Sunday, September 29, 2013

Seal Class September 27

It was wonderful to meet so many of you at Curriculum Night!  

We are learning about:
  • strategies to use to figure out tricky words
  • writing about small moment stories
  • adding details to our writing to make it more interesting to the reader
  • place value with tricky teen numbers
  • insects
  • number stories in math

Some activities we did:
  • created fireflies
  • played Scoot
  • skip counted to music
  • worked with partners on number stories
  • played sight word Bingo
  • learned lots of new Math games
  • practiced giving our name, phone number and address

This week:
Monday          Music
Tuesday        Computers
Wednesday   Art
Thursday       PE
Friday            Library

Upcoming Events
October 3         Fall Field Day

October 9       Coppal House Farm Corn Maze on October 9th  

October 10    Picture day

Homework:  Please read every night.  This is such a special time when you can share in your child's reading growth.   
Practice word sorts. 
Try to have your child log onto IXL math twice a week for 15 minutes each.  I get a report each week that tells me how long your child practiced and which skills they worked on.  Skills to practice are:  


  1. Recognize patterns

  2. Describe patterns


    1. Days of the week
      Months of the year
      Read a calendar


      1. A.1Counting review - 0 to 10
      2. A.2Counting review - up to 20
      3. A.3Counting tens and ones - up to 20
      4. A.4Counting - up to 30

Friday, September 20, 2013

Seal class week of September 16

Dot Day Celebrations

Today SMS celebrated Dot Day!  We had a day dedicated to making our mark on the world!  Mr. Fosher led a whole school morning meeting teaching us many dot facts and reading the story The Dot by Peter Reynolds.  We even made a dot outside with almost every student and teacher at SMS!

Our dot day continued in our classroom.  We each wrote about something that we could do to change the world.  We had so many fabulous responses.  They are hanging in our hallway for all to see.  We created pictures out of dots and each made a dotted head band.

This week in the Seal Class....

We are learning about:

  • partnerships in readers' and writers' workshop
  • setting reading goals
  • sit up tall talk (this is when we talk about the books we are reading with a partner)
  • thermometers and temperature
  • how scientists make predications based on the own prior knowledge
  • the different ways that authors may write 

Some activities we did:

  • played Seal class go fish
  • made predictions about what would happen to gummy bears in different liquids
  • documented our gummy bear experiments in our science journals
  • played one more and race to trace
  • began a new chapter book Melvin Beederman  Superhero       

Upcoming events:
  • September 26  Curriculum night 6:30 
  • October 4 First Grade Fall Field Day
  • October 9 Field Trip to Coppal Farm

Saturday, September 7, 2013

This week in the Seal Class...

We are learning about:

  • our readers' workshop routine
  • building reading stamina
  • how writers write about the things that are most important to them
  • ten frames
  • greater than and less than
  • syllables

Some activities we did:

  • played number squeeze
  • found three things in common with a friend
  • made a pattern with our names
  • created character maps of ourselves
  • played race to the top
  • practiced being good partners during cooperative games
  • made a map of our heart
  • shared our special books from home
  • painted with water colors
  • wrote about recess
  • practiced fire drills 

Poem of the Week:  The A-Z Rap
App of the week:  Concentration

This week:

Monday       PE
Tuesday      Library
Wednesday PE
Thursday    Music
Friday        Computers

Upcoming Events:

       September 18    Early Release
       September 26   Curriculum night
        October 10       Picture Day

Math centers