Friday, September 14, 2018

Week of September 17th

Hello first grade families!
It is hard to believe that we are already more than half way through the first quarter. We really appreciate your support and have loved having you in the classroom especially as we are getting our reading and math groups off the ground. Please reach out to me via email if you wish to help with these endeavors.

What to expect this week:

In Spalding please continue to review phonogram cards 1-52.

New words:
feed, fur, green, oil, paint, pool, tooth, teeth, worm, day
eat, sits, sit, lot, box, school, belong, door, floor, yes
low, soft, stands, stand, yard, bring, tell, five, ball, law

In language arts we will be wrapping up Owl at Home and beginning Cinderella. This week will read and study Egyptian and Korean Cinderella. We will compare the similarities and differences between these two versions. We will be emphasizing proper nouns, specifically places this week.

In math we will test on Methods of Addition on Tuesday, please use the review in the workbook to study. We will move into Unit 4 Subtraction Within 10 this week. We will look at subtraction number stories and explore the relationship between subtraction and number bonds.

In science we are continuing to study habitats. This week our focus will be on Desert Sonoran Habitats. We will learn about nocturnal animals and camouflage. We will create a flip book to showcase what we have learned.

Our scholars are really enjoying our Ancient Egypt unit of study. This week is no exception as we continue to look at mummies, pyramids and tomb robbers! Scholars are completing an informational book that will be sent home at the end of our unit.

Wishing you all a great week,
The First Grade Team

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Week of September 10th

Hello first grade families,
Here are a few things you can expect in the week to come. As always we appreciate all that you do, and to dedicating an evening last week to better understand Spalding, Singapore and homework. If you have further questions or were unable to attend do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Language Arts:
This week we will continue to read Owl at Home. We will read the chapters "Tear Water Tea" and "Upstairs and Downstairs". We will also discuss the meaning of the saying "The Land of Nod". Please continue to work on memorizing The Pasture by Robert Frost at home.

Phonogram Review: 1-50
make, street, say, come, hand, ring, live, live, hill, late
let, big, bag, beg, bog, bug, mother, three, land, cold
hot, hat, child, ice, play, sea, see, bird, cool, earth

This week in math we will:
·         Solve addition problems by counting on
·          Using Mental math and memorizing fact
·         Practice addition facts within 10
·         Review all the strategies 
*Our unit test will be next Tuesday

This week we will continue in our Ancient Egypt unit. We will finish our study on the Nile River and our scholars will explore Pharaohs and who they were in Ancient Egypt.

This week we will take a look at:
-          arctic habitats such as arctic tundra and arctic ocean
-          animals and how they adapt to their habitat
-          animals and plants in the arctic habitat

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help out in the classroom, and those who have agreed to be liaisons. You are the ones who pull everything together and make it all happen, and we are so grateful for you!

The First Grade Team

Sunday, September 2, 2018

First Grade Families,
I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing three .day weekend! We have many exciting things coming up this week.

This Tuesday September 4th we will be hosting our Singapore and Spalding Night. New and returning families please join us for a hands-on, interactive workshop highlighting the techniques and teaching strategies for Singapore and Spalding. You will have the opportunity to experience sample lessons, receive homework pointers and help and much, much more.

The evening will be divided into two parts. If your child is in section A or B you will attend Spalding workshop first, from 6:00-6:40. If your child is in section C or D you will attend the Singapore workshop first also from 6:00-6:40. From 6:50-7:30 you will rotate.

Please continue to practice phonogram cards 1-54

New Words:
your, you, out, time, may, into, him, today, look, did
like, six, boy, book, by, have, are, had, over, must

Language Arts
This week we will begin reading Owl at Home. If you have not already sent in a copy for your child please have him or her bring it to school on Tuesday. I do have a few extra copies, please reach out to me if you are unable to get the book. I will be emailing you individually to remind you who still needs a book.

We will also look at sentence structure, the meaning of "The Land of Nod" and begin memorizing our September poem The Pasture by Robert Louis Stevenson.

We are continuing to work through addition problems. This week we will specifically be looking at how to solve addition problems using number bonds. Please continue to work on math facts using numbers 1-5. In class we flip over number cards 1-5 to solve problems. Using a regular deck of cards with these numbers is a fun and easy way to squeeze in extra practice.

