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.
Hear are two creation from our Maker Space on Monday, January 22nd.
We'll have more Maker Space Monday on Monday, January 29th.
I can't wait!
January 26, 2018
Dear 1-O Families,
Wow what a nice concert! I love the snowball song. Singing a round is not easy. I was very proud of the first graders. Thank you so much for coming out on such a cold night for the K-2 concert. First graders did a great job performing and they were a good audience as well.
You will find a copy of your child’s midterm progress report with this letter. If you have questions don’t hesitate to let me know.
his week we’ve been looking at more nonfiction conventions, labels, diagram and a glossary. We worked with i-ready and finished a progress monitoring, which will let us use i-ready on our newer classroom i-pads as part of our math station rotation in the classroom.
On our delayed opening Tuesday, author Ralph Masiello postponed his visit until the following Tuesday, so we look forward to meeting him on Tuesday, January 30th.
First graders loved Maker space on Monday. They were totally engaged, quite cooperative with each other and proud of their products. Some student choose to work with partners some wanted to work on their own. They used everything we had and they cleaned up very well. Over the week we have collected another supply of recycle materials ready for this Monday when we will have Maker Space available again at academic choice.
On Wednesday, Dr. Rachel Parkington visited and made a model of the ear using a funnel for the pinna or outer ear, a paper tube of the ear canal, a small drum for the ear drum, 3 dogs bones of the tiny bones in the ear a seashell for the cochlear and more. We learned a little about cochlear implants and how to help someone with one to hear us better. We also played a game where we needed to listen carefully and recognize where we heard the sound without looking. We have some sound experiments next week then we’ll start to learn about light.
This weeks our read alouds were: Charlie and Mouse a short chapter book about two brothers and their adventures, Shrinking Mouse - a book about perspective – how things look smaller as the get farther away from you, Fox In Winter, Oscar and the Bat, a Book about Sound and Owl Moon.
We learned some simple techniques for drawing kids in snow cloths, drawing winter trees, how to draw things near and far and a couple of ways to add snow to our pictures. We made two crayon resists for practice and created a plan for our picturing – writing stories with setting, characters, problem and resolution.
Please remember if your child's dismissal plans change please do send a note, or contact the office.
Have a good weekend!
January 19, 2018
Dear 1-O Families,
Greetings from 1-O! Thanks for supporting Acadia Lessard 3-4 W who had the idea of a- “Whole school Pajama Day”. Many people brought canned or boxed food too to help end 68 hours of hunger. There were three big boxes of canned goods and boxes in the hall. Donations are always accepted in the front hall.
This week we worked on reading nonfiction with expression. We looked at some conventions of nonfiction. The title, table of contents, photographs, headings, and captions. We practiced figuring out tricky words by playing guess the covered word with our reading partner.
In math we used i-ready and worked in our packets and played math games with our reading buddies, 10’s frame top-it, Going to Boston Dice and Bump addition.
We finished our Opinion assessment, and worked on a snow small moment. We worked on techniques for illustrating our winter books with crayon resist.
In Science, we read Sounds All Around and learned a little about our ears and vocal cords. We watched how a bow vibrates, and left our throat vibrate as we talked. We read chapter 1 of Charlie and Mouse, The Book of Mistakes, The Snowy Day, Stranger In the Woods and Snowflakes Falling.
For the next two weeks I am asking you to save and send recycled items for our classroom Makerspace. I have a big box for the items. Kids will be able to use the items to to make there own creations.
Next week Author Ralph Masiello will visit on Tuesday at 1:25.
On Wednesday Audiologist, Rachel Parkington will come to do a presentation on sound and hearing.
Have a good weekend!
After many days of zero degree weather our school celebrated temperature in the 50's on Friday, January 12th with a "Tropical Heat Wave Day". 1-O Friends put on lays and greeted each other with a Hawaiian greeting "Aloha."