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!!!!!
I'm getting ready to take our brooder box to school and get it all set up for our chicks being born in the next couple of days. Today or tomorrow, they should start doing their internal pips and break holes into their air cells (egg shell) and breathe oxygen for the first time. We are so excited!!!! The chicks will go home with farmers this Thursday and Friday. Thanks, chicks! It's been fun learning about you!!!!
This week we are also working on our next weekly lessons of Heggerty and finishing our Teacher Led Reading chapter book, Speed Racer. Students will be completing their Fundations lessons in Unit 9 and taking their Unit 9 test. We will be learning about the sound that "oi" and "oy" make in words in our reading centers and gaining more reading practice and experiences. The students will have Prize Patrol to celebrate their gains on their A.R. quizzes they've take the last couple of weeks. Students need to return their completed third reading logs to complete their fourth reading log on our Homer's Reading Program. All reading logs will be due on Monday, April 1st, when we return from Spring Break. The children will keep practicing their writing skills in their spiral notebooks in our Lucy Calkins' lessons.
The children will complete Unit 7 in Math and take their Post Test 7. We have been working on telling time and math fact families in addition and subtraction. Students will finish and take home their chick journals and watch a Mystery Doug Science video. We will be observing, petting, and holding the chicks this week after they have had a chance to dry off, get fluffy, get some rest, eat some food, and drink some water. In Social Studies, we will complete more Scholastic News magazines teaching us about our world. We will also continue learning about Geography. Students will continue to learn about being good leaders as we study the 6th Habit in "Leader in Me."
Remember: This Friday, students will be dismissed from school at 2:15 p.m. (Walkers) and 2:30 p.m. (Bus Riders) to begin their Spring Break! Have a relaxing break! See you back again on April 1st!
This coming week we will be starting Unit 9 in Fundations and be introduced to new sight words, trick words, unit words, and sentences. Students will be practicing blends, suffix s, digraphs, silent (magic) e, long e sound (ee, ea, and ey) in Heggerty and Guided Reading Centers. I will continue reading the students Speed Racer and the Mammoth Car during Teacher Led Reading. Students completed their leprechauns and their St. Patrick's Day stories last week. They are hanging up in the hallway outside of the classroom.
We started Unit 7 in Math last Thursday. We will continue learning about number families, time, addition, and subtraction in our Everyday Math group lessons and Math Centers. Students will continue Unit 4 of Lucy Calkins' Writing curriculum. We are writing about characters, setting, problems, and solutions.
The children will document chick growth inside their eggs in their daily chick journals. The chicks are almost full grown inside their eggs and should start pipping, creating a hole (air cell) to start breathing oxygen, and hatch from their eggs in the next week. The kids and I can't wait! :) We will also watch this week's new Mystery Doug Science video.
We will continue through our Geography Unit in Social Studies by learning about different bodies of water (lakes, ponds, rivers, oceans, and glaciers). Students will keep learning about Habit 6 "Synergize" (working together as a team) in "Leader in Me" and will learn about working together in our last lesson of "Second Step." We will have our second to last Travel Trunks this Tuesday, learning all about Illinois.
Have a great week and a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! Sincerely, Mrs. Julie McGraw Zimmermann
We were so "egg"cited to get our chick eggs this Tuesday morning. They are warm and cozy in our class incubator for the next few weeks. We have been learning daily what the chicks look like inside the eggs and have been recording in our chick journals what is happening to the eggs. We completed an egg art diagram picture and created a chick life cycle page. We also watched a Mystery Doug Science video.
The kids continued learning about time and practicing math facts and experiences in Everyday Math lessons and centers. We will finish up Unit 6 next week. Next week we will be taking a Cumulative Test, Unit 6 Post Test, and Unit 7 Pre-test.
Students completed Scholastic News magazines and learned about teeth, treating others kindly, United States symbols, and Dr. Seuss. The children were taught about different types of maps and how to read a map key. We learned about the feeling of surprise in our Second Step lesson.
The students worked on letter sounds, forming words and sentences, reading, and writing experiences and practice during Heggerty, Fundations, Teacher Led Reading, reading A.R. books, taking A.R. quizzes, and Guided Reading Centers. We practiced sight words, took STAR Reading, and took STAR Math tests to check progress.
Have a great weekend and week ahead! Next Friday, March 8th the children will be getting released from school at 11:30 a.m. (Walkers) and 11:45 a.m. (Bus Riders). Teachers will be having Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences on an "as needed" basis with students' parents in the afternoon of March 8th. Take Care, Mrs. Z
The children learned about our current and past presidents and we learned about maps and their uses in Social Studies. We worked on adding and subtracting ten with various numbers using our number grids, dice, dry erase markers, and white boards. Students started learning about telling time in Math.
