Saturday, October 21, 2017

The first graders are going to be learning about text and graphic features next week in reading.


Mrs. Lamoureaux came into the classroom on Friday to finish a lesson on giving and receiving feedback.  The first graders partnered up and gave each other specific feedback on how to make their bird drawings better.  


Our reading topic last week was music.  In one of our texts, they showed the kids how to make their own drum.  The first graders wanted me to share this so they could have the directions to make one at home.  

The students spotted some shadows outside during recess.  

These two were shadow experts on the playground.  

In science, the students used flashlights and their gnomes to make shadows in the classroom.  


  • The spelling test will be on Friday.
  • Picture retakes are Wednesday, October 25th.
  • The first graders will be reviewing for the math test on Monday and will take the unit 2 test on Tuesday.  There will be math homework on Wednesday.  
  • The Halloween party is Friday, October 27th from 11:15-12:15.  Your child can bring their costumes and change into them for the party.  
  • Here is the Scholastic book order link.  Scholastic.com Our classroom code is GT9RT.





Saturday, October 14, 2017


In math the first graders played a game called, High Roller.  The focus of the game is adding.  

The students have been working on addition facts in math.  They played addition memory.  They had to find sums that match.  

Mrs. Lamoureaux came to our classroom on Tuesday to teach us about giving feedback.  We talked about what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like.

The pictures above are examples of a student's drawings after he received feedback from his classmates.  

The first graders drew a picture of a bird.  They will be giving each other feedback on their drawings and using it to make changes.  


In reading, the first graders will be learning about the sequence of events in a story next week.
  

The Van Meter Fire Department was at school on Friday.  The students learned about fire safety.



  • Spelling test will be on Friday.
  • There will be math homework Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  
  • Picture retakes are Wednesday, October 25th.
  • You can order books from Scholastic using this link.  Scholastic Books

Sunday, October 8, 2017



Cohen was the 1st grade Top Dog award winner for the month of September.  Congratulations! 

The first graders will be learning about main idea and details in reading this week.  At home you can ask your child about this after they are done reading.  


K-12th grade students participated in the Wellness Walk on Wednesday.  The students walked for 30 minutes.

The first graders will be taking the spelling test on Seesaw instead of using paper and pencil.     


  • Spelling test will be on Friday.
  • I will be sending home a fluency rubric with your child on Monday.  You can use this rubric to rate their fluency after they read.  This is something that the first graders use at school too. 
  • There will be math homework Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • Bulldog Blitz donations are due on Friday, October 20th.  Please return them to our classroom. 
  • Thanks for coming into conferences.  It was great to see everyone.
  • The Halloween party will be on Friday, October 27th from 11:15-12:15.  I will be emailing the mom that is in charge.  If you signed up to help with this party, you will be getting an email from her.  
  • Final collection date for Box Tops is Friday, October 20th.
  • Click on the link to order books from Scholastic.  scholastic.com

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Every week, we have an activity called The Never Ending Story.  We started out doing this as a class and then I had them work together to write a story as a table.  This week, the students worked in partners.  They do a great job of collaborating with one another and trying to incorporate the vocabulary words.  

The first graders used Ten Frames and counters to represent different numbers in math.  This is an example of how 3 students showed the number 8.  The first graders did great on their first math test.  I will be sharing that with you at conferences.  

Some of you may have seen your child explain what a turn around fact is on Seesaw.  They are learning how to use the iPad camera to take a picture of an artifact and then record their thinking.  


The Bulldog made an appearance at the pep rally on Friday afternoon. 

The students were introduce to Spirit, the new service dog.  You may remember your child talking about Digger last year.  Digger is still walking the halls, but has a different role this year.    



We ended our Friday with the parade.  Everyone was able to have one piece of candy.  

  • The October snack calendar was sent home on Friday.
  • Spelling test will be on Thursday.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences are Tuesday and Thursday.  There is a 1:30 dismissal on those days.  You should have your conference time.  If you don't remember what day and time you signed up for, please let me know.  
  • No school on Friday.  

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Next week is homecoming.  The dress up days are listed above.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the days.  

The first graders learned a new game in math.  They played Rolling for 50.  The skill this game works on is using a number grid to count up and back.  

Top-it is another game the students play in math.  The purpose of this game is for the students to be able to identify which number is greater.  The player with the greater number gets both cards.  

The first graders have learned about nouns, verbs and adjectives.  Our focus last week was adjectives.  The students learned that adjectives describe nouns.  Please ask your child to describe what they are eating or what they are wearing.  
  
An activity that the first graders do is partner talk.  This is a great way for students to learn how to share with one another and how to be a good listener.   

On Friday, the elementary had an assembly on leadership.  The speaker talked about the important components of how to be a good leader and work as a team.  



  • Spelling test will be Friday.
  • Unit 1 math test will be on Tuesday.  
  • If you have not signed up for Parent/Teacher conferences, please click on the link.  Conferences .  The nights for conferences are Tuesday, October 3rd and Thursday, October 5th.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The class learned about action words in writing.  They made verb videos on Seesaw.  

The first graders were exploring with base-10 blocks, pattern blocks and geo boards in math..  

The students have been taking photos of items that equal 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.  They will continue to take pictures up to the number 10 next week and then we will make number posters to display their pictures.  

The guidance counselor, Mrs. Skahill talked to the class about teamwork.  She read the book above to the first graders.  Please ask your child what teamwork is.  


  • Spelling test will be on Friday.
  • Sight words will be tested on Tuesday or Thursday.
  • Picture day is Tuesday, September 19th.
  • There will be math homework on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • The first grade classes have started reading enrichment groups.  Your child could have Mrs. Bertman, Mrs. Hagen, Miss Saylor or me during this time.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this.  The 1st graders finished iReady diagnostic tests for reading and math, so you will be getting the reports soon.  

Sunday, September 10, 2017


The class showed their favorite team spirit on Friday.

The first graders learned about tally marks in math.  They played rock, paper, scissors with a partner and made a tally mark for the winner of each round.

The students used the Epic website to read and listen to number books.  This is a site we will be using throughout the year during one of the reading rotations.  

I started reading this book to the class during snack/milk time.  Please ask your child what Humphrey has been up to.  


  • The spelling test will be on Friday.  The pink word list will be given out on Monday.  Please keep this at home.  
  • Math homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Thursday this week.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the note that was sent home last week about the homework.  
  • The first graders will be taking lesson 2 reading test on Monday.
  • The class started taking the diagnostic iReady math and reading tests last week and will finish up this week.  
  • School pictures are scheduled for September 19th.