Nov 13 – 17, 2017

We had another action packed week before the break!

-In writing, we continued information writing. We are working on adding and planning with a table of contents.

-In math, we worked on adding and subtracting numbers to 20. We really focused on all our math strategies, especially “near doubles/doubles plus 1.” Please review this strategy with your child and become familiar with it to help support them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7-hnKA0ALE&list=PLqk7ar-NaBVuaHarwRN25_zWnKdjwQzAX

-In phonics, we finished learning about when to use the c or the k at the beginning of a word that starts with the /k/ sound. You can review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUFA3tywNJ4&list=PLqk7ar-NaBVupDk6xUD3pyEGpFz3lYJow

We also started learning about syllables and will continue that after the break.

-In Social Studies, we began talking about Benjamin Franklin.

-We were able to have Mrs. Rickman visit us with a guidance lesson.

-We also had our STEM day yesterday and continued today. We read the book “Balloons over Broadway” which is based on a true story. It is about a man named Tony, who began designing things as a young boy. He loved making puppets and was asked to make a window display by Macy’s, which then led to making balloons for the Macy’s Day parade. So, as a class we took on the challenge of creating a puppet (like Tony) that looks like an animal and has at least one moving part. The students really enjoyed it and did great! We were able to then participate in a Puppet Parade through our school! Thanks to everyone who was able to send in some donations for the project…we put them to good use! 🙂


 

 

I hope that you all have a most wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!!!

 

Upcoming dates in October/November/December:

-Nov 20 – 24 – No School Thanksgiving Holidays

-Dec 4-8 – Last week of FAST clubs – please remember to send changes of transportation plans if your child attends a FAST club.

-Dec 14th – First Grade Performance 6:30

-Dec 15th – Holiday Party

-Dec 19th & 20th – Early Release

-Dec 21 – Jan 3 – Student Holiday

 

Nov 6 – 10, 2017

We packed a lot in with our 4 day week! 🙂

-In writing, we continued information writing. We are working on adding and planning with a table of contents.

-In math, we finished our studies on addition with 3 whole numbers up to 20. See the math post from the previous week for resources and strategies. 🙂

-In phonics, we learned when to use the c or the k at the beginning of a word that starts with the /k/ sound. If the 2nd letter is vowels a, o, or u, we begin the word with a c. Example: cat, cop, cup. If the second letter is vowels i, e, or y, we begin the word with a k. Example: kid, kite, kept, Kyle. This works for both long and short vowels.

-We also visited the STEM lab to explore with magnets. We were able to paint using the magnetic field!!! We were able to see how strong the magnetic field is with varying magnet strengths and objects. Last, we tested and sorted different objects to see if they were magnetic.

 


 

-We previewed some book fair books during a book talk in the library. See the previous post regarding book fair hours next week. 🙂

Thanks to Mr. Josephson for volunteering his time as a STEM speaker. He spoke with us about his job – Software Sales SQL Server.

We had a blast celebrating our rewards for good behaviors! Here we are eating lunch in the classroom and sitting in any seat desired on Friday. 🙂

 

Thank you to our mystery readers this week: Mrs. Derado and Mrs. Levy!

 

Upcoming dates in October/November:

-Nov 13th – Book Fair Week in the library

-Nov 14th – Book Fair Family Night 5:30 – 7:30

-Nov 20 – 24 – No School Thanksgiving Holidays

-Dec 4-8 – Last week of FAST clubs – please remember to send changes of transportation plans if your child attends a FAST club.

-Dec 14th – First Grade Performance 6:30

-Dec 15th – Holiday Party

-Dec 19th & 20th – Early Release

-Dec 21 – Jan 3 – Student Holiday

Oct 30 – Nov 3, 2017

I was sad to miss wacky hair day and STEM night last week, but it looks like things went really well last week while I was away! Mrs. Kolwaite was able to get through all of the academic things that I left for here. Here is a recap:

-In writing, students did a Fall sticker story, wrote about Spookley the Square pumpkin, and even learned about closing sentences for informational writing.

-In math, students learned how to do addition of three numbers. For example: 4+4+3=11. There are a few different strategies that they talked about:
1. Add two numbers together, and then count on with the third number.
2. Look for “friends of ten.” Ex: 1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS5w8LRnnp0&list=PLqk7ar-NaBVtxTatF_gbGSpqZruCYmETP
3. Look for “doubles.” Ex: 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4, 5+5, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jOzhiACB68&list=PLqk7ar-NaBVvDIwOL1Ook7qqTwTf55YTz
Keep working on those strategies and knowing doubles facts.

