Sunday, October 22, 2017

Week 8 -- 10/23 Slideshow

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Happy Monday

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. The weather was beautiful!

The temperature is crazy with freezing lows in the morning and highs in the 80's in the afternoons.  This means that we have a lot of clothing layers.  Please make sure to label your child's clothing. It is hard to locate missing clothing if they are not labeled.

We will be celebrating Halloween on Tuesday October 31st.  Your child may wear their costume to school. Please make sure their costume covers as much as their uniform. We will be having a costume parade for the students in the morning and will have a Halloween party in the afternoon from 1:00 to 2:00. If you would like to help out with our celebration please let me know.  We need 2 more volunteers to plan a game or craft for our party.

Last Week in first grade...

  • first graders practice sorting words according to how many syllables they have.
  • Groups worked on their Community Helper projects.  The 6th graders came and helped the first graders find pictures for their projects.
  • We practiced an Earth quake drill.
  • The fire fighters visited and taught us all about fire safety.
  • learned about fiction stories.
  • First graders practiced good habits of discussion
This week we will...
  • Continue to work on our Community Helper projects by creating a poster
  • learn all about non - fiction books
  • Learn about closed syllables (syllables with 1 vowel, followed by 1 or more consonant and the vowel is short)
  • Sort word according to long or short vowel
1st graders will be starting spelling this week. You will find their spelling list for the week in their binders. 1st graders will practice their words in class during Daily 5 each day and will test on these words Thursday. 

Slide show from this week!!

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Math News from Miss Garcia

1st Grade Blog
Week 8 - October 23rd - 26th

At first the students worked with number lines in class by counting on and then writing and equation (6+2=8).  The next day we carried this concept one step further by going out into the hallway to use the “Big” number line.  As we used the number line to count on and add one number to another, we also used the Commutative Property to rewrite our equations!  Let me tell you, that is a mouthful for the kids to say and they usually end up saying “community property.”  We are working on it!

The students are better at writing the Commutative Property than saying it!
Here’s an example of Commutative Property:
7 + 2 = 9
2 + 7 = 9

By introducing the students to the Commutative Property this concept will soon lead into Fact Families which we will be learning about soon.
Here’s an example of a Fact Family:
7 + 2 = 9
2 + 7 = 9
9 - 2 = 7
9 - 7 = 2

Fun Family Activities
Skip count by 10’s, 5’s and even 2’s driving in the car or playing outside.  Also work on counting on from any number up to 100.  Another fun activity is using a deck of cards or UNO cards and flipping two cards and comparing them using greater than, less than, equal too or taking two playing cards and writing them into an equation and adding them together.
Worksheet - T or F  Equations
IXL F.1 Subtract with Pictures Up to 10
IXL F.2 Subtraction Sentences Up to 10
IXL F.4 Subtract 0 and All

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Up coming events

Hi first grade families, 

I hope everyone has had a great week so far.  Here are a couple up coming events I wanted to let you know about.

On Thursday It is the "Great Nevada Shake Out" at 10:15 we will be practicing an earth quake drill. Earthquakes are our greatest disaster risk in Fallon.  Please talk with your child about what to do if they are at home and an earthquake occurs.

Tuesday October 31  -- Halloween -- Students may dress up in a costume.  Their costume must cover as much as their uniforms would cover.  We will also be having a Halloween party from 1:00-2:00.  If any parent would like to help plan or come and help out please let me know.  Craft stations and games are always fun. We will keep sweet treats to a minimum. 

Fallon Girls Basketball is looking for girls to play on their league this year.  This is a really fun, stress free sport. They have practice one day a week and a game one day a week for only about an hour.  If interested here is the link to their page:

Have a great Wednesday Night!!!
Mrs. Rowlett

Sunday, October 15, 2017

week 7 10/16

Happy Monday!!

Please send your child to school with a sweatshirt and make sure to label everything!  This is the time of year when water bottles and sweatshirts start to fill up OA’s Lost & Found!

Last week we began writing in our journals during work on writing time in the morning.  The kids were super excited to get their journals and be able to write in them.  We listened to a story called Rhyming Dust Bunnies  and the students got to practice rhyming.  They all created their own rhyming dust bunny also. Our class is doing a good job with this tricky concept. However, they can still use a bit of practice.  I would recommend while driving in the car say a word aloud to your child and ask them to say a word that rhymes with it.  Focus on real words at first and then allow them to say made up words as well that rhyme. We also finished our how to make applesauce writing. They 1st graders worked really hard on these.

Next week we will begin our Community Helper project. Students will work in groups and become an expert on one community helper. Each group will teach the rest of the class and present to other grade level the information they learned about their community helper. Students will create a item to show their appreciation to the different community helpers. We will also begin looking at "closed syllables" which are syllables with 1 vowel followed by 1 or more consonant and the vowel is short (put, com, fat, jack).

Math News from Miss Garcia
The first graders have been working telling number stories.  Then they put their number story into a Number Bond or an equation.  We have been focusing on Math vocabulary such as: add, equals, altogether and count on.  

This week the first grade students will be using a number line to count on from a number and also to solve an equation.  All first graders have a number line in their binder to use as a resource.

Example:  4 + 3 = __
Have your child start at number four and count on three more numbers to land on the sum of 7.
Example 4 + 3 = 7

C.2 Adding 2
Worksheet - adding on to find a sum
J.2 Which sign makes the number sentence true?
J.7 Addition & subtraction sentences: True or False

Have a great week!!
Mrs. Rowlett & Miss Garcia