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
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
It's hard to believe we're down to our last 43 days or so of school for the 2018-2019 school year. In many ways, this year has flown by, and in other ways August seems like so long ago. As we look forward to these next two months, we start looking towards spring and summer plans for our homes, vacations, and for ourselves.
It's nice to see the sun out more, the weather warming up, and witnessing spring greens coming through the winter browns. Looking forward, we set continuous short and long term goals for ourselves; read more, practice our math skills in a variety of ways, continue experimenting and learning about our world, practice our writing skills, and working towards being our best selves.
Spring is a time for renewal, trying new things, and challenging ourselves to do our best. Let's work together with our students to help them see and reach these goals in themselves as they finish up their school year as First Graders.
I have been and continue to be so proud of the kids and how hard they work, how they have matured, and how far they have come in the past seven months. Let's keep it up, kids!
As we start back to school tomorrow, let's stay focused, help one another achieve success, stay positive, continue to practice our skills at school and home to help with growth, and challenge ourselves as we finish our reading, writing, math, social studies, and science lessons and units in these last weeks of the school year. We can do it!!!!!