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October 17, 2016

   I hope that the students are sharing their love of learning with you every day. I know that they may tell you that nothing happened at school, but that is never the case! Just a few of the many things that we are working on include:

Reading Workshop
The students are learning to manage their work during reading workshop. They are listening to stories and poems and writing to show their understanding. They learned a new way to practice letter sounds and words with word sorting activities that match their spelling skills. I always tell the students that their ears help them to spell any word. So when your child asks you how to spell a word, just tell them to say the word, listen to the sound in their ears and write what they heard. Of course, we are reinforcing that strategy by practicing the letter sounds with keywords frequently. We began teacher time this week too. Teacher time is small group, guided reading instruction. Your child will meet with me often, reading books that are perfect for his or her ability.
Writing Workshop
We continue to write the stories that live in our hearts. Students are using booklets and learning to stretch the details sequentially across the pages. They are making choices about their writing such as when and where to add details to the words and pictures. They know how to get the materials that they need, how to plan their writing work and when to begin as new story. They are working with writing partners to share story ideas in order to organize their thoughts. Tell me about your writing work is a good prompt to get your child to tell you what they are working on.
First graders love math time! Our focus has been number patterns, more and less, comparing numbers and odd and even. We enjoyed a silly story about two cousins, Even Steven and Odd Todd. Then the students practiced making numbers and determining whether they were odd or even. We paired up lots of manipulatives--animals, pom poms, cubes, stamp markers and more to show our work. The students were challenged by a new kind of problem called How many of each to begin practicing number bonds.
The homework notebook went home last week. Please reach out to me if there are any questions about what to do and I will go over in with your child. Students were taught how to manage their work by dating and numbering every task. Please encourage the children to read a few minutes every day. Library books, Scholastic News and other age appropriate text are great resources. Read together at: Storytime Online Ready To Read
*Bedtime Story Hour is October 20 at 7:00pm. Please join us for a wonderful evening of bedtime stories, pj’s, cookies and milk. Younger siblings are also welcome. I hope that you will be there!
*Book Character Projects will be displayed at Bedtime Story Hour. Project directions were sent home in backpack mail. This is a simple and fun at-home project for your child. I have encouraged the students to participate with your help. They have seen a sample character in the Greenbrook Library. Please bring characters to the event and we will display them.
*Picture Day retake day is November 22.
*Fall Conferences are coming Nov. 7-14. ! I will confirm your conference date and time soon.

Ask your first grader about…
-Is number 8 odd or even? Prove it.
-What is a good fit book? How does it help us build reading stamina?
-In the story Apple Picking Time, the character Anna worked hard all day to earn something. What was it?
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Mrs. Gail Magid
1st Grade Teacher
Greenbrook Elementary School
Attitude Determines Altitude

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Specials Schedule
Monday - Library
Tuesday - P.E.
Wednesday - P.E.
Thursday - Art
Friday - Music