May 20, 2020

Dear SECOND GRADE Students,

You did it!  You will officially be second grade students at the end of the day.  Do you look different; do you feel different? Today is a good day to make some goals for the summer: you can complete the Summer Goals page in the lesson plans OR simply write in your learning log.  1) List a book you would like to read or challenge yourself to read a certain number of books, 2) write about one thing you would like to learn to do, 3) write about one thing you know how to do but you want to practice so you can get better, and 4) list some things you want to write about this summer.  I like to keep a summer journal, and every night before I go to bed, I write about one fun thing I did or learned that day.

This morning, I spent time thinking about all the great things you will do in second grade.  I was also thinking about all the amazing things you will do throughout the rest of your school time and as you become marine biologists and architects and teachers and authors and all the many jobs you will choose to do when you grow up.  You will change lives and the world!

If you get bored this summer, you can always write me an e-mail and tell me what you are doing or reading or making.  I promise to write back.  And, I look forward to visits from you when we start the new year in the fall.

Keep in touch.  Love, Mrs. Wood

May 19, 2020

Dear Favorite First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day:  What’s the best kind of sandwich for the beach?  Answer: Peanut butter and jellyfish.  Yummy!!!

Today is “creative” day.  Time do some building or crafting.  This week’s lesson plans have lots of ideas for fun things to make.  Yesterday during our Zoom meeting, we saw lots of cool Lego and paper creations.  See what you can make today.  And remember, you can always “make” someone smile by doing something nice for them today.  Hug a parent, play with a brother or sister, or call a friend.  Bet it will “make” you feel good too!

Send me pictures of anything you make today.  I would love to see your creations, and I will post them on my blog for your friends to see.

See you on Zoom at 10:00.  Love, Mrs. Wood

May 18, 2020

Dear Zany First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day:  How do you get a squirrel to like you?  Answer:  Act like a nut!  Ha, ha!

Welcome to the last week of school! Today is a good day to spend some time thinking about some of the fun things you have done this year:  1) if you wrote about first grade adventures in your animal book, read it aloud to your family, 2) complete the First Grade Memories Suitcase from this week’s lesson plans, or 3) write in your learning log about somethings you did or learned this year.  You have changed so much this year.  You have learned so much, made new friends, and become confident learners.  I am proud of all you have done.

See you at Show and Tell.  Love, Mrs. Wood

May 14, 2020

Dear Youthful First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day:  What did the banana say to the dog?  Answer:  Nothing, bananas can’t talk.

Today’s fieldtrip takes you to Disney World!!!  You can visit and ride virtually through today’s sites.  You won’t even have to wait in line!  What is your favorite ride?  Do you like silly rides or scary rides?  If you could make your own ride, what would it be like?  Would you use a book you read or a movie you saw to inspire your ride?  After you finish your fieldtrip today, write me an e-mail telling me about your favorite ride or a ride you would build!

Have fun!  Love, Mrs. Wood

May 13, 2020

Dear Exemplary Fist Grade Students,

Joke for the Day:  What do you call an friendly volcano?   Answer:  Lava-ble!

Today’s virtual fieldtrip will take you to National Parks.  I suggest visiting Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park or taking a hike at the Grand Canyon.  One summer, Mrs. Wood and her family hiked from one side of the canyon to the other.  It took us a whole day to hike down and a whole day to hike back up!  Here is what it looks like at the bottom of the Canyon.  Can you believe that the Colorado River created the canyon?

Enjoy your day.   And remember, I “lava” you!  Love, Mrs. Wood


May 12, 2020

Dear Witty First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day:  What do fish use for money?  Answer: Sand dollars!

First grade lesson plans this week will take you on a virtual fieldtrip to the aquarium!  I wonder what kind of ocean life you will see.  You will also be creating a graph about under the sea life.

Your final challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to decorate a fish.  I have sent a template to your parents, OR you can simply draw your own fish.  Then, you can decorate it with crayons, colored pencils, or markers.  OR you can decorate it with craft items or found items from your home; some ideas:  sequins, stickers, dried beans, macaroni, leaves!  Please send me a picture of your fish!

Have a fun and creative time.  Love, Mrs. Wood

May 11, 2020

Dear Vibrant First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day:  What did the cat say when it fell off the table?  Answer:  Me-OW!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating your moms on Mother’s Day.  Spend this week giving them extra hugs and telling them how amazing they are. Great moms, great friends, and great teachers!!!

This week, your lesson plans invite you to go on some virtual fieldtrips, practice making and reading graphs, and begin working on the final copy of your animal chapter book!  It should be an exciting week.  Work hard and have fun.

Miss you. Love, Mrs. Wood

May 7, 2020

Dear Unique First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day:  How do you make an octopus laugh?  Answer:  With ten-tickles.  Ho,ho,ho!

Just in case you are looking for some brain exercise, here is a site to play 4 by 4 Sudoku.  To play the game, fill each 4 square with the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4.  You need to also make sure each row and column has each number.

Go to this video if you need to learn how to play Learn how to play 4 by 4 Sudoku

Go to this site to play and beat the clock 4 by 4 Sudoku

Enjoy the challenge and have fun!  Love, Mrs. Wood

May 6, 2020

Dear Thoughtful First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day: What do you say to a rabbit on its birthday?  Answer:  Hoppy Birthday.

Today in writing, you will be writing about yourself for your barebook.  At the end of a book, authors always tell a little bit about themselves.  You can tell about your family, what you like to write about, or some of your favorite things.  It is fun for readers to know a little bit about the author – it can inspire them to want to become writers too!  Make sure to share some fun and interesting details about yourself!

Thinking about you all the time.  Love, Mrs. Wood

May 5, 2020

Dear Stellar First Grade Students,

Joke for the Day: What musical instrument is found in the bathroom?  Answer:  A “tuba” toothpaste.

This week we are learning about partitions.  You divide things into partitions when you break them into equal parts.  That made me think of pizza!  When my family has pizza, we all want to have the same size piece, so we have to divide our pizza into partitions.  We have two people in our family, so we need two equal parts; we cut our pizza into halves.  If you have four people in your family, you will need four equal parts, so you will need to cut your pizza into fourths.

If you have some extra time this week, visit this site Pizza Partitions, and you learn how to make your own pretend pizza and cut it into partitions.

Have fun.  Love, Mrs. Wood