Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween and Harvest Fair

On Monday we will have a first grade celebration. Once a month, we come together to celebrate birthdays, perfect attendance, homework completion and Lexia awards. Our day in first grade will be Halloween themed with a special craft and read aloud. We ask that students not wear or bring costumes to school. We are not in need of food for this celebration, but we appreciate the offers we have received for special treats. 

On Saturday, Great Salt Bay is hosting their annual Harvest Fair. Bring your family for a day of fun and festivities. This event is put on by our 8th grade class and their families. All proceeds go to benefit the 8th grade class trip to Boston in June. It runs from 10-2 with games, face painting, food, silent auction and you can even tag your Christmas tree at the GSB tree farm! If you haven't had a chance to visit the Scholastic Book Fair in our library it will be open during the Harvest Fest, as well.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fire Safety Day

It's Fire Safety Day here at GSB!

First graders went through the smoke trailer with our local firefighters. They all did a great job exiting the smoke trailer safely. Each student received a junior firefighter helmet and packet about fire safety. In Mrs. Verney's Class only 4 students knew their home address and safe meeting spot if there was an emergency! It is important to practice your address, phone number and safe meeting place with your child! There will be a test! :)

Old Fort Western Field Trip

Old Fort Western Field Trip on Thursday, October 27th. We will depart from school at 10:00 a.m.  Please pack your child a bag lunch or return the lunch slip by Monday.  Your child should wear sneakers on this trip and dress in layers.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Parent Teacher Conference Sign ups!

Please use the links below to book a parent teacher conference. 

We look forward to meeting with you during conference times. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

What we do in 1st Grade...Guided Reading!

"Guided Reading" 

That's teacher lingo for reading books with small groups of students. We actually do more than just read books! So here is a little information about what we do with students during "Guided Reading" groups.

Our readers are working at all different levels. We group them by what reading level they are working at. At each level there are certain concepts of skills we teach. Not every student is learning the same thing. Each student is working on what THEY need to work on, how cool is that! It is magical really. What every student has in common is that they are reading BOOKS!

We practice...

  • identifying uppercase and lowercase letters
  • letter sounds (see attached video and photos)
  • sight words (Kindergarten, 1st grade and beyond!)
  • reading books 
  • rhyming words
  • sounding out words
  • blending sounds
  • reading fluently
  • pointing word to word as we read
  • using the picture to help us read
  • using our reading strategies from CAFE. (No Coffee, more on CAFE later!)
  • using text features to help us understand
  • and SO MUCH MORE!!!!
What are other students doing while we are working hard with our reading groups!? That's a really good question. Stayed tuned for the next edition of "What we do in 1st Grade!"