Mrs. Terrill-Guadarrama's First Grade Class

November 07, 2016

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October 09, 2016

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September 25, 2016

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Weekly Newsletter 9-26-30

September 11, 2016

Some important info before Back to School night

This week we attended an assembly with Mrs. Morales to learn about the school rules.  We also attended a bus evacuation drill, in which students were able to practice what to do in the event of an emergency on the bus.  I wanted to pass on some important info before Back to School night: I will discuss AR at Back to School night, provide your child’s goal and log in information. Students may take AR quizzes now to “get ahead”.  In second grade, we do not send home students with a book bag with an assigned book.  We also don’t use reading logs.  Students bring their books home from our school library to read and bring the books back to class when they are ready to take their quiz.  (we have not visited our school library yet.) They may also take quizzes on books from home or the public library.  Just send the book in with a note that they are ready.  You can also send me an email.  We have begun to use class Dojo.  At Back to School night I will talk more about it and give you a code so you can connect to our classroom.  Have a great week!  See you on the 22nd!

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March 27, 2016

What’s Happening in Room 12

March 28-April 1 

This week is conference week.  We get out at 1:00 every day.  I look forward to meeting with those of you who have conferences this week!

This week we are learning about:

READING: Continue Theme 5: Family Time, reading two syllable words with endings –ing or –ed, describe central lesson, how characters respond to major challenges

HFW: air, child, heavy, hour

MATH: Shapes, parts and whole

SCIENCE: Animals

WRITING: Informative writing, research book on student-selected animal, other informational books

SOCIAL STUDIES: Producers and Consumers

SCHOLARLY HABITS: Maintain Focus

IMPORTANT DATES:

THIS WEEK

3/30 College-Wear Wednesday Pastries with the Principal 8:10

3/31 Trimester 2 Awards 9:15

4/1 Spirit Day-Wear Green or purple spirit wear  Big O Breakfast 8:20

LOOKING AHEAD:

4/11-4/15 Spring break

We need:

empty coffee cans by 4/20

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January 31, 2016

Hi all!

Apologies!  I have been unable to post on he site for the past few months, but I have worked out my technical difficulties!  We have also added Classroom Dojo to our communication media.  I invited all parents.  If you need a new invite, please email me.

What’s Happening in Room 12

February 1-5

Students have a day off this Friday.  Enjoy!  Looking ahead to Valentine’s Day, I am planning a math activity using conversation hearts candies.  I usually like to use the small individual boxes, but big bags can work too.  If you are interested in sending them in for our class, please let me know.  We have 23 students.  Also, we will set aside some time on Thursday, February 11th to pass out Valentine’s cards.  Please send in a box or bag for your child to collect cards in.  If you send in cards, please have your child write “To”: my friend” and sign their own name.  Avoiding writing individual recipients’ names helps to expedite the passing out process.  The web address is: http://gardenpark.ggusd.us

This week we are learning about:

READING: monitor/clarify, r-controlled vowels (ar, or, ore)

HFW: board, listen, told

MATH: Addition and Subtraction Regrouping Strategies

SCIENCE: Life Science (plants and their parts)

WRITING: Writing Opinion Books (letter about characters or parts of books we love)

GRAMMAR: Verbs

SOCIAL STUDIES: Government

SCHOLARLY HABITS: Striving for Accuracy and Explaining your Thinking

IMPORTANT DATES:

THIS WEEK

2/3 College Wear Wednesday

2/5 Non-Student day

LOOKING AHEAD:

2/11 Sweetheart Dance

2/12-2/15 Presidents’ Day weekend (NO SCHOOL FRIDAY OR MONDAY)

We need:

empty coffee cans

conversation hearts candies

October 13, 2015

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Today we used toy cars and rulers to make discoveries about forces and motion! 

What’s Happening in Room 12…

October 12-16

This week is our first Art Masters’ experience for the 2015-2016 school year.  We will learn about Renoir and his style of art at an assembly on Monday.  On Thursday morning, we will have a chance to try our hand at his style with a Renoir-inspired art project.  Keep reading your library/AR books and coming in ready for a quiz! I encourage you to visit our school website for updated important dates and our class webpage.

The web address is: http://gardenpark.ggusd.us 

This week we are learning about:

READING: informational text study “Motion and Forces”

MATH: Finish up Unit 1 Fluency and Problem Solving to 20 (Topic 4), Begin Place Value (Topic 5) Home Connect letters attached

SCIENCE: Physical Science (motion)

WRITING: Publishing, Writing Teaching Books (informational text)

SOCIAL STUDIES: Map Skills

IMPORTANT DATES:

THIS WEEK

10/12 Art Master’s Assembly: RENIOR

10/15 Family Art Night 6:30-8

10/16 Western day WEAR YOUR WESTERN GEAR!

NEAR FUTURE:

10/19 Barnes and Noble Family Reading Night

10/21 Skate Night

10/23 October Glorious Gecko Awards

10/26 Red Ribbon Week begins

10/30 Halloween Parade and Fall Learning Centers and HALLOWEENIE ROAST

11/6 October Glorious Gecko Awards

I often get parents who ask what items they can donate to our class. Currently, we are in need of:

  • Clear sheet protectors
  • whiteboard markers

October 2, 2015

What’s Happening in Room 12…

October 5-9

We are making our way into October and our year is off to a great start!  Looking ahead, we will be having our costume parade and fall learning centers on the morning of October 30th. Look for more details to come. REMINDER: Students should keep reading homework in their folders every day, but only need to turn it in Friday.  Math homework is to be completed and returned every day. AS the weather begins to cool off (hopefully!!) and it gets to be sweater/jacket weather, please remember to write your child’s name in all their outerwear.  We get so many nice things that end up in the lost and found! I encourage you to visit our school website for updated important dates and our class webpage!

