Sunday, January 29, 2023

The Week of January 23, 2023

 


Upcoming Events

Winter Sports Day: Wednesday, Feb. 1

  • Warm clothes: snow pants, boots, hats, mittens and neck warmers or a balaclava.
  • Temps look cold- hand warmers may be a great addition.
  • Have your child dressed in comfortable clothes: sweatpants, sweatshirts and warm socks. 
  • A change of clothes. You never know when you will need them!
  • Non-perishable lunch, snacks and drinks- quick and easy things students can eat on their own during lunch! An afternoon snack for school return is GREAT- they are tired and hungry :)
  • Any equipment you are providing such as snowboards, boots, skis, goggles, helmets, skates, snow shoes etc. 

No School / Teacher In-Service :  Friday, Feb. 3

Valentine's Day: Tuesday Feb. 14th 

This year we will have a small classroom celebration in honor of Valentine's Day. If you would like to bring a treat please click on the link below to sign up. Please let me know if you are unable to view the google doc.

First and Second Grade Valentine's Day Party

I will be sending home a list of students in First and Second Grade. Making valentine's for classmates is not a requirement but can be fun! If you are able to make them, please be sure to include everyone :) 


Winter Benchmark Assessments 

Over the past few weeks I have been busy conducting our winter benchmark assessments. Students take part in various reading, writing and math tasks to help me identify areas that a student may have misconceptions and need continued learning and/or areas that may need enrichment. Our small groups will be changing in class, as well as our intervention groups taught by Ms. Russin. All students have shown growth and should feel proud of their learning! 

Readers' Workshop

In reading, the first and second graders continue to work on reading nonfiction texts. Our focus has been on asking and answering questions about the nonfiction texts we are reading. Students matched questions and answers, and worked on jotting down their questions about topics. This week, we will continue to work on the Question and Answer Relationship by sorting various questions into groups: from the text questions, think and search questions, author and me questions, and on my own questions. Students learn to identify various questions and then are better able to generate answers. 


Journal Writing 

Together we have begun writing about our reading several times a week. We are learning the different ways to respond to our nonfiction and fiction texts at this time. As students become more confident in their writing this will become an independent task during readers' workshop. 

Writers' Workshop

In writing, the first and second graders are working hard to complete their own nonfiction texts. Students are building their writing stamina each day, and have worked to write about topics they are experts on! This week, we will be choosing our favorite piece of writing to revise and edit. This time, we will be using our laptops to publish our favorite page(s) on a book. Students will learn to use google docs and how to insert images into their document. 

Restorative Circle: Peace Circle 

Each week we have a special circle in class to build classroom community and belonging. All students are encouraged to speak and listen. Our focus for the next few weeks is going to be on respect. Last week, we brainstormed what respect means. Students had some great ideas! Next, we thought of people, places and things we respect at school. In the coming weeks, we will work on building some agreements around respect in our school. 

First Grade Math 

In first grade math we are working through Unit 4 which focuses on the number line. Together we built a giant number line in class. Students practiced counting forwards and backwards to 120 by 1s, and 10s. We used our number sense to identify missing numbers. Later in the week, we learned to add and subtract using a numberline. 

In number corner, we worked to read and solve missing number equations. Students learned to write missing number stories and equations to match. We have been working on counting forward and backward from 0-50 each day. 

Unit 4 Family Overview

Saturday, January 7, 2023

The Week of January 2, 2023

 


Upcoming Events

No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 16, 2023

Winter Sports Day

January 18, 2023

Winter Sports Checklist 

  • Warm clothes: snow pants, boots, hats, mittens and neck warmers or a balaclava.
  • Temps look cold- hand warmers may be a great addition.
  • Have your child dressed in comfortable clothes: sweatpants, sweatshirts and warm socks. 
  • A change of clothes. You never know when you will need them!
  • Non-perishable lunch, snacks and drinks- quick and easy things students can eat on their own during lunch! An afternoon snack for school return is GREAT- they are tired and hungry :)
  • Any equipment you are providing such as snowboards, boots, skis, goggles, helmets, skates, snow shoes etc. 


Early Release Day @ 11:30

January 25, 2023


Morning Meeting Share Day



Writers' Workshop

This week in writing, we began planning and writing our own nonfiction stories! Students used the shared writing book we created: All About Lizzy as a guide to writing their own books. Students are writing about a variety of topics, and have shown their knowledge of the different nonfiction text elements. Students are creating headings, key words, labels for drawings and diagrams. 











Spelling and Fundations
In spelling, we are continuing our work with suffix endings. Students are working on reading and writing words with s, es and ing endings. We are also learning to read words with r controlled vowels i.e. ar   car    er   her.
Students created their own gameboards and used them to practice reading and spelling different words. 





First Grade Math & Math Menu
In math, the first graders finished up Unit 3. Students worked to add teen numbers, and worked to write subtraction equations. Together we worked on the compare model for subtraction. Here is an example: Beth had 7 jelly beans and Jake had 2. How many more jelly beans did Beth have?  7-2=5

This can be very challenging for students, and we will continue to work on this concept throughout the year. 

Math Menu is going strong in our room and it is an enjoyable and helpful time in our day. Here are some students working on adding double digit collections. We are using groups of tens and ones to add collections together.

#Kindness Challenge with our Big Buddies
On Tuesday, we read the book Martin's Big Words with our Big Buddies. In honor of Dr. King we created a Kindness Wall. Students worked with their big buddies to write ways their Waterville community has been kind to them. 



Social Studies Unit of Study
Cultures Around the World


This week, we kicked off our next Social Studies unit of study on cultures around the world. We began by exploring our globe and the various features used to identify land and water. We explored various countries and learned to say good morning in different languages! 
In the coming weeks, we will work with the Kindergarteners, and the 2nd and 3rd grade class to research different cultures around the world. Each group will create a special craft to sell at our "Cultures Around the World Market".  We will begin to learn about resources, economic structures, and students will also create a display and poster to teach others.




Thursday, December 22, 2022

Classroom Celebration 2022

 


Classroom Celebration 2022

What a fun day we had together. Sledding on the fluffy snow, sharing gifts with friends and enjoying yummy snacks! Happy Holidays to all of you. Thank your sharing your amazing students with me :)
















Sunday, December 18, 2022

The Week of Dec. 12

 



Upcoming Events 

Winter Concert  

Dec. 20th  @ 5:30

Students will meet in our room  at 5:15 . They can leave their coats and boots in the classroom and return after the concert to get them.


Secret Santa Gift Making Workshop

Dec. 20th from 10-11

 We will continue this fun tradition again this year! Each child will pick a name from a hat and make a special gift for that friend. Students will travel to different classrooms, and have the opportunity to work with other teachers and staff to make that special gift. At our holiday party on Thursday, we will  exchange gifts! 

Classroom Celebration/Sledding Party 
Dec. 22 

On Thursday, we will have a Classroom Holiday Celebration! We will exchange our handmade Secret Santa gifts with our classmates, enjoy some special treats and spend time outside sledding!

This year, I created a google doc for families. Please sign up if you can bring something to share at our Classroom Holiday Celebration. 

Please bring your child's sled to school any morning this week (they can NOT be sent on the bus). I can store them in the classroom until our party. Families will need to pick up sleds at WES. 


Writing Celebration

What an AMAZING way to celebrate our learning! Thank you to all of the families and staff  who were able to come and support our wonderful students :) 

I hope you were all able to see your student's comment poster and had a chance to read over some of the excellent comments left for each student!