February 23, 2018
Dear 1-O Families,
This week we really enjoyed having Rachel Vitale from Salem State University visiting in our classroom. She teaches kindergarten in a school where many of her students are English as a second Language Learners. She enjoyed working with our students and seeing what we do in first grade. We read some books about light and dark and shadows Moon bear and Oscar and the Moth and the Book About Light and dark. We looked how nonfiction authors sometimes explain things by comparing two things. We used the book Alligators and Crocodiles to help us.
First grader practiced their strategies for figuring out tricky words:
Look at the pictures.
Get your lips ready.
Stretch out the word.
Break a big word into chunks.
Skip the word and see what makes sense and come back.
Keep trying. Be independent.
We spent some extra time on breaking bigger work into little chunk or words we know. We worked on our fluency with a new song “We come form the mountains” and with poems from Mega Beasts. We worked on comprehension with a silly book by Julia Donaldson called A Squash and a Squeeze. Our reading focus after vacation will be reading fiction books, noticing plot and reading books in series.
The second session of Intervention ended on Thursday. I will be doing some assessments in early March then starting new sessions Intervention sessions on the second full week in March that will run until April vacation!
In writing we worked on nonfiction stories, and a graphic story or comic pages. We also tried an app called book creator, which is good for writing, typing, drawing, recording, photographing and more to make a book. Our winter stories were published and we have them as the featured books on our class book display wrack. After vacation we will write more nonfiction books and even work on our own nonfiction chapter book. The Book Creator App and graphic stories will be available as a choice and Academic Choice. Student will be responsible for reading and spelling word wall words each week.
If you have a chance ask your child to count backward from 120. Try partner counting where you count every other number. In math we learned about “the difference” and we played both a dice game and a card game to help us with those tricky idea. With the dice game each child rolled a dice and got a number. They each lined up chips for the number they rolled starting on the same line. The person with more chips got to keep the difference.
Our last read aloud this week was The Happy Dreamer by Peter Reynolds, Author of The Dot.
I hope you enjoy spending some special time with your child this week. Remember to keep reading. Marker off 8 times read between February 20th and March 6th and your child will earn and extra minute of recess for the class on March 8th. (If you loose the sheet. I’ll take a note from you.)
Have a good winter vacation!
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.