-In phonics, students learned and practiced with the following digraphs: ch, sh, th, and wh. You can watch some videos here:
SH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcfIbI_wY5Q&list=PLqk7ar-NaBVtxWENWNQQ8kZ8dcFxu5P8i
TH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U354eD-hgQ&list=PLqk7ar-NaBVt06w4XhH9QKElQAjLeFGy7
WH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuYZVrh1iPc&list=PLqk7ar-NaBVvdFMlG_8f8aQVpHp_U7tnE
CH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_lVNTEkf1w&list=PLqk7ar-NaBVu0AIFN1PE_ei01rh-gZHy0
Please review and have students watch these videos, as we had to move rather quickly with this skill.

-In Social Studies, they finished magnets and the water cycle and states of matter.

-Mrs. Rickman also paid us a visit for a guidance lesson teaching about the difference between being rude, mean, and bullying behaviors. Her lessons are always so wonderful. Thanks Mrs. Rickman!

I’m so proud of the students for behaviors last week! I have promised (aka bribed) them with special rewards for a great week – stayed tuned for specifics. 🙂

Thank you to our mystery reader – Mrs. Dinavahi!

Book Fair Coming!

THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING: Our #teamfox Wild, Wild West Fall Book Fair is coming to town November 13th through the 17th! We are open from 7:30a-4:00p Monday, Wednesday & Thursday; 7:30a-7:30p on Tuesday and 7:30a-noon on Friday. Please feel free to come before or after school and shop with your child.

Here are some other special events we have going on that week:

Tuesday, 11/14: Family Book Fair Night from 5:30p-7:30p: Come shop, enjoy activities and eat yummy at our food trucks! Fatty’s of Atlanta (hotdogs) and The Patty Wagon (hamburgers) will be onsite to fill your bellies with delicious food. The 3rd grade Music Concert is at 6:30p that night, so come early or stay late to enjoy the Book Fair.
Wednesday, 11/15: Kindergarten Feast: Shop with your child after a delicious Thanksgiving Feast.
Thursday, 11/16: 5th grade Feast: Shop with your child after a delicious Thanksgiving Feast.

To make these events a great success, we need your help! We have some fabulous volunteers who have already signed up, but we need a few more! Please click on the signup genius below to volunteer. Volunteers receive 10% off all purchases! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4baaa822a13-wild

 

Character dress up day

We had some amazing book characters! What a fun day!!! They enjoyed sharing their books with friends and parading in the halls. Parents, thanks for your involvement and helping fuel their excitement for books!

Oct 23 – 27, 2017

Our week consisted of the following:

-Writing – We began learning about informational writing. We know that informational writing is facts and you write to teach. We brainstormed many ideas including people, places, animals, and things. The students were very excited to get started. We learned about opening sentences for informational writing and began putting it together with the facts. 

-In math, we practiced counting on and counting back. This means to put the larger number in your head and count forward beginning with the next numbers. Same for subtraction, except counting backwards. This is a bit of a transition for some, as we can no longer rely solely on our fingers and are using numbers 1-20. (We generally use our fingers for the counting on part….not the first number)

-In phonics, we learned about when to use “ck” spelling for the /k/ sounds. The ck protects the short vowel – that means that if there is a short vowel sound in front of the /k/ sound, we should use the ck spelling. For example: back, neck, lick, rock, stuck, etc.
You can view many videos at the following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_lVNTEkf1w&list=PLqk7ar-NaBVu0AIFN1PE_ei01rh-gZHy0

-In Science, we are finishing weather and starting magnets. We did a little project with evaporation. We put the same amount of water in two containers. One had a lid and the other did not. We were able to see the one without the lid evaporate over the course of the week, while the one with the lid stayed at the original line. Hopefully you have heard about our other project – the science fair project that we did: Can a magnet attract a metal through a solid and a liquid? We created a science board that will be on display this week at STEM night. Ask your child to to tell you about it if they have not already done so.

Evaporation exploration:

Science Fair Project – Magnets:

Magnet Exploration:

Happy Birthday Maddy!

