What a great week. As some of you might have read, we worked on persuasive writing for our opinion unit. First, the students chose a teacher to persuade. Someone wrote to Principal Miller about having two recesses, another wrote to Coach F about doing more workouts and learning about our bodies. I received a couple about bringing a stuffed animal to school each day :) They did such a great job. Then, they chose a parent or grandparent to persuade. They came up with the ideas all by themselves! I loved reading them.
Yesterday, first grade had a STEM (science, tech, engineering, math edu) day. Each class rotated to the different classrooms to participate in a STEM challenge. Ask your child about the group project in each room and what was difficult and/or easy about them. In my room, we completed a breakout box, If You Take a Mouse to School. The students were given different clues to unlock multiples locks on boxes that had additional clues inside. They enjoyed it so much. I told them the next time we earn a reward, we will do another breakout box!
Wednesday- Cash (birthday!)
The students are enjoying learning about Arctic animals. We focused on adaptations of and facts about walruses and polar bears. They created paper plate dioramas, and I love how they turned out! We also did a blubber experiment. I filled a bucket with ice water, then placed a Ziploc bag of Crisco, with another small bag inside. The students put one hand inside the small bag and the other in the ice water. They quickly noticed how the "blubber" protects from the cold, which is how walruses survive the extremely cold temperature and water.
We rocked the topic 7 math test this week and dove right into topic 8.
The Valentine's Day party is this Friday, February 10 from 11:45-12:30. If your child chooses to make a box, please have it ready to go for the party. Also, friendly reminder about the $2. Thank you!
Friday- 1/2 Day/Party
We learned a lot about penguins this week. The students got to watch the live penguin cam on the California Academy of Sciences' website. Have your child tell you about the true story of Pierre the penguin and what led to him wearing a wetsuit!
During shared reading, we read fiction penguin books and worked on the concepts of characters, setting and major events. I am so proud of how well the students are doing in math. Our last few topics have fewer lessons, so we are moving right through them! The topic 7 test is next Tuesday.
The Valentine's Day party is Friday, February 10 from 11:45-12:30. This is a half day, so you are welcome to take your child afterward if you come.
We dove into our next writing unit, opinion. The students are loving it and doing a great job! They like sharing thoughts, likes or dislikes, about something they feel strongly about.
Shared reading was all about a close reading of a passage about reindeer/caribou. We read it each day and completed vocab and comprehension activities. See if your child can share what we learned.
The students enjoyed learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. We talked about his life, his impact, segregation and civil rights. I brought it a brown and white egg for an activity to elaborate on the fact that even though people are different on the outside, we are alike on the inside and shouldn't be treated differently based on the color of our skin.
Next Tuesday is the 100th day of school. Wow, this year is flying by! We also have Tiger Pride next Friday. Have a wonderful weekend!
I could have done without the snow day last week, but it was nice to have one more day off! The students had a great week and are getting back in the swing of things. We reviewed a lot of behaviors and expectations to make sure we started on the right foot.
Our next writing unit is opinion. I think the students are going to enjoy it. Fact vs. opinion was a major topic this week. We learned about Alaska and the Iditarod, discussed facts and voiced personal thoughts about both. See if your child can tell you about the race. They loved learning about it!
We had fun creating snow globes and writing about what we would do if we lived in one. The finished projects are adorable. I'm anxious to find out if the ice storm is really coming tonight. Just in case, I'll send home this newsletter today :)
Mon- No School
I can tell Christmas break is right around the corner! The kids have been a little crazy :) We sure did get a lot done though. This week was all about adjectives, verbs and words that show feeling. We read books about The Grinch and made a bubble map of words that describe him, both physical and character traits. The students also got some extra practice with punctuation and capitalization. We are still producing some amazing non-fiction books.
Friendly reminder that Ugly Sweater Day is Monday, and the Christmas party is Wednesday from 11:45-12:30. It is a half day, so your child is welcome to leave with you after the party if you come. If you could, please bring a wrapped book for the book exchange we are doing. Thank you!
Wednesday- 1/2 day, Party
Thursday- No school
Friday- No school
We dove into how-to writing and practiced with first, next, then and last sheets on how to wrap a gift and how to decorate a tree. The students are rock stars at this! We also worked on the understanding of a story's central message. We read Night Tree and the students had to think about the main idea, as well as give key details of the book. They did a great job.
I absolutely love watching the kids interest in non-fiction. They pieces they have put together and the recent books we have been working on are so impressive. Animals are a big hit. I can't wait for you to read what your child has learned and wrote about. We learned about non-fiction text features and the importance of each. Students used many of the features in their books- title, TOC, heading, photos, labels.
Monday, December 19 is the school ugly sweater day! I'll be participating of course :)
Friendly reminder that the class Christmas party is Wednesday, December 21 from 11:45-12:30. It is a half day, so your child is welcome to leave with you after the party if you come. If you could, please bring a wrapped book for the book exchange we are doing. Thank you!
Friday- Anthony birthday
It was a great week back from a wonderful, long break. We are still working hard on our non-fiction writing. We learned all about brown bears and wrote a book about them. We also started researching a topic on PebbleGo. It is a wonderful, easy-to-use site. The kids are absolutely loving it. Most of them chose animals and are learning so much. We started writing our non-fiction chapter books today and should be finishing up tomorrow or Monday.
We went over letter writing, and the kids practiced with a letter to a friend or family member, as well as a letter to Santa. One of our books this week was Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They wrote a letter to Goldi as one of the bears. They had fun with it, and I really enjoyed reading their letters!
Everyone enjoyed our magnetism lesson. We did a mini experiment and graphed our results. Tomorrow we are doing a Ramp and Roll Stem Challenge for a force and motion lesson. I'll be sure to post photos afterward.
The class Christmas party is Wednesday, December 21 from 11:45-12:30. It is a half day, so your child is welcome to leave with you after the party if you come. If you could, please bring a wrapped book for the book exchange we are doing. Thank you!
The kids are learning about Pilgrims and Indians. We wrote a non-fiction Native American book as a class. Be sure to take a look if you haven't already. They all worked so hard! Everyone enjoyed learning about Squanto and the first Thanksgiving. Have your child tell you all about it :)
The students had some opportunities to practice character traits again this week. We are learning that charater traits are what's inside and physical traits are on the outside. It is a slightly difficult concept, but they are doing much better!
Friendly reminder about the Shoe Box for Soldier sheet that went home last week. Each class is putting together a box to send this holiday season. There are lists of suggested items. Principal Miller is collecting everything Tuesday, November 29.
Tues- Brylee (birthday!)
Wed- No school
Thu- No school
Fri- No school
Hectic might be an understatement for this week :) Everyone is excited for a long and much needed break!
For our voting unit, we talked about why it is important and its history. We read the books Duck for President, Teacher for President and Grace for President and discussed each character's traits. The kids voted today on who they think would be the best fit for the job. They did a writing activity on why I would make a good president, and I loved reading all of the responses :) We also sampled chips and popcorn and took a class vote on which one is best.
The Topic 3 math assessment is next Thursday, November 10. A practice test we completed as a class will be sent home to use as a study guide/extra practice if needed/wanted.
The Veteran's Day celebration is next Friday, November 11. Breakfast starts at 8:00 and the school assembly begins at 9:00. Students are allowed to eat with their Veterans.
Please check your child's folder for an explanation of a turkey project that is due next Friday. Enjoy the long weekend!
Mon- No school
Tues- No school
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