Sunday, November 12, 2017

Week 11

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Hello First Grade Parents,

Wow!  I cannot believe Thanksgiving is almost here and this is our 11th week of school.  The weather has definitely turned cooler.  Please send a jacket with your child for the chilly mornings.  Don't forget to label all clothing with your child's first and last name.  If your child is missing something, please be sure to check the lost and found table.

Important information:
  • We will not have spelling practice or reading groups in first grade this week.  We will be doing some reading assessments in preparation for report cards.
  • I will be sending an email for conference sign-ups very soon.  Please be on the look out for it.  The spots will fill up fast!
  • Students will have homework Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, but not Thursday since this is the beginning of our Fall break.  If your child chooses to read over Thanksgiving break and documents it on their reading log, I will give a prize for all students that read at least 5 days for 20 minutes each day.
Last week in first grade:
  • We learned how to identify consonant digraphs, nouns, and closed syllables.
  • We used a tree map and a bubble map to pre-write for our Thanksgiving writing.
  • We presented our Community Helpers posters to our class, Mrs. Bloomfield's 2nd grade class, and Mrs. de Leon's 6th grade class.
This week in first grade:
  • We will continue to talk about consonant digraphs, nouns, and closed syllables in preparation for assessments.
  • We will write our final drafts for our Thanksgiving writing.
  • We will create a "Where in the world do we live and who is in charge?" flip book. 
A Math Message from Mrs. Bloomfield:





This week in first grade the students used Number Bonds to create fact families.  A picture of our fact families was posted on the Oasis Facebook page, check them out!  They also reviewed methods of subtraction and completed several mini assessments throughout the week.

Mrs. Bloomfield continues to have the students write answer statements when they are problem solving.  Answer statements fit in perfectly with “Format Matters” which we use when answering a question.

This week we will work on the correlation between addition and subtraction, using a number line and a hundred chart to count on or back and focus on subtraction equations.

Homework for November 13th -16th
Monday
IXL - H. 1 Subtraction facts Numbers up to 10
Tuesday
IXL - H.5 Complete the subtraction sentence
Wednesday
IXL - H. 6 Subtraction Word Problems up to 10
Thursday
No Homework - Happy Thanksgiving & Fall Break!
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

~Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Bloomfield~

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Week 10

Hello First Grade Parents,

Thank you to all of the in-class volunteers and the parents that donated pumpkins for our Halloween party.  I know the kids had a blast and I appreciate all of the help in making it a fun day for them.

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Important information for this week:
  • In honor of Veteran's Day, students at Oasis Academy may wear patriotic attire to school on Thursday, November 9th.  Clothing must cover as much as a school uniform-- no tank tops, short shorts, bare midriffs, etc.  Students who choose to wear patriotic attire will need to bring $1.00 for donation.  Students who choose not to participate will wear their regular uniform.  Thank you to all of our military families for their service.
  • Each week, students receive their new spelling lists.  Please remove their previous lists from their binders, as well as any other papers that have been graded and sent home.
  • Our first quarter of the school ended on Thursday; however, Oasis Academy has moved to trimesters, except for specials.  This means your child will receive a report card 3 times a year, instead of 4.  Our class will being their new special on Tuesday---Art.
Last week in first grade:
  • We learned the parts of a book.
  • We continued to practice identifying the long and short vowel sounds.
  • We learned the rules for closed syllables.
This week in first grade:
  • We will learn about consonant digraphs, nouns, and closed syllables.
  • We will begin a Thanksgiving writing activity during Daily 5.
  • We will present our Community Helpers posters to the 2nd grade and 6th grade classes.  We will also make thank you cards for the Community Helpers we studied.

A Math message from Mrs. Bloomfield:

This week your 1st grader will continue relate addition to subtraction within 10.  We will continue to work with numbers by: counting on, making “ten,” composing and decomposing, and creating fact families.  Mrs. Bloomfield would also like to get our kids started on their addition facts in order to build their “fluency” of working with numbers within ten.  Starting with addition and later in the year, working with subtraction.

Monday
IXL H.14 Subtraction Sentences True or False
Tuesday
Fact Family houses worksheet
Wednesday
IXL J.3 Fact Families
Thursday
IXL J.4 Addition and subtraction facts to 10

Have a great week!

~Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Bloomfield~

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Week 9

Hello First Grade Parents,

Important information:
  • We will visit the book fair tomorrow morning.  Each student will fill out a wish list to bring home to their parents.  The book fair is open October 30-November 2 from 7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m; 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 3:45 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m.; and Family Night on November 2 from 6-8 p.m. 
  • Tuesday October 31  -- Halloween -- The costume parade is scheduled to begin at 10:45.  If you would like to see the parade, please go to the lunchroom.  (Please see last week's blog with costume information.)  Our class party will begin at 1:00 pm.  I have sent an email reminder to those parents volunteering in class and those donating mini pumpkins.

