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Dates to Remember


November 22nd          Early Dismissal

November 23rd          Thanksgiving

November 24th           No School

November 29th           Picture Retake Day






 Students have been provided with a Home/School folder.  Please return to school daily.

*  All lunch money should be in a sealed envelope with your child's name on the outside.

*  Any notes for the office or myself should be put in the Home/School folder and labeled.

*  Email:

*  If there are any changes in dismissal please send a note to school in the AM. 





Math - Making Shapes


*  Students will work at developing and understanding of the operations and on developing strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems using 10 as a landmark.  Emphasis will be on applying properties of operations, using the relationship  between addition and subtraction, and creating equivalent by easier or known sums.  Students will explore patterns on counting strips and within the hundreds chart to develop and understanding of place value.


      * Investigation: 1: Combinations of 10

      * Investigation 2: Introducing Subtraction

      * Investigation 3: Working with Addition and Subtraction

      * Investigation 4:  Counting Larger Amounts




Writer's Workshop


Introduction to Writer's Workshop 




Reader's Workshop - Introduction to Reader's Workshop


 Learning Expectations - students will:


* identify story elements

*  use text and illustrations to discover how characters act, feel and think

* retell a story by tracking characters' actions and feeling across the whole story

*  demonstrate an understanding that characters often learn something in stories

*  support ideas about characters with text evidence


Teaching Points:


*  Readers have lots of ways to get to know the characters in their books.

*  Readers stop when they notice a character doing something and think; "What can I learn about this character from what the character is doing?"

*  Readers can make sure they understand a book and a character by retelling what the character does, first, next and so on across the story.

*  Reader learn more about a character by looking closely at the illustrations.

*  Readers learn more about characters by paying attention to what they day and how they say it.

*  Readers can pay attention to how a character feels across a story and notice if those feelings change.

*  Readers can retell to their partner how a character feels differently in different parts of the story.

*  Readers reread stories to pay close attention to characters and notice details they didn't notice the first time.

*  Readers can reread a story to their partner and use their voice to show what is going on in the story.

*  Readers notice when a character's feelings change and ask; "Why did this happen?  Did the character learn something?"

*  When readers figure out something a character has learned they find evidence in the text to support their idea.



        *** A Reader's Workshop Packet goes home weekly.  The lessons are taught daily.  Some days the students will do a page in the packet, other days they will be practicing the strategies  independently or with their partner.  Please don't be alarmed if all the pages are not complete.  The packets are more to let you know what our lesson was for the day. 



 Take Home Reading Bags -

    Just a reminder about your child's books.  These are independent reading books and are below your child's reading level.  The students are being instructed at higher levels in small groups.  The Take Home Bags are for practicing good reading habits.  Most importantly for them to read like they talk.  They should be reading with expression.  Good readers read to entertain. Many students are reading their own books at home, which is also good practice.  Please encourage and compliment their good reading.  


 Sight Words - Students have been assessed on the First Grade Sight Words.  A copy was sent home with your child's score.   The students came home with a ZAP game. The words were chosen for each student based on the assessments.  Please take 10 minutes and play, they really enjoy playing.  I will be sending home other materials throughout the year to help with recognition and fluency of Sight Words.

***** Not only do the students need to recognize these word automatically BUT they also need to know how to spell the words.  If your child has mastered the words, please have them practice spelling them.





Ms. Collins


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