Hello and Happy Holiday Season, First Grade Families!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones and are having fun preparing for these next few weeks of learning and holiday fun! The children have been listening to me read them different holiday stories each day, practiced forming words through movement and sound, and written sounds / words / sentences in Unit 6 of "Fundations." We will be taking a test on Unit 6 this coming week! The children have been reading leveled books and taking part in word work, various opportunities with literature, and writing experiences during Guided Reading Centers.
We took the Unit 4 Cumulative Math Test last week and will take the Mid Year Math Assessment this coming week. Students have been reviewing their number, counting, sequencing, measuring, building, and addition skills during Math Centers this past week. The kids wrote first and second drafts of their letters to Santa. The letters have been mailed off, and we are waiting to hear replies from Santa or his elves in the next couple of weeks. Students started writing "Table of Contents" pages for their nonfiction stories they are writing in their spiral notebooks. The children had to come up with titles and page numbers for each of their chapters they are writing.
Students continue to take part in their weekly Specials classes: Art, P.E., Music, Computers, and Library. We have Art every Monday, P.E. every day, Music every Monday and Wednesday, Computers every Friday, and Library every Thursday. The children learned about why we have windows in one of our Science lessons last week, and we watched a Mystery Doug Science video. Students completed a "Scholastic News" magazine on gingerbread. We learned about compassion in a Second Step lesson with snail and puppy, started learning about "Think Win-Win" in "Leader in Me," and students learned about wants and needs in our Social Studies "Economy" unit. The children voted on and created a decorated class door for the holiday all-school door decorating contest. The kids all worked together to create our Olaf door! It turned out really cute.
Have a great weekend! Mrs. Zimmermann
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
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
I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. I know it was disappointing for many having the Homecoming parade canceled last Friday due to the weather, but I hope it allowed you some time to find some other fun activities to partake in for the afternoon and that you were able to enjoy the Homecoming game that night! Go Panthers! It has been a rainy and stormy weekend, but Mr. Zimmermann and I were able to try out a new restaurant, go grab a coffee at "3030," go to the "Clinton Apple and Pork Festival," get some work done, run some errands, and attend one of my students' birthday parties. All in all, it was a rainy weekend, but a good one. :)
Last week the children continued to practice letters and sounds to create words, onset sounds, medial sounds, and final / ending sounds. Students practiced reading and writing sight words, unit words, trick words, nonsense words, digraphs, simple sentences, and short stories. The children listened to me read them stories, read class library books and took A.R. quizzes on the books to check for understanding, read leveled books, practiced writing their alphabet letters correctly (we have reviewed Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Gg, Hh, and Ii so far), completed cvc word and sentence / picture puzzles, listened to / read / took quizzes on leveled stories in "RAZ Kids," and completed activities in "Starfall."
The children practiced their daily Math lessons to continue working on addition and subtraction skills, recognizing and writing numbers correctly, and counting items. The children participated in daily warm up sessions on the promethium board, whole class Math lessons, and Math Centers to work on their class workbooks, took our Unit 2 Cumulative Tests, individual / partner / small group work reviewing number skills, and working on chrome books ("IXL" and "Everyday Math"). We will take our Unit 2 Math Assessments this coming week. Students practiced writing narrative stories, sharing stories with partners, asking prompting questions to help their partners add more details to their stories, had a writing museum walk around the room, and discussed writing and illustrative ideas they noticed from others' stories.
In Science, we traced around our shadow outlines with partners in the morning and the afternoon. We noticed where the sun was located during both parts of the day and how we had long shadows in the morning and short shadows in the afternoon. We watched Mystery Science Doug videos to continue learning about the Earth. In Social Studies, we completed Unit 1 on being "Responsible Citizens." We will take our Unit 1 Social Studies Test this coming week. We discussed focusing during class time and ignoring disruptions in our "Second Step" lesson. We attended an all-school assembly on Habit 1 "Be Proactive." We continue learning how to be good leaders and make great choices every day throughout the day.
Have an awesome week! Mrs. Zimmermann