Week 25 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Parent-teacher conferences will take place on Zoom this Monday and Wednesday! Here are some tips for the conference.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to AMIN for his hard work and love for reading! 


First Grade Family Time
– Here are our Family Time award winners from this week!

Pizza Ranch Retell – Our class had a blast at our pizza parlor on Friday. Students practiced reading books making retell sandwiches. They looked just like chefs in their aprons and chef hats! At the end of the day we celebrated with some yummy pizza.

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We ended our Review Unit this week with one final book review and spent this week publishing our best one.  We sent home all of our review writing to go over with you during parent-teacher conferences. 

Word Study – This week we learned about the vowel teams oi and oy which make the same sound but look different. We also learned about the vowel teams ew and ue.

Reading–  We wrapped up Unit 3 this week.  We have learned so many tools for understanding our books.  Our last focus was on sounding like a “Reading Star.” We are also so excited for all our special March is Reading Month events.  We encourage you to find fun ways to read with your child at home to “mix it up” this month. Read to a stuffy, flashlight read, FaceTime a relative to read them a story, find something fun to help beat the end of winter blues! 

Math-  This week we took our Unit 4 test.  Tests were sent home and we will review them with you at parent-teacher Conferences. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 8
    •  MUSIC
    • Parent Teacher Conferences
    • Book Fair Preview
  • Tuesday, March 9
    • PE
  • Wednesday, March 10
    • ART
    • Book Fair Shopping
  • Thursday, March 11
    • STEAM
  • Friday, March 12
    • MUSIC
    • Library
    • Dress like a cowboy/cowgirl – wear flannel or plaid

Week 24 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • March is Reading Month will begin next week! Please continue to fill out your student’s reading log each time you read together. Students who read 20 minutes each night (100 minutes a week) will be entered into a book raffle.
  • Thank you so much for everyone who signed up to donate an item for our classroom pizza parlor next Friday! Please remember to send $1 in an envelope labeled “Mrs. Kuiper” in your child’s blue folder by next Friday, March 5th.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to HARRISON for always seeing each day as a fresh start and an opportunity to grow!


First Grade Family Time
– Here are our Family Time award winners from this week!

Star Prize – Our class earned another 10 star prize this week and celebrated with a pajama day on Friday!

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We began our final bend, book reviews! Students picked their favorite books and started writing convincing book reviews. 

Word Study – We learned about the two sounds that the vowel team ‘oo’ can make. Sometimes it says /oo/ as in ‘school’ and other times it says /oo/ as in ‘book.’ Our class mascot, Rasheed, returned from his construction adventures this week. The students were so excited to see him again.

Reading–  We tried making movies in our minds as a strategy to help us think about what is happening in the book. Focusing on who’s talking in our book, we looked at dialogue. We made sure we were reading the best words and getting the job done quickly. 

Math- We learned how to add a 2-digit + 1-digit number together (e.g. 49+7) by grabbing the bigger number and counting on the smaller partner. Next week we will be taking our Unit 4 test!

Black History Month- This week we learned about Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden. These female African American mathematicians worked as computers and helped put US astronauts on the moon.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 1
    •  MUSIC
  • Tuesday, March 2
    • PE
  • Wednesday, March 3
    • ART
    • Pizza Parlor supplies due
  • Thursday, March 4
    • STEAM
  • Friday, March 5
    • PE
    • Fast Friday
    • Wear a cowboy hat, bandana, or handkerchief

Week 23 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Friday journals were sent home yesterday. Please take a minute to write back to your child! Even a sentence or two will brighten your child’s week.
  • Please have your child continue to practice zipping his/her coat and tying his/her shoes at home!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to CELIA for always being brave and not being afraid of making mistakes!


First Grade Family Time
– Here are our Family Time award winners from this week!

Star Prize – Our class earned another 10 star prize this week and celebrated with a GoNoodle dance party!

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We learned more about writing reviews and practiced making comparisons, writing catchy introductions and conclusions, and editing our writing with peers. Next week we will begin our final bend, book reviews!

Word Study – We learned about the diphthongs ‘ou’ and ‘ow’ which can both make many different sounds.

Reading–  We continue to be the boss of our reading.  We used words we know, snap words, and tried different sounds to make sure we are sounding fluent and understanding our books.

