• Math Help

    Posted by Melissa Pamer on 11/30/2015

    Unit 4 in math is all about subtraction.  In my opinion, this unit poses a lot of new strategies that are challenging.  Even though your young mathematician may be solid with subtraction, the unit will ask them to utilize a variety of strategies to arrive at their answers.  Never fear!  Remember the log in information I provided you with at conferences?  I have "assigned" all the unit's videos for you to watch and review at home. They may provide additional help for you as you work through homework together.  If you need log in information again, please let me know.  Here is the link to sign in.





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  • What we are up to

    Posted by Melissa Pamer on 10/15/2015

    We have one quarter of first grade under our belts! pigeon

    Mo Willems is the author we've been recently enjoying.  He's famous for his Pigeon series and Piggie and Elephant books.  We've used his books to discuss literary elements (characters/setting/conflict/resolution).  We know that talking about these elements helps our comprehension.  Besides being super kid friendly books, I love Mo Willems work because they are easy to read---and so funny!  His books lend themselves very well to a study of punctuation because they feature dialog between the characters that offers a gamut of punctuation.  We have talked about periods, question marks, exclamation points, and commas.  Up next week are quotation marks and apostrophes.  The punctuation mark of the day has allowed us to explore how to use the mark as a writer and what it tells us to do as a reader.  For example, we know that exclamation marks are used to show excitement or frustration and we can use them as a writer to convey these feelings.  As a reader, we should get louder and faster when reading these marks.  Mo Willem's Pigeon character LOVES to throw temper tantrums--so we've found a lot of exclamation points in his books!

    Check out Mo Willems site! http://www.mowillems.com/ 

    These marks will come in handy as readers when we practice our FIRST plays!  Thank you for helping your young reader to become confident as  by practicing them at home.  We will perform these first plays for a lucky class in a few weeks.  We look forward to inviting you  to be the audience  later in the year after we've experienced several of these plays and their formats.


    Here is the link we have enjoyed in class that explains the punctuation.  The kids REALLY find it hilarious!



    Mathematically speaking, we are wrapping up our first unit on subtraction.  Look at some of the dynamite pictures of the mathematicians at work!

    go go go boys hayley dev breighcooper maddie

    We will spend a week then working with addition and subtraction story problems---involving Haunted houses!  Then we will write our own.  Unit 3 will begin so, and focuses again on addition.  Facts will get harder and will delve into strategies like doubling.  We will start fast fact (timed tests) next week.  The objective is to build fluency and race against yourself to get better.

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  • Todd Parr

    Posted by Melissa Pamer on 9/11/2015


    Perhaps you've heard that we've enjoyed a wonderful author study of Todd Parr.  His unique books leave you feeling good and are written in very kid friendly language.  His website can be easily accessed below 



    Today we gathered as a school to witness the flag being flown at 1/2 mast due to 911.

    911 flag  our class

    On 9/14 we will have a discussion and practice session on ALICE--how to barricade and keep ourselves safe during an active threat.  We will continue to practice these drills, along with evacuation of the building, throughout the year.  Brunswick Police and Fire Departments will be on hand to assist during these drills.


    Enjoy the weekend!

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  • Welcome!

    Posted by Melissa Pamer on 8/3/2015



    Please join us on Monday, August 17, 2015 for meet the teacher night!

    A-L - please attend from 5:00-6:00 pm

    M-Z - please attend from 6:00-7:00 pm

    *Please bring your supplies with you to open house

    Here’s the list https://www.bcsoh.org/cms/lib/OH01001261/Centricity/Domain/14/FIRST%20GRADE%20SUPPLY%20LIST.docx

    You'll be a star! You'll be great! You'll learn lots!



    Here’s a quick idea of what to look forward to in our first grade class:

    1.Lots of fun memories-while working hard becoming strong mathematicians, readers and writers.

    2.Laugh (and maybe cry too) as we become a community that cares for each other.

    3.Play—lots of games—especially in math!

    4.Relish in lots of authors and grow a collection of our personal favorites.

    5.Enjoy daily choice time to explore our personal reading and math goals.

    6.Snack daily-Our schedule will allow us to enjoy a HEALTHY snack each day. You are able to send snacks each day 

    (*Please only healthy/dry/finger foods as we continue to learn during this time)

    7.Participate in a NEW schoolwide behavior system based on positives!—No more paws!

    8.Learn with first graders from other classrooms as we strive to grow each learner at the level and pace they are ready for.


    A bit about Mrs. Pamer..

    *She is passionate about reading.

    *She is passionate about OHIO STATE FOOTBALL!

    *She likes to use BIG words-she'll teach you some too!

    *She is funny, and can be forgetful.









