Friday, January 12, 2018

Week 21


What an amazing week back it has been! The scholars of 1B have returned from break ready to learn and practice habits for success.  I am so very proud of them and am so happy to be back into the swing of things.  Thank you for taking the time to discuss the 2nd quarter evaluations with your child and encourage proper school behavior at home.  It definitely shows!

We look forward to the week ahead and expanding our sense of wonder when we visit the science center at the end of the week!



Homework

Nightly: read for 15 minutes, phonograms to practice- ea, ch, er, ou, o, c, a, or, r , s

Poem- I Know the Sounds that the Animals Make by Jack Prelutsky (http://www.tcatitans.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=4175434)

Monday: No school, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance

Tuesday: reach, better, water, round, cost, price, become, class, horse, care and math workbook pages 19-21

Wednesday: review words for test tomorrow and math workbook pages 22-24

Thursday: review errors from spelling test and math workbook pages 25-27

Friday: math workbook pg. 28-30

Calendar

Monday, January 15th: No School, MLK observance day

Thursday, January 18th: Spelling Test Today (due to the field trip)

Friday, January 19th: Field Trip to the Arizona Science Center

Saturday, January 20th: Daddy Daughter Dance



Announcements

*Important Field Trip Information: Our field trip is THIS Friday, 1/19.  Please ensure that:

-Your child brings their sweater, a disposable water bottle labeled with their name, and a completely disposable sack lunch labeled with their name.

-Your child wears their uniform and appropriate shoes for walking.

-Your child arrives to school on time.  We will be leaving by 8:15am and arriving back to school approximately by 2pm.



*Spalding Homework Update: You may notice that the Spalding spelling homework looks a bit different this week.  We have included a checklist at the top to ensure accuracy and neatness.  We also ask the students include a sentence containing 2 spelling words and correct conventions.



Academics

Literature:  We will review the elements of fairy tales as we read Rapunzel.  We will use this fairy tale to help us practice cause and effect.

Poem:  I Know all the Sounds that the Animals Make Idiom: Fish out of water.

Writing:  Students will be able to understand the basic conventions of a proper sentence and rewrite a model sentence.  We will read a section of the folk tale “Master of All Masters” and one of Aesop’s fables, “The Dog and His Reflection”

Grammar:  We will review action verbs before learning about the state of being verbs: am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been. 

Math: This week in math we will practice collecting data and creating graphs. We will also learn how to interpret data represented on a picture graph. We will continue to practice our addition and subtraction skills during math centers on Wednesday

History: This week we will begin to explore the culture of the Aztecs. On Wednesday, we will learn about the daily life of this ancient culture and how they decided on where to settle.

Science:  This week we are moving onto the muscular system! We will be able to describe the two main functions of the muscular system and well as different types of muscles. We will put together a magnetic human body to get an in depth look at the different muscles we have. The scholars will also work on sorting muscles into different groups.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Week 20


Welcome back!  I hope you all had a wonderfully relaxing break with your families.  Although I enjoyed the rest, I am ready to be back in the swing of things with your sweet kiddos. We are going to hit the ground running in pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness!



Homework

Nightly: read for 15 minutes, phonograms to practice- ey, ou, y, ee, ea, wh, sh, i, e, f

Poem- I Know the Sounds that the Animals Make by Jack Prelutsky (http://www.tcatitans.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=4175434)

Monday: they, would, could, should, any, many, city, only, where, week, weak and math workbook pages 7-8

Tuesday: first, sent, cent, mile, seem, even, without, afternoon, Friday and math workbook pages 9-10

Wednesday: hour, our, wife, state, July, head, story, open, short, lady and math workbook pages 13-14

Thursday: Write and read all words once, and Test B

Friday: Review errors from spelling test, and math workbook pg. 17-18
Calendar

Monday, January 15th: No School, MLK observance day

Friday, January 19th: Field Trip to the Arizona Science Center

Saturday, January 20th: Daddy Daughter Dance
Announcements

*As we adjust back to the academic routine, thank you for ensuring that your child continues to complete their homework with neatness and accuracy.  Please ensure that your child is reading their book bag book each night and returning it on Fridays. Thank you!

