Weekly Letters From Silver Door 1st Grade

Silver Door First Grade Weekly Letter January 12, 2018

Hello Parents of Silver Door 1 Students,

Just a few reminders for the month of January. On Monday, January 15th there is no school in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and our field trip is on Friday, January 26th.

This week in language arts and reading we read the story “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse” The story talks about mice and how one lives in the country where it is peaceful and quiet and a one that lives in the city where it is busy and loud. Starting this week we will be learning about the long vowel sounds. This week was the long a sound like in the words make or came. We also learned about the soft c sound like in place and the soft g sound like in cage. As always we did the clap and spell with all of our sight words. On Wednesday, we read the story “Me On The Map.” It was about a girl who drew a map of her bedroom, house, street, town, state, country, and world. They really enjoyed this story because we recently got a painting of the USA map and they are always staring at it. On Friday, the students were able to draw a map of their bedrooms and houses. We also reviewed what an asking and telling sentence is. An asking sentence asks a question so it ends in a question mark and a telling sentence tells something and ends in a period. On Friday, we took our spelling and sight test and everyone is doing great!

In math, we began with chapter 12 and it started with skip counting. The children learned to skip count by 2s, 5s, and 10s. We practiced circling the numbers on the hundred chart. They also learned about skip counting by 10s and starting from different numbers. They learned the words even and odd. Even numbers end in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 and odd end in 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. On Friday we did a review of all the new things we learned from this chapter. Their chapter 12 test will be on Thursday, January 18.

This week in science we spoke about ice and snow. First we took a tally to see which children have seen snow and which children haven’t. Then we read the story called “The Snow Day.” As a follow up we read the scholastic magazine that showed some activities that kids can do in the snow, like snow angels and sledding. We had Science Lab with Mrs. Davis and we learned about the words thermometer, temperature, hot, and cold. We spoke about what are some things that are hot and what are thingS that is cold. Later we made “snow” using a powder and cold water. We watched it grow right in our own hands and we were able to play with it! The week ended with writing our observations of our “snow” in our science journals.

In soccer class with Coach Eric, we started off by doing an obstacle course. In the obstacle course we used steps and cones. Then we played the game What Time is it Mr. Wolf? and Sharks and Minnows.

In music class with Mr. Brandon, we practiced harmonizing by counting from 1 to 8. We ended the class by listening to a silly song called The Duck Song.

Have a great weekend,

Ms. Adriana

 

Silver Door 1 First Grade Weekly Letter (K and 1) December 22, 2017

Dear Parents of Silver Door Students,

This week has been a very festive one! We started the week off by wearing our cozy pajamas to school. We read an article about how gingerbread men are made and sold. We also read the story called, “The Gingerbread Man.” On Tuesday, we came in our ugly Christmas sweaters and we practiced for our Christmas caroling. On Wednesday, we wore red and green for Santa’s Visit. We also read stories like “Twas The Night Before Christmas” and “The Christmas Selfie Contest.” On Thursday, we wore blue and white to represent Hanukkah. We brought a menorah from the office and the children had to create our own menorah. They came out beautifully! On Friday, we wore our Santa hats and Christmas socks for our Christmas caroling! We were able to perform twice, once for Blue, Rainbow, and Gold Doors and the second time for the people in the senior center next door. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch them sing!

Both Kinder and First took their beginning of the year sight word test. All the children did great!

In soccer class, we did and obstacle course, played Sharks vs. Minnows, and Pokémon Go. Later we ended the class with goalies and kickers.

Our class elf, Wink, was very mischievous! He made glitter angels, brought us Christmas themed pencils, made his own ugly Christmas, brought us candy canes, and we were able to give him one last goodbye hug! It was so great having Wink visit us and we hope he comes back next Christmas!

Thank you all so much for the wonderful presents that we have received! We are incredibly grateful!

We wish you all a safe and happy holidays! See you in January!

Mrs. Angie and Ms. Adriana

 

Silver Door First Grade Weekly Letter December 15, 2017

Dear Parents of Silver Door 1 Students,

Just a quick reminder as to what will be happening for our holiday spirit week coming up next week:

Monday 12/18 will be pajama day! Wear your pajamas to school!
Tuesday 12/19 is ugly sweater day! Make or buy an ugly sweater!
Wednesday 12/20 is green and red day! Wear green and red for Santa’s visit from 7:30-9:00am.
Thursday 12/21 is wear blue and white for Hanukkah!
Friday 12/22 is wear Christmas hat and socks for Christmas caroling that will begin at 9:00 a.m.