Thank you to our mystery readers this week: (we had a few for various reasons) 🙂

 

Upcoming dates in October/November:

-Oct 31st – Wacky Hair Day

-Nov 2nd – STEM and Science fair

-Nov 7th – **correction made** Student Holiday – Staff work day

-Nov 13th – Book Fair Week in the library

-Nov 14th – Book Fair Family Night

-Nov 20 – 24 – No School Thanksgiving Holidays

Oct 16 – 20, 2017

Hello, hello! We had a short, yet busy week. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to sit with each of you to discuss your child at length. Please see my recent post regarding Parent Teacher Conference Follow Up. 🙂

-This week in writing, we worked on narrative fiction writing. With an understanding of narrative writing, and now fiction/nonfiction, students were ready and able to begin fiction narrative. We started by thinking of a character, problem/solution, setting, etc. They then got busy writing with a partner and they have been LOVING IT!!! Hopefully you have heard about some of their stories.

-In math, we started learning to tell time (particularly to the hour and half hour). Again, I’m hoping that you have heard about it, as they have been super excited about this as well!

-In phonics, we were introduced to the “ck” spelling pattern, which occurs at the end of words (or syllables) with short vowels. Example: track, peck, lick, dock, truck. We will continue this next week and begin learning about C VS K.

-In reading, we are wrapping up fiction and nonfiction and reading examples of each. They are doing wonderful understanding the differences.

-In science, we continued our studies with weather and began talking about solid, liquid, and gas.

-We were able to go to the STEM lab and do some wonderful experiments with solid, liquid, and gas. For example, we talked about high and low pressure in regards to clouds and saw Mrs. Mills make a cloud in a bottle! We also painted with colored ice cubes, which started as a solid, melted into a liquid, and evaporated (gas) as it dried from our paper! (It will come home this week)

-Thanks again to everyone who ordered in last month’s scholastic orders! You are helping earn points for our classroom and adding to our library!!

These items were FREE last month because of our points/dollar amount ordered. Thank you, thank you!!

Upcoming dates in October/November:

-Oct 26th – Chick-fil-a Spirit Night 5-8PM

-Oct 27th – Book Day – dress as a book character (more details coming later)

-Oct 31st – Wacky Hair Day

-Nov 2nd – STEM and Science fair

-Nov 6th – Student Holiday – Staff work day

-Nov 13th – Book Fair Week in the library

-Nov 14th – Book Fair Family Night

-Nov 20 – 24 – No School Thanksgiving Holidays

Parent Teacher Conference Follow Up

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to say thank you all for coming in for Parent Teacher Conferences! It was a joy to be able to sit down with you and discuss your child at length.

After meeting with everyone, I came up with a few general items of things that I’d like to clarify or help with:

-Education galaxy – they don’t have to complete the entire section in one sitting. Whenever it is on the homework, they should spend about 15 minutes on it and can pick it up later. This is a great resource and can and should be accessed frequently, as it aligns perfectly with our first grade standards.

-Resources – A lot of people may not realize, but Education Galaxy (1st grade reading and math standards) and Razkids (online books specifically for their level) are resources handpicked by our school/teachers/etc. They are not free, but have been purchased for our kiddos to use. Take advantage of these amazing resources (as well as Mackinvea and the many many systems within it: BrainPopJr, PebbleGo, Tumblebooks, etc). I know that having a lot of resources can be overwhelming and easy to forget about, which is why I wanted to send this as a reminder. 🙂

-Last names – I’d like you to begin working with your child to write their last name please. 🙂

-Behavior color system explanation – As you have seen, green is the norm (and great). Any color above green is above and beyond. Examples: being ready in line when others may not be, being ready to listen at the carpet when others may not be, being a good example, helping others, using extra kind words, etc. I try to catch these things as often as possible, but know that I may not get everything. My goal is to help them build character, even when no one is watching or notices. However, when I see it, I like to reward it. 🙂 Moving a clip up from green is an honor and if it happened all the time, it would not be special, appreciated, etc. Please remember that green is great! 🙂

-Sight words – students have to know how to read them. They do not necessarily need to know how to spell/write them all right now. However, if you feel that they are ready, you can begin to practice. 🙂

Again, thanks for our recent meeting! I truly enjoyed time with each of you! I appreciate each of you and an honored to be your partner in your child’s education during their first grade year! I love them to pieces!