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Important Dates: Week #36

I can’t believe we are just 3 weeks away from the end of the school year!!!  Every year, we look forward to celebrating the end of the year together outside with bubblessidewalk chalkpopsicles, and fun!  We are all stocked up on FUN, but…we would LOVE if you would add bubblesLARGE bubble wands (Dollar Tree), or popsicles to one of your shopping lists in the next few weeks.  We will hold our celebration on Wednesday, June 5th, so if you are willing to help supply us, you can feel free to send in your goodies anytime before that day.

May 20 – Zoo Field Trip

We will leave school around 9:30 and meet our chaperones at the zoo @ 9:50ish.  Remember to dress your child for the outdoors, apply sunscreen, and send your child’s sack lunch to school (use the paper bag labeled with his/her name, if possible).  We will tour the zoo, eat our lunch, play on the playground, and head back to school around 1:15ish.  We can’t wait!!!

May 20 – LAST LIBRARY DAY!!!

Please send your child’s book back to school.  We will head down to the library to turn our books in and listen to one more story from Mrs. Vandenberg.

May 21-24 – Realistic Fiction Writing Post Assessment

Our class will be writing our last realistic fiction book this week.  I will use this piece of writing to assess each child’s understanding of writing narrative books.  If you are able, before school on Tuesday, brainstorm with your child about a character, setting, and trouble they would like to imagine for their story and check in with your child about how their writing is going throughout the week.  I can’t wait to read these amazing books!!!

May 24 – Red, White, & Blue Day!!!

Wear your USA colors to school.

May 27 – No School: Memorial Day

We will be wrapping up with a lot of assessments this week and next week, it’s hard to pinpoint the date for each, but when I can I will add it to our schedule.  Make sure your child gets a good nights sleep, eats a yummy breakfast, and has two healthy snack to eat during our school day.

Important Dates: Week #35

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

I hope you had time to relax and enjoy those you love!!!  I also wanted to share how thankful that I am for all that you do each day to support your child as he/she grows in kindness, wisdom, and character.  We could not do what we do at school each day without your support, encouragement, and care!!  THANK YOU MOMS!!!

May 13 – Library Day

May 16 – Happy Birthday Lauren!!!

We said goodbye to our chicks on Friday.  It was such a cool experience to watch them progress through their life cycle.  On Friday, we noticed the combs growing in and SO MANY feathers.  We have some farmers coming to pick them up in a couple of weeks.  We will miss you chickens!!!

***To the excitement of our first graders, we have finished with our homework packets for the school year. Your child will no longer have a homework packet to work through and turn in each week. I have also collected all take home books. (If you still have one at home – send it into school anytime during the next few weeks.) A few kids have asked if they could continue taking home books. That is no problem at all! :) If you would like your child continue to bring home a book too – just let me know. ***

Don’t forget… our Zoo Field Trip is happening next Monday, May 20.  Look for an e-mail later in the week for reminders about how to prepare for the day.

Learning Update!!!

Reading:

This past week in reading, we revisited paying close attention to how our characters were feeling in the beginning, middle, and end of a book. Each day we read a story and stopped three different times to discuss the characters’ feelings.  We noticed that almost always our characters’ feelings do change!  Often the main character started off happy, in the middle something happened to make them feel scared, sad, or mad, but by the end the problem was resolved.  We compared the characters feelings in our books to a rollercoaster with lots of ups and downs.  We also noticed that when our characters’ feeling change they are learning an important lesson.

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Writing:

This week, we challenged the kids to produce as much writing as possible each day, adding lots of details to enhance their stories (endings, lessons, patterns, pop-out words, etc.). We, also, focused on writing 5 Star sentences, as we get ready for 2nd grade.

Most of the students have completed a handful of stories in their series and we plan to prepare for a celebration of their realistic fiction series next week. Ask your first grader how many adventure stories they wrote for their characters.

Math:

This week, our mathematicians reviewed the two different kinds of clocks that we use in everyday life that are called an “analog” clock or a “digital” clock. We discussed that the shorter hand always points to the hours and the longer hand always points the minutes.

We spent lots of time reviewing and practicing drawing the time on an analog clock and on a digital clock!  The hardest part for the kids is to remember that when it is a half hour, the hour hand is half way past that hour (they often read it as the next hour ahead instead of the hour it is half past).

Social Studies:

 

Learning Update!!!

Reading:

This week our readers really got to know one of our favorite characters: Mr. Putter.

We learned that as we read fiction books we need to study the main character.  When we do, we can figure out what he likes, dislikes and how he acts.  In our book, Mr. Putter Drops the Ball, we learned that Mr. Putter really likes to nap and he’s worried he might be too old to play baseball!

We should pay attention to all the other characters too!  Each character is so different.  Understanding all the characters helps us to make better predictions about the story.  In our book, we also met Mrs. Teaberry, who is brave and confident.  She is sure that Mr. Putter is not too old to play ball.

Later in the week, we remembered how important it is to go back and reread.  When we reread, we usually notice something new about our characters that we may have missed during our first read.

Finally, we talked about noticing our character’s feelings and when those feelings change.  If our character’s feelings change, we can “take action” and change the sound of our voice.  Our first graders are becoming such expressive readers!!!

Writing:

This week, we started a new bend in writing and focused in on writing a series of books about the same characters. The students got to choose which characters they wanted to have in their series. Then, we noticed how in our favorite series books (like Mercy Watson), there is usually some information about the characters at the beginning of the book that’s reintroduced in each new book. So, we decided to write our books similarly.

We worked hard to fill our first page with lots of details, including: a lead sentence, a who, a what, a where, and details about our characters.

We will spend the next week filling in the rest of the pages of our books with details about the problem, dialogue between our characters, details about their feelings, and more! Our goal is to have a handful of books written about these same characters by the end of next week.

Math:

This week our mathematicians reviewed for and took our Unit 6 test.  This is one of our most challenging units of the year and our first graders performed very well.

On Wednesday, we begin studying clocks.  Our first graders learned that the two different kinds of clocks that we use in everyday life are called an “analog” clock or a “digital” clock. We discussed that the shorter hand always points to the hours and the longer hand always points the minutes.  We can’t wait to learn more about telling time next week!

Social Studies:

This week and last week, we spent time studying economics.  We begin with a review of needs and wants.  A need is something we can’t live with out, a want is something that makes life more fun.  :)  We talked about different wants- things that we have asked for for our birthdays or things that were on our wish list.

The kids know that we have 5 needs:

food, water, shelter, clothes, air

We talked about the idea of scarcity, how there isn’t always enough of something for everyone to have it (or sometimes we don’t have enough money to buy everything we want). We talked about how when you can’t have everything, then you need to make a choice between the things you want the most.  I gave the kids the example of how I go shopping and see so many things at the store that I want, but I don’t have enough money to buy it all.  So, we have to make choices!

We also talked about the idea of trade and how sometimes if you don’t have money, we can use trade to get the things we want or need. We discussed how trading is a great solution, but how it only works if the other person wants what you have to trade. Be sure to point out if scarcity ever happens at home too!

Important Dates: Week #34

We had quite an animal-filled week!!!  Our chicks hatched!!!  The kids have loved watching them, holding them, and learning more about them. (Be sure to check out the photo stream to see tons of pictures of our class pets.) In STEAM, the kids have begun studying animal adaptations and environments where animals live.  We are going to have so much fun seeing so many of the animals they’ve been learning about at the zoo!

May 6 – Library Day

May 6 – Culver’s Night @ 5-8

Come have a yummy dinner or dessert and support our school!  Many of the Georgetown teachers and staff will be there to deliver the food to your table or car.

May 7 – Dress Like the Job You Want Day!

We’ve reached another classroom goal! Look for an e-mail with more details.

May 9 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30

May 9 – Jet’s Pizza Night

May 10 – Take Home Books Due

Please return all take home books to school by May 10.  We will no longer be sending books home each night.  Thank you so much for your support with this nightly practice!!!  Our first graders have made AMAZING progress as readers this year.

May 10 – Early Release Day

Students are dismissed from school at 12:15.  Sack lunches can be ordered through Food Service and will be sent home with your child.  Please make sure your child knows if he or she needs to order a sack lunch.  Feel free to send me an e-mail to let me know if a sack lunch is needed.

** This week we are switching our specials time with the 4th graders on Tuesday and Wednesday.  They will be taking the M-STEP test during the morning on these days.**

Important Dates: Week #33

Thank you so much for filling out our Zoo Field Trip Survey!!!  We have so many volunteers that are able to join us!!!  Woohoo!!!  More information about our trip and answers to some of your questions will be coming soon. If you have not filled out the survey yet, please fill it out by this Monday.  Thank you!   * FIELD TRIP SACK LUNCH SURVEY *

April 29 – Library Day

April 29 – Zoo Field Trip Survey Due

April 29 & 30 – Math Assessment

May 3 – Spelling Assessment

Be sure to practice our spelling words ALL our spelling word from the year at home. Check out the homework packet for a reminder of our 35 no excuse words.

A quick egg update:  Our eggs have been in the incubator for about 20 days now.  On Friday, removed the eggs from the egg turner and placed them on the bottom of the incubator, so they could prepare to hatch.  The eggs should hatch around day 21.  It should be a pretty exciting Monday/Tuesday at school!!!

Learning Update!!!

Reading:

This week, we continued on our “reading adventure” and packed our suitcases full of strategies to help us understand our reading.

Earlier in the week, we remembered to retell the important parts of our stories.  We used sticky notes to mark the pages with the most important events and retold each part to our reading partner.

We also reviewed how important it is to reread our stories.  When we reread, we notice things in the pictures and words that we might have missed during our first read.  The more times we reread our books, the better we understand our stories.

Finally, we chatted about connections.  We learned about text-to-text connections and text-to-self connections earlier in the year, but this time around we noticed connections between different parts in the story.  The events on one page may show the trouble and another page shows the solution or one page might be the cause and another page shows the effect. We had fun discovering and sharing about the parts of our stories that go together… like a puzzle.

Writing:

In writing this week, we spent the whole week learning different ways to add details in our writing. We learned that good writers add movement and dialogue to their to stories so that the stories come to life. Another way we can add details is to make sure we tell the small steps. This helps our reader visualize exactly what is going on in our stories.

Finally, we focused on adding feelings in our writing. We can do this by telling how our character is feeling but it makes it even more real when we show how our character is feeling by using a Show, Not Tell. Instead of saying “She was so happy”, we could say, “She was grinning from ear to ear”. Instead of “He was embarrassed”, we could write “His face turned red”. This gives the reader a much better picture in their mind as they read our stories.

Math:

This week, we practiced graphing and comparison bar stories all week! We will complete our assessment of Unit 6 early next week. From there, we move into telling time and some work with geometry.

Important Dates: Week #32

What a crazy weather week from snow to rain to seventies!!!  Even with all the puddles, the kids loved running/walking laps on the track for Mileage Club. They felt like such big kids! :)

April 22 – Earth Day

April 22 – Library Day

April 22 – Art Show Reception @ 5:30-7:30

April 26 – Popcorn Day!!!

The SSDA (Super Secret Detective Agency) must have heard that we’ve been going on reading adventures (and studying geography too).  We had a blast making and decorating airplanes on Friday.  We were hoping to fly them outside too, but the wind was pretty strong. Check out the photo stream for more pictures.

 

 

Learning Update!!!

Reading:

We began a new reading unit this week as we set off on an ADVENTURE with the characters in our fiction books.  Our books can take us anywhere – the beach, the mountains, a treehouse, a tea party and so many more places.  We want our first graders to be excited about reading because of all the adventures they can go on and places their reading can take them!!

So we “packed up our suitcases” with some reading strategies and took off on our adventure!  As we were getting ready to go, we talked about one of our familiar strategies “take a sneak peek”.  We can learn so much about our book by studying the front cover, reading any information on the back, and checking out the chapter titles before we read.

As we read more and more of our books, we noticed that our characters often move to different places and the time changes too!!  We want to be aware of a change in setting, so we looked for clues in the pictures and words to help us stay right on track.

Finally, we worked on making predictions about what might happen next.  We had fun guessing the next action in some new books with our favorite characters!

We are excited to go dig deeper into our adventures next week!

Writing:

This week in writing, the first graders began writing Realistic Fiction stories. We started on Monday by making up a pretend character, thinking of a realistic first grade problem, and a solution to the character’s problem.

We want to make sure we are thinking of real problems like having a wiggly tooth, scrapping a knee on the playground, or getting a bee sting. Once we plan our story across our fingers, then we quickly sketch the story on our paper before we get to work writing the words.

We learned how to write a lead to our story by setting the scene, telling who, what, and where about our characters, and adding a detail to the first page. For example….
One sunny day, Gretchen was sitting in Math Switch. She heard Mrs. VanKoevering teaching about comparison bars.
 
We ended the week by learning about how we should end our stories. We need to make sure that we solve the problem in our story on the last page and to end our book with a lesson that was learned.
       Gretchen felt safe. She learned to go inside whenever there was a thunderstorm.

 

Math:

This week, we transitioned to solving comparison stories. Our first graders learned a new strategy called: COMPARISON BARS. Comparison bars are a visual tool for solving stories in which two amounts are compared and the difference (magic number) is either known or unknown. Check out the examples below:Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 4.24.25 PM

Thank you (ahead of time) for helping your child on his or her homework pages this week. Be sure to check their work. This new strategy is tricky and sometimes our first graders are unsure about where the known information should go. (If the magic number or the difference is known, the information always goes inside the oval.) We will review more comparison stories next week and then we will wrap up Unit 6 with an assessment.

Important Dates: Week #31

What a great first week back, but can you believe the SNOW!!!  We got outside as much as possible at the beginning of the week to enjoy the warm spring weather – hopefully it will be back again soon!

This week, we also started a new social studies unit: geography. The kids have loved studying maps and globes, reading about different places around the world, and practicing their home address too.  Make sure to check in with your child to see if he/she can recite their home address (including their zip code).  I will check in with each child later this week to see if he/she can say all the parts to their home address.

April 15 – Library Day

April 16 – Happy Birthday Caleb!!!

Also, I’m not sure if you heard, but we are going to be hatching some chicken eggs in our classroom!!! :) :) :)  The kids were so excited about this announcement.  On Monday, we added the eggs to the incubator.  We have a three varieties of chicken eggs: Ameraucana, Red Cross and White Leghorn..  The eggs will take about 21 days to hatch – we have 15 more days to go!  In STEAM, the kids will begin studying animal adaptations and our “class pets” will complement their learning and prepare us for the zoo field trip in a few weeks.