Dear 1-O Families,
I loved teaching your children this year. They were funny and creative and they liked working and learning with each other. We had lots of adventures learning this year. We were very lucky to have Mrs. Guilmette working with us. We will miss our friends, Kiley, Nathaniel and Ceara who are moving.
When I look at where we started with reading and writing and math in September and where first graders are now I am very impressed. They have a tool kit of strategies for figuring out unfamiliar words. They know how to ask questions as they read and make predictions. They understand that their learning grows as they read more. They know how to make connection from their book to themselves, and other books. They know what reading fluency sounds like and how to add expression, even if they don’t use expression all the time. First graders have built up a lot stamina as readers.
First grader writers had the chance to write small moments, non-fiction books, opinion writing and fiction stories. In the end we even wrote a Weather Poetry book. Today I’m sending your child’s Green writing folder with 5 end of unit books and other examples of their writing through out the year. Enjoy!
First graders have grown as mathematical thinkers this year. Their number sense has gotten stronger. They know their facts and they have some good strategies for problem solving. They have a good sense of number and operations. They worked with Measurement and data and our last unit was Geometry.
Keep reading this summer. On Friday the five books your child chose at the book pick came home as well as a sheet about the EKES Summer Reading Program. First graders entering second grader should read for 10 hours or read 10 books - a summer reading form came home Friday. If you should loose the form you can go to the first page of our class website and find a link where you can open and print another copy of the Summer Reading Log. (This should be up by June 20, 2018) Even strong readers love to hear a good book read out loud. Read alouds help children build vocabulary.
I hope students enjoyed this year’s theme units: Butterfly life cycles, Mexico, Sound and light and weather. 1-O parents thank you for all your help and support this year with homework, our field trip and activities in school and classroom and help making things at home. Some of the primary themes for next year will pets, trees, bats, China, geology (rocks, minerals, fossils –dinosaurs), balance and motion.
Have a wonderful summer!
Wednesday, June 6th was devoted to Egg Drop Engineering. All kids from EKES worked together in small teams to design and create casings to protect an egg that would be dropped. K-1 has their eggs dropped from chair height, 2nd and 3rd had their eggs dropped from ladder height and the 4th and 5th graders had their egg dropped from the school roof of the school. Teams got to test their egg and make additional modifications to their casings. Teams needed to be cooperative, creative and resilient. There area few photos from the event from below.
Dear 1-O Families,
June 8, 2018
What a great week! We started our day with a Wellness Walk. Then lots of great Field Day Stations. Our reading buddies 3-4W were our partners for the week. We are very close to finishing our Weather books. Wednesday was a very Egg-citing Day with whole school Egg Drop Day. All the bands have performed and recorded their song. The instruments came home today. We read; The Enormous Egg, Bits and Pieces, George and Martha - The Last Story, Miss Nelson Has a Field Day.We harvested lettuce, spinach, swiss chard and radishes and had a fresh salad for lunch Friday. Next week we have students from Exeter High School Visiting to help, On Wednesday the 4W is visiting to share about Super Hero Day! Friday, June 15th is the Talent Show. 1-O will be performing a very short class act. We also have move up day in the afternoon.
We will be celebrating our Summer birthdays with Circle of the Sun:
Monday, June 11th - Donovan - really June 22 Tuesday, June 12th - Isla - really June 22 Wednesday, June 13th - Maggie - really August 1st Thursday, June 14th - Eli - really August 5th Friday- Vera June 15th - really August 27th
Have a great Weekend! ~Mrs. O.
June 1, 2018
First graders enjoyed their trip to the High School
to see a play. Thanks for sending food items for the food pantry.
Thursday was the last day of intervention though some groups may meet briefly, but for the most part we are done. My group looked at Dr. Seuss books and Magic Tree House Books
Tuesday, June 5this our last Library class. Kids will get to pick out books for summer reading from book collected at the book drive. Books will be bound up with rubber bands and labeled with the child’s name.. Kids get to take the books home on the last day of school.
Most friends have returned library books, but if you happen to find one at home, please send it in for Mrs. Foy.
Wednesday, June 6this our Eggstravaganza. Will teams of kids be able to wrap an egg so it can be dropped from various heights with out breaking? We’ll find out on Wednesday! If you have items for wrapping eggs, please send them in.
Friday, June 8this our Wellness Walk and Field Day!
This week some of our read alouds Mousetropolis, Bailey Goes Camping,What does it mean to be Kind? Leonardo the Terrible Monster.
We shared our Musical Instruments with Ms. Murphy. Some friends worked on bands during Academic Choice this week. The bands are “Flower Girls”, “The Wolf Pack” and “Remember Me”
In math we worked with 2D and 3D Shapes and Math Facts Book Camp.
We are finishing our Weather Poetry Book.
In reader’s workshop we are doing close reading with another Martha and George story, looking at vocabulary, sounds and syllables, fluency and more. I have been enjoying conferencing with kids and noticing improvement in their reading.
As you may have noticed we are done with homework packets for the year, but please keep reading nightly.
Have a great weekend.
May 25, 2018
Dear 1-O Families,
Thank you so much for taking time to come to conferences and the family Picnic and the Concert! We had great turnouts for all of the events! There are lots of pictures of class events on our class website www.weebly.com
We started our week with a Face time experience with Meteorologist, Kevin Skarupa. He did a great job of explaining weather information in ways that were very clear to kids. In the evening, 1-O friend performed at our K-2 Concert. I am so impressed with the way kids pick up new songs so easily. These kids sound great as a group. Some were a little disappointed that we didn’t use the instruments we made at the concert, but on Friday we did work with kids from 1-2Y and 2S to form Awesome Bands!
Some of our read alouds this week were: The Koala That Could, Be Kind,
The Yes Day, Stormy Weather, Those Shoes,Can I Be Your Dog?, What Does It Mean to Be Kind?,Dear Girl,Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
In math we worked with plane geometry (2-D shapes), points and lines.
Next week we’ll have a Math Fact-a-thon and Math Fact Boot Camp!
We read plays and classroom library books at intervention.
First graders wrote their cloud simile poems and made examples of three cloud types. First graders loved the Book Fair. Thank you to the PTO for organizing this event.
Next Friday we’re going on a whole school field trip to the Exeter High School to see play. Most of you have sent in the yellow permission slips. If you have not sent in one for your child, please do. If you need another let me know.
Our salad garden is booming, we’ll be harvesting soon.
I hope your have great Memorial Day Weekend whether you’re camping and toasting marshmallows, jumping into a chilly pool, watching a parade or just enjoying an extra day.
Have a great weekend!