Week 24 Update

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, March 1- PE
Tuesday, March 2- Library, Art
Wednesday, March 3- STEAM
Thursday, March 4- Music
Friday, March 5- Art,    Early Release- Pizza Ranch Retell Day
                                          🤠 Wear a cowboygirl hat, bandana, or handkerchief.

March is Reading Month- I will NOT be sending a separate reading calendar.  Just have your child continue to fill out our baggie book calendar and I’ll use that to give them raffle tickets for our school-wide prizes.  Wednesdays will be read and feed days where the PTC will be providing us with snacks! 😃 Fridays will be dress-up days.


Mystery Reader-

This week Skyler’s mom, Mrs. Boersen read us There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a FleaSign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Five new friends were Star of the Day this week- Ella, Jason, Madelyn, Hazel, and Violet.
They were able to bring a book to share with the class if they wanted. Next week will be Anastasia, Riley, Kennedy B., and Skyler.

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Ryan.  He had a great week and put in a lot of effort with a great attitude.  He comes to school every day ready for a fresh start. 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Kennedy B joined the lost tooth club!


OUR LEARNING:

Writing We began our final bend, book reviews! Students picked their favorite books and started writing convincing book reviews. 

Word Study Our “vowel team” chart is filling up quickly! This week, Rasheed returned from his construction visit and reminded us that just like buildings can be made from different materials, words can be made from different vowel teams, too. We learned about the different sounds of oo. 

Reading–  We tried making movies in our minds as a strategy to help us think about what is happening in the book. Focusing on who’s talking in our book, we looked at dialogue. We made sure we were reading the best words and getting the job done quickly. 

Math- We practiced counting on with 2-digit numbers from a decade number, non-decade number, and into the next decade. We also learned some methods to help us add 2-digit numbers. We will continue to practice these skills as we prepare for our test next week!

Social-Emotional– We LOVE that our focus this month is Kindness.  This week we encourage you to discuss Random Acts of Kindness and ways your child can be kind at home with your family and your community!

Black History Month- This week we wrapped up our learning about influential Black History Month Leaders.  We learned about Jesse Owens, Bill Russell, Bessie Coleman, Thurgood Marshall, and Gabby Douglas.


 

 

 

Week 23 Update

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, Feb. 22- Music
Tuesday, Feb. 23- Library, PE
Wednesday, Feb. 24- Art
Thursday, Feb 25- STEAM
Friday, Feb 26- Music

Parent-Teacher Conferences- March 8, 9, and 10
Sign up here- Winter-2021-mrs-cooley’s-parent-teacher-conference


Mystery Reader-

This week our other school secretary, Mrs. Hoekstra, read us Mr. Goat’s Valentine. Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link.


📚 Scholastic Book Orders  

I will place orders on February 26th. There is an option to have it shipped to your house. As soon as you create/pay your “send to my house order” it will finalize and ship to you. Otherwise, it should arrive at school in early March.

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child
Class Order Due Date: 2/26/2021. NEXT FRIDAY


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Four new friends were Star of the Day this week- Ryan, Lucy, Xander, and Palmer. 
Each got to share a book with the class and read it aloud if they wanted.

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Riley.  She is so brave and always works to try her best and not give up! 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Anastasia joined the lost tooth club!


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We learned more about writing reviews and practiced making comparisons, writing catchy introductions and conclusions, and editing our writing with peers. Next week we will begin our final bend, book reviews!

Word Study – We continued to work on vowel teams and spent much of this week studying ow and ou! Rasheed is still in New York studying building and has been sending us updates of what he is learning.  We can’t wait to show him what we have learned.

Reading– We continue to be the boss of our reading.  We used words we know, snap words, and tried different sounds to make sure we are sounding fluent and understanding our books.

Math- We completed our second math quiz for the unit! It was all about place value and being able to identify how many tens and ones there are based on a drawing. We also began comparing 2-digit numbers using <, >, or =.

