Another busy week! We celebrated the 100th Day of school and continued with our arctic animal science unit. Students learned about penguins, polar bears and walruses and their adaptations. We did a blubber experiment to comprehend the important role blubber has for a walrus. Students put both hands in a bucket of ice water. One hand was placed in a ziplock bag lined with crisco and the other straight in the ice. We learned that without blubber, a walrus couldn't withstand the extreme arctic temperatures.
The opinion writing is still a big hit, and students are learning how to create a quality piece that gives good reasons and examples.
Friendly reminders. The Change-a-Life Coin Drive starts tomorrow and ends Friday. If you're wanting to participate, please send pennies and/or bills with you child. Our Valentine's Day party is Wednesday, February 14 from 2:45-3:25. Students exchange valentines at the start of the party. More details to come this week!
I apologize this is the first blog post in awhile. It's hard to believe Christmas break has come and gone. It was hard for everyone to get back in the swing of things, but the students have been working hard the last couple weeks.
We started opinion writing, and it is a big hit so far. I enjoy reading about the students' favorite things and what they are passionate about, from pizza and ice cream to dogs and baseball. We are working on convincing our readers with plenty of reasons and examples.
Has your child told you about Pierre the Penguin yet? If not, be sure to ask about him/her. We learned about penguins this week, along with Pierre's true story of his journey at the California Academy of Sciences. See the live feed we viewed this week here! The kids loved checking in on the penguins.
The students enjoyed the playground equipment voting. I love how they have a say in the decision! The winning piece will be announced tomorrow at Tiger Pride.
Next Wednesday, January 31, is the 100th day of school. To celebrate, students can either dress like they are 100 years old or wear 100 of something.
We have 24 students in our class now!
Students learned more in depth about nonfiction books and their text features. They are practicing using a TOC, headings, labels, glossary, etc. in their writing pieces. National Geographic Kids' books are great to reference. Many of the students used ones we have in our classroom library. We are learning how to get information from sources, such as NGK or PebbleGo, without copying word for word.
I read many of my favorite Christmas books this week. For Night Tree, we worked on identifying the central message, along with key details.
The kids are enjoying keeping up with the weather in science. We are graphing it, along with keeping track of the temperature on a weather journal calendar. Our next and final math assessment before the break is Thursday. The optional study guide came home this week.
We ended the week with a fun STEM challenge. Each team was given 12 pipe cleaners and worked together to build the tallest free-standing christmas tree.
Our holiday party is Thursday, December 21 at 11:45. This is a half day, so students dismiss at 12:30. More information to come. Thank you, and have a great weekend!
We have 24 students in our class now!
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! We reviewed on our 7 Habits this week and reflected on what we do well in our class and what we can work on. We're going to continue to do this every Monday. I think it will be beneficial to discuss at the start of each week!
Students are practicing identifying character traits and the difference between them and a person's appearance. They learned about the parts of a letter and practiced writing to friends, family and even Santa! They had fun using their imaginations writing to Goldilocks as one of the three bears. We are still enjoying nonfiction writing and learning so much. It is exciting to watch them grow the last few weeks.
If you wish to participate, the items for Shoeboxes for Soldiers are due next Monday, December 4. Thank you, and have a great weekend!
What a busy last couple weeks! We are focusing on Habit 6: Synergize. Teamwork has been a frequent topic. We brainstormed how to work together on the playground, in class and at home.
Students are enjoying the non-fiction writing unit. We finished up our Native American book. I hope you get a chance to read them this weekend! We learned all about how they used buffalo, their homes, jobs, the first Thanksgiving and Squanto. Last week, our librarian organized a traveling Native American history trunk from the Greene Co. History Museum. The kids loved learning about and seeing Osage artifacts, animal bones and animal pelts!
It has been so fun getting into our new science standards. We launched a weather unit, and learning about tornadoes is a class favorite. Students experimented with a tornado in a jar—mason jar 3/4 full of water, along with a dash of soap and some glitter. When rotated quickly in a circular motion, students witnessed a funnel.
Just a heads up, the students have a sub Thursday, November 30. I am out for a science meeting. Also, our next math test is Friday, December 1.
