We celebrated Read Across America Week with a Lego theme. Students recorded the books they read throughout the week on paper legos. We then created a lego design using the paper legos. We came up with several ideas and finally voted on using the title: Catch a Tale, Cuddle up with a good book. We made a dog trying to catch it’s tail, added a rug and a bookcase. Students posed reading fairy tales to add to the display!
We will be taking the second round of MAPs (Measure of Academic Progress) test in January. We are currently scheduled to take it on January 9, 10, 15, 16. Each test will take approximately 30 minutes.
I can’t believe it is already the end of the first quarter! Where did the time go? It has been a pleasure getting to know all of my students. There is truly a lot of laughter in our classroom! We have been busy workers– publishing stories, reading books and being mathematicians.
Today, we learned how to blog using the site, Kids Blog. This site is private to our classroom. Students are able to blog with other classmates and myself. There is a link to the site on the right had column under the category, student links.
We have been very busy getting into the routine of school. We went to the apple orchard on Monday and the high school students brought the Hartje center activities to us on Friday morning. We will be going to see the play, Pinkalicious, this Thursday. Check out the new videos of our trip to the apple orchard and activities with the high school students.
We are off to a great start this year. We have been busy learning routines and procedures. Students will be using a new math series this year. I am very excited about it. It is aligned to the new Common Core State Standards. Students actively participate in hands on math activities and also do independent work to practice skills.
We are also using a grade specific writing series. I used Lucy Calkins Units of Study in the past. I now have the updated, grade specific, Units of Study to use this year. This new series is also aligned to the Common Core State Standards. We will be writing narratives, opinions, and informative pieces.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your child’s success in first grade!
Welcome to the new school year. I hope you are as excited as I am to begin a new school year. I have posted a copy of the schedule for next year. There may be a couple of changes, but most times will stay the same. Please note that it is a six day schedule and not a typical Monday-Friday schedule. Our specials schedule rotates on a six day rotation. Schedule is located in the parent and student link section.
Summer vacation has begun! I hope this post finds you having fun and remembering to read everyday! Have you signed up at the Public Library? Remember you can call my school phone and leave a reading message. Or log onto Kids Blog and tell me what you are reading.
Thank you for all the beautiful flowers this week!
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and my friends at DonorsChoose.org want to celebrate!
In honor of teachers across the country, donations to DonorsChoose.org classroom projects will be doubled this week! If you know anyone who is passionate about education, please pass this along. Your donation will brighten my students’ school year, and you’ll get photos and thank yous from our class.
Here’s my teacher page where you can donate:
To have your donation matched dollar for dollar, enter the match code TREAT on the payment screen. This awesome match offer lasts through Friday, May 10.
My students and I greatly appreciate your support.