Social-Emotional – We LOVE that our focus this month is Kindness.  This week we took it a step further and talked about spreading and seeing kindness throughout our school. We made Kindness Pizza to show that Kindness isn’t Cheesy! 

Black History Month- This week we learned about Harriet Tubman, Barak Obama, Shirley Chisholm, Claudette Colvin, and Rosa Parks.


Sports Day!

Week 22- We ❤️ You!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, Feb. 15- STEAM
Tuesday, Feb. 16- Library, Music
Wednesday, Feb. 17- PE
Thursday, Feb. 18- Art
Friday, Feb. 19- STEAM


📚 Scholastic Book Orders  

Flyers were sent home last week. I will place orders on February 26th. There is an option to have it shipped to your house. As soon as you create/pay your “send to my house order” it will finalize and ship to you. Otherwise, it should arrive at school in early March.

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child
Class Order Due Date: 2/26/2021


Mystery Reader-

This week Abbey’s Mom, Mrs. Thomas read us The Pigeon Needs a Bath! Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Four new friends were Star of the Day this week- Kennedy S., Riley, Abbey, and Mrs. Elders.  We enjoyed having them lead us in the pledge and they enjoyed lunch with Mrs. Cooley on Friday. Next week we’ll start over with even numbers and they’ll be invited to share or read a book to the class if they want. 

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Carmel.  She works hard to make the best of every situation and is a great friend.  

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Cambry is 7.5!

Riley joined the shoe-tying club!


Our Learning-

Writing We continued learning how to convince our readers through persuasive writing! Students chose what they wanted to review this week. Games, movies, toys, restaurants, and vacations were among the many topics that students wrote reviews about. 

 Word Study Rasheed is visiting construction sites in New York City to learn about how to be a word builder. We’ve been helping him use vowel teams to build some tricky words. This week, we learned about the vowel teams ai and ay, and we started making our own vowel team charts. 

Reading–  We started to think about our reading in terms of the whole book we are reading and not just the individual pages or pictures.  We worked on keeping track of what’s happening in the book and using the story to problem solve. When reading a tricky word we thought about what words would fit in the story and also reminded ourselves to continue to slow down and break words into parts. 

Math- We worked on counting by 10s and adding 10 groups.  We worked on identifying two-digit numbers like 56 and drawing 5 tens and 6 ones.  We also started adding two-digit and one-digit numbers. We’ll take a quiz early next week so you can see how your child is doing.

Social-Emotional– This week we continued to talk about Kindness. We specifically focused on how we can be kind in our class. 

Black History Month- This week we learned about Nelson Mandela, Ruby Bridges, Jackie Robinson, and Mae Jemison.  They all have amazing stories and we learned a lot!


Photos from the week-

Week 21- Our Second Snow Day!

🎧 If your child’s headphones are still at home, please send them back to school.

Monday, Feb. 8- No School
Tuesday, Feb. 9- Library, STEAM
Wednesday, Feb. 10- Music
Thursday, Feb. 11- PE
Friday- Feb. 12- ❤️ Valentine’s/Lunar New Year Celebration- 👕 WEAR RED!👘, Art

Valentine’s PartySign Up List – here are the items we will need if you’d like to sign up. (SEND IN BY THE 10th PLEASE)
The party will be in the morning on the 12th.  The first-grade teachers will again rotate through the first-grade classes.  There will be four activities, bingo, a drawing, a craft, and a math activity with candy hearts. In the afternoon we’ll celebrate Lunar New Year.

❤️ Valentine’s – We’ve are almost done making our hand-make Valentines AT SCHOOL. 😃 They are turning out so cute!   Valentine Class List 20-21 (Cooley) Please send them in by February 10 if you are choosing to send any in! If you have any cute stickers or other crafty decorations your child may want to use to decorate, please feel free to send those in.

 


Mystery Reader-

This week we had an in-person Mystery Reader!!! Mrs. Jeltema, our lovely school secretary.   She read us Noodles from Scratch.  Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Four new friends were Star of the Day this week- Ruby, Violet, Emmie, and Anastasia.  We enjoyed having them lead us in the pledge and they enjoyed lunch with Mrs. Cooley on Thursday.

