Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spring Is In the Air


Parent Updates

  • Don't forget to send Booktime Books on Wednesdays
  • This is some creative building and team work!
                      
  • What a great visit from Curious Creatures.  This has us thinking about researching our own animals.  We even started getting books out of the library.  Can't wait to learn all about new animals!



Literacy

  • Working on long vowel sounds.  Focusing on magic silent E.
  • Learned about vowel teams - focusing on ai, ay, ee, ea, ey
  • Learned about new suffixes in addition to (s):  (ed) and (ing)
  • Working on what readers do before reading, during reading and after reading
Before I read...
  • I can look closely at the cover (front and back) and think about the title
  • I can think about who is in the story  
  • I can think about what might happen (i.e. goal, wish, problem)
While I read...
  • I can think about what I am learning about the characters
    • What are they doing?
    • How are they changing?
  • I can think about what is happening  
    • What has been happening so far in the story?
    • What might happen next?
After I read...
  •  I can think about how the story ended
  • I can think if the character changed or learned something
  • I can think about what the story reminds me of

  • Finished information writing in writer's workshop
  • Began working on opinion writing using the collections they brought in
Math

  • Continue solving story problems
  • Started new compare problems
  • Worked at solving two-digit addition problems using a variety of strategies: hundreds chart, open number line, place value blocks.
  • Here are some samples...
                            
                          

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    All About Polar Bears



    All About Polar Bears

    It all started with a scholastic news magazine about polar bears.  They had one simple wonder..."What eats a polar bear?"  I asked them where they could find the answer and their response was..."Siri".  

    Eventually after much prodding and encouragement they came up with books.  We took books out of our library and they started learning about polar bears.  We also used the data base "Pebble Go". The idea of "post-its" came up as a way to capture the things they were learning.

    We also found a great polar bear cam to watch from the San Diego Zoo.  Here's the link:  Polar Bear Cam

    Riley brought in a book from the Medfield Library.  As the kids were reading it, they discovered that it was all about two of the polar bears that we were watching!  So exciting....



    They then decided that they wanted to teach other kids in our school about polar bears.  They came up with the idea of a bulletin board.

    Tahila came up with an idea of how to show that polar bear's fur is hollow transparent tubes with black skin underneath.  The light reflects off the tubes making them look white.  

    We looked her at her design and used design thinking to come up with even better prototypes.  They even held them up to the windows to see if they really looked white.

    We even wrote polar bear story problems with partners in math centers.  Now we are trying to solve each others using QR codes.



    They were incredibly engaged, read a variety of text, worked with partners, explained their learning in writing, etc.  WOW!  All I did was ask them what they needed.  We are still getting polar bear things brought in and added to our board.  Here is an example.




                       

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    Amazing Happenings In Room 11!

    Parent Updates

    • I hope you found conferences informative.  Please be sure to return the signed progress report envelopes
    • Please be sure to send Booktime Books in to school on Wednesdays.  It is the only day we do this unless we run out of time, then we do it on Thursday
    • The weather is getting cold, please be sure to send your child dressed for the weather.  We go out everyday unless the weather is poor
    Specials
    • In art the class worked hard on making pinch pots.  We then wrote "how to" stories to describe the process.  Here are some more explanations.
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    Literacy

    • We are working on being flexible readers.  When one strategy doesn't work, we try another.  We ask ourselves "Does it Look Right?  Sound Right?  Make Sense?"
    • Worked on learning about "Glued Sounds".  These sounds keep their sounds but are "glued" together:  -all, -am & -an
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    • Continued to work on trick words.  Please practice any missed words from the list sent home. In addition we have learned:  from, have, do & does
    • Continued to work on having our characters come to life during writer's workshop
    • Learned how to learn from mentor authors.  Discovered how to use:  bold words, movement in words, ellipses & exact words
    • Finished all the "My Father's Dragon" books.  Started "Gooseberry Park".

    Math

    • Continued to solve story problems
    • Worked on solving Addend Unknown story problems
    • Worked on subtraction strategies:  "count back" on the number line, "count on" on the number line, "make 10" counting back, "make 10" counting on & think addition to solve subtraction
    • Worked with fact families.  If you know how to fill a part-part-whole mat...you can use thparts and whole you know to solve problems 

    Social Studies

    • Learned about Veteran's Day.  Had guests come and teach us about the five branches of military and about the different jobs that people do.
                              