Math- We completed our second math quiz for the unit! It was all about place value and being able to identify how many tens and ones there are based on a drawing. We also began comparing 2-digit numbers using <, >, or =. 

Social Emotional– We LOVE that our focus this month is Kindness.  This week we took it a step further and talked about spreading and seeing kindness throughout our school. Each student spread kindness by making a special card for somebody that they love!

Black History Month- This week we learned about Henry “Box” Brown, a brave man who mailed himself in a box to escape to freedom.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, February 22
    •  STEAM
  • Tuesday, February 23
    • MUSIC
  • Wednesday, February 24
    • PE
  • Thursday, February 25
    • ART
  • Friday, February 26
    • STEAM
    • Library

Week 22 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Friday journals were sent home yesterday. Please take a minute to write back to your child! Even a sentence or two will brighten your child’s week.
  • Please have your child continue to practice zipping his/her coat and tying his/her shoes at home!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to REAGAN for always doing her best and not worrying about other students’ choices.


First Grade Family Time
– Here are our Family Time award winners from this week!

Mystery Reader – Addison’s mom surprised us as a mystery reader this week!

Valentine’s Party – Students played Valentine’s bingo, graphed their candy hearts by color, made a special Valentine’s craft, and did a Valentine’s directed drawing!

Star Prize – Our class earned their 10 star prize this week… Mrs. Kuiper came to PE with the class!

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We continued learning how to convince our readers through persuasive writing! Students chose what they wanted to review this week. Games, movies, toys, restaurants, and vacations were among the many topics that students wrote reviews about. 

 Word Study – Rasheed is visiting construction sites in New York City to learn about how to be a word builder. We’ve been helping him use vowel teams to build some tricky words. This week, we learned about the vowel teams ai and ay, and we started making our own vowel team charts. 

Reading–  We started to think about our reading in terms of the whole book we are reading and not just the individual pages or pictures.  We worked on keeping track of what’s happening in the book and using the story to problem solve. When reading a tricky word we thought about what words would fit in the story and also reminded ourselves to continue to slow down and break words into parts. 

Math- We continued working on place value and drawing ten-sticks and circles to represent numbers. We place practiced comparing numbers using >, <, and =.

Social Emotional– This week we continued to talk about Kindness. We specifically focused on how we can be kind in our class. 

Black History Month- This week we learned about Ruby Bridges and had some very important conversations about her bravery and courage.

Chinese New Year- We spent this week learning about the Chinese New Year. Students watched a few videos, read “How to Catch a Dragon,” learned how to write “good luck,” and made this special dragon display for our hallway!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, February 15
    •  ART
  • Tuesday, February 16
    • STEAM
  • Wednesday, February 17
    • MUSIC
  • Thursday, February 18
    • PE
  • Friday, February 19
    • ART
    • Library

Week 21 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Please take a moment to read how we will do Valentine’s cards in first grade!
  • Here is the supply sign up for our Valentine’s Day party! Please send in supplies by Wednesday, February 10th.
  • Please review with your child how to zip his or her coat over this long weekend!

CELEBRATIONS:

100th Day of School – Our class had so much fun dressing up like we were 100 years old for the 100th day of school. One of my favorite moments was a student telling me that I actually looked 400 from all of my drawn-on wrinkles! 

 

Mystery Reader – Addison’s grandma surprised us as a mystery reader this week!

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – This week we did a fun writing activity on the 100th day of school! We wrote all about what we think our lives will be like when we are 100 years old. We continued our unit on writing reviews and added a few new tools to our writer’s toolbox. Students learned how to respectfully disagree, give awards for last place, and quote others.

Word Study – We’ve spent this week “building” the middle parts of words. Lots of words contain vowel teams in the middle, so we learned about ea, ee, oa, and ai. We’ve been practicing building bigger words using these vowel teams!

Reading–  We continued to work on being the boss of our own reading.  We read to self check, set new goals for our reading, and practiced how to get help when we need it. We can work together with our reading partners to solve hard words. 

Math-  We practiced drawing out double digit numbers using ten-sticks and ones. Also, we continued working on understanding tens and ones and how we can group ones into tens. This is a skill that will be used all throughout the unit to help our first graders begin to work on addition problems with double digits. 

Social Emotional– This week we started a new unit with Little Penguin all about Kindness.  We read Little Penguin’s Kindness Contest and got some ideas on how to help make other’s hearts happy and our own heart too! 

