Friday, September 28, 2012

Seal Class Newsletter September 28

We are learning about:

  • changes that occur in New Hampshire in Autumn
  • the sound short a makes in words like can, man, and fantastic            
  • the best ways to read with partners at reader's workshop
  • adding details to a  finished piece of writing
  • working as a team in a cooperative group
  • adding numbers to 20
  • counting by 2s, 5s and 10s   
  • all of the math that we use in our everyday lives                                                            

Some activities we did:
  • began a new chapter book Dragons of Blueland
  • showed tally marks to 100
  • played Bump it in math
  • created beautiful watercolor fall designs
  • decorated our writing folders
  • worked in small groups to solve math problems
  • played team building games at PE
  • showed 20 in many different ways
  • played a game to tell the difference between words and sentences
  • became scientists and observed a tree on the playground
  • drew details about our tree and did bark rubbings
  • practiced writing our phone numbers

Poem of the week:     Autumn Leaves

Upcoming Events:
October 2   First Grade Family Singalong from 6-9 in the SMS cafe
October 3   First Grade Fall Field Day  all volunteers can come to the gym at 12:30 to help set up for
                    Fall fun!
October 9   Field Trip To Coppal Farm   Thank you to everyone who volunteered to join us on this trip.
                   We had such a tremendous response, we pulled names from a hat.  Mrs. Larkin, Mrs.      
                    Caparsso,  Mr. Lord and Mrs. Dean will be joining us as we make our way through the
                    bunny maze!

Reminders:   Reading folders are coming home today.  The books in the folders are books that we have    been practing a lot.  Please send the folders back to school on Thursday so that we can fill them again.
Next week's spelling list is coming home today. 
Seal class tree 

making bark rubbings

Add caption

scientist at work
scientists have to be observant

Coppal House Farm Field Trip

Coppal House Farm

 Upcoming Field Trip to Coppal House Farm

The first grade will be taking our first field trip to Coppal House Farm in Lee, NH on Tuesday October 9, 2012 from 9:15-11:00 A.M.

Here is the Field Trip Website (There is a video link to the 2012 corn maze!)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Seal Class Newsletter

It was so great to meet so many of you at last night's curriculum open house.  Thank you to those who signed up the be a mystery reader.  If you were not able to make it last night and would like to join us in the class as a special reader, please let me know.

This week

We are learning about:
*the importance of reading long and strong
*being a rainbow reader
*how authors write about what they know and care about
*adding numbers to 10
*creating designs with pattern blocks
*exercising to keep our bodies strong
*how to be a flexible thinker
*the sound short a makes in words like man and jab
*circle notebooks

Some activities we did:
*played the dice roll game
*created a September calendar
*drew the things that are most important to us in our author's heart
l*istened to our heart beats after we exercised
*began our practice run for the Fire Tower 5k
*practiced spelling words
*wrote in our circle journals
*created pattered apples

Poem of the week:  Exercise Today
ipad app:  Monster Squeeze

Upcoming events:
October 2        First grade family sing along 6-7 pm
October 3        First grade fall field day
October 9        Field trip to Coppal Farm
October 14      Fire Tower fun run

Have a wonderful weekend,

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Curriculum Night

Tomorrow night is curriculum night for the primary classrooms at SMS.  The related arts teachers will be in their respective classrooms form 6-6:30, followed by classroom teachers from 6:30-7:30.  I look forward to seeing many of you then.

Information about the Fire Tower Fun Run went home today.  We will try to have as many Seals as we can participate!  We will be practicing running around the perimeter of the playground to get ready for the big run!

Decorating Writing Folders

We have begin our Writer's Workshop in the Seal Class.  Part of of our writing process is organizing our materials in our writing folders.  The kids love to decorate their folders with pictures and stickers that tell a little bit about themselves.  Please collect some photographs, drawings, magazine cutouts, stickers or clipart to decorate their writing journals.  The items should tell something about your child, such as places you have been, hobbies, friends or family. 
Please send the items to school by Monday, September 24.  They may be cut up and glued to their folder.
Thank you,

Monday, September 10, 2012

Stratham Fire Tower Fun Run

Fire Tower 5K & Fun Run

Save the Date!  

What: 6th Annual Fire Tower 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
When: October 14, 2012.  Registration- 7:30am or at Run - 8:30am,5K - 9am
Where: Stratham Hill Park
Who:  The race will benefit the Stratham Hill Park Association and Stratham 300th Anniversary Committee.
Cost: Children 5-17yrs $10 pre-race day/$15 race day, Adults $15 pre-race day/$20 race day.

To get the kids excited for this race, and exercising in general, we will practice running the perimeter of our field daily.  We would love to see as many students as possible for the Fun Run on race day!  Thank you for all your support!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Welcome to the Seal Class Blog!

Welcome to our class blog!  This will be the place to find out all about the events and happenings in our class!  I will post our newsletters, pictures and upcoming events.
I hope you enjoy visiting!