Welcome to First Grade 2021-2022!

Welcome to our first-grade class blog! Please subscribe to our class blog by typing your email in the upper right-hand corner box. I will be updating it with important first-grade information throughout the school year. In addition, please make sure to subscribe to the Georgetown School Blog. Mr. Waldie will provide school-wide information on his blog throughout the school year.

Once you have subscribed and browsed through our blog, please take a moment to complete a few housekeeping items:

1. Open house- tentatively August 18th

2. Please take a few quick minutes to fill out this brief Parent Survey. This survey helps me to get a better picture of your child as a learner and provides me with some necessary contact information for this year. Thank you in advance!

3. One final optional form is this Shared Parent Contact Info Form. The results will be visible to you, allowing you to contact other parents to set up playdates, birthday parties, etc.

4. Email me with a family picture for your child to have hanging up in our classroom! My email address is ekuiper2@hpseagles.net

5. Take a look at our first-grade school supply list and have fun shopping for these items before our first day of school.

6. Follow our class Instagram page by downloading the Instagram application and following @mrs.kuipers.class.21.22

Week 37 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • WOW, I cannot believe that your student is officially a SECOND GRADER! I am so proud of every student… they grew as readers, writers, mathematicians, and most importantly as classroom citizens this year. They navigated a global pandemic, something that none of us have experienced before, with positivity and perseverance. Your child will forever hold a special place in my heart, I truly will never forget these amazing kiddos. Not only did these kids shine this year, but you as parents did as well! It is difficult for me to express my gratitude in words, as there are not enough to thank you for all of the work you did at home. You helped your kiddos and showered them with safety and love at home. Thank youthank youthank you for all that you did this school year.
  • To retain knowledge and skills learned this year, I strongly encourage your child to continue reading 20 minutes each day (Epic! and RazKids will remain available through this summer), writing 2-3 sentences in a journal each day, and working on MobyMax Fact Fluency for 5 minutes each day. I will also be creating a separate blog post with summer learning resources.
  •  If you have questions about anything regarding school throughout the summer, feel free to email me!

CELEBRATIONS:

We enjoyed field day during specials where we did a three-legged race, a sponge bucket fill, and more fun games. 

Last Day of School- We celebrated the last day of school with an awards ceremony, ice cream sandwiches, and a shaving cream party!

OUR LEARNING:

Sports Day-  To start off sports day we created our very own realistic fiction story by rolling a dice. We rolled the dice to choose our athlete, setting, and problem. For reading, we did a sports day comprehension story about baseball. In math we worked on partners of 10 by coloring jerseys, and we even played some basketball with cheese puffs. Each cup they made a cheese puff into had a number under it, so they had to add all three numbers together. The partner with the highest score won!

Lemonade Day-  As a class we made some pink lemonade together… it was so tasty! We reviewed our “how to” writing skills and wrote about how to make pink lemonade. For reading, we worked on our retell skills about a lemonade story. After trying both lemonade and pink lemonade, we worked on our graphing skills to see which kind was liked best by the class!


Beach Day- We are SO excited for summer, to kick off beach day we created summer bucket lists! We got to spend one last day out on our beach towels enjoying some of our favorite class books. In math, we caught fish and found seashells to work on our comparing skills.

Week 36 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • We will have no baggie books this last week of school. If you have any laying around at home please send them back to school with your child this week!
  • On Friday journals were sent home for the last time. Please write one final note to your child and then keep this special book at home!
  • We will be having an optional class and family picnic at Hager Park on Tuesday, June 1 at 5:00 pm. We will meet at the pavilion by the wooden playground! Feel free to bring a picnic dinner for your family if you’re interested. Or, your kiddos can just play at the park together and enjoy some popsicles (I’ll provide those!) All are welcome!

CELEBRATIONS:

Graduation – We enjoyed cheering for the Hudsonville High School graduates as they walked around Georgetown Elementary this week!

First Grade Olympics – Unfortunately we were not able to do first grade olympics this week with the cold, rainy, and windy weather on Friday. Instead, we did some fun rotations with all of the first grade teachers! We will NOT be rescheduling.

