Tuesday, February 9, 2021

How Have We Been in School 100 days?!

 That is right, the first grade class has been in person for 100 days of school! Thank you parents for keeping your child healthy and happy so that we may remain in person! Now this year we had a special 100 days of school, it happened to fall on Catholic Schools Week, so we got a double whammy in celebrations, COVID style! 

At the end of the blog today, I will upload the students' 100 year old self portraits ~ I just love this day and activity! 

Valentine's Party 

Our Valentine exchange is on Friday, February 12! We will decorate our bags in the classroom, and exchange our valentine's and then they will bring them home on Monday. That way the treats from the other homes will have time to quarantine. This will be a party day also, and we are going to celebrate with an ice cream party and a short valentine movie! 


For reading, we are continuing to grow in our reading skills! Whether we are working on individual books, or whole group reading skills, all I can see is EVERYBODY is growing! We often start our weeks out with an "I Wonder" activity which is where we ask 3-4 questions about the text we are listening too to help us gain a greater understanding. This week we will be reading "Henry's Freedom Box" which is about slavery. Next week, we are working our stories about the previous Presidents. Our focus will be about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. 

Writing has been so fun in our procedural texts! These are our "How To" books! I am surprised at how many students know how to "drive" but it is quite intriguing! We are going to be finishing up this unit within the next two weeks, and our next writing unit will be writing for a reason! We are going to try our awesome skills at persuading our readers into something new and exciting! 

For phonics, we have focused on long vowel sounds! We did finish up the CVCe works (long vowel sounds with the silent e at the end) and now we are trying our cards with long vowel sounds with double vowels! We have really worked hard on "the first vowel does the talking, the second does the walking". 


We have finished our graphing unit, and now we are working on a quick shape unit! Within this shape unit, we are going to be introduced to fractions! Then we will revisit fractions around April again! I love this shapes unit as it involves very creative kids when we make our shape monsters and create stories to go with her or him!  


We are continuing to work on looking at all the wonders Jesus has given us! Lent is coming up with Ash Wednesday, and we will be talking about what we will be giving up or adding to our daily routine over the course of Lent. Sometimes, we give up desserts for the entire time of Lent, and sometimes we can make sure we tell one person something positive to our daily routine! 

Science/Social Studies 

For science, we will be finishing up our unit on States of Matter! (solid, liquid, gas) This week, we will make oobleck (come back to check out the pictures!) Then we will be checking out the outer space unit! That is one of my favorites! 

Social studies we are still focusing on Community Economics! We have gone over wants/needs, goods/services, and producer/consumers! We have realized that we can fall into BOTH categories for the producers and consumers, and depending on how we look at it, we have to figure out which one we are! We will be continuing on with this unit till the end of February! 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The end of this month we will be having parent-teacher conferences! I will be sending home a sign up worksheet if you are interested in talking about your child! I am happy to meet with all of you, after school, via zoom! Thank you for all your hard work! 

Fun Pictures, we are 100 years old!  

Coming up! 

    12th - Mass 8:15am, Valentine's Party 
    17th-  Ash Wednesday  
    19th - Mass 8:15am; Fish Fry pick up only 4-7:30pm
    24th - Mass 8:15am
    26th - No School!!


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

January is Almost Over!

 While Christmas was a nice break from the classroom, I sure did miss all of my students! I had many students tell me all the cool new gifts they got, but one thing they all really shared was getting to spend time with their families! And my heart melted at that moment, as an educator, the family is the most important to my students, and they were all so grateful for that special time, despite Covid still being active. 

End of Quarter 2

As we are coming to the end of 2nd quarter, I have seen some tremendous growth among ALL of my students! I can not WAIT to see where the rest of the school year will lead too! 

So, with it being the end of quarter 2, we have wrapped up a lot of our units! Onto quarter 3!

Grammar, Reading, Writing, and Phonics

For grammar--, we have finished up our unit on verb tenses! We looked at past tense verbs and how they end in the "ed". We looked at our present tense verbs and how they could end in an "s" or "ing". Then our future tense verbs all had "will" before our verb! We also took a few days to look at irregular verbs and we talked about how they don't follow the same rules as previously mentioned! 

This was the video we listened to in class and just danced the whole time! 

Reading we have been focusing on different stories and really diving deep into the text structure! We have been working with new vocabulary words, identifying problems and solutions and characters in our stories, and we have been thinking deeper about how the characters respond in our text! We also have a weekly theme that we focus on to help us gain that foundation of our texts! We have read stories about Martin Luther King Jr, Bad Case of Stripes, Invisible Boy, and Duck! Rabbit!. 