We also got to celebrate Cambry’s half-birthday this week.

Family time will be shifted because of the snow day.


OUR LEARNING:

Writing This week we did a fun writing activity on the 100th day of school! We wrote all about what we think our lives will be like when we are 100 years old. We continued our unit on writing reviews and added a few new tools to our writer’s toolbox. Students learned how to respectfully disagree, give awards for last place, and quote others.

Word Study – We’ve spent this week “building” the middle parts of words. Lots of words contain vowel teams in the middle, so we learned about ea, ee, oa, and ai. We’ve been practicing building bigger words using these vowel teams!

Reading–  We continued to work on being the boss of our own reading.  We read to self-check, set new goals for our reading, and practiced how to get help when we need it. We can work together with our reading partners to solve hard words. 

Math- This week we took our first math quiz for this unit! It focused on doubles and making a 10. We practiced drawing out double-digit numbers using ten-sticks and ones. Also, we continued working on understanding tens and ones and how we can group ones into tens. This is a skill that will be used all throughout the unit to help our first graders begin to work on addition problems with double digits. 

Social-Emotional This week we started a new unit with Little Penguin all about Kindness.  We read Little Penguin’s Kindness Contest and got some ideas on how to help make other’s hearts happy and our own heart too! 

Black History Month- We are learning about a different historical figure each day to celebrate Black History Month.  This week we learned about Fritz Pollard, Ella Fitzgerald, Muhammad Ali, and Maya Angelou.


The cutest 100-year-old’s around!!

Week 20- Our First Snow Day!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

🎧 If your child’s headphones are still at home, please send them back to school.

Monday, February 1- STEAM
Tuesday, February 2- Library, Music, 100’s Day- 👔👗Dress Like You’re 100!
Wednesday, February 3- PE
Thursday, February 4- Art
Friday- February 5- Recess- Early Release- Chinese New Year Celebration- 👕 WEAR RED!👘

Feb 8- No School
Feb 12- Valentine’s Party- Sign Up List – here are the items we will need if you’d like to sign up.
The party will be in the morning on the 12th.  The first-grade teachers will again rotate through the first-grade classes.  There will be four activities, bingo, a drawing, a craft, and a math activity with candy hearts.

❤️ Valentine’s Day- We’ve started making our hand-make Valentines AT SCHOOL. 😃 They are turning out so cute!   Valentine Class List 20-21 (Cooley) Please send them in by February 10 if you are choosing to send any in! If you have any cute stickers or other crafty decorations your child may want to use to decorate, please feel free to send those in.

🏃🏽‍♀️  Kids Heart Challenge information came home today and will begin on Feb. 1.  Please note that this program is for the American Heart Association and can only be done online.  For more information ask your child for the KHC envelope they got today and you can also go to the PE Blog. Reminder- PE Apparel Sale will be closing Feb. 1. The store is online only.  Here is the link to the store if you are interested. https://onitink-hps.square.site/


Mystery Reader-

This week Norah’s Dad, Mr. Madden was our Mystery Reader; he read us The Wonky Donkey. Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Four new friends were Star of the Day this week- Ella, Norah, Madelyn, and Hazel.  We enjoyed having them lead us in the pledge and they enjoyed lunch with Mrs. Cooley on Friday. 

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Kennedy S.  She tries her best and finds ways to fix it when things get tough. 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We began Unit 3, Writing Reviews this week! Our unit kicked off with the great cookie debate… the oreo vs. the chocolate chip cookie. Students used opinions, reasons, and examples to argue why the oreo or chocolate chip cookie was better, and of course, we had to taste test! Then we began reviewing our collections to find the “best in show.” To do this we put everything in a line, compared the same thing on each, and decided which was the best and why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word Study – We began Unit 4 which is all about being word builders. Using unifix cubes with word parts on them, we practiced “building” big words together!

