We are all about friendship this week! We are reading and writing about what friends do together and how friends can get along. Today we read lots of stories about friends - Friends All Around, My New Friend is So Fun!, Friends Are Fun, and Pumpkin Pals! We discussed what character traits are important in a good friend - like patience and kindness.
Tomorrow students may wear Red Sox gear (or any other sport team) to show support for the Red Sox in the World Series!
We loved shopping at Michaelmas today! Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend!
School pictures went home today! Check your child's folder!
Today we read more stories about pets and how to care for them. We even learned about some unusual pets, like iguanas and pot-bellied pigs! We also learned more about how sounds are made. We used string to make "head harps" so we could feel vibrations and hear the sounds they make.
Tomorrow is Michaelmas! If you are sending in money for your child, please put it in a baggie with your child's name on it. Thank you!!
We have pet rocks! Yesterday, students chose a rock that felt right for them. Today we painted our rocks, named them, made birth certificates, and even made them little beds and leashes and toys. It was so fun! Of course, we wrote about them too. Ask your child about it!
We had a blast at the cardboard challenge this morning! Ask your child what he or she created with cardboard in the library!
Happy Monday! Today we started Week 3 of Unit 1 in our Wonders program - reading and writing about pets and what makes a pet special.
Tomorrow we will have a special library session with our 5th grade buddies! We will be doing the cardboard challenge, inspired by a real life story of a child who build an entire arcade out of cardboard boxes! (See below!)
We have plenty of boxes to use for this creative activity, but if you happen to have an extra roll of masking tape hanging around your house, we could use some! Thanks!
We made the coolest bulletin board display today! Check the dojo for a picture! We also made a birthday book for Jackson!
We made our own delicious apple sauce today! Thank you to Jack's mom for helping students peel, core, and slice apples! We also started learning about how sounds are made today. We were sound effects artists, making the sounds of a rainstorm and making the "boing" sound of a ball bouncing in a cartoon! Ask your child how we did it!
What a beautiful day! We finished up a fun project with our 5th grade learning buddies today. Ask your child how he or she learned from a mistake that was made.. how did he or she flip that flop?
Your child brought home his or her Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytelling Kit today!!! Enjoy listening to your child retell this fun story by Eric Carle.
Today we taste-tested apples and voted on our favorite ones! Ask your child about it!
Folders are jam-packed with papers today! Your child has the Wonders letter of the week, a Scholastic Book Order catalogue (you can peruse and then place orders online through the Scholastic tab on the left), and a login information sheet for our online learning opportunities!
Today we continued to learn about combinations of ten in math, we made a birthday book for Allyson, and we did lots more Very Hungry Caterpillar storytelling!
Students brought home their Unit 1 math assessment today. Please look at this assessment with your child and praise his or her effort. Work together to fix any mistakes. Fixing mistakes is a great way to learn! We worked with Ten Frames and Rekenreks in math this morning. Ask your child about it!
Tomorrow is our very first spelling test! We have practiced the words a lot in the classroom, and we are excited to show what we know!
We are working on fixing mistakes! We have learned that making a mistake can be a good thing - it can give you the opportunity to learn from your mistake. With our 5th grade buddies, we are doing a project called "Flip that Flop!" Today students thought of a mistake, or flop, that has happened in their lives. Ask your child about it! How could they fix their flop?
Today we said goodbye to the last of our butterflies! We became experts on the butterfly life cycle. Time to move onto a new science theme... apples! We will be learning about harvest time and the life cycles of apples and pumpkins. Big thanks to Liam for sharing some fresh-picked delicious apples with our class!
Today we read Rufus Goes to School and made connections to the story. We also started some Very Hungry Caterpillar storytelling performances!
Happy October! I can't believe we have 3 weeks of school under our belts already! Today we started Unit 1 of our Wonders literacy program. We will have an "Essential Question" each week that will guide all of the reading and writing activities for that week, and this week's question is "What do you do at your school?" We have all become experts on this subject! We will have lots of background knowledge to help us comprehend stories and write about our school days. Today in math we learned a game called Rolling for 50. It is a game that helps students practice navigating a number grid. Your student brought home a game board and directions so you can try it out at home!
Also - Our Painted Lady Butterflies hatched today!!! Some students were even lucky enough to see a hatch in progress! They are so beautiful! We released them to the garden and watched them fly!
I am so impressed with the Shining Diamonds! They are doing so well following the group plan and showing expected behaviors here at school!
We had indoor recess this morning, during which some students took turns playing an electric guitar and singing the blues! (Thank you, David!)
Today we learned how to make connections to the stories we read (Text-to-World, Text-to-Self, and Text-to-Text connections). We read The Three Billy Goats Fluff and My Crayons Talk today, and Mrs. Charles read us some awesome stories during our library time too.
Enjoy the weekend!!!
We started a science and growth mindset activity today that we're calling Austin's Butterfly Project. Students are drawing a scientifically accurate butterfly. They did one draft today. Students will be giving each other very specific feedback to improve their drawings. They will do multiple drafts and watch their drawings improve as they take feedback and make improvements!
Check out the following site, which has a video that totally inspired us!
It was so nice to get outside for recess today! We had a great time working with our 5th grade learning buddies today. We practiced our storytelling, 5th graders read books to 1st graders, and we continued our focus on Growth Mindset by learning about the power of mistakes!
Thank you so much to everyone who made it out to our Back-to-School Night last night!
Today we told number stories in math class - ask your child to tell you a number story that he or she made up! We continued our phonics review, focusing on the short u sound today. We also played a first grade version of "Words With Friends" by building CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant) with letter tiles. It was a dreary, indoor recess kind of day, but we made the most of it!
Yesterday our class contact list was sent home in your child's folder. If you see anything that needs editing on the list, please let me know so I can update it as needed. Thank you!