Our final week of the 2014-2015 school year is here!!! I can still picture each cute little first grader on the first day of school. It is hard to believe that 36 weeks of being nice, working hard and learning well have passed. In celebration of all of our amazing journey this year, we will be enjoying fun activities each day this week.
June 2 – Just Write Celebration @ 2:30
June 3 – Stuffed Animal, Movie, & Popcorn Day
June 4 – Chalk, Bubble, Popsicle Day
Bring beach towels & sunglasses AND wear sunscreen!
June 5 – Last Day & Awards
Lunch will be served at school. School is dismissed at 1:00 pm.
June 12 – Report Cards Mailed or E-mailed @ 9:00 am
*Report cards will be sent via email on June 12. Information about your child’s second grade teacher will be on the comments page. Class lists will not be posted this year due to confidentiality.
It is going to be a great week!!!
Don’t forget to continue to send backpacks and blue folders right up until the last day of school. Lots of goodies are still being sent home. Thank you!!!
This summer, our school library will be open for students to check out books.
On Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00, students can stop by school to check out books and visit with their teachers. Research has shown that students who choose to read throughout the summer are more successful readers. Help to establish healthy reading habits and mark this on your calendars. Looking forward to seeing all of you there!
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 your shopping list in the next week. We hold our celebration on the second to the last day of school (Thursday, June 4), so if you are willing to help supply us, you can feel free to send in your goodies anytime before that day. This is always such a fun day for the first graders and we can’t wait to celebrate all the hard work they did this year with this fun celebration!
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.
As first graders, we have become experts at using these symbols to support our thinking. In order to be accurate, we know that our tens and circles have to match our numbers and they must be lined up neatly, with five groups clearly showing, so it’s easy for us to ring a 10.
We have also tried the one ten below strategy:
We even learned the show-all strategy:
Whatever strategy your first grader feels the most comfortable with he or she is welcome to use. Our goal is to be accurate and to understand that sometimes when we add two two-digit numbers together – we make a new ten!!!
Please make sure your child continues to come to school with their blue folder and backpack. A lot of materials, assessments, and goodies will be coming home over the next two weeks. It is hard to believe that our year is almost done – only 8.5 more days!
Tomorrow we will welcome a student teacher from Hope Liverpool University into our classroom. She will be learning with us all week!!! We can’t wait!!!
May 25 – Memorial Day: No School
*June 2 – Just Write Celebration*
This is our First Grade JUST WRITE celebration. All parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to come and celebrate the wonderful authors that we have at Georgetown. Our first grade celebration time is 2:30 on June 2. We can’t wait!!!
If you haven’t filled out our report card survey yet, please do!
***Take Home books are finished for the year***
Parents, it is time to send home all the beautiful student artwork that we’ve been keeping safe at school for you! Mrs. Brouwer and Mrs. Persch will host an ART PICK UP DAY – this includes framed artwork from the Art Show too!
WHEN: Thursday, May 28 – 8:00 AM-6:30 PM
WHERE: Mrs. Persch’s Art Room – across from the office, look for the signs!
Please stop in for your kid’s art work – any art that is not picked up will be sent home with the kids after May 28
. Hope to see you there!
Mrs. Brouwer and Mrs. Persch
Last week was so fun with our trip to the zoo! The kids had a blast, thanks to all our volunteers for joining us! We have three fast weeks ahead of us before summer break. Please keep checking in with the blog for important information as we wrap up the school year.
May 20 – Marco’s Pizza Night
May 20 – Library Books are due back to school
May 22 – Red, White, & Blue Day
(Wear something red, white or blue in honor of Memorial Day!)
May 22 – Last Day of TAKE HOME BOOKS!
May 25 – NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day
Library is done for the year, but don’t forget that our school will be open during the summer on Tuesday mornings from 10:00-12:00 so your child can come back to get books and visit with me and their second grade teacher!!
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 a healthy snack (or two) to eat during our school day. We almost always take an afternoon break. Your child is welcome to munch on an extra snack during the afternoon.
This past week we continued to observe our class pets (Sparkle, Squishy, Bob, Spike & King Wither) in their habitat. At the beginning of the week, all the caterpillars made their way up to the top of the small container, shed their skin for the last time, and settled into their chrysalis. We could hardly believe our eyes as we watched it happen!!!
In addition to observing the life cycle of our pet insects this week, we also spent time studying other animals life cycles: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish. We noticed how many of the animals followed the pattern of: egg, young, and adult before starting over again. Only mammals were not born from an egg!!!
Later in the week, we focused on the similarities and differences between an adult animal and a baby animal. We looked at how they changed from a young animal to an adult. Most of the young and adult animals that we studied had the same body parts, but we noticed that some young animals (chicks, ducklings, penguins) are born with different colors than their parents.
At the zoo, we learned that some adult animals lay their eggs and never return to help their offspring learn and grow. Other animals play a big role in the life of their young by helping to protect them and teaching them to find food.
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. The 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 start our last math unit on 2-digit addition!!