Sunday, April 15, 2018

Week 29

Hello First Grade Families,

Thank you all for making time in your busy schedules to attend conferences on March 23 and April 13.  It was nice to see everyone and to discuss all of the awesome progress my first graders have made.

Reminders:

  • If you have any box tops, please send them in tomorrow.
  • Blue & Orange Day- On Monday, 4/16, students may wear orange and/or blue for a $1 donation, which is a fundraiser for an Oasis student that is in the hospital.  Her favorite team is Boise State and their colors are orange and blue.  Students do not have to wear their uniforms if they choose to participate in this fundraiser.

Last week in first grade:
  • We practiced figuring out who is telling a story.
  • We learned how to find the main idea of a paragraph.
  • We finished our poetry journals by writing a Haiku.
  • We explored why the stars only come out at night, where and why the sun rises and sets, and why the earth has seasons.

This week in first grade:
  • We will continue to practice finding the main idea in written paragraphs.
  • We will learn about narrative writing by identifying what a small moment is and write about a small  moment.
  • We will continue to explore the sun, moon, and stars.

A Math Message from Mrs. Bloomfield:


The first graders created Fraction Pizzas, will finish learning about fractions, and review then test on Tuesday.  Later into the week we will go back to some objectives that we have taught in order to review and check for mastery.  Such as: adding 3 numbers, adding and subtracting within 50 and working with word problems.

Week 29 Homework
April 16th - 19th
Monday
IXL - X.5 Simple Fractions: what fraction does the shape show?
Tuesday
IXL - X.6 Simple Fractions: which shape matches the fraction?
Wednesday
IXL - D.11 Addition Facts: sums up to 20
Thursday
IXL - D.10 Addition sentences for word problems - sums up to 18
Have a great week!

~Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Bloomfield~
 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Week 28

Hello First Grade Families,

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I hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break!  I am looking forward to seeing all of my students and hearing about their adventures over the last 10 days.

For those of you that were unable to join us for the performance of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, please visit the Oasis Academy Facebook page to view the video of our little actors.


Important Information/Reminders:

  • Save those box tops!  Oasis Academy is currently doing a box top drive.
  • This Friday, April 13, is the scheduled day for parent teacher conferences.  I will send out email reminders to those of you signed up on that day.  Please let me know if you are unable to make it, so we can reschedule as soon as possible.

This week in 1st grade, we will:

  • Read stories and review how to determine who is telling the story.
  • Practice finding the main idea in a paragraph.
  • Write a Haiku poem and an Important poem.
  • Choose our favorite poem to type on the Chromebook.
  • Explore more about the sun, moon, and stars, including why stars are only out at night, what causes day and night, and how the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

A Math Message from Mrs. Bloomfield:


Welcome back from Spring Break!  I can’t believe that it is April 9th already!  We are starting off April learning about fractions!  Fractions are so much fun and there are a ton of activities/projects to do too!  The first graders will partition circles and rectangles from a “whole” into (two) ½ and( four) ¼ equal parts.  We will also discuss (thirds) ⅓.

Your 1st grader will also be able to tell the differences between shapes that are divided in equal pieces.

Equal Parts:



Unequal Parts:

Homework for Week 28
Monday
IXL - X.1  Equal Parts
Tuesday
IXL - X.2 Halves and Fourths
Wednesday
IXL - X.3 Equal Parts: halves, thirds and fourths
Thursday
IXL - X.4 Halves, thirds and fourths

Have a great week!

~Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Bloomfield~

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Week 27

Dear First Grade Families,

Happy Easter and Happy Spring Break!

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Thank you to everyone that was able to come see our first grade animal slideshows last week.  The kids loved being able to show off their hard work.

Important Information:

  • Our first graders will be performing their play for Drama on Wednesday, March 28 @ 1:30 pm.  Please see my previous blog for the details.
  • With so many students involved in after school sports/activities this time of year, I want to remind everyone of the 1st grade homework policy.  Our first graders should spend 15 minutes on Math homework and 20 minutes on Reading homework each night (Monday- Thursday).  Reading homework includes studying spelling words and sight words, practicing fluency, reading the reading group book, and reading books of the students choice.
  • Spring Break reading-  If your child reads five days for 20 minutes each time, they will receive a special trip to the treasure box when they return to school.  Please record their reading on the provided reading log.

Last week in first grade:
  • We learned about root words.
  • We read books and discussed how to figure out the point of view in the story.
  • We wrote amazing ING and I like poems.
  • We explored shadows with a flashlight and discussed how the sun effects our shadows.
  • We shared our animal slideshows with parents and other classes.

This week in first grade:

  • We will read other stories and determine who is telling the story.
  • We will write an I wish poem and an Important poem.
  • We will explore how the sun moves across the sky and why stars are only out at night.
  • We will perform our play for parents/families.

A Math Message from Mrs. Bloomfield:

1st Grade Blog - Math
Week 27 March 26th -

Happy Monday!

It’s Spring Break week!  The students and teachers are excited and ready for a week of relaxation.  I hope that your family is doing something fun and exciting. Be safe and enjoy!

The 1st grade students will continue to work on adding up to 100 using both Branch Method and Partial Sums.  Prior to Spring Break we will count amounts of money and work on Problem Solving on numbers higher than 20.

Again, here is an example of the Partial Sums.  Please reference these examples on the blog if you are unsure of how to help your child with these strategies.  

Partial Sums
        
        2  4 →      20 + 4                       
    + 3 3  →   + 30   + 3
        5 0      50 + 7                                                 
     + 7
         57
 
Week 27 Homework
March 26th - 29th
Monday
Worksheet - Partial Sums
Tuesday
IXL - Q.1 Names and Values of common coins
Wednesday
XL -  Q3 Count pennies, nickels and dimes
Thursday
No Homework - Happy Spring Break!
We hope you have a wonderful Easter and enjoy your time off for Spring Break.

~Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Bloomfield~

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Drama Performance

First Grade Drama Performance

When:  March 28, 2018
Where:  Our classroom, room 19
Time: 1:30 pm

We hope you can make it!  Extra parking is available at the college.  Please enter through the front entrance and sign in at the front desk.

Thank you!


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Week 26

Hello First Grade Families,

Thank you for signing up so quickly for parent teacher conferences.  It is so wonderful to know you are all eager to see your child's progress in first grade.

Important information:

  • Don't forget to join us for the slideshow presentations on Wednesday, March 21 at 1:30.  Please see my previous blog or check your email for all of the information.
  • On Wednesday, March 28, the first graders will perform the play they have been learning and rehearsing in Drama class.  Please join us in our classroom at 1:00 for our little actors debut performance.  I will post a blog and send out an email with the details.
  • With assessments completed, we will resume reading groups and have spelling words this week.  If your child brings home their spelling test and it shows more than 3 words missed, please sign the test and send it back to me.  This is my way of knowing you are seeing the test.


Last week in first grade:

  • We completed reading assessments in preparation for report cards.
  • We practiced and presented our slideshow projects to our first grade class.
  • We wrote acrostic and color poems in our poetry journals.
  • We rehearsed for our class play.


This week in first grade:

  • We will resume reading groups and study our spelling words.
  • We will learn about root words and do a root word scoot activity.
  • We will read stories and determine whose point of view the story is from at different parts of the story.
  • We will write ING and I like poems in our poetry journals.
  • We will begin learning about the sun, moon, and stars and how they change position in the sky.
  • We will share our animal slideshows with 2nd grade, 6th grade, and our parents.

A Math Message from Mrs. Bloomfield


I hope you had a fun and relaxing weekend.  There is a lot going on with baseball, softball, swim team, swing dance and lacrosse!  Please make sure to be responsible with your academics completing 20 minutes of reading and 15 minutes of math each night, Monday through Thursday.  This week we will celebrate the season of Spring and the 100th Day of School.



This week the first graders  will be working on adding numbers up to 100.  You will see your child using two strategies: Branch Addition as well as a new strategy called Partial Sums; here is an example of each…

Week 26 Homework
March 19th - 22nd
Adding 2-digits to a multiple of 10
27  + 20 = ___
     ↙ ↘   ↙ ↘
  20 +  7 + 20 + 0 = ___
 (20 + 20) + (7 + 0) = ___
       40 +  7 = 47
Partial Sums
        
        2  4 →      20 + 4                       
    + 3 3  →   + 30   + 3
        5 0      50 + 7                                                 
     + 7
         57

Week 26 Homework
March 19th - 22nd
Monday
IXL - A.18 Which even or odd number comes before or after?
Tuesday
Worksheet - Branching Adding a multiple 10.
Wednesday
Worksheet - Partial Sums
Thursday
Worksheet - Partial Sums

Have a great week!

~Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Bloomfield~

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Animal Slideshow Presentations

Happy Tuesday!!


First graders will be presenting their slideshows to family and friends!!!

When:  Wednesday March 21, 2018
Where: Oasis Cafeteria
Time: 1:30 - 2:00

We hope you can make it.  Extra parking is available at the college. Please enter through the front entrance and sign in at the counter. 

Also, if you haven't already done so please sign up for conference.  A sign up genius was sent out Monday night.  Let me know if you didn't get the email.  

Thank You!!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Week 25

Hello 1st Grade Families,

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I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and remembered to turn your clocks forward.

Important information:

Since the 2nd trimester ended on March 8, we have parent teacher conferences and report cards coming soon.  I will be sending the sign up out this week.  Please be sure to notice the 2 dates available are March 23 and April 13.  If you do not receive the sign-up by the end of the week, please let me know.

We will have a couple dates for you to come in to our classroom to see what we have been working on.  I will send out invites as soon as I have the dates confirmed.  The class will be sharing their slide projects and they will be performing a play from their drama class.

With reading assessments this week, I may not send home reading group books everyday.  Please have your child study spelling words, practice reading fluency, and read books of his or her choice.

Don't forget to check your email for the dress up day on Thursday.  The Family Engagement Committee sent out a flyer with the specifics.  If you did not receive the email, please let me know.

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Last week in first grade:
  • We learned about prepositions and created a book...A Bumblebee's Journey.
  • We classified animals as reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, or birds.
  • We worked on our animal partner slide projects by adding pictures, animations, and transitions.
  • We began to learn about poetry.
This week in first grade:
  • We will complete reading assessments.
  • We will practice and present our animal slide projects to our class and other classes.
  • We will learn about different kinds of poetry and begin writing poems for our poetry journals.
  • We will rehearse our parts for the play.

A Math Message from Mrs. Bloomfield


Happy Monday!

Last week our class worked on odd and even numbers as well as telling 1 more/1 less and 10 more/10 less than a given number.

This week we will focus on determining a number as even or odd.  The students have been making “bridges” with their hands and drawing a picture of what number is in the 1’s place to determine if the number is even or odd.


Week 25 Homework
March 12th - 25th
Monday
IXL - A.13 Counting on a hundred chart
Tuesday
IXL - A.14 100 Chart
Wednesday
IXL - A.15 Even or Odd
Thursday
IXL - A.16 Identify numbers as even or odd.
Have a great week!

~Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Bloomfield~

Week 29

Hello First Grade Families, Thank you all for making time in your busy schedules to attend conferences on March 23 and April 13.  It was n...