Contraction Matching

Contraction Matching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading– This week we ended Unit 2, Reading to Learn About the World. It has been great to see the kids become so interested in non-fiction books and they are doing well picking out the non-fiction features.  We started Unit 3, Readers be the Boss- Say I Can Do This! We are excited to continue to build our students’ confidence in reading and continue to let them take ownership of their learning.

Math- We continued working on tens and ones and learned a new strategy to solve addition problems. Students can make a 10 and then add the remaining number to find the total!

Social-Emotional – This week wrapped up Unit 3- Self Management. We worked on using calming techniques and self-talk, along with mindfulness strategies.


The kids really took on Being a Boss of their own reading this week! We had some of our best reading times ever!

 

 

 

Week 19- MLK and Inauguration Day

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, January 25- Art
Tuesday, January 26- Library, STEAM
Wednesday, January 27- Music
Thursday, January 28-PE
Friday, January 29- Art

Feb 2- Celebrate 100’s Day- note to come soon!
Feb 5- Early Release- Celebrate Chinese New Year
Feb 8- No School
Feb 12- Valentine’s Party- more info to come soon!

🗂Report Cards– Are in your child’s blue folder today! I WILL DO MY BEST TO CONNECT WITH EACH FAMILY NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS THE REPORT CARD!  Please remember that we will continue to use the 1, 2, 3 scoring (while 3* is on the report card as advanced, we do not use this score). 2’s are totally acceptable and mean your child is growing on their way to where s/he needs to be by the end of the year. The wording on the report card can sound quite negative but a 2 just means they are on their way to the end of the year goal!

👟📦 Collections- Note coming home today (yellow).  On Tuesday, Jan. 26 please send in a small collection for your child (rocks, shells, buttons, marbles).  It does not need to be a lot and also it’s called SHOEBOX collections but can come in any box or a ziplock! 🙂

❤️ Valentine’s Day- This year we are going to write and hand-make Valentines AT SCHOOL for everyone in our class! 😃 We will design and write the message.  You won’t need to do anything from home.  (If you already bought some you are welcome to send them but know you don’t need to. Valentine Class List 20-21 (Cooley) Please send them in by February 10 if you are choosing to send any in! If you have any cute stickers or other crafty decorations your child may want to use to decorate, please feel free to send those in.

🏃🏽‍♀️The Annual PE Apparel sale is happening now until February 1.  The store is online only.  For more information go to the PE Blog. http://mvankoev.edublogs.org


Mystery Reader-

This week Ella’s Mom, Mrs. Hopkins was our Mystery Reader; she read us Tacky the Penguin. Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link.


Scholastic Book Orders  

Due this upcoming week!  I will place orders on January 29th. There is still an option to have it shipped to your house. As soon as you create/pay your “send to my house order” it will finalize and ship to you. Otherwise, it should arrive at school in early February.

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child
Class Order Due Date: 1/29/2021


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Five new friends were Star of the Day this week- Cambry, Lucy, Carmel, Kennedy B., and Palmer.  We enjoyed having them lead us in the pledge and they enjoyed lunch with Mrs. Cooley on Friday. 

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to our new student Kennedy B.  She fits right into our class and loves school and has a kind heart. 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.


OUR LEARNING:

Writing This week we practiced writing our very own nonfiction book! We researched by looking at pictures in real books and used what we learned to add more details to our writing. Next week we will begin Unit 3, “Writing Reviews.” Please send in a shoebox collection with your child on Tuesday, January 26th! (Note coming home today!)

 Word Study – We learned lots of new snap words this week! Our word wall keeps growing as we learn new snap words and spelling patterns. We also learned about contractions this week. We practiced smushing two words together and adding an apostrophe to make a contraction.

Reading  We are coming to a close of our nonfiction reading unit. The kids have just loved it and tying it in with writing has been great.  This week they found interesting facts to share with a partner, practiced reading with feeling, reading like a writer, and looking for keywords.  

