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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

Due: Jan 22

 

Happy Birthday!

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February

Haarika - 8

Tino - 10

Leo - 28

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 are wrapping up our unit on “Word Detectives” and have so many strategies for tackling tricky words. We’ve learned to tap into the power of sight words and can solve tricky words by thinking of similar sight words. We’ve taken an even closer look at sounds and words by breaking words into parts, paying special beginning to beginnings of words, watching out for endings, vowel teams, and parts we know to read new words. As always, we continue to work on smoothing out our reading and comprehension.  We retell the important events in the story in sequential order, discuss the problem and solution, infer and use big thinking along the way. We love to discuss books with partners!

 

Writers Workshop: We have launched our unit on Nonfiction Chapter Books and our first graders love being asked to write and teach about what they know! Writing informational books will help us become more active and insightful readers of nonfiction texts. We begin with a basic picture book that will help us learn how to write with a “teaching voice” and will end the unit creating multiple information chapter books, filled with elaboration, interesting text elements, and pictures that supplement the teaching of the words. Just like small moment stories, we will plan our ideas, tackle brave and fancy words, and label our pictures. As the unit progresses, we will revisit many of our pieces and revise them to make them “expert” nonfiction books.

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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  • Feb 15 ~ No School (Staff Development Day)
  • Feb 18 ~ No School (President's Day)

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  • March 2 ~ Ed Fund Gala
  • March 13-15 ~ Spring Conferences (11:50 AM Dismissal)
  • March 19 ~ Minimum Day (11:50 AM Dismissal)
  • March 29 ~ Minimum Day (11:50 AM Dismissal)

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  • April 1-5 ~ Spring Break

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  • 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

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