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Field Trips

Natural Bridges- October 24th

De Anza Planetarium- November 7th

Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch- 

November 28th- Rylan's Class

December 12th- Ms. Barlow's Class

December 14th- Ms. Schultz's Class

Youth Science Institute at Alum Rock Park- March 21st

Oakland Zoo- May 30th

Santa Clara Unified Farm- in the Spring

Central Park Library and Park

Field Trip Bus
 

Book Bags

Practice reading every night from your book bag. They need to be brought back to school every day. Students go book shopping once a week and will be reading with the teacher in a small group and/or conferring with the teacher. Please take care of books and treat them with respect.

Reading Frog
 

1st Grade News

Reminders


Wednesday, November 7th- Field Trip to the Planetarium

Monday, November 12th- No School- Veterans’ Day

Tuesday, November 20th- Minimum Day- Report Cards Go Home

Wednesday-Friday, November 21st-23rd- No School- Thanksgiving Break


Our first graders are loving our Continents PBL. So far we have traveled throughout North America and Europe. We have talked about famous landmarks in these countries like: Banff National Park, Stonehenge, the Eiffel Tower, Niagra Falls and many others. Students have studied the American artist, Jackson Pollack, and the French painter, Georges Seurat. We have also played games from each continent. Our first graders have been so inquisitive and intrigued with each continent. This week we will continue our journey through Europe and we will "fly" to Asia later in the week!


We enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful costumes our 1st graders wore. In each of our classrooms, we celebrated Halloween with spider cider and a pumpkin design challenge. It was a blast! Our team dressed up like story book characters from Mo Willem's books.

 1st grade team halloween picture



Posted 11/4/18

Reminders

Wednesday, October 31st- Halloween Parade- 8:50am

Wednesday, November 7th- Field Trip to the Planetarium

Monday, November 12th- No School- Veterans’ Day

Tuesday, November 20th- Minimum Day- Report Cards Go Home

Wednesday-Friday, November 21st-23rd- No School- Thanksgiving Break


Reader's Workshop: In Reader's Workshop, our students are being word detectives and solving tricky words. They have learned strategies like: looking at words part by part, using all they know in the story, checking the picture, and thinking about what fits. Students can be seen asking themselves: Does this make sense? Does it look right? Does it sound right? All of the strategies they are learning can be seen when they are independently reading and reading in guided reading groups. It is awesome!

reading strategies

Writer's Workshop: In Writer's Workshop, students are learning about Procedural writing (how-tos). They are beginning to understand that how-tos have to be very detailed with steps to help the reader truly understand how to do or make something. Students are starting to think about things they do on a daily basis. Also, they are thinking about things they just know how to do or make!

How to writing

Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students are working in Math Journals and writing down their noticings and observations of numbers. Students are working on grouping numbers by tens and ones through counting collections, math talks, looking at ten frames, and other manipulatives. We continue to count by 5’s, 10s, and forwards/backwards from a given number.

counting by 10s

Social Studies: Continents PBL: We launched our PBL this week with a inflight safety video. Check it out here! This week Chameleon Airlines took flight and traveled around North America. Students were EXCITED and had so much fun! Students learned about the Famous American Artist, Jackson Pollack, the First Nations people of Canada, looked at pictures of the pyramids in Mexico, taste tested pan dulces, and so much more! Our next flight takes us to Europe.

continents


Posted 10/28/18

Reminders

Monday, October 15th- No School for Students

Wednesday, October 24th- Field Trip to Natural Bridges

Wednesday, October 31st- Halloween Parade at 8:50 am.

Monday, November 12th- No School- Veteran's Day


Reader's Workshop: In Reader's Workshop, our students are becoming increasingly strategic when coming to tricky words. They are looking at a word and finding parts they know, especially blends and digraphs. As they become more aware of these parts, they can work through solving longer and more complex words. In first grade, being efficient at solving tricky words is key!

readers solve tricky words by saying words slowly

Writer's Workshop: In Writer's Workshop, our published pieces are finished. Students worked hard as authors and went through the writing process.  We will begin “how tos” this coming week. We will be teaching students “how to” do and make things through shared experiences and writing about it through shared writing.

picture of girl writing

Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students continue to work on addition concepts and on combinations of numbers. They are understanding that addition facts are related like 9+2 and 2+9. They are keeping track of their thinking in math journals and are sharing their knowledge with their peers. Mathematicians become stronger as they talk more and more about their mathematical processes and thinking.






