Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Presentations

November 25th to 29th
Welcome Back!

Field Trip! We will go on our first field trip this Wednesday. We are going to the Children's Museum. Each class may take 1 chaperon. 

Reading: The children will spend the week reading poetry.We will introduce all types of poetry including traditional poetry, couplets, free verse, concrete poetry (shape), and acrostic poems. Our lessons will include the the importance of reading carefully all the way through the poem. Poems need to be read several times paying special attention to the punctuation at the ends of lines. If there is no punctuation, read through to the next line without stopping. Poems need to be read a loud, is there rhythm to the poem?
Questioning is our reading strategy this week.

Writing: Students will continue topic writing. We are learning to revise and edit our writing. The most important activity the students need to practice is reading what they wrote after they finish writing.Once they start reading their own writing revising and editing will make sense to them. Students will try poetry writing this week after we've consumed many poems.

November 19
Thanksgiving Presentations
Thank you so much for visiting our classrooms last Thursday! The students did a marvelous job presenting their projects. We certainly have very creative and talented students in first grade. The children enjoyed having time to play the games they created with their classmates. Scroll to the bottom to see one classroom playing the games.

We will not have a spelling test or homework this week. Students come to school Monday and Tuesday. We have our Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The first grade teachers hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Please practice counting and skip counting with your child. First graders should be able to skip count by 2's, 5's, and 10's. Some classes play a game called, "Popcorn." Students form a circle and skip count. If a child does not know the number to say when it is his/her turn they sit down. On the next round when it is the turn for the child sitting down he/she yells, "Popcorn" jumps up and says the new number.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving Projects This Thursday!

November 12th -16th

Thanksgiving is a very important holiday for the citizens of the United States. During this holiday we talk about how thankful we are that our country believes in freedom. In the United States you have the right to practice any religion. We do not want anyone to  hurt, tease, or force anyone else to follow a particular religion. Doing something like that would be considered bullying. We do not teach Thanksgiving as a religious holiday, we teach Thanksgiving as a freedom we've earned that allows all religious beliefs. 
       The children were given a project sheet the last week of October. An email was sent with a copy of the project sheet for any parent that did not receive the hard copy, or misplaced it. The projects are due this Thursday, November 15th. Everyone is invited to come to the classroom at 8:15 a.m. to watch the presentations. Please make sure your cell phones are off. If you plan to leave after your child presents, please sit in the back near the door so that no one's feelings are hurt when you get up and leave.

On Wednesday the kids will go to the gym and participate in a gallery walk to view all the amazing science fair projects. They will observe the scientific process in action. This is a great time for students to learn about how science is part of our everyday life.  Most importantly the children get to look for their brother, sister, friend, or neighbor's work and say,"Look at what my sister did, isn't it great!"

Our library resource page has many sites for students to use. Students should be using the Thanksgiving sites to help with their research for their project. The library resource page has many more links to explore: Hunters Creek Library

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November News

November Fifth through the Ninth 
The kids did a marvelous job presenting their best disguised  turkeys! Please feel free to stop by and look at the children's creativity!

Field Day
Field day was a huge success thanks to all the parents working the stations and coming to support the kids. The kids had a good time.

Please read the subject area tabs to see what we are doing in reading, writing, social studies, science, and math.