WEEK OF 4/23/18

Families,

I can’t say I ever thought we’d have a snow day in April, but Michigan weather can always surprise us! Fingers crossed that it’s all done and we can finally enjoy the spring we deserve. Even though it was a short week we were able to get a lot accomplished and these kiddos rocked their address test! Here is a look at what we will be doing next week:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Our 1st grade Reading Counts goal has moved down to 8 books instead of 12 books. Hopefully this helps more readers reach their goal and feel successful with their reading!
  • Scholastic orders are due online by 4p.m. on Wednesday, April 25th.
  • Popcorn Friday will be on Friday, April 27th.
  • Please R.S.V.P. to Alward’s First Annual Literacy Night if you can come! We would like to have an estimate of how many families by Monday, April 30th.

Reading: We will compare and contrast books about the same topic, gather information to determine the big idea, learn new vocabulary, and use what we know to figure out tricky words.

Writing: We will begin writing the first pages in our informational text. This will include a page about fun facts, the animal’s body parts, the animal’s body covering, and what the animal eats.

Math: We will begin a new unit in math and will learn how to tell time by the hour and half hour.

Science: We will learn about a butterfly’s life cycle.

Enjoy the warmer weather this weekend!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 4/16/18

Families,

Our first week back was a success! There were some sleepy faces the first few days but we were able to get back in our groove and kick off a new reading and writing unit! Here is a look at what’s coming up:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Alward’s First Annual Family Genius Night is Monday, April 16th from 6-8p.m. I hope to see you there!
  • Scholastic book orders are due by 4p.m. on Wednesday, April 25th.
  • Popcorn Friday will be Friday, April 27th.
  • Our Reading Counts goal for the Spring has changed to 8 books by May 8th. If your child reaches their goal, they will get a free pass at the dunk tank that will be at our Literacy Night on May 8th (more information to come soon). I will be one of the teachers in the dunk tank so encourage your child to reach their goal to send me into the water!

Reading: We will continue reading books about the same topic and make connections between fiction and non-fiction, find interesting facts, make text to self connections, and compare and contrast our books.

Writing: Now that we have decided what animal we will be an expert on, we will being writing our informational text by coming up with our facts, sharing details with our partner, creating our table of contents, and including fun facts!

Math: We will finish up unit 6 with a few days of reviewing comparison bars and data collection and then take our test on Wednesday.

Social Studies: We will focus more on maps and learn how to identify water and land on maps and how to make a map with a key. We will also take our address test so be sure to practice at home!

Stay warm this weekend,

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 4/9/18

Families,

I know our minds are already on “break mode” but here is a look at what we’ll be doing when we return from break! We’ll already be past the first week of April!

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Don’t forget to email me a picture from your spring break! I am going to put them together in a presentation for our “guessing game” when we come back to school. I can’t wait to hear what everyone did!
  • Our Special Person Days will resume Tuesday, April 10th.
  • We have an Early Release Day on Friday, April 13th.
  • Alward’s First Annual Family Genius Night is Monday, April 16th from 6-8p.m.
  • Scholastic book orders will be coming home when we return and will be due Wednesday, April 25th.
  • Popcorn Friday will be Friday, April 27th.

Reading: We will start a new unit where we read across genres. We will choose books all on the same topic and then discover what we can learn from them! Topics could be: cats, space, snakes, farm animals. We will see how many times books about the same topic will have similar facts, pictures, and ideas! We will explore these with fiction and non-fiction books.

Writing: We will start a new unit where we will learn how to write informational texts. We will choose an animal we feel we are an “expert” on and then begin looking at the facts we know about this animal (shelter, food, body covering, etc.).

Math: We will finish up unit 6 and continue to look at data and learn how to use comparison bars.

Social Studies: We will start a unit called “Me on the Map.” We will learn about maps, our state and city, and be able to say and write our own addresses from memory.

I hope you all have a wonderful spring break! Safe travels for those of you who will be heading out of town. Regardless of where you are, I hope  everyone enjoys some rest, sun, and special time with family!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 3/26/18

Families,

We are in the final stretch until spring break! With two spirit days next week as well as our Mo Willems and Monster Days, we are going to have a blast this last week of school! Take a look at what is ahead for us in first grade (with so many activities I have arranged our week by day and not by subject area):

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Spring break is from March 30-April 8th (NO SCHOOL FRIDAY). Have safe travels and enjoy your time with family!
  • Our next Early Release Day is Friday, April 13th.
  • Alward’s First Annual Family Genius Night will be on Monday, April 16th from 6-8p.m. Please RSVP if you have not already done so.
  • Don’t forget to double check the calendar for our Special Person Days! If your child would like their special person to come in and read our class a story, please make sure they have a background check completed. When you know who this person will be, please also send me an email with their name and relationship to your child!
  • Send in or email me a picture from your child’s spring break! We will try to guess whose picture it is and have that child explain to us this part of their break. Your child can be in the picture or it can be of something you did or somewhere you went!