Posted 10/14/18

Reminders

Monday, October 15th- No School for Students

Wednesday, October 24th- Field Trip to Natural Bridges

 

Reader's Workshop: In Reader's Workshop, our students are working on being word detectives and solving tricky words.  They are learning a variety of strategies to solve unknown words while they are reading. Readers know that they are always on the lookout for tricky words and use everything they know to try and solve them. This is helping our first graders to be more strategic in their reading.

readers solve tricky words

readers solve tricky words by looking closely at the word

Writer's Workshop: In Writer's Workshop, students are finishing up their Narrative pieces and those who have already published are starting new writing pieces. In October, we will be learning about another genre of writing. We will be looking at procedural writing or “how-tos.” We will start this unit with immersion and teach students “how to” do things through activities. Then, we will participate in shared writing! It is going to be a blast.


Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students have been looking at addition concepts. Students are articulating their knowledge of numbers and how they add numbers together. As students start to see patterns, share how they solve problems, and talk with peers, their ability to articulate their thinking becomes stronger. Students are beginning to make connections between addition problems and quantities. It is awesome to see students excitement for math!

addition facts
 

Posted 10/7/18

Reminders

Monday, October 15th- No School for Students

Wednesday, October 24th- Field Trip to Natural Bridges


Reader's Workshop: In Reader's Workshop, our students have been learning strategies to solve tricky words. They have learned that they can look at the pictures and look at all parts of the word. Also, students have learned that when they read they need to stop when it doesn’t make sense and double check to make sure that the word they say looks right with the word that is tricky.

Reading Strategies

Writer's Workshop: In Writer's Workshop, students are revising their writing. As they write, we are conferring with students to work with them on elements their writing needs. Students have begun publishing their narratives. Students are learning that all authors go through a process before they publish their final pieces.

authors at work

Math Workshop: We have been continuing our work on developing beginning number concepts. Students have been practicing forward and backward counting sequence through counting collections and Count Around the Circle routines. Matching numerals, to quantities and to names has also been a focus as we build our community of mathematical thinkers who share ideas and make sense of other's ideas. Beginning addition concepts are being explored through math games and number talks, as students work to see patterns and make connections.


Gratitude:  Thank you for coming and meeting with us this week. We have enjoyed meeting with all of you. It was wonderful to get to know each and every one of you more. We look forward to working with you and your children throughout the year!

leaves
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Posted 9/29/18

Reminders

Monday, September 24th- Friday, September 28th- Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, October 15th- No School for Students

Wednesday, October 24th- Field Trip to Natural Bridges

 

Reader's Workshop: In Reader's Workshop, our students continue to build good reading habits. This past week, we focused on making our reading smooth. Sometimes when we read, our reading sounds bumpy. When we catch ourselves reading bumpy, we go back and reread to make it sound smooth. Then, our reading sounds more like talking. This is a habit we want our 1st graders practicing as they read and adding it to their good reading habits!

boy reading in a smooth voice

Writer's Workshop: In Writer's Workshop, students are writing stories about their own lives. We are getting ready to draft narratives so that we may publish later in the month. As students write, we have them think about what they are going to write, sketch what is happening, and then put words down on paper. Students are writing longer each and every day.

 

Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students are counting forwards and backwards at a given number. This helps their number sequencing and ability to know numbers in a deeper way. We learned a new math game called “One More.” Students played in partnerships! Math games allow students to gain a deeper understanding of numbers as well as collaborate with peers.

one more math game board
 

Starting Arts: Mr. Tony has been teaching students different theater games to get students to open up and tap into their creativity. Students are excited every Tuesday when we see Mr. Tony and they enjoy participating in the activities he teaches them.