The web address is: http://gardenpark.ggusd.us

This week we are learning about:

READING: reading with fluency and expression

HFW:  REVIEW THEME 1: bought reason special surprise move different floor poor word letter

MATH: Addition Strategies (Topic 2 test Monday) Begin Subtraction Strategies (See attached home connect letters)

SCIENCE: Physical Science

SOCIAL STUDIES: Map Skills 

IMPORTANT DATES:

THIS WEEK

10/7 Early Release

10/8 PTA Board Meeting 2:45

10/9 Flag Friday (Wear Purple and/or green so we can WIN THE GECKO SPIRIT TROPHY!)

NEAR FUTURE

10/12 Art Master’s Assembly: RENIOR

10/15 Family Art Night 6:30-8

10/19 Barnes and Noble Family Reading Night

10/21 Skate Night

10/23 October Glorious Gecko Awards

10/26 Red Ribbon Week begins

10/30 Halloween Parade and Fall Learning Centers and HALLOWEENIE ROAST

I often get parents who ask what items they can donate to our class. Currently, we are in need of:

  • Clear sheet protectors
  • whiteboard markers 

September 25, 2015

What’s Happening in Room 12…

September 28-October 2

It was so great to see everyone at Back to School Night!  If you did not make it, I attached the Power Point I presented to this email, so you can view it and let me know if you have any questions. I encourage you to visit our school website for updated important dates and our class webpage!

The web address is: http://gardenpark.ggusd.us

This week we are learning about:

READING: reading two-syllable words with short CVCe base words (ex. chasing)  Summarizing

HFW:  move different floor poor word letter

SPELLING: CVCe words with ing endings

MATH: Addition Strategies (Topic 2 test in 2 weeks)

SCIENCE: Physical Science

SOCIAL STUDIES: Map Skills

HOMEWORK NOTE: THIS WEEK STUDENTS WILL CIRCLE EITHER THE PRACTICE OR RETEACH SIDE TO INDICATE WHICH SIDE IS REQUIRED FOR HOMEWORK.  STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE TO DO BOTH SIDES.

IMPORTANT DATES:

9/30 Book Orders due

10/1 Fall Pictures

10/2 Glorious Gecko Awards 

I often get parents who ask what items they can donate to our class. Currently, we are in need of:

  • Clear sheet protectors

Thank you Yvonne T. for your donations this week!

September 18, 2015

What’s Happening in Room 12…

September 21-25

This year is off to a great start and I look forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night, where we will discuss the year in greater detail and I will answer any questions you may have.   As I am correcting homework, I am noticing some students are forgetting to put their names on their papers.  I remind them to check before turning it in, but some may need reminders at home also. I encourage you to visit our school website for updated important dates and our class webpage!

The web address is: http://gardenpark.ggusd.us

This week we are learning about:

FREADING: reading two-syllable words with short o, u, and e,  Monitoring and clarifying, synonyms

HFW:  brought, reason, special, surprise

SPELLING: short o, u, and e spelling patterns in both one and two syllable words (ex. bag, win, dig, ran, scratch, picnic)

MATH: Addition and Subtraction Strategies (see attached vocab and concept support) TOPIC ! TEST ON WEDNESDAY

SCIENCE: Physical Science

HOMEWORK NOTE: THIS WEEK STUDENTS WILL CIRCLE EITHER THE PRACTICE OR RETEACH SIDE TO INDICATE WHICH SIDE IS REQUIRED FOR HOMEWORK.  STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE TO DO BOTH SIDES.

IMPORTANT DATES:

9/23 5:45 PTA Association Meeting 6pm Back to School Night

9/30 Book Orders due

10/1 Fall Pictures

10/2 Glorious Gecko Awards

I often get parents who ask what items they can donate to our class. Currently, we are in need of:

  • tissues
  • glue sticks

Thank you Katie and Evangelia for your donations this week! 

September 13, 2015

What’s Happening in Room 12…

September 14-18

Welcome back to a great year here at Garden Park!  I am so excited to have your children in our class this year and I am looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night on September 23rd.  Math homework will start this week.  Reading homework will be added after Back to School Night.  I would like to go over the reading homework structure with parents before assigning it.  I encourage you to visit our school website for updated important dates and our class webpage!

The web address is: http://gardenpark.ggusd.us

This week we are learning about:

READING: reading two-syllable words with short a and I, summarizing, homophones

HFW:  bought, kitchen, roll, front, until

SPELLING: short a and I spelling patterns in both one and two syllable words (ex. bag, win, dig, ran, scratch, picnic)

MATH: Addition and Subtraction Strategies (see attached vocab and concept support)

SCIENCE: Physical Science

IMPORTANT DATES:

9/16 5 pm Souplantation Family Dining Night

9/17 3pm PTA Meeting in MPR

9/23 5:45 PTA Association Meeting 6pm Back to School Night

9/30 Book Orders due

10/1 Fall Pictures

10/2 Glorious Gecko Awards

I often get parents who ask what items they can donate to our class. Currently, we are in need of:

  • tissues
  • glue sticks

Thank you! J 

June 01, 2015

What’s happening this week in Room 12…

(6/1 to 6/5)

Yay!  Our field trip is almost here.  I sent out a separate flyer with details about Friday.  We are moving on in reading, so we have new sight words and spelling words.

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: car start arm far yard dark large jar against minute

HFW: above against already begin caught minute

PHONICS: reading words with r-controlled vowels (ar)

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on summarizing

MATH: Reviewing all we have learned this year!

