Monthly Archives: May 2018

Week 37!

THANK YOU so much to all the moms, dads, grandpas and grandmas that came with us to the zoo last Monday!!!  We had a great time touring the zoo, ate a delicious picnic lunch, and managed to avoid most of the heavy rain!!  The kids loved sharing about all the animals they saw and their favorite parts of the day. 🙂

We will be enjoying some fun themed days over the next two weeks.  All of these special days are a surprise that will be revealed to the kids the day before.  (Shhhhh – please help me keep all of the fun a secret!!!)  I will send an e-mail the day before if something special from home is needed at school.  Thank you for your help!

May 28 – Memorial Day: No School

May 29 – Pizza Lunch in the Classroom

Pizza and juice will be provided for each student (and some extra yummy treats!). You are welcome to supplement your child’s lunch with any snacks you would like. If your child is not a fan of pizza, feel free to send in their lunch, as normal, and we will all picnic together in the class.

May 29 – Last Homework Packet Sent Home

Thank you so much for helping your child complete their home work packets each week!!!  Look for an e-mail with some ideas for summer learning later this week.  I will also send home some books lists at your child’s just right level to help when you are looking for books to read over the summer.  If you are wondering about tutoring or additional resources, just send me an e-mail.

May 29 – No Shoes Day

Send your child to school in their shoes, but we will take them off and let our feet relax in the classroom.

May 30 – Hat/Crazy Hair Day

May 31 – Sports Day

June 1 – Toy Day

June 1 – Talent Show

The 3rd-5th graders are performing.  We get to watch the afternoon show!

Please make sure your child continues to come to school with their blue folder and backpack. A lot of materials, creations, 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!

One last note, every year, we look forward to celebrating the end of the year together outside with bubblessidewalk chalkpopsicles, and fun!  We are all stocked up on FUN, but…we would LOVE if you would add bubblesLARGE bubble wands (Dollar Tree), or popsicles to one of your shopping lists in the next few weeks.  We will hold our celebration on Wednesday, June 6th, so if you are willing to help supply us, you can feel free to send in your goodies anytime before that day.

Reading Update!

This week our readers learned that when you love a book, you recommend it to others!  In order to recommend a book, we should be able to introduce the characters, setting, and retell the story.  Sharing these details gets our friends excited about trying out the books we love to read.

For the reminder of the year, I will be recommending some of my favorite books to our class.  We will enjoy some new chapter books series and picture books that I love.  I want your child to be excited to continue reading throughout the summer!  Look for some books lists, with books at your child’s just right level, to come home next week.  To keep your child’s skills fresh, reading everyday over the summer will be essential!  Our school library will also be open on Tuesdays from 10-12 in June and July!

Writing Update!

This week during writing, the first graders took their last writing assessment. Thank you for all your help with brainstorming a character, problem, and solution with your child this week. They have done amazing with making sure to write a realistic story with lots of details!

We also took some time to pass back all of the writing assessments and celebrations from the beginning of the year and put them into a book. The first graders had so much fun looking at their writing from the very first day of school. They have grown SO much this year as writers! Look for this special keepsake in the next couple of weeks! We will spend the last weeks of school reviewing and practicing all the different kinds of writing we have learned this year.

Math Update!

This week, we took our Unit 7 assessment – our first graders did great!!!

We started working on adding two 2-digit numbers together. We introduced a strategy called New Ten Above. ​

Our goal is to understand that sometimes when we add two-digit numbers – we make a new ten!!!

Week 36!

We had so much fun celebrating our realistic fiction writing this past week!

Thank you so much for reading our Friday Letters each week and writing letters back to your child.  We enjoyed looking back through all the letters in our books on Friday.  What a great artifact to hold on to from our year!  We hope you enjoy them too! 🙂

May 21 – Zoo Field Trip

We will leave school around 9:40 and meet our chaperones at the zoo @ 10:00ish.  Remember to dress your child for the outdoors, apply sunscreen, and send your child’s sack lunch to school (use a paper bag labeled with his/her name, if possible).  We will tour the zoo, eat our lunch, play on the playground, and head back to around 1:15ish.  We can’t wait!!!

May 21 – 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. Vandenberg.

May 22-25 – Realistic Fiction Writing Post Assessment

Our class will be writing our last realistic fiction book this week.  I will use this piece of writing to assess each child’s understanding of writing narrative books.  If you are able, before school on Tuesday, brainstorm with your child about a character, setting, and trouble they would like to imagine for their story and check in with your child about how their writing is going throughout the week.  I can’t wait to read these amazing books!!!

May 23 – Spelling Assessment

We will take one last spelling assessment over our 35 “no excuse” spelling words.

May 23 – Math Assessment

May 25 – Red, White, & Blue Day!!!

Wear your USA colors to school.

May 28 – No School: Memorial Day

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 two healthy snack to eat during our school day.

Reading Update!

Our first grade readers continued to work on discovering the lessons that our characters can learn in some of our favorite picture books.

As we talked more and more about the “big ideas” from our stories, we noticed some similarities and differences between our books.  We tried to really dig deep and make connections between the same lesson and trouble.  Sometimes, our characters experienced the same trouble, but the lessons that they learned were different.

At the end of the week, we reorganized part of our classroom library and grouped many of our favorite books together by the lessons they teach: believe in yourself, speak up, be polite, stay with the group, etc.  Then, we were able to pick books to read from these piles already knowing the lessons the characters (and ourselves) were going to learn.  We can’t wait to read more books and learn more lessons from so many amazing characters!

Math Update!

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).

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 14 – Library Day

May 17 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30

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

Reading Update!

This week our readers worked on changing their voice to match their characters’ feelings.  We noticed a lot of little clues in the text that help us know when and how to change our voice like: ellipses, bold printitalics, CAPITAL LETTERS, quotation marks, and more.  The kids had so much fun looking for these clues in their own books!
We also learned to hold on to the lessons in our stories.  In our fiction books, our characters are always facing some sort of trouble and have to figure out ways to solve these big and small problems.  We can learn from our characters, and can even act the same way they do, when the same kind of trouble happens to us!