This week we will begin our unit on habitats. We will explain what a habitat is and why living things live in habitats to which they are particularly suited.

We launch our unit on Ancient Egypt this week. We will be discussing the Nile and its seasonal floods and the role it has played in farming. One of our activities will be creating a model of The Nile. If you are able to donate sugar cubes, salt dough, paint or plain paper plates please let me know. We will also be in need of a few parents to help prep projects at home in the coming weeks. You can email me directly if you are interested.

Thank you for all of your support, the start of our year together has been strong and we are looking forward to all that is to come.

The First Grade Team

Saturday, August 25, 2018

First Grade Families:
It's hard to believe that August is on its way out and that we are heading into our fourth full week of school! By now we are settled into our routines and fully immersed in our exciting and challenging curriculum. Last week your child had both Spalding and math homework. If you have questions about these procedures please reach out to me individually via email.

This week we have volunteer night on Thursday August 30th. If you are able and willing to commit to serving your child's class 1-2 hours per week this training is for you. If you are interested in volunteering and unable to attend please let me know. All volunteers must be fingerprinted.

If you are able to help send in supplies from home I am in need of:
White salt dough (about 8 batches)
Sugar cubes (6 boxes)
Brown paint (1 large or 3 small acrylic)
Blue paint (2 large or 5 small)

* Please email me if you are able to donate, supplies will be needed after labor day. Paint and sugar cubes can be brought in earlier.

an, my, up, last, not, us, am, good
time, have, blue, chance, charge, little, are, little, ago, old
bad, red, of, be, but, this, all, your, you, out

Phonograms 1-52

This week in literature we will continue to read different versions of Tom Thumb. Many folktales from different cultures around the world feature similar characters, plots, settings and details. One such familiar character is Tom Thumb. The earliest know version of this tale in English, "The History of Tom Thumbe," by Richard Johnson was first published in 1621. Other versions are found in France, Germany, Denmark, Japan and India. We will explore the similarities, differences and backgrounds of Issun Boshi, Little Finger of the Watermelon Patch, Tom Thumb and Thumbelina.

This week we will wrap up our unit on number bonds. Our test will be this Tuesday. On Wednesday we will continue to work through procedures for our math groups. We are looking for one or two volunteers each Wednesday to help facilitate this beginning in September. This would be a year-long commitment. If you are interested please let me know.

Later in the week will move into Unit 3- Addition Within 10. Scholars will make number stories and equations for addition within 10.

This week we will wrap up our unit on Ancient Mesopotamia. Our final project will be a map of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers with a ship that moves up and down the Tigris. Scholars will be able to explain how the rivers facilitated trade long ago. We will review and check for understanding on Wednesday. Thursday we begin our unit on Ancient Egypt. We will discuss the importance of the Nile River.

This week we will look further into what matter is and learn how matter changes physically and chemically. We will discuss the water cycle, complete a matter sort assessment and conduct experiments.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Week August 20th