Black History Month- We watched this video about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and read the book Richard Wright and the Library Card.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, February 8
    •  NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, February 9
    • ART
  • Wednesday, February 10
  • Thursday, February 11
    • MUSIC
  • Friday, February 12
    • PE
    • Valentine’s Day Celebration
    • Wear Red for Chinese New Year & Valentine’s Day
    • Library

Week 20 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • We will be celebrating the 100th day of school on Tuesday, February 2nd! To celebrate, we will be dressing like we are 100 years old. This is completely optional, but here are some ideas if your child is interested in dressing up.
  • Please take a moment to read how we will do Valentine’s cards in first grade!
  • Here is the supply sign up for our Valentine’s Day party! Please send in supplies by Wednesday, February 10th.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to LIAM for always learning from his mistakes and using them as opportunities to grow!

First Grade Family Time – This week, Mr. Waldie joined us for First Grade Family Time! He talked about the importance of SOARing at Georgetown.

Mystery Reader – Elliott’s mom surprised us as a mystery reader this week!

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We began Unit 3, Writing Reviews this week! Our unit kicked off with the great cookie debate… the oreo vs. the chocolate chip cookie. Students used opinions, reasons, and examples to argue why the oreo or chocolate chip cookie was better, and of course, we had to taste test! Then we began reviewing our collections to find the “best in show.” To do this we put everything in a line, compared the same thing on each, and decided which was the best and why.

Word Study – We began Unit 4 which is all about being word builders. Using unifix cubes with word parts on them, we practiced “building” big words together!

Reading – This week we ended Unit 2, Reading to Learn About the World. It has been great to see the kids become so interested in non-fiction books and they are doing well picking out the non-fiction features.  We started Unit 3, Readers be the Boss- Say I Can Do This! We are excited to continue to build our students’ confidence in reading and continue to let them take ownership of their learning.

Math – We continued working on tens and ones and learned a new strategy to solve addition problems. Students can make a 10 and then add the remaining number to find the total!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, February 1
    •  ART
  • Tuesday, February 2
    • STEAM
    • 100th Day Celebration
  • Wednesday, February 3
    • MUSIC
  • Thursday, February 4
    • PE
  • Friday, February 5
    • Early Release
    • Chinese New Year Celebration (wear red to school)
  • Monday, February 8
    • NO SCHOOL

Week 19 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Next week we will begin Unit 3 of Writer’s Workshop, “Writing Reviews.” Please send in a shoebox collection with your child on Tuesday, January 26th!
  • The Annual PE Apparel sale is happening now until February 1.  The store is online only.  For more information go to the PE Blog. http://mvankoev.edublogs.org
  • Please take a moment to read how we will do Valentine’s cards in first grade!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to EMILIE for always striving to learn more and be a kind friend!

First Grade Family Time – Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week’s family time.

Mystery Reader – Ariya’s mom surprised us as a mystery reader this week!

OUR LEARNING:

Writing– This week we practiced writing our very own nonfiction book! We researched by looking at pictures in real books and used what we learned to add more details to our writing.

Word Study– We focused on snap words this week! We learned some new snap words, relearned some tricky snap words, and practiced building longer words with snap words inside of them.

Reading– We are coming to a close of our nonfiction reading unit. The kids have just loved it and tying it in with writing has been great.  This week they found interesting facts to share with a partner, practiced reading with feeling, reading like a writer, and looked for keywords. 

Math– This week we began unit 4 of math! We learned how to add groups of 10 together (60+10=70), write equations for teen numbers (10+5=15), and build numbers with ten sticks and circles.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, January 25
    •  PE
  • Tuesday, January 26
    • ART
    • Bring collection for Writer’s Workshop
  • Wednesday, January 27
    • STEAM
  • Thursday, January 28
    • MUSIC
  • Friday, January 29
    • PE
    • Library

Week 18 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Friday Journals were sent home on Thursday. Please take a few minutes to write back to your child this weekend. We will be reading these during our morning meeting throughout the week.
  • The official end of Semester 1 was Friday, January 15th.  I’ll be finalizing report cards and they will be sent home Friday, January 22. Unfortunately, we won’t meet together until March for Parent-Teacher Conferences. I will do my best to be as thorough as possible and give explanations.  Please know that we will continue to use the 1, 2, 3 scoring (while 3* is on the report card as advanced, we do not use this score). 2’s are totally acceptable and mean your child is growing on their way to where s/he needs to be by the end of the year.
  • The Annual PE Apparel sale is happening now until February 1.  The store is online only.  For more information go to the PE Blog. http://mvankoev.edublogs.org
  • Please take a moment to read how we will do Valentine’s cards in first grade!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to MADI for always cheering others up.

