I hope this finds all of you and yours having a happy and blessed day. Sorry I haven't been able to put a newsletter up on our class blog the past couple of weeks; my home laptop has been kind-of persnickety the past few weeks. :)
I am so proud of the children and how hard they have been working these past few weeks to get ready for some special activities we have coming up this week before Winter Break. We finished up Unit 4 in Math. We took Math Post Test 4, Math Cumulative Assessment, and Math Mid Year Assessment. We took the STAR Math and STAR Reading Benchmark Tests. We finished Unit 6 in Fundations and took the unit test last week. We finished our Science Unit on Light and Sound. We continue to watch short Doug Science videos each week. The students attended an assembly last week to review the first three habits in "Leader in Me." Our class continues to talk about different emotions, reading nonverbal language, and how to communicate with others in "Second Step." We are rapidly getting through our "Community Economics" unit in Social Studies by talking about money, jobs, goods and services, natural resources, wants vs. needs, producers and consumers, and saving and spending money. We practice our letters, sounds, forming words, sight words, trick words, nonsense words, sentences, writing, researching for our nonfiction stories, and reading books. We used a graphic organizer, drafted, edited, and wrote a final draft of letters to Santa Claus. Students have been taking part in Reading and Math Centers to gain more opportunities to work on our skills, we have moved to new Reading and Math Groups and continue to show growth in our skill areas. Keep up the great work!!!!! :) YEAHHHH KIDSSSS!!!
This week we will be completing our Social Studies Unit "Christmas Around the World." First Graders will rotate with their classes to all of the First Grade classrooms to learn about and complete an activity about a different country in the world. We will also continue working on our Reading, Writing, and Math skills. Students will take part in "The Grinch" activities and "The Polar Express" activities. We will also celebrate the upcoming holidays with an all-school sing along and having our class parties. Remember, Friday the children get released early for the beginning of their Winter Break. Have a wonderful and safe holiday! Take Care, Mrs. Zimmermann