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Week 7 – October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018 by Jami Rowlett

Hi First Grade Families,

Fall is officially here!  Please be sure to send a sweatshirt or jacket with your child for the cold mornings.  Don’t forget to label items with your child’s first and last name.

Important reminders/information:

  • Please send in Box Tops this week.  The Box Top for Education coordinator will be collecting them at the end of the week.
  • Homework logs are going great.  Don’t forget to sign and date these for your child.  This is how we quickly check that homework is being done daily.  Your child may have a sight word list in their binder.  Please practice reading the words as part of the 20 minutes of reading homework.  Sight words are tested weekly. Sight words are an important reading developmental skill, these words need to recognized quickly by sight. 
  • Halloween Party–  If you are interested in organizing a Halloween party for our class, please email me.  I am also going to need a few volunteers to help out on that day. We will have one treat, a game or 2, and a craft.  These volunteer opportunities will be on a first come, first serve basis.


Last week in first grade:

  • We learned about closed syllables.
  • We practiced rhyming words/word families.
  • We reviewed consonant blends by writing the blends we hear in words.
  • We wrote final drafts about what apples have, are, and make.
  • We created a device to bob for apples with our Tribe members.


This week in first grade:

  • We will learn how to use our journals for Work on Writing during Daily 5.
  • We will learn the rules for open syllables.
  • We will learn the difference between fiction and nonfiction books.
  • We will begin our work on Community Helper projects.

First graders had a blast using their engineering skills to develop a device that would bob for apples for them.  The rules were they had to use the materials provided and could not get wet. We will modify and fix our designs today and test them out.  Please check back to see pictures of this awesome project.

A Math Message from Miss:

Hello 1st Grade Mathematicians,

The first graders told number stories to each other using both equations and number bonds.  Here is what an addition story might sound like: There were 6 squirrels in the tree. 2 more squirrels came.  How many squirrels are in the tree? (6 + 2 = 8) There are 8 squirrels in the tree. Now, some students wanted to “take away” some numbers however, we are ONLY focusing on addition stories.  We will get to subtraction stories eventually. Your child can practice number stories, within 10 in the car or at home. You can also use counters at home to practice these stories. We also discussed Commutative Property:  listed below is an example.

Commutative Property of Addition:

8 + 2 = 10

2 + 8 = 10

Have a great week!!

Mrs. Rowlett & Miss Garica