Sunday, January 29, 2012

Spelling - Theme 5 week 3

Here are your wonderful words for spelling this week:
like, five, ride, mine, time, kite, prize, smile

Word wall words include: (Words we should be able to recognize while reading)
fly, good, her, little, our, try, was, by, and climb


100th Day is Monday, January 30th. Bring in 100 (insert yummy food to add to mix) to mix into our class snack bowl.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Spelling - Theme 5 Week 2

1. Make
2. come
4. name
5. gave
6. game
7. place
8. Skate

Words are also on!

1. Go to the website
2. Click on "Students"
3. Type in "McEvoy" in the search bar.
4. I am the third or fourth down

Friday, January 20, 2012

Winter Wonderland!

We weren't for sure if winter was here over break, but we know for sure it is here now!! Please watch for late starts and cancellations before sending your child to school.

In order for the students to be able to enjoy the snow, they must come with proper gear (hats, mittens, snow pants, boots, coats). They also must bring a pair of shoes to wear inside the classroom. Our carpets are starting to look a little sad because of the number of boots being warn as shoes. If a student does not have shoes, I will ask them contact a parent to bring them a pair.

This week we are starting to learn about poetry. Students got a poem journal on Monday. Throughout the week I have introduce different kinds of poems, and they have written poems that they found into their journal. Please share a childhood favorite poem with your student. Poetry is a great way to build fluency skills and learn about new things.

100 Day Celebration!!

On January 30th we will be celebrating our 100th day of school!! Please send a snack with your student (100 pieces of course) and we are going to add them all into a big bowl. We will also talk about how over the 100 days we have learned about working together, and how much more we know.

You have probably noticed, for math we are learning about greater and less than. This will be one of those life long skills that will continue to come up in math. Please review this concept with your student so that they can have a sense of confidence when we continue to talk about it.

Our addition skills have been rockin! We had an average of 18 correct on our 3 minute timed test on week one, and then on week two we increased by an average of 7 correct answers (ave. of 25 correct). The timed tests have 50 problems total, and my goal is to have a class average of 40 correct by the time we get out of school. Keep working on those facts!

Thank you for working on students sight words and spelling words. I have not had a chance to thank everyone in person since we didn't have conferences, but I can see a big difference from our pretest on Monday to the post test on Friday. Learning these words now is crucial since they continue to get harder as the year(s) go on.

This past week I sent out report cards, these should have been found in the students orange folders. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me right away and we can set up a time to meet. Overall I have been very impressed with our students grow. I will often point out words that we didn't know how to read at the beginning of the year, but now we are getting so much better! This has been a combined effort of the parent and the students so keep up the great work!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Check out our class :)

 Ask us about butterflies, and we will tell you all about them!!

 We are all hard workers!!
 Mrs. Ledger comes to our room every other Friday for guidance.

We played sight word bingo!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Spelling Words - No Words

Last week we took more time than I thought to get back into the swing of things so we are still on the same reading theme/week. That means we are still going to be looking at last weeks words. I did give the test Friday, and the majority of the class had a perfect score!! Keep up the practicing at home!

This week we will also be looking at silent letters in words. I am not making a spelling list for this focus area, but words we will be looking at are:  know, write, gnat, knew, when and knot. Silent letters are a tough concept for many first graders because they are taught to sound out unknown words when they come across them. For those students who depend on this strategy, they have an even more difficult time. Help point out these words at home when you are reading, or make up some sentences together with these words in them and have your student pick out the words.

In math we are really looking at addition facts (or as we will call it "fact power.") Help your student by giving them a pop quiz, ask what is 3+4 when you are watching television or riding to the store.  Have your student help you with your grocery list... "If I need a carton of eggs, a gallon of milk, and two peppers how many items should I have in my cart when I am done?" These kinds of questions promote the "real life" aspect in math and helps them to understand where math is important in everyday life.

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Spelling words for Theme four Week 2


Happy spelling :)

Welcome Back!

Monday, January 3

Welcome Back Pence Families!

I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing break. I was glad to be able to get caught up with housework and a little extra sleep!

We only have about two weeks left for the second quarter, which means this year is almost half over. In the next two weeks the students will be doing a little catching up from break, and reviewing classroom procedures. We will also be taking a few assessments to wrap up the quarter and to see how much we have learned! There are no parent conferences for this quarter, but if you would like to schedule one with me I would be more than glad to!

When third quarter does arrive, we will be learning about the th, ch, and sh digraphs, reading with expression, writing about opinions, estimation, geometric figures, states of matter, and of course much more! If there are any topics that we are discussing and you have a particular passion for or work in that field, feel free to let me know and I would love to have you come in and speak to the class about it.

There are still a few items on our classroom wish list, plus a few more are added as we use our supplies.
·      Dry erase markers
·      socks or old rags (used for erasers)
·      small scissors
·      Lysol wipes (or other brand)
·      Kleenex 

Thank you for all of your help and support! I am very fortunate to not only have a great class to work with everyday, but also awesome families as well. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to call or email me. My email address is and my number is 641-777-3401.

Thanks and Happy New Year!
Miss. McEvoy

Here are our upcoming high-frequency words (aka – must know words) for third quarter.

grow, light, long, more, other, right, room, shall, these, could, give, house, how, over, own, so, world, fly, good, her, little, our, try, was, by, climb, found, morning, out, shout, show, cow, door, horse, now, table, there, through, wall, been, evening, far, forest, goes, hungry, near, soon, again, both, gone, hard, or, turn, want, afraid, any, bear, follow, idea, most, tall, water, build, old, piece, shoe, start, under, very, wear