Quote of the Week – This week our class gave our quote to MRS. TINDALL for always counting her rainbows!

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

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We spent this week working on a special first grade memory book! I hope that this special keepsake will help your child remember all of the special memories from first grade.

Word Study – We wrapped up our first grade word study review by studying digraphs this week (sh, ch, ph, th, wh). 

Reading–  We are ending the year with a review of non-fiction books. We are looking at non-fiction text features such as- Table of Contents, Diagrams, Labels, Headings, Titles, Glossary, Index, and Bold Words.

Math- We took our final math test which covered double digit addition with regrouping. This unit was short but important. Please continue to practice with your child at home throughout the summer!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 31
    •  NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, June 1
    • No specials- field day!
    • Sports Day – wear a jersey and tennis shoes!
    • 5pm – Family Picnic @ Hager Park
  • Wednesday, June 2
    • PE
    • Lemonade Day – wear pink or yellow!
  • Thursday, June 3
    • ART
    • Beach Day – wear a beach outfit! (No swimsuits please.)
  • Friday, June 4
    • No specials
    • Early release
    • Last day of school!

Week 35 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Please send your child’s towel back to school this week! With the nice weather we are hoping to do some more outdoor learning these last few weeks of school.
  • We will be having an optional class and family picnic at Hager Park on Tuesday, June 1 at 5:00 pm. We will meet at the pavilion by the wooden playground! Feel free to bring a picnic dinner for your family if you’re interested. Or, your kiddos can just play at the park together and enjoy some popsicles (I’ll provide those!) All are welcome!

  • Below are the teams for First Grade Olympics which will take place on Friday, May 28th! Please have your child wear gym shoes, comfy clothes, and a shirt that represents their team color.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week our class gave our quote to MRS. STRAUB for always making the most of each day!

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

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We are wrapping up our last unit by publishing our series books.  We will work on a series book box and illustrate and create cover pages for each of our stories. Please take some time to sit down and listen to your first grader read his or her stories and compliment them on their ideas, handwriting, punctuation, and details.

Word Study – We’ll be spending these last few weeks reviewing some of the most important foundational skills that our first graders need to know in order to be successful second grade readers and writers. This week, we reviewed beginning blends with S (sc, st, sp), L (bl, pl, cl), and R (br, gr, tr, etc.)

Reading–  We are ending the year with a review of non-fiction books. We are looking at non-fiction text features such as- Table of Contents, Diagrams, Labels, Headings, Titles, Glossary, Index, and Bold Words.

Math- We took our unit 7 test and began our last unit for the year! Unit 8 is an introduction to double digit addition. We would like our kiddos to have exposure with some of the methods they can use because this will be a big focus in second grade! This week we learned how we can use the making a ten strategy for pictures, and they were also introduced to the new group below and new group above method for vertical problems. Another method we talked about was adding the tens together first then the ones, and then add to find the sum of the tens and ones.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 24
    •  STEAM
  • Tuesday, May 25
    • MUSIC
  • Wednesday, May 26
    • PE
  • Thursday, May 27
    • ART
  • Friday, May 28
    • STEAM
    • First Grade Olympics – wear gym shoes, comfy clothes, and team color!
  • Monday, May 31
    • Memorial Day – No School

Week 34 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Please send your child’s towel back to school this week! With the nice weather we are hoping to do some more outdoor learning these last few weeks of school.

CELEBRATIONS:

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

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – Students wrapped up their realistic fiction series for our From Scenes to Series unit of study! This week we focused on using correct punctuation and using illustrations to tell important details. We learned that writers can use illustrations to give clues about the setting, bring characters to life, tell secrets to the reader, and add extra realistic details. 

Word Study – We’ll be spending these last few weeks reviewing some of the most important foundational skills that our first graders need to know in order to be successful second grade readers and writers. This week, we practiced sorting long and short vowel sounds. For example, “cut” has a short vowel sound, and “cute” has a long vowel sound. 

Reading–  This week we wrapped up our Meeting characters and Learning Lessons Unit. We worked on learning lessons from our books and talked about how the lessons we learn in a book can be like a fortune from a fortune cookie.  We made comparisons and practiced giving our opinions about the books we have read. We will end the year with a review of non-fiction books.

