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Class News Week of Sept. 11

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The past week was a whirl wind. I’m really looking forward to cooler fall days.  We are working hard on learning all the routines of 1st grade. The first month of school has lots of unfolding of whats to come in the year. For example, we  got our individual math folders and word work folders is week. We got books in our individual book tubs, got our word rings and word packets. There is so much to learn and do in first grade. On Friday, kids began working with a reading partner. Reading partners are there to practice reading with as well as to support each other when we have challenges with words or ideas. In Reader’s workshop, we learned the 5 finger rule. I taught the kids to open a book to a random page and hold up a finger for every tricky word. 1 finger= too easy. 2-3 fingers = just right  4-5 =fingers too hard. This is a good rule of thumb when picking a book for your child.

A few reminders. Please be sure your child is wearing athletic shoes on Gym days/ Monday and Thursday. Thank you

Looking ahead/ Back to school night is Sept 19. Garden class begins Sept 21st

Class News September 6th

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Hello Room 3 families,

Our first week together was a great time. We are learning all the new 1st grade routines. It has been an easy transition. It has been so much fun getting to know all the kids and welcoming new friends. This week, we will begin partner reading which will be a daily practice. We will begin our Math centers as well. We are also going to have a weekly garden time with Kathleen allowing kids a chance to contribute to our school garden and learn science concepts and just get their hands in the dirt. We will begin library next week. Ms. Tori and Ms. Lisa have been working hard to get the library database up and in order for the year.   I am so looking forward to this year with your kids.

If you haven’t yet turned in the Registration forms and other paper work, please do so this week. Don’t forget to check out the class blog.

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Iggy Peck Architect

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Today we read the book Iggy Peck architect. We then worked in groups of 3 to build a tall tower using 5 pieces of paper, tape, 5 straws and molding clay. Teams worked together to try to make a standing structure. It was a challenge working with a team, but all the kids had success to some degree and cooperated. It was so much fun to watch.

First Day in 1st grade

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We had a wonderful first day. We learned routines and relearned rules of Lewis that help kids learn and be safe. I’m very excited about the year to come. Its going to be a great one!

Class News Week of May 30th

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We’re another week closer to the end of the year! Field Day was so much fun last week. The weather was perfect, and the kids had a great time playing the different games. We’ve been watching our caterpillars as they undergo their metamorphosis into butterflies. They are currently in their chrysalises and should be emerging any day now! Last week, we wrapped up our farm unit by writing stories about our farms and acting them out with partners. The kids loved having the opportunity to play around with the farms that they worked so hard to create. The whole unit was hard work but a lot of fun! We also did a fun art activity on Friday with Ms. Beach. We made colorful suns to brighten up our classroom! They turned out great.

We will be taking a walking field trip with our buddies on June 14th from 1-2:30.Parents are welcome to join us! We will be asking for snack/treat contributions closer to the date.

It’s hard to believe the end of the school year is so close! Second grade, here we come.