This week in reading we reviewed 10 of our sight words each day. We also took the time to practice writing complete sentences using our sight words. A complete sentence includes a naming part and action part, a capital letter at the beginning, and punctuation at the end. Everyday we would also make our own flash cards to keep at school. The children will pair up and practice with their friends. Reminder that their test will be on Thursday, 12/21.

This week in math we finished Chapter 11. We continued to review the symbols for greater than, less than, and equal to. We also practiced counting forward and backwards from 1-100. Lastly, we read word problems and learned how to count ten more and ten less. This is an introduction to next chapter that will include counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Friday was our Chapter 11 test. We will continue math on January 2018.

During soccer we did an obstacle course using hurdles, rings, and cones. Later we played Sharks and Minnows and ended soccer class with kicker and goalie.

During music class we continued singing Christmas songs like Jungle Bell Rock and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer as Mr. Brandon played his guitar.

On Thursday we went on a field trip to Actor’s Playhouse where we saw The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. It was a great show!

Have a great weekend,

Ms. Adriana

 

Silver Door First Grade Weekly Letter December 8, 2017

Hello Parents of Silver Door 1 Students,

Just a few reminders for the month of December: make up pictures will be on Monday, December 11th and our field trip to the Actor’s Playhouse will be on Friday, December 15th. Our beginning of the year sight word test will be held on Thursday, December 21st.

This week in language arts and reading we read the story “The Two Japanese Frogs.” The story talks about two frogs who live in two cities of Japan called Kyoto and Osaka. At the end of the story we drew a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the two frogs. Later, we discussed diagraphs like sh, th, ch, and wh. This comes as a review since we discussed the diagraphs about 2 months back. Diagraphs can be found in the beginning of the word like shut or the end like wish. Another diagraph that was introduced was tch, like in the end of catch. We also reviewed our high frequency or sight words. Every week we do the clap and spell as a class. We also read the story “Moving Day.” It was about a hermit crab that outgrew his shell. He went on a mission to find a shell that would fit him. Some were too smooth, too rough, too fancy, too long, or too small. He finally found a shell that fit him just right. The story had a bunch of our past and present sight/spelling words. We also reviewed antonyms or opposites. Such as hot and cold, outside and inside, big and small, and up and down. We reviewed what an exclamation mark is and how to read a sentence that ends with one. On Friday, we discussed what our favorite books were that we read this week. It makes me happy to hear that they are reading independently at home! The week ended with an article about real life hermit crabs. As always, we took our sight and spelling test. They all did great! This was our last spelling test until January. For the next two weeks we will be focusing on our 108 sight words. I suggest parents make flash cards for their child to help them practice!

In math, we finished Chapter 10. We spoke about the vocab word estimate. Estimate means about the correct amount. We had to estimate how many cubes can fit in our hand and how many shoes are in our classroom. On Wednesday, we took our Chapter 10 math test. The next day we began with Chapter 11. We introduced greater than and the symbol for greater than (>). We also learned about less than and the symbol for it (<). We will be reviewing the symbols along the way. Our Chapter 11 test is on Thursday, December 21, 2017. This will be our last math chapter until January 2018. This week in science we spoke about force, gravity, push, and pull. We use force when we push and pull. Gravity is what pulls something down. We had a fun activity where each child had three post its labeled push, pull, and both. They had the chance to find things around the classroom and put the appropriate label on it. Later, they recorded their findings in their science journal. Next week we will continue with seeing the different things in our world that use force. In soccer class with Coach Danny, we started off by doing an obstacle course. In the obstacle course we used rings, and cones. After, we practiced being the goalie and kicking and playing a game of Sharks and Minnows. In music class with Mr. Brandon, we sang Christmas songs like Jingle Bells and Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer. Have a great weekend, Ms. Adriana

 

Silver Door 1 First Grade Weekly Letter December 1, 2017

Hello Parents of Silver Door 1 Students,

Just a few reminders for the month of December, make up pictures will be on Monday, December 11th and our field trip to the Actor’s Playhouse will be on Friday, December 15th.