Math- We continued learning about shapes this week, and the kiddos learned the names of some 3D shapes as well: sphere, cylinder, rectangular prism, cone and cube. We also learned how we can put both 2D shapes and 3D shapes together to create new shapes. Towards the end of the week, we started studying measurement and what the words longest and shortest mean. We practiced putting items in order from shortest to longest and vice versa. On Friday, we learned we can measure things with length units such as paper clips. We took a quiz over both shapes and measurement this week, and we will be taking our unit 7 test next week.

Morning Tubs- This week we tried out a new morning routine. The kids loved playing and learning with our new morning tubs!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 17
    •  STEAM
  • Tuesday, May 18
    • MUSIC
  • Wednesday, May 19
    • PE
  • Thursday, May 20
    • ART
  • Friday, May 21
    • STEAM
    • Library books due for the 20-21 school year!

Week 33 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • For our next early release day on May 21st, we will be making ice cream sundaes! Please sign up here if you are interested in donating an item.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – Last week’s quote of the week went to SABRINA for being a great friend and classmate! This week’s quote of the week went to HUNTER for always showing kindness to all!

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

School Lunch Hero Day – To celebrate all of our amazing lunch heroes, we made this special display in the cafeteria.

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – In writing this week we added some new tools to our writing toolboxes! We learned how to “show not tell” by adding tiny realistic details. Later we learned all about repetition and the importance of patterns in writing. Next week we will wrap up our realistic fiction writing unit and students will publish their very own boxed book series!

Word Study – In first grade, one of the best ways for students to learn something new is through play and practice! We practiced proper use of capital letters through lots of different word games this week. Please encourage your child to capitalize proper nouns and the start of each sentence when they’re writing at home!

Reading–  This week in reading we learned about main characters and supporting characters too! This was a great tie in to our writing as it has been so fun creating our own characters. We also talked about changing our voices when our character’s feelings change and looked for clues on how to read our stories.

Math- This week we focused on time in our day and the tasks we carry out at specific times. We also learned how to tell and write time in half-hours which you saw on the first quick quiz that came home! The remainder of the week was dedicated to shapes and their attributes. On Friday, we learned about equal shares and how to create equal shares with various shapes.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 10
    •  ART
  • Tuesday, May 11
    • STEAM
  • Wednesday, May 12
    • MUSIC
  • Thursday, May 13
    • PE
  • Friday, May 14
    • ART
    • Library

Week 32 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • For our realistic fiction writing unit, our final project will be creating a series boxed set. We would greatly appreciate the donation of cereal boxes for this project! Please send in any empty cereal boxes with your child this week.

CELEBRATIONS:

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

National School Principal’s Day – To celebrate National School Principal’s Day, our class wrote about what we think Mr. Waldie does all day. We put all of the notes together in a book for Mr. Waldie!

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – For this unit, our final project will be creating a series boxed set. We would greatly appreciate the donation of cereal boxes for this project over the next two weeks! This week students continued working on their realistic fiction series. We learned how to develop dialogue in our stories and “put ‘said’ to bed” by using other words such as yelled, cheered, or mumbled. We focused on how to make our stories realistic. Students were taught to write about real places and ordinary people and things INSTEAD of ninja cats that fly to outer space. 😉

Word Study – We used our word study time to fit in some assessments this week.  We made sure to focus on capitalization skills in our writing and looked for our spelling rules in our reading. 

Reading– We have started our final reading unit of the year!! This unit is called meeting characters and learning lessons. We are putting together all that we have learned to really dig into books! It is so exciting to see our students really be able to dig into beginning readers and chapter books. We practiced taking a sneak peek, retelling our story, and worked on reminders of how to read and share with a partner. 

Math- We completed our unit 6 test this week and started right up with unit 7! This unit covers geometry, measurement, and equal shares. The first few lessons are all about time and learning how to tell and write time in hours. We began by looking at a clock and the different parts that make up a clock. They learned the difference between the hour hand and the minute hand and that when the minute hand is on the 12, it is an o’clock time.

