Mill Run is buzzing with preparations for American Education Week!  Here are a few notes about the events that involve our first grade classroom.

On Thursday, November 15th, we will have a special program in our classroom beginning at 11:30 am.  We will also have a special activity for you to complete with your child.  The children also enjoy having some free time to show you their classroom.  From 12:15-12:45, you are invited to a special turkey feast in the cafeteria, hosted by Mr. Vickers.  From 12:45-1:15, please plan on taking your child to the library to visit the book fair.  At 1:15, we will return to our normal classroom routine.  

As part of the American Education Week festivities, Mill Run has three theme days.  On Wednesday, November 14th, students are encouraged to wear patriotic colors.  Teachers will wear clothing representing their alma mater.  On Thursday, November 15th, students and teachers are encouraged to wear a shirt or jersey representing their favorite sport, team, or player.  On Friday, November 16th, we will all wear Mill Run colors or spirit wear.  Since our special turkey feast is on Thursday, please feel free to join in the fun by wearing your favorite sports jersey or shirt.  

Also, please remember that due to the turkey feasts for other grades, our snack and lunch schedule will be altered somewhat on Wednesday, November 14 and Friday, November 16.  Students will be able to purchase lunch from the cafeteria on these days, but many children prefer to bring lunch from home since we will be eating in the classroom. 

In academic news, we have begun our social studies history unit focusing on comparing and contrasting the past and present.  We will focus on learning about the first Thanksgiving as a way to access these concepts.  In math, we have begun a unit on skip counting.  First grade students are expected to be able to count to 100 by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s.  They also need to be able to count backward from 30 to 0.  In addition, we will be exploring problem solving using skip counting skills.  For example, on Friday, the children worked to solve this problem:  "There are 8 children in a group.  How many hands are there?  How many fingers?"  The students are encouraged to show their thinking using pictures, words, numbers, symbols, or charts.  In reading, we are building on our comprehension skills by practicing making connections.  We are also continually working on our decoding skills.  In writing, the children are writing pattern books.  This is an opportunity for the children to build stamina, practice spelling unknown words, add details, and check for beginning capitals and ending punctuation for each sentence.

Finally, we are beginning to include math pages with the weekly homework packets.  Please make sure your child completes both sides of the math page labeled 'homework.'  The math page labeled 'enrichment' is optional.  Also, the word study lists going home on Monday have a few oddball words.  For the children sorting short e and long e words (on pink paper), there is one oddball:  "been."  For the children sorting short a, short e, and short i words (on green paper), there is one oddball:  "what."  These words could also be sorted by initial digraph (ch, sh, th, wh) for enrichment.  When sorted that way, there will not be an oddball.  For the students sorting the -ick, -ack, -ock, and -uck word families (on salmon paper), there are no oddballs.  This is a great list for the 'word hunt' homework activity.  

I look forward to seeing all of you on Thursday from 11:30-1:15 for our special American Education Week program.  We will be sure to take pictures to share for those parents who are unable to attend.  


11/10/2012 3:59pm


Thank you so very much for including the oddball words for us all to reference!!

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but what are Mill Run's school colors?

Looking forward to joining you & meeting the other parents at next weeks special program!

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