For Shared Reading, we read books that focused on three lessons—honesty, everyone is different and unique and never give up. For narrative writing, the students are learning about realistic fiction and what makes a quality series—what a fun unit! They developed an adventurous story idea with detailed characters and began book number 1 of their series. I look forward to see what adventure takes place in everyone's next book!
The students enjoyed the mini habitat unit this week! After getting into a group of choice (rainforest, woodlands, ocean, wetlands or desert), they researched on PebbleGo, Kiddle and in non-fiction books. Then, everyone played a part in transferring the research onto a poster and presenting to the class. I was so impressed and proud the entire week watching them work!
This is the last month for Book It! If your child reads and records 100 books/chapters by the end of April, he/she gets to eat pizza in the room with me during lunch—my treat!
I am gone Monday for our monthly first grade collaboration. Also, friendly reminder that we do not have school next Friday the 14th, but we are in session the following Monday for a snow day makeup. Have a great weekend!
Friday - No School
The students dove right into Genius Hour on Tuesday. We meet each Tuesday and Thursday during RTI. On the eighth and final session, the groups present their project to the others. They are enjoying it already!
For shared reading, we did Reader's Theater. Each group was given a mini script and practiced it throughout the week. On Friday, everyone performed for the class. It was a hit, so I plan to do it again before the end of the year.
For our fourth and final writing unit, we are back to narrative. The students wrote about spring break, something that is more precious than gold, a time they got hurt, along with some small moment story free writing. I enjoy reading everyone's pieces.
Next week starts parent teacher conferences, and we do not have school on Friday. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Friday- No School
Students created cinquain and bio poems. I hope you all were able to read your child's bio poem—I loved listening to them and learned some new things about each student.
After spring break, first grade is starting Genius Hour, and I am really looking forward to it. I hope the students are just as excited. We launched it this week by reading books such as, What Do You Do With an Idea and The OK Book. Students picked a topic that interests them (ocean life, Titanic, rainforest, volcanoes, Egyptian pyramids). They are in groups of 5 based on the similar interest. Every Tuesday and Thursday during RTI for four weeks, students go to their designated teacher/helper to learn about, research and create a project about their topic.
If you are unfamiliar with Genius Hour, please check out this video to learn more!
3rd Quarter has come and gone! Wow, My first year of teaching is flying by even more than expected. I hope everyone has a great spring break!
Mon- Logan (birthday!)
It was a fun week celebrating Read Across America. We read all sorts of Dr. Seuss books, talked about word families we see in his books and made Seuss Juice. Writing was all about book reviews, which ends our opinion unit. In science, we learned about weather and types of precipitation. We tracked the weather for the last three weeks and recorded it on a chart.
The first grade music program is next Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00. I'm looking forward to it! And as I’m sure you know, Spring Break starts Monday, March 13!
Spring Parent Teacher Conferences begin the week of March 27. I will contact you by next Friday if I feel like we need to meet for any reason. However, if you do not hear from me and would like to meet, I’m happy to! I have a Google sign-up sheet to send out.
Friday- Half Day
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
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!
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