Monthly Archives: November 2014

Music Program!

The Thanksgiving Holiday is behind us and we are heading straight into a week filled with holiday shopping and program rehearsals.

On Tuesday, December 2 we will hold our all school Holiday Program at Fair Haven Ministries located on Baldwin St. and 28th Ave.

When you drop your child off, please take your child’s coat.  Children will be released to you from the stage.  They will not be going back to their classrooms.


Week 14!

A very, very HAPPY THANKSGIVING to your family from mine!!  I hope that your holiday weekend is filled with family, fun, food, and a little relaxation too!!   These next three weeks will be jam-packed with holiday fun!!!  🙂

December 1 – Computer Day


December 1 – Holiday Program Dress Rehearsal


December 2 – Holiday Program @ 6:30 @ Fair Haven Ministries

Please click here for all of the details!

December 3 – Holiday Gift Shop

Send in your child’s envelope by Wednesday, if he or she will be shopping!

December 3 – Book Order Due

December 6 – Popcorn Day

No library this week due to all of our extra activities.

Science Update!

We are taking advantage of our short week and hitting up our science unit in full force!  We had the chance to get in four science experiments this week.  The kids learned that there are 3 different states of matter:  Solid, liquid, and gas.  We talked about the different attributes that go along with each state of matter:

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We also talked about changing matter from one state to another (solid ice cube to liquid water & liquid water to the gas water vapor).

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.

We also studied magnets.  Each student and partner was given a bag with multiple objects inside.  First, we went through and predicted if we thought the object would be magnetic or not, and then we went back and tested them all.  We were a little surprised by some of the answers!  The paperclip was magnetic, along with our scissors, but the penny was not.  We explained that in order for an object to be magnetic, it needed to have something special called IRON in it.  We went through our list of predictions to figure out which objects had iron in them!

The next thing we talked about was how magnets have 2 poles, a north and a south.  The kids learned that opposites attract and the same poles repel, or push away from each other.  We experimented with all different kinds of magnets to find out what poles were the same and what poles were opposite.

The last day, we turned into magnets!  One of our hands had a “N” and the other had a “S”.  We practiced a few times showing how we could “attract” to a partner by having a N and S together, or how we could repel from a partner if we both put up the same pole.  Once we got the hang of it, the kids moved around the room to music and when the music stopped they had to listen for their direction to either repel or attract the closest person to them.  We would continue and each time the music stopped- the kids stopped and thought about which hand to put up to show the proper magnetic response.  🙂

Another attribute of matter that we studied was sinking or floating.  The kids really enjoyed investigating different vegetables and objects and predicted what might happen when these things were placed in water.  We also created boats out of Play Doh.  Many of our boats had the properties needed to make them float, some of them were sinkers.

Week 13!

This is a short, but very fun week!!!  We will be working as scientists all morning on both Monday and Tuesday!!  I know the kids will love, love, love practicing their scientist jobs and taking part in some very fun experiments.  Keep your eye on the blog for some fun pictures and science information.

November 24 – Science Fun


November 24 – Computer Day


November 25 – Science Fun


Nov. 26-Nov. 30 – No School: Thanksgiving



November 27 – Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Writing Update!

This week, we started our Persuasive Writing Unit. We spent time introducing the class to what an opinion is and what a persuasive letter might look like. We read four books, “Click Clack Moo – Cows That Type”, “The Day the Crayons Quit”, “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 started with Dear {Greeting} & a name {Audience}

2. They asked for something {Opinion“I think…”}

3. They ended {ClosingSincerely/Love/From} & signed their name {Signature}

This is only the beginning, the kids will learn so much more about what makes a good persuasive letter.  After seeing the examples, we brainstormed some ideas of things we might want to convince someone to help us get. Many ideas included toys, playdates, and asking siblings to be nicer. We tried writing some of our own letters with the ideas we came up with. After Thanksgiving, we will be learning more about persuasive letters and even start sending some letters home to you!

Reading Update! continued…

The kids in Room 104 have been tracking the thinking that they are doing while they read by posting a sticky note at the top of a page if they have a something to share about that page.

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This week, we started keeping track of what we were thinking by recording it on our ipads.  The kids got a chance a few times this week to take their ipad with them when they went off to read and send their thinking to me.  We were then able to track our whole class’ thinking and share some of those thoughts as a group.  Take a peek at some of our first thoughts shared.  It will be fun to watch them grow as readers by tracking what they are thinking about as they read!

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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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Reading Update!

During our short, snowy week of reading we spent time studying the characters in our books even closer.  We had noticed before that our friend DAVID was a character that has a pattern to his behavior in his stories, he is always acting naughty.  And our friend PETE has a pattern to his behavior too, he is always calm and cool.  But, this week, we paid close attention to how our characters were acting and what they did and we noticed that some of our characters change how they act throughout the books.  We noticed that we had characters who were calm and happy at one point in a book and then they might get angry later in the book.  Our friend the PIGEON is a good example of this, same with ELEPHANT GERALD and PIGGIE.  These characters show a range of emotions throughout their stories and it was easy for our kids to notice the difference between these dynamic characters and ones that follow a pattern.