Happy Monday to all of you!
I hope you enjoyed your weekends. My hope was to get some classroom updates out to you over the weekend, but things were a little nutty in the Buonanno home this weekend and I never got the job done.
Before I forget, I wanted to mention that you need to take a close look at tonight’s homework packet, as there is a sheet attached to it that needs to be returned by this Wednesday. The first grade classes are going to assign their annual research projects this Friday and in order to do so, we are asking that each child choose an animal to study. I’ve included a list to choose from, but if your child has a mammal they’d like to study that is not on the list, please just let me know. Children will be assigned an animal on a first come, first serve basis so get it in fast, fast, fast!!!!
You’ll notice when you see the spelling list this week that the words are incredibly easy in comparison to the last few weeks. So…breathe easy on spelling a bit this week. 😉
You might have noticed when your child brought his/her Friday papers home last week that there were a great abundance of them. Thank you for being patient with me as I caught up on what seemed like a mountain of grading. On top of that work, I hope you saw a lot of the fun things the children did in class last week as well.
Last week we dove deep into our study of geometry for math. Each year I like to start our geometry studies off with learning about 2-D or plane shapes. Most of these the children learn in pre-school and kindergarten, but it helps us move smoothly into the study of 3-D or solid shapes, which we are studying this week in math. Last week we talked about the traits of a 2-D shape, the vertices and sides. This week we are talking about the traits of 3-D shapes: vertices, edges, and faces. What’s been so much fun with this unit are the great number of hands-on opportunities the children have had for learning. Each morning we’ve begun our day with math centers. Every table has been given two buckets and in each bucket there has been a different task to complete. We’ve done: shape spinning and graphing, rolling dice for shapes, shape puzzles, drawing and charting, geoboard tasks, etc. I’ve been very proud of the hard work the children have put in, as I’ve pushed them hard in math. We’ve had wonderful conversations about 2 and 3 dimensional shapes and how shapes are all around us in our everyday lives. This week we will continue our study of solid figures, discuss polygons, learn about open vs. closed shapes, and end the week with a shape hunt.
Next week we will begin a unit on TIME in math. I am excited to dive deeper with the class into a topic we’ve just brushed on in class this year.
Last week was a tough week in spelling, as many of you probably noticed by spelling test scores. Inflectional endings (-ed, and -ing) are always a tough concept to grasp. We are continuing our work with past and present tense words this week and will be doing a lot of hands on work with this concept as well to help the children better understand it.
We will dive into our weather and water cycle studies this week again, hopefully wrapping up by Friday. Next Monday we will work through our nutrition and healthy body unit in preparation for our fun trip on Thursday.
Today our class had the opportunity to hear visiting author, Aaron Reynolds, speak about his writing and to also hear him read one of his favorite books. Mr. Reynolds was a fantastic presenter and was full of energy with the children. They had a great time! He read them Nerdy Birdie and gave the background of how he came up with this story. He explained it came from him being a “nerd” or an outcast in school and how he felt from that. It was a very cute story and connection to the book for the children to hear.
Next week is our trip to Interactive Academy. If you signed up to chaperone this trip, please plan on meeting us at the facility at 11:50a.m. There were around 8 parents who volunteered and I’d very much like if each of you joined us for this fun trip. I believe I mentioned it before, but they ask that parents remain up top on the track to view their children in action. They will not allow the parents into the gym for activity time, but you will be able to see everything from up above. I’ll send chaperones more information later this week.
Reminder, if you want new books for your children to read at home, please return the green reading folder I sent a couple of weeks ago and I’ll place new books in it and return to you right away.
Have a great afternoon and I’ll be in touch this week,
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