Hello and Happy Saturday!
I hope you're all having a restful and healthy weekend. I know the kids and I have been sharing the same yucky cold the past couple of weeks, so here's to hoping to us all feeling good and healthy again here soon! :)
The children are getting into their daily routines, learning the school and class rules and expectations, and learning the class daily and weekly schedules. Every day we put our backpacks away, put our take home folders in our class folder holder (I check them for notes and my Teacher Helper for the week takes notes down in our silver class folder to the office secretaries), have a class bathroom and drink break, we listen to daily announcements on the intercom, say the pledge with our "Pledge Leader," take attendance and lunch count, put our lunch cards / lunch boxes in the top of our lockers, Teacher Led Reading Time, Heggerty, Fundations, Guided Reading (Reading Centers), Recess, wash hands, Lunch, change into gym shoes, have a class bathroom and drink break, Calendar / Weather / Number of Days in School, Everyday Math Lessons, Math Centers, Gym (P.E.) class, change into going home shoes, bathroom and drink break, wash hands for snack, Snack, Lucy Calkins' Writing Lesson and writing time in our spiral notebooks, Mystery Science and / or Social Studies Lesson, and / or "Leader in Me" or "Second Step" Lesson, get folders and grab backpacks from lockers, walkers sit by class door and bus riders sit on class rug, we do class stickers on behavior charts and prizes, we straighten up the room by wiping down tables and chairs, and we are dismissed to go home. Usually while the children are waiting to be dismissed I will turn on a PBSKids video on our class promethium board for them to watch while they are waiting.
Students are able to take bathroom and drink breaks throughout the day, along with our full class bathroom and drink breaks. I change class helpers each week. We have a line leader, teacher helper, pledge helper, plant keeper (water our class plants by the windows a couple times a week), chair cleaners, table cleaners, recycle helper (pick up papers on floor and put in recycle), and garbage helper (pick of scraps and put them in the class garbage cans). The students have also been taking part in their Specials: Art (Mondays), Music (Mondays and Wednesdays), P.E. (M-F), Computers (Fridays), and Library (Thursdays). We have been assessed in STAR Reading and STAR Math and are almost done being assessed by Fountas and Pinnell in our classroom.
The kids have been working hard! As stated in the email I sent to all of our class families a few days ago, "Tic Tac Toe" homework sheets will begin to go home at the beginning of each week starting this coming Tuesday and will be due back the following Monday. Students are to complete three homework activities in a row (up and down, across, or diagonal) and can staple papers that accompany work activities to be returned with the "Tic Tac Toe" sheets. Students are also expected to read at least 20 minutes at home per day, work on writing skills (at least three times a week at home), and math skills (at least three times a week at home). Extra experience will benefit the children in their learning skill levels.
Have a wonderful three-day weekend! Take Care, Mrs. Julie Zimmermann
The students have been getting into the swing of the school year. I have had them sitting in different assigned seats each day the past couple weeks to learn how to sit in the various flexible seats. Next week, students will start being their own learning advocates by choosing people they can focus by to sit by each day.
We have done the pledge, taken attendance and lunch count, learned to hang our backpacks in our lockers, put our take home folders in the class folder holder, change into our gym shoes, and make good choices during transitions, lunch, recess, and in our specials classes (music, library, p.e., computers, and art).
We started our daily Heggerty lessons (sound and word practice - we have been focusing on compound words) and Fundations lessons (recognizing, forming, and writing letters and words). I have been reading books to the children during Teacher Led Reading Time every morning. We have also discussed authors, illustrators, setting, problems, solutions, retelling stories, characters, and titles of the stories we have been reading. The children will start Reading Centers during Guided Reading Time this next week. They will work on reading, writing, and being tested in Fountas and Pinnell to check reading fluency and comprehension skills. We have been learning how to utilize ABC Ya, RAZ Kids, Brainpop Jr., and how to use our chromebooks. Students have also been learning how to utilize Everyday Math activities and games and Sketchpad on their chromebooks.
The students have been taking their STAR Reading and STAR Math Tests. We have also started our Unit 1 in Everyday Math and practicing writing, recognizing, and naming numbers. The class has practiced counting various items in the classroom by being Math Detectives. Students have played counting and number games with dice, counter cubes, and pennies. The children will begin Math Centers this coming week.
In Lucy Calkins' Writing Curriculum we have been working on narrative writing (telling our own stories) in our spiral notebooks. We have written about what we want to learn this year, what we have enjoyed about school so far this year, and a personal story about their weekend or an activity they had done over the summer. After different class discussions, we came up with class and school rules, different ways to make good choices, how to be a good leader, and how to be a good friend. Then, the children wrote and colored in papers that are hanging up in the hallway about how to be a friend. The students also put on their detective hats again to figure out the beginning sounds of words and create a bee school picture when they solved the paper puzzle.
Students have been helping to come up with good class rules that we have hanging in the classroom on the paper writing roll hanging on the whiteboard that we regularly review. We have read through and answered questions in two "Scholastic News" magazines talking about how to be our best and most helpful selves, being kind, and making friends. Students have been listening to stories, watching videos, and having class discussions on how to be proactive, the first habit in "The Leader in Me." The children have also started "Second Step" by having a lesson with the help of Mr. Snail puppet in listening, following directions, and staying focused.
In Science, the children have been taking part in class talks and learning about lava, inventors, and making coins in Mystery Science and Mystery Science Doug videos. We will be taking part in various Science lessons and experiments this school year.
Have a great week! Mrs. Zimmermann
We started with our first day back to school today. We will be going over class and school rules and expectations, getting into a routine and following a schedule, and doing some fun "get to know you" activities. We have 23 students this school year. It was so great getting to see all of you at the "Drop off Supply and Meet the Teacher Night" last Thursday. I look forward to getting to know you and your children this school year. Take Care, Mrs. Zimmermann
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