This week with our Wonders program the Essential Question is: Who helps you? Teamwork is the key to making any task easier and a lot more fun! We will also focus on jobs that people do to help children. So many community workers play an important part in our lives.
Our Spelling Words are: haul, cause, saw, claw, paw, dawn. Our sight words are: love, friend - - with exposure to: brother, father, mother, picture.
We will be reviewing and practicing these spelling words and spelling patterns all week.
Beginning this week and running until the end of the school year – there will not be any more “formal” spelling assessments or homework sent from school. HOWEVER – please continue to read with your child every night for at least 15 minutes.
Just a reminder about Tuesday’s Field Trip:
Have you heard about our three baby chicks? They are adorable and very loud! Your children have loved learning about the life cycle of a chicken. Using time-lapse photography we were able to capture the hatching process. It was amazing to watch. The chicks worked so hard getting out of their egg shells! Our chicks will be with us until Friday.
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.