First Grade Families,
We are looking forward to another great week! It was wonderful to see so many of you at curriculum  night. It is truly a joy to partner with you in your child's education. A friendly reminder to mark your calendars for August 30th if you are interested in volunteering. We will be training first grade parents on our procedures for helping in the classroom at this time. The evening of September 4th we will take a deeper look at Spalding and Singapore math and encourage you to join us if you have any questions.
me, do, and, at, on, a, it, is, she
can, see, run, the, in, so, no, now, man
ten, tan, tin, ton, bed, top, he, you, will, we
Language Arts
We will continue to work through Aesop's Fables. Scholars will identify the moral of the story and complete sentences for The Maid and the Milk Pail and Sour Grapes. Later in the week we will be reading Thumbelina stories from around the world. Thumbelina is a Hans Christina Anderson fairy tale. He was the child of a poor shoemaker and a washerwoman, he failed at several careers until he turned to writing. His first book only sold 17 copies and he later found success. We will read several versions of this well known fairy tale while taking a closer look at their similarities and differences.
Scholars will make up number stories to illustrate number bonds this week. They will associate number bonds with part-whole and find and learn number pairs from 2-10. We will also find the missing part of a number bond.
This week we will be learning about the Epic of Gilgamesh. The Epic of Gilgamesh tells the story of a mighty king named Gilgamesh who rules harshly over his people. We will also discover the Gate of Ishitar. This blue-tile gate was decorated with golden bulls and lions, the favorite animals of Ishitar. Lastly we will discuss the Code of Hammurabi. This was a long list of laws, many of which seem strange or cruel today. We will come up with our own similar laws and discuss why we value our own school rules and treating others the way we want to be treated.
When describing matter, most people discuss first its physical properties-size, weight, color, and so on. An important property of matter is its state-solid, liquid or gas. Rocks, wood, and glass are all examples of solids. Water and juice are examples of liquids. Air and steam are examples of gases. Each state is defined by distinct characteristics. This we will take a liquid and turn it into a solid. We will also be exploring gas using a regular balloon and a helium balloon. Scholars will categorize the three states of matter.
Calling All Volunteers! 
Volunteer Training Night:  Thursday, August 30th  6-7:30 PM
Please join us for an evening of information and training.  Our night will focus on school wide opportunities as well as grade level specific reading and math group training.  We are looking for volunteers to consistently partner with us this year.  Our goal is for each classroom to host volunteers weekly as we embark on strengthening our reading and math differentiation in the classroom. If you have any questions please reach out to me.
Thank you for all you do!
The First Grade Team

Friday, August 10, 2018

Week of August 13th

We are looking forward to another great week in first grade! Here is what you can expect this week:

Please mark your calendars for curriculum night Thursday August 16th. This is a parent only event.

Spalding we will continue our phonogram review. This will consist of an oral review of the sounds as well as the correct formation. This week in Spalding we will review sh, ee, th, ow, oo, ch, ar, ay, ai, oy, oi, er, ir, ur, wor, ear, ng, ea, aw, au, or, ck, wh, ed, ew, ui and oa.

In Literature we will begin reading Aesop's fables. A different fable will be read aloud each day. The read aloud will be followed by a Socratic discussion on the moral of the story. We will create a Response to Literature each day that will give your child a reference for the moral of the story.

Our poem for August is The Caterpillar. We have been working on memorizing it as a class, please have your child practice reciting it at home to ensure he or she will be prepared to present it to the class at the end of the month.

The Caterpillar
By: Christina G Rosetti

Brown and furry
Caterpillar in a hurry;
Take your walk
To the shady leaf, or stalk.

May no toad spy you,
May the little birds pass by you;
Spin and die,
To live again a butterfly.

Students will be finishing their unit on numbers to 10 this week. Our test on Tuesday will be on material from kindergarten. We will begin Unit 2 on Thursday. We will begin to unpack the concept of number bonds and how numbers can be put together and broken apart. The Math Workbook will begin going home for homework starting next week.

This week in history we will continue learning about Ancient Mesopotamia. We will discuss cuneifor, and how it emerged to record what the Mesopotamians bought sold and traded, how to make medicines from plants, laws, prayers stories and much more. Later in the week we will talk about religion in Ancient Mesopotamia. Your child will learn about the important role of temples and create a pop-up ziggurat. We will also hear the myth of Gilgamesh.

In science we will be asking What is matter? Then we will work to identify different matter and its 3 different states. We will do a project to talk about how they differ from each other.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Week of August 6th

Welcome to the first grade!

We have enjoyed getting to know your child these past few days as we have been learning routines and procedures in our classroom! This week we will dive into our curriculum with Spalding letter formation and numbers to ten in Singapore math. We will also explore what history is and begin learning about ancient civilizations. In science we will learn about the different types of science.

If you are interested in serving as a liaison in our classroom please email me at

Please mark your calendars with the following dates:
  • 8/3-8/10 - Q1 Club Sign-Ups
  • 8/7 - PSO Board Meeting
  • 8/8 - First day of Clubs
  • 8/9 - Skateland Back to School Party
  • 8/16 - Curriculum Night K-2
  • 8/21 - Curriculm Night 3-5
  • 8/21 - Picture Day
  • Sep 29 - Great Hearts Gala at Chateau Luxe

Thank you for all that you do to serve our community, we are looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. Bollinger & Ms. Rivera