Week 36!

May 22 – Field Trip to the Zoo

(We will leave school around 9:15 and meet are chaperones at the zoo @ 9:40ish.  Remember to dress your child for the outdoors, apply sunscreen, and send their sack lunch to school.)

May 24 – 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. Van.

Learning Update:  We have been working on poetry and using our “poet’s eyes” during writing time.  The kids LOVE writing and sharing their poetry!!  During our readers’ workshop, we’ve been working on our fluency as we read our character books.   During math we finished up our unit eight: practicing two digit addition.  We have become experts at the: NEW 10 ABOVE strategy!

Outdoor Fun Day!

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 & chalk, but…we would LOVE if you would add bubblesLARGE bubble wands, or popsicles to your shopping list in the next week.  We hold our celebration on the second to the last day of school (Thursday, June 8), 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!

Week 35!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and an enjoyable Mother’s Day! I hope that all you moms out there felt appreciated for all the big and little things you do to support your families. We are so thankful for you!

May 17 – Library Day

May 18 – Marco’s Pizza Night

May 19 – Math Assessment

We finished up our nonfiction writing post assessment last week ,and have had some WONDERFUL parent volunteers that have helped to laminate, cut, remove staples, and bind books of each child’s portfolio of writing from the year!  These books are incredible!!  Thank you so much Mrs. Nelson, and Mrs. Hammersmith for your help!!!  We have a few more to finish up this week – I can’t wait to send them home!!!

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

Week 34!

Guess what?!?!  We have BABY CHICKS!!!  I stopped into school each day this weekend to check on the hatching progress.  On Friday night, one egg was ever so slightly cracked.  On Saturday evening, two chicks had fully hatched and were drying out their wet wings.  A few other eggs were also starting to crack.  Today, I went in to visit we had a total of 16 chicks!!!  Here are a few pictures to share.  I’m hoping we’ll be able to watch some of the remaining chicks hatch tomorrow too!!!  SO MUCH FUN!!! 

May 8 & 9 – Nonfiction Writing Assessment

May 10 – Library Day

May 11 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30

May 12 – Scholastic Book Order Due

May 12 – Early Release Day

Students are dismissed from school at 12:15.  (Sack lunches can be ordered through Food Service and will be sent home with your child.  Please make sure your child knows if he or she needs to order a sack lunch.)

** This week we are switching our specials time with the 4th graders on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  They will be taking the M-STEP test during the morning on these days.**

We are getting excited for our field trip to the zoo and have loved studying animal life cycles – especially chickens!!!  If you signed up to be a parent chaperone for the field trip, look for an e-mail early next week with all the details about the tour and your responsibilities.  If your availability has changed and you are no longer able to attend – just let me know!

Reading Update!

This past week in reading, we revisited paying close attention to how our characters were feeling in the beginning, middle, and end of a book. Each day we read a story and stopped three different times to discuss the characters’ feelings.  We noticed that almost always our characters’ feelings do change!  Often the main character started off happy, in the middle something happened to make them feel scared, sad, or mad, but by the end the problem was resolved.  We compared the characters feelings in our books to a rollercoaster with lots of ups and downs.  We also noticed that when our characters’ feeling change they are learning an important lesson.

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Week 33!

What a wet, soggy weekend.  Here’s to a bright and sunny week!!!

May 2 – Math Assessment

May 2 – Nonfiction Writing Celebration

May 3 – Library Day

May 4 – Beach Day

Your child can dress in a summer outfit (underneath some warmer clothes, if it is chilly), bring a summer hat, sunglasses, and a beach towel ! 🙂 🙂 🙂  We will enjoy summer time here in the classroom!!

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions!

May 5 – Popcorn Day

A quick egg update:  our eggs have been in the incubator for 15 days now.  On day 18, I will remove them from the egg turner so they can prepare to hatch.  The eggs should hatch around day 21.  Next Monday morning, we should have some chicks to greet us at school!  Here’s a picture of them staying nice and cozy.

 

Writing Update!

We have been just like buzzing bees working on our informational writing the past few weeks!!

We focused on revising them with some new techniques to make them even better.  We learned how to add precise words to make our writing more exact.  We used exclamations and wondered to make our books more interesting.  We even made comparisons to show how our topics are like or unlike something else.

Precise Words:  All whale have blowholes to help them breathe.  Several whales have teeth.

Exclaim & Wonder:  Blue whales use baleen to help them eat.  Did you know that?

Comparisons:  Whales can be very large.  Some whales are bigger than a bus!

This past week, we began getting ready for our next writing celebration.  We chose our best informational book to keep at school and worked to be sure that our book made sense.  Then, we focused on making our books easy-to-read.  We edited our books by adding punctuation and capital letters.  We also went back to spell our words correctly.

Next week we will fancy up the illustrations in our books, add a table of contents, cover, and celebrate!!!

Reading Update!

In Reader’s Workshop this past week we focused on characters in the books we are reading. We focused on how our characters were acting and tried to find descriptive words for these character traits (bossy, confident, brave, anxious, selfish, demanding, mean, shy, sneaky, etc.).

We practiced with some of our favorite Kevin Henkes books. We will continue working on characters next week!