Recently I put a small project on Donor's Choice, a non-prophet website where Donor's can choose to help fund projects for schools. I asked for small child sizes gloves and tools. Our project was fully funded and the small child size gloves and the small tools arrived during the last afternoon, of the last day of school - Monday, June 18th. Here are pictures of the tools, gloves and the kids with the unboxing of tools and gloves. The new 1-O (2018-2019) will make thank yous in the September after they use the gloves and the tools to work in the garden digging up garlic and working with pumpkins.
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.