The children worked on substituting sounds to create new words, made rhymes, tapped out words, named the beginning sounds of words, and took out beginning and ending phonemes to create new words in "Heggerty." First Graders reviewed "Fundations" sounds, words, and sentences. The kids completed and took a test over Unit 5 in "Fundations." Students finished reviewing writing A - Z capital and lower case letters correctly, practiced nouns, verbs, and adjectives through various activities, and read leveled books in Guided Reading Centers.
The class finished Unit 4 in "Everyday Math" and took a Math Test. Students practiced number recognition, measurement, addition, and subtraction skills using various manipulatives and activities during Math Centers. Children worked independently and with partners to write informational (teaching) non-fiction stories using our "Lucy Calkins" writing curriculum. The children learned about earning money in Social Studies. We talked about accidents and how to be empathetic towards others in "Second Step." Lastly, the kids learned about turkeys in Science.
We will be taking part in fun Reading, Writing, and Math activities this coming Monday. Tuesday, all First Grade students will be rotating to the different First Grade rooms to take part in coding experiences and participate in an all-school assembly about Habit 3 "Put First Things First." CPS will be dismissing early on Tuesday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving! I'll write the next blog in two weeks! Take Care, Mrs. Zimmermann
I hope you have all had a nice weekend! The children continue to practice their reading, writing, math, science, and social studies skills at school every day. Students have been listening to and reading stories from our class, school, and Guided Reading Leveled libraries. We have been practicing rhyming, onset (beginning) sounds and letters in words, writing our ABCs correctly, reviewing nouns / verbs / adjectives, dolch / sight / unit / trick / nonsense words, and writing sentences and paragraphs. The kids have been working on measuring, counting, adding, and subtracting. Students learned about light and sound and community jobs. Have a wonderful week! Mrs. Z
Good Morning, Families!
I hope this finds you having a beautiful Sunday morning. I couldn't get on to the Weebly site yesterday to update our class newsletter, so I thought I'd try again this morning. :)
Yesterday was a day filled with running errands and birthday parties. It was a nice day seeing the kids and their families having fun, while getting some things done for home and school. It's also important to "Sharpen Your Saw" as stated in "Leader in Me," so I also took some time to read my new Elton John book, Me, listen to some music, walk my dogs on the trail, try one of the new holiday coffees at "Starbucks" with Karl, and watch two movies with my hubby when he got home from work.
We've been busily getting things ready at home for our Thanksgiving and Christmas get-togethers, so our home is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I still have the fall decorations up at school and will take those down and put up Christmas decorations for the kids to enjoy in the next few weeks. I've been getting items ready at school in preparation for each week's lessons and activities for the kiddos. They have been working so hard at school and on their homework with their families. Thank you! Every amount of practice and exposure to skills will benefit the children in the long run. I hope you have all been well and enjoying this pretty and busy time of year.
The children began their new learning units in Heggerty, Fundations, Every Day Math, Lucy Calkins' Writing, Social Studies, and Mystery Science. Every day the children are exposed to various literature, word forming and sentence writing skills, reading strategies and practice, listening skills, following directions activities, working with others and on own, and becoming their own advocates by gaining more and more responsibilities for their materials and work. Students are learning new math skills such as measuring and reviewing addition and subtraction skills, the children started learning about our third habit "Put First Things First" in "Leader in Me," we had a class discussion about Veterans Day, and they completed a "Scholastic News" magazine about recognizing our military men and women. Students started a unit about light and sound in Science as they learned about how sounds are created as sound effects in movies and television shows. Students were then able to make their own sounds to recreate a rainstorm, a ball bouncing on the ground, and a ruler vibrating on a desk. The children also learned about families of the past and present. We will start learning about economics this week.
Remember, tomorrow the children can wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE in celebration of Veterans Day. Have a super duper week! Mrs. Zimmermann
Hi, First Grade Families!
As I am typing this up this morning, I am live streaming the "EdmodoCon Miami 2019" teacher conference. It is focusing on social emotional skills and technology. I always tell my students that we all are constant learners; we never stop learning. I hope you're all having a great weekend!
The students took their Unit 4 Fundations Test and Unit 3 Math Test this past week. Students reviewed their letters, sounds, forming words by syllables, changing out beginning sounds to create new words, learning about glued sounds (all, am, and an), continued review of digraphs / consonants / vowels, writing / reading / saying unit / trick / sight words, reading our October Speed Read words on our class promethium board, reading leveled books, listening to "The Three Super Pigs" story read on a cd while they read along with the book, "RAZ Kids," "Funbrain," "PBSKids," bonus letter board game, practicing writing our alphabet letters correctly, writing sentences, listening to stories with our eyes closed and picturing the details in our minds like a movie, and writing our own stories tied to the stories we've read in class. The children reviewed their math skills of number recognition, counting, adding, and subtracting using a variety of strategies. Students also utilized "IXL," "Prodigy," "Everyday Math Games," and "Xtra Math." In Science, we watched a Mystery Doug video and viewed some videos on "Discovery Education" about our world. In Social Studies, students completed a "Scholastic News" magazine, attended an all school assembly on the Second Habit in "Leader in Me," and we watched various educational videos about our country and holiday traditions on "Discovery Education." The children had fun dressing up each day and celebrating Halloween with a party in our costumes!
We completed our first Trimester yesterday. Grades will be available on Skyward next week. Starting on Monday, the students will begin their new units in Science, Social Studies, Math, Reading, and Writing. The children will be in new Reading and Math groups during our Guided Reading and Math Centers. We will have Prize Patrol next Thursday, celebrating the children's reading and taking and passing A.R. quizzes that check for reading comprehension. Have a good weekend! :) Get outside and enjoy the day, Mrs. Zimmermann