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!