We learned about George Washington, his accomplishments, his teeth :) and why people call him the father of our country. For writer's workshop, we started writing reviews—from restaurants and hotels to movies.
We had a hectic day today with a reading assessment, an opinion writing prompt and a topic 9 math test—the kids were troopers and did great! On Monday, I have my fourth and final sub—thank goodness—for February. I am out for first grade collaboration to learn all about the new science standards.
Upcoming dates: The Book Fair goes through next week, and National Award-Winning Author Judy Young is coming to speak at our school on Wednesday, March 1. Family Literacy Night is March 2. Hope to see you all there!
Thursday- Makenzie (birthday!)
The students enjoyed learning about Abe Lincoln. We created a KWL chart, and I am impressed by how much they already know about him. We found out things about his childhood, his successes and some fun facts. Have your child tell you a couple things he/she learned!
We are working so hard on our opinion pieces. The unit is coming to a close. Next Friday, the students write one that I keep to grade.
Another friendly reminder about Book It. If your child needs a new reading log, please let me know. Keep track of the books he/she reads to you. Once 10 books are read, bring the log in and your child receives a Pizza Hut coupon for a free pizza! We have a reading goal that I have not mentioned yet. Students who read 150 books by the end of March get to eat pizza in the classroom with me at lunch, my treat!
There are lots of dates to mark in your calendars for the next couple weeks! Tiger Pride is next Friday, February 24. The Book Fair also starts and goes into the following week. National Award-Winning Author Judy Young is coming to speak at our school on Wednesday, March 1, and Family Literacy Night is March 2.
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
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White card stock
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Skinny washable markers
Clear box/packing tape
Teachers Pay Teachers GC
Amazon GC (for seating)
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