Last week in first grade:

  • We practiced using context clues to figure out unknown words in a sentence.
  • We began spelling study and took our first spelling tests.
  • We continued to work on our Community Helpers projects with our Tribes.

This week in first grade:

  • We will learn about the parts of a book: front and back covers, title page, spine, author, and illustrator.
  • We will continue to practice long and short vowel sounds.
  • We will use our spelling words during Daily 5 word work.
  • We will learn the rules for closed syllables.

A Math message from Mrs. Bloomfield:

Well, we are getting better at saying “Commutative Property!”  Last week I had listed the following example.  
Here’s an example of Commutative Property:
7 + 2 = 9
2 + 7 = 9


Now we are taking it one step further by finding the missing addend in an equation.  
For example:  __+ 3 = 9 or 6 + __ = 9


Again, this will also lead the 1st graders into working with Fact Families!
Here’s an example of a Fact Family (in which the students will eventually fill in the missing addend,subtrahend, difference or sum:
__ + 2 = 9
2 + __ = 9
9 - __ = 7
9 - 7 = __


Here are a few more examples, this is one way that we set them up in class, in a “Fact Family House.”
Fun Family Activities
Continue to skip count by 10’s, 5’s and even 2’s driving in the car or playing outside.  We learned the “Zero Rule”...Any number added to zero is the same number!  We are also keeping track of Data during or weekly graphs.  Make a family graph at home!

Monday
Commutative Property Worksheet
Tuesday
No Homework - Happy Halloween!
Wednesday
Fact Family Worksheet
Thursday
IXL H.13 Related Subtraction Facts

Have a great week!
~Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Bloomfield~

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Week 8

Hello First Grade Parents,

Important information:
  • 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.  I will send out a reminder email at the end of the week for those parents volunteering or providing pumpkins.
  • We will begin spelling practice this week and have a test every Thursday morning.  Please work with your child on the words each day.
  • We tested sight words lists last week.  Your child should have their current list in the back cover of their binder, which needs to be returned every day.  Please practice these words each night, in preparation for testing on Wednesday mornings.  They need to read the words from sight, without hesitation, in order to move to the next list.

Last week in first grade:

  • We learned the difference between fiction and nonfiction.
  • We identified and practiced consonant blends.
  • We discussed community helpers and began writing a paragraph about the community helpers we choose.
  • We had a visit from our community firefighters.

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This week in first grade:

  • We will learn how to use context clues in a sentence to figure out a tricky word.
  • We will begin spelling word study.
  • We will continue to work with our Tribes on our community helpers projects.

A Math message from Mrs. Bloomfield:


At first the students worked with number lines in class by counting on and then writing an 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.
Monday
Worksheet - T or F  Equations
Tuesday
IXL F.1 Subtract with Pictures Up to 10
Wednesday
IXL F.2 Subtraction Sentences Up to 10
Thursday
IXL F.4 Subtract 0 and All
Have a great week!
~Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Bloomfield~

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week 7

Hello First Grade Parents,

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.  Halloween is rapidly approaching.  Be on the lookout for an email about volunteer opportunities for our Halloween fun day.


Important information:


  • Homework-  the first graders will have both reading and math homework now that we have started reading groups.  Please check your child's binder every day for a book to practice.  They also have a reading log to document their 20 minutes of daily reading.
  • If there are questions or concerns about Math homework, please email Mrs. Bloomfield at abloomfield@oasisacademyfallon.us
  • Please check your child's binder each day for work they have completed in class.  You may keep any completed work at home.

Last week in first grade:

  • We learned the rules for listen to reading and are now choosing from all five Daily 5 activities each day.
  • We learned concepts of print and discussed the parts of a book, including the front & back covers, the spine, and the title page.  We also discussed where to find the author and illustrator names.
  • We read the book Dust Bunnies and practiced rhyming words.  Each student made their own dust bunny and created a list of rhyming words.
  • We did a TRIBES activity called Spider Web.  The students practiced Habits of Discussion and Format Matters while asking questions to their friends.

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This week in first grade:

  • We will learn the difference between fiction and nonfiction.
  • We will identify and practice consonant blends.
  • We will discuss community helpers and write a paragraph about the community helpers we choose.

A Math Message from Mrs. Bloomfield

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

Monday
C.2 Adding 2
Tuesday
Worksheet - adding on to find a sum
Wednesday
J.2 Which sign makes the number sentence true?
Thursday
J.7 Addition & subtraction sentences: True or False
Have a great week!

~Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Bloomfield~

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Week 6

Hello First Grade Families,

I can't believe we are entering our 6th week of school.  It has flown by for me and I am enjoying every day with my students.