I still continue to meet in small groups, however, I am grouping them best by their reading ability on RAZ kids, and we focus on skills that they struggle with. So far almost everybody has grown in their reading ability! I can only imagine how much more growth I am going to see! 

Writing is one of my favorite things to teach as I love to see how we ALL grow! We will be focusing on these next few weeks are "How To" stories! We are going to focus on what we need to include in our "How To" stories, that they will be bringing home several examples!  Enjoy them! 

Phonics has been ALL about long vowel sounds with the "magic e" (or how we call it, the Grandma e) rule! The "Grandma e" tells our other vowel to say his name while she remains quiet! This has been a struggle for my students as they hear the sound, and only write the sound, and forget all about "Grandma e". Such as we talk about hope, they hear /h/ /o/ /p/, so that is what they write while listening to the long /o/ sound, and I need them to remember to add that "Grandma e". We are still working on it daily! Next week we will be focusing on long vowel e sounds, which end up being our ee/ea vowels! 


We have finished up our unit on adding and subtracting within 100! What that represents is my students can add and subtract 96-30= ? OR 30 + 43=?. They have worked SO hard on this! I have students who use manipulatives, they also use a 100's chart, but they are working so hard on mastering this skill! 

One thing to really work on with our students for the rest of the year would be subtraction facts! Any memorization of subtraction facts will make second grade seem like a breeze! 

If you are looking for online suggestions, just for some fun, educational games, check out ABCYA or eSpark.app. For eSpark, I actually get to check out what they have been working on! If you are looking for their login, it is their first name and last name, and then password is BEAM. 

So for example-my login would be MRSFRIESEN
and my password would be BEAM

Just like that! I do have one student who has a 2 at the end of his name, and his password is BOOT, that is because it would NOT allow me to save his information! If you need help wondering if this is your child, please feel free to email me! 


For religion, we have wrapped up our unit on Forgiveness! We will be working on our next chapter that discusses the importance of our family and our church family! 

Science and Social Studies 

Science has been a fun two chapters! We looked at the seasons and why we have 4 different seasons! (Hint it is because the Earth is tilted!) These coming weeks we will be looking at different states of matter! (Solid, liquid, and gas) At the end of this lesson, we are going to be having a fun science experiment day and make oobleck! 

Social studies will be focusing on Community Economics! So if your child comes home and is demanding payment for their chores, I am truly sorry! We are learning about how we work for an income and earn money to buy things we want and need! We will be focusing on wants and needs and being able to tell the difference! 

Check out our last science experiment! We made our own snow using diapers and water! Check out the school's Facebook page to see more fun pictures that Mrs. Cowart took! 

Catholic Schools Week Line-Up 

Monday-February 1-Cookies and Read-In. Dress as a Book Worm, Big Glasses, or nerdy look
Tuesday-February 2-Leukemia hop at 8:30 am. St. Edward wear!
Wednesday-February 3-All Catholic Schools Mass with Bishop virtually at 10:00am. Wear comfy clothes. 
Thursday-February 4-Neon Day, wear neon! 
Friday-February 5-No School 

Coming Up:

22-No school
29-Mass 8:15
31-Start of Catholic Schools Week
(Check out Catholic Schools Week Line-Up)

Friday, December 18, 2020

Christmas Time Bliss

 I am not posting any updates right now! BUT I do have some amazing pictures of some pretty awesome firsties!! Enjoy! The last picture we got with Mrs. Volkman, and we made Elf Hats and Reindeer hats! I think I have the cutest crew! 


Upcoming Events:

4-First day back to school 
8-Mass at 8:15
15-Mass at 8:15, adoration after
20-Mass at 8:15
21-End of Second quarter
22-No School
29-Mass at 8:15

Friday, December 4, 2020

December is Here, With No Snow!

 So I am in LOVE with the no snow, my students are not! I feel for them, I truly do! I just hope they can still get that sweet, white, fluffy stuff soon! I know how much peace and happiness it brings to my students every day! This post will go through the end of the month! In January, I will continue with every other week! 

Coming up this month is LOTS of fun stuff! Lots of art projects and wrapping up some very important lessons! Looking forward to the time when we celebrate Jesus' birth! 


For language arts we are sure working hard in EVERY aspect! Reading we are working on beginning, middle and end! We have focused on characters and setting, and now we will be moving forward and working on