This week in language arts and reading we read the story “Caribbean Dream.” The story talks about children that live in the Caribbean Islands and activities they do during the morning, afternoon, and night. Later, we discussed sequence of events and how every story has a beginning, middle, and end. Triple clusters were introduced such as SCRub or SPLat. We also reviewed our high frequency or sight words. Every week we do the clap and spell as a class. We also read the story Bud’s Day Out. It was about a dog named Bud that ran away and had an adventure. The story had a bunch of our past and present sight/spelling words. If you saw on Life Cubby, we learned to write a letter. Our class chose to write a letter to Mia Rios. Each child gave me a sentence to write to her. It really was an adorable letter! On Friday, we reviewed the beginning, middle, and end of both the stories we read. We also learned about question words like who, what, where, when, and why. Each child gave me an example of a question with the question words. As always, we took our sight and spelling test. They all did great!

In math, we started Chapter 10. Chapter 10 introduced the vocab words tens, ones, hundred, and estimates. The children learned that a group of ten ones equals to a ten and ones is digits that hold the second place in a two-digit number. A hundred is a number which is equal to 10 tens and to estimate is a reasonable guess. To help with the chapter, please review the numbers 1-100 in word form and number form. Next week we will continue tens and ones. The math test for Chapter 10 will be on Wednesday, December 6th.

This week in social studies, we spoke about neighborhood. I put up the word neighborhood on the board and we did a web. Each child gave me places that we find in our neighborhood. Some places were houses, schools, restaurants, shops, and post offices. We learned that neighborhoods have places where we can work and play. We also reviewed about things we do in school. For example learning to share, working with the teacher, and playing with friends. We also saw pictures of many different neighborhoods, some can be in the city and some are in the country. We wrote how they are different and alike.

In soccer class with Coach Danny, we started off by doing an obstacle course. In the obstacle course we used rings, and cones. After, we practiced being the goalie and kicking and playing a game of Shark and Minnows.

Have a great weekend,

Ms. Adriana

 

Silver Door First Grade November 17, 2017

Hello Parents of Silver Door 1 Students!

Just a quick reminder that next week will only be a two day week. Therefore, I will not be scheduling any sight or spelling words. Our class feast is on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 11:30am, parents are welcomed to come, only 1 guest per child. Wednesday is a teacher planning day, it will be a non-instructional day.

This week has been a great one! I am starting to see the growth in reading, spelling, and writing their sentences. It’s always great to see them be so independent in their classwork and seeing them accomplish so much. I read the story “The Secret Code.” It was about a boy and a girl wo were reading books. Difference is the boy is blind. He reads book using his fingers to feel the bumps that are called braille. We made a venn diagram and spoke about how the book of the boy is alike/different from the book of the girl. We also learned the braille alphabet and wrote our first names in braille in our morning journals. We also discussed the cluster of the s, such as STem or SPlat. The sound we reviewed was the short e sound, like in men. I also introduced the silent letters in kn (n), wr (r), gn( n). I will be continuing the review as the weeks go by. As a class we read, “The Best Pet.” It was about two girls who entered their parrot, Slim, into a contest. Slim’s trick was telling knock knock jokes. Slim ended up winning first prize! Later, we discussed some knock knock jokes, which they all enjoyed so much! Ask your child if they learned any new ones! We also quickly reviewed what street signs are and what type of signs they see on the rode. They’re all so observant while they are in the car! The week ended with a sight and spelling test, they all did great!

In math, we finished of Chapter 9 by reviewing the different type of graphs. Picture graph, tally table, vertical and horizontal bar graphs were spoken about. We also answered questions to compare two different objects in a graph and finding out which had the most or the least. As the week went on, I decided to take Thursday as a review and push their test back to Friday. It really helped out the children who were struggling. Their test went well. Chapter 10 will included tens, ones, and hundreds.

In social studies, I felt it was a great time to talk about Pilgrims and Native Americans. First we started off with Pilgrims. We saw a six minute video on how Pilgrims lived, what they ate, and what children used as toys. Later, we read the article about the Pilgrims. Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock 400 years ago, they came on the Mayflower. They used wood and grass to build their homes. They used corn for almost every meal such as cornmeal, cornbread, and even corn stew made with milk. The children played with poppets and had a game of ninepins (sound familiar?) Later we read about Native Americans called Wampanoags. We also saw a video about how their lives were 400 years ago. They lived in wetus that were made with grass and bent leaves. They grew corn, beans, and squash. They made cornmeal and cornbread, The children made dolls out of leather called mishoons and used boats to travel. After reading both stories we made a venn diagaram to see how pilgrims and native Americans were alike and different.

In music class, Mr. Brandon made up a song out of a story. He later divided the class, half as singers and the other half as drummers. They both did the same beat. Later they switched places.

In soccer class, we had an obstacle course, played Sharks versus Minnows, and practiced our kicking and goals.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Adriana