Monday: We will have a special read to self time, write about our plans for spring break, practice sorting and comparing data, and complete a sentence dictation and spelling test.

Tuesday: To wrap up our Authors as Mentors unit we will have a Mo Willems celebration day! We will read our favorite Mo Willems’ books, write our own Elephant and Piggie stories, and rotate between the three 1st grade classrooms for some fun Mo Willems inspired activities! *Spirit day theme = Beach Day*

Wednesday: We will have our “Monster Day” which is a tradition for 1st graders! Students may come to school with a blanket and wear their pjs. We will read “Where the Wild Things Are,” write our own monster poem, make a monster craft, and watch Monsters Inc. in the afternoon!

Thursday: We will have some mystery readers come read to our class and will spend the afternoon in our Alward Teams. *Spirit day theme = Dress up like your favorite character*

Have a safe, fun, and warm spring break!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 3/19/18

Families,

We are cruising through March! I enjoyed my time getting to meet with all of you at conferences. It is an honor to be your child’s teacher and I am amazed by this group of kids each and every day! Here is a look at what we’ll be learning next week:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • We will start our “Special Person Days” on Monday! Remember to check the calendar and list of items for your child to bring in. Your child’s mystery guest must have a background check completed prior to coming in.
  • Refer to the March is Reading Month calendar that was sent home to see what spirit days we have coming up.
  • Keep bringing in donations for our Crayola basket and the bake walk if you are able. We can’t wait for the Carnival on March 24th.
  • Reading Counts will continue until the end of the year. First grade students need to have 12 books total by the end of the year to earn their next reward!
  • Spring break is from March 30th-April 8th.

Reading: We will focus on retelling strategies with non-fiction books! We will practice four different retelling strategies to help our comprehension skills.

Writing: We will end our small moment story unit by fixing and fancying our writing and doing a “cold write” to see what all we can do when writing a small moment story.

Math: We will work through the beginning of unit 6 which has to do with collecting and sorting data.

Spelling: Our spelling words are: what, were, when, because.

Enjoy your weekend!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 3/12/18

Families,

Conferences are a few days away! I am excited to touch base with you about your child’s progress and all of their successes in first grade. We’ve had a busy few months since we last met in November and I can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to. Take a peek at what’s ahead this month and in the next week:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Conferences are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. Please double check your date and time–our 15 minutes goes fast and I want to be respectful of everyone’s time!
  • Scholastic book orders are due Friday, March 16th by 4p.m. Use the online class code: NNX2P.
  • March is known as Reading Month! A calendar went home with all kinds of special dates to help us celebrate our love of reading. Take a peek at the fun spirit days ahead (many of them give your child the chance to dress up or bring something to school).
  • A note was sent home last week about our version of “Star Student.” There is an attached calendar for your child’s day. There is a chance for your child to have a special person come in and read their favorite book to the class. In order for this special person to come in they MUST have a background check completed. Here is the link to fill one out: Background Check Form
  • A few notes went home this week about our Alward Carnival. One was about ticket sales and the other about our carnival donation basket. Our basket’s theme is “Crayola” so please send in any donations related to Crayola you may have!
  • A reminder that our Spring Break is Friday, March 30th – Sunday, April 8th.

Reading: We are taking a quick break from non-fiction and will be focusing on retelling fiction stories. We will practice retelling with a few different methods–a shape go map, our 5 fingers, and “read, stop, retell.” Comprehension is such an important part of being a successful reader!

Writing: We will try adding humor to our stories (as our author Mo Willems does) and also add feelings, details, and a good ending.

Math: The end of this unit was tricky! Adding big numbers and groups of tens has been a hard concept for many kids so we will spend the beginning of next week reviewing what we’ve learned and then take a test over the material.

Spelling: Our words are but, what, down, all.

Have a good weekend!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 3/5/18

Families,

We are jumping right into what will be a very busy, full, and hopefully sunny month! There are a lot of reminders below so please take a careful look and mark your calendars. You will also find what we will be learning throughout the week:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Continue to read “The Chocolate Touch” as a family! We are getting into our book and enjoying it quite a bit! Each morning there is a trivia question about the previous night’s chapter and it is fun to be up to date on the book to try and answer!
  • Scholastic book orders came home Thursday. Please submit your order online using the class code NNX2P by 4p.m. on Friday, March 16th.
  • March is known as Reading Month! A calendar went home with all kinds of special dates to help us celebrate our love of reading.
  • Conferences start Monday, March 12th. Please take a close look at your date and time–15 minutes goes fast and I want to honor your time. Almost everyone has signed up–if you still have yet to sign up please do so otherwise I will assign you a time. I look forward to meeting with all of you to discuss your child’s success!
  • A note was sent home Wednesday about our version of “Star Student.” There is an attached calendar for your child’s day. There is a chance for your child to have a special person come in and read their favorite book to the class. In order for this special person to come in they MUST have a background check completed. Here is the link to fill one out: Background Check Form
  • A few notes went home this week about our Alward Carnival. One was about ticket sales and the other about our carnival donation basket. Our basket’s theme is “Crayola” so please send in any donations related to Crayola you may have!
  • A reminder that our Spring Break is Friday, March 30th – Sunday, April 8th.