    • Learned about the pilgrims and why the chose to come to the New World.  Watched Mrs. Paget's Thanksgiving Play.  Read Thanksgiving stories
    Science

    • Began learning about Solids.  So far we learned that solids have the properties:  color, shape, roll & stack and hardness
         

    Monday, October 31, 2016

    Happy Halloween!

    Thank you so much to the room parents that planned and helped out to make our Halloween party a great one!  Can you guess who is behind the masks???





    Monday, October 24, 2016

    Flying Through October!!!

    Parent Updates

    • Be sure to send homework and the signed homework sheet back to school on Fridays
    • Please send your child's halloween costume to school on Monday.  All makeup should be done at home.
    • Memorial's Halloween Parade is scheduled for 9:30 on Halloween

    Literacy Updates

    • Continued learning to "tap to read" and "tap to spell" with CVC words
    • Continued framing our sentences with capitals and end marks
    • Learned how digraphs are two consonants that work to make one sound.  We learned wh, ch, th, sh & ck
    • Focused on trick words.  Remember students need to be able to read and spell these words accurately.  They will come home on a list of other words.  Keep these and practice these words. (a, the, and, his, is, as, has, in & into)
    • Learned how to make our small moment stories come to life by making our characters move and talk
    • Finished Elmer and the Dragon.  Began The Dragons of Blueland.

    Math

    • Continued solving story problems
    • Learned how to solve compare problems
    • Continued learning addition strategies:  doubles, doubles plus 1 and addends in any order
    • Here is an explanation of doubles 


                                                                                            
                                                                   
     Social Studies

    • Continued with Scholastic News
    • Read several stories about Christopher Columbus
    • Wrote facts about Christopher Columbus
    • Talked about "calming down" strategies in Open Circle

    Monday, October 3, 2016

    Going Strong!



    Parent Updates

    • Don't forget to return poem notebooks to school
    • Please send the red home/school folder to school everyday
    • No school October 10th:  Columbus Day
    • No school October 12th:  Yom Kippur
    Language Arts

    • Continued learning different centers:  listening center, word work center and many more
    • Completed reviewing the consonants with v, x, y & z
    • Began learning how to "tap to read" & "tap to spell" with short vowel (CVC) words
    • Learned how to "frame our thought" with a capital and end mark
    • Continued writing small moment stories; learned to write "seed stories" not "watermelon stories"
    • Learned how writing partners can help plan and revise our stories
                            
    • Finished "My Father's Dragon" and began "Elmer and the Dragon"
    Math

    • Continued working on "Add To", "Put Together" and "Both Addend Unknown" story problems
    • Began working with "Take From" story problems
    • Continued to work on ways to show our thinking
    • Began focusing on strategies for solving addition problems.  Our first strategy is counting on; using numbers and number lines
    • Used legos to show counting on                 

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    Social Studies

    • Talked about "expected" and "unexpected" behaviors and how it makes people around us feel
    • Read scholastic news magazines on "friends" and author "Kevin Henkes"

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    The Classroom is Busy!



    Parent Updates


    We have been working hard setting our class routines.  I hope you found PIN night informative.  A lot goes on during our first grade day.
    • Thursday, September 22 is Dot Day....wear your polka dots to school
    • September 27th is picture day

    Language Arts

    • Continued to work on building our stamina for "Read to Self".  We are up to 9 minutes.
    • Worked on "Read to Someone".  Reviewed expectations and learned what "EEKK" reading looks and sounds like.  Ask your child what "EEKK" is.
    • Continued reviewing consonant sounds and letter sounds in our Fundations program"  s, e, r, p, j, h & k
    • Learned that "When we're done we just begun" in writer's workshop.  We learned to go back and revise our stories by asking questions.
    • Talked about spelling strategies that we can use when we are writing:  tap and write, word wall, use small words we know, and got our green word dictionaries.
    • Began taking our Poem Notebooks home
    • Continued reading stories
    • Started our first chapter book "My Father's Dragon"
    Math

    • Continued working with "add to" and "put together problems"
    • Began working on "Both Addends Unknown" problems


    • Played the games "How many am I hiding?" and "Counters in a Cup"

    Social Studies

    • Created our classroom rules
    • Read a Scholastic News about feelings in the classroom