This week sure flew by! I hope you all had a nice week and are set to have a relaxing weekend with your families. Before the weekend gets away from me, I wanted to give a quick overview of our week in class…
This week in spelling and word works, we focused on -ee and -ea words. This gave us the opportunity to talk about our vowel teams and also review our favorite vowel rule, “When 2 vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.” Because my students have such big hearts, they were concerned about this weeks vowel team and why the e wouldn’t let the other vowels speak on their walk. Gotta love first graders! Because of the busy day we had in class, I didn’t get to finish grading all of the spelling tests. I’ll complete these and send home next week. As I walked around and watched the children take the test, I was pleased with their progress!
We had a lot of fun again this week with poetry and even did a five day poetry rotation with the other first grade classrooms. In each of the classes the children visited, they learned a different poem type:
1. Our first rotation was to see Mrs. Loring. She worked with the children on their color poems and they used paint swatch cards to put their color poems on. Super cute!
2. The second rotation was to Mrs. Frye’s room where she taught the children to write “OUCH” poems. Each child made a list of things that would make them say, “Ouch” and then they wrote those ideas into poems on giant band-aides.
3. Mrs. Riggle taught the children how to write rebus poems while they visited her room and they returned with wonderful ideas and drafts of their poems. Rebus poems are when you replace words with pictures in the writing.
4. Their fourth rotation was to see Mrs. Bruch. She did a “Perfect Town” poem with the children. Those were actually sent home today, as many did not have time to finish them while in her room. She said they were so excited about her lesson that they spent most of their time verbalizing ideas and not as much on the actual writing.
5. In my room during rotation times, I did “Paper Bag Poetry” with all of the first graders. Inside of paper bags were objects of all size, shape, texture, etc. The children were not allowed to see in their bags while writing, but were only allowed to use their sense of touch to reach in and then write a list of adjectives to describe their object. After they filled their lines with adjectives, the children reached in to discover what they’d been feeling. The name of the object became the title to their poem. They had an absolute blast with this and it gave us an opportunity to talk about how much freedom poetry gives us in writing.
Aside from our poetry rotations, we did a lot of work on poetry in our regular language arts times. This week we talked about the three R’s to poetry: rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. The children learned to write a couplet, a haiku, and diamante synonym poems. I am absolutely blown away with how well they’ve done with all of these poem types. There are so many components to consider while they write: # of syllables, rhymes, line length, subject matter. I’m extremely excited for you to see the children’s final poetry packets that will be included in their end of year portfolios. I encourage you to talk with your children and ask them what they’ve learned in their writings this week, what their favorites were, and if they can remember any rules to what they learned.
This week in math we worked again on fractions. While it was my hope to complete this unit by today, we were unable to do so. We will wrap up fractions next week. We did talk about halves, thirds, fourths, and eighths this week and numerator and dividers. The children learned that a fraction is part of a whole and what a part and a whole both look like. Next week we will conclude our fraction unit with some fun, hands-on centers and I’ll be assessing the children.
Congrats to Eli Hettenbach for earning lunch bunch this week and to Jonah Papacek for earning the compassionate ribbon.
There is one week left in our “Hundreds Club” challenge. I have had several more students reach 1,000 in their number writing this week and earn a lunch with me. Next Friday will be the final day for this!
I have two boys very close to completing the Math Magician Challenge I sent home earlier in the year. If your child started this program and would like to turn in any certificates of completion, I will accept those through next week as well. Of course children are welcome to do this program anytime, but must complete by the end of next week for recognition and reward.
How are those animal projects coming? If you need help, please let me know. Just a reminder, this is a child’s project, please let them do their own work. It’s great to help our children, but they learn so much more and have such a sense of pride when the project is truly theirs. As I’ve told the children, I want to see what they are capable of creating b/c the rest of us have done first grade and I don’t want to see how artsy mom and dad are, at least not on this project. When children are writing their reports, please be sure they are doing the writing and finding the information. When children do their classroom presentations they are so much more confident when they’ve done the work and research.
Next Wednesday we are having a “Sidewalk Shel-e-bration” More information will be sent home Monday about this.
Reminder that the purple medication forms that were sent home with every child this week are due back no later than next Wednesday. I’m just missing a handful and would love to mark one more thing off my to-do list and make Mrs. Langenkamp happy in the process. Thank you so much for helping with this!
If you’ve not yet returned the field trip forms for our upcoming field trip to Central Park, please do so as soon as possible!
Thank you to everyone for sending back spring pictures and/or money. I’m pretty sure you are the only class that’s every had 100% return rate in all my years doing this. Yay to you!!!!
In last week’s Maple Glen Newsletter, Dr. Montalone asked anyone who wished to do so to write him a learning styles letter. This is a letter to help him make the best possible class placements for students going into the next grade level. While you cannot request a certain teacher, you can describe your child’s needs, struggles, and learning style. If you need any help writing these letters or describing what would be best for your child going forward, please let me know. I’ve helped a lot of parents write these letters in the past and am happy to help you too!!!!
Have a wonderful weekend and please touch base if you have any questions or concerns.
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