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Monday, January 15, 2018

Quarter 3 Week 21

Hello 1C! It was a wonderful week to begin our 3rd quarter back at school! It has been a pleasure and oh so fun getting to know my new class. We have gotten right back into the swing of things and are working hard. 1st grade is looking forward to our field trip this week, I cannot wait to spend quality time with our scholars at the Science Center!

A beautiful weekend to enjoy the park!

Adding some books to our library!

*Important Field Trip Information: Our field trip is THIS Friday, 1/19.  Please ensure that:

-Your child brings their sweater, a disposable water bottle labeled with their name, and a completely disposable sack lunch labeled with their name.

-Your child wears their uniform and appropriate shoes for walking.

-Your child arrives to school on time.  We will be leaving by 8:15am and arriving back to school approximately by 2pm.


*Spalding Homework Update: You may notice that the Spalding spelling homework looks a bit different this week.  We have included a checklist at the top to ensure accuracy and neatness.  We also ask the students include a sentence containing 2 spelling words and correct conventions. 

Academics

Literature:  We will review the elements of fairy tales as we read Rapunzel.  We will use this fairy tale to help us practice cause and effect. 

Poem:  I Know all the Sounds that the Animals Make Idiom: Fish out of water.

Writing:  Students will be able to understand the basic conventions of a proper sentence and rewrite a model sentence.  We will read a section of the folk tale “Master of All Masters” and one of Aesop’s fables, “The Dog and His Reflection”

Grammar:  We will review action verbs before learning about the state of being verbs: am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been. 

Math: This week in math we will practice collecting data and creating graphs. We will also learn how to interpret data represented on a picture graph. We will continue to practice our addition and subtraction skills during math centers on Wednesday

History: This week we will begin to explore the culture of the Aztecs. On Wednesday, we will learn about the daily life of this ancient culture and how they decided on where to settle.

Science:  This week we are moving onto the muscular system! We will be able to describe the two main functions of the muscular system and well as different types of muscles. We will put together a magnetic human body to get an in depth look at the different muscles we have. The scholars will also work on sorting muscles into different groups.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Quarter 3 Week 20

Welcome back 1C Family! I hope everyone had a restful, relaxing and fun break! I enjoyed spending time with my little family and not waking up quite as early. I am ready to begin the the new year with my 1C family and look forward to creating memories with our sweet scholars. As we begin this time of transition please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. We are going to hit the ground running in pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness!



Visiting Mr. Chilson at his station for Christmas!

Charlotte showing off her teeth!

Homework

Nightly: read for 15 minutes, phonograms to practice- ey, ou, y, ee, ea, wh, sh, i, e, f
Poem- I Know the Sounds that the Animals Make by Jack Prelutsky (http://www.tcatitans.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=4175434)
Monday: they, would, could, should, any, many, city, only, where, week, weak and math workbook pages 7-8
Tuesday: first, sent, cent, mile, seem, even, without, afternoon, Friday and math workbook pages 9-10
Wednesday: hour, our, wife, state, July, head, story, open, short, lady and math workbook pages 13-14
Thursday: Write and read all words once, and Test B
Friday: Review errors from spelling test, and math workbook pg. 17-18

Calendar
Monday, January 15th: No School, MLK observance day
Friday, January 19th: Field Trip to the Arizona Science Center
Saturday, January 20th: Daddy Daughter Dance

Announcements
*As we adjust back to the academic routine, thank you for ensuring that your child continues to complete their homework with neatness and accuracy.  Please ensure that your child is reading their book bag book each night and returning it on Fridays. 
Thank you!

Math Groups: Please take note our time for math groups is changing to first thing on Wednesday mornings. We will begin promptly at 8:00 am! Please use the sign up genius if you are interested in joining us for lots of math fun! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b49aea92aa3f85-math2

Field Trip: Our field trip is coming up on 1/19! If you have not done so, please return your child’s permission slip at your earliest convenience.

Please Label Items: It’s the time of year for sweater’s galore! Please label all of your child’s items (sweaters, lunchbox, water bottle, etc.) so if they are lost, we can find their home quickly!

Academics
Literature:  This week in literature we will be exploring fairy tales.  We will read and respond to Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, and Hansel and Gretel.  Reading groups will also resume this week.
Poem:  I Know all the Sounds that the Animals Make          Idiom: Fish out of water.
Writing:  Students will be able to understand the basic conventions of a proper sentence and rewrite a model sentence.  We will read a section of the folk tale “Master of All Masters” and one of Aesop’s fables, “The Dog and His Reflection”
Grammar:  We will review nouns, verbs, and describing words by observing the painting “La Piñata” by Diego Rivera
Math: This week we will practice comparing numbers within 20 and identifying numbers that are "more than" and "less than". We will solve problems by using addition and subtraction and compare our answers to see which is "smallest" or "greatest"
History: This week in history we will be studying the ancient culture of the Maya.  We will learn about the cities they built in the rainforest, their ancient writings and other aspects of their everyday culture.
Science:  We are getting right back to work this week and beginning our unit on The Human Body! We will explore our skeletal system, learning about bones, what happens when we break them and how we can keep our bones healthy and strong! We will use short stories as well as funny in class activities and demonstrations to discover the excitement that is our skeletal system.