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  • Geometry Website

    Posted by Melissa Pamer on 3/20/2015 9:00:00 AM
    As we continue to explore geometry.  LOTS of new vocabulary has been introduced.
    Just to name a few!
    Here is a website that allows your young mathematician to further their understanding of some of these terms.
    This next site has many great math review games.  Within the geometry unit though, my favorite is the open and closed shape game to practice with polygons.  Also, many games are also housed here to work on increasing our fact fluency with +/-.
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  • Share the Love

    Posted by Melissa Pamer on 2/16/2015 8:00:00 AM
    stage is set The stage was set!  Can't you just anticipate their arrival?!
    toothless grins aplenty
    Their smiles say it all!  They feel loved and appreciated!  Mission accomplished!  Thank you for working with me to make this happen.love
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  • Penguin Text

    Posted by Melissa Pamer on 1/20/2015 3:00:00 PM
    Penguins!Penguin Picture - Baby Penguin
    Today we began a full blown unit study of these flightless birds.  While we are researching these fun creatures, we are using nonfiction to explore different types of text structures of nonfiction.  Things like diagrams, captions, and glossaries are all text structures that are meant to offer additional information.  Teaching young readers what each of these structures look like, and how they can render more information is the overall objective of this lesson.  We are each creating a Nonfiction text structure book based on our learnings. 
    Here's how you can help at home.  As you are reading fiction/literature.  Look and discuss such elements as: characters, setting, plot (beginning, middle & end), conflict and resolution.  We have devoted much energy to these elements thus far through retells and read alouds.  These books can be referred to as stories.  Nonfiction on the other hand has it's own set of structures.  Things like glossaries, diagrams, facts, subtitles, and captions are typical of nonfiction.  As you read and discover together, discussing these supports will help your young researcher as a reader too.  Nonfiction is NOT a story, instead refer to these books as TEXTS.   
    Here's a great and FREE website with online books to enjoy together. 
    Read on!
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  • Hour of Code

    Posted by Melissa Pamer on 12/8/2014 9:00:00 PM
    Happy December!
    We have been "playing" around as a staff with the Hour of Code challenge recently.  This challenge allows kids to exploring the  world of computer science by creating codes.  Below are links that we will use in class (including an short explanatory video).  The links allow your young technician to grapple with computer coding in the theme of Disney's Frozen and the popular game "Angry Birds".  Why not have them "play" around too over break?  Doing so exposes them to the up and coming computer science profession, all while teaching them important computer skills needed for online testing like drag & drop.  
    http://hourofcode.com/us (short intro. video---to gather background on coding--we've viewed in school)
    http://code.org/learn   (coding link)
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  • Fact Fluency Tests have begun

    Posted by Melissa Pamer on 10/28/2014 8:00:00 PM
    This week we began our 2 minute timed tests.  These tests have mixed operations.  Just as we practice sight words to help us be a smooth reader, we practice addition and subtraction to be a smooth mathematician.  These tests will typically be taken once a week and we are looking to have mathematicians improve over time.  Students will then graph their results weekly in the spirit of "beating" their best score.
    Here's how we practice fact fluency at school:
    *Mathematicians may opt for one of many games during math choice time that is devoted to addition and or subtraction.
    *Thus far we have devote much time and effort to understanding the overall concepts of addition and subtraction
    Here's how you can help boost your child's fact fluency at home:
    *Make mock practice tests that mimic the weekly tests
    *Visit one of these site for online practice
       http://illuminations.nctm.org/Games-Puzzles.aspx (This site is sponsored by the national council of teachers of mathematics.  We have played the "How many under the shell?" game in class)
        http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm   (This site houses MANY math concepts and several games for each)
    *Good 'ol flashcards can help too
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  • Our First Reader's Theater Performance

    Posted by Melissa Pamer on 10/23/2014 1:00:00 PM
    banner Our first reader's theater performance is scheduled for Friday, October 31st.  We voted and the results are in.....Mrs. Carpenter's 3rd graders will be the lucky listeners of this first round of plays, all by Eric Carle.  You can help at home by continuing to practice your reader's play lines at home.  By reading the parts that are NOT their lines for them, you help keep the story intact for your young reader.  Next week's homework will ask your first grader to dedicate effort to practicing their lines. 
    The initial letter regarding these scripts is reposted below for your convenience.
    We look forward to a fun party (Thank you Mrs. Kulas) on Friday 10/31 as well.
    In math we continue to explore problem solving, and have begun to work with dimes in money.  Counting money is such a challenging concept as it asks us to count by multiple ways at once (10's, 5's AND 0's).  You can help at home by having your young mathematician count by tens and then ask them to STOP and switch to fives from the last number they said and then again by ones. For example....10,20,30, STOP 35, 40 STOP 41, 42.

    View DetailsDear First Grade Family,

    Attached is a script of a play that your child will perform.  Please practice reading this script with them and devote time to discuss the story in its entirety. As you practice, you can help your young thespian by reading the parts surrounding their lines. Your child can then chime in for their highlighted parts.  Practicing this way keeps the story whole and provides them the opportunity to know when their lines are coming.

      When they practice their specific lines then, reading of the lines should be done with emphasis on how their character is feeling in the play.  Ask them to make their voice sound like their character is feeling.  We will devote lessons here to develop reading fluency that plays with volume, rate and character’s feelings. 

    These plays give a REAL purpose for rereading a text.  And, we know that the best readers reread texts more than one time.  We know that good readers change their voice and rate to show that they understand what they read.  This can also be accomplished through these “readers’ theater” playsin a fun way! J

    Throughout the year we perform these plays for various audiences and other classes.  Emphasis is always on the reading, so play lines need not be memorized but practiced for fluency and comprehension,

    Enjoy the fun reading practice!  Thanks for helping your child be the best reader they can be!

    Keep this script in your child’s everyday folder.

    Happy Day,

    Melissa Pamer

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