I hope this finds you all having a relaxing, rainy Saturday. Twenty-five school days and counting for the kids. Hard to believe that the school year is coming to an end. The students are having a fun time with the "ABC Countdown" activities. Yesterday afternoon we also used our extra recess that Mr. Webber bought for our class at the "Central Trojan Gala." Check out our class "Twitter" page (the link is at the top of this page) for new pictures and videos of the kids having a great time on the playground.
The kids will have art, p.e., library, music, and computers this next week. We will continue working on magic (silent) e in words. We will also practice saying and writing letters, real words, nonsense words, our new sight words for the week, trick words, unit words, and sentences. We want to make sure we are capitalizing the first letter of the first word, capitalizing a person's name, leaving spaces in between words, placing punctuation at the end of each sentence (period, question mark, or exclamation point), and spelling words correctly. The students are also continuing to listen to our class chapter book George Brown and the Class Clown. I will continue reading leveled books with the students in Guided Reading Centers. The children will also be taking part in activities, games, and chromebook lessons to practice words with magic e, forming words, writing short stories, and reading stories for fluency and comprehension.
Students will practice writing in their class notebooks daily following the Lucy Calkins' lessons. The children will participate in daily calendar time. We will continue our journey through unit 9 in math by practicing measurement, time, addition, subtraction, and money through whole class lessons and math centers. The kids will complete a "Scholatic News" magazine and carry on in our "America" unit in social studies. We will keep learning about living plants and animals in our world following our science curriculum and mystery doug science lesson videos.
Have an enjoyable Sunday and week ahead! Sincerely, Mrs. Zimmermann
I hope you all had a nice Easter Break and holiday with your families and friends. I unfortunately caught the flu and have had it all break, so much of break has been spent sleeping and resting. My hubby was working much of the break on a customer's boat, so hopefully he won't catch it. XO I hope you all are staying healthy and happy. The weather has been beautiful, so it has been nice to sit out on the deck at times enjoying the soft, cool breeze and sunshine.
This week in Heggerty the children will continue working on letters and their sounds, forming real and nonsense words, breaking words down by syllables and sounds, counting sounds and syllables in words, and creating new words by taking away or adding new consonants, blends, or digraphs. We will be starting Unit 11 in Fundations. We will review sounds, old unit and trick words, cover new unit and trick words, practice writing sentences correctly, and be introduced to weekly sight words that hang up on our classroom wall. In Guided Reading, I have changed all of the reading groups / names and book levels your children are working on. I am so proud of the children and all of the growth they have made this school year. Please keep reading with them daily at home at least twenty to thirty minutes and talking about what they have read to check for understanding. Children will also work on writing and reading in their other Guided Reading Centers via games, activities, and chromebook sites ("RAZ Kids" and "ABC Mouse").
We will continue our free writing practice in Lucy Calkins' lessons in our spiral notebooks by continuing working on our book series; the children are keeping the same character (s) and just changing the setting and plot. Please check with your child to see if he or she needs a new spiral notebook for writing. I have been donating some spiral notebooks to children, as many are filling their notebooks up. Thanks! :) In Math, we will begin Unit 9 in which we will continue working on measurement and we will dive into coins and money. We will complete lessons on the promethium board as a class and then break into our new math groups that I have put students in and work with me on math lessons, complete individual activities carrying over on the lessons we are working on, games to continue gaining experiences in their math skills, and chrome books to work on money and counting skills on IXL.
Students will take part in daily recess, lunch, snack, and p.e. times, along with their specials: Music, Library, and Computers. They will not have Art this week, since we will not have a "D" Day this week, due to the shortened week. However, Miss Gleason will be having the CPS Art Show on Wednesday, April 24 in the evening! Come and check out your child's amazing art pieces. They have been working so hard!!! :) In Social Studies, the children will continue learning about America through our S.S. curriculum as a whole class on our promethium board, individually / small groups / whole class in "Scholastic News," and talking about how we can make good choices as leaders through communication and behaviors within ourselves and towards others in "Second Step" and "Leader in Me." Science will further teach us about our planet Earth and how old it is in our weekly Mystery Doug Science video lesson. We will also do our next experiment in our Science curriculum on our promethium board as a class and in hands-on activities in small groups in our classroom.
I hope you all have a great week! Take Care, Mrs. Julie Zimmermann
Good Saturday Morning,
We have been working on the long u sound and endings (ing, ed, and s) to words in Heggerty and Guided Reading Centers. The kids are finishing up Unit 10 in Fundations. We will be taking our Unit 10 test on Tuesday on sounds, words, and sentences. The class is finishing up our biography during Teacher Led Reading and will start a new chapter book this week.
The children are working on writing a series of realistic fiction stories following our Lucy Calkins' curriculum. Students are finishing up Unit 8 in Math and will be taking their Cumulative and Post Test on Monday and Tuesday. We will begin our "America" Unit in Social Studies, complete a new Scholastic News magazine, and continue discussing how to be leaders, understanding and carrying out good communication skills, and making good personal choices. In Science, the class will continue learning about living plants and animals through our Science experiments and Mystery Doug videos.
On Wednesday, we will be having rotations with the other First Grade classes and teachers. Students will take part in educational, fun spring activities in each of the seven First Grade classrooms. Students will also have some of their Specials this next week: Computers, Music, P.E., and Art. The children will not have school on Thursday for a Teacher's Institute (teachers will be in a training all day), on Friday or Monday due to the Easter holiday. Everyone will return to school on Tuesday, April 23.
Enjoy your week and have a Happy Easter! Mrs. J. Zimmermann
I hope this finds you all doing well. We continue to work on our letters, letter sounds, forming words, and writing sentences correctly in Heggerty and Fundations. In Teacher Led Reading, I am reading the students the biography, Who Was Walt Disney? Students have been working on writing about butterflies and creating a butterfly picture and a written description of what they would do if they were a butterfly; that will hang up in the hallway next week. The kids continue to practice their reading skills, vocabulary building, and word practice daily in Guided Reading Centers.
In Math, we are working on shapes, telling time, and number models. Students are working on their narrative writing skills and working towards their individual writing goals. We learned about animal camouflage in the environment and about other living plants and animals in our world in Science. We finished up our last lesson in our "Geography" unit. We learned more about the town, state, country, continent, and planet we live on in Social Studies. We read about and took part in activities that practiced the Seventh Habit, "Sharpening the Saw" in "Leader in Me." Mrs. Arms came and taught the students a social lesson on items we can and cannot control.
Have a great week! Mrs. Zimmermann