We’ve worked hard and earned our 20 stars!! Our reward is a fort and stuffed animal day. The kids voted on what they wanted to work toward, and that is what won!! Next week Monday, June 2 we will celebrate!! On Monday, the kids can bring a blanket and stuffed animal to school. They can practice reading in their fort, snuggling up with their stuffed animal friends!!
Today we had many parents who biked to school and wanted to pick their children up as a last minute surprise. These pick ups were unplanned resulting in parents trying to get students off busses and/or locating them as they were moving through the bus loop.
Changes in going home transportation cannot be made after 3 pm each day. When emergencies occur, we do make changes, however as a general safety procedure it is critical that the 3 pm rule be followed.
It is the staff’s responsibility to get 630 children to the busses, after school care or to the front lobby for parent pickup. Each teacher sorts their students into groups for this critical end of day procedure — cross checking with parent notes, emails, phone calls.
The purpose of this email is to remind everyone that a change in going home requires contact with the school no later than 3 pm in the day. If you are picking up your child, go to the front lobby for pick up.
Contact me if you have any questions. I want all of the children to get home safely.
Please e-mail me with questions you are wondering about. Here are a couple answers to some frequently questions:
Where should I meet you?
Meet us outside the entrance to the zoo, near the Rose Garden, around 9:35/9:40.
When will the trip be done?
After our picnic lunch, we will plan to head back to school around 1:15ish.
How much does it cost?
All the first graders are already paid for – thank you for sending in your dollar and thank to the PTC for funding the rest of our trip! The cost for parents and siblings can be found at this link:John Ball Zoo Rates & Hours
- Every year, we look forward to celebrating the end of the year together outside with bubbles, sidewalk chalk,
popsicles, and fun! We are all stocked up on FUN, but…we would LOVE if you would add bubbles, LARGE bubble wands (Dollar Tree), popsicles, or sidewalk chalk to one of your shopping lists in the next few weeks. We hold our celebration on the second to the last day of school (June 5), so if you are willing to help supply us, you can feel free to send in your goodies anytime before that day.
Thanks so much!
This will be our last week for WEB reading. Your child will still be bringing home a WEB book this week, but not next week. A huge thank you to our parent volunteers who have read with all of the kids! We couldn’t have done it without you!!
In Reader’s Workshop this week we focused on becoming the character in the books we are reading. We found that we can use our voice, face, and body to help us act like the characters.
We have been studying larger 2-digit numbers. We noticed that every 2-digit number has a place to show the tens hiding inside, along with a place to show the extra ones. We also represented these numbers using ten sticks and circles, and wrote an equation to match our work.
Then we worked on adding two 2-digit numbers together and solved it the same way: by drawing ten sticks and circles.
We checked to see if we had enough circles left over to make a new ten. If we did, we circled them into a group of ten. Then we counted all our ten sticks and then our left over ones to find the answer.
In Reader’s Workshop this week, we have been practicing our fluency and expression! When we are a fluent reader, we sound smooth with very little pauses or stops. When we are an expressive reader, we change how our voice sound to make sense with the words we are reading – just like we do when we talk.
We can’t wait for you to join us on Thursday, May 15 at 2:45pm to celebrate our amazing writing. Anyone is welcome to join – we hope you can make it!
This past week our mathematicians studied 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.
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)
At the end of the week we took our Unit 7 assessment – our first graders did great! Next week, we will be back in math switch groups to cover our last big concept… 2-digit addition!
On Thursday, May 15, we will take a trip to N. Schut Greenhouses to learn more about how the sun helps plants grow. This field trip is only for the students in our class and will last for a short half-hour to forty-five minutes. We will definitely be back in time for our JUST WRITE Celebration which will begin at 2:45 in the afternoon on that same day. Mark your calendars!!! All parents, siblings, and grandparents are invited to join us to experience a first grade writing celebration and tour the school to check out the amazing writers at Georgetown!!! JUST WRITE t-shirt orders were sent home last week. If you would like to get a shirt, make sure to send in your order by May 7.
Please remember to fill out the zoo field trip survey if you haven’t already.
Here’s what we’ve been up to this week:
In Reader’s Workshop, we are continuing to become experts on a topic. This week, we have worked on looking carefully at the words in our books.
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-dimentional 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.
On Friday, we became engineers as we used marshmallows and toothpicks to create all the shapes we’ve been learning about. The kids had so much fun!
We’ll be wrapping up our Unit 7 in math next week!
In Science, we have been learning about the SUN and WEATHER! We started off our Weather unit learning all about Temperature, Clouds, and Wind.
With Temperature, we discussed a thermometer and the seasons in depth! We ended this lesson by coloring different thermometers depending on their temperature. They made sure that the Hot thermometer was colored red because it’s hot and the Cold thermometer was colored blue because it’s cold. We also talked about the numbers that match temperatures that are hot, warm, cool, and cold. New vocabulary: thermometer, Fahrenheit, degrees.
With Clouds, our scientists learned about cloud cover. There are four categories of cloud cover: clear, partly cloudy, cloudy, and foggy. We identified each of these categories with a picture.
Lastly, we covered Wind. With this lesson, we read a short book about wind… then we headed right outside!! Once outside on Georgetown’s observation deck, we tried out our very own pinwheels! It happened to be quite a breezy afternoon when we ventured out and the kids squealed with delight as they watched their pinwheels race! We talked about the speed and the direction of the wind. We also talked about how wind is invisible and how pinwheels aren’t the only tool that we can use to see the wind. The kids right away noticed the trees and bushes moving, as well as the ripples on the pond, the flag, our hair and clothing moving, goose bumps on their skin…the list kept going!
We also about different kinds of precipitation: rain, snow, hail, and freezing rain.
We have also learned that plants need sunlight in order to live! We finished our plant observation– we have been closely watching a plant that we water and keep in the sunlight and another that is in a bag in the back room for two weeks. We have looked at the different plants over multiple days noticing what happens when a plant is not given sunlight or water! The kids pointed out that the leaves turn brown… the plant gets crispy, the stems and leaves droop, and it doesn’t look as nice!
We started our daily weather observations, so your little meteorologist might be asking to watch the weather forecast with you in the mornings! We will predict and record actual weather each day this week (temperature, wind, cloud cover, and precipitation).
As we monitor our daily weather changes, we also will study severe weather that we experience in Michigan and how to stay safe in these storms. The three storms that we will study are: blizzards, tornadoes, and thunderstorms.