Tuesday, October 29, 2013

This week in 1B..

I hope that everyone enjoyed their long weekend!

In Math we are finishing up our 3D shaped unit and moving on to solving story problems.  If you have any questions about logging in to Moby Max or 1XL please let me know I am happy to help.  I have seen that many of you have been practicing which is excellent!

We are learning how to be informational writers.  Students are really excited to be teachers and show off what they are experts about in writing.  Students are working on letters m, h, b, f and q this week.

In Reading we are finishing up our making connections unit.  After reading at night, have students retell the story and make a connection.  (When I read (title) it reminded me of...(text to self connection).

In Social Studies we are finishing up our Bat research and activities.

*I sent home an optional fall packet and resources.  If you ever need any resources please do not hesitate to ask, I am happy to send things home.


-Tomorrow is vision screening, if your child wears glasses please be sure to send them.
-This week is red ribbon week (Wednesday wear boots,  Thursday wear crazy socks)
-Thursday fall parties begin at 2:30.  Be sure to send your child with a roll of toilet paper for an activity.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This week in 1b..

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and are excited about the World Series!  I know that your children are :)

Here's what we are up to this week...

In math we are learning how to identify 3D shapes.  I will send home a worksheet just for your child to review, you may ignore the faces, edges and vertices part unless you would like to challenge them.

In reading we are focusing on making connections with what we read.  We are also working on digraphs such as wh as in whale and -sh,-ng,-ph, and more.  Here is the digraph song we have been singing as we come to the carpet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFQ2g_AZW4c&list=PL71A2A1C9B3FA07B9

In writing we are starting our unit on informational writing.

In social studies we are continuing research on bats.

-Today and Thursday are conferences.  The link below is the sign up sheet if you do not remember your time.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D44AEAF22AAFE3-fall

-There are no after school classes today due to conferences.

-Red Ribbon Week begins tomorrow.

-There is a 1:15 dismissal on Thursday and no school on Friday.

Have a wonderful week!
-Miss Bergin

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Check out the link to see a few pictures from the first grade social!


Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon week is October 23 through October 31. Each fall, schools and community organizations across the United States focus on turning young people away from drugs/bad choices during Red Ribbon WeekRed Ribbon Week participants promote positive choices, good character, and a healthy lifestyle for children of all ages. This is a good time also, for you to talk with your children about drugs, safety and being the best they can be. Take some time to get involved. Plan some special activities at home to celebrate being drug free/making healthy choices. Some examples are below:

  • ·      Participate in the OB community wide book study Rules by Cynthia Lord. 
  •       Hide Red Ribbons around the house, when they find one they get a coupon to do something special with the family.

  • ·      Have a Red Ribbon Week Dinner highlighted with red foods.

  • ·      Tie a Red Ribbon around a tree in your yard or ask a neighbor or local business if you can tie some around their trees.

  • ·      Make Red Ribbon placemats with prevention/self esteem messages.
At school we have the following planned around the theme OB Monsters Team Up to Make Good Choices. We wanted to give you plenty of time to plan your child's outfits.  
Wednesday, October 23  (Walk in the Park)  H is for Healthy Choices and Healthy Choices are for meStudents are encouraged to wear a RED T-shirt/sweatshirt and exercise pants.     
Thursday, October 24 (Early Release Day)  OB Monsters Have Manners  Students are encouraged to wear monster related clothes. Please no masks or props.
Friday, October 25  (No School) 
Monday, October 28  OB Monsters Show Their SpiritStudents are encouraged to wear OB colors (blue and white) or spirit wear.
Tuesday, October 29  (4th Grade Musical) OB Monsters team up to make a difference.Students are encouraged to wear their favorite team jersey, shirt, or personal team uniform.
Wednesday, October 30    OB Monsters stomp out bad choicesStudents are encouraged to wear boots (cowboy boots, snow boots, rain boots, dress boots).
Thursday, October 31   OB Monsters Look in the MirrorStudents are encouraged to show their individuality by wearing socks to show their personality. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Check out what we're learning in math!

This week in 1b...

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and cheered on our sports teams!

In Reading we are learning about fiction v. nonfiction.  We are also talking about how to make text-to-self connections with stories.  I hope everyone is continuing to read at home each night.  I've been noticing the improvement-keep up your hard work!

We are classifying shapes in math and have been learning about quadrilaterals, isosceles triangles and equilaterals.  We have also been working a lot on our math facts (adding and subtracting).  Your child should be a pro at adding and subtracting 1 and 2 from other numbers.

In Writing we are finishing up writing small moment stories.  I can't wait to share their fantastic work with you at conferences, you are going to love their work!

Bats are our focus in Science this week.  We are learning how to be researchers and are really excited about bats!

-We have library on Thursday please start looking for those books at home :)
16th-OB Dine Out Night 5pm
22nd-PM Conferences
23rd-Red Ribbon Week kickoff (OB Monsters Team up to Make Great Choices) We will also be kicking off a book study on the book Rules.
24th-Early dismissal and conferences
25th-No School

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

This week in 1b...

I hope that everyone enjoyed their weekend!  A special thanks to our parents who volunteered for field day on Friday, it was a little toasty outside.  :)

We are currently working on geometry in Math and using terms such as quadrilaterals, polygons and triangles.  By the end of the week students should be able to compare shapes and define these terms.

Students are doing a fantastic job creating personal narratives in Writing.  They have been bringing their stories to life using quotation marks and sounds in there stories. 

In Reading we are learning how to talk about books with one another and strategies we can use while reading.  If you need help finding books that are on your child's independent reading level, I would be more then happy to help them select these from our library.  Sometimes they just like to pick books for you to read to them :) which is perfectly fine.

Since this is Fire Safety Week, we will be focusing on fire related activities during our social studies time.  Tonight a home safety plan went home as homework due tomorrow.  Please use this as a time to discuss safety procedures in your home.


-Tomorrow is National Walk to School Day 
-Friday is 1:15 dismissal
-Conferences are Tuesday 8/22 and Thursday 8/24.  If you have not yet signed up please check your child's folder or visit this link. 
-Red Ribbon Week will begin the 23rd.  More information will be sent home about themed days to get students excited about making good choices.
-We have no school Friday 8/25

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Our geometric masterpieces!


This week in 1b...

We are off to a fantastic start this week!  I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends.  I heard that many of you went to the carnival and had a great time!

In reading we are continuing working on reading strategies and phonics.  Please be sure to read with your child each night.  I will be sending home an October Reading Log due at the end of the month.

We are working on our personal narratives this week and focusing on ways to bring our characters to life by using character feelings and giving the character a voice.  We are also working on our lowercase letters in handwriting.  Please let me know if you would like additional copies of handwriting paper for your child to practice at home.

In math we are beginning our geometry unit.  Students love using the pattern blocks!  Please look for a family letter coming home this week to explain in further detail our unit.

Respect is our character word of the month so we will be focusing on that topic in Social Studies this week.


-Please turn in the September Reading Log (It has apples on it) as soon as possible.
-Tonight is the first grade social starting at 7pm here at Old Bonhomme
-Friday is Field Day which begins at 1pm.  Please contact Coach Jander if you are interested in volunteering.
-October 11-Early Dismissal