Monthly Archives: November 2013

Music Program!

Georgetown Music Program

December 3, 2013

Fair Haven Ministries Church

6:30 – 7:00   K-2nd     

(Students report at 6:15)

7:45 – 8:15   3rd-5th   

(Students report at 7:30)

Where is the church?Address: 2900 Baldwin Street  Hudsonville, MI 49426.

Fair Haven Ministries is located down the road from Georgetown Elementary at the corner of Baldwin Street and 28th Ave.  

What time do students need to be at the church?

Students need to report to their assigned classroom 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM.

It is very important not to be late so teachers have enough time to line students up in their riser orders, pass out props and make sure everyone who has a special part is accounted for. Please do not send your child to the classroom unsupervised or prior to their scheduled time.

Where does my child need to go when they get to the church?

There will be signs at the church directing you to your child’s classroom.

Below are the room assignments by grade:

K – Family Life Center

1st – 100 Wing

2nd – 400 Middle

3rd – 100 Wing

4th – 400 Middle

5th – Family Life Center

Science Update: Matter

We are taking advantage of our short week and hitting up our science unit in full force!  We had the chance to get in two science experiments this morning.  In our first, we about the different states of matter.  The kids know that there are 3 different states:  Solid, liquid, and gas.

We started the unit by asking what each different type of matter would look like in a container.  Would it stay the shape it was?  Or, would it take the shape of whatever we put it in?

 We took water (liquid) from a cup and poured it into a square container.  The kids could see that no matter what shape we poured the water into, it would take the shape of the container it was in. Next, we took a rock (solid)  and discussed what would happen when we put them in the same containers.  The kids prediction was that it would still look like a rock, it would NOT take the shape of the container. Last, we talked about gas.  The kids know that air is a gas and it fills up a room.  We predicted what would happen if we put gas into a balloon.  As I blew it up, the kids could see that it was filling up the shape of the container.

We talked about how we could change one state of matter to another.  Each of the students was given an ice cube and we brainstormed ways turn a solid into a liquid.  Some suggestions were, hot water, heat, lights, sitting on the ice cube, rubbing the ice cube, and blowing on the ice cube.  The kids got to experiment and we worked hard to melt our ice cubes.  Eventually, when our fingers were frozen and we had been rubbing for a few minutes… we started to see liquid!  After all of our ice cubes melted… we asked the question if there was any way to turn a liquid into a gas?  The kids came up with the same ideas… hot water, blowing on it, and rubbing it.

I introduced the kids to a hot pot an explained that it was used to make the water temperature really hot.  Some of the kids said it looked familiar because that’s how their moms make… macaroni, hot dogs, or eggs!  I poured all the bags of melted ice cubes into the hot pot and while the kids watched, they could see the water vapor coming off of the pot.  All the kids got a chance to look at the pot and see that the water had all evaporated- and taken the shape of the room!

At the end of our experiment, I gave them a new kind of matter to play with to see if they could figure out what form of matter it was. We got a little messy and played around- they noticed that the Oobleck had some attributes of a solid and some of a liquid!  🙂

This was so much fun and it was super easy.  If you haven’t tried it before, it’s simple to try at home!


Materials Needed

  • 1 1/2 C. Corn Starch
  • 1 C. Water
  • Food Color (optional)

Mix the ingredients and allow children to play with the mixture. When ”pushed” together, the mixture will appear dry and solid; as children let go of the mixture, it flows like a smooth liquid.

Writing Update!

As you know, we have started our Persuasive Writing Unit. This week was spent introducing the class to what an opinion is and what a persuasive letter might look like. We read three books, “Click Clack Moo – Cows That Type”, “I Wanna Iguana”, and “I Wanna New Room”. We used these texts to see what pieces make up a persuasive letter.

The kids noticed that the letters in the books had some things in common.

1. They wrote their letter to someone

2. They wanted something

3. They told why they wanted it

4. They offered to do something to help get it

5. They signed their name

After seeing these examples, we brainstormed some ideas of things we might want to convince someone to help us get. Many ideas included toys, pets, and sleepovers. We tried writing some of our own letters and had the chance to send some of them on their way. We have really enjoyed the responses to our letters so far!  Thank you 🙂 They get so excited to hear what you have to say, and it really motivates them to keep writing!