Math– We began Unit 4: Place Value Concepts, and the kiddos are off to a great start! A lot of the skills were taught in kindergarten, so it has been a great review for them. We talked all about decade numbers and the number of tens each decade number has. This was a great foundational skill for us to practice before we began to add a ten on to a given decade number. Halfway through the week, we started working with teen numbers. We broke them down into tens and ones, and we learned a quick way to draw out the number using a tens stick! We also compared two teen numbers using these symbols: <, >, or =.

Social-Emotional This week we worked on some calm down strategies to help us with anger management. One technique was to make a movie in our mind of something that made us happy.  See the visuals below for a few more. 


We celebrated MLK Jr. Day this week and also the Inauguration. We tuned in to parts of “Our White House: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans.” We got to learn about first pets and watch both Vice President Harris and President Biden be sworn in. It’s fun to watch first graders take in the history happening around them! We LOVED stuffie and jammie day on Friday!

Week 18 Update

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, January 18- PE 🏃🏽‍♀️
Tuesday, January 19- Library, Art 🎨
Wednesday, January 20- STEAM 🔬
Thursday, January 21- Music 🎶
Friday, January 22- PE 🏃🏽‍♀️

📚Baggie Books– Please continue to help your child with their nightly reading log and retell cards to baggie books.

🗂Report Cards– Will be sent home Friday, January 22 in your students’ Blue Take Home folder.   Please know that we will continue to use the 1, 2, 3 scoring (while 3* is on the report card as advanced, we do not use this score). 2’s are totally acceptable and mean your child is growing on their way to where s/he needs to be by the end of the year. The wording on the report card can sound quite negative but a 2 just means they are on their way to the end of the year goal!

❤️ Valentine’s Day- This year we are going to write and hand-make Valentines at school for everyone in our class! 😃 We will design and write the message.  You won’t need to do anything from home.  (If you already bought some you are welcome to send them but know you don’t need to. I’ll send a class list soon.) If you have any cute stickers or other crafty decorations your child may want to use to decorate, please feel free to send those in.


Scholastic Book Orders  

Paper flyers were sent home this week.  I will place orders on January 29th. There is still an option to have it shipped to your house. As soon as you create/pay your “send to my house order” it will finalize and ship to you. Otherwise, it should arrive at school in early February.

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child
Class Order Due Date: 1/29/2021


Mystery Reader-

This week Violet’s Dad, Mr. Shaffer was our Mystery Reader; he read us Froggy Gets Dressed. Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link.


Celebrations-

🎟- Tickets- we started individual tickets for our behavior! We can earn them for following the rules and listening well, staying organized, being prepared.  We can lose them too.  When we get 20 tickets, we have the opportunity to buy a desk pet!

Star of the Day – Four new friends were Star of the Day this week- Evert, Jason, Brayden, and Skyler.  They helped us lead the pledge and enjoyed lunch with Mrs. Cooley on Thursday. 

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Ruby. She is a bright light in our class and always shines her sweet smile.

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Norah joined the shoe-tying club!


OUR LEARNING:

Writing This week we practiced writing with details and helping readers pictures by using comparisons. We also practiced making lists in our nonfiction books and fixing up our books by pretending to be a reader.

Word Study We practiced using ALL of the things we’ve learned about word to help us figure out big, long words! We also learned the importance of having a vowel in every syllable of a word, especially when we are writing words. 

Reading–  This week we tried to figure out what to do when we learned new words.  We looked at clues around the word to see if we could find a way to figure out how to read the word and what it meant. We also worked on finding keywords and making our voices sound smooth and fluent while we read. We were finally able to start book clubs.  This has been great seeing the kids working together cooperatively and also starting to focus more on story elements. 

Math- This week we reviewed and took our Chapter 3 math test! The kids worked really hard. While there were a few silly mistakes here and there, most students did really well and we are rocking out addition and subtraction!  Chapter 4 will start looking at place value and teen numbers. 

Social-Emotional– This week we learned about impulse control.  We used the illustration of a stoplight to help us. Stop- Control what you are thinking. Make sure you can calm down and try a calm down strategy. Think- What are my choices? Are some good choices, are some bad choices? Make Good Choices- Which choice is the best? Do I need help to choose?


