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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.  

Room 1 Class News Week of April 18th

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Hello Room 1 Families,

On Friday we earned a class dance party by being responsible, safe, respectful, cooperative, and kind students.  The class had a great time freeze dancing and moving around to some GoNoodle videos.  It was a lot of fun!

This week, we are finishing up our Language Arts story Goldilocks and The Three Bears. We have been able to read several different versions of this folktale, and we have even created and acted out our own versions of the story.  Our new lead story for Language Arts will be If You Could go to Antarctica.  This is an informational text that will give us a lot of information about Antarctica.

We will also be starting a Science and Literacy unit on earthworms this week, which will last for the next three weeks.  This will be a great opportunity for our class to explore and observe animals from nature, and to learn about their importance in our ecosystem.

As a reminder, the weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining.  It is a good idea to put sunscreen on your kids to keep them safe from the sun during our outside recesses.

Looking Ahead:

April 20th– Late Start, school starts at 10:40 AM.  

April 22nd- Earth Day

April 23rd- Lewis Garden Fair & Plant Sale

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Room 1 Class Notes Week of April 11th

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Hello Room 1 Families,

This week, our lead story for Language Arts is called Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  It is an animal fantasy story about a little girl who goes into a bear family’s house and uses their things until she finds what is just right for her.  Our comprehension focus for this week will be on characters, which are the people or animals in a story.  A few of the new vocabulary words we will learn this week are cottage, porridge, middle-sized, small, big, and bears.

In math, we will finish up with estimation by pulling handfuls out of our bucket of frogs.  At the end of the week, we will start our new unit on measurement, which we have already been talking about each day during our Calendar time. We have been learning about different tools that measure time, weight, temperature, and length.  Each day of the month has a picture of a different measuring tool, such as a scale or a ruler.  We have also learned a fun little movement activity with the different measurement tools that you can have your children teach you.

Looking Ahead:

April 20th- Late Start, school starts at 10:40 AM

April 22nd- Earth Day

April 23rd- Lewis Garden Fair & Plant Sale

Playing With Little Bits

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Hello Room 1 Families,

Monday was the last day of Worktime for our lead story My Lucky Day.  On Tuesday, we will read our new lead story for Language Arts, If You Could Go To Antarctica.  This is an informational text with a science connection that will teach us a lot of information about Antarctica.

Monday was also the last day for Garden and Media this month.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to have Garden today, but we spent that time having a lot of fun in media.  We got to explore with Little Bits, and the class came up with some creative creations.  It was great watching the partner groups working together to build inventions that lit up, powered fans, and made buzzers go off.  It was fantastic!

Looking ahead

There will be no school this Friday, April 8th because of a teacher planning day.  

Starting April 11th and continuing until May 20th, I will be taking over for the solo teaching portion of my student teaching practicum.  During this time, I will be taking over the main day to day responsibilities of the classroom, but Dana will be around to help where and when she can.  If you have any questions about solo teaching or my student teaching practicum, feel free to contact me at brentraleigh@lclark.edu.  

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Class News Week of March 28th Room 1

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Hello Room 1 Families,

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be transitioning into my solo teaching experience.  I’m very excited for this opportunity, and I look forward to all of the great learning we will have as a class over the last two months of school.  It will be fantastic!

This week we finished our story Bunny Day, and will be moving onto our new lead story,  called My Lucky Day.  This is a fun, fictional story about a fox who gets outsmarted by a piglet. A few of the new words we will learn this week are piglet, filthy, lucky, fox, scrubber, and cook.

This week we had Media and Garden, and we learned a lot of new things.  In Garden, we discovered different types of fruits, like peppers and figs.  We even planted our own fruit (pumpkins) in the school greenhouse.  In Media, Ms. Cindy read Rosie Revere Engineer.  This was a great story about perseverance and teamwork, and your children used perseverance and teamwork to build their own paper towers.  I was amazed at the creativity of the towers, and I was very impressed at how well your children worked together to build their towers.

 

Looking ahead

April 8th-Teacher Planning Day

April 20th-Late Start/Spirit Day: Book Character Day

April 23rd-Lewis Garden Fair & Plant Sale

 

Class News Room 1 Week of March 14th

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We are continuing our work with BodyVox. We will have a culminating celebration on Wednesday right after students arrive for late opening. Please stay and watch if you are able. It will be in the gym at 10:55. On Monday, we had our Garden time with Kathleen. We were able to plant pea seeds that we sprouted the week before. It was so cool to see all the parts of the seed, and how quickly it grew. Stay tuned, we should have peas in 28 days. We also had our Media time with Ms. Cyndi. After reading Iggy Peck, Architect, the kids worked in groups of 3 to build a structure out of paper and tape. It was a great activity. It was a real practice in cooperation and teamwork. Our lead story this week is called Bunny Time. We got our first real experience with telling time. I am introducing the concept of the clock including the minute hand and the hour hand. We also learned that there are 2 different kinds of clocks, analog clocks and digital clocks. The concept of time is a difficult one for 5 and 6 year olds. We will be talking a lot about it, and I will be using the clock a lot as we go through our day.