February 16, 2018
Dear 1-O Families,
This week we’ve learned about the Index and that about how learning cool facts in nonfiction make us wonder even more about a topic. Our read alouds were Light is All Around Us – about light, Jack Prelutsky’s Valentines Day Poems, Hear Your Heart – book about the Heart and how it works, The Kindergarten Pirate, Arthur’s Valentine and We’re All Wonders.
In Math we’ve been working with Place Value, using i-ready as well as math games.
For Science we learning about our hearts and began to learn about light.
In Writer’s workshop we wrote an about the author page, chose a title and a dedication for our winter books. We are writing nonfiction book now.
Many thanks to Mrs. Lessard and Mrs. McDonald for bringing snacks for our Valentine celebration and Mrs. Massicotte for helping as well.
Next week we will have a short term intern in our classroom – Rachel Vitale. Rachel is a Kindergarten teacher in Massachuetts working on her Master’s degree at Salem State University, she needs additional hours in a first grade classroom and she will be with us Monday through Thursday next week.
I have been enjoying the warmer weather and more light in the evening this week. Although we still have some absences, I think 1-O is getting a little healthier. I am looking forward to
a good week next week.
Have a good weekend,
February 9, 2018
Dear 1-O Families,
We worked hard on using the strategies we know to figure out unfamiliar words.
Turns out we know a lot of strategies, but we need to remember to use them.
Some of our read alouds have been: National Geographic Wolves, Black Rabbit (about a shadow), Penguin Problems (about a penguin with lots of complaints. He meets a walrus who reminds him to look at the beauty around him and be glad to be alive), Abe Lincoln’s Hat, 100th Day Worries, poems from Counting our way to the 100th Day, and 100 Shoes and more of Leena and the Gerbils.
We wrote to our winter picture and writing pages. Many first graders have finished their stories. We’ll add a dedication and an about the author page and start to work on Nonfiction writing.
Today we celebrated the 100th day on the 102nd day of school with poems and a song, collections, books and a special snacks. Thank you Mrs. Lessard for preparing the 1,900 piece snack.
This week we started to use an app called Seesaw – Some of you may have received e-mail with a tiny snippet of reading. Seesaw is an app which allows students to record, photograph, draw and video examples of their learning. This week kids choose a book to practice and yesterday each child recorded a page from his or her book. Everyone recorded, but not everyone saved. After recording students send their work to me for approval and I can send it to you so that you can see some of your child’s learning. The ultimate goal is for each child in the school is to use Seasaw as a student driven portfolio where they call collect examples of their school work from each year they are here in East Kingston. For now we are just getting started.
Mrs. Guilmette has been out this week. We miss her and look forward to having her come back on Monday, but we have been lucky to have Mrs. Gelineau here helping us this week.
Healthy Heart Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14th - We will make something to hold valentine’s in class. If you choose to bring Valentines, please bring one for each class member. Bring Valentine’s in on Wednesday. That day we will be learning about the heart, listening to heart beats with a paper stethoscope and thinking about things like exercise and healthy food that will help keep hearts healthy. We will have healthy heart snacks at the end of the day and open our Valentines.
Family Math Night - Night Tuesday, February 20th from 6:00-7:30pm. - Math Night for Families with Loree Silvis our math consultant from Vermont. Pizza and salad to be provided. There is also a make it take part of the evening for Math games for you to bring home. I hope you and your child will be able to come.
Have a great weekend,
February 2, 2018
Dear 1-O Families,
In readers workshop we talked how author is trying to tell us a message. If a word doesn’t make sense we need to go back and reread try our strategies to figure our what the author is telling us.
This week in reader’s workshop I met with everyone in small Reading clubs. I introduced lots of new books and some new author boxes. Everyone has some new good books to read.
This week we read, Dragons Love Tacos 2- the sequel, The Word Collector, Under the Snow, National Geographic Animal Armor, Real Dragons ,Ponies, and The Magnificent Thing . We are starting a chapter book called Leena and the Gerbils( in the style of Junie B. Jones) written by Elaine Miskinis, an English teacher at Exeter high School.
In math we worked with the basics of money and continued i-ready and work with facts and number and operations.
Reminders –We have an Early Release at noon on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Please let me know if your child’s dismissal plans are different that normal on the early release day.
We will be celebrating the 100th day of school on Friday, February 9th (really 102nd day of school, but we won’t have time to do much with the 100th day on Wednesday the 7th since its an early release. – Please bring a collection of 100 items on Friday, February 9th. The collection can be 100 of any loose item that we can arrange in different groups – say 10 groups of 10 or 2 group of 50 .
Healthy Heart Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14th - We will make something to hold valentine’s in class. If you choose to bring Valentines, please bring one for each class member. That day we will be learning about the heart, listening to heart beats with a paper stethoscope and thinking about things like exercise and healthy food that will help keep hearts healthy. We will have healthy heart snacks at the end of the day.
Some friends have been sick this week and we have missed them very much. I am really looking forward to a day when everyone is hear.
Happy Ground Hog Day! Enjoy the Super Bowl! Have a good weekend!
Check out our websit for pictures below of Maker Space Monday, Winter Picturing Writing, Math Stations and author/ illustrator Ralph Masiello’s visit.
We enjoyed having illustrator/author Ralph Masiello visit our school on Tuesday, January 30th. "Ralph was born, raised, and still resides in the state of Massachusetts where he lives with his daughters Alexa and Talia. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, Illustration, 1985), Ralph has illustrated for magazines, newspapers and books, created posters and prints, and shown his fine art paintings in galleries throughout the world. Beginning with The Icky Bug Alphabet Book in 1986, Ralph has has become internationally known for the children's books he's written and illustrated. Since 1987, he has visited over 2,400 schools all over the world, inspiring children with his life story, humor, and art. While visiting schools, he is often inspired himself by the enthusiasm, creativity, and hard work of the students and teachers. This led him to create his unique "How to Draw" book series. The most recent, Ralph Masiello's Fairy Drawing Book was released in July 2013 to rave reviews. In 2011, his work appeared in a strange and mysterious book called The Mystic Phyles: Beasts, which was the first in a series of books sure to become instant classics." (Biography printing from Ralph Masiellos Amazon page.) Mr. Masiello gave us the Robot he drew for our classroom.