Horton Hears A Who


Posted by cstrafford | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 31-10-2017

All Aboard for a Busy Week!


Posted by cstrafford | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04-10-2017

We will be reading about a train ride to the zoo this week. This fantasy story, called Gus Takes the Train will be compared with an informational text selection about reading a map. Students will practice putting words in alphabetical order and be introduced to synonyms (words that mean almost the same thing like small and little).

In math, we are finishing our chapter on subtraction and are returning to addition to learn strategies that we can use to quickly calculate a sum.This week, we will learn the strategies of “count on,” and DOUBLES. For count on, we put the greater number in our head, and then we count on from there (instead of always starting with 1).  We are learning a fun Doubles Rap to help us memorize our doubles facts. See the video below.

Words of the Week (reading sight words to memorize and recognize instantly):

friend     hold       full      many      good      pull

Spelling Words (featuring short/u/ sound):

up     bug     mud     nut     hug     tub

We also have a Fire Safety presentation this week and author Julia Cook coming to share her books that help us learn how to deal with life issues (taking responsibility, nose picking, divorce, interrupting . . .).It is a fun and busy week at Southwest School!

Guided Reading Center-Lucia’s Neighborhood


Posted by cstrafford | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 24-09-2017

Click on the photo to listen to this week’s story.

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Won’t you be my neighbor?


Posted by cstrafford | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 24-09-2017

This week, we will be learning about community, and reading and writing about neighborhoods.  Our activities will help us answer the question, “Who can you meet in a neighborhood?”  We will be practicing the Writing Process with a class story about something important in our community:   Green Machine Football!  Writers will focus on author’s word choice, and readers will practice the questioning strategy.

Words to Know by heart when reading (High Frequency Words):

all    me     my     does     †here    who

Spelling Words – Focus on short /e/ sound:

    yet     web     pen     wet     leg     hen

In math, we will finish Chapter 2 on Subtraction and review on Friday.  Students will learn to subtract vertically, subtract all, subtract zero, and find all of the different combinations for subtracting from the same number this week.

In science, we will continue to learn about caterpillars and butterflies.

Are you curious?


Posted by cstrafford | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 17-09-2017

imagesFor September 18-22, Curious George will help us determine, “Why is going to school important?”   We will be reading Curious George stories, learning about the sequence of events, and becoming more aware of author’s word choice as we read and write.

Our Reading Words to Know (High Frequency Words to memorize and know ON SIGHT!):

   sing      do      they     find     funny      no

Spelling Unit 3 – Focus on short /o/ sound:

log      dot      top      hot       ox      lot

In math, we will begin learning about subtraction.We will revisit the concept of equations being made up of a whole amount and two parts.  Using models to compare is another strategy to make subtraction more visual.

In science, we will study cycles in general with a focus on the butterfly life cycle. Students will learn the difference between hibernating and migrating.


Friends are pals!


Posted by cstrafford | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04-09-2017

Last week we reviewed skills from kindergarten.   We compared and contrasted a fiction story and a nonfiction story that were both about SCHOOL.   We also added Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie stories to our week since they are a lot of fun and have good messages about being a friend.   This week we will read and write with the theme of PALS.  We are quickly becoming first grade friends as we get to know our new classmates! (Double click to enlarge any photo!)

We have had a smooth start in first grade!    It takes awhile to learn a new routine and get bodies back into school hours and habits.   This week (Sept. 5-8), we are adding spelling words (test on Friday), math homework now comes home on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and math papers will begin to have a grade on them.   We are also joining Class Dojo as another communication tool between home and school.   Look for sign-up information coming home in our child’s Boomerang Folder.

High Frequency Sight Words (students can read words on sight –without sounding out):

    and,   be,     help,     play,     with,      you

This week’s spelling words with short /a/ sound:

     am,      at,     sat,     man,      dad,      mat

In math, we are working on addition sentences. We will learn that you can add numbers in any order and still get the same sum. Example: 2 + 3 = 5 and 3 + 2 = 5.

Feel free to contact me at cstrafford@geneseoschools.org with any questions.




A Fresh Start!


Posted by cstrafford | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 03-08-2017

Welcome to Mrs. Strafford’s First Grade Blog!

back_to_school_clipartThis is where you can find out what we are doing in our classroom.  I would also like to use this blog to post our news, add educational links, and photographs of our students working hard once we get in the swing of things.

For now, check some of the pages listed on the right hand side.  Most of the pages are written to provide parents with information about our first grade curriculum. The page titled “Educational Links to Explore” is designed for students to click on internet sites that are kid friendly.

Thank you for visiting my blog!  Please say “hi” under comments (under Continue Reading) so that I know that you were here! I hope you can visit again soon!

Mrs. Strafford


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Posted by cstrafford | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 01-08-2017