I look forward to seeing everyone Monday morning!

Mrs. Chilson


Friday, December 15, 2017

Week 19

Wow, I can't believe that we are wrapping up the first half of first grade this week! I have really enjoyed my time in 1C this year, and these last few weeks have really flown by. This class has been very hardworking, respectful, and excited to learn, and I will miss them. It has been wonderful to see all of the growth that our scholars have made so far and I can't wait to hear about how they do in the spring from Mrs. Chilson and Ms. Kaye. 

I hope that you all have a relaxing weekend and that everyone who has not been feeling well recovers quickly.
  
Thank you for a wonderful baby gift. The classical literature board books are a great addition to her library! 



World Religions Celebration: This Wednesday, our first grade scholars will rotate through all of the first grade classrooms to celebrate what we have learned about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will be completing arts and crafts, playing games, and having snacks. If you would like to help out with the activities in our classroom you can sign up here.

Class Book Exchange: After our celebration on Wednesday, we will have a class book exchange! Please have your child bring a new or gently used book (non-pop culture) to school. Please wrap the book and try to choose a book that would be enjoyed by both boys and girls.  Thank you!

Field Trip: Our field trip to the Arizona Science Center will be January 19th!  We will leave at 8:30 and return at 2:00. Students will bring a lunch and we will eat at the Science Center. We will also see a Grand Tour of the Solar System at the Planetarium. We will accept the first five parents who would like to volunteer to be chaperones. Send me an email if you would like to help!  Permission slips were sent home today.

This week:  Monday will be a full day of school and Tuesday and Wednesday will be half days. Please send a grocery bag to school with your child this week. On Wednesday, we will put everything from his or her desk into one bag and hang it in the back of the classroom so that the room can be thoroughly cleaned over break. Reusable bags work great for this!


Coming up in 1C:

Literature: 
This week we will finish our Frog and Toad unit with an assessment on Monday.  Tuesday and Wednesday we will read stories about Br’er Rabbit.

Spalding: 
We will be reviewing and practicing important aspects of Spalding. We will practice handwriting, challenging phonograms, frequently used rules and markings, and active participation in every lesson. Homework will be handwriting practice and we will not have a spelling test this week.

Writing: 
We will be reading excerpts from The Railway Children.  Students will listen to passages and retell important details from the story.  We will also work on basic conventions of a proper sentence and rewrite model sentences.

Math: 
We will review addition and subtraction facts and strategies for problem solving.

History: 
This week we review what we have learned about Mexico and will finish by making our very own piñata!

Science: 
This week we will take a short quiz to check to for understanding of solids, liquids, and gases. Then, we will review the scientific method with a candy cane experiment! We will predict what will happen if we put candy canes in cups of vinegar, warm water, and cold water. After the experiment we will make observations about the effect of vinegar, warm water, and cold water on the candy canes.



Friday, December 8, 2017

Week 18


We had a great week of learning in 1C! Ask your child about the differences between a balloon with water and a balloon with ice in it. Also ask him or her what happened to the balloon when we mixed vinegar and baking soda.
Announcements

Please Label Items:  Please label all of your child’s items (sweaters, lunchbox, water bottle, etc.) so if they are lost, we can find their home quickly! We do not currently have any sweaters or water bottles in the classroom, so please check lost and found if you are missing any items.

Class Book Exchange: After our world religions party on 12/20, we will have a class book exchange! Please have your child bring a new or gently used book (non-pop culture) to school. Please wrap the book and try to choose a book that would be enjoyed by both boys and girls.  Thank you!

This week in 1C:

Literature:  Students will continue to read Frog and Toad All Year and will be able to retell the story while highlighting important details. We will discuss the virtues found in the book.



Spalding:


Monday: mine, chair, forgot, guess, hang meat, mouse, phone, store, supper


Tuesday: Through, toe, became, brother, rain, keep start, mail, male, female


Wednesday: eye, I glass, party, upon, two, twin, twice, twelve, twenty, between


Phonograms to practice:  b, p, s, t, w, gu, ng, oe, ough, ph



Poem:  Table Manners                  

Idiom: The more the merrier.
Writing:  Students will be able to understand the basic conventions of a proper sentence and rewrite a model sentence.  We will read and discuss different poems.

