# Sunday, September 9

Hello Parents,

What a  week we had in 1D…our first birthday, leading the assembly, reading assessments, math partners, and more! Most have completed their first “true story” and are off on their second one. This week, we’ll learn to make our stories “unfreeze” and come alive with action, feelings, and dialogue in our words and pictures. In math, we came up with some strategies to help us count more accurately, and sure enough, on the 2nd round of counting the objects in the Mystery Boxes, we were much improved! This week, we’ll work on being able to name or show the strategies we use to solve addition problems. The reading assessments are completed and scored, so we aim to have each child bringing home books at their independent level. These books should be “easy” to read so that they can focus on phrasing, expression, author’s purpose, and personal connections. Lastly, all of the first graders have been assessed and placed into groups for differentiated word study. These groups begin meeting tomorrow. Reminders for the week:

ASAs start tomorrow, Mon/Wed: swimming, and Friday we have library.

A note on one of the pictures below. Do you see the photo of the three pages? That was an activity that asked the children to order numbers from least to greatest. All three pages were completed differently, and yet all are correct. The first one looks as though it has been ordered from greatest to least, but it’s not…the child saw the pigeon at the bottom/right hand corner of the page and decided that must be the starting place. After cutting out the numbers, the second child saw “99” and the third one saw “66,” but both ordered those numbers in the appropriate spaces.  First graders are fascinating!!! Warm regards, Lisa