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Thursday, Oct. 21st

Greetings from Grade 1,

We had another short week this week with PTCs scheduled all day on Friday. I am looking forward to meeting with everyone and discussing your child. Since this was the first week of Quarter 2 we also started our first Science Unit of the year. Here is what happened in the classroom:

Reading

– We continued learning good habits for solving hard words.
– Try it 2 ways (use the short and long vowels sounds)
– Do a Double Check (Ask yourself 1) Do the letters and sounds match? and 2) Does the word make sense?
– Try, Try Again. Perhaps the most important of the bunch, just like the Little Engine that could, keep trying until you solve the hard word.

Writing

– We got into the details of editing.
– Focus on capital letters:
1) At the start of every sentence.
2) Proper Nouns (special people, places, and things like Mr. Cassel and BFS)
3) Anytime i is by itself in a sentence it should always be I
– We learned to use BOLD words to emphasize our writing.
– We picked a story which we will spend some time editing and present to the class next Thursday. We may also do a live stream.

Science

– We are kicking off our science unit with a project. Students will have to create or design a solution to a human problem using plant or animal parts. Think… turtle shell turned into a bicycle helmet.
– This will be broken down into 4 weeks. This week we are learning about problems, what is a problem, define the word problem, what are some problems we have.
– In the coming weeks we will be learning about plant and animal parts and the final week students will have time to design and create their solutions.

Math

– Doubles and Doubles plus 1
– Using the addition chart to find repeated answers
– Color problems with the same total on the addition chart
– Practice to build fluency with facts to 10
Enjoy the long weekend and I hope you have some fun with your child on Friday. Also, thank you very much for your participation with Reading Bingo. We have one more week to go!
T.E.A.M. First
Mr. Cassel

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 PICK:

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).

Adding

Common core standard: Add and subtract within 20.

Place Value

Common Core Standard: Understand place value

Phonics

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.

Emotions

Classroom Vocabulary

Actions Words 1

Action Words 2

House Vocabulary

“T.E.A.M. FIRST”

Greetings Parents and Caregivers, 

I hope you are as excited as I am about the start of school!  I expect this to be a great year, with lots of adventures, success, hard work, fun, a ton of learning, and memories!

First, let me introduce myself.  My name is Justin Cassel.  This will be my second year teaching at BFS and my seventh year in the classroom.  My passion for teaching is found in young learners as I love their enthusiasm and excitement!  I am joined in Busan by my lovely wife Rebecca, and our 2 year old twins, Hana and Everett.  

Here are a few ideas for a smooth transition and to help prepare your child for the first day of school:

  • Watch the BFS safety video 
  • Speak with your child about his/her hopes and learning goals for this year.  What do they hope 1st grade is like?  What are a few things they would like to learn this year?
  • Try to get your child a good night’s sleep so s/he is well rested!
  • Try to have your child wear a mask at home so s/he is prepared for the start of the school year.  

With Covid, there is a lot of uncertainty.  Please know that I am here to support both you and your child whether we are learning in school or virtually!  I look forward to learning together with you and your child this year! As a team, we can do great things! 

 

Together Everyone Achieves More,

Mr. Cassel 

Mr. Cassel’s email: jcassel@bfs.or.kr

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