Social-Emotional–  This week Little Penguin shared with us about Self-Respect and Self-Esteem. Students thought about what they like about themselves and brainstormed how our class works together to respect each other.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 3
    •  PE
  • Tuesday, May 4
    • ART
  • Wednesday, May 5
    • STEAM
  • Thursday, May 6
    • MUSIC
  • Friday, May 7
    • PE
    • Library

Week 31 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • For our realistic fiction writing unit, our final project will be creating a series boxed set. We would greatly appreciate the donation of cereal boxes for this project! Please send in any empty cereal boxes with your child between Monday, April 26th and Friday, May 7th.
  • Scholastic Book Club orders are due Thursday, April 29th.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to NORA for taking great care of the Earth!

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

Earth Day – On Friday we celebrated Earth Day! We did a virtual visit with our adopted cow, Daisy, made “dirt,” watched The Lorax, and made a craft.

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – This week students created their very own character that they will use for their realistic fiction series! They used a character web to describe what the character looks like, where he/she lives, and what kind of trouble he/she could run into! Students began writing book one of their series. I was blown away by their creativity! For this unit, our final project will be creating a series boxed set. We would greatly appreciate the donation of cereal boxes for this project over the next two weeks!

Word Study – We began a new bend of our unit and learned all about capital letters this week. First graders learned that we need capital letters at the start of a sentence, the start of the name of a person or place, the start and end of a letter, the word I, and starts of dates.

Reading– We are wrapping up our unit on Getting to Know our Characters.  The week readers worked to retell- identifying the beginning, middle and end of what they read. We also focused on finding our stories’ problems and solutions.  This was a great connection to writing and helped to give us ideas for the stories we are writing. 

Math- We completed our first quiz of the unit which you should have seen come home earlier this week! We also began learning how to compare within a story with the help of comparison bars. These are very similar to math mountains, but instead of trying to figure out a total we are comparing to see who has more/less and how many more/fewer. We will be taking our test for this unit next week.

Social-Emotional– We started a new Social-Emotional Unit this week- Respect and Anti-Bullying.  The unit kicked off with a story about Little Penguin encountering a bully and learning to handle the situation.  

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 26
    •  MUSIC
  • Tuesday, April 27
    • PE
  • Wednesday, April 28
    • ART
  • Thursday, April 29
  • Friday, April 30 
    • MUSIC
    • Library

Week 30 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Please continue to read with your child for 20 minutes, 5 times a week!
  • If you are interested in donating an item for our Earth Day celebration, you can sign up here.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to ADALYN for always including others and making everyone feel like they belong!

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

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – This week we began our new writing unit, From Scenes to Series! We will be learning how to write well-elaborated realistic fiction stories throughout this unit. Our class worked together this week to develop a character and we began a shared writing together. You can support your writer at home by asking your child about the character, what the character’s problem is, and how the problem is solved. 

Word Study – We took a special look at our snap words this week, and we studied some of the words that may be extra tricky. We sometimes make bloopers with these words because the spelling doesn’t necessarily match the sounds in the word. (ex: might doesn’t sound like “m-ig-h-t”). We also got a special delivery from Rasheed that helped us build big compound words with some of our snap words, such as “something” and “anywhere.”

Reading – We are still in our unit about Getting to Know our Characters.  This ties in well with our new writing unit as we can take the stories we are reading and imagine a new story for the character.  This week we used all we know to solve tricky words. We kept practicing and didn’t give up when the words got hard. We used the pictures in our stories to help us better understand our story.  We also worked on our retell skills, highlighting the characters, setting, and story events. 

Math – We began Unit 6 this week which covers comparisons and data. The kiddos learned some new vocabulary that will help them throughout this unit. We focused a lot on sorting different items and comparing the data to figure out which groups had the most/more or fewest/fewer.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 19
    •  MUSIC
  • Tuesday, April 20
    • PE
  • Wednesday, April 21
    • ART
  • Thursday, April 22
    • STEAM
  • Friday, April 23 
    • MUSIC
    • Early Release
    • Earth Day Celebration

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