Friday, December 8, 2017

December 11-15, 2017

Important Dates and Reminders: 

December 12th - We are taking an "in house" field study down to our Killian Cafeteria! We will learn about "goods and services" (SC first grade social studies standards) and meet some of the awesome staff who work hard behind the scenes to prepare our delicious and nutritious food each day. 

December 13th - Field Trip to the State Museum *The buses are pulling out at 9:45 sharp, so please be here on time and signed into the front office with a yellow visitor tag if you would like to chaperone this trip. We will eat bag lunches at the museum and return around 1:30 that afternoon. The total cost for field studies for the year is $12. Thank you everyone for signing the permission slip for the year! If you still need to pay, you can pay online. A form was sent out earlier this year, but if you have questions, please talk to someone in the front office. 

December 13th - All items for the Winter Break Celebration is due so I will know if I need to purchase anything before the party - Thank you to the families who have already donated items and who have signed up to bring food and drinks. 


December 14th - The Killian Store will be open for the kiddos to use their Killian cash!! Encourage your child to exhibit that extra great behavior in order to receive more Killian dollars to use in the store!! 

December 14th - Dr. Gilbert, our wonderful guidance counselor, is coming to our room to set up a formal table setting and give us all an etiquette lesson for proper behavior when dining at the table. 

December 14th - Winter Break Celebration **Also, a green flyer was sent home this week giving you information about a store that will be open to students. Please put money in a zip lock bag or envelope with the amount that you sent with your child to school. Please DO NOT just send loose bills or change in your child's book bag or folder. I don't want anyone to lose their money and I won't let them go to the store. 

December 14th - Holiday Performance at 6 PM here in the multipurpose room *Come support our fabulous Killian chorus, drum line, and other students and receive a blessing this holiday season! 

December 15th - Last day before the Holiday Break 

December 18th - January 2nd Winter Break *PLEASE complete the winter break packet that was sent home. Return it on January 3rd, and I will give the student a prize! Learning can't stop over the break! If you don't do anything else, at least read each day. 

Please continue to check folders each day and sign the progress reports each week. Each week your child has a homework packet that they can work on over the course of the week. Thanks for having those ready to turn in on Fridays. Check out those grades for the Ms, Ps, and Ns. Next year they will receive "real" number grades.  Also, please read the little paper books that I send home each week and your child's Treasures book. They will receive volume 3 after the holiday break! When we return from the break, I will start completing lots of assessments for reading and math. The last day of the 2nd 9 weeks is Friday, January 19th! I have enjoyed working with you and your child this year! I can't believe it is almost halfway over! Each day I see so much progress in their learning and overall growth as young people. They truly bless my life! Thank you for all that you do! 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Week of December 4-8, 2017

Important Reminders & Dates

December 13th - Field Trip to State Museum *we will pull off at 9:45 sharp so if you are planning to chaperone, please be here in time. 

December 13th- All donated items are due on this day for our Winter Celebration 

December 14th - Winter Celebration 

December 15th - Last day before the Winter Break 

December 18th - January 2nd: Winter Break 

Please continue to check folders for important info, grades, and sign progress reports.  Please practice reading your child's white paper books every day. Those books are "good fit" books for their level. They also received a digraph book and a Silent E book to practice decoding words and chunking sounds. The Treasures textbook is also a valuable resource. Your child will receive Volume 3 after the holidays. 

Learning Goals for the Week: 

Phonics/Word Study: Silent E (long vowel sounds- bake, joke, slide, tube, etc.) 

Sight Words: ride favorite ate name nine ten **students must read these words quickly 

Reading Comprehension: What is author's purpose? Did the author inform, entertain, or persuade me? *This goes along with our genre study. Fiction stories with characters, setting, and plots are written for the reader to enjoy. Nonfiction text are written to inform us of new information and facts. Some students are having a hard time explaining the differences so when you read at home please talk about this skills, ask them questions and making learning fun! This skill will be assessed on the 2nd quarter report card. 

