Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Today we took a walking field trip to see the movie The Polar Express at Chet Creek Church next door from our school. When we returned, we had Matt and Jami Michaud waiting for us with hot chocolate and snowman cookies from Starbucks. Thank you to the Michaud family for the wonderful refreshments after the movie!!
Monday, December 12, 2016
Dear Lunch Lady,
Thank you for helping me and cleaning up and
giving me a spoon and coming to help me
when I need help.
Thank you for everything.
You are the best,
During the Skills Block segment of Math, students learned the game of "Roll 3 for 20 or Bust". The purpose of this game is to get to 20 or as close to the number 20 as possible. They roll 3 die (each color is specific to a number) - blue (0-5), green (2-7), and red (4-9). Then they add the sum of the 3 dice and decide if they want to hold or roll again (one die). If they chose to roll again, they choose the color. This game builds computational fluency and enhances estimating skills.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
This week we started our unit on opinion writing. Students were invited to bring in one of their favorite collections. Items ranged from rocks to Pokemon cards to stuffed animals. Children rated which one was "Best in Show" (1st Place) and on down the line. They wrote the reasons why they rated their items the way they did using the word "because".
Thursday, November 10, 2016
A portion of our Skills Block time is devoted to learning spelling patterns and one of the best ways is our work with Word Families. Each week two new word families are our focus. These word patterns are chosen because of the Primary Spelling Inventory Assessment students took the first week of school. These special sounds and letter combinations are where they had the most difficulty. We review the previous ones by playing word and guessing games. For instance, "Find the word in the "ight" family that is the opposite of day." Students will then write the word on their white board. Keeping the work on our walls useful and meaningful is important in our classroom laboratory!
Monday, October 31, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
One of our favorite books this year is "Adventures of Little Bird" by Johnathan Hillstrand the Captain of the "Time Bandit" (Deadliest Catch). He wrote and illustrated this book about a parrot "Little Bird" who wants to be a pirate; however, everyone he meets discourages his dream. Fortunately, he was bound and determined to be one and his dream finally came true. We decided to make this book into our class pumpkin display for the front lobby for all to enjoy!
Students worked on painting the boat to get it "ship-shape" for our literacy pumpkin display.
Finally all the characters are ready and reporting for duty. It turned out great. Thanks to Captain Jonathan for such a wonderful children's book!
Monday, October 17, 2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
The day after the writing celebration, students were invited to write one more narrative piece. This writing was used as the end assessment piece for the Narrative Unit. This is Leland's piece and in it he writes about what led up to our writing celebration and the celebration itself. We really liked his piece and wanted to share it.
One Thursday, me and my class had a PARTY! for Writer's Workshop
because tomorrow is the LAST Small Moment story. The song was called
"Celebration Time Come On! It's Funke.
But, before the shabangalanga we put(ted) our writing out. I mean
the ones we were working on. It had letters, pictures, blurbs and title. The
one's that are good.
This is kind of (cindav) a How To but it's not in order.
First you set out your writing.
Second the party.
And third is the museum.
And the fun begin(s).
Friday, September 23, 2016
It is time to celebrate. We are finished revising and editing our writing our favorite piece of writing from the Small Moments Unit of Study. The children were SO excited to dance to "Celebrate Good Times" from Kool and the Gang. We use that song at the end of each unit because it is just the best to get the kids excited.
Each student put their revised and edited piece at their seat. Our writers were invited to visit each table and read what their classmates have written.
Some traveled in pairs and read together.
Afterwards, each shared the back of his/her book "blurb" about what their story is about and then put it in a bin with everyone's writing. It was a great way to celebrate all the hard work they have done since the beginning of first grade!
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
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