Important information:

  • This week, we are beginning reading groups.  Your children will be bringing home a book we read in school to practice at home.  They will also receive a reading log.  Please send back the book and reading log every day.
  • If your child would like to wear any color socks or leggings with their uniform, please donate $1 for each quarter of the school year to the can in the front office.
  • Please send a water bottle with your child every day.  We have a designated spot in our classroom for water bottles in an effort to reduce the amount of times a student leaves the classroom to use the water fountain.
  • Snacks and lunches-  Please remind your child that we do not share our food with friends.  This is a safety issue (allergies).
Last week in first grade:



  • We talked about Johnny Appleseed and tasted 3 different kinds of apples.  Each student chose their favorite kind, we made a graph with our favorites, and wrote an opinion paragraph about the apple of our choice. 

  • We made applesauce and tasted it at the end of our school day on Thursday.  Here is the recipe, if you would like to try it at home.
  •  12 Golden Delicious apples, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 cup water, 1 tbsp. lemon juice
    Place all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours.  Mix and serve.

    • Practiced finding rhyming words and counting syllables in words.
    This week in first grade:
    • We will learn the rules for listening to reading on the Chromebooks.
    • We will learn about counting syllables in words.
    • We will learn concepts of print-- title, author, illustrator, cover, spine, and title page.
    • We will learn how to make mini books for a work on writing choice during Daily 5.
    • We will begin reading groups and bring home books for reading practice.
    • We will practice short vowel sounds and do some short vowel word sorts.
    A Math Message from Mrs. Bloomfield:

    The first grade students took their first summative assessment of the quarter.  The students were expected to insert missing numbers into a sequence, count by multiples of 10, compare numbers using <,>,=, and determine if an equation is true or false. Overall, Mrs. Bloomfield and I were very excited to see the growth that they have made in the first 6 weeks!

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    Keep in mind that some skills are easy to practice at home or in the car such as counting from 1 to 100, skip counting by 10’s and 5’s as well as being able to count on from any number.  For example start at the number 32 then count on 33, 34, 35, 36...etc.  

    Don’t panic if your child is writing numbers in reverse.  It is very common for them to write numbers such as 2,3,5,6 and 7 in reverse.  This is developmental up until 2nd grade.  Call their attention to the number that they have written incorrectly and ask them to flip their number or re-write it correctly.


    Homework October 9th - 12th
    Monday
    IXL M.3 Place Value Models to 100
    Tuesday
    IXL D.1 Addition facts - sums to 10
    Wednesday
    Worksheet  Adding with a Number Line
    Thursday
    IXL D.5 Addition Word Problems to 10
    Have a great week!

    ~Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Bloomfield~

    Sunday, October 1, 2017

    Week 5

    Hello First Grade Families,

    I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.

    Important reminders/information:

    • Please remind your child there is no kissing or hugging allowed between students at Oasis Academy.  Mrs. Tisdale and Mrs. Mackedon visited each classroom and addressed the issue.  If a student is caught kissing or hugging, they will miss one week of recess.
    • Volunteer hours-  I have contacted the parents that will be volunteering in the classroom during the week via email.  If you are still interested in at home projects, be on the lookout for emails I send out.  Please contact the school if you are looking for other ways to volunteer.
    Last week in first grade:
    • We continued studying our TRIBES agreements and finished up with Appreciations.  The students really enjoyed sharing appreciations at our community circle on Thursday
    • We identified the beginning and end of sentences, and why vowels are important.
    • We learned the rules for reading to someone, and implemented those rules during our Daily 5 practice.
    • We practiced long and short vowel sounds.
    This week in first grade:
    • We will talk about Johnny Appleseed.  We will be tasting 3 types of apples and writing an opinion paragraph on our favorite type.  We will also be making applesauce and writing a "how to" make applesauce paragraph.
    • We will learn the rules for word work and implement those rules during our Daily 5 practice.
    • We will practice rhyming words and beginning of word sounds.
    • We will begin to learn how to break words into syllables.
    A note from Mrs. Bloomfield:


    Happy Monday!  As we  head into another full week of school please remember to support your child’s learning by completing reading and math homework daily.  Several students have not been completing their IXL assignments and this affects their “work ethic” grade on their report card.

    I am enjoying your first grade students.  They are able to make real life connections with math concepts.  They also enjoy working with small groups on math activities.  I was amazed when they came up with 10 different strategies to model the number “14.”

    Last week the first graders worked with number bonds.  We focused on finding the whole number and introduced number bonds that displays only “whole, part” and the students must use strategies to find the missing part.  It was a bit challenging; however, hard work pays off and soon they will master this concept!  Looking forward into this week we will continue this missing Part, Part, Whole concept along with counting on from any number to 100, comparing numbers and plan on having our first short assessment on Thursday!


    Homework Week 5: October 2 - 5
    Monday
    Number Bond Worksheet a-g
    Tuesday
    Basketball Bond Worksheet
    Wednesday
    IXL E.1 Add Doubles with models
    Thursday
    No Homework due to assessment
    Have a great week!

    ~Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Bloomfield~

    Week 11

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