News & Notes

I’m very excited about our first grade class this year.  I can tell that we have a class full of bright young people! We are finally settling into a routine schedule. 

As for academics, in math we are working hard on our combinations of 10 (0+10=10, 1+9=10, 2+8=10, 3+7=10, 4+6=10, 5+5=10, etc...) and doubles (1+1=2, 2+2=4, 3+3=6, 4+4=8, etc...).  Students are practicing using number lines and one hundred charts to answer these types of problems.  You will find that our approach to math nowadays is much different than how you and I learned math. 

As for reading, we have a 90 minute literacy block in which we begin as a whole group for 30 minutes and then we break up into small groups and focus on a particular book and/or skill.  We also have a 60 minute power hour block.  In this block, students are put into small reading groups based on individual skill level.  In these groups, students read various types of texts including fiction/nonfiction/poetry and work on several different skills throughout the school year.  Some of these skills include: character traits, problem/solution, main idea, summarizing, beginning/middle/end, etc…  Writing is also a big part of the literacy and power hour blocks.  Students will learn how to answer text dependent questions.  This means, students will learn to read a question and find the answers directly from the text.  Throughout the school year, students will also practice writing three different types of writing: narrative, informational and opinion.  We will practice for many weeks writing each of these.  Students will write four of these throughout the year and we will score them as a writing assessment.   

For now, students should be reading 15 to 20 minutes out loud to an adult and retelling what they read to that adult.  You will find a reading log inside your child’s blue homework folder.  Parents should fill that out every night, sign and return the following day.  Do not sign it if your child did not read!  Please make sure your child is reading every night, as it is crucial to their educational success.  That’s all for now and as always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to stop in, call or send in a note.  Until next time, Mr. Martin and Mrs. Rayburn…