Week of November 16, 2015 ______________‘s Reading Log & Newsletter Today I read with… Comments… Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday: I had a connection to ______________________________ My connection was: _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ ______ IMPORTANT DATES and REMINDERS: Our first KinderKoncertz trip is on Thursday, November 19th. We depart at 9:00! If you send a note to school, please include your child’s first and last name as well as my name. These are required for the office and I end up writing them in if they are missing! Early Release Day on Tuesday, November 24th for conferences. Thanksgiving break is Wednesday, November 25th-27th. Parent/Teacher conferences are November 24th and 25th. Please let me know as soon as possible if you need to reschedule. ***FLIP OVER Week of November 16, 2015 What did we learn last week? Math: We began learning about shapes this week as we dove into Chapter 5: Exploring Shapes and Patterns. We learned about plane shapes and how they are alike and different. Students sorted and classified shapes based on color, size, shape, number of sides and number of corners. We also explored what happens when we fold or cut shapes as a precursor to symmetry, which is learned in later grades. Word Study: Students learned more about digraphs and created a chart of the most common ones. We brainstormed words that have digraphs then found them in our morning messages and in our weekly poem. Each student now has a digraph chart in their literacy binder to help them during reading and writing. New word sort activities were introduced as well. Reader’s Workshop: Last week was all about thinking while reading. We discussed how our prior knowledge helps us not only solve tricky words, but understand what we read as well. We talked about connections that we make while reading including connections to our lives, to other books, and to things we have heard about or learned about. Please note that I am now asking for students to connect to a book on the reading log instead of saying what their favorite book was! Writer’s Workshop: Our focus last week was on how to use punctuation in our writing. This is very tricky for first graders and I am very proud of the progress they are making! We also worked on spicing up our writing with “sparkly” words. On Friday the students did an “on demand” piece in which they had one Writer’s Workshop session to write a small moment using everything they know about writing. I will share this with you at conference time! Social Studies/Science: We continued to talk about families and had a great conversation that stemmed from a book we read. The students did a fabulous job articulating that families are all the same in one way – they love and care for each other. For science, we combined with Mrs. Martin and Ms. Dunn to watch a video (yes, VHS!) about autumn. The students practiced their computer skills by typing a sentence about autumn and then creating a picture to match their story. Our computer skills are improving! Our little authors, hard at work!