me" posters! These will be great tools that will support each of them generating topics to write about!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Dates to Note:
Sept. 11- PTO meeting - 4:00 p.m. @ Goshen Center School.
Sept. 14 - Principal/Parent Coffee Hour - 9:15 a.m. Come visit with Mrs. Keilty
Sept. 14 - Book & Numeracy BBQ Blast @ Wamogo - 5:00pm-6:30pm
Sept. 19 & 20 - School Photos
Sept. 19 - GCS Open House & Ice Cream Social- 5:30pm-7:00pm
Sept. 27 - Harvest Luncheon
Oct. 6 - No School - Professional Development for Teachers
Oct. 9 - No School- Columbus Day