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