September 29, 2017
Dear 1-O Parents,
First Graders were doing their best to keep cool this week. 1-O writers are settling in to their small moment writing.
On Monday second graders worked with i-ready the online math assessment program that all grade are using this year. We will do more next Monday.
Mrs. Pelletier came in do a science activity on making scientific drawings of insects.
We have been counting over the decade 28, 29, 30, 31 and counting over the century 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102 in our warm ups. We also worked with pattern blocks, laying down a ruler and creating a symmetrical design on with side out our ruler. We have are creating symmetrical paint blot prints. We also worked on 10’s partner to help
This week we had a mini lesson on good fit books, comparing finding a good fit book to finding the right size shoe. I been conferencing with readers. We take a sneak peak when we start our book.
We’ve been sorting our words and practicing our word wall words.
One of our butterflies formed a Chrysalis this week and we have two more chomping on milkweed.
First Graders are getting excited about our insects.
Have a good weekend,
September 22, 2017
Dear 1-O Families,
I was interested in what my 1-O friends play at recess so I asked and this is what they told me Butterfly tag, trucks, family, Museum inventor, Zombie tag, use the swings or playground equipment, played with stuff from home, play hide and seek play ghost attackers and play Nora Star Chef. I’m sure I didn’t get everything, but I was impressed with the variety.
This week we learned more about insect. We learned about their body parts; head, thorax, abdomen, antenna, proboscis, six legs, sometimes wings and more. Our caterpillars are 1 ½ inches long. They are eating and eating. I have finished pre- assessments in reading and writing. Next week I’ll be assessing sight words.
Some of our read alouds this week have been Cat and Dog, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Quick Cricket, The Cat Went Fiddle - i - fee, Pete the Cat - The Wheels on the Bus, One of Those Days, Insects and an book called – All About me – which is about 1-O first Grade.
1-O student have been doing careful work sorting their words and learning new word wall words. In Reader’s workshop we work with the idea that we need to do something with a book when we finish it.
Retell the story.
Reread the book.
Choose a favorite page .
We review the phonic dance short vowels each day and we start to introduce, sh, and ch. In math we explore different centers related to number and operations, finding the number that comes after, exploring telling time to the hour, basic addition with dice games.
Now that we have rules, we have been exploring consequences ... for our action, like having a very quiet line – getting to Music on time and getting compliments, or consequences like spending time in our Stop and Thing Space. This space gives kids time to stop doing what they were not supposed to be doing, think about it, and be proud that they solved the problem when return to the group.
We are learning some morning meeting songs with movement – “Hello Neighbor and Down, Down, Baby and Head, Proboscis, Abdomen.
Again, thank you so much for coming to Open House Tuesday Night. If you were not able to come I hope you will look over the handouts and please free to contact me as needed.
Have a great weekend,
September 15, 2017
Dear 1-O Families,
Here is just a short note. I hope you will be able to join me next Tuesday, September 19th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm for our Open House. There are two, 25 minute sessions at Our Open House.
This week we created class rules to help our Homes and Dreams come true.
Here are our class rules:
Next week we’ll work with good and bad consequence of our behavior and practice Stop and Think
Homework: The week I sent open a pair of dice in a little box for kids to use for home. The dice and box can stay at your house. First graders will need the dice for other homework assignments.
We completed our writing Assessment. We are giving individual reading assessments - a few a day. I’ll be doing more next week.
Thursday was picture day. This year in addition to individual photos, the photographer took a photo of the whole school. She also took each class outside and Tommy’s mother took this picture when we were posing for the photographer.
Have a great weekend!
This summer I had the opportunity to take a wonderful course at the University of New Hampshire called Notebooking - Sacred Slow Places. Students in our school use a very comprehensive writing program through out the grades developed by Lucy Calkins. It is a collection of four Units of study; Small Moments, Opinion Writing, Nonfiction and Realistic Fiction, but sometimes kids just want to write what they want to write. During Academic Choice first graders have the opportunity to write what they want in their own notebooks. Today we created covers. I can't wait to see what will happen inside the covers.
I shared parts of my Journal with my class.
1-O Class Rules
Monarch butterfly eggs on a milkweed leaf September 8, 2017
Dear 1-O Friends,
First graders had a good second week of school. We enjoying learning about each other, as each child shared the artifacts in their ME bag. We stayed focused though a dark thunderstorm with rain pounding on our roof and had our first indoor recess.
On Thursday our monarch butterfly eggs arrived. They are tiny white dots.
It will take about 28 day for our butterflies to mature. Everyone enjoyed finding the tiny eggs on the leaves. We are curious what they will be like on Monday when we come back to school.
The class brainstormed a list of things we can do in school. Each child choose something they hope to be able to do during them year. We call these things our “Hopes and Dreams.” Since we have “Hopes and Dreams” we’ll need agreed upon rules to help us makes those “Hopes and Dreams” come true. Next week we’ll tackle creating classroom rules for 1-O.
In readers workshop we are practicing the routines of independent reading and partner reading. Our read alouds were: It’s OK To Make Mistakes by Todd Parr, Caterpillars, The Butterfly’s Life, Dragons Love Tacos, Cookies (Life lessons of told through cookies), The Very Hungry Caterpillar and This Plus That.
In word work we explored our word work tool kits and worked using our class names in a sort. We completed our first assessment of the year -the Words Their Way Assessment. This helps me know the most efficient skills to teach individuals and small groups to help their spelling grow.
In math we explored the question: Where do you find math in our classroom? We introduced Math boxes. Each child has a small box filled with math materials to count sort and practice with. We had time to explore the materials. We will add to the materials as the year goes on. We also played some addition games with dice worked on an estimating activity and a graphing activity.
In writer’s workshop we are making books with a beginning middle and end. Words and pictures. We are getting into the routine of writing.
This year Mr. Tullar is encouraging us to think about snack in a different way – as a power boost rather than a meal - one snack and a drink, which can be water. Our schedule is set with about 10 minutes for snack. Then we have intervention right after for grade 1, 1-2 Multiage and grade 2. During this time many adults from around the school will be working with us. Kids will have the opportunity to get what they need as learners, but we need to be ready to follow the whole school schedule.
Today we met with our Reading Buddies - student from Mrs. Walkers 3-4 W class. Each child has a reading buddy. Buddy time is a time where first graders can share some their reading and bring a harder book for 3-4 student to read aloud. Through out the year we plan to do a variety of things with our buddies such as math and STEAM and writing.
We still have math materials that need cutting and or taping. I am sending some to two parents who volunteered, but if you are able to help, please let me know. I have more projects!
This week’s home is reading or listening to books a minimum of 4 nights per week.
Please record one representative book in the book log in the back of the red folder.
The day feels long at the beginning of the school year, I would rather see my first grade friends spend a few nice days with some time outside or time to chill and be ready to come back the next day ready to learn. Don’t worry I’ll send homework, but for now I think a little reading is good.
Have a great weekend,