Reading: We will work on retelling what we read to make sure it makes sense, use what we know to figure out tricky words, make our reading sound smooth, and reread our books to learn and enjoy!

Writing: We will keep using Mo Willems as our mentor author and will try adding speech bubbles, bold words, and a variety of punctuation into our writing.

Math: We will learn how to add and subtract 10 and multiples of 10 from a number (ex: 90-10=80, 60+30=90).

Spelling: We will have a spelling test and sentence dictation.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 2/26/17

Families,

We have a busy few weeks leading up to conferences and as we begin the month of March! It will be Spring Break before we know it. Take a look at what is coming up in 1st grade:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Don’t forget that Parent-Teacher Conference signups have gone out! Please use the link and directions in the email sent from AES Secretary to sign up. Spots are first come, first serve!
  • Be sure to follow the “One School, One Book” schedule! We have read our first two chapters and can’t wait to continue reading to answer our daily trivia in class!
  • We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Friday, March 2nd.
  • Our next Early Release Day is on Friday, March 9th.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences are on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the week of March 12th.

Reading: We will learn what to do when we get distracted while reading, focus on word endings to help us read words (ex: -ing, -ed, -es), and how to work with a partner to figure out tricky words.

Writing: We will continue using Mo Willems as our mentor author! We have been looking at things he adds in his writing that we admire and want to try (ex: speech bubbles, bold words, using different types of punctuation, etc.). In addition to trying these things in our own writing, we will work on planning out our stories and adding a good beginning.

Math: We will learn how to add 3 numbers (ex: 6 + 3 + 4).

Social Studies: We will be learning about wants and needs.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 2/19/18

Families,

As I look at the calendar I’ve realized that conferences will be here before we know it! I look forward to sharing with you everything we have been working on since we have been back from winter break. I have also been assessing reading levels and am amazed at the progress these young readers are making! Here is a look at what’s ahead:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Our big reveal for “One School, One Book” will be Wednesday, February 21st! Your child will find out the title of our book that day as well as come home with their own personal copy (and reading schedule).
  • Our next Popcorn Friday will be Friday, February 23rd.
  • We will have our next Early Release Day on Friday, March 9th.

Reading: We will focus on being a careful reader, making sure what we read is making sense, and what we can do to help us be accurate readers.

Writing: We will begin a new unit called “Authors as Mentors.” We will focus on one of our favorite authors and look at what we can learn from them and incorporate into our own writing!

Math: We will keep looking at strategies we can use to help us solve addition and subtraction equations with teen numbers.

Spelling: Our spelling words are: one, had, not, find.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 2//5/17

Families,

We have a short and exciting week ahead! Because of this, some of our days and academics might look a little different. It sounds like many of you have fun and relaxing plans for our long weekend, so enjoy your trips or quiet time at home!

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • There is no school Monday and Tuesday (February 5th and 6th) due to mid-winter break.
  • Our 100th day of school is Wednesday, February 7th. Please remember to have your child bring their 100th day collection and special 100th day snack on Wednesday!
  • Our Valentine’s Day party will be Wednesday, February 14th. Remember, if your child would like to send in valentines, please refer to the list that was sent home last week to make sure every child in the class receives one.
  • Scholastic book orders went home yesterday and will be due online at 4p.m. February 14th (class code: NNX2P).
  • Our “One School, One Book” kick off will be Wednesday, February 21st! There will be a big school reveal and your child will be receiving their copy of the book along with a bookmark with the reading schedule.
  • Please continue practicing XtraMath at home. After glancing at the weekly reports there are only 3-4 kids practicing at home. This is a quick, easy, and great tool to use to help your child increase their fact fluency!
  • We will spend time this month learning about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington as well as enjoying some read alouds to help us celebrate Black History Month.

Reading: We will have a special 100th day reading time and learn about text to text connections we can make with our non-fiction books.

Writing: We will complete a 100th day writing activity and learn how to end a closing to our how to pieces.

Math: We will complete a 100th day math activity as well as spend this time learning about President’s Day.

Spelling: We will complete some Valentine’s Day word work activities.

Have a great mid-winter break!

Miss Reisdorff