This week in our Wonders program we will focus on the Essential Question of: How can we work together to make our lives better? We will be reading and talking about ways people can work together. This is a perfect connection to what we have discovered at school - - it is much more fun to work with a friend to accomplish a task. Teamwork makes the job easier and better.
Our spelling words will be various spellings of the “u” sound: moon tune, flew, blue, fruit, soup. This will be tricky because there are no patterns to follow.
Our sight words are: enough, door - - with exposure to: answer, brought, busy, eyes.
We will continue to look at 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes. Ask your child what polygon is and what the characteristics/rules are for them. (Straight lines, no overlapping, no openings). We will also firm up our knowledge on clocks and telling time to the half-hour and the hour.
Hard to believe but we are gearing up to the last weeks of school. Yikes! We are starting (and finishing) assessments.
We had a little scare this morning...our incubator broke down. We weren't sure when this happened over the weekend. We were able to get another incubator and transferred the eggs over. The good news is that when we candled them at the end of the day - we saw movement. Yahoo!
This will be an assessment and review week for us. As such, our Spelling Words will be some of the challenging Sight Words: learn, build, would, climb, more, sure
A couple of reminders: if you haven’t signed up for a Spring Conference yet, be sure to go onto the link sent via email and select a day/time.
Tuesday, May 28th: Pete the Cat at the Capital Center
Thursday, June 6th: we are presenting at the last Community Meeting
Tuesday, June 11th: Odiorne Field Trip
Friday, June 14th: Field Day
Tuesday, June 18th: Half Day, Last Day of First Grade
We had a wonderful visit with Mrs. Sue Makowiecki, a former member of our NBCS family. Mrs. Makowiecki is an expert on animals. She brought her egg collection in to share with us. We learned about the eggs from an Ostrich, Emu, Goose, Turkey, and Pheasant. Mrs. Makowiecki taught us about adaptations and camouflage - - two important concepts that are necessary for survival. We were thrilled to see frog eggs that Mrs. Makowiecki had found in her pond. She also shared some information about the Kill Deer Bird, which we have encountered on our playground! This rare and wonderful bird lays its eggs on flat, sandy surfaces (our soccer field on the playground is ideal). We all made a promise to try to help protect this bird and her eggs when we are outside playing. A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to Mrs. Makowiecki for taking time out of her schedule to spend time with us.
What are your thoughts on our new Report Card? Would you take a minute and take part in a quick survey? This link is available until May 17th. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
Last Friday’s two performances with Troy Wunderle were amazing. We were so fortunate to be able to participate in this outstanding Artist in Residence program. Not only did we learn a lot about the circus; but, more importantly, we had a blast. Your children were outstanding monkeys and our chiquita banana played his part perfectly. If you have any pictures from our performances, would it be possible to send them along to me? I'd love to share them with the class.
On Monday we will plant trees. I would suggest that you send your child to school in “old” shoes. With all the rain that we have had, I’m sure there will be a lot of mud. Once we get back to school have another set of shoes available that your child can change into and wear for the remainder of the day.
This week with our Wonders program we will focus on the Essential Question of: How do things get built? We will be talking and reading about different structures and how they are built.
Our phonics will look at more diphthongs: oi, oy.
Our spelling words are:
spoil, coin, join, joy, toy, boy
Our Sight Words are: build, fall - - with exposure to: above, knew, money, toward.
Our grammar focus will be prepositions and prepositional phrases.
We will start researching woodland animals. This will be our third, and final, Writing Prompt of the year.
We are so excited about tomorrow’s performance. Your children have been working so hard to learn our “act”...you are going to be so impressed.
Just a reminder, please have your child wear dark pants tomorrow. They will also be wearing our yellow class t-shirts which are already on their chairs in the classroom.
Please plan on meeting your child BACK IN THE CLASSROOM after the performance. I will be collecting their t-shirts because we will be wearing them on Monday for our Tree Planting event as well as other school activities that are occuring during the remaining days of First Grade.. Information and a permission slip went home today about the Tree Planting. Please sign and return this as soon as possible.
I'm looking forward to seeing you at 5:00 in the classroom for our Open House.
This week with our Wonders program we will focus on the Essential Question of: What sounds can you hear? How are they made? This will be a nice introduction to our next Science unit on sounds and vibrations.
The phonics focus will be on the dipthongs: ou, ow.
Spelling words are: cow, town, mouse, how, out, mouth. Sight Words are: nothing, early - - with exposure to: color, instead, oh, thought.
The grammar focus will be using “a” and “an”. We will review capitalization and underlining of book titles.
With our Everyday Mathematics program we will be working our way through Unit 8. This is such a fun math unit involving fractions and telling time. Already your children can easily look at a fractional part of a shape and correctly label the pieces. With clocks they can correctly identify and label time to the hour and half hour – both analog and digital clocks.
We had great discussions about our Earth and the importance of conserving our natural resources. These were some of their ideas: conserve water, pick up trash, recycle, and reuse materials. Check out the pictures below of our projects as well as some time spent with our Fourth Grade Reading Buddies.
This week we will be working with Troy Wunderle for our Artist in Residence program. This will be an exciting experience for your children. We will be practicing each day with our final performance being held this Friday, May 3rd. At 8:30 we will be performing for the school and then at 5:00, following our Open House, we will be performing for our families. I will be involved and assisting with each and every rehearsal/practice. As the week unfolds don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.
Within the next week or two I will be setting up times for Spring Conferences. Be on the lookout for a notification from Signup Genius. I can’t wait to share the learning and growth that has occurred this year.
This week with our Wonders program we will focus on the Essential Question of: What inventions do you know about? We will read and learn about various inventors and inventions.
Our phonics will continue with more r-controlled vowels: or, ore, oar
Our spelling words are:
born, corn, core, more, roar, soar
Our Sight Words are: learn, sure - - with exposure to: began, better, guess, right.
Our grammar focus will be adjectives that compare (er, est).
We will be reviewing geometry (2D and 3D) and fractions. We already know what ½ means…what about if we divide something into thirds or fourths?
Earth Day 2019 is an event observed annually on April 22 (the first day of Spring Vacation). It is a day held to demonstrate and promote environmental awareness and calls for the protection of our planet. Earth Day is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. We will be focusing on the importance of this event with our writing, reading, and some fun projects.