Good Morning, Families!
I hope this finds you having a beautiful Sunday morning. I couldn't get on to the Weebly site yesterday to update our class newsletter, so I thought I'd try again this morning. :)
Yesterday was a day filled with running errands and birthday parties. It was a nice day seeing the kids and their families having fun, while getting some things done for home and school. It's also important to "Sharpen Your Saw" as stated in "Leader in Me," so I also took some time to read my new Elton John book, Me, listen to some music, walk my dogs on the trail, try one of the new holiday coffees at "Starbucks" with Karl, and watch two movies with my hubby when he got home from work.
We've been busily getting things ready at home for our Thanksgiving and Christmas get-togethers, so our home is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I still have the fall decorations up at school and will take those down and put up Christmas decorations for the kids to enjoy in the next few weeks. I've been getting items ready at school in preparation for each week's lessons and activities for the kiddos. They have been working so hard at school and on their homework with their families. Thank you! Every amount of practice and exposure to skills will benefit the children in the long run. I hope you have all been well and enjoying this pretty and busy time of year.
The children began their new learning units in Heggerty, Fundations, Every Day Math, Lucy Calkins' Writing, Social Studies, and Mystery Science. Every day the children are exposed to various literature, word forming and sentence writing skills, reading strategies and practice, listening skills, following directions activities, working with others and on own, and becoming their own advocates by gaining more and more responsibilities for their materials and work. Students are learning new math skills such as measuring and reviewing addition and subtraction skills, the children started learning about our third habit "Put First Things First" in "Leader in Me," we had a class discussion about Veterans Day, and they completed a "Scholastic News" magazine about recognizing our military men and women. Students started a unit about light and sound in Science as they learned about how sounds are created as sound effects in movies and television shows. Students were then able to make their own sounds to recreate a rainstorm, a ball bouncing on the ground, and a ruler vibrating on a desk. The children also learned about families of the past and present. We will start learning about economics this week.
Remember, tomorrow the children can wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE in celebration of Veterans Day. Have a super duper week! Mrs. Zimmermann
Hi, First Grade Families!
As I am typing this up this morning, I am live streaming the "EdmodoCon Miami 2019" teacher conference. It is focusing on social emotional skills and technology. I always tell my students that we all are constant learners; we never stop learning. I hope you're all having a great weekend!
The students took their Unit 4 Fundations Test and Unit 3 Math Test this past week. Students reviewed their letters, sounds, forming words by syllables, changing out beginning sounds to create new words, learning about glued sounds (all, am, and an), continued review of digraphs / consonants / vowels, writing / reading / saying unit / trick / sight words, reading our October Speed Read words on our class promethium board, reading leveled books, listening to "The Three Super Pigs" story read on a cd while they read along with the book, "RAZ Kids," "Funbrain," "PBSKids," bonus letter board game, practicing writing our alphabet letters correctly, writing sentences, listening to stories with our eyes closed and picturing the details in our minds like a movie, and writing our own stories tied to the stories we've read in class. The children reviewed their math skills of number recognition, counting, adding, and subtracting using a variety of strategies. Students also utilized "IXL," "Prodigy," "Everyday Math Games," and "Xtra Math." In Science, we watched a Mystery Doug video and viewed some videos on "Discovery Education" about our world. In Social Studies, students completed a "Scholastic News" magazine, attended an all school assembly on the Second Habit in "Leader in Me," and we watched various educational videos about our country and holiday traditions on "Discovery Education." The children had fun dressing up each day and celebrating Halloween with a party in our costumes!
We completed our first Trimester yesterday. Grades will be available on Skyward next week. Starting on Monday, the students will begin their new units in Science, Social Studies, Math, Reading, and Writing. The children will be in new Reading and Math groups during our Guided Reading and Math Centers. We will have Prize Patrol next Thursday, celebrating the children's reading and taking and passing A.R. quizzes that check for reading comprehension. Have a good weekend! :) Get outside and enjoy the day, Mrs. Zimmermann
Happy Fall! It's hard to believe it is the end of October already! This month flew! It was so great seeing all of you at Parent-Teacher Conferences yesterday morning and Thursday afternoon and evening. Thank you for taking the time to come and chat about how your child is doing in school. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
The students continue to practice their learning every day. We are practicing forming, reading, and writing simple words, sentences, and paragraphs. The children are reading classroom, library, leveled books, "RAZ Kids," "Funbrain," and listening to me read books to them. Students are practicing adding and subtracting, working on "IXL" and "Everyday Math" games, learning about the night sky, and learning about their world.