Writing: Informational Writing - Completing Research
*At home, please work on using correct sentence structure when completing homework that requires writing in complete sentences. First Grade SC State Standards: 5.1 Capitalize the first word of a sentence, dates, names, and the pronoun I. 5.2 Use: a. periods, question marks, and exclamation marks at the end of sentences; and b. commas in dates and to separate items in a series. 5.4 Spell unknown words phonetically; spell common irregularly-spelled, grade appropriate high-frequency words.


Math: Subtracting Teen Numbers and Different Types of Math Story Problems 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your loved ones! Welcome back to school!

Important Reminders and Dates:

December 1st - Early Dismissal Day

December 13th - Field Trip to Sate Museum

December 14th - Winter Break Celebration (info will be sent out next week in your child's Monday Folder)

December 18th - January 2: Winter Break

Learning Goals: 

Reading Comprehension: What is the difference between fiction and nonfiction? What is the author's purpose? Author's Purpose




 Jan Brett Author Study

Phonics/Word Study: Sight Words & Silent E Words

Cafe Strategy: Chunk the Sounds



Writing: Informational Writing - Completing Research
*At home, please work on using correct sentence structure when completing homework that requires writing in complete sentences. First Grade SC State Standards: 5.1 Capitalize the first word of a sentence, dates, names, and the pronoun I. 5.2 Use: a. periods, question marks, and exclamation marks at the end of sentences; and b. commas in dates and to separate items in a series. 5.4 Spell unknown words phonetically; spell common irregularly-spelled, grade appropriate high-frequency words.


Math: Story Problems with Teen Numbers Module 2 Lesson 17







Friday, November 10, 2017

November 13-17

Important Dates and Reminders:

November 13th-17th: American Education Week National Education Association Link

November 16th: Family Night at CC's Pizza 5-7 PM (Sandhills Location)

November 17th: Career Day during Related Arts

November 17th: Turkey in Disguise Projects Due

November 21st: Field Trip to Sandhills Library *We leave around 9 a.m. and will return around 1 p.m. *Please make your payments online. The total for the year is $12. This is our first of three field trips.

November 22nd-24th: No School Happy Thanksgiving

December 1st: Early Dismissal at 11:30

Related Arts Schedule: 

MONDAY November 13th: F DAY PE with Coach Rad

TUESDAY A Day Robotics Lab with Mr. Thorne

WEDNESDAY B Day Art with Ms. Marine

THURSDAY C Day Music with Mrs. Hair

FRIDAY Career Day

MONDAY November 20th: D Day Computer Lab *some students need new headphones 

What are we Learning? 

Reading: Genre Study Fiction Vs. Nonfiction (types of genre covered in first grade: historical fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, folktale, fable, biographies, autobiographies, etc.) Fiction and Nonfiction Video

Phonics: Sight Words, Ending Blends (nt, nk, nd, mp, lt. ft, etc.) and Consonant Digraphs (ch, sh, th, ph, and wh sounds in words) Digraph Video

Writing: Nouns & Informational Writing *Writing about a topic. Students need to be able to form correct sentences (correct capitalization, punctuation, spacing, and staying on topic). 

Math: Ways to Make Ten - When we are able to make a group of ten, it is easier for us to add and subtract quickly. Math Lesson Video

Example: 2 + 6 + 8 = ? 

2 + 8 = 10 and 10 + 6 = 16


**Fact Fluency - please continue to practice math facts for both addition and subtraction for students. Flash cards are great! Students will take a timed test to determine how quickly they can recall their math facts up to 10. Many children are beginning to earn certificates on Xtra Math. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

November 6-10, 2017

Thank you for checking your child's folders for important information every day. Last week and this week, a lot of items went home in your child's Monday Folder: a new homework packet, a yearbook order form, a Veteran's Day Breakfast form, ELA district assessments, Reading Test, spelling/dictation test, Engage NY math grades, math district assessments Turkey in Disguise Take Home Project Packet, a field trip form, November reading log, and two books.  The field trip form was due last Friday. I sent an email with directions for making payments online. The fee is $12. Our first field trip is Tuesday, November 21st. We are going to the Sandhills Public Library. Please let me know if you would like to chaperone. The Turkey in Disguise Project is due Friday, November 17th. You all received your child's first quarter report card last Thursday. Please sign the report card jacket and return in your child's blue folder. If you have a question or concern never hesitate to set up a conference with me. 

Related Arts Schedule: 

MONDAY November 6th A DAY Steam Lab

TUESDAY B DAY Art

WEDNESDAY C DAY Music 

THURSDAY D DAY Computer Lab *please make sure you have working headphones 

FRIDAY E DAY PE with Coach Byrd *please wear appropriate shoes 

MONDAY November 13th  F DAY PE with Coach Rad *please wear appropriate shoes 

What are we Learning? 

Reading: Summarizing Stories in Sequence, Understanding Story Elements, and Genre Study (fiction nonfiction, historical fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, folktale, fable, biographies, etc.) 

Phonics: Sight Words, Ending Blends (nt, nk, nd, mp, lt. ft, etc.) and Consonant Digraphs (ch, sh, th, ph, and wh sounds in words) 

Writing: Informational Writing *Writing about a topic. Students need to be able to form correct sentences (correct capitalization, punctuation, spacing, and staying on topic). 

Math: Ways to Make Ten - When we are able to make a group of ten, it is easier for us to add and subtract quickly. 

Example: 2 + 6 + 8 = ? 

2 + 8 = 10 and 10 + 6 = 16

**Fact Fluency - please continue to practice math facts for both addition and subtraction for students. Flash cards are great! Students will take a timed test to determine how quickly they can recall their math facts up to 10. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

October 30th - November 3

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend of rest and relaxation! We are kicking off the 2nd 9 weeks in first grade and time is flying by! As stated last week, I completed many district common assessments for both Math and ELA state standards. I will send home that data next week. Thank you for checking your child's folders for important information each week. Today a lot of things went home in your child's Monday Folder: a new homework packet, reading test (pretest and post test), spelling/dictation test, Engage NY math grades, Turkey in Disguise Take Home Project Packet, a field trip form, two books, and a green handout with information about our reading strategies! When you are reading at home each day with your child, practice those strategies to help them "sound" out unknown words, and a new behavior/homework calendar for the month of November. The field trip form is due this Friday. I sent an email last week with directions for logging online to pay the $12 fee for field trips. The Turkey in Disguise Project is due Friday, November 17th. Your child will receive their first nine weeks report card on Thursday, November 2nd. Remember, reading "good fit" books is key to literacy success! I send home a white paper book each week. Practice that each day! 

Related Arts Schedule: 

MONDAY October 30th B DAY ART 

TUESDAY C DAY MUSIC 

WEDNESDAY D DAY COMPUTER LAB 

THURSDAY E DAY PE 

FRIDAY F DAY PE 

MONDAY NOVEMBER 6TH A DAY STEAM LAB 

What are we Learning? 

Reading: Summarizing Stories in Sequence, Understanding Story Elements, and Genre Study (fiction nonfiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, folktale, fable, biographies, etc.) 

Phonics: Sight Words & Consonant Digraphs (ch, sh, th, ph, and wh sounds in words) 

Writing: Informational Writing 

Math: Ways to Make Ten - When we are able to make a group of ten, it is easier for us to add and subtract quickly. 

Example: 2 + 6 + 8 = ? 

2 + 8 = 10 and 10 + 6 = 16

**Fact Fluency - please continue to practice math facts for both addition and subtraction for students. Flash cards are great! Students will take a timed test to determine how quickly they can recall their math facts up to 10.