The class learned about why cats "purr" and about ducks and their ducklings in Science. We worked on writing book reviews in Writing. We finished Unit 8 in Fundations and took our unit test. We continued to gain different experiences with letters, words, sentences, and literature.
Students took part in their Specials: Art, Music, Library, and P.E. We didn't have Computers this week since we have that on our "B" Days. This was a C, D, E, and A week. The kids also enjoyed Recess, Lunch, and Snack. We finished up our chapter book, The One Hundred Penny Box and started a new one, Speed Racer and The Mammoth Car.
The kids are SO excited because we set up the class incubator yesterday afternoon. We will be getting our eggs this next week and begin learning about our chicks that we will be waiting to see hatch in the next month.
Have a super weekend! Mrs. Julie Zimmermann
Last week, we learned about different types of birds' beaks and how they use their beaks to eat. The students took part in a Science experiment to compare picking up food with long, sharp beaks or wide beaks. Students also learned about penguins' life cycle in our Scholastic News activity and magazine. The children also were taught about reading a compass (North, South, East, and West). We had a class Social Skills lesson with Mrs. Arms where we listened to a story, watched a short video, talked about, and completed a follow up activity about being kind to one another and filling each other's buckets with kind words and gestures. Students started Unit 6 in Math. The children worked on IXL and Everyday Math lessons on their chrome books.
Students worked on Heggerty, Unit 8 in Fundations, and finishing our class chapter book. We began a new class book called The One Hundred Penny Box. Students worked on reading and writing skills, read A.R. books, took A.R. quizzes, and read stories on "RAZ Kids" on their chrome books. The children continued to work on learning about Geography by learning about different land formations (mountains, hills, plains, valleys, and plateaus). The kids started writing book reviews in their Lucy Calkins' writing lessons. The children had a fun time at their class Valentine Party last Thursday. I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day.
This week we will continue to work on our reading, writing, math, science, and social studies curriculums and experiences. Remember, tomorrow we do not have school due to Presidents' Day. Have a great week! Mrs. Zimmermann
I hope you are all having a great weekend and have a wonderful Valentine's Day! Tomorrow, we are starting our Third Trimester. It's hard to believe we are in the last Trimester of the school year. This year has flown!
The students will be continuing our letter, sound, word, sentence, and paragraph recognition and writing in Heggerty, Fundations, and Lucy Calkins. Students have been listening to me read during Teacher Led Reading to the book Dragon Slayers' Academy: The New Kid at School.
Students have been working on blends, base words, number of sounds in words, and consonants in Heggerty. We will start Unit 8 in Fundations to continue working on our foundation in writing skills and abilities with letters, trick words, unit words, sight words, and writing complete sentences. In Fundations, we have been practicing writing a capital letter in the beginning of each sentence, capitalizing the first letter in a person's name, using correct spacing of words, spelling, writing neatly and correctly forming letters, and putting punctuation at the end of each sentence. In Lucy Calkins' writing curriculum, we are more than halfway through Unit 3. Students wrote about items they collect or would like to collect. Now, students are writing reviews to interest and persuade their readers in the book, movie, song, game, restaurant, store, or hobby that they are most interested in themselves.
We practice our reading (comprehension and fluency skills) and writing skills during our Guided Reading Centers daily. Last week, students practiced writing sentences with me for two writing tests and wrote a Valentine's Day story that we are hanging up on the tack strips outside our classroom in the hallway. The children also read with stuffed animals and with partners. Students used lined white boards, dry erase markers, and erasers to write the sight words we have learned about so far this school year that are hanging up in the classroom. Students read, listened to, and took reading tests on RAZ Kids stories on their chrome books. The children practiced writing stories utilizing stories in front of them; they had to use correct capitalization, word spacing, spelling, and punctuation.
In Math, the children are starting Unit 6 tomorrow. We will be taking a Pretest and then begin our Everyday Math lessons and Math Centers. We continue to work on addition and subtraction and using number grids (for example: Pick a number. 62. Add ten more. What is your answer? 72). We will start our "Geography" Unit in Social Studies this week. Students will learn about Geography tools (maps, GPS, and an atlas). We also continue to learn about social emotional skills and communication in "Second Step" and working on the 5th Habit in "The Leader in Me" (Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood). In Science we will begin our next unit of opportunities, lessons, and experiments. We will be focusing on living things.
This Thursday, we will celebrate Valentine's Day. This Friday, students will be getting dismissed at 11:30 a.m. (Walkers) and 11:45 a.m. (Bus Riders). Teachers will be in "Leader in Me" training all afternoon; how to align "TLIM" with our teaching. Next Monday, we will not have school due to Presidents' Day. Have a FANTASTIC week!
Sincerely, Mrs. Julie Zimmermann