WRITING: writing about what we have done this year

SCIENCE: Animal Oral Reports

IMPORTANT DATES:

6/5 LA Zoo Field Trip

6/8 Last day for AR quizzes

6/9 Volunteer Tea 2:30 in MPR

6/15 Field Day 8-11:30  Awards Assembly 1:30

6/17 Last day of school 

May 17, 2015

We have been working hard making “Our Town” and reading lots of stories…

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What’s happening this week in Room 12…

(5/19-5/22)

This week we are beginning our tenth and final theme: We Can Do It!  Mark your calendar for May 27th, our Open House.  I am so proud of all the creative, hard work our students have been doing! Mrs. Held and I are planning our upcoming field trip.  Look for more details soon. 

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: store corn more for or morning afford before other laugh

HFW: began break divide head laugh second sure

PHONICS: reading words with r-controlled vowels (or, ore, ir, ur, er)

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on predicting/inferring and drawing conclusions

MATH: We continue our study of time, telling time on an analog clock to the hour and half hour TIME TEST FRI

WRITING: writing our autobiography

SOCIAL STUDIES: Community, Goods and Services

IMPORTANT DATES:

COMPUTER LAB CLOSED ALL WEEK FOR TESTING

5/21 Skate Night 6-8 pm Fountain Valley Skate Center

5/22 Crazy Hair Day

5/26-5/29 Book Fair

5/27 Open House and Spaghetti Dinner

6/5 LA Zoo Field Trip

May 11, 2015

2015-05-11 first grade homework

What’s happening this week in Room 12…

(5/11 to 5/15)

Welcome back for another great week!  I hope everyone had a relaxing and restful Mother’s Day!  This Friday is our Big “O” Breakfast.  We will take our math unit test this Tuesday and Wednesday.  It is all about shapes and composing and decomposing shapes.  I was so pleased that everybody who was here on Friday turned in their animal report on time.  Yay!

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: coin soil boy oil toy point moist destroy

HFW: watched together sharp garden baby edge only enough

PHONICS: reading words with /oi/ sound spelled oi  or oy and the /au/ sound spelled au or aw and suffixes –ful, -ly, and –y.

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on predicting/inferring and drawing conclusions

MATH: We continue our GEOMETRY unit deepening our understanding of 2D and 3D shapes  TEST TUES and WED

WRITING: writing our autobiography

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Our Community, Goods and Services 

IMPORTANT DATES:

COMPUTER LAB CLOSED ALL WEEK FOR TESTING

5/15 Big O breakfast w/Mrs. Morales

6/5 Zoo Field Trip

April 21, 2015

What’s happening this week in Room 12…

(4/20 to 4/24)

This week we are wrapping up our eighth theme: Our Earth.  We will review spelling and grammar concepts and take our theme test.  Next week we will move on to Theme 9: Special Friends.  Keep reading those AR books!

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: REVIEW THEME 8

HFW: REVIEW THEME 8 carry, kind, put, saw, butter, were, work, person always eight body arms seven warm ready about because happy teacher draw tiny part

PHONICS: reading base words with endings –ed and –ing.

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on predicting/inferring and drawing conclusions

MATH: We continue our GEOMETRY unit deepening our understanding of 2D and 3D shapes

WRITING: writing opinions and informational articles

SCIENCE: Plant parts and needs

IMPORTANT DATES:

4/20 Art Masters Assembly

4/24 Glorious Gecko Awards and Walk for Technology

SPIRIT DAY: SUPER HERO DRESS

4/29 Science Fair 6-8 pm

First grade homework 4-20

March 16, 2015

First grade homework 3-16-15

March 09, 2015

First grade homework 3-11-2

What’s happening this week in Room 12…

(3/9 to 3/13)

This is our final week to meet AR goals and many students are working hard to make that final push. READ, READ, READ!

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: look took book cook good foot hoof crook any idea

HFW: afraid any bear follow most tall water idea

PHONICS: reading words with oo (like in cook)

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on monitor/clarify

MATH: adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers

WRITING: writing opinions

SCIENCE: Matter/Plants 

IMPORTANT DATES:

3/13 Last Day of the Trimester (Last Day to Meet AR goal)

3/20-3/27 Spring Conferences DISMISSAL AT 1:05

4/6-4/10 Spring Break

March 02, 2015

What’s happening this week in Room 12…

(3/2 to 3/6)

Well, it looks like March is coming in like a lion.  Here’s hoping it goes out like a lamb. Speaking of the end of March, our second trimester conferences will be 3/20-3/27.  I am going to use the Go Sign Me Up website to help conference scheduling this year.  I will be sending the email later this week.

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: boat slow coat grow show toad coast know both gone

HFW:  again both gone or want turn hard

PHONICS: reading words with long o (vowel pairs oa and ow)

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on summarize

MATH: continue adding on the hundred chart TRIMESTER FINAL MARCH 5th.

WRITING: writing opinions

SCIENCE: Matter

IMPORTANT DATES:

3/6 International Night

3/13 Last Day of the Trimester (Last Day to Meet AR goal)

3/20-3/27 Spring Conferences DISMISSAL AT 1:05

4/6-4/10 Spring Break

Homework link:

First grade homework 3-2-15 

February 23, 2015

First grade homework 2-23-15

What’s happening this week in Room 12…

(2/23-2/27)

We are finishing up February and coming up on the final weeks of the second trimester.  That means students should be nearing their AR goals.  The last day to take quizzes to count toward this trimester is 3/13.  Hopefully, you signed up for emails from the Home Connect Website and are up to date on your child’s progress.  If you do not receive the emails, please contact me and I can update you.  Hope to see you all at Family Reading Night this Thursday!  And don’t forget to wear your PJs Friday!

