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Contact Information

wgee@srvusd.net

Office: (925) 803-3100

Attendance: (925) 803-3199

Book Orders

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Class Activation Code: L8VRG

https://orders.scholastic.com/L8VRG

Happy Birthday!

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April

Nandini - 3

Spirit Wednesdays

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Show your Live Oak pride by putting on your spirit wear each Wednesday.  You can also wear an item of clothing that's red, maroon, yellow or gold. 

Keeping Connected

Soul Shoppe

 

Soul Shoppe teaches students important skills that support them academically and socially through life.  This interactive program focuses on problem solving, conflict resolution, and creating a community of respect and growth.

Wendy Gee

What's Happening in Our Classroom

Readers Workshop: We have launched our new unit, “Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons”. We are learning how to hold on to longer and more complex texts by determining importance as we retell key details in sequential order. We are learning about main and secondary characters as we grown ideas about how they feel, as well as infer what they might be saying or thinking. We are building fluency by reading in a way that brings our characters to life – how do the characters sound when they talk. We are reading super stars!

 

Writers Workshop: We have started our unit on opinion writing! The first portion of the unit is built on the notion that all children like to collect things, whether it is cards, Legos, action figures, shells, or rocks. The students will work on an introduction, explaining their reasons that go beyond “I like it.” and a conclusion. As we move forward with the unit, the students will learn to write reviews in order to persuade others. We will conclude the unit with learning how to write book reviews.

Balanced Literacy

What does balanced literacy look like in First Grade?

* Read Alouds

* Shared Reading

* Guided Reading

* Readers Workshop mini lesson

* Independent Reading

* Writers Workshop mini lesson

* Shared Writing

* Independent Writing

* Word Study/Phonics Work

As teachers, our goal is to prepare kids for any reading and writing task and to turn them into life-long, confident readers and writers. 

Reading Binder

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On Fridays students will bring home a reading binder filled with poems, songs and chants.  Your child should be familiar with most of the words since we have enjoyed reciting the poems and singing the songs in class.  Be sure to return the binder on Monday for classroom activities.  A poem is introduced and practiced each week as a part of our reading program.

Weekly Schedule

Monday -  Music 12:00 PM -12:30 PM
Monday - Library 12:55 PM - 1:25 PM
Tuesday -  PE 12:50 PM -1:40 PM
Thursday - PE 1:40 PM - 2:30 PM
Friday - Science 11:50 AM - 12:40 PM

Due Dates


 

Here are a few due dates for the materials we use in our classroom:

Mondays:  Reading Binder

Fridays:  Live Oak folder with Completed Homework inside and library book

Tuesdays through Fridays: Book Baggies needs to be returned daily

Important Dates & Events

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  • May 16 ~ Open House (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
  • May 27 ~ Memorial Day (No School)
  • May 29 ~ Field Day
  • May 31 ~ Last Day of School (11:50 AM Dismissal)

Homework

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Homework and other important information will be posted on our First Grade Website

September (Respect): Nandini

October (Responsibility): Alexa

November (Citizenship): Zayden

December (Caring): Ashwin

January (Effort): Kaitlyn

February (Empathy): Ishan

March (Fairness): Ella

April (Trustworthy): Diya

Literacy Corner

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The Common Core Standards emphasize that students should spend a significant amount of time reading and writing non-fiction, as well as fiction. Within our literacy program, we provide frequent opportunities for our students to read and talk about books (both fiction and non-fiction genres), as well as their own writing. As teachers, we explicitly teach our students: how to get ready to read and write; how to monitor for meaning; and how to apply thinking strategies, such as visualizing, asking questions and wondering, predicting, and inferring. Additionally, we help our young readers develop print strategies for figuring out unfamiliar and challenging words. And, we continually monitor our students attitudes toward reading—are they eager or hesitant and what books and topics do they gravitate toward—with the goal of encouraging and supporting their excitement about learning and growth in first grade.

Math Corner

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Children must understand why math processes work. Knowing "why" - not just "how". Simply learning an algorithm is not enough. They must also be able to explain their thinking through oral language, writing, and/or pictures. With our newly adopted math curriculum Eureka, it accentuates the importance of student thinking. Eureka’s emphasis on conceptual understanding and use of problem-solving skills provokes students to think deeply about what they are learning, instead of simply repeating algorithms. We will be learning about relationships between numbers and how to build numbers in a variety of ways. Students will learn place value, comparison, addition and subtraction to 100, identifying, composing, and partitioning shapes, as well as measurements.

Suggested iPad Apps

Flash to Pass

Todo Math

Concentration

Math Bingo

Numbers League

Raz Kids

Doodle Buddy

Magnetic ABC

Write About

Starfall

Letter School

Educreations

Resources