Grammar:  We will find noun, verbs, and describing words in Francisco Goya's painting of Don Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuniga.

Math: This week we will go back in time and begin reviewing the math content from the very beginning of the year. We will review all that has been learned from shapes to counting and subtraction to measurement. We will have a final units 1-10 cumulative review before break. 

History: In history, we will learn about how Mexico gained their independence from Spain.  On Wednesday, we will discover the ancient Bering Strait which led people from Asia to the Americas. On Friday, we will learn about hunters and gatherers and how farming led to the development of cities.

Science:  This week we will continue to learn about matter by learning about changes in states of matter. We will complete some interesting experiments in order to observe melting, freezing, evaporation, and condensation.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Week 17

Announcements:

Please have your child bring in their copy of Frog and Toad All Year this week.

Class Book Exchange: After our world religions party on 12/20, we will have a class book exchange! Please have your child bring a new or gently used book (non-pop culture) to school. Please wrap the book and try to choose a book that would be enjoyed by both boys and girls.  Thank you!

This week in 1C:

Literature: This week we will be starting Frog and Toad All Year. Please bring in your books if you haven’t done so already! We will read chapters 1, 2, and 3 this week and discuss the virtues found in each chapter.

Spalding: We have 30 words this week and will test on Friday!

Monday: life, here, car, word, every, under, most, made, said, says, say

Tuesday: work, our, more, when, from, form, wind, wind (a toy), print, air

Wednesday: fill, along, lost, name, room hope, same, glad, with

Phonograms to study: f, h, k, w, y, ai, ar, ay, or, wor

Writing: Copy work and narration exercises from The Saturdays.

Grammar: We will review the four types of sentences, and learn about abbreviations..

Idiom: The more the merrier.

Poem: Table Manners by Burgess

Math: This week we will focus on measuring the capacity of objects. We will conclude with a test on Friday.

Science: This week we will learn about solids, liquids, and gases by completing some experiments!


History: We will study modern Mexico this week. Students will learn about the geography of Mexico and the influence of Native American and Spanish culture. Students will also learn about how Mexican fiestas are celebrated!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Week 16

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a fun and educational Ancient Egypt celebration last week. Thank you to everyone who was able to volunteer or donate to help make our afternoon such a success. We are looking forward to an exciting week of learning!

Coming up:
Literature: We will finish Frog and Toad Together this week by reading chapter 5:  The Dream.  We will discuss the main characters of the book. There will be a short comprehension check for this book on Friday.



Writing: Copy work and narration exercises from Today is Monday and Old Mother Hubbard.



Grammar: We will be learning about the four types of sentences this week – statements, commands, questions, and exclamations.



Idiom: Never leave till tomorrow what you can do today.



Poem: Table Manners by Burgess



Math: This week we will begin a new unit on measurement! We will be working with length and weight. We will practice weighing and measuring different objects and comparing them from shortest to longest and lightest to heaviest. We will continue to review key math skills this week such as creating and identifying shapes and addition and counting. 



Science: We will review and wrap up our ocean unit. Then, we will begin our unit about matter by learning about solids, liquids, and gasses.



History: On Monday, the scholars will learn about Ramadan.  We will review and compare all 3 world religions and will finish the unit with a test on Friday.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Week 15

Some baby tortoises visited our classroom on Monday!


Dear 1C families,

We enjoyed a wonderful performance by our scholars last week at our concert. They have worked very hard in music preparing for the concert and they did a wonderful job.
We have a short week ahead with no school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. On Tuesday we will have our Ancient Egypt Celebration! You can still sign up here to volunteer or bring something in:

We have our Fall Festival coming up tomorrow from 11-2! I'll be there and I'm looking forward to seeing many of you. If you're able to help, please sign up here:

Monday morning we will be treated to a performance by a few members of the Phoenix Symphony.


This week in 1C:

Literature: This week, we will read chapter 4, “Dragons and Giants” from Frog and Toad Together. We will discuss the importance of having courage and look for examples of Frog and Toad showing that virtue.


Spalding: There will not be a spelling test this week, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Instead, please practice your phonograms. We will take a graded WPR (written phonogram review) on Tuesday in class.


Writing: copy work and narration exercises from The Trumpet of the Swan.


Grammar: We will play a noun and verb review game.


Math:  This week we will wrap up our unit on shapes by taking a chapter quiz. We will also review all that we have learned throughout the quarter so far about addition, subtraction, and counting and will end the week by taking a cumulative test. 


History:  Next week we will continue to study the religion of Islam as we learn about the story of Muhammed.