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: day say play may way stay away holiday been near

HFW:  been evening near far forest goes hungry soon

PHONICS: reading words with long a (vowel pairs ai and ay)

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on predict/infer

MATH: continue adding on the hundred chart TRIMESTER FINAL MARCH 5th.

WRITING: writing opinions

SCIENCE: Matter 

IMPORTANT DATES:

2/26 Family Reading Night

2/27 Glorious Geckos and PJ Day

3/13 Last Day of the Trimester (Last Day to Meet AR goal)

3/20-3/27 Spring Conferences DISMISSAL AT 1:05

4/6-4/10 Spring Break

February 18, 2015

First grade homework 2-17-15

February 09, 2015

What’s happening this week in Room 12…

(2/9-2/12)

We have a lot going on this month and since we have a long weekend next weekend, I am not expecting homework to be turned in this week.  Please take two weeks to complete the packet.  It will be due 2/20.  Likewise we will have a test on the following spelling words on the 20th.  I hope everyone has a safe and restful holiday!

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: me see mean feet eat he maybe sheep show climb

HFW:  morning shout found by out show climb

PHONICS: reading words with long e (CVCe and vowel pairs ee and ea)

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on question

MATH: adding on the hundred chart

WRITING: writing personal narratives and opinions

SCIENCE: Matter

IMPORTANT DATES:

2/9 Art Masters: Lawrence

2/10 In Class Art Project

2/13&2/15 Presidents Day and Lincoln’s Birthday

2/17 100th day of school

2/26 Family Reading Night

2/27 Glorious Geckos and PJ Day

January 30, 2015

What’s happening this week in Room 12…

(2/2 – 2/6)

This week we are moving into our new theme: amazing Animals.  We will read and write stories about animals.  We will also research and learn new information about animals (getting jazzed up for our field trip to the zoo in June)!

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: go bone so nose home no also woke there now

HFW:  cow table now door there through horse wall

PHONICS: reading words with long o CVCe and o) and long u    (CVCe)

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on summarize

MATH: adding multiples of 10, counting by 10, adding 2

WRITING: writing personal narratives

SCIENCE: Matter

IMPORTANT DATES:

2/6 Sweetheart dance 6:30

2/9 Art Masters: Lawrence

2/10 In Class Art Project

2/13&2/15 Presidents Day and Lincoln’s Birthday

2/17 100th day of school

2/26 Family Reading Night

2/27 Glorious Geckos and PJ Day

January 25, 2015

What’s happening this week in Room 12…

(1-26 to 1-29)

This week we are going to take some time to review HFWs, spelling words, and make connections within our reading theme (Home Sweet Home) and with our universal theme (Relationships).  We will also read, study and write poetry.  In math, we will finish up ou

r place value unit and take a test on Thursday.  The test covers the concepts of tens and ones, expanded notation and greater than, less than and equal to that we have been working on since December.  Our next unit moves into addition and subtraction within 100.

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: review long a and long i (CVCe) no formal weekly test

HFW:  give good little her try was fly our could, house, how, over, own, so, world grow light long more other right room these

PHONICS: reading words with long i and long a and contractions

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on poetry, home, and relationships

MATH: greater than, less than, equal to, TEST THURS

WRITING: writing personal narratives and poetry

SCIENCE: Matter

IMPORTANT DATES:

1/29 Taco Surf Family Dining Night

1/30 Non-student day

2/6 Sweetheart Dance

2/9 Art Masters: Lawrence

2/13&2/15 Presidents Day and Lincoln’s Birthday

2/17 100th day of school 

January 20, 2015

What’s happening this week in Room 12…

(1-20 to 1-23)

This week students council is offering a lolly pop pull.  Students can buy a lolly pop for a dollar.  A few will have a mark on the bottom.  Children who pull a marked lolly pop will win lunch with Mrs. Morales!

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: like five ride nine time kite prize smile little try

HFW:  give good little her try was fly our

PHONICS: reading words with long i (CVCe) ex. pine slide and contractions

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on monitoring and clarifying while we read

MATH: greater than, less than, equal to

WRITING: writing personal narratives

SOCIAL STUDIES: Maps

IMPORTANT DATES:

1/23 Glorious Gecko Awards

1/30 Non-student day

Homework:

First grade homework 1-20

January 05, 2015

Below please find a link to this week’s homework.  Have a great week!

First grade homework 1-5

January 04, 2015

What’s happening this week in Room 12…

(1-5 to 1-9)

Happy New Year!  Welcome back!  I hope you all had a restful break full of family, friends, and fun!  I am looking forward to getting back into learning!

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: she, fish, much, chin, shell, chop, thin, match, light, these

HFW:  grow light long more other right room these

PHONICS: reading words with digraphs (ex. sh, th, wh, ch, tch)

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on questioning while we read

MATH: tens and ones to 20

WRITING: writing opinion writing, focusing on using the writing process

GRAMMAR: Using “I” or “me”

SOCIAL STUDIES: Maps

IMPORTANT DATES:

1/16 Movie Night

1/19 MLK Jr. Day (No School)

1/23 Glorious Gecko Awards

1/30 Non-student day 

December 18, 2014

We had such a great time during our Winter Craft Centers on Tuesday!

Below is this week’s homework.

First grade homework 12-15-14

December 07, 2014

What’s happening this week in Room 12… (12-8 to 12-12)

Understanding the Report Card night is this Tuesday at 6pm.  Hope to see you there!  Minimum days begin this Friday.  We will be getting out of school at 1:05.  I look forward to meeting with you at conferences.  Our Winter Craft Centers will take place on Tuesday December 16th.  Look for more details to come. 

