Monday, November 14, 2011

1st grade rocks!

Hello, 

It is so exciting watching your students grow and learn everyday! First grade is such an important year since we start learning how to read books,  use money, to add and subtract, tell time, and much much more! This week we are focusing on: 

Reading: Contractions. How to combine he and is to make he's! Apostrophe is a tough word for our group to say, but they are catching on to the idea. When you are at home, try giving your students a few words that are separated, and have them figure out how to put them together.

Math: We will be learning about the dime tomorrow! Students received the homework earlier than anticipated. I put the sheets in the mailboxes at the beginning of the day, but instead of working on our math lesson, we had to discuss lunch room etiquette (more details below). Then at the end of the day I forgot to grab the sheet and therefore it went home. I apologize for any confusion this might have caused! 

Spelling: Don't forget to check out spellingcity.com to practice the weekly spelling lists. Students just took the pre-test today and I am looking forward to seeing how much better they do on Friday.

Social Studies: We are learning about rules and laws. I am also adding a community aspect to our lesson and focusing on how the rules and laws help our community. Keep sending in those boxes so we can build our community next Monday and Tuesday. 

Issues in the room: Today we had a long discussion of lunch room etiquette. The first graders where being very loud in the lunchroom, among other inappropriate actions.  We took time out of our math lesson to identify what we did that was wrong, and what we are going to do after this. We also wrote an apology note to the teacher who was on duty for our actions. 

Another concern in our classroom has been tattling. We will be working a lot with what are things we are able to "let go" (i.e. if we are not hurt in anyway) and when to tell the teacher.  Students have also been tattling on each other about things that they are not involved in. For example: "I saw Johnny tell Sue to be quiet." We will also be working hard to learn about "worrying about ourselves" unless someone else is hurt. This would be a great discussion to bring up at home with your student. It is very helpful to the student to make the connection when issues are being discussed at home and in the classroom. 

Thank you again for all your help and support. I am so thankful for having not only great students, but great parents as well!

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