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Weekly News

January 25-27

We had a short 3 day week in Grade 1.  We still got a lot accomplished. Here’s what happened in the classroom:  

Reading Workshop

Learning Objective: Students can try NEW strategies to solve hard words.    

Summary: Just like when you are building a house, you can not use only 1 tool.  The same goes for solving hard words.  Students tend to get into the habit of only using 1 strategy like looking at the picture.  As a BOSS, we need to have a lot of tools to solve the hard words we come across.  So, students were challenged on Thursday and Friday to try different strategies.  Each new strategy was written on a Post-It note and placed on each student’s desk to help remind him or her to practice. 

Writing Workshop

Learning Objective: Students can think about their readers.         

Summary:  Similarly to how we added on in previous lessons, students were tasked with thinking about their readers and questions a reader might have about the topic.  These questions are – who, what, where, when, why, and how? Students were encouraged to use their teacher voices, write only facts, and were referred to as Mr. and Ms. since they are indeed teachers.     


Learning Objective: Students can solve problems using a variety of methods.  

Summary: Students were given more freedom this week to solve problems using the count on method, take from 10, and make 10 methods.  Students were also challenged to look at other students’ work, figure out which strategy that student used, then correct any mistakes.  We also talked about which strategy we used with a partner as well as which one we thought was best.   

Social Studies/Science

Learning Objective: Students can point towards north in the classroom.       

Summary:  We spent most of this week learning about the 4 cardinal directions – North, South, East, and West. We used our compasses to correctly identify which direction is north in the classroom. We then walked around the classroom in the hopes students would realize north never changes. After that, we walked around the school identifying north and even stopped in to test Mr. Brenneman – he correctly identified North without a compass. We also tried to create a map from legos of Mr. Casselville. 


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Upcoming Events

Please remember students should wear their PE clothes and PE appropriate shoes on PE days. Even if PE is on a Friday (which is normally casual dress day) students still need to wear their PE uniform.

Snacktime Reminder

Students perform better when they have good food in their bodies. Please try to send your student with a simple, healthy snack that they can enjoy in the afternoon.  This extra nutrition can help their brains and bodies do their best in the late afternoon and during after school activities.

Picking good fit books

Students will use this strategy for picking good fit books from our classroom library or “Book Nook”. This will ensure that they are reading a book that will challenge them, but not to the point of frustration.


I look over the book inside and out

Purpose – Students should ask themselves why they are reading a book.

Interest- Students should ask themselves whether they are interested in a topic, author, or theme.

Comprehension – Students should ask themselves if they can understand the meaning of the text.

Know – Students should ask themselves if they know MOST (95%+) of the words.

Helpful Resources

Bloomz  is where I will update parents on what’s going on in the classroom.  It’s a great place to see many photos and videos throughout the year so you can get a look inside our classroom.

Raz-Kids is where students will be reading each night. Students can read a story, listen to a story and answer questions about a story. Ideally students should do all 3 for at least one story a night.

Log in information coming soon.

Sumdog is a fun math game site. Students can practice their math skills while playing games, earning points, and competing against friends.

Log in information coming soon.

GoNoodle’s movement videos and games help to keep us moving inside the classroom. It makes it easy to be active, the kid way – silly, energetic, playful, and fun!

Counting by 1’s

Common core standard: Extend the counting sequence (Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120).

Counting down

We’ve been practicing counting down in preparation for subtraction.

Counting by 2’s

Common core standard: Add and subtract within 20 (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).


Common core standard: Add and subtract within 20.

Place Value

Common Core Standard: Understand place value


Phonics are the building blocks for literacy so we like to review with these videos.

Common core standard: Phonological Awareness

Sight word playlist

English Language Learners

These videos are for students that are just beginning to learn English.


Classroom Vocabulary

Actions Words 1

Action Words 2

House Vocabulary

Mr. Cassel’s email:

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