It's hard to believe we're down to our last 43 days or so of school for the 2018-2019 school year. In many ways, this year has flown by, and in other ways August seems like so long ago. As we look forward to these next two months, we start looking towards spring and summer plans for our homes, vacations, and for ourselves.
It's nice to see the sun out more, the weather warming up, and witnessing spring greens coming through the winter browns. Looking forward, we set continuous short and long term goals for ourselves; read more, practice our math skills in a variety of ways, continue experimenting and learning about our world, practice our writing skills, and working towards being our best selves.
Spring is a time for renewal, trying new things, and challenging ourselves to do our best. Let's work together with our students to help them see and reach these goals in themselves as they finish up their school year as First Graders.
I have been and continue to be so proud of the kids and how hard they work, how they have matured, and how far they have come in the past seven months. Let's keep it up, kids!
As we start back to school tomorrow, let's stay focused, help one another achieve success, stay positive, continue to practice our skills at school and home to help with growth, and challenge ourselves as we finish our reading, writing, math, social studies, and science lessons and units in these last weeks of the school year. We can do it!!!!!
I'm getting ready to take our brooder box to school and get it all set up for our chicks being born in the next couple of days. Today or tomorrow, they should start doing their internal pips and break holes into their air cells (egg shell) and breathe oxygen for the first time. We are so excited!!!! The chicks will go home with farmers this Thursday and Friday. Thanks, chicks! It's been fun learning about you!!!!
This week we are also working on our next weekly lessons of Heggerty and finishing our Teacher Led Reading chapter book, Speed Racer. Students will be completing their Fundations lessons in Unit 9 and taking their Unit 9 test. We will be learning about the sound that "oi" and "oy" make in words in our reading centers and gaining more reading practice and experiences. The students will have Prize Patrol to celebrate their gains on their A.R. quizzes they've take the last couple of weeks. Students need to return their completed third reading logs to complete their fourth reading log on our Homer's Reading Program. All reading logs will be due on Monday, April 1st, when we return from Spring Break. The children will keep practicing their writing skills in their spiral notebooks in our Lucy Calkins' lessons.
The children will complete Unit 7 in Math and take their Post Test 7. We have been working on telling time and math fact families in addition and subtraction. Students will finish and take home their chick journals and watch a Mystery Doug Science video. We will be observing, petting, and holding the chicks this week after they have had a chance to dry off, get fluffy, get some rest, eat some food, and drink some water. In Social Studies, we will complete more Scholastic News magazines teaching us about our world. We will also continue learning about Geography. Students will continue to learn about being good leaders as we study the 6th Habit in "Leader in Me."
Remember: This Friday, students will be dismissed from school at 2:15 p.m. (Walkers) and 2:30 p.m. (Bus Riders) to begin their Spring Break! Have a relaxing break! See you back again on April 1st!
This coming week we will be starting Unit 9 in Fundations and be introduced to new sight words, trick words, unit words, and sentences. Students will be practicing blends, suffix s, digraphs, silent (magic) e, long e sound (ee, ea, and ey) in Heggerty and Guided Reading Centers. I will continue reading the students Speed Racer and the Mammoth Car during Teacher Led Reading. Students completed their leprechauns and their St. Patrick's Day stories last week. They are hanging up in the hallway outside of the classroom.
We started Unit 7 in Math last Thursday. We will continue learning about number families, time, addition, and subtraction in our Everyday Math group lessons and Math Centers. Students will continue Unit 4 of Lucy Calkins' Writing curriculum. We are writing about characters, setting, problems, and solutions.
The children will document chick growth inside their eggs in their daily chick journals. The chicks are almost full grown inside their eggs and should start pipping, creating a hole (air cell) to start breathing oxygen, and hatch from their eggs in the next week. The kids and I can't wait! :) We will also watch this week's new Mystery Doug Science video.
We will continue through our Geography Unit in Social Studies by learning about different bodies of water (lakes, ponds, rivers, oceans, and glaciers). Students will keep learning about Habit 6 "Synergize" (working together as a team) in "Leader in Me" and will learn about working together in our last lesson of "Second Step." We will have our second to last Travel Trunks this Tuesday, learning all about Illinois.
Have a great week and a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! Sincerely, Mrs. Julie McGraw Zimmermann
We were so "egg"cited to get our chick eggs this Tuesday morning. They are warm and cozy in our class incubator for the next few weeks. We have been learning daily what the chicks look like inside the eggs and have been recording in our chick journals what is happening to the eggs. We completed an egg art diagram picture and created a chick life cycle page. We also watched a Mystery Doug Science video.
The kids continued learning about time and practicing math facts and experiences in Everyday Math lessons and centers. We will finish up Unit 6 next week. Next week we will be taking a Cumulative Test, Unit 6 Post Test, and Unit 7 Pre-test.
Students completed Scholastic News magazines and learned about teeth, treating others kindly, United States symbols, and Dr. Seuss. The children were taught about different types of maps and how to read a map key. We learned about the feeling of surprise in our Second Step lesson.
The students worked on letter sounds, forming words and sentences, reading, and writing experiences and practice during Heggerty, Fundations, Teacher Led Reading, reading A.R. books, taking A.R. quizzes, and Guided Reading Centers. We practiced sight words, took STAR Reading, and took STAR Math tests to check progress.
Have a great weekend and week ahead! Next Friday, March 8th the children will be getting released from school at 11:30 a.m. (Walkers) and 11:45 a.m. (Bus Riders). Teachers will be having Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences on an "as needed" basis with students' parents in the afternoon of March 8th. Take Care, Mrs. Z