Saturday, October 13, 2018

 The children did a really good job with their guest teachers both days that  I was out.  I am really proud of them!

Together we read books around individuality and kindness, "Be Who You Are," and "Try a little kindness." We made poster and did some writing around both books.

We continue to work on finding "just-right" books  and partner reading.  All the children are working really hard on this!

We also began a social studies unit on growth mindset.  Having a growth mindset means you take on challenges, try your best, and learn from mistakes.  We started by watching a few short videos about how the brain helps and learn and grow.  Make sure to ask you children about it!


This week the JFK heart monitor was full.  We celebrated on Thursday by wearing comfy clothes and watching the movie "Rio" in the Performing Arts Center!  We had a blast!

Dates to Remember
*Early Release Wednesday 10/17 at 12:15
* NO SCHOOL Friday 10/19
*Picture Re-Take Day 10/26

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

What a great week we had! We filled our heart jar again. This time we celebrated by watching"Wild Kratts" and eating popcorn.

Thank you to the parents that were able to join us for Morning Meeting. The children were so excited to share with you what our mornings typically look like and sound like.

We read two books this week. "I am Human "and "Only one you." These two books were about individuality and what makes us unique. We talked about how we make a difference everyday. We made our own rocks that illustrated the style in "Only one you."
We also did some writing with a fun project, Me, Myselfie and I.

During readers workshop we have been working on independent reading for a longer period of time. We were able to sustain 12 minutes! We've also been working on partner reading.

In math we continued to work on story problems and focused on telling the difference between "put together" and "take apart' language.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Welcome Back!

Hello Families,
Throughout the first six weeks of school, we focus on community building, classroom and school wide routines, and develop our class room and individual goals. We've had a great start getting to know each other, beginning some fun projects, and learning more and more about one another.

We have filled our HEART jar again!  The children voted on dress up day!  We had a blast!

        *We read Mouse Paint.
         *We read Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes. In this book Pete does different                things in different parts of the school.  We took a tour of our school and talked about                  what we do in those places.  We made a big book, The Charron Team Rocking in Our              JFK Shoes!
         *We read Two Eyes, A Nose, and a Mouth and noticed how we are all unique and                    make our classroom a beautiful place to be.  Stop by the classroom to see the self-                  portraits the children made.
          *We read one of my favorite books this week!  One by Kathryn Otoshi.  This book is                    about realizing that everyone counts and how to deal with a bully.  We watched a                      video, acted it out (a lot), and completed a project.

Math Focus:
We have been working on counting strategies.
How do mathematicians organize collections in order to quickly count?
How do mathematicians write equations and represent their thinking? 

This is a HUGE concept.  We have been counting collections, or large groups of objects.  The mathematicians need to figure out a way to organize the objects in order to count them accurately and efficiently.  We have figures out the we can group the objects by 5's and 10's to make it easier to count.
We have just started working on,  How to read and solve a story problem

We special visit from Nurse Liz this week.  She taught us to be germ busters with proper hand washing.  She sprayed "germs" on our hands and we had to wash out hands completely(Sing ABCs) in order to get all the germs off.  The students got to check their hand washing skills with a special glow light.

  • Dates to Remember
  • Early Release Wednesday 10/17 at 12:15
  • No School Friday 10/19
  • Picture Re-take Day 10/26

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Yeah, Science!

Important Dates
February 14th- Valentines card exchange. Early dismissal, 12:15.  NO After School Programs
February 26th-March 6th- Winter Break

This week we started our science unit about sound.  The children have been exploring and building knowledge of sound and how it is produced.  We observed a bee buzzing in a flower, we noticed sounds in the classroom and in the hallway, listened to different materials to see how we could make them vibrate and tested different materials to make the best kazoo!   

We continue to explore  nonfiction materials.   The children are having a blast and learning so much.

