Happy first day of December! The children have been practicing writing base words, sight words, trick words, writing sentences with capitals and punctuation, and suffix s in Fundations. We have been working on recognizing rhyming words, segmenting and blending, onset / median / final sounds in words, and tapping out words in Heggerty. We continue to read our class chapter book Charlotte's Web. In our daily Guided Reading Centers we have been reading books at our level with our groups and Mrs. Zimmermann, completing Christmas crossword puzzles, listening to Gingerbread Man stories on cd at the listening center, sorting items by needs vs. wants and completing a follow up activity, completing our Weekly S.S. News magazine, creating seasonal sentences from word cards, reading Gingerbread Man books, writing sight and seasonal words around the room, RAZ Kids, Brain Pop Jr. - Reading and Writing, ABC Mouse, and other writing and reading practice activities at our six Center rotations.
The kids played inside and outside this past week for Recess. Students enjoyed lunchtime and changed into their gym shoes. Students followed Lucy Calkins' writing lessons and worked on writing non fiction (informational, teachable) stories. We had "Zimmermann Coffee Shop" time (quiet research, work, and study time) and practiced using our chrome books to research what we were writing about in our nonfiction stories. We worked on Math Unit 4 lessons on our promethium board, class discussions, and throughout our Math Centers. We continue to practice addition and measuring skills in Math. Students worked on Math on IXL, as well.
In Science, we used colors instead of sounds to communicate (check out a few videos on our class Twitter page). We also watched a few Doug Mystery Science short videos about our planet. In Social Studies, we continued our "Community Economics" unit by learning about goods and services. Students also took part in Specials this past week: Music, Computers, Art, P.E., and Library. Students used a graphic organizer to come up with a letter to Santa. Students wrote their final draft of their letters to Santa. I mailed the letters and we're waiting to hear back from Santa Claus! :)
Please remember to have your child read with you at least 20 minutes a night, practice their writing skills, and work on math (number, addition, subtraction, and measuring) skills at home for extra experiences. Thanks for all you do! They are a sweet group of kids! I love my First Grade Zimmermann Family! :) Happy Saturday!
Love, Mrs. Zimmermann