April 30, 2020

Dear Quick-thinking First Grade Students,

Joke of the Day:  How do you get a squirrel to like you?  Answer:  Act like a nut!!!!

Last week, did you get the chance to read the book Jane Goodall on BookFlix?  If you did not, you should check it out.  Jane Goodall is an amazing woman who lived with chimpanzees and learned all about them.  If you have Disney+, Annie recommends watching the documentary Jane Goodall: The Hope to learn more about what Jane Goodall learned and how she teaches to students all over the world.

Learn lots today.  Love, Mrs. Wood

April 29, 2020

Dear Perseverant First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day: What do you call a dog magician?  Answer: A labracadabrador.  Ha, ha!  I love dog jokes!

Today in writing, you are working on the opinion chapter for your chapter book.  You can use the four square you made on Monday last week that showed reasons why your Beanie Buddy is the best; you will choose three reasons from the four square to write about.  If you don’t have that, simply think of three reasons why you love your Beanie Baby.  They can be real reasons (I love to snuggle with her at night because she is soft and warm.) or imaginary reasons (My kangaroo can store all my toys in her front pocket so I don’t lose them!).  Make sure to be creative and detailed and write correct sentences.

Hope your morning is bright, like you!  Love, Mrs. Wood

April 28, 2020

Dear Optimistic First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day: What animal is always at a baseball game?  Answer:  A bat!

Hope you are having fun learning about shapes.  It is one of my favorite things to learn about in math.  Here is a game I’ve played in class:  In your learning log, on a piece of paper or on your dry erase board, draw a circle; now turn it into something.  Think of something shaped like a circle; add details and a label.  Can you think of something no one else can think of?  Now, do the same for a triangle, square, and a rectangle.  Extension:  Draw a trapezoid and a pentagon and turn each into something else.  Share your most creative drawing with me.

Have a fun learning day.  Miss you.  Love, Mrs. Wood

April 27, 2020

Dear Nifty First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day:  Who steals soap in the bathtub?  Answer: A Robber Ducky!

Our first graders really care about the planet.  Check out the Super First Grade Learners page to see how Rosie both helped clean up AND planted a new tree!

Hopefully you received an envelope from me last week, so you are ready to start your chapter book about your Beanie Buddy.  First, we are going to work on the non-fiction chapter.  Check your parent’s email for directions on how to start writing.  When you begin writing, remember to make your sentences super and detailed.  Read these two sentences I wrote:

Elephants have long trunks.

Elephants have large, floppy ears that they can wave back and forth to help them stay cool when they are in the hot sun.

Which sentence do you think is most interesting and detailed??  Make sure your facts teach your reader lots about your animal.

Happy writing this week!  Love, Mrs. Wood


April 23, 2020

Dear Magical First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day: Where do cows eat lunch?  Answer:  In the calf-eteria!

Happy day after Earth Day!  Check out the Super First Grade Learners Page to see what Bridges and his family did to help the Earth while they were taking their afternoon walk.  Great job, Bridges!

Hopefully today or tomorrow you will receive some mail from me in your mail box.  In it you will find a couple of goodies.  In addition, I have sent the book we will use to plan our Beanie Buddy book and your animal research page from our visit to the computer lab.  Hold on to both of these things, along with the 4-squares you made this week (about why your Beanie Buddy is the best and four fun things you did in first grade); we will use all that information to help us write our book.  Don’t do anything yet!  I will send directions to start on Monday.

On this rainy Thursday, take some time think about what you have learned this week about Ruby Bridges.  What is special about her?  How do you think your are like her?  How are you different?

Love, Mrs. Wood

April 22, 2020

Dear Lively First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day:  What kind of shorts do clouds wear?  Answer:  Thunderwear!  Ho,ho,ho!

Today is Earth Day, a day to celebrate keeping the Earth healthy and happy.  Here are some ways to celebrate and learn:

  • Visit the National Graphic site to discover ways that you can help the planet.  Click here Earth Day
  • Go to BrainPop Jr.>Science>Conservation>Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to learn how to protect the Earth from too much trash.
  • Play an outdoor game that helps you stay healthy while you practice keeping the Earth healthy.  Click here Reduce Reuse Recycle RAMA
  • Save energy by turning off things that run on electricity (lights, TVs, computers) and do something that does not require electricity (read a book, play a game)

Stay healthy and keep the planet healthy!  Love, Mrs. Wood

April 21, 2020

Dear Kind First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day: What did the trees wear to the rainforest pool party?  Answer:  Swimming trunks!

I like that joke, because it reminded me of Gia’s report on rainforests.  Check it out on the Super First Grade Learners page.  You will learn a lot!

For writing today, you are going to create another 4-Square.  In the middle, write First Grade Fun.  Then, think of four things we did in first grade this year that you thought were so much fun!  Some ideas:  fieldtrip (Sparkles, Stellaluna, Timbernook), celebrations (Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, 12oth Day of School), activities (being scientists, STEM activities, landform cookies) or any other fun times we had this year.  Hold on to this paper, because we will need it to write our chapter book.

Have a terrific Tuesday!  Love, Mrs. Wood

April 20, 2020

Dear Joyful First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day: Why does everyone love cats?  Answer:  They love them, because they are purr-fect!

Today, for writing, I want you to make a four square.  Remember how we fold a piece of paper into fourths and write our topic in the middle.  Today, you are going to put your Beanie Buddy’s name in the middle and then think of four reasons your buddy is the best.  Save this piece of paper, because you are going to need it on another day!

In the mood for a STEM day?  This week, look at the Super First grade Learners and check out the STEM challenge Mary Ruth did with her family.  They had fun shooting Easter Peeps across the room!  Of, course, you could shoot cotton balls or marshmallows, too!  Click here for directions Peep Catapult

Have a marvelous Monday.  Love, Mrs. Wood

April 16, 2020

Dear Imaginative First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day from Rosie:  What do you call a cold dog?  Answer:  A “chilly” dog!!  Hee, hee!

I have been having so much fun seeing pictures of you learning at home.  You are all working so hard.  Check out the Super First Grade Learners page to see some cool habitats.

In phonics today, I challenge you to write sentences using words with “ow” and “ou.”  I decided to try it too!  Here is one of my sentences:

Just now, I saw the brown cow go out of the house to see a cloud that looked like a clown.

If you think of a good one, send it to me and I will share it with the class in tomorrow’s message.

Miss you. Love, Mrs. Wood

April 15, 2020

Dear Hilarious First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day:  What kind of bow cannot be tied?  Answer: A rain-bow!

Today I am going to tell you why I would like to be an elephant.  Here is my paragraph:

What wild animal do you think you would like to be?  I think I would want to be an elephant.  An elephant would be great because they can use their trunk to take a shower.  I would also like to be able to use my tusks to help me dig in the yard.  I wouldn’t need a shovel!  In addition, elephants eat about 12 hours a day.  Imagine all the yummy snacks I could find to eat all day long.  Yum, yum!  I think it would be awesome to be an elephant.

Today’s science challenge is to create a habitat for an animal and include a plant.  Make sure to remember the needs of plants and animals.  You can draw one or create one with things in your house (or in you backyard).  You can build one for one of you stuffed animals OR your Beanie Buddy!  Check out Layla’s habitat for her Hex Bug on the Super First Grade Learners Page!  Send me a picture of your creation.

Have a fun and creative day!  Love Mrs. Wood