Our measuring unit will be coming to an end next week.  The children have been working hard perfecting their measuring techniques; making sure to go end to end, no gaps, and in a straight line.  We also worked on comparing lengths of objects, noticing what is longer and what is shorter.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Happy New Year

January 10th- Early dismissal, 12:15
January 15th- NO SCHOOL

It was nice to see all the smiling faces returning to school after a long and cold winter break. I'm excited for all the new learning and fun we will have in 2018!

Although it was a short week back we still fit in a ton of learning  that the children were very excited about!

We finished up a unit on "Small Moments" during our reading and writing workshop.  Make sure to look for a yellow folder that will be coming home, which is filled with your children's small moment writng pieces.  
We've begun to focus on features of Non-Fiction books during our readers workshop.  To get this unit started we compared fiction and non-fiction books and sorted them into two piles.  We then added some non-fiction books to our book bags so we can use them as we develop new reading habits. The children were super excited!  We'll use what learn and apply it to non-fiction writing.

Before vacation, in math workshop, we had our end of unit test, or as I call it our "Celebration of learning" This went great!  We did lots of fact power this week, which the students love! 

Also this week we started a new unit: measurement.  Throughout this unit, students will be using nonstandard units of measure to compare lengths of various objects.

*We filled our class heart bucket and dumped the hearts into the heart monitor on Thursday, January 4th.  We planned on having Pajama day and hot chocolate, Friday, January 5th as our celebration.  Due to the snow day this didn't happen and will be rescheduled for this Tuesday, January 9th.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Whole School Celebration!

It's been a fun and exciting couple of weeks in first grade!

Last week we sent home invitations to come to our morning meeting on October 23.  We do morning meeting from 8:20-8:50.  Hope to see you there!

On Friday we filled our heart bucket and dumped them into the heart monitor on Tuesday and then it was full.  We celebrated our class success by eating popcorn and watching "Wild Kratts."  We had a blast!

On Wednesday we had an All School Celebration.  Each grade level made a banner.  First graders were responsible for H and made hearts that show ways we are HONEST.  As a whole school we had a parade from JFK down to the lobby doors.  Our parade led into the cafeteria where we saw a science/magic show

We continue to work on story problems.  We have been using a number line to add and subtract.  The number line is another way the children can represent their thinking.  We learned a game, "Froggy on the number line" to reinforce this concept.
We've read a lot of great books the last couple of weeks.
The Recess Queen, by Alexis O'neill
Alphabet Adventure, by Audrey Wood
Alphabet Mystery, by Audrey Wood
Swimmy, by Leo Lionni
Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister

We have been working on character change.  The children are doing a really good job with this.  We are also working on stamina; how long can we read for?    The children read for 12 minutes with their 'just right book!"

We had a special visit from Nurse Liz to talk about germs!  We practiced coughing into our elbows to "catch our germs."  We also got to use special germ lotion and see all the germs under a special black light.  

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Another Class Celebration!

Important Dates:
Wednesday, October 11th- Walk to School Day
Wednesday, October 18th- Early Release
Thursday and Friday, October 19th and 20th- No School

We have had a fantastic couple of weeks in first grade.  We filled our heart bucket again!  Our celebration was extra recess on the "BIG" playground and crazy hair.  The children children had a blast.  We are working hard to do what is expected and fill our hear bucket again.

We read The Big Orange Splot.  In this book, Mr. Plumbean lives on a street with houses that are the same.  One day a orange splot appeared on his roof.  His neighbors expect him to change his house back to look like the others.  Mr. Plumbean has different plans.

We loved this book!  The children created their own house.  They painted their own hopes and dreams
on their house.

We just finished the book, One, by Kathryn Otoshi.  This book is about bullying, acceptance, and sticking up for others.  The class acted out the book 8 times and created a picture showing "everyone belongs."  We loved this book!

We've been practicing good reading habits during Readers Workshop and taking time to Read to Myself, Read to Someone, and Meet with a Teacher. . We've been making new goals each day for how long we can make it--increasing our stamina each day. By the end of the week students could read silently/whisper read to themselves for 10 minutes!

We have been working on story problems.  The children have to determine if the story problem is and addition or subtraction.  The mathematicians then write a representation, equation, and an answer with a label.