Happy Last Week of School!
The kids will finish up our ABC Countdown, Reading and Math Centers, Social Studies, Science, and Writing activities. I will be sending home Math and Fundation Workbooks for the children to practice Math and Writing skills over the summer for fun. Students will also be bringing home their spiral Writing notebooks and classroom supplies that they have had in their tubs all school year.
The students will celebrate their last day of school this Friday, May 31st, by having an all-school Field and Picnic Day. Our class color is yellow, so have your children wear a yellow shirt and their sunblock on Friday. If it is nice out, we will be outside all day. If the weather is yucky out, we will move all the activities inside CPS. The children will not need to bring their backpacks or yellow take-home folders this Friday. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and your families and teach your children this school year. Have a wonderful summer break! Love, Mrs. Julie Zimmermann :)
Students finished their "End of the Year" Math Assessments with me during Math Centers; we worked on three pages a day in small groups. The children got to also practice Math skills with number cards, base ten rods and cubes, white boards, dry erase markers, and erasers. Students also reviewed skills on "Everyday Math," "Brain Pop Jr. Math," and "IXL." On "IXL" we finished up Lessons 1 - 10 in Q, along with other First Grade Math Lessons during Math Centers. We also completed our Social Studies Unit on "America" by learning about our past presidents. Students took part in "ABC Countdown" daily activities.
We completed a "Scholastic News" magazine about lifeguards and how they keep us safe. Students learned about "ALICE" through a book / video / power point. We practiced forming compound words, recognizing short and long vowel sounds in words, and listened to our class chapter book, Katie Kazoo Switcheroo: Anyone But Me. Students practiced reading books at their reading levels in small groups with me and with partners, writing words with long e / long i / ck digraph in them, writing sentences correctly, reading stories and taking quizzes on "RAZ Kids," practicing reading skills on "ABC Mouse," working on reading and writing skills on "Brain Pop Jr. Reading and Writing," continuing reading and writing experiences on "ABC Ya," and "Starfall." The kids learned during our Mystery Doug Science video why we have eyebrows. We also had a great Skype session with the author, Luke Flowers.
This week we will continue Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science lessons and practice in small and large group activities. At the end of the week, all First Grade classes will be rotating throughout the day participating in Spring / Summer / Memorial Day activities. Also on Friday, Mrs. Evans' Kindergarten Class will be visiting our room. I hope you all have a great week and a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
Hello, First Grade Families! Thank you for the wonderful gift basket yesterday. I really appreciate your kindness.
The kids worked so hard this past week. We finished our testing for our Trimester 3 report cards: STAR Reading, STAR Math, ESGI, Sentence Writing, Story Comprehension, and Fundations. We also completed our last Science experiment for the school year, and we finished Unit 9 in Math and Unit 11 in Fundations. Students also had their last "Checkout" time during Library for the school year. I am so proud of and amazed at the growth the children have shown this year academically, socially, and emotionally. :)
This week the children will be working on their "End-of-the-Year" Math assessment, finishing up their "America" Social Studies Unit, completing our next "Scholastic News," and completing our class chapter book we are reading together. Students will continue to read books at their reading levels, review sight words, and continue working on skills to form words and sentences. The students will also partake in "ABC Countdown" activities. We will have the last "Prize Patrol" for the school year in which students earn prizes based on the points they've earned from A.R. quizzes.
Our week will take an exciting turn as we Skype with the author, Luke Flowers. Three of our students, along with students from Kindergarten and other First Grade classes were chosen by Mrs. Mann, our Librarian, to ask Mr. Flowers questions they came up with. The chosen students will get to sit in the first row during the Skype session with him and the other Kindergarten and First Grade students. The kids are so excited!
We will be taking part in Recess, Lunch, Snack, P.E., Music, Computers, Art, and Library this next week. Have a relaxing and peaceful weekend. I think I'm just going to get some things done around home and do a little baking. Mrs. Zimmermann :)
Happy May! I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. It has been so glorious having the sun out the past two days. :) Yesterday was a busy day of running errands and appointments. Today is a much slower pace of laundry, cleaning, and relaxing a bit. I'm going to take advantage of this beautiful day and sit out on my deck and read some of my book A Dog's Journey. Hopefully you all get some time to be outside, too! :)
This week proves to be another busy one. First Graders will take STAR Reading and STAR Math tests on Tuesday and Wednesday. I will be assessing students on sentence writing skills and story comprehension skills during reading centers. We will be finishing up Unit 9 in Math and Unit 11 in Fundations. We will take our final Fundations test this Friday. We will begin taking our 12 page "End-of-the-Year" Math test next week. The students will complete two - three pages a day to spread it out. The class continues to participate in our "ABC Countdown." This week's activities include: I Spy, Jersey / Sports Shirt Day, Kindness Day, Lego Day (the kids bring their own legos to made creations), and Memory Day.
Students will keep practicing words with magic / silent / bossy "Ee" at the end of them. We're finishing our chapter book tomorrow and starting a new one on Tuesday, a mystery / comedy / adventure. In Science the kids turn into scientists to create an experiment about wind and how to design an umbrella that won't be whisked away in the wind. We are concluding our "America" Unit in Social Studies this week and next. This week we will learn about voting.
Thanks for reading with the kids at least 20 - 30 minutes a day and practicing their writing and math skills at home, as well. It really helps them to gain more experiences at home and school! :) If the kids also want to practice skills on your home computers: They can read / listen to / take tests on stories on "RAZ Kids," practice skills on "STAR Fall, " play games that practice learning skills on "ABC Ya," work on skills across the curriculum on "Brainpop Jr.," practice reading / writing skills on "ABC Mouse," and work on their IXL skills. Since we will have completed all of our Math Units this week and we are just reviewing what we have learned this year, students can work on all of their First Grade Math IXL lessons up to 100% at home to give them extra experience and practice.
I hope you all have an amazing week! Mrs. Z