This week we are learning about…

SPELLING: up us but fun cut run jump plum down learn

HFW:  car down hear hold hurt learn walk their would

PHONICS: reading words with triple clusters (ex. strip, spring, split), and   the short u sound

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on monitoring and clarifying while we read

MATH: linear measurement

WRITING: writing informative sentences and opinion writing

SOCIAL STUDIES: Maps

IMPORTANT DATES: 

12/10                        College Wear

12/12                Wear your spirit wear!

12/4 – Report Card Information Night

12/8 -  Spark of Love Toy Drive begins

12/10 – Winter Concert morning assembly and Winter Concert @ 6:00 p.m.

12/11 – Cookies with Santa @ 3:00 p.m.

12/18 Trimester 1 awards assembly PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE

12/15-12/19- Parent Teacher Conferences 

December 03, 2014

My apologies!  I have been out very sick yesterday and today.  My daughter is very sick too! :( I have been unable to upload homework, but below please find a few helpful hints on the math homework, if needed. 

Skip Counting OA 5

Every morning during calendar we sing songs to skip count, to memorize which numbers we arrive at when counting by 2s 5s and 10s. See if she/he can sing you the songs. One just goes 10, 20, 30, etc. We put up a hand with 5 fingers and say 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. Lastly we do bunny ears or bunny teeth or disco fingers across our eyes as we sing 2,4,6,8, etc. We count each way to 100.  We also sing a song about a dog named even. That can help with 2s. If this is not working for her/him, it’s fine to just have him/her count on or add up.

 

December 01, 2014

What’s happening this week in Room 12… (12-2 to 12-5)

A big thank you to every one who helped and supported our K/1 Thanksgiving feast.  I think the kids had a great time and learned a lot!  Hope you had a restful break and I look forward to seeing you at Report Card night this Thursday!

 

This week we are learning about… 

SPELLING:  REVIEW: NO NEW WORDS

HFW:  REVIEW TRIMESTER 1 WORDS

PHONICS: review reading words with consonant clusters and short vowel   sounds

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on monitoring and clarifying while we read

MATH: linear measurement

WRITING: writing informative sentences and opinion writing

SOCIAL STUDIES: Maps

IMPORTANT DATES:

12/3                          College Wear

12/5                           Wear your spirit wear!

12/4 – Report Card Information Night

12/8 -  Spark of Love Toy Drive begins

12/10 – Winter Concert morning assembly and Winter Concert @ 6:00 p.m.

12/11 – Cookies with Santa @ 3:00 p.m.

12/18 Trimester 1 awards assembly PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE

12/15-12/19- Parent Teacher Conferences

November 10, 2014

Below please find a link to this week’s homework.  Have a great week!

First grade homework 11-10-14

November 08, 2014

What’s happening this week in Room 12… (11-10 to 11-14) 

NEW STANDARDS and NEW REPORT CARDS

      As I discussed at Back to School Night, this year California public schools are implementing a new set of academic standards called Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Along with the new standards, GGUSD has developed a new report card and new report card guidelines.  They are offering several parent nights to help you understand all the changes.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you attend the parent night this Thursday night at Ralston.  One of the big shifts centers on how we assess students.  Our new report card guidelines direct teachers to assess students based on where they are expected to be at the end of the year.  I have attached the scope and sequence document that summarizes our first grade math standards.  You will notice that they all begin with the phrase “by the end of the year”.  What this means for our tests and report cards is that many more students will be earning 2s in academic areas, which indicates that students are approaching the level of proficiency they are expected to master by the end of the year.  This is where students SHOULD be at this point in the year.  So in other words, 2s aren’t something to be overly concerned about,  they are appropriate for this point of the year.  Our goal is for the students to be earning 3s and some 4s by the end of the year to show appropriate proficiency.  I know this is quite a shift in thinking for parents (and teachers as well).  You will also notice there are standards for Mathematical Practices on the attached document.  These standards include persevering through challenging problems and reasoning abstractly.  These standards require a deep level of reasoning from our first graders.  In class, we are working on developing these reasoning skills DAILY! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.  You can also have many of your questions addressed at the parent night at Ralston.

READING:

SPELLING: fox mop hop rob lot dot mom CHALLENGE: spot flock rock

HFW:  children come family mother father love people picture your

PHONICS: read clusters with l (ex. flag, glad, blot, plug)

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on asking questions while we read

MATH: Trimester test and reviewing addition and subtraction within 20

WRITING: writing informative sentences and opinion writing

SOCIAL STUDIES: The first thanksgiving

Important dates:

Nov 11              Veterans’ day (No School)

Nov 12             College Wear

Nov 14              Spirit day (wear fall colors: yellow, orange, brown)

November 01, 2014

Below is a link to our math homework review for our upcoming trimester test:

Math Review Homework

What’s happening this week in Room 12… (11-3 to 11-7)

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A SUPER BIG thank you to all the parents who sent in items for our Harvest Centers and especially to those who came in to help.  Sophia’s mom and Arianna’s mom really stepped it up: coming in to decorate, taking lots of photos, making sure everything ran smoothly and even sending each student home with an extra special treat.  I feel truly blessed to have such amazing room moms!  So many families sent in treats for our learning centers also. You guys rock!  This week we are looking ahead to our next holiday celebration: Thanksgiving.  On November 21st, kindergarten and first grade will be having our annual Thanksgiving performance complete with dessert bar.  Look for details in the coming weeks. J

READING:

SPELLING: trip, crab, drip, grin, grab, trap CHALLENGE: crack, brown

HFW:  also blue brown color funny green like many some

PHONICS: read clusters with r (ex. frog, grab, brag, trip),       contractions with ‘s

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on asking questions while we read

MATH: Getting ready for our trimester test that we will be taking next week.  See homework packet for review material.

