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Dates to Remember


October 25th          Early Dismissal

October 31st          Halloween Parade - 9:15


November 1st, 2nd, 3rd     Parent Conferences and Book Fair

November 3rd         Book Fair






*  October 31st - Halloween Parade.  Please be sure your child's costume is in a bag, clearly marked with their name.  Students will be CHANGING into their costumes.  

*  Book Fair - Our class will be going to the book fair on Friday, November 3rd.  Please be sure your child's money is in an envelope with their name labelled on the outside.

  *  Please remember to send in your PTO Membership forms. 

 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 wil be decomposing a larger shape by filling it completely with non-overlapping pattern blocks. 

*  Students will describe attributes of 2D shapes. 

*  Students will compare attributes of 2D shapes.

*  Students will name 2D shapes based on their attributes.

*  Students will create triangles and quadrilaterals.  


      * Investigation: 1: Composing and Decomposing 2D shapes

      * Investigation 2: Describing and Sorting Shapes            

      * Investigation 3: Quilts






Writer's Workshop


Introduction to Writer's Workshop 




Reader's Workshop - Introduction to Reader's Workshop


 Learning Expectations - students will:


*  use multiple strategies to read tricky words in continuous texts.

*  use multiple strategies to monitor and self - correct in continuous texts.

* use multiple strategies to read for meaning.

*  build reading stamina.

*  Actively participate in partnerships to become strong readers.


Teaching Points:


*  Readers remind themselves of what the book is about to help figure out tricky words as they read.

*  Readers check their oun reading, reread, and ask:Does it sound right?  Do we talk that way?

*  Readers check their own reading, reread and ask: Does it make sense?  Does it go with what is happening in the story?

*  Readers reread to check tricky words and ask themselves"  Does it look right?  Does it sound right?  Does it make sense?

*  Readers reread to sound smooth and to help them understand what they read.

*  Readers change their voice to match what is happening in the story.

*  Readers make sure they understand their stories by retelling them to a partner.

*  Readers make sure they understand their information books by telling a partner what they have learned.

*  Readers reflect on how strategies help them read books, and they celebrate how they have grown as readers.



        *** 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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