Week 17- Welcome Back!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

January 11, Monday- Gym🏃🏾‍♂️
January 12, Tuesday- Library, Art 🎨
January 13, Wednesday- STEAM 🔬
January 14, Thursday- Music 🎶
January 15, Friday- Early Release, Gym 🏃🏾‍♂️

📚Baggie Books– starting next week I will add a reading log and retell cards to baggie books.  If you could help your child fill this out and indicate if the book was just right or too hard, this will help me as I assess students and help with accountability.

🗂Report Cards– the official end of Semester 1 is Friday, the 15th.  I’ll be finalizing report cards and they will be sent home Friday, January 22. Unfortunately, we won’t meet together until March for Parent-Teacher Conferences. I will do my best to be as thorough as possible and give explanations.  Please know that we will continue to use the 1, 2, 3 scoring (while 3* is on the report card as advanced, we do not use this score). 2’s are totally acceptable and mean your child is growing on their way to where s/he needs to be by the end of the year.

❤️ Valentine’s Day- This year we are going to write and hand-make Valentines at school for everyone in our class! 😃 We will design and write the message.  You won’t need to do anything from home.  (If you already bought some you are welcome to send them but know you don’t need to. I’ll send a class list soon.) If you have any cute stickers or other crafty decorations your child may want to use to decorate, please feel free to send those in.


Scholastic Book Orders  

Paper flyers will be sent home next week.  Otherwise, you can check the digital ones before that. I will place orders on January 29th. There is still an option to have it shipped to your house. As soon as you create/pay your “send to my house order” it will finalize and ship to you. Otherwise, it should arrive at school in early February.

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child
Class Order Due Date: 1/29/2021


Mystery Reader-

This week Jack’s mom, Mrs. Hoekstra was our Mystery Reader, she read us Pete the Cat’s World Tour. Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link.

 


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Four friends were Star of the Day this week- Ryan, Xander, Connor, and Jack. They helped lead us in the pledge and enjoyed lunch with Mrs. Cooley on Friday. 

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Jack! He always perseveres and is willing to go back and make it better! 

 

 

 

 

 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.


OUR LEARNING:

Writing It was another week of nonfiction writing. We began writing another nonfiction book- All About School. We practiced teaching with pictures as well as words, spelling domain-specific words, and using readers to point out parts of our stories that don’t make sense. 

Word StudyFor word study, we examined common word endings to make sure we read all the parts of words. We practiced hunting for blends and chunks at the ends of words (such as ing, ink, est). When we know these word parts well, we can read and write bigger, multisyllabic words!

Reading–  This week we continued to work on making good habits for when we read hard words. We practiced crashing small word parts we knew together to make the whole word, doing a slow check to check all the sounds, and checking if the words looked right, sounded right, and made sense. We didn’t let hard words get in our way! 

Math- We are wrapping up unit 3 which has been all about story problems! We took our last quiz (sent home today) and spent the remainder of the week reviewing for our test next week. (It will be Wednesday and Thursday.) This can be a tricky unit for kids due to increased reading and figuring out what the numbers represent (partner or the total). We will continue to practice and build on these skills! Using a math mountain as a visual for students to solve these problems is extremely helpful for them. 

Social-Emotional– This week we picked back up with Little Penguin- Emotions and the Brain. We are continuing to learn about self-management of our own emotions.  We learned about the parts of the brain (amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex) and how they control our emotions.


