Tuesday, September 12, 2017

First Days of First Grade!

Parent Notes
  • Please return the class directory.  As soon as everyone completes this I will be able to send it home.
  • Please send an art smock to school.
  • Be on the look out for the scholastic book order.  You can place your order online by clicking on the tab on the top of this page.  Please place your order by no later than September 20th.
  • Remember to send a snack to school everyday.
  • Please return the red home/school folder each day.  This will be how your child will bring their word back and home from school.
Language Arts

  • Learned how to do "read to self".  Practiced the right way and the wrong way.  Build our stamina to 7 minutes
  • Began our phonics program; Fundations.  Focused on reviewing letter sounds and formations.
  • Focused on the letters:  t, b, m, n, o, u, a, i, g, d & c
  • Began writer's workshop with the unit "small moments"
  • Worked at how to brainstorm a small moment, plan it on the pages and write.
  • Looked at how touching the pages and sketching can help plan our stories
  • Read many back to school stories

  • Modeled what it looks and sounds like to work with math partners
  • Explored math tools
  • Learned what math centers look and sound like while exploring math tools
  • Played "roll & record" and "compare"
  • Began looking at how to solve story problems.  Worked with "add to" problems
Social Studies

  • Played get to know you game in Open Circle
  • Began brainstorming classroom rules
  • Did our Scholastic News magazine 
  • Reviewed the "whole body listening look" that they learned in kindergarten

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What A Celebration!!!

Today's Flag Day show was amazing!  They did such a great job signing all those songs.

I hope you enjoyed our writing celebration.  Here is the movie version of our animal book.


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!


  • 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

  • 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.