Have a fun and safe time tonight!
What a day! We had a blast at our parade and party this afternoon! Thank you sooooo much to everyone who sent in party items and/or came to help with costumes!
Have a fun and safe time tonight!
First of all, school pictures went home today, so please check your child's folder! They're adorable!!!
Today we carved our pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, and we created our own spider stories.
Tomorrow is a big day. We will try and keep things as "normal" as possible for the morning. Students should come to school dressed as they normally would, with their costume in a bag. Please no weapons or gore. After lunch and recess and some storytelling time, students will be able to change into their costumes. If you offered to come and help with costumes, 12:30-12:40 is a great time to join us. It looks like rain tomorrow. If it's rainy in the afternoon, the parade will be held indoors. If you are coming to be a parade spectator, please go to the gym to watch. After the parade, we will have a small party in the classroom. Thank you so much to everyone who offered to send in treats! We will have a fantastic day!!!
We scooped the "guts" out of our pumpkins today and counted the seeds! The kids did the spider obstacle course for gym class today. It was awesome!!
Thank you for all of the pumpkin donations! We started a pumpkin prediction project today. Students worked in groups and predicted how much their pumpkin would weigh and how many inches around it would measure. Then we weighed and measured to observe the actual amounts! Students also predicted how many seeds were inside each pumpkin. So tomorrow, we will count and see!
Pajama Day was so much fun! While cozy and cuddly, we solved number stories, took a spelling test, and read Halloween books. During our learning buddy time today, we created cool leaf pictures, inspired by the book Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.
We filled the rock jar today!!! The students were very excited to earn enough rocks through their bobcat behavior to get a reward. They voted to have a pajama day - and they want to do it tomorrow (Friday the 25th)! So your child may wear (weather appropriate) PJs to school tomorrow if he or she chooses. In addition to wearing PJs, or just cozy clothes, each student may bring ONE stuffed animal that fits in his or her backpack.
Today we learned about the Mexican holiday Dia de los Meurtos. Ask your child about it!
In math, we are working on proving our answers to word problems by showing how to solve the problem using multiple strategies. For example:
Dan had 6 apples. He picked 2 more. How many apples did he have in all?
Students could prove their answers by drawing pictures, showing hops on a number line, and showing dots on a ten frame. Then they can be quite confident in their answers!
We are learning about the life cycle of the pumpkin too. Ask your child about it!
Today we solved Fall number stories, we found key details in the stories we read, and we started planning our costumes for the World Beat Fest!
Today we reviewed letter sounds and practiced our new spelling words. The Wonders letter that went home includes your child's spelling words, and it also has a comprehension check page. I realized after copying that some of the comprehension check pages did not copy well. You can look at the page here: comprehension.pdf
Also, to help your child with comprehension, talk about the key details in any story that you read together! Thank you for reading with your child every day!!!
Michaelmas was so fun! The students did a great job shopping with their buddies.
Today we learned a new math game called BUMP, and we learned about and made Mexican flags.
Enjoy the weekend!
Reminder: Michaelmas is tomorrow! Please send in a small amount of spending money for your child if you can. Make sure it is safe in a deep pocket, ziplock bag with your child's name on it, or a wallet.
We learned about fire safety this morning from some of New Boston's finest community helpers! The big takeaway: "Stay low and Go!" Students learned that they should crawl on hands and knees if there is smoke. Please have a family meeting to discuss some important safety issues:
On a lighter note, we made pumpkin pets today!! It was so fun! Students named their pets and wrote about what made their pumpkin pet special.
We celebrated a birthday today! Happy Birthday, Autumn!!!
We also started learning about the landscape and weather of Mexico.
We are ordering class t-shirts! Please look for the order form in your child's folder.
Today we had a lot of practice time with those tricky l-blend spelling words - like clip, flag, and plan. We also worked on finding the key details in a story, using the text A Pig for Cliff. In the afternoon, we started learning about pumpkins, and we created some 2D pumpkins with tendrils to jazz up our classroom!
Today we learned about Christopher Columbus and we discussed why we celebrate Columbus Day. Each student went home with a Columbus Day paper book that you can read together tonight!
Thank you to everyone who signed up to donate items for our Halloween party! Your help is much appreciated!
We made applesauce today! Each student peeled, cored, and chopped an apple. Then we put the apple chunks into a crockpot with a little cinnamon and let it simmer all day. The room smelled great! At the end of the day, we had an applesauce tasting party. Yum!!
We've been going apple crazy! We made an apple counting book today to practice combinations of ten, we read a Scholastic News magazine about apples, we did an apple experiment, and we read some apple poems. Ask your child about it!
In math, we are working on making ten. When students know their ten facts (5+5, 9+1, etc.) they can be super efficient problem-solvers! Today we played Penny Plate. Start with ten pennies. Hide some under a plate. Your student then needs to figure out how many there are hidden underneath. At this stage, students are using fingers or a number line to count hops from the number of visible pennies to ten. Try it out!
Our essential question this week is "What is it like where you live?" so we had fun today, comparing our town of New Boston to other locations. We are starting to learn about Latin American countries and cultures in preparation for our Artist in Residence project. If any parents or other family members have knowledge about any Latin American cultures and would like to come in to share what you know with our class, please connect with me!
Today we learned about and practiced the "counting on" strategy for adding. Adding 5 plus 3? Start at 5 and count on 3 more to find the sum!
The students did an excellent job with their first spelling test of first grade!
During our library time today, we had some extra cardboard challenge time. Lucky us!