WRITING: writing descriptive sentences and opinion writing

SCIENCE: earth science: seasons

SOCIAL STUDIES: How we show respect for our country

Important dates:

Nov 5                College Wear

Nov 7                 Spirit day (wear green and/or purple) The students really want to win the GECKO trophy!  Competition is very stiff, many classrooms have 100% of their students in green and/or purple every Friday.  In order for us to win the trophy we need everyone to wear green and/or purple on Friday!

Nov 7                 Make-up picture day

October 28, 2014

Below is this week’s homework.  Have a great week!

First grade homework 10-27-14

October 27, 2014

What’s happening this week in Room 12… (10-27 to 10-31)

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This Friday is Garden Park’s annual Halloween Costume Parade and First Grade’s Harvest centers.  We are still looking for a few items for our party, so if you are interested, please check the signup genius link again.  One thing I know we are still looking for is pumpkin ice cream in a cooler.  I understand it’s a big hit at the tasting station and that Trader Joe’s has delicious pumpkin mochi.

As a reminder for costumes:  It’s very handy to make sure your child has his/her clothes underneath the costume to facilitate a quick change.  Please be sure to still wear school appropriate, comfy shoes.  Please be sure to leave any pretend weapons or scary masks at home.  The centers will go from 8:50-10:00.  The rest of the day will follow our normal schedule.  The centers are harvest themed as opposed to Halloween themed.  We will have a tasting station, a bat craft, a math station and a science station.

READING:

SPELLING: bit lid pig hit fin dip hip BONUS: split wing kiss

HFW:  all call why eat every first paper never shall

PHONICS: read verbs with endings –s, -ed, and –ing, possessives with ‘s

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on making predictions and inferences while we read

MATH: Use addition to subtract, use a table, practice sums and differences, problem solving

WRITING: sentence structure, informational writing, writing about  candy corn

SCIENCE: earth science: Weather and the seasons

SOCIAL STUDIES: How we show respect for our country

Important dates:

Oct 29              College Wear

Oct  31              Spirit day (wear orange and/or black)

Oct 31               Halloween Parade (8-9:30 and Learning Centers                             (8:45-10)

Nov 7                 Make-up picture day

October 23, 2014

This week in math first graders are working on a challenging concept:  Adding three digits.  We teach them to use strategies to help them.  Ideally, we want them to be able to use these strategies to eventually be able to make these computations mentally.  Two of the strategies we have been learning about are to  ”Make a Ten” or “Find Doubles” and add those numbers first.  Then add in the remaining addend to find the sum.  Tomorrow I will be returning a worksheet we completed in class with partners.  Please look over your child’s worksheet and discuss the strategies with him or her.  If child’s worksheet has a star, that means it was completed correctly.  If there are circled areas or areas where I corrected in pen, please go over these areas together.  I have attached an image to help you.  Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.  As I said, this is a challenging task for many, but with practice I know they can get it and it will help tremendously with mental math and future concepts.  Thanks! 

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October 18, 2014

This week’s math homework will include the worksheet below as well as a few sheets we began working on in class last week.

Problem Solving Homework

First grade homework 10-20-14

I sent home a book order last week that will be due 10/31.  It has all the holiday books, so if you are interested in holiday gifts please consider ordering from the book order.  It is a great way to support your child’s reading, build your library and help our classroom build our library in the process.  When you order, we receive points we can use to buy books for our classroom.  This will be the last order before the holidays.

What’s happening this week in Room 12… (10-20 to 10-24)

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All week we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week.  There will be a separate attachment with information about what the kids should wear each day.  (Yes, there’s a theme for each day!) This is our first week with spelling words.  The words on the list follow the phonics rules we are learning (or in this week’s case, have learned).  Please practice them along with the HFWs to be sure your child can read/spell them by Friday.  I included three bonus words.  They are not required, but can offer a challenge for those students who need it.

READING:

SPELLING: an at can cat had man add BONUS:  catch grass brag

HFW:  animal bird cold fall flower full look of see

PHONICS: read words with double final consonants (ss, dd, ck,      ll,      etc)  and short vowel a, adding the letter –s to make a plural

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on Topic/Main Idea/Details while we read

MATH: Make a ten or identify doubles, practice subtraction, number bonds with addition, bar graphs: relational knowledge, adding with three addends

WRITING: sentence structure, informational writing, writing about bats

SCIENCE: earth science: Weather and the seasons

SOCIAL STUDIES: How we show respect for our country

Important dates:

Oct 22              College Wear

Oct 24               Spirit day (purple or green)

Oct 24               Halloweenie Roast and Trunk or Treat

Oct 31               Halloween Parade (8-9:30 and Learning Centers   (8:45-10)

Nov 7                 Make-up picture day

 

October 06, 2014

Below is this week’s homework.  I explain the steps to use on the homework page itself this week. :)

First grade homework 10-6-14

October 05, 2014

What’s happening this week in Room 12… (10-6 to 10-10)

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Wow!  We are off to a great start with our AR quizzes.  Many students have already started to take their AR quizzes.  If your child has not, I encourage you to read, read, read and send in those books for quizzes!  This week we had several students who forgot to bring back their library books, so we are all going to keep our library books at school for a few weeks.  If a book is still at home, please be sure to send it in.  Students will still bring home books in their book bag from my classroom library.  Please be sure these are coming back to school regularly.

READING:

HFW:  do for I is me my said you

PHONICS: read words with consonants y, k, v and short vowel e

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on monitoring and clarifying while we read

MATH: Picture graphs, relating addition and subtraction, using a tens frame

WRITING: sentence structure, informational writing, writing about Pumpkins

SCIENCE: physical science

SOCIAL STUDIES: How we show respect for our country

Important dates:

Oct 8                 College Wear

Oct 10      Spirit day (purple or green)

Oct 9                  PTA meeting 3pm

Oct 13      Art Masters: Rembrandt

Oct 17      Great American Shake Out (disaster drill)

September 30, 2014

In case your child’s homework gets misplaced, you can find a link to this week’s homework as a PDF file below.