Pictures of the Week:

Week 16- A Holiday Dream!!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy end to 2020! I’m so thankful to have been with your children for the first half of this year and can’t wait to see what 2021 has for us! They are kind, brilliant little people with a bright future.  I’m sure they are giving you pandemic fatigue (I know my own child is) but they are giving me hope and reminders of what love, friendship, courage, and resilience look like! Thank you for walking alongside me this year, through being my teaching partner, sending in supplies, reading with your child at home, you’ve done so much! They are thriving through this pandemic because of you! And thank you for all your thoughtful gifts and kind words! I truly love my job and feel very blessed. Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!              -Victoria

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, January 4- Music
Tuesday, January 5- Library, PE
Wednesday, January 6- Art
Thursday, January 7-STEAM
Friday, January 8- Music

🥶 If you could remind your kiddo about warm outdoor clothes at school that would be greatly appreciated.  We have friends not wearing hats and mittens and not zipping up coats!


Mystery Reader- 

 

We tricked Mrs. Elders into reading The Book with No Pictures.  It was funny and we always love listening to her read! She shared a Home Alone Story with us. We are looking forward to “inviting” you back in, in the New Year. Sign up for a slot by clicking this link.


Celebrations-

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Brayden! He is such a kind friend! 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.


OUR LEARNING:

Social Studies- We enjoyed traveling to five more countries this week- We went to the Netherlands. (I was able to show them where I lived when my husband and I taught there and the school! ) We left out shoes and got a treat from Sinterklaas. We came back to America to learn about Kwanzaa and made bracelets for the 7 principles of Kwanzaa. Wednesday we headed to Mexico and made poinsettias. Next, was Germany with our yummy gingerbread houses, and lastly, Sweden where we learned about Saint Lucia and made her candle crown.

 

 

Writing – We finished our All about Cows and made three birthday books for our friends! 

Word Study – We continued our work on word endings and looked more at -s and -es, tricky y, and blends at the end! 

 

Reading– We worked on reading smoothly and fluently and continuing to talk about what we have learned from a Non-Fiction Book. 

Math– We worked on going back and forth between addition and subtraction equations and story problems!  The kids are using some great strategies to support themselves! Circle Drawings and Math Mountains are great visuals that really help us! 

Social-Emotional – Kindness Karla had 5 challenges for us this week and brought us 5 new kindness books.  The Elephants New Shoe was a favorite! 


Our Thursday Holiday Party was a hit! We enjoyed music and movement together as a class and made a craft as a thank you for Mrs. Elders.  Mrs. Blauwkamp came in and we played a game trying to draw snowmen on plates on our heads.  We got to do Bingo with Ms. Hutchison and her student teacher, Ms. VanderKolk, and we enjoyed a directed drawing of a reindeer with Mrs. Kuiper.

Friday, we had popcorn and hot chocolate while enjoying a Polar Express Party!  It was definitely magical to watch the magic of the last two weeks through your children’s eyes!!  Happy Holidays!

Week 15 Highlights

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, December 14- STEAM, travel to the Netherlands
Tuesday, December 15- Library, Music, travel to America (Kwanzaa)
Wednesday, December 16- PE, travel to Mexico
Thursday, December 17- Art, travel to Germany
Friday, December 18-STEAM, travel to Sweden

Captian Cooley flew us to England where we learned about the first Christmas Cards, France where we learned about Yule logs and the Creche, and Israel where we learned about Hanukkah.


Mystery Reader- 

Sign up for the New Year; there are many spots! Sign up for a slot by clicking this link.


Celebrations-

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Palmer! She is a great girl who isn’t afraid to make a different choice!

 

 

 

 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Jason and Ryan joined the lost tooth club!


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We have been working on our All About… Non-Fiction Writing.  We finished up Lions this week and started All About Cows.  

Word Study – We started our Tip to Tail Unit! This unit is about looking at words all the way through.  We have been focusing on word endings this week.  We have looked at -ing, plurals (s/es), and -ed.

Reading– We wrapped up our word detectives unit and started non-fiction in reading.  This week we worked on taking a sneak peek at non-fiction books, studying each page, and thinking about the topic before, during, and after reading. 

Math– We continued work with subtraction problems and really focused in on subtration story problem. 

Social-Emotional – Our Kindness Elf, Karla came for a visit! She brought us a kindness book and a challenge for each day!


Working on a craft!

Our thankfulness Turkey our amazing parapro, Mrs. Elders helped us to make.