Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24-28, 2017 Week 33

Hi everyone!  We have been some busy little bees over the last couple of weeks.  As the school year winds down we will get even busier! Yes things are going to be moving fast with lots of activities!  Last week we took our reading books to the park and read our story and we also had a Saxon Phonics lesson there.       

                         I'm already missing these cute faces!

This week we will go to the Tyler Zoo on Friday.  Students will need to bring a sack lunch and two drinks.  Please label all food and drink items and pack lunch in a plastic bag or sack.  We will eat lunch on the bus on the way to the zoo. Please wear tennis shoes so that your feet are comfortable when walking around the zoo.  If your child is riding back with you from the zoo then please send a note by Thursday letting me know.

Last week we read "Tippy Toe Chick, Go!  This week we will read the same story and reading skills. This story is Animal Fantasy.  Our skills are read words with diphthongs -ou, -ow; vowel digraphs -oo; identify characters, setting, plot; syllables -le; recognizing imperative sentences; Saxon Phonics.

In Math we will finish up our Measurement Unit.  We have been practicing measuring objects using nonstandard units.  We used marshmallows, paper clips, unifix cubes, plastic circles, etc to explore how long and wide some objects were.

In Science we are learning about the parts and functions of plants.  This week we are creating and labeling a plant.  We will grow our own plant.  We will also learn about how people use plants in some of the everyday things that we use.

In Social Studies we will look at locations on a map and create a map of the world.  We will learn about the continents as we label the parts of the map. 

April 28 ~ Tyler Zoo
May 2 ~ CES Music Program / Kona Ice Snowcones
May 10 ~ Family Picnic
May 12 ~ AR Glow Bowling (students have to have 12 pts)
May 19 ~ First Grade Picnic at the City Park
May 22 ~ Field Day
May 24 ~ Last Day of School

Fun Times Learning!
We are measuring, learning about plants, making a fairy garden in STEMS class, remembering facts about the Liberty Bell, writing spelling words in shaving cream and reading and playing at the park!  WHEW!

Park Fun!

                                                                Measuring with circles!

                                        Writing spelling words using shaving cream!

                                               Making a Fairy Garden in STEMS class!

      Hip Hip Hooray!
   Colton earned over 100 AR points!  

                                                     We remember the "Liberty Bell"

                                                  More measurement with unifix cubes!

       We had lots of practice 
    with nonstandard measurement!

        We have been learning about plants, and 
         today we made a plant and labeled the parts!

 My former student Luke Hooten and his mom Kathleen brought their famous goat "Cabo" to our school.  She read her book about Cabo.  We enjoyed seeing him!

Thanks for stopping by to read our blog!  
   Have a super fantastic week!  

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 10-14, 2017 Week 31

This will be our last week of homework!  While school work should always come first I still believe that children should have time for extracurricular activities as well.  I know that many in our class are playing baseball, softball and involved in other spring activities.  I want them to be able to enjoy those activities without having to rush and do homework BUT please please please keep reading every night at home because we will still read and work in class.  I will continue to send the weekly newsletter in the red folder on Monday's.  Please continue to check your child's backpack daily just in case I send folders home with important school information during the week.  Thanks parents for all of your support and help throughout the year!  We couldn't have done it without you!  

                               STEMS Activity!  Stacking up recyclables!

This week we will read "Henry and Mudge." It is realistic fiction that has settings that can seem real but the story is made up. Our reading skills are to blend and read words with suffixes -ly, -ful; cause and effect; adjectives that compare; read words with vowel sound oo; and practice Saxon Phonics.

In Math we will measure using nonstandard units of measurement.  We will measure with marshmallows, paper clips, beans, goldfish, etc.

In Science we will continue our study of plants.  During this unit we will learn what plants need to survive, and identify plant parts.

In Social Studies we will learn more about maps, and be able to locate places on a map.  We will learn about the seven continents and create a world map and identify their locations on the map.

April 12 ~ Children's Museum
April 14 & 17 ~ Holiday and Bad Weather Day
April 28 ~ Tyler Zoo Trip   (sign and return permission slip)
May 2 ~ CES Music Program 
May 12 ~ AR Glow Bowling Field Trip for those students who have reached 12 AR points!
May ? ~ Field Day and First Grade Picnic to be announced soon...
May 24 ~ Last day of school

 3rd Nine Weeks Tiger Awards!

  Thanks for coming to see us!  See you next week!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April 3-7, 2017 Week 30

Happy April!  I hope that everyone had a great weekend!  This week I hope that things slow down a bit.  Last week we had a lot going on!  On Tuesday A-Team qualifiers went to the Dairy Museum, we took the STAR Literacy test on Wednesday (different from the STAAR test), and on Friday we rotated through other first grade classrooms during Reading Marathon!  
WHEW!  That's a mouth full!

A-Team at Dairy Museum

On Monday we will complete our reading test over last week's story "A Southern Ranch."  

This week we will read "Peter's Chair."  It is realistic fiction that has make-believe characters who act like real people.  Our reading skills are to blend and read words with vowels digraphs ue, ew, ui; identify theme; recognize compound words; identify adjectives; and learn how to look up words in a dictionary/glossary; and practice Saxon Phonics.

In Math we will continue 3D shapes and begin our unit on Measurement.  We will measure using nonstandard units like measuring with paper clips, cubes, marshmallows, etc. 

In Science we will learn about the basic needs of plants.  We will identify plant parts and grow our own plant.

In Social Studies we will identify places on a map and learn the 4 cardinal directions.

Upcoming Events...
April 4 ~ Kona Ice
April 12 ~ Children's Museum
April 14/17 ~ No School
April 28 ~ Tyler Zoo Field Trip
May 12 ~ AR Glow Bowling Trip

A-Team students enjoyed ice cream and lunch at the Kids Kingdom park in Sulphur Springs! 

Thanks for visiting us this week!  We'll see you again next week!