First grade homework 9-29 to 10-3

September 28, 2014

HOMEWORK HELP

This week one of our math pages will ask students to solve for the missing addend, using a number bond.  On each problem, there will be a trilogy of bubbles.  The top bubble and one of the bottom bubbles will include a number.  The last bubble will have a question mark.  This is the number we are trying to solve for.  The first few problems will have a picture to help students solve.  The picture will include cubes.  The top number of cubes should match the number in the top bubble.  Below, there will be a number of cubes that should match the other given number.  Have your child draw to add cubes to the bottom row, being careful to match up their cubes with the top row until both rows have the same number of cubes.  Then count the number of cubes he or she drew.  This should be the missing addend.  Please write this number in the bubble that has a question mark.  I hope this is clear.  It is awfully hard to describe such a visual exercise with only words.  (A picture is worth a thousand words, right?)  Please feel free to email with any questions. :)  This is all review material of concepts we practiced last week, so it should seem familiar to your child.

What’s happening this week in Room 12… (9-29 -10-3)

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I hope everyone received their new book and book bag on Thursday.  Inside the book bag there should have been a reading log for the month of October, as well as a printout to indicate your child’s point goal and whether or not he/she took the STAR test.  The STAR test is a reading test students take on the computer.  It is particularly challenging for beginning first graders, so many did not take it this trimester.   We will all take it next trimester.  It provides a target reading level for each student.  For those students who did not take the test, I set a target reading level of 0.5-1.5.  Whenever we go to the school library, I will be checking to make sure each student checks out books from his/her target reading level.  At home, you can use AR Book Finder website to check the AR level of books you may have at home, check out from the local public library, order from Scholastic book orders, or buy at the book store.  Please encourage your child to read books within his/her target reading level.

READING:

HFW:  five four in once three two upon what

PHONICS: read words with consonants d, w, l, x and short vowel o

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on questioning while we read

MATH: Counting on with 9 and 10, counting on with cubes, counting on to find missing addends

WRITING: sentence structure, informational writing, writing about Ants

SCIENCE: physical science

SOCIAL STUDIES: Citizenship

Important dates:

Oct 1                 College Wear

Oct 3         Spirit day (support your favorite baseball team colors ok)

Oct 2                  Fall Pictures

Oct 3         Fall Fundraiser begins

Oct 9                  PTA meeting 3pm

Oct 13       Art Masters: Rembrandt

Oct 17       Great American Shake Out (disaster drill) 

September 21, 2014

What’s happening this week in Room 12… (9-22 to 9-26)

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Library will start this Thursday.  Look out for the Book Bag to come home then.  Please read the book with your child (have your child read the majority of it to you) and sign the reading log each time.  As you read together, ask your child comprehension questions about the story (for example, “What happened after the caterpillar made it’s chrysalis?”).  When you think your child is ready to take the AR quiz on the book, send it back to school in the bag with the log.  We will do our best to have your child take the quiz.  This trimester, I want to have the children sit with an adult to take the quiz.  Please understand if there is no parent helper, your child may need to wait until an adult is available to take the quiz.  Thursday is our computer lab day, so we should all be able to take quizzes on Thursdays.

READING:

HFW:  a find have one to who

PHONICS: read words with consonants b, r, h, g and short vowel i

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on visualizing while we read

MATH: number bonds and problem solving: How many Ways to Make 10? Missing Addends, Four Ways to make 11-15

WRITING: sentence structure, informational writing, writing about Pigs

SCIENCE: physical science

SOCIAL STUDIES: Citizenship

Important dates:

Sept 24             College Wear

Sept 24 Family Dining Night SOUPLANTATION

Sept. 26    Spirit day (wear purple or green)

Oct 2                  Fall Pictures

Oct 3         Fall Fundraiser begins

Oct 9                  PTA meeting 3pm

Oct 13       Art Masters: Rembrandt

Oct 17       Great American Shake Out (disaster drill) 

What’s happening this week in Room 12… (9-15-9-19)

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This Wednesday is Back-to-School Night.  We will talk about first grade expectations: homework, AR quizzes, Depth and Complexity, Habits of a Scholar, and the Common Core State Standards.  There will be a PTA meeting at 5:30 in the MPR, followed by a presentation by Mrs. Morales at 6:00.  At 6:30, the classroom presentations will begin.  There will be 2 identical sessions (6:30 and 7:00). You only need to attend one, but we schedule 2 sessions to accommodate parents who have multiple students at Garden Park.

READING:

HFW:  and here jump not too we

PHONICS: read words with consonants n, f, p and short vowel a

COMPREHENSION: using all strategies, focusing on summarizing while we read

MATH: number bonds and problem solving

WRITING: sentence structure, informational writing, writing about Dogs

SCIENCE: physical science

SOCIAL STUDIES: Citizenship

Important dates:

Sept 15-19   Book Fair

Sept 17         College Wear

Sept. 17       Back-to-School Night 6-7:30

Sept. 19       Spirit day (wear purple or green)

Sept 24 Family Dining Night SOUPLANTATION

Oct 2             Fall Pictures

 

Hi all!

 
Our first two days have been so great!  I will be sending home our behavior logs and homework folders starting on Monday (fingers crossed that we will be getting more laminate for the machine!)
 
We are starting our first homework assignment today.  I am sending home a little pink note about it.  It will center around our universal theme for this year, which is RELATIONSHIPS.  Please see the note for further details.
 
Also, we are going to begin to ficus on the scholarly habit of PREPARATION, so we will be discussing what it looks like to be prepared to learn.  I will be rewarding students when I see them demonstrating preparation.
 