Field Trip: Our field trip is coming up on 1/19! If you have not done so, please return your child’s permission slip at your earliest convenience. 
Please Label Items: It’s the time of year for sweater’s galore! Please label all of your child’s items (sweaters, lunchbox, water bottle, etc.) so if they are lost, we can find their home quickly! 
Academics

Literature:  This week in literature we will be exploring fairy tales.  We will read and respond to Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, and Hansel and Gretel.  Reading groups will also resume this week.

Poem:  I Know all the Sounds that the Animals Make          Idiom: Fish out of water.

Writing:  Students will be able to understand the basic conventions of a proper sentence and rewrite a model sentence.  We will read a section of the folk tale “Master of All Masters” and one of Aesop’s fables, “The Dog and His Reflection”

Grammar:  We will review nouns, verbs, and describing words by observing the painting “La PiƱata” by Diego Rivera

Math: This week we will practice comparing numbers within 20 and identifying numbers that are "more than" and "less than". We will solve problems by using addition and subtraction and compare our answers to see which is "smallest" or "greatest"

History: This week in history we will be studying the ancient culture of the Maya.  We will learn about the cities they built in the rainforest, their ancient writings and other aspects of their everyday culture.

Science:  We are getting right back to work this week and beginning our unit on The Human Body! We will explore our skeletal system, learning about bones, what happens when we break them and how we can keep our bones healthy and strong! We will use short stories as well as funny in class activities and demonstrations to discover the excitement that is our skeletal system.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Week 19


With just a few days before winter break, we have some important things coming up and I want to make sure that you are all informed!



Holiday Book Exchange

After our world religions party on 12/20, we will have a class book exchange! Please have your child bring a new or gently used book (non-pop culture) that can be enjoyed by both boy and girls. Please wrap the book or place it in a gift bag.



World Religion Party Volunteers

We would love to have as many parents as possible join us to help with our world religions party! Please contact our room mom, Gina Berson (ginaberson@yahoo.com), if you are interested.



Grocery Bags

Please have your child bring 2 or more grocery bags to school by Wednesday.  We will use these bags to clean our desks and to take our treasures home on Wednesday.



No Backpacks or Lunchboxes on Wednesday

Please do not send your child to school with their backpacks or lunchboxes on Wednesday, 12/20 as we will be cleaning out our desks and need space to put our desk materials.



Field Trip

Our field trip to the Arizona Science Center will be January 19th!  We will leave at 8:30 and return at 2:00. Students will bring a lunch and we will eat at the Science Center. We will also see a Grand Tour of the Solar System at the Planetarium. We will accept the first five parents who would like to volunteer to be chaperones. Please reply to the email if you would like to helpPermission slips were sent home today.



Thank You!

Thank you 1B for the Zoo Light passes! I am looking forward to enjoying this event over the holiday break.  I feel so very blessed by our wonderful class!  I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season!




Friday, December 8, 2017

Week 18


Last week, our sense of wonder exploded as we completed an experiment with baking soda, vinegar, a water bottle and a balloon!  Ask your child what happened to the balloon when the vinegar mixed with the baking soda.  This coming week will continue to expand our sense of wonder.  Here’s what we have coming up!

Homework

Nightly: read for 15 minutes, phonograms to practice- b, p, s, t, w, gu, ng, oe, ough, ph Poem- Table Manners by Burgess ( https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/table-manners/)

Monday: mine, chair, forgot, guess, hang meat, mouse, phone, store, supper and math workbook pages 155-158

Tuesday: Through, toe, became, brother, rain, keep start, mail, male, female and math workbook pages 159-162

Wednesday: eye, I glass, party, upon, two, twin, twice, twelve, twenty, between and math workbook pages 163-166

Thursday: Write and read all words once, and Test B Units 1-10
Friday: Review errors from spelling test, and math workbook pg. 167-170
Calendar
Tuesday, December 19th and Wednesday, December 20th: Half Days

Wednesday, December 20th: First grade world religions celebration from 9:30-11:00am and book exchange. Please be on the look-out for ways to help out with our celebration!

