Saturday, June 3, 2023

Highlights from the Week of May 30,2023

 Highlights from the Week of May 30, 2023


This week our first graders enjoyed another Mystery Guest Reader!  Each class was treated to listening to a story or two by the other kindergarten teacher - so Ms. Purvee’s class invited Ms. Darling in, and Mrs. Babineau’s class invited Mrs. Gilbar in!  It was such a treat!  And such fun stories!!


We finished our last math unit this week and have been continuing to work on place value concepts.  Next week we will be learning about Expanded Notation! 


We learned a new W.O.W. this week which was vast.  This word is directly connected to our theme unit titled Patterns in the Sky.  We read a couple of books about the sun and the moon and learned about one pattern in the sky that can help us find our way if we are lost.  We learned that the sun always rises and sets in the same directions (or appears to rise and set, as we have also learned that the sun doesn’t actually move - it’s the earth that moves!).  


We have started learning how to write about our opinions during Writing Workshop.  We watched an interactive video to help clarify the difference between a fact and an opinion and tried writing our first piece (very structured) about whether we prefer carrots or apples.  It was fun to share these and hear each others’ opinions!


As a celebration of completing our Fiction writing unit, both classes came together and shared their published pieces.  Such creative writers in first grade!  



IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:


  • Powder Run: After school on Tuesday, June 6th

  • K-1 Concert Jund 9th 8:00-8:30 (in the gym)

  • Field Day: Thursday, June 15th 

  • Last Day of School and Report Cards: Tuesday, June 20th (full day)


































Monday, May 29, 2023

Author Visit, Raptor Presentation, and More! Highlights from the Week of May 22, 2023

 

Author Visit, Raptors Presentation, Story Publishing, and More!

Highlights from the Week of May 22, 2023


The week of May 22nd was filled with some very special opportunities and experiences!  First graders were treated to a Mystery Guest Reader (Ms. Purvee’s class enjoyed a book with Mrs. Gilbar and Mrs. Babineau’s class enjoyed a book with Ms. Darling!), an Author Visit with Diana Dunn (author of Pipsqueak’s Adventure, A True Story), and a visit with Raptors!  


In addition to all of that fun and learning we continued to learn about story elements during our Reading Workshop.  We started exploring the author’s message, theme, and/or lesson by reading two fantastic books, Giraffe Problems, and Penguin Problems by Jory John.  We are discovering that we can learn a lot through the characters in stories! 


Students chose a favorite fiction piece and have been polishing it up by making revisions, adding details, and editing to make it the best that it can be!  We will be sharing our stories between our two first grade classes soon!


During Math we are continuing to work on adding two digit numbers and have begun to learn about regrouping the tens and ones when necessary.  (We no longer call it “carrying” or “borrowing” but instead “regrouping”.)  Students are able to t build the numbers with Base 10 Blocks and manipulate and construct the numbers in a concrete way.  


Our new Word of the Week (W.O.W.) was contemplate. We have built quite a collection of fun and interesting words to add to our vocabulary and it is so fun to watch students use our new words and notice when they see them in books, or hear adults using them too!  


We were so busy this week that we didn’t take a lot of pictures, but enjoy the ones wee did get!  


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:


  • Powder Run: After school on Tuesday, June 6th

  • Field Day: Thursday, June 15th 

  • Last Day of School and Report Cards: Tuesday, June 20th (full day)