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Welcome to Mrs. Bell's 1st Grade Class!

 

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Reminders... PLEASE READ!

Tomorrow is yearbook signing for first grade! Please send your child's yearbook to school so they can have their friends sign! That will be in the morning! 
 
Monday we do not have school. Enjoy your Memorial Day! 
 
Tuesday and Wednesday are regular days! Please continue to send backpacks every day! They will be bringing their things home a little each day! 
 
Thursday is our Last Day! Parties are at 11:30 followed by early dismissal at 12:50! Please send in the green sheet if you are planning to attend! Thanks to those who have already returned those! 
 
I can't believe the year is almost over.. it's been a long and crazy one, but in some ways it seems like it just started. 

Game Time and Winston Meet Up

Your child my bring a board game or card game tomorrow to play during our specials time. We will not be having specials due to field day for grades 3-5. No electronics Please!
 
On Saturday, I will be at Rob Fleming Park near the pavillion around 6pm if you would like to join me and Winston to say hi! I know some of the kids have been wanting to meet Winston all year! 

Word Work /Book order

Here is a sample list for the review week. 
 
Also, Book orders are due Wednesday! There are some great book packs that would be super for summer, so I wanted to give everyone one last chance to stock up for June and July! 
 

+s

+es

+ing

+ed

bugs

benches

acting

acted

chips

branches

bending

baked

cones

churches

camping

bended

cubes

inches

doing

boxed

dads

lunches

helping

coded

frogs

rashes

missing

cubed

gates

dishes

talking

dated

gifts

classes

going

drilled

homes

buses

planting

hiked

rules

gases

walking

hoped

shells

foxes

washing

looked

 trucks

mixes

 

missed

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of May 14

Dear Families,
 
I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day weekend and got to enjoy some family time!
 
Thank you all so much for all the generous gifts last week.  It was very heartwarming to receive so many special things from all of you, and it is very much appreciated!
 
We had a great time at TGR Exotics last week - thank you so much for having your kiddos prepared for the field trip!
 
This week we have STAAR testing for 3rd-5th grades on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday so the campus will be closed to all visitors.  We will also not have PE on Monday or Tuesday. 
 
On Thursday the 17th first grade will have our Field Day in the morning.  The coaches have asked that all first graders wear yellow! Unless you signed up to get a bag lunch from the cafeteria you will need to pack a lunch for your child that day! Also, Friday is field day for upper grades so the cafeteria will again be closed, so unless you signed up to get a bag lunch already, your child will need a lunch from home on this day as well.  
 Parent volunteers are still needed if you are interested!  See my post last week for the sign up!
 
Please send all library books back (and any book bag books you might find that got left at home).  All books have to be inventoried. Please have the kids continue to read nightly with either books from home or RAZ Kids for nightly reading. 
 
This week we are learning...
In reading, writing, and science we will be researching endangered animals and gathering information to put into a report.  I will have a page on my website with links for research the students will be using at school, they are welcome to do more research at home if they would like.  
For word study we will have our last spelling test on a review of all inflectional endings: s, es, ing, and ed. Please study the lists that have already been posted each week the past 4 weeks. 
In math we will finish our unit on money and financial literacy.  We will be taking our unit test on Friday.  Please keep a look out for math pages to come home for review.  
 
I hope everyone has a great week, please let me know if you have any questions!

This week!

Hello! Happy Monday!
 
2018-2019 School Supplies:
We are getting closer to the end of school, which means that it is time to think about next year's school supplies!  If you would like to order the school supply packs, please do so using the link below! This is a great stress free option! 
 
 
Field Trip:
Don't forget our field trip is this Thursday.  Just a reminder to have your child wear a CFES shirt and pack a completely disposable lunch in a zip lock bag.  Please label the bag with your child's name.  Chaperones will have coolers to keep the lunches cool.  Also, please send 2 disposable water bottles (one for lunch and the other to drink while we walk). Please label these with your child's name as well.  Please apply any sunscreen prior to your child coming to school and hats are allowed.  We will leave promptly at 9:00 and return about 1:00.  It should be a fun day checking out exotic animals!
 
 
Field Day:
Please sign up to be a Field Day Volunteer if you are interested! 
 
 
What are we learning this week?
 
Word Work: Inflectional endings adding ed to make a verb past tense.
Please see the spelling section for practice words.
 
Reading: We are going to pick an endangered animal to research over the next 2 weeks. We will use books, magazines and the internet.  We will use our research to create a foldable project. 
 
Writing: We will plan and write our End of the Year personal narrative about something fun that happened in first grade. It is graded using a rubric provided by TISD. We will also use writing time to work on our endangered animal research projects.
 
Math: We will continue to learn about money and focus specifically this week on financial literacy.  Important vocabulary is: income, good, service, want, need, spending, saving, and giving
 
Science: We will learn about animal classifications and how animals have certain features that help them to survive. We will also discuss common habitats for the animal group.
 
Social Studies: We will finish our landforms and do a quick assignment over the landforms we have learned. 
 
 
A note from Ms. Dean about STAAR:
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5, will have an opportunity to show all that they’ve learned this year as they take a variety of STAAR tests. 

May 14th, 2018: 3rd, 4th Math, 5th retest
May 15th, 2018: 3rd, 4th Reading
May 16th, 2018: 5th Science STAAR

Due to the security of this testing process, all parents (Kinder through 5th grade), will eat lunch with their children on other dates. Volunteers are also asked to reschedule their time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. Here at Creekside Forest, we have the most amazing parents who provide their time and care to volunteer and make our school a nurturing environment.
 
