What a fun day! I neglected to remind students about "Character Day" - so many were not dressed up, but I took out my old trunk of dress-up clothes, and we had a blast dressing up like crazy characters! We also had fun presenting our Secret Boxes! Have a wonderful week off!
We started a science experiment today, exploring with different types of birds' "beaks" to pick up food. We are learning so much about animals' features and their purposes!
What a beautiful day! We started "protecting" our Secret Boxes, we enjoyed the sunshine at recess, and we had some nice reading time with our buddies this afternoon.
We have library tomorrow, so please send those books in! Also- if you plan on your child participating in Dental Day, please return the permission slip by Friday. Thank you!
Tomorrow we begin our "Secret Box" challenge! Each student gets a Secret Box. They were told today: This box is for you only – no one can see inside of it! You can keep anything in it – money, secret notes, special things you’ve found like lucky rocks, 4-leaf clovers, etc. You want to make sure no one can get inside the box but you! Think about plants and animals – how do they protect themselves? Using a plant or an animal as a model, you will add something to your box that will ensure no one gets into it.
We can't wait to start protecting our boxes with the power of biomimicry!
Today we started learning about biomimicry! Ask your child about it!
Today students wrote about an animal and whether that animal would or would not make a good pet. Ask your child about it! Students are coming home with Scholastic Book catalogs today. If you would like to order, please do so online via the Scholastic Book Clubs link. Enjoy your weekend!
Today we learned how to use the doubles facts that we know to help us solve "near doubles" facts. For example, a student solving 5+6 might say, "I know that 5+5=10, so 5+6 must be one more , which is 11!"
We have a spelling test tomorrow! Please practice those words!
Happy Valentine's Day!! We had a wonderful day! We all left with full buckets!
Also- We have a date for our field trip to Odiorne Point! We will go on Monday, May 21st. If you plan to chaperone, please make sure you have completed the fingerprinting process. Thank you!!
We finished our beautiful Seed-paper Valentines today!
We read the Wonders story, A Tale of a Tail, too.
Remember to send in Valentines, a "mailbox", and a baggie of food for our Friendship Mix tomorrow! Thanks!!
Happy 100th Day of 1st grade! We had a blast rotating through stations in each of the readiness and first grade classrooms. Ask your child about it!
Wednesday is Valentine's Day! Please remember to send in Valentines, a box or bag to put them in, and a baggie of 100 little , dry snacks (with your child's name on it!) for our Friendship Snack Mix. Thank you!!
Have you heard about our reading challenge? Our class has made it a goal to read 800 books in the next 8 weeks! We are keeping track of the books that we read independently here at school. The more we read, the better!!!
Students are bringing home their "Magic e" kits this week. Please keep them at home and continue to practice transforming short vowel CVC words to long vowel CVCe words. Feel free to add words to your child's kit too!
Your student is bringing home his or her Volume 1 Math Journal today! We skipped pages regularly, so there are plenty of pages for your child to do at home for practice. In the back of the journal there is a "Math Facts Inventory," which would be a great thing to work on at home. We are beginning Unit 6, in which we will work hard on math fact automaticity. If a student has not mastered a certain fact, we will be finding strategies to better remember it. (For example, if you can't remember 5+4, but you know 5+5, you can use that fact as a helper fact: "I know that 5+5=10, so 5+4 must equal one less! 5+4=9!")
It is hard to believe, but we are now more than halfway through first grade. Your students have made incredible gains!
The 2nd quarter report card went home on Friday. Please sign the envelope and send it back to school when you can. Thanks!
We are finishing up our Wonders unit about change over time. Thank you so much to everyone who completed the interview project! It was so interesting to discuss the answers and compare them with life today! This is a Wonders review week. We will work on high frequency words, grammar, and opinion writing. Our next unit is all about animals! I am excited to teach the Science Squad how to do research to learn more about animals.
We have a few exciting days coming up. On Friday of this week, we will celebrate our 100th day of school (unless we have a snow day between now and then). The 100th day will be filled with lots of fun activities!
On Valentine’s Day, we will celebrate by exchanging Valentines and having a special snack. Students who bring Valentines should bring one for each classmate. Students are responsible for bringing in their own “mailbox” for their Valentines. This can be a tissue or shoe box or even a small bag. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on it and send the box, along with the Valentines, to school on the 14th.
For snack that day, we will make a Friendship Snack Mix! Please have your child count out 100 little dry snacks. Put the snacks in a baggie with your child’s name on it. Students could use cereal, goldfish, nuts, raisins, seeds, you get the idea… We will take turns adding the snacks to a bowl to make one big snack mix. As each person adds ingredients, he or she will share a friendly compliment for our class. We will all get our buckets filled and then enjoy a unique snack mix!
Please send in on Wednesday the 14th: Valentines, Valentine Box or Bag, and a small baggie of snacks for our Friendship Mix.
Thank you so much for your support at home!
Well, there's 6 more weeks of winter (and there was going to be whether the groundhog saw his shadow or not - we know, we counted;)!
Today we reread the Wonders story A Look at Breakfast. We learned how bread for toast, grape jam, and orange juice are made. Then we had a breakfast feast! Yum!
Check your child's folder for his or her report card.! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to have a conference to discuss your child's progress. Please send the signed envelope back to school next week. Thank you!