Category Archives: News from Mrs. Stadt

Important Notes: Week 36

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 their combs growing in and SO MANY feathers.  Mr. Stadt and I are becoming more confident in identifying the hens and roosters.  We’ll be keeping all the chicks in our garage for another week – let me know if you are interested taking one home! :) :)

May 22 – Field Trip to the Zoo

(We will leave school around 9:15 and meet are chaperones at the zoo @ 9:40ish.  Remember to dress your child for the outdoors, apply sunscreen, and send their sack lunch to school.)

May 24 – 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. Van.

Learning Update:  We have been working on poetry and using our “poet’s eyes” during writing time.  The kids LOVE writing and sharing their poetry!!  During our readers’ workshop, we’ve been working on our fluency as we read our character books.  This week our first graders even became directors – giving their friends helpful tips to portray the characters’ emotions as they read: “a little more sadness”, “use a quieter voice”, or “try to be more excited”.  During math we finished up our unit eight: practicing two digit addition.  We have become experts at the: NEW 10 ABOVE strategy!

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Important Notes: 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 17 – Library Day

May 18 – Marco’s Pizza Night

May 19 – Math Assessment

May 19 – Last Day of Mileage Club

We finished up our nonfiction writing post assessment last week ,and have had some WONDERFUL parent volunteers that have helped to laminate, cut, remove staples, and bind books of each child’s portfolio of writing from the year!  These books are incredible!!  Thank you so much Mrs. DeGroot, Mrs. Pals, and Mrs. Barnum for your help!!!  We have a few more to finish up this week – I can’t wait to send them home!!!

Feathers are starting to grow in on the wings.

Chick Update:  Our chicks are doing well!  We’ve had lots of fun watching them, naming them, and even holding them at school.  (Check out the photo stream to see some cute pictures!!!)  I am planning to keep the chicks at school for one more week – unless they start to get too stinky!  Our family is going to keep a few of the hens in a chicken coop in our backyard.  I have some willing farmers that will take the rest, however, if you or someone you know is interested in raising chickens – let me know! :)

***Zoo field trip chaperones – check your e-mail for more information about the field trip tomorrow!!***

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Important Notes: Week 34

Guess what?!?!  We have BABY CHICKS in our classroom!!!  I stopped into school each day this weekend to check on the hatching progress.  On Friday night, one egg was ever so slightly cracked.  On Saturday evening, two chicks had fully hatched and were drying out their wet wings.  A few other eggs were also starting to crack.  Today, I went in to visit we had a total of 16 chicks!!!  Here are a few pictures to share.  I also took a couple videos that I can’t wait to show the kids in the morning!!!  I’m hoping we’ll be able to watch some of the remaining chicks hatch tomorrow too!!!  SO MUCH FUN!!! 

May 8 & 9 – Nonfiction Writing Assessment

May 10 – Library Day

May 11 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30

May 12 – Scholastic Book Order Due

May 12 – 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.)

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

We are getting excited for our field trip to the zoo and have loved studying animal life cycles – especially the chickens!!!  If you signed up to be a parent chaperone for the field trip, look for an e-mail early next week with all the details about the tour and your responsibilities.  If your availability has changed and you are no longer able to attend – just let me know!

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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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Math:

This week, we took our Unit 7 assessment – our first graders did great!!!  Next week, we will start our last math unit on 2-digit addition!!

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Important Notes: Week 33

What a wet, soggy weekend.  Here’s to a bright and sunny week!!!

May 2 – Happy Birthday Mia!!!

May 2 – Math Assessment

May 2 – Voting Day

May 2 – Nonfiction Writing Celebration

May 2 & 3 – Writing Celebration

May 3 – Library Day

May 5 – Popcorn Day

A quick egg update:  our eggs have been in the incubator for 15 days now.  On day 18, I will remove them from the egg turner so they can prepare to hatch.  The eggs should hatch around day 21.  Next Monday morning, we should have some chicks to greet us at school!  Here’s a picture of them staying nice and cozy.

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Learning Update!!!

Reading:

In Reader’s Workshop this past week we focused on characters in the books we are reading. We focused on how our characters were acting and tried to find descriptive words for these character traits (bossy, confident, brave, anxious, selfish, demanding, mean, shy, sneaky, etc.).

We practiced with some of our favorite Kevin Henkes books. We will continue working on characters next week!

Writing:

This week, we used exclamations and wondered to make our nonfiction books more interesting.  We even made comparisons to show how our topics are like or unlike something else.

Exclaim & Wonder:  Blue whales use baleen to help them eat.  Did you know that?

Comparisons:  Whales can be very large.  Some whales are bigger than a bus!

We began getting ready for our next writing celebration.  We chose our best informational book to keep at school and worked with our writing partner to be sure that our book made sense.  Then, we focused on making our books easy-to-read.  We edited our books by adding punctuation and capital letters.  We also went back to spell our word wall words correctly.

Math:

We continued to study shapes during our math time this week.  We started the week combining triangles, rectangles and squares to form new shapes.  We learned about: rhombuses, trapezoids, parallelograms, and hexagons.  We also found that we could combine and transpose our shapes to create patterns.

Later in the week we began exploring with 3-dimensional shapes! We touched on the following shapes…

We learned about the attributes of each of these shapes.  We also briefly discussed how these 3-D shapes compare to the 2-D shapes. For example: the 3-D sphere is just like a 2-D circle and the 3-D rectangular prism is just like a 2-D rectangle.  We combined different shapes together to create new shapes and also tried to break large shapes apart into smaller ones.

Then, we moved into measurement. We discussed how in the old days before rulers were invented, people used to use their body parts to measure objects.  This kids couldn’t believe this was true and brought up a very big problem… our feet and fingers are different sizes!  We realized that when we use a common unit – like a paperclip – we all get the same results.  To test this theory, we used paperclips to measure various things in our math book and around the room.

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We also introduced the word “length” and talked about how to line up measurement tools properly to get the most accurate measurement.  We compared lengths of objects from shortest to longest and longest to shortest (1, 2, 3)

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Important Notes: Week 32

What a fantastic week with some beautiful weather!!!  We loved running/walking laps on the track for Mileage Club and getting to play on the 2nd/3rd grade playground.  It was good practice for next year!!  :)  I can’t believe these sweet first graders are going to be big second graders in only seven more weeks!!!

April 25 – PE Apparel Order Forms Due

April 26 – Library Day

During our science study next week, we will discuss severe weather in Michigan and talk about how to stay safe during a storm.  We’ll also keep checking in on our chicks.  The eggs have been in the incubator for 1 week now – only 2 more weeks until hatching time!!!

Mrs. Stadt :)

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Learning Update!!!

Reading:

This past week in reader’s workshop, we looked at words that were important to our topic. We practiced with a non-fiction book about the Sun & Plants. We found the words solar panels, chlorophyll, and photosynthesis to be important words. These words helped us learn and teach others about what we read about. We shared our topic’s important words with the class too!

We remembered how important it is to understand what we are reading and with some of these new topics and tricky vocabulary words, we needed to use some of the tools that nonfiction books provide for us to figure out what the new words mean.  We checked out the glossary for definitions, but also looked at the pictures, checked to see if there were any captions on the page, and reread the words in that section to look for clues.

Writing:

During our writing time this week, we reviewed all the parts of a great Non-Fiction book and took on the challenge of writing a whole book in two days using one of our expert topics from reading workshop.  The books were incredible and our first graders sure did work hard!!!

We also spent time this week talking about facts and opinions.  If we are writing a teaching page about the lunchroom in we want to include facts like:

“The lunchroom has a place to get drinks.”

“There are tables for every class to sit at in the lunchroom.”

“Sometimes, Mrs. Reagan will come and visit in the lunchroom.”

We are trying to be careful not to add opinions that tell how we feel because someone else might not feel the same way:

“I love to sit by my friends.”

“My favorite lunch is chicken nuggets.”

Next week, we will try adding comparisons and exclamations to our books!!!

Math:

During our math time this week we studied some familiar shapes: rectangles, squares, triangles and circles.  We learned that every shape has special attributes that are always true!!
Screen Shot 2014-04-26 at 11.09.54 PMWe also learned that shapes can be divided into equal parts.  When a shape is broken into two equal parts we call these halves.  When a shape is broken into four equal parts we call these fourths.  It’s important to understand halves and fourths especially when we are trying to share something (like a pizza, cookie or granola bar) equally.

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Important Notes: Week 31

What a great first week back!!!  The weather was beautiful, almost everyday, and we took advantage of it by heading out for a little extra recess time.  We also loved studying science!  We observed what it would be like if the Earth didn’t have the sun and brainstormed what might happen to a plant without heat or light.  Next week, we will discuss and explore weather!!!

April 16 – Happy Easter!!!

April 17 – Princess & Superhero Day

Your child may come to school dressed as a princess or superhero.  The kids and I brainstormed about some creative ideas in case you don’t have costumes at home. (Blankets for capes and fancy dresses for princesses.  Or, using parts of other costumes, maybe from Halloween.) Please don’t go out an buy anything new!

April 19 – Happy Birthday Carson!!!

April 19 – Library Day

April 19 – Art Show Reception @ 5:30

April 20 – Marco’s Pizza Night

April 21 – Popcorn Day

Also, I’m not sure if you heard, but we are going to be hatching some chickens in our classroom!!! :) :) :)  The kids were so excited about this announcement and will go bonkers when they see everything set up on Monday.  The eggs started in their incubator this weekend.

Please make sure to fill out this survey about sack lunches for our field to the zoo.  It was sent via e-mail over the weekend.  Here is link:  Zoo Field Trip – Sack Lunches

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