Mystery Reader – Reagan’s mom surprised us as a mystery reader this week!

OUR LEARNING:

Writing– This week we practiced writing with details and helping readers pictures by using comparisons. We also practiced making lists in our nonfiction books and fixing up our books by pretending to be a reader.

Word Study– We practiced using ALL of the things we’ve learned about word to help us figure out big, long words! We also learned the importance of having a vowel in every syllable of a word, especially when we are writing words. 

Reading–  This week we tried to figure out what to do when we learned new words.  We looked at clues around the word to see if we could find a way to figure out how to read the word and what it meant. We also worked on finding key words and making our voices sound smooth and fluent while we read. 

Math– We took our Unit 3 test this week! Next week we will begin Unit 4 which will focus on place vale.

Social Emotional– We learned more about the parts of the brain (amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex) and how they control our emotions.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, January 18
    •  MUSIC
  • Tuesday, January 19
    • PE
  • Wednesday, January 20
    • ART
  • Thursday, January 21
    • STEAM
  • Friday, January 22
    • MUSIC
    • Library

Week 17 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Friday Journals were sent home again today. Please take a few minutes to write back to your child this weekend. We will be reading these during our morning meeting throughout the week.
  • Please continue to read baggie books with your child EVERY night for 20 minutes.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to REAGAN for always saying “I’ll try.”

First Grade Family Time – Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week’s family time.

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We continued our unit on nonfiction writing and began writing another nonfiction book. We practiced teaching with pictures as well as words, spelling domain-specific words, and using readers to point out parts of our stories that don’t make sense. 

Word Study – We continued examining common word endings to make sure we read all the parts of words. We practiced hunting for blends and chunks at the ends of words (such as ing, ink, est). When we know these word parts well, we can read and write bigger, multisyllabic words!

Reading–  This week we continued to work on making good habits for when we read hard words. We practiced crashing small word parts we knew together to make the whole word, doing a slow check to check all the sounds, and checking if the words looked right, sounded right and made sense. We didn’t let hard words get in our way! 

Math– We are wrapping up unit 3 which has been all about story problems! We took our last quiz and spent the remainder of the week reviewing for our test next week. This can be a tricky unit for our kiddos due to increased reading and figuring out what the numbers represent (partner or the total). We will continue to practice and build on these skills!

Social Emotional– This week we picked back up with Little Penguin- Emotions and the Brain. We are continuing to learn about self management of our own emotions.  We learned about the parts of the brain (amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex) and how they control our emotions. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, January 11
    •  MUSIC
  • Tuesday, January 12
    • PE
  • Wednesday, January 13
    • ART
  • Thursday, January 14
    • STEAM
  • Friday, January 15
    • Early Release
    • MUSIC
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Week 16 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Thank you so much for the generous cards, gifts, and love! I feel incredibly thankful to have the best job in the world. Teaching your children is such a blessing. I hope you and your families have time to relax and make memories together over the next two weeks.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to RYLEIGH for always showing kindness.

First Grade Family Time – Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week’s family time.

Holiday Party – Thank you to all of the parents who donated supplies to help make our holiday party a success. We had so much fun!

 

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– We continued our nonfiction reading unit! We worked on chatting about nonfiction books and doing a nonfiction 5-finger retell.

Writing – We finished up our All About Christmas books!

Math – Students solved mixed addition and subtraction story problems. They are really getting the hang of finding the total and partners, then making a math mountain to solve.

Word Study – This week students learned that digraphs can come at the end of words, too!

Social Studies – We traveled to India, America (where we learned about Kwanza), Mexico, Germany, and Sweden. Our class was especially excited to make gingerbread houses in Germany!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, January 4
    •  STEAM
    • Celebrate Emmitt and Reagan’s birthdays
  • Tuesday, January 5
    • MUSIC
  • Wednesday, January 6
    • PE
  • Thursday, January 7
    • ART
  • Friday, January 8
    • STEAM
    • Library
    • Celebrate Evan’s birthday

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