Happy Wednesday!  Remember, we get out at 1:05 today! :)
 
Mrs. G.

March 25, 2014

Today first grade demonstrated our Mathematical Practices as we completed a fun math task in groups!

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Last week second graders made yummy Chango Bars.  We practiced following the recipe in our story Jalapeño Bagels!

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Room 12 Weekly Newsletter

3/24-3/28

This is conference week!  All students get out at 1:05. This Friday is also Twin Day.  Mrs. Held and I are dressing in white shirts with jeans.  Anyone who wants to be our twin can dress like us.  Tonight is the Red Robin Dining Night.  Hope to see many of you there!

This week we are learning about…

First Grade: THEME 8 OUR EARTH Read words with endings –ed, -ing (double the final consonant before adding the ending as in planned or drop the silent e as in named), homophones. predict, drawing conclusions

HFW: carry, kind, put, saw, butter, were, work, person

SPELLING: see pretest

Grammar: past tense verbs

Math: subtraction stories

Writing: story narrative (fictional story)

Social Studies: presidents

Second Grade:

Reading: CONTINUE THEME 5 Family Time! Read longer words ending in y, prefix un- , predict/infer, making judgments, homophones, reference sources: electronic media

Grammar: past tense verbs

HFW: aunt million pair

Spelling:  puppy baby lucky happy very lady funny silly many only cookie furry angry

Science: Plant Life Cycle

Math: division strategies (ex. Repeated subtraction)

Writing: BEGIN story narrative  (fictional story) 

Important Dates:

3/21-3/28 Spring conferences

3/25 Red Robin Family Dining Night

4/14-4/18 Spring Break

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January 22, 2014

Next week, progress reports will come home.  Progress reports are designed to let parents know if there are any areas in which a student needs to work on.  If your child receives one, please sign and return.  I always write detailed comments on progress reports, but please feel free to contact me if you need any further clarification.

This week we are learning about…

First Grade:

Reading: read long i (CVCe), contractions, cause and effect, monitor/clarify

HFW: give good her little our try was

SPELLING: prize, smile, could, have, like, five, ride, nine, time, kite

Grammar: Which kind of sentence?

Math: geometry: identify, build and draw flat shapes

Writing: personal narrative (publishing)

Social Studies: map skills 

Second Grade:

Reading: Read and syllabicate words with vowel pairs “ee, ea”, common syllables –tion and -ture, making inferences, evaluate, using dictionary guide words

Grammar: irregular plural nouns

HFW: believe, lady, whole

Spelling: cheese squeak beehive beaver between sneeze reason least chief field piece thief belief believe TEST FRIDAY

Science: simple machines and tools

Math: fractions

Writing: personal narrative  (publishing)

 

Important Dates:

1/22 Super Mex Dining fundraiser

1/27 PTA meeting in MPR at 3:00

1/31 NON student day

Yay! We won the spirit trophy a few weeks back…

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October 14, 2013

This week we have our first Art Masters assembly and project to look forward to.  A big thanks to our PTA and all the things you all do to support our PTA for providing our students these enrichment opportunities!  We have both cookie and magazine fundraisers going on right now.  I send out reminders when the money is due and when to expect delivery of goods.

This week we are learning about…

First Grade:

Reading: Reading words with consonants q, j z, and short u, Summarize, Story Structure, homographs

HFW: are, away, does, he, live, pull, they, where

Grammar: action words (verbs)

Math: addition strategies

Writing: observational

Science: Weather

Second Grade:

Reading: FINISH UP: Reading two syllable words CVCe pattern (silent e), Locating Information, Predict/Infer, Predicting Outcomes, Multiple Meaning Words BEGIN: Theme 2 Nature Walk, Question, Compare and Contrast, Compound Words

Grammar: telling sentences and questions

HFW: year, straight, beautiful, even, quiet

Spelling: globe wrote excuse chose refuse awoke ache bathe blame blaze brake price pride ripe rise slice

Math: addition strategies (word problems, missing addends) UNIT 2 TEST THURS.

Writing: friendly letter to Mary Pope Osborne

Social Studies: How we learn about out ancestors: Sharing our dolls

IMPORTANT DATES:

10/18 School colors

110/25 Candy corn day (Black, orange, yellow)

10/25 Fundraiser Money due

11/15 Fundraiser goods delivered

October 03, 2013

Let’s win the trophy with 100% Participation!!

Upcoming Spirit Days:

Oct. 4th Look your best day (Picture Day) No spirit count will be taken.
Oct. 11th Football Friday Get out your favorite football shirt, jersey, etc. College shirts that have a football team count!
Oct. 18th School colors
Oct. 25th Candy corn day (Black, orange, yellow)

**Canned food drive in the works**
Spook-a-grams: October 28th – 31st at recess and before school.

Nov. 1 School colors
Nov. 8th Military Day
Nov. 15th School colors
Nov. 22nd Bring out your inner turkey with Crazy hair day! (This is a kid favorite)

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We are already learning a lot in Room 12!

October 02, 2013

This week we are learning about…

First Grade:

Reading: Short o sound, Consonants d, w, l, x, Noting Details, Questioning, Number Words, Fun Things

Grammar: Capitalizing Names

HFW: five, four, in, once, three, two, upon, what

Math: Classifying and Sorting, Graphing

Social Studies: Rules

Writing: Observational

Second Grade:

Reading: Long Vowels CVCe: a, i, Predict/Infer, Multiple Meaning Words

Grammar: Action Parts of Sentences

Math:  Addition Strategies

Social Studies: How Do We Learn About Our Ancestors?

Writing: Personal Narrative

 

Ancestor dolls are due Friday October 11th.