Wednesday- No School
Thursday- No School
Friday- No School
We are working on Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. We discussed how we are in control of our words and how those words can affect others. Students practiced attentive, whole body listening.
We started our non-fiction writing unit last week. From How to Make Pizza to Sharks, I really enjoy reading everyone's teaching books! As a class, we made a non-fiction book about pumpkins. I bet your child can tell you anything you'd like to know about them :)
For one of our pumpkin experiments, we predicted if we thought our pumpkin would sink or float. Many were surprised that the pumpkin floated, no matter its size.
The Veteran's Day assembly is next Friday, November 10 at 9:30. Parents are welcome.
I hope everyone has a nice 5-day weekend!
Monday- No School
Tuesday- No School
Wednesday- Chase (birthday!)
Friday- Darley (birthday!)
First of all, I'm proud students earned their popcorn party that celebrated 7 consecutive good days! Lots of great things going on. We focused on Habit 5: Think Win-Win. Punctuation practice continued this week, and we are finishing up our small moment story writing unit.
Students are working hard in math and learning multiple strategies to solve subtraction facts. The Topic 4 assessment is next Friday. Yes, it seems like we just had one! I will send home an optional practice test as usual.
Next Monday kicks off Red Ribbon Week!
Monday- Western, Tuesday- Red, Wednesday- PJs, Thursday- Crazy hair, Friday- Tiger Wear
Friendly reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences are the week of October 30. If you have not signed up or need to change your day/time, please do so here!
The hayride on Monday was a blast! The kids loved it, and I'm glad they could experience it. We got to see animals, tour the pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin for our room.
Now that Daily 5 is launched and DRAs are complete, we started guided reading groups. One of my favorite things about first grade is the amount of growth the students make from the beginning of the year to the end, especially in reading. With my journalism background, I have a love for all things grammar and copy editing :) I shared that passion this week, and we talked about punctuation and practiced using the four types of sentences in our writing. We read Mo Willems books, which provide great examples of all four.
Our Leader in Me focus the last two weeks was Habit 3: Put First Things First. The students are truly understanding the meaning of this habit. We discussed class rules and our responsibilities of being leaders in our room, in the school and at home.
Our Fall Party is next Friday, October 20 at 11:45. This is a half day, so if you join us, you can take your child home after the party. Friendly reminder to please bring $1 to cover the activity and snack. Parent Teacher Conferences are the week of October 30. If you have not signed up or need to change your day/time, please do so here!
Monday- Alanah (birthday!)
Friday- Half Day/Party
It was great seeing some of you at Open House! The students and I are proud of what they have to show so far this year—especially the small moment story book. They worked so hard on them.
To kick off the revamping of our class and a fresh start, we focused on working together, manners and kindness this week. Students completed a paper chain STEM challenge. Each team was given one piece of construction paper, and the group members had to strategize to make the longest possible chain. It was neat seeing them talk and work through their ideas. They found out fast that the longer and more narrow the strips, the longer the chain.
Our manners lesson was a good refresher of how to show respect no matter where we are. The students came up with a wonderful list of how we can show manners at school and at home. I'm keeping it up in the room as a constant reminder. We also read an impactful book called The Little Bully—such great discussions stemmed from it. I hope this week helps the rapport and relationships in our room.
For writing this week, we read mentor texts to see how authors make their stories special. Students had fun practicing using pop out words, exact actions and ellipses in their writing.
Friendly reminder, Parent Teacher Conferences are the week of October 30. If you have not signed up or need to change your day/time, please do so here!
It was a fun week in Shared Reading and Science learning about and eating apples! We did a taste test with green, yellow and red apples, then charted our results. Green was the favorite by far. The kids enjoyed watching me make applesauce in the Crock-Pot and especially enjoyed eating it :)
Daily 5 is officially in full force. The students are adjusting well and becoming more independent.
Friendly reminder, the first Tiger Pride assembly is next Friday, September 28, and Open House is Tuesday, October 3 from 6–7 pm!
My little sister is getting married next weekend! The kids will have a sub Friday afternoon. Please call the office if you need anything in case I can't respond to Dojo messages. Thank you, and have a great weekend.
Friday- Olivia (birthday!)
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