Happy New Year! I am looking forward to starting back on Monday! It will be great to see everyone, as we begin the second half of this school year. I hope your families had a wonderful holiday break filled with relaxation, memories and time spent with family. My break was so much fun and memorable this year. My sister (who is also an educator here in Cobb County) and I took a Disney cruise aboard the Magic. Some of you had asked that I post a few pictures from my adventures:
Memories for a Lifetime! 🙂
On the Academic Agenda this Week:
Math: We will continue to work on Word Problems with Unknown Numbers. This skill continues into the 3rd quarter. I want the students to have a solid understanding of not only how to identify key words to determine addition or subtraction, but also the necessity of strategy applications. It is not just about providing an answer, but yet how did you arrive at getting that answer?
Reader’s Workshop: In our guided reading groups, we will begin to use “Close Reading” strategies as we grow our reading abilities. Just like math strategies mentioned above, as we move into this 3rd quarter, students are beginning to dive deeper into reading. We have successfully learned about the importance of “decoding” with our Beanie Baby friends the first half of the year. Now as we move into the 2nd half, students are now prepared to really get into the deeper comprehension end of the reading process. This is where our Comprehension Beanie Baby friends come in. Students will learn how to ask questions while reading, visualize where pictures are not provided, make connections and inferences, etc. I am super excited about getting started with this! 🙂 Each week I will explain how each friend is helpful, and provide you with a bookmark at home to further reinforce this strategy at home.
Writer’s Workshop: I am so proud of the writing accomplishments of our class! On my teacher work day, I had an opportunity to reflect over each student’s writing portfolio, and take a closer look at each of the 4 informational writing pieces written over the 2nd quarter. Let me tell you that there are some great little writers! I was really looking for consistency and growth. What I found was just that, with the majority of our class. As we move into this 3rd quarter, our focus will shift from informational writing to opinion writing. I will begin the week with a lesson on determining the difference between Fact & Fiction before launching into our first opinion writing piece. I have a lot of fun ideas scheduled throughout this 3rd quarter for writing pieces. 🙂
Phonics: I would like to spend this week with diagraph reflection before moving into long vowel patterns.
Science / Social Studies: The first part of the week will be spent reviewing Sound. Midweek our study of explorers, Lewis and Clark will begin.
Thank you 🙂 A very special thank you to our room moms, Mrs. Wheeless and Mrs. Brown for a GREAT Christmas party. These ladies organized games, crafts, snacks and fun. The students were engaged and had a great time! We also had lots of help from other parents and siblings. Thank you so much for making this time a wonderful experience! Be sure to scroll down to see some great pictures I captured that day.
We are in good shape with most of our school supplies, but have a need for glue sticks. We use those quite a bit each week with interactive notebooks and projects, so we go through a lot. Glue sticks just do not last as long as liquid glue, but they are easier for first graders and do not make a mess like liquid can. If you can donate to the cause it would be greatly appreciated. 🙂 Thank you in advance!
Our Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Day was so much fun! Not only did we see the movie, but the students made their own chocolate covered with sprinkles pretzel sticks to take home and enjoy. 🙂 We will begin Beverly Cleary’s Mouse and the Motorcycle this week.
Enrichment Rotation this Week:
Monday: STEM Lab
Tuesday: P.E. Wear your tennis shoes to school
Wednesday: P.E. Wear your tennis shoes to school
Class Elves in our Hallway
Willy Wonka for the Day
Class Christmas Party Fun
Thank you for reading my lengthy post this week! It is my goal to keep you informed of what is going on each week in our classroom! I am looking forward to a fabulous 2019! 🙂 See you next week here on the Blog!