 

Posted 9/16/18


Tuesday, September 11th- PTA Ice Cream Social

Monday, September 24th- Friday, September 28th- Parent Teacher Conferences


Reader's Workshop: In Reader's Workshop, our 1st graders are learning about good habits. They are learning that a habit is something you just do! Students are making it a habit to take a sneak peek of their books and to reread. As they read, they are making a plan of how they are going to read their books and how many books they want to read on a daily basis.

a pile of books

Writer's Workshop: In Writer's Workshop, students have been building their writing stamina. They have been writing stories about their own lives. This coming week, we will talk about personal narratives and what makes a story a personal narrative. Students will continue to write stories about their own lives, but with more a focus on the entire story. They will learn that stories are composed of a beginning, a middle, and an end.


Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students are participating in dot talks, sharing their thinking, listening to their pair thinking, and forming a deeper understanding of mathematical practices. They continue to form strategies and assumptions when talking about math. Students are participating in counting collections. They are using their math knowledge to decide how to count their collections and how to group them.


Take Home Book Bags: As students start to take home book, please remind them to be mindful and responsible about bringing them back each and every day. Enjoy listening to your child read. We encourage our students to read and reread their books. This helps them become stronger readers. We also encourage them to read to siblings or family members. Part of reading time can be you reading to your child. The more they see their school community and family community as readers the more they start to foster a love of reading!

book bag

Field Trips: Please make sure to sign up to be a chaperone for one of our field trips. You have received access to our Chaperone Google Doc.




Posted 9/10/18

 

Monday, September 3rd- Labor Day- No School

Monday, September 24th- Friday, September 28th- Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Reader's Workshop: In Reader's Workshop, our 1st graders are learning how our classroom libraries are organized. They are beginning to bookshop for books at their reading levels and books of interest. Students are building their stamina in their independent reading and are learning how to read with a buddy!

 

Writer's Workshop: In Writer's Workshop, students have continued to draw and write in their Writer’s Notebooks. To help students with the writing process, we have focused on spelling strategies. They are learning to use the word wall, alphabet chart, asking peers, and sounding out sounds in unfamiliar words to help them spell. This gives students strategies to use when they are stuck trying to figure out how to spell words.

 

Math Workshop: This week in math we have continued to develop our community of mathematicians who share their thinking and critique the reasoning of others. We’re learning how to make sense of others thinking, disagree respectfully, and add on to others ideas. Number talks and number sense routines began this week. They are designed to help us practice our counting, think flexibly with numbers, and keep track of time.

 

Back to School Night: Thank you for coming out and hearing about what your child will be learning this year. We are so excited to be teaching your children and we are looking forward to a year filled with academic and social growth.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences: Parent Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. Be on the lookout for more information about scheduling your conference.



 

Posted 9/10/18

Reminders

Tuesday, August 28th- Back to School Night 6:00-7:30pm.

Monday, September 3rd- Labor Day- No School

Monday, September 24th- Friday, September 28th- Parent Teacher Conferences


Reader's Workshop: In Reader's Workshop, our 1st graders have been learning about how we take care of books. They have been learning how to talk about books and explain why books are their favorites. 

book

Writer's Workshop: In Writer's Workshop, students have been learning how to draw and write about things they like, love and know. They have started to create pictures and add sentences to their stories about things that have happened to them. As they begin to write more, they are seeing themselves more as authors and illustrators. 

Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, we have been focusing on creating a safe and open environment where students can share their thinking. Students are starting to understand how our brain is ever growing and changing. We are engaging in math talks and calendar. 


Gratitude: Thank you for supporting your child's learning and growth in the beginning of the year. We look forward to working with all of you this year. 

Posted 8/23/18

Chameleon Rules

1. Take care of yourself. 

2. Treat others nicely. 

3. Treat our environment nicely. 

4. Everyone gets to play and learn. 

Library

First grade students go to the library every Tuesday. Please make sure your child brings their library book with them to school on Tuesdays so that they may check out a new book.

Books
 

P.E. with Ms. Vicki and Ms. Sharon

Every Monday, 1st graders will be going to PE.  Wear comfortable shoes and clothes for some fun activities. It is really important for students to stay hydrated. Remind them to bring a water bottle. 

PE Kids