 

Word Work

We are adding ed onto the end of verbs to make them past tense.
 
Example Words: acted, baked, smelled, boxed, called, coded,  filled, dated, drilled, wished, hiked, bumped, smiled, looked, missed
 
Sight words: how, now, down

Word Work

Sight Words: where, could, very 

base word

+ing

new word

act

+ing

acting

bend

+ing

bending

camp

+ing

camping

do

+ing

doing

help

+ing

helping

miss

+ing

missing

mow

+ing

mowing

pant

+ing

panting

plant

+ing

planting

walk

+ing

walking

wash

+ing

washing

smell

+ing

smelling

sing

+ing

singing

push

+ing

pushing

jump

+ing

jumping

Word Work

This week we are learning how to add the inflectional ending -es to make nouns plural.  We are using both short and long vowel words.  You can practice making these kind of plural nouns by thinking of any cvc or cvcc words that end in hissing sounds like s, ch, sh, x, or z, and then adding -es.   
 
Sight Words saw, know, don't 
 

root word

+es

new 

word

bench

+es

benches

branch

+es

branches

church

+es

churches

inch

+es

inches

lunch

+es

lunches

dish

+es

dishes

rash

+es

rashes

class

+es

classes

bus

+es

buses

gas

+es

gases

fox

+es

foxes

mix

+es

mixes

It's Another Busy Week!

Thanks for everyone who has sent 3 pictures for the timelines (baby, toddler, current). If you have not, please send them ASAP. We started those today! 
 
Tomorrow Tuesday, April 24 is Muffins with Mom at 7:30. There will be pastries in the cafeteria and the book fair will be open for shopping! Please join us! 
 
We will go as a class to book fair on Wednesday at 9 am. You can send money with your child then, or you can send it any day and I will send them. You can also come shop with them any day during lunch, or Thursday until 6pm! 
 
This week: 
 
In reading, writing, and social studies we will be studying timelines.  For reading we will be focusing on comprehension and understanding sequence of events.  In social studies we will learning about events in the history of Texas.  For writing, students will be working on using verb tenses correctly to write about past, present, and future events. 
For word study this week the words will include plural nouns with the inflectional ending -es.  Students will be working with nouns that end with a hissing sound like, s, ch, sh, x, and z where -es needs to be added to make it plural.  
In math this week we are going to take our unit test on Tuesday for Geometry and Fractions!  I will be sending home the test from the book for extra practice. If your students finish this and return it on Tuesday, they can earn fuzzies! For the rest of the week we will be starting a unit on financial literacy and begin by focusing on the value of coins. 
 
Hope to see you guys tomorrow! (I will be in the library!) 
 
Melissa

Next Week!

Next week we will be starting our timelines unit! Each student will need to bring in 3 photos of themselves. one baby picture, one toddler picture, and one current picture. Please select pictures that are of your child and try to avoid family pictures or pictures with a lot going on. Please send these in no later than Monday, April 23! 
 
Thanks! 

A note from our Music Teacher:

Parents: 

 

Tomorrow is the first-grade music program!  They have truly worked hard; we rehearsed in the morning and afternoon for the last two days.  It is important that your child get a good night’s sleep tonight, have breakfast in the morning, and drink plenty of water.  If you have questions about what to wear or arrival time, please click on the following link.  I am looking forward to a fun day tomorrow!  Thank you, Donna Rae Fender.

Word Work

April 16-20th, 2018
This week we are learning how to add the inflectional ending -s to make nouns plural.  We are using both short and long vowel words.  You can practice making plural nouns by thinking of any cvc or cvce words that are nouns, and simply adding s.  We will NOT be making plural nouns with any hissing sounds at the end like s, ch, sh, x, or z because these words require you to add -es (for example box to boxes, or nose to noses).  
Here are some nouns that the class came up with...

 

root word

+s

plural

word

bug

+s

bugs

chip

+s

chips

gift

+s

gifts

truck

+s

trucks

shell

+s

shells

frog

+s

frogs

dad

+s

dads

cone

+s

cones

gate

+s

gates

cube

+s

cubes

rule

+s

rules

can

+s

cans

snake

+s

snakes

bike

+s

bikes

block

+s

blocks

nut

+s

nuts

map

+s

maps

tube

+s

tubes

home

+s

homes

 
 
Sight words this week: two, many, more

 

This Week and More

We have a busy week coming up! The 4 and 5 graders will be taking STAAR tests on Tuesday and Wednesday so the campus will be closed to visitors. On Tuesday we will have a change in schedule changing our lunch to 12:15. Please make sure to send your child with a good morning snack that day. 
 
We do not have scheduled end of year conferences, but if you would like to meet with me either in person or on a phone conference, please let me know! I would love to discuss your child's progress with you! 
 
Our music program is coming up next week on April 19th! Please make plans to attend the evening performance. If you are not subscribed to Donna Fender's site you might want to do that for reminders! 
 
We will have a field trip next month on May 10 to TGR exotics right here in Spring! We are very excited! Each class is allowed to chaperones so please let me know if you are interested. We will draw names. Chaperones will pay $9 and are not allowed to bring any other children. 
 
What are we learning: 
 
Word Work: This week is our review unit for long vowels with silent e. Please review all the past lists from this unit! 
 
Reading: We are using Mo Willems to focus on character traits. 
 
Writing: We will write our own book like Mo Willems! 
 
Math: We will be learning about 3D shapes and all their attributes (edges, vertices, sides, etc. 
 
Science: We will begin our plants unit! 
 
Have a great week! 
Melissa