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Room 1 Class Notes Week of May 31st

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Hello Room 1 Families,

This is an exciting week for Room 1.  Last Friday, we worked really hard to save our tree, Big Doug.  We made signs and wrote letters to the Mayor of Portland.  He had been planning on cutting our tree down, but decided not to after reading our letters.

On Tuesday, we went to the Portland Children’s Museum.  We had a blast building; face-painting; acting in our very own theater; playing in a water park; and running a pet hospital. Mr. Brent’s group also thought it would be funny to paint his face.

Our new lead story for Language Arts this week is The Little Engine That Could.  The targeted skill/strategy for this week is plot.  Our weekly question will be: What does it take for a train to get over the mountain?  Some of the new vocabulary words we will be learning about this week are: engine, passenger, mountain, tracks, valley, and roundhouse.

Looking Ahead:

Monday, June 6th- 1:00 p.m. Buddy celebration at Berkeley Park

Thursday, June 9th- Last day of school.  End of the year slideshow starts at 2:00 p.m.

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Donors Choose Project

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Please check out my cool Donors Choose project. Help us get what we need to create an awesome 1st grade environment for all learners. Thanks so much, Dana

 

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Room 1 Class Notes Week of May 23rd

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Our new lead story for Language Arts this week will be Messenger, Messenger.  This is a fiction story that focuses on the typical day for a bike messenger.  The targeted skill for this week will be compare and contrast.  Some of the new vocabulary for this week will be: escalator; messenger; radios; pickup; and delivery.
In Math we will be continuing with our work with patterns and numbers.  We will also be taking time to review some of the material we have been covering over the last few weeks during Math Workplaces.

We’re continuing with our Storyline, and this week we have added fir cones to our tree. There was also a surprise waiting for us when we came in to class this morning.  An owl had made a nest and laid an egg on Big Doug.  Stay tuned!

Looking Ahead:

May 25th- Field Day- Kindergarten events start at 12:40 p.m.

May 27th- Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 8:00 a.m.

May 31st- Field Trip to the Portland Children’s Museum.

June 5th- Mr. Brent’s Commencement

June 9th- Last Day of School

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Room 1 Class Notes Week of May 16th

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Hello Room 1 Families,

Our new lead story for Language Arts this week is Mayday! Mayday!  This story  describes a coast guard rescue, and provides information about the  types of transportation and the methods used in emergencies.  The targeted skill/strategy for this week is cause and effect. Some of our new vocabulary words for this week are sailor; pilot; yacht; rescue; shimmering; and mechanic.

We are beginning a Storyline this week on a Big Tree. It will be an integrated thematic unit based on a big Douglas Fir tree. We will create a story with a setting, characters and events. The story will grow and unfold over the next 5 weeks. We began today by going out to the school garden and looked closely at the big fir tree. We listed our observations. We will be creating our tree this week along with animals that live in the tree. Today we voted on a name for our tree. The name Big Doug won the vote.

In Math, we will be continuing with our frogs, but we will be adding a focus on reading and writing numbers to 30 and determining missing numbers in a counting sequence.

On Friday, we finished our Literacy/Science Focus Unit on earthworms.  We got to observe real worms in our classroom, and it was quite an adventure.  The worms tried to escape from their paper plate environments and made a big mess in our classroom, but we had a lot of fun holding them and watching them move around.

Looking Ahead:

May 18th- Late Start- school begins at 10:40 a.m.  This is also the last Spirit Day of the year. It is Pajama day.

May 25th- Lewis Elementary Field Day

May 31st- Field trip to the Children’s Museum

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Room 1 Class News Week of May 9th

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Hello Room 1 Families,

This is going to be a busy and exciting week in Room 1.  On Tuesday, we will be going on our walking field trip to the Cooley Art Gallery at Reed College.  We will be walking to Reed College at 9:30 a.m., and we will be coming back to Lewis Elementary around 1:30 p.m. Thursday is also the Lewis Elementary Art Night.  We have put the docent sign-up sheet outside of our classroom, so take a look over the next couple of days and see if there is a time that works well.

Our new lead story for Language Arts this week is Max Takes the Train, and we are learning about several different forms of transportation.  Some of our amazing words this week are jetway; plane; sidecar; subway; tunnel; and ferryboat.

We are also continuing our Science unit on worms this week, and we will actually be creating our very own earthworm habitats later this week.  We have already learned about where worms live, so it will be really fun to create our own worm habitats using real worms and soil.

Looking Ahead

May 10th- Field trip to Cooley Art Gallery

May 12th- Lewis Elementary Art Night

May 18th- Late Start Day 10:40 a.m.  Spirit Day: Pajama Day

May 25th- Field Day

May 31st-  Field trip to the Children’s Museum

Room 1 Class News Week of May 2nd

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Hello Room 1 Families,

This a very exciting week in Room 1.  On Tuesday, May 3rd, we will be having a guest from the Cooley Art Gallery at Reed College in our class to teach us about art.  This is a great opportunity, because we will be visiting the Cooley Art Gallery next week.

Our new lead story for Language Arts this week is Abuela.  This is a story about a little girl who imagines going on adventures with her Abuela, or grandmother.  The comprehension focus for this week will be on settings, or the time and place a story takes place.  We also learned that an adventure can be both real or imagined.

In Math this week we will keep working with our frogs, but we will be moving from measurement to addition and subtraction.  We will also be talking about time this month as part of our Calendar time.

On May 10th, we will be go on a walking field trip to the Cooley Art Gallery at Reed College. We will visit the gallery and then we will have a picnic lunch on the Reed College campus, weather permitting.  We will leave around 9:30 a.m. and should get back to Lewis around 1:30 p.m.

Looking Ahead:

May 6th- Lewis Talent Show at 6:30 p.m.

May 10th: Walking Field Trip to the Cooley Art Gallery at Reed College 10:00 a.m-1:30 p.m

May 12th-Art Night- 6:00 p.m.

May 31st- Field trip to the Children’s Museum

Room 1 Class News Week of April 25th

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Hello Room 1 Families,

Earth Day was last Friday, and we had a lot of fun celebrating Earth and discovering ways to keep it clean.  We read The Lorax, and talked about what we would do to help Earth if we were the Lorax.  It was a lot of fun, and I didn’t realize how many Loraxes we had in our classroom.

This week, we are continuing with our Language Arts story If You Could go to Antarctica.  We have been learning a lot of information about Antarctica, and about penguins in particular.  Some of our amazing words for this week are icebergs, seals, penguins, Antarctica, continent, and whales.

We also started our Science/Literacy unit on earthworms last week, and will be continuing with the unit for the next couple of weeks.  We learned different facts about earthworms, and we will begin narrative writing about earthworms this week.  Next week, we will start to observe real worms in our classroom, and in the school gardens.