Friday, March 29, 2013

March 29 Newsletter

We are learning about:

  • 3 D shapes
  • polygons
  • missing addends
  • writing about what we know
  • editing our books
  • cross checking our reading
  • the sounds that Y makes at the end of words
  • healthy eating

Some activities we did:

  • had a visit from the author Marty Kelley
  • began reading Charlotte's Web
  • saw the Friendly Neighborhood Helpers Play by the Starfish and Koala classes
  • explored 3 D shapes
  • worked in teams to create a way to prevent an egg from braking when we dropped them off the table
  • created our own polygons
  • decorated baskets for our chicks
  • began writing amazing books all about what we know
Upcoming Events:
April 10 and 17  Early Release Parent/teacher conferences
April 16 Visit from the SPCA
April 19 Jump Rope for Heart

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pajama Day and Book Swap

Hello Seal Families!

This Friday is our pajama day/book swap in the first grade!

All first graders are invited to wear their comfy pajamas and enjoy a fun filled day of reading.

To celebrate the end of our reading month, we will have a first grade book swap.  Children may bring in up to 5 books that they are no longer reading.  For every book that they bring in, they may chose another book to bring home.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to get "new" books and clean off their book shelves at the same time.  It is a win- win for all!

Please bring all books to school by Friday morning if you would like to participate in the swap.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Newsletter March 15

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  We tried our best, but those tricky leprechauns got away.  They left us quite a mess. The traps that the children set were amazing.  They each had a chance to explain to the class how their trap would work.  We even learned a new term, modify.  After listening to each other, some of the class wanted to modify their traps.  It was fantastic to hear all of the thinking and to see all of the creativity.  I think that we have many future engineers!

We are learning about:

  • measuring with centimeters 
  • open and closed syllables
  • healthy teeth
  • how partners can help each other to become more thoughtful readers
  • building our vocabularies (ask you Seal what modify and variable mean)
  • sorting shapes by attributes

Some activities we did:

  • had a visit from Miss Jan from the Wiggin Memorial Library
  • participated in read across America Day
  • shared our leprechaun traps
  • conducted the milk experiment
  • predicted what liquid would stain our teeth more
  • sorted words by syllables
  • created a Lorax picture
  • wrote a rainbow of things that we like
  • played Maxwell's manners
  • decided which foods would make our teeth happy or sad
  • read Sweet Tooth

Upcoming Events:

March 27            author visit
March 29            Reading Celebration and pajama day
April 10 and 17  parent teacher conferences/ early release

I will be sending an email about the upcoming parent teacher conferences.  I look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child's growth in the first grade.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Upcoming Events

March is a very busy month in the first grade!  We have many exciting things happening.
Here is a quick run down.

March 12  Read Across America Day

March 13  Leprechaun traps due

March 15  Teacher inservice No school for the students

March 27  Author visit

March 29  Book swap and pajama day