Friday, October 23, 2015

October Updates

Room 11 is like a well oiled machine.  We have routines in place, friendships forming, and learning blooming.

Parent Information

  • Conference sign up is on the top tab of the blog.  Please be sure to sign up for a slot for your child.
  • On October 30th we will have our Halloween parade at 9:30.  We will have our Halloween party in the afternoon.  Please send your child's costume to school in their backpack.


  • Introduced word work center. Students have been sorting words and building words.  Choices for this center will continue to grow.
  • Talked about two reading strategies:
  • Talked about character traits.  We learned that we can look at characters actions, words and feelings to describe  their traits.  We tried it on ourselves!

  • Continued to work on tapping and blending three-sound short vowel words.
  • Introduced the trick words (high frequency) the, a, and, is, his & of.  These need to be read and spelled correctly.
  • Introduced the digraphs wh, ch, sh, th & ck.  Digraphs are two consonants that work together to make one new sound.
  • In writer's workshop we learned the difference between watermelon and seed stories.  We learned to zoom in.
  • Worked with partners to plan our stories
  • Took a "museum walk" and looked at our friends stories to celebrate the first bend of our writing.
  • Learned addition strategies to help solve problems:  count on 1, 2, 3, count on using the number line, doubles, near doubles, facts with 5 on a tens frame, facts to make 10 on a tens frame.
  • Learned that you can change the order of the addends and still have the same sum.
  • Learned subtraction strategies to help solve problems:  count back 1, 2, 3 & count back on a number line.
Social Studies
  • Read two stories about Johnny Appleseed.  Looked at how the authors illustrated the details in different ways.  One told a tall tale version.
  • Read and learned about how Christopher Columbus discovered a new world.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Wow...September flew by!

I can't believe how quickly September flew by!  The children have done a remarkable job learning how use whole body listening looks and developing class rules.  It was important to have them come up with the rules to help create a class community.

Parent Information

  • October 9th we have no school.  It is a teacher professional day.
  • I am continuing to send poem notebooks home on Friday...however do not feel that you need to do them on the weekend.  Please return them on Tuesday of the following week.

  • Literacy

    • Continued to build stamina for our two literacy centers; Read to Self & Read to Someone.  They are able to do these centers for 15 minutes each.

    • Introduced writing center and word center introducing the expectations for each.
    • Fundations - finished reviewing letter sounds and formations.  Began working on "tapping words to read" & "tapping words to spell".  Look for the unit two parent letter to come home.
    • Continued writing small moment stories in writer's workshop. Learned that "When we're done; we've just begun".  We are learning to go back and ask question words (who, what, when, where, why & how) to add more detail to our stories.
    • Looked at different ways to spell words that challenge us during writer's workshop

    • Continued working and reviewing math concepts: add to, put together, take from, and comparing
    • Learned how to solve for missing parts
    • Learned how to use pictures, numbers and words to create a math argument
    • Whole-part-part mats are a helpful too we are using.  Here is a picture.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Busy First Weeks

Parent Information

  • Parent Information Night is tomorrow...9/21/15 @ 6:30.  I hope to see everyone.  I will be sharing with you what our typical day looks like and my classroom expectations.

  • Scholastic Book orders will be sent home tomorrow.  If you are interested in ordering books, just click on the tab at the top of this blog.  Please fill all orders online.  Please place orders by the end of the day on September 28th.

  • If you haven't sent in an art smock please do so.

  • Began our first center "Read to Self".  We have spent time defining expectations, practicing the "right way" & "wrong way" and have been working on building our reading stamina.  We are up to 11 minutes!
  • Reviewed letter sounds and formations
  • Began writer's workshop.  We have begun to write "small moment" stories; stories that are about real events that have happened to writers.  We are learning to plan our story across pages.


  • Put parts together to make a whole.
  • Solved unknown parts to make a whole.
  • Solved for a missing part using subtraction equations.
  • Used subtraction to solve comparing stories
Social Studies

  • Played a name game to get to know each other.
  • Created class rules together.
  • Practiced fire drill and safety drill procedures.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Second Day Complete

We spent some time today looking at math tools.  We explored the tools and talked about what math workshop looks and sounds like.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Busy First Day!!!

Fun filled day today!  Lots of routines today, but we did squeeze in a fun playdoh activity and some quiet reading time.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Getting Ready!

I am excited to get started with our new year in Room 11!!!

Here's a peek of the classroom getting set up.

Look for a letter coming home in the next couple of days with important things to know about Room 11.

See you next Wednesday!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Flag Day Show

Here is the video of our Flag Day performance.  Thanks Mrs. Manuel!!!

Animal Inquiry Project

Thank you so much for coming to our author's tea.  Here is our eBook (turned into a video).  Enjoy!

Please take our quick survey and let us know how did.  We would love your feedback!

Animal Survey