Thursday, December 21st- January 5th: Winter Break
Announcements

Please Label Items: It’s the time of year for sweaters galore! Please label all of your child’s items (sweaters, lunchbox, water bottle, etc.) so if they are lost, we can find their home quickly!

World Religion Party Volunteers: We would love to have as many parents as possible join us to help with our world religions party! Please contact our room mom, Gina Berson (ginaberson@yahoo.com), if you are interested.

Class Book Exchange: After our world religions party on 12/20, we will have a class book exchange! Please have your child bring a new or gently used book (non-pop culture) to school. Please wrap the book and try to choose a book that would be enjoyed by both boys and girls.  Thank you!



Academics

Literature:  Students will continue to read Frog and Toad All Year and will be able to retell the story while highlighting important details. We will discuss the virtues found in the book.

Poem:  Table Manners                   Idiom: The more the merrier.

Writing:  Students will be able to understand the basic conventions of a proper sentence and rewrite a model sentence.  We will read and discuss different poems.

Grammar:  We will find noun, verbs, and describing words in Francisco Goya's painting of Don Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuniga.

Math: This week we will go back in time and begin reviewing the math content from the very beginning of the year. We will review all that has been learned from shapes to counting and subtraction to measurement. We will have a final units 1-10 cumulative review before break. 

History: In history, we will learn about how Mexico gained their independence from Spain.  On Wednesday, we will discover the ancient Bering Strait which led people from Asia to the Americas. On Friday, we will learn about hunters and gatherers and how farming led to the development of cities.

Science:  This week we will continue to learn about matter by learning about changes in states of matter. We will complete some interesting experiments in order to observe melting, freezing, evaporation, and condensation.




Friday, December 1, 2017

Week 17


December is here and with it comes the virtue of the month, humility!  As second quarter is winding down, we are continuing to grow and glow in our learning. Thank you for continuing to encourage nightly homework completion and ensuring that it is completed in a neat and accurate way. 



Homework

Nightly: read for 15 minutes, phonograms to practice- f, h, k, w, y, ai, ar, ay, or, wor poem- Table Manners by Burgess ( https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/table-manners/)

Monday: write spelling words 3 times: life, here, car, word, every, under, made, said, says, say and workbook pg 139-142

Tuesday:  write spelling words 3 times: work, our, more, when, from, form, wind, wind, print, air and math workbook pg. 143-146

Wednesday: write spelling words 3 times: fill, along, lost, name, room, hope, same, glad, with and math workbook pg. 147-150

Thursday: Write and read all words once, and Test B

Friday: Review errors from spelling test, and math workbook pg. 151-154

Calendar

Friday, December, 8th: December birthday celebrations

Tuesday, December 19th and Wednesday, December 20th: Half Days

Wednesday, December 20th: First grade world religions celebration from 9:30-11:00am. Please be on the look-out for ways to help out with our celebration!

Thursday, December 21st- January 5th: Winter Break



Announcements

Please have your child bring in their copy of Frog and Toad All Year by Monday, December, 4th.

Class Book Exchange: After our world religions party on 12/20, we will have a class book exchange! Please have your child bring a new or gently used book (non-pop culture) to school. Please wrap the book and try to choose a book that would be enjoyed by both boys and girls.  Thank you!

Academics

Literature: This week we will be starting Frog and Toad All Year. Please bring in your books if you haven’t done so already! We will read chapters 1, 2, and 3 this week and discuss the virtues found in each chapter.

Spalding: We have 30 words this week and will test on Friday! 

Monday: life, here, car, word, every, under, most, made, said, says, say

Tuesday: work, our, more, when, from, form, wind, wind (a toy), print, air

Wednesday: fill, along, lost, name, room hope, same, glad, with

Phonograms to study: f, h, k, w, y, ai, ar, ay, or, wor

Writing: Copy work and narration exercises from The Saturdays.

Grammar: We will review the four types of sentences, and learn about abbreviations..

Idiom: The more the merrier.

Poem: Table Manners by Burgess

Math: This week we will focus on measuring the capacity of objects. We will conclude with a test on Friday.

Science: This week we will learn about solids, liquids, and gases by completing some experiments!

History: We will study modern Mexico this week. Students will learn about the geography of Mexico and the influence of Native American and Spanish culture. Students will also learn about how Mexican fiestas are celebrated!






Sunday, November 26, 2017

Week 16


I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Before the break, our class thoroughly enjoyed our ancient Egypt day as they took part in an Egypt museum, ancient dig, Egyptian fare and collar craft.  Thank you to all of those who helped put on the amazing experience for our scholars! We are so very thankful for you!

We are ready to get back in the swing of things this week as we continue to find joy in our learning!



Homework

Nightly: read for 15 minutes, phonograms to practice- g  l  r  w  ai  aw  ir  ou  sh  wh, poem- Table Manners by Burgess ( https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/table-manners/)

Monday: write spelling words 3 times: gold, read, read, red, fine, cannot, May, may, line, left and math workbook pg 127-129

Tuesday:  write spelling words 3 times: ship, train, saw, pay, large, near, down, why, bill, want and math workbook pg. 130-132

Wednesday: write spelling words 3 times: girls, girl, part, still, place, report, never, found, side, kind and math workbook pg. 133-135

Thursday: Write and read all words once, and math unit 8&9 Test B

Friday: Review errors from spelling test, and math workbook pg. 136-138

Calendar



Math and reading groups resume this week



Monday, November 27: Winter dress code begins this week



Tuesday, December 19th and Wednesday, December 20th: Half Days



Thursday, December 21st- January 5th: Winter Break



Announcements

Please have your child bring in their copy of Frog and Toad All Year by Monday, December, 4th.



Academics

Literature: We will finish Frog and Toad Together this week by reading chapter 5:  The Dream.  We will discuss the main characters of the book. There will be a short comprehension check for this book on Friday.

Writing: Copy work and narration exercises from Today is Monday and Old Mother Hubbard.

Grammar: We will be learning about the four types of sentences this week – statements, commands, questions, and exclamations.

Idiom: Never leave till tomorrow what you can do today.

Poem: Table Manners by Burgess

Math: This week we will begin a new unit on measurement! We will be working with length and weight. We will practicing weighing and measuring different objects and comparing them from shortest to longest and lightest to heaviest. We will continue to review key math skills this week such as creating and identifying shapes and addition and counting. 

Science: We will review and wrap up our ocean unit. Then, we will begin our unit about matter by learning about solids, liquids, and gasses.

History: On Monday, the scholars will learn about Ramadan.  We will review and compare all 3 world religions and will finish the unit with a test on Friday.





Friday, November 17, 2017

Week 15


Thank you for joining us for our winter concert.  All of the students did a wonderful job as they filled the air with their beautiful singing! As Thanksgiving is upon us, I want to take a moment to thank you for your commitment to your child’s academic success and your support for our class and school.  I am so thankful for all of your children and all of your families.  May you and your families have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

Homework

Nightly: read for 15 minutes, phonograms to practice- practice all 70

*There will not be a spelling test this week

Monday: Test B

Tuesday:  R&R weekend.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!



Calendar

Saturday, 11/18: Arete Fall Festival from 11:00am-2:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 11/21: First Grade Egyptian Celebration from 1-2:30; more information to follow

Wednesday, 11/22-Friday, 11/24: No school, Thanksgiving Break

Announcements

Egypt Celebration: We are very excited about our Egypt celebration on Tuesday from 1-2:30.  We would love volunteers on the day of as well as help with supplies.  If you are interested, please email Gina Berson (our class parent) at gina@mindlandrea.com. We hope you can join us!



Academics

Literature: This week, we will read chapter 4, “Dragons and Giants” from Frog and Toad Together. We will discuss the importance of having courage and look for examples of Frog and Toad showing that virtue.

Writing: copy work and narration exercises from The Trumpet of the Swan.

Grammar: We will play a noun and verb review game.

Math: This week we will wrap up our unit on shapes by taking a chapter quiz. We will also review all that we have learned throughout the quarter so far about addition, subtraction, and counting and will end the week by taking a cumulative test. 

Science: There will be no science this week.

History: Next week in history we will continue to study the religion of Islam as we learn about the story of Muhammad.



Week 21

What an amazing week back it has been! The scholars of 1B have returned from break ready to learn and practice habits for success.   I am...