In the weeks ahead, we will look at every piece of a good persuasive letter and try to include those parts in our own letters. We also want to start thinking of ways to make our school, home, and even the world a better place and start writing letters based on those ideas.

Math Update!

We continued to practice our subtraction strategies during our math switch time this week.  Our first graders are becoming experts at proving their work with math mountains and subtraction equations.  We are beginning to rely less and less on circle drawings… although we do encourage the use of this strategy for proving our answers and solving equations if we are stuck.

We also learned how to use our orange quilt cards to practice solving subtraction equations using the “counting up” strategy.  Since we aren’t able to write on our quilt cards, “counting up” took the place of using a circle drawing.  Check out the explanation below:

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We ended the week with a Quilt Card Challenge!!!  Our first graders practiced counting-on to find the total on our red addition cards, counting-up to find the missing partner on our yellow addition cards, and counting-up to find the the missing partner on our orange subtraction cards.  The Quilt Card Challenge really got tricky when we asked to kids to mix up all the cards and alternate between all three.  The “challenge” in this task was making sure to stop and think, “Am I looking for the total or the partner?”, and then choosing the appropriate method to find the correct answer.  If we are looking for a partner, we encourage our first graders to count-up (like above).  If we are looking for the total, we encourage our first graders to count-on.  Many of our first graders were not tricked by the challenge – even when the cards were all mixed up!!  What amazing fact fluency!!

Next week, we will begin solving missing total stories along with some subtraction and missing partner stories too!!  This will be another challenge indeed, but we know if our first graders stop and think about the language in the story – they will be able to identify which strategies to use!

Reading Update!

In reading this past week, we focused on using what we know about word families to help us figure out new, tricky words.  The kids noticed word family words that they knew in a snap.  When we took a closer look at those words, we noticed that words from the same family all end the same.

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We then used that same word ending to help us figure out other, tricky words with the same word family ending.

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We also started having conversations about the characters in our stories.  We talked to the kids about how we were going to spend some time focusing on these new friends that we were meeting in each of our books each week.  The kids went off to read and study the characters in their stories. When we came back as a group, they had some time to share about who their characters were and it was fun to see the kids share with the class who their favorite characters were.  We had some great introductions to some good, old friends and also some new friends that we hadn’t met yet.  I love watching the kids share their love for their books with the rest of the class. Way to go, first grade readers!

Be Nice! Be Safe!


This past week, we have spent a few minutes each day school wide to learn strategies to help us Be Nice • Be Safe in school.  The lessons for this can be transferred to other settings as well.

All students will bring home the Be Nice • Be Safe Pledge to share with you.  Our hope is that you will also sign the pledge so that once returned to school these can be assembled into class books.

All of our lessons can be found below.  Please feel free to review this with your child.

Toys for Tots!

First Grade Families,

Georgetown will host a TOYS FOR TOTS box this year.  It will be stationed outside of our library (Media Center).  The box will be available from November 18 through December 12.

Toys For Tots Logo

To learn more about this service project check out this blog post from a very sweet 4th grader!!!

Writing Update!

We spent this past week revising and editing our small moment stories in Writer’s Workshop this week. Each student had the chance to choose a favorite piece they had been working on, and then they met with their writing partner to make it even better.

 On our revising day, partners looked to add…

-A WHO, WHAT, and WHERE to their first page




-A special ending on their last page

On our editing day, partners checked for…

-Finger spaces


-Capital letters

-Spelling words spelled correctly

-Neat handwriting

After revising and editing with partners, we added color to our pictures. Finally, at the end of the week, we got to celebrate our stories!  During our celebration time, we had a chance to share a favorite part of our story with the whole class. Next, we read our entire story to a small group. Once we were finished sharing, we came back together and had a Hawaiian Punch toast. We had a great time wrapping up our second unit of writing.