Hello and Happy Sunday! I hope this finds you all having a great weekend and you are staying warm. The snow is so pretty!
This week we will continue practicing blends, rhymes, glued sounds (ong, ang, ing, ung, onk, ank, ink, and unk), review old and new trick / unit / nonsense / sight words, practice writing letters / words / sentences in our nicest and neatest handwriting, listening to our Junie B. Jones chapter book, practicing our reading and writing skills, working on counting and measuring with base 10 blocks (10s and 1s), continuing to learn about our Fourth Habit "Think Win Win," continue learning about emotions / body language / communication in "Second Step," watching Mystery Science Doug short videos (we finished our "Light and Sound" unit before break), take our Unit 4 Social Studies Test (we finished our "Community Economics" unit), and get assessed on ESGI on Fundation words
Remember, the children will be dismissed early from school this Friday due to a School Improvement Day; teachers will be getting trained more in "Leader in Me." There will be no school next Monday due to Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Have a great week! Mrs. Z :)
Hi there and Happy New Year 2019!
I hope you and your families have had a wonderful and restful holiday break. I enjoyed time with family and friends, went and looked at Christmas lights, enjoyed a slower pace, watched some movies, worked on a puzzle, took some naps, slept in, and enjoyed some time at home with our puppies.
I look forward to seeing the kids on Monday! We will get right back into the swing of things: Heggerty, Fundations, Teacher Led Reading, Guided Reading Centers, Recess, Lunch, Specials, Everyday Math, Math Centers, Social Studies, Science, Second Step, and Leader in Me lessons. Here's to a great 2019 and the last half of this school year! :)
Love, Mrs. Julie Zimmermann
Karl Zimmermann's Saturday Drawing Art Classes start January 5, 2019. The studio is located in the home designed, built, and decorated by Mrs. and Mr. Zimmermann at 801 Bloomington Road East Peoria, Illinois 61611. Please sign up by January 3, 2019. Times are 10:00 - 10:50 a.m., 11:00 - 11:50 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. All ages are welcome!
It is $30.00 per class. Pay by check or cash the day of your class. Bring your own drawing pencils. Extra pencils and drawing paper will be provided. Students will learn drawing techniques and how to draw still life with pencils and charcoals. Painting classes will be provided in the next few months.
Please text if you are interested in taking a class at # 309-453-1179. There is extra gravel parking provided by the driveway. People can wait in the Great Room. There is also a restroom available. Looking forward to seeing you there!
I hope this finds all of you and yours having a happy and blessed day. Sorry I haven't been able to put a newsletter up on our class blog the past couple of weeks; my home laptop has been kind-of persnickety the past few weeks. :)
I am so proud of the children and how hard they have been working these past few weeks to get ready for some special activities we have coming up this week before Winter Break. We finished up Unit 4 in Math. We took Math Post Test 4, Math Cumulative Assessment, and Math Mid Year Assessment. We took the STAR Math and STAR Reading Benchmark Tests. We finished Unit 6 in Fundations and took the unit test last week. We finished our Science Unit on Light and Sound. We continue to watch short Doug Science videos each week. The students attended an assembly last week to review the first three habits in "Leader in Me." Our class continues to talk about different emotions, reading nonverbal language, and how to communicate with others in "Second Step." We are rapidly getting through our "Community Economics" unit in Social Studies by talking about money, jobs, goods and services, natural resources, wants vs. needs, producers and consumers, and saving and spending money. We practice our letters, sounds, forming words, sight words, trick words, nonsense words, sentences, writing, researching for our nonfiction stories, and reading books. We used a graphic organizer, drafted, edited, and wrote a final draft of letters to Santa Claus. Students have been taking part in Reading and Math Centers to gain more opportunities to work on our skills, we have moved to new Reading and Math Groups and continue to show growth in our skill areas. Keep up the great work!!!!! :) YEAHHHH KIDSSSS!!!
This week we will be completing our Social Studies Unit "Christmas Around the World." First Graders will rotate with their classes to all of the First Grade classrooms to learn about and complete an activity about a different country in the world. We will also continue working on our Reading, Writing, and Math skills. Students will take part in "The Grinch" activities and "The Polar Express" activities. We will also celebrate the upcoming holidays with an all-school sing along and having our class parties. Remember, Friday the children get released early for the beginning of their Winter Break. Have a wonderful and safe holiday! Take Care, Mrs. Zimmermann
Happy first day of December! The children have been practicing writing base words, sight words, trick words, writing sentences with capitals and punctuation, and suffix s in Fundations. We have been working on recognizing rhyming words, segmenting and blending, onset / median / final sounds in words, and tapping out words in Heggerty. We continue to read our class chapter book Charlotte's Web. In our daily Guided Reading Centers we have been reading books at our level with our groups and Mrs. Zimmermann, completing Christmas crossword puzzles, listening to Gingerbread Man stories on cd at the listening center, sorting items by needs vs. wants and completing a follow up activity, completing our Weekly S.S. News magazine, creating seasonal sentences from word cards, reading Gingerbread Man books, writing sight and seasonal words around the room, RAZ Kids, Brain Pop Jr. - Reading and Writing, ABC Mouse, and other writing and reading practice activities at our six Center rotations.
The kids played inside and outside this past week for Recess. Students enjoyed lunchtime and changed into their gym shoes. Students followed Lucy Calkins' writing lessons and worked on writing non fiction (informational, teachable) stories. We had "Zimmermann Coffee Shop" time (quiet research, work, and study time) and practiced using our chrome books to research what we were writing about in our nonfiction stories. We worked on Math Unit 4 lessons on our promethium board, class discussions, and throughout our Math Centers. We continue to practice addition and measuring skills in Math. Students worked on Math on IXL, as well.
In Science, we used colors instead of sounds to communicate (check out a few videos on our class Twitter page). We also watched a few Doug Mystery Science short videos about our planet. In Social Studies, we continued our "Community Economics" unit by learning about goods and services. Students also took part in Specials this past week: Music, Computers, Art, P.E., and Library. Students used a graphic organizer to come up with a letter to Santa. Students wrote their final draft of their letters to Santa. I mailed the letters and we're waiting to hear back from Santa Claus! :)
Please remember to have your child read with you at least 20 minutes a night, practice their writing skills, and work on math (number, addition, subtraction, and measuring) skills at home for extra experiences. Thanks for all you do! They are a sweet group of kids! I love my First Grade Zimmermann Family! :) Happy Saturday!
Love, Mrs. Zimmermann
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and friends. This week we will continue working on our Unit 4 in Everyday Math and measuring / counting skills during Math Centers, taking a Math Cumulative Test, practicing our writing skills and starting Unit 6 in Fundations, learning more about emotions in Second Step, completing our Gingerbread Man Weekly News magazine, working on our reading and writing in our Guided Reading Centers, participate in free writing non-fiction chapter stories, Heggerty letter and sounds practice, listening to our current class chapter book Charlotte's Web, completing Calendar Time, students will keep learning about sound in Science, and we will continue learning about Community Economics in Social Studies. Have an incredible week! :) Sincerely, Mrs. Zimmermann
This past week and this coming week, students continued and will keep working on their reading, writing, math, social studies, and science skills at school. Remember, this Tuesday the students will be getting out early to start their Thanksgiving Break. I hope you all have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Take Care, Mrs. J. Zimmermann
I hope this finds you all happy and healthy. We have had a lot of flu and cold bugs in the classroom the past couple of weeks, so I'm hoping we all start to feel well again. :)
This past week we practiced clapping out words by syllables, writing capital and lowercase letters, words, and writing simple sentences. Students took their Unit 5 Fundations Test. We finished our book Judy Moody and started a new chapter book one of our students is sharing with us called Horrid Henry. Students rotated around their Guided Reading Centers to practice their reading and writing skills individually, with partners, in small groups, and with me. Students had a chance to get outside during Recess and enjoy their lunch and snack times.
We continued with our Everyday Math lessons. We have taken our Post Test Unit 3 Test and our Pre Test for Unit 4. Students rotated to their four different stations to practice their addition, subtraction, number model, and numerical skills on their own, with partners, in small groups, and with me. Students took part in Computers with Mr. Deatherage, Library with Mrs. Mann, Music with Mr. Nelson, Art with Miss Gleason, and P.E. with Mr. Dahlberg. We continued writing our nonfiction chapter books and adding a Table of Contents page to our books. Students started their Community Economic and Native American Units in Social Studies on the promethium board and class discussions. We continued talking about reading body language and emotions in Second Step. The children learned about Sound in Science and watched a few different short Science videos on nature.
I hope you all have a great weekend! Mrs. Zimmermann
I hope you have all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. We went and enjoyed the weekend in Nashville, Indiana. The leaves were so beautiful and it's always such a fun place to visit.
It was so nice being able to sit down with all of you last week to discuss your children at Parent-Teacher Conferences. Thank-you for all you do for the kids.
Last week we worked on Heggerty, Fundations, Teacher Led Reading, Guided Reading Centers, Recess, Lunch, Music, Book Fair Preview in the Library, Art, Computers, Calendar, Everyday Math Lessons and Centers, P.E., Writing Non-fiction Stories in Lucy Calkins, Social Studies, Science, Leader in Me, and Second Step lessons. We celebrated Halloween with a fun parade and party. Have a fall-tastic week! Mrs. Julie Zimmermann
The children have continued practicing their addition and subtraction facts, writing words and sentences, segmenting words, substituting letters to create new words, calendar and weather, watched science videos, finished our unit 1 of social studies, talked more about our emotions and reading body language in Second Step, read books and were read to, and worked on chrome books. This week we are celebrating Halloween and getting ready for our Parent-Teacher Conferences. I have all the grades up on Skyward and they will be able to be viewed later this week. I look forward to seeing all of you at conferences! Take Care, Mrs. Julie Zimmermann