This coming week CPS is having their dress up days, an all school assembly, the Halloween parade, and class Halloween parties. It is also the end of the first Trimester this coming Friday.
Children will take their last Fundations test (Unit 4) and last Math Test (Unit 3) for the Trimester. The students will continue to work on their Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies skills throughout each day of the week. Have a "SPOOKTACULAR" week! Love, Mrs. Zimmermann
Good Saturday Morning, Families.
The kids are SO excited for our field trip to Tanner's on Monday. Hopefully the rain holds off and it's a beautiful fall day at the orchard. We will keep an eye on the weather. If it looks like it's going to rain all day, we might have to have a change in plans. I'll let you know if we need to cancel it or change plans. Mrs. Norburg, Mrs. Schick, and I are keeping an eye on the weather.
The children have been working very hard. We worked on beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words. We practiced chunking words, breaking them down by sounds and syllables, changing out the beginning sounds, and counting the number of words in sentences. Students continue to learn new sight, unit, trick, and nonsense words weekly. We have been working very hard on writing sentences and writing short stories (1 - 2 paragraphs). We work on writing letters, numbers, and words correctly. We practice using inventive spelling; using our reading and writing strategies to try to figure out words we do not know or recognize.
The children have been listening to me read a mystery suspense chapter book about a boy and his missing invisible dog. The students have been reading class library books and taking A.R. quizzes daily, reading their leveled books with me during Centers, reading / listening to stories / taking short quizzes on stories on "RAZ Kids," doing reading activities on "Starfall" and "ABC Mouse." The children have been writing words with digraphs in them, playing short vowel sound word board games, and coloring pictures whose words have particular digraphs in them. The kids were tested on beginning, middle, and ending sounds, Fundations words, and pre primer sight words this past week.
In Math, we continue to work on Unit 3. The children have been utilizing different strategies to understand numbers, counting, adding, and subtracting using various manipulatives and learning tools. Students have been working on "IXL" and "Everyday Math" activities to further practice their number skills. I am sending home number lines and number grids in plastic sleeves with the kids, so they can practice counting / hopping up (adding) and counting / hopping back (subtracting) at home, as well. The children have taken part in daily Calendar Time. Students completed a "Scholastic News" magazine on fire safety. In Social Studies the children continue to learn about how to be good leaders and make good choices. We watched a Mystery Doug Science video about how maple syrup is made. We continued to learn about the sun, shadows, night sky, Big Dipper, and the North Star. Students took the Unit 1 Science Test yesterday.
Just a reminder...This coming Friday, students will be released early from school for Parent-Teacher Conferences. There will be no student attendance on Friday. Conferences will run Thursday from 4 - 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Each conference will be 15 minutes long. Please be on time so we can be conscientious of all the parents attending conferences and be respectful of everybody's time. Since it is such a short time, I will be doing a quick review of how your child is doing in class and ask if you have any questions or comments. Have a wonderful weekend! I look forward to seeing you all this next week! Sincerely, Mrs. Julie Zimmermann
The highlight from this past week was the walking field trip to the Washington Fire Station. The students received a tour of the inside and outside of the station, learned what to do in case of a fire, saw what equipment the firefighters wear and use in a fire or emergency situation, and were able to walk through a firetruck. Each of the kids received a junior firefighters hat and fire safety bag. Thank you, Washington Firefighters for a wonderful field trip! The kids had a blast.
This past week we also tapped out words by sounds and syllables, took beginning consonants out to change words (i.e. hat, bat, mat), raised our thumbs up if we heard similar onset and final word sounds and thumbs down if the words did not begin or end with the same sounds, and picked out two rhyming words in a set of three (dog, tree, fog). Students practiced placing digraphs and the glued sound "all" into words using our Fundations letter magnets and boards, writing our letters correctly, trick words, unit words, and sight words for the week. We also practiced writing nonsense words (to check for sound knowledge and understanding).
Students gained experience in Dolch Words by Speed Reading along with our October Dolch words on the promethium board. I tested students on their Fundations Unit on Monday; letter sounds, words, and sentences. Students will also be tested by me on my laptop on their Dolch and Fundations words this next week during Centers using "ESGI" and I will progress monitor some students on STAR Reading and STAR Math this next week. The kids listened to me read to model reading fluency and reading with expression. The children practiced writing sentences on their Fundations lined white boards. In Guided Reading Centers the children read leveled books with me and to each other. Students also practiced reading skills on "RAZ Kids" and "ABC Mouse." Other Centers allowed students to continue to practice writing their letters correctly (we still have many writing their letters and numbers backwards - practice at school and home will help with that) and sorting / categorizing / writing words with digraphs in them (ch, sh, th, wh, ck, and ph).
The children had Calendar Time, talked about the daily weather, season, and number of days we have been in school. In Math, we practiced number models, adding and subtracting, counting by 1s / 2s/ 5s / 10s, using dice and number lines or number grids, "IXL" and "Everyday Math," worked on our Math workbooks, and reviewed writing our numbers and counting strategies. Students had their Specials (P.E., Art, Music, and Library - no Computers since they didn't have school on Friday). We practiced unfreezing our story characters in our Lucy Calkins' Writing sessions by having our characters talk and move. We learned about writing using quotation marks and verbs (action words). Students are writing paragraphs in their spiral notebooks and sharing their writing with their peers and I.
In Science, we continue to learn about the sun. Next week we will learn more about the night sky (aka the Big and Little Dipper). We watched a Mystery Doug Science video. Students completed a "Scholastic News" magazine about pumpkins and their various types / colors / names and how pumpkins can also be used as compost to help grow more vegetables. Students are still learning about making good choices and being good leaders in "Second Step" and "Leader in Me" activities. We have our next Prize Patrol coming up next Thursday. Keep reading students and working on your weekly homework. Every little bit helps and gives you more experience in your skills needed for First Grade. Keep up the hard work! I am proud of you! I hope everyone starts feeling better soon. Mrs. Z :)
We've been practicing digraphs, sight / trick / unit words, tapping out sounds to create words, putting syllables together to create words, counting the number of words in sentences, writing sentences correctly, listening to stories, reading stories, practicing forming and writing letters / words / sentences, adding and subtracting numbers, working on numbers / number recognition / counting, utilizing different math manipulatives, we took our Unit 2 Math Test, writing paragraphs and illustrating our stories in our spiral notebooks, took our Unit 1 Social Studies Test, completed a Scholastic News magazine learning about schools in the early 1800 and 1900s vs. schools today, we learned about how the sun appears to move each day, we talked about sunrises and sunsets, watched Mystery Doug Science videos, and continued to learn how to focus and make good choices during learning times in our Second Step lesson. I sent home October Scholastic Book Orders; online orders are due by this coming Wednesday, October 9th. We will be taking a walking field trip to the Washington Fire Station this coming Wednesday. We will be taking a bus field trip to Tanner's Orchard on Monday, October 21st. Students will not have school this Friday, October 11th, due to a Teachers' Institute. Teachers will be attending meetings at CIS and CPS. Monday, October 14th, there will be no school due to Columbus Day. October 24 and 25th, teachers will be having Parent-Teacher Conferences. Have a great rest of your weekend. We went to the Spoon River Drive and are attending a 50th Wedding Anniversary party. Take Care and keep smiling! Mrs. Julie Zimmermann
I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. I know it was disappointing for many having the Homecoming parade canceled last Friday due to the weather, but I hope it allowed you some time to find some other fun activities to partake in for the afternoon and that you were able to enjoy the Homecoming game that night! Go Panthers! It has been a rainy and stormy weekend, but Mr. Zimmermann and I were able to try out a new restaurant, go grab a coffee at "3030," go to the "Clinton Apple and Pork Festival," get some work done, run some errands, and attend one of my students' birthday parties. All in all, it was a rainy weekend, but a good one. :)
Last week the children continued to practice letters and sounds to create words, onset sounds, medial sounds, and final / ending sounds. Students practiced reading and writing sight words, unit words, trick words, nonsense words, digraphs, simple sentences, and short stories. The children listened to me read them stories, read class library books and took A.R. quizzes on the books to check for understanding, read leveled books, practiced writing their alphabet letters correctly (we have reviewed Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Gg, Hh, and Ii so far), completed cvc word and sentence / picture puzzles, listened to / read / took quizzes on leveled stories in "RAZ Kids," and completed activities in "Starfall."
The children practiced their daily Math lessons to continue working on addition and subtraction skills, recognizing and writing numbers correctly, and counting items. The children participated in daily warm up sessions on the promethium board, whole class Math lessons, and Math Centers to work on their class workbooks, took our Unit 2 Cumulative Tests, individual / partner / small group work reviewing number skills, and working on chrome books ("IXL" and "Everyday Math"). We will take our Unit 2 Math Assessments this coming week. Students practiced writing narrative stories, sharing stories with partners, asking prompting questions to help their partners add more details to their stories, had a writing museum walk around the room, and discussed writing and illustrative ideas they noticed from others' stories.
In Science, we traced around our shadow outlines with partners in the morning and the afternoon. We noticed where the sun was located during both parts of the day and how we had long shadows in the morning and short shadows in the afternoon. We watched Mystery Science Doug videos to continue learning about the Earth. In Social Studies, we completed Unit 1 on being "Responsible Citizens." We will take our Unit 1 Social Studies Test this coming week. We discussed focusing during class time and ignoring disruptions in our "Second Step" lesson. We attended an all-school assembly on Habit 1 "Be Proactive." We continue learning how to be good leaders and make great choices every day throughout the day.
Have an awesome week! Mrs. Zimmermann
Happy Saturday Morning!
I hope you all had a great week. We have been reading our classroom books and taking A.R. quizzes to check understanding. Prize Patrol will be October 3rd. The children practiced segmenting and blending words in Heggerty. We continued to write CVC words and sentence writing in Fundations. We took our Unit 2 test in Fundations. The children have been saying and reading Dolch Words and Speed Reading words using the promethium board. We progress monitored in STAR Reading and STAR Math.
In Guided Reading Centers, the children read leveled books with me, worked on forming sentences and picture puzzles, created CVC words and picture puzzles, worked on writing alphabet letters correctly, RAZ Kids, ABC Mouse, ABC Ya, and Brainpop Jr. - Reading and Writing. We completed Calendar and Weather time each day. In Math Centers we worked on workbook pages that are reviewing the skills we've been working on in Unit 2, tally marks representing numbers, practicing addition and subtraction, utilizing number and counting manipulatives, Everyday Math, IXL lessons, Prodigy, and Brainpop Jr. - Math.
In Lucy Calkins' Writing, the children have been writing about one - two parts of their school day, writing about the little seeds and not the whole watermelon. Social Studies the children learned about respect and responsibility, friendship, honesty, working together, and perseverance. In Science, we learned more about how shadows are made. We watched two Mystery Doug Science videos about planets and northern lights.
The children have been reading our class books and taking Accelerated Reader (A.R.) book quizzes daily. We will take part in our first "Prize Patrol" this coming week. Students are working on real and nonsense words, blending words, beginning and ending sounds of words in "Heggerty." Students have taken their Unit 1 "Fundations" test on writing their alphabet in lower case letters and being able to write letters to match their letter sounds. We have been working on CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words in Unit 2 of "Fundations" and writing simple sentences. We have begun talking about capitalizing the first letter of the first word in a sentence, leaving spaces between words, and writing punctuation at the end of their sentence (we are just working on "period" at this point in time). In Guided Reading Centers, the children are reading leveled books with me, forming simple sentences and picture puzzles, putting CVC words together with short vowel sounds and writing the CVC words, listening to / reading / answering questions about "RAZ Kids" stories, "ABC Ya," "Brainpop Jr. - Reading and Writing," and they have practiced writing capital and lower case "A, B, C, D, and E" with accommodating words that have those letters within them. We had our hearing and vision checked at school last Monday morning.
Students have been taking part in Calendar / Weather / Number of Days in School, "Everyday Math" quick daily class lessons on the promethium board, Math Centers (workbook pages with Mrs. Z, number recognition / following directions / color penguin pages, using tally marks to represent numbers with "Paper Rock Scissors" activity, rolling dice to add two numbers together to create sums & coloring in a graph to match their answers, "Prodigy" on our chrome books and "Everyday Math" chrome book activities related to our daily lessons. The children took part in a shadows Science experiment using flashlights, paper gnomes, and paper shadow stations. The kiddos practiced their writing skills in Lucy Calkins' writing curriculum to practice writing first and final drafts with illustrations about their Science experiments.
The students started their Unit 1 in Social Studies to learn about rules, laws, respect and responsibility, and good choices on the class promethium board. We completed a "Scholastic News" magazine as a class. We watched the story "We're Not Scared, We're Prepared" on the promethium board and a power point on our school's A.L.I.C.E. plan. The students and I practiced for our A.L.I.C.E. all-school drill twice that will be happening this coming Thursday morning. Don't forget that online "Scholastic" book orders are due by this Wednesday.
Have a wonderful week! Sincerely, Mrs. Zimmermann