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Terri Branch
1st Grade
Section 17
Conference time 1:00-1:55
except for Wednesdays
Class News
Class Calendar
Hi Parents!

I want to bring it to your attention that it's your homeroom class' turn to submit creative writing pieces for the April issue of the Greyhound Gab. Submissions are optional and are due this Friday, April 21st. Examples of creative writing pieces include teacher interviews, poetry, school event stories (e.g. Springetti, Spirit Night…) etc. All entries are published. If your students have already written something for class that you feel would make a good submission, please send it on over! Or, perhaps they can write something for extra credit! Submissions should be sent to galatasgab@gmail.com OR hard copies can be placed in the Greyhound Gab box next to teachers' mailboxes behind the front office. Publication date is next Friday, April 28th. Students get so excited to see their work in print! 

Thanks so much for your help!
Lesley Work

Moms, please plan to attend our final performance of the year at our Moms and Muffins Celebration on Thursday, May 4rh at 8:45 am.  It is a big deal in first grade.  If you cannot attend, plan to send a substitute for you.

Each child in first grade is required to read at least sixty (60) words per minute by the end of first grade. He/she should be able to read at the speed of conversational language. Start practicing with your child. (You might use a timer periodically to check progress.)

Please acknowledge the student handbook in Parent Access.  This is a requirement for each child that you have at Galatas.  Thank you.

NEAT is a program at Galatas.  NEAT means never absent or tardy.  Section 17 wants to win awards for NEAT!

Important Dates

6 Springetti Preview Night
7 Springetti Spring Fundraiser
11 PTO Board Meeting 10:00 a.m.
14 No School-Good Friday Holiday
24-27 Summer Book Fair
28 4th Grade Choir Program 8:30 a.m.

4 First Grade Moms and Muffins 8:45 a.m.
8-12 Closed Campus-STAAR Testing
8 Third and Fourth Grade STAAR Math
9 Third and Fourth Grade STAAR Reading
15 K-2 Field Day
16 3-4 Field Day
22-26 Science Camp Week
25 Fourth Grade Program 2:00 p.m. (students) and 6:30 p.m. (family and friends)
29 No School– Memorial Day Holiday
30 Picnics: 1st Grade-11:15, 2nd Grade-12:15
31 4th Grade Clap-out-10:30 a.m.
31 Picnics: 4th Grade– Immediately after Clap-out, Kindergarten-11:15, 3rd Grade-12:15

1 Year Book signing
1 Last Day of School-Early Release 12:10 p.m.

Please remember the following:
*Label all of your child's personal items clearly with his/her name including backpacks, lunch kits, sweaters, jackets, water bottles, etc.

*Have your child practice opening his/her drinks, snack packs, yogurt, fruit cups, etc. at home so your child is comfortable and confident.

*Water bottles (preferably with tops that can be popped open and closed rather than just screwed on and off) are highly encouraged, especially while it is so hot outside.  Please label water bottles with your child's name.

*Add money to your child's CISD cafeteria account if your child will be purchasing a lunch from school.  Inform your child if you have done this.

Be sure to check your student's PAWS folder nightly.

Box Tops for Educations: Please remember to collect and send in Box Tops for Education. Thank you!

We love having parent readers on Fridays!

I greatly appreciate our workroom helpers!  Thank you so much.
Making 10 to add, making 10 to subtract, Fact Families

identification and value of the penny, nickel, dime, & quarter
counting mixed coins
equal and not equal parts
halves, fourths
Doubles, Doubles + 1
Making 10 to add (groups of 10)
Fact families, adding 3 numbers
Dimes, Pennies, Nickels, Quarters (identification, value, counting),
Finding unknowns in the following:
addition (missing addends), example: 2 + ___ = 5
subtraction (missing minuends) 5 - ___= 3,
equal realtionships
Generating story problems with addition and subtraction (to include picture, story with question, and number sentence)
adding 3 numbers, fact families,comparing to subtract (more than, fewer than)
addition to 5, counting on, number sequence & recognition, ten frames, counting by 1s to 120,
skip counting by 10's, dimes, addition, counting forward & backwards

Language Arts
Procedure Text (Make a  pizza, read a map, etc.

sequencing, character traits
Informational Expository: terms: captions & photos, bold print, labels

Nouns and Verbs
Main Idea and details
Beginning, Middle, & End
fiction, story characters, problem and solution, predicting using the title, cover, and illustrations
Monitoring reading comprehension
ending punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation mark)

Writer's Workshop
Poetry and Writing with the Senses

the Food Chain
Review parts of the  plant

Social Studies
Natural Resources and Weather

Homework is sent home on Mondays and is due on Fridays (Happy Sticks).

First Grade Schedule

School Hours- 7:50 a.m.-3:10 p.m.

7:50    Arrival
8:05    Announcements
8:05-9:20 Math
9:20 – 10:00 Language Arts
9:30-9:40 Snack & Motor Break
10:10-11:30 Language Arts
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch
12:00 -12:20 Recess
12:20-12:50 Lab Time or Language Arts
1:00 – 1:55 Specials (Music, Library, Art/ P. E.)
1:55 – 2:25 Science
2:25 – 2:55 Social Studies
3:10 Dismissal

We go to Specials everyday.
The first half of the specials rotation is as follows:

schedule #1--Music
schedule #2--Library
schedule #3--Art

The second half of specials is P.E. The students go to P.E. everyday.

Sight Words
Sight Words by the Week
These words are tested at the end of every grading period.

1st Grading Period
August 29--an, am, at, go, up
September 6--can, man, than, ran, and
September 12--a, play, day, say, they
September 19--is, in, it, if, his
September 26--no, so, did, this, sit
Oct. 3--he, me, see, we, you
Oct. 10--Study the 1st Grading Period sight words for end of grading period assessment.

2nd Grading Period
Oct. 17-do, I, like,on, the
Oct. 24-all, are, has, not, she
Oct. 31-for, look, my, to, was
Nov. 7-as, ball, come, now, of
Nov. 14- be, girl, or, sit, yes
Nov. 28-
Dec. 5-Study the 2nd Grading Period sight words for the end of grading period assessment.
Dec. 12-no new sight words

3rd Grading Period
Jan. 3-new sight words were sent home today
Jan. 9-boy, got, had, her, out
Jan. 17-him, his, how, put, us
Jan. 23-day, jump, ran, run, will
Jan. 30-get, help, sat, say, man
Feb. 6-but, from, that, with, your
Feb. 13-No new words this week
Feb. 22-No new words this week
Feb. 27- No new words this week
Mar. 6-review/words tested

4th Grading Period
Mar. 20-by, play, read, then, too
Mar. 27-about, eat, mom, I'm than
April 3-came, who, because, have, there
April 10-little, make, before, where, could
April 17-were, don't said, their, what
April 24-review words
May 1-review words
May 8-review words
May 15-Testing week!
May 22-Review All first grade words.

Please review reading the sight words quickly and accurately upon "sight," as well as practicing correct spelling of the words.  This is important to improve reading and writing skills.

Ideas for Learning Sight Words
1. Make flash cards using index cards.  See if  your child can form a sentence using words.
2. Take an old magazine and let  your child cut out letters to make words. Glue them down to a piece of paper.
3. Use magnetic letters or letter stamps to make words.
4. Kids love to work on the computer.  Let your child type the words on the computer.
5. Write the words in shaving cream or foam bath soap at bath time.
6.You can get a newspaper.  Have your child find the sight words and highlight with a yellow marker.
7. Children love alphabet cereal.  They can eat the words as they make each word.

Phonics/Word Families by the Week

1st Grading Period
August 29---at, -an
September 6-- -am, short a words, -ad
September 12---ap and -ag
September 19--short i words, -in, and -it
September 26- -ip, -ill, -ig
Oct. 3--short u, -ug, -um
Oct. 10--short u, -uck, ump, un

2nd Grading Period
Oct. 17-ell, ed
Oct. 24-en, et
Oct. 31-est, short o, ot, og
Nov. 7-op
Nov. 14- review short o
Nov. 28-"L" blends (bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl)
Dec. 5- "L" blends, "sk"
Dec. 12-"R" blends (br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr)

3rd Grading Period
Jan. 3- "S" blends (sm, sn, sp, st, sw)
Jan. 9- "s" blends
Jan. 17-st & sk ending blends
Jan. 23- ending blends
Jan. 30-i"ink" blends, ending blends
Feb. 6- "ump" blends, review blends
Feb. 13-long vowels
Feb.22-silent "e" words
Feb. 27- Silent "e" words review
Mar. 6-Review Week

4th Grading Period
Mar. 20- "sh" digraph
Mar. 27- "th" & "wh" digraphs
April 3- "ch" & -"tch"
April 10- nk, ck digraphs
April 17-
April 24-
May 1-
May 8-


Word families, also called word chunks, are little chunks of a common spelling pattern that are found in many words.  A word chunk can also be a small free standing word.

Please review the word study
"Explode the Code" (phonics) papers with attention to the spelling of the words.  It will come home in your child's PAWS folder each day (four to five days a week).

Class Links
For Your Information
DRA lists of levels of library-type books that you children enjoy reading. (DRA stands for Developmental Reading Assessment.  The level readers that I send home are DRA leveled.)    

You can look up DRA levels of books that you may have on the Scholastic website.


Addition and Subtraction Math Facts

National Geographics Kids  


Groundhog URL

National Geographics Kids  

Ranger Rick: nwf.org/kids/ranger-rick.aspx


Birthday Treats- It is optional for parents to bring birthday treats. Cookies or cupcakes are examples of foods that may be used to celebrate birthdays.  Please send birthday treats to the front office no later than 10:00 am. if you cannot be at lunch to serve them.  Cookie cakes should be pre-cut.  Birthday treats must be store bought. No nuts, nut products, or treat bags.  Birthday party invitations must not be passed out at school.

Snacks in First Grade-A snack will be the food you choose to send (or not) for your child.  It is very important that this snack be something nutritious and easy to eat in a carpeted classroom.  Fresh fruits, vegetables, and cheese sticks are allowable choices.  Do not send things that need a spoon to eat such as applesauce, canned fruit, yogurt (or even gogurt).  Theses items are fine for the cafeteria, but are too likely to be messy in our carpeted classroom.  Fruit snacks and sugary snacks/dessert items are not allowed. No chips, cookies, cookie bars or candy.  No nuts or nut products.

Look over your child's papers that are sent home each week.  Review and correct errors to check for understanding.  Papers with only a sticker/smiley face are not recorded for a grade.

My Wishlist
*Paper towels
*Prize box items such as special pencils, Happy Meal type toys, carnival type treasures, small balls, keychains, notepads, llittle trinkets
*1 gallon ziploc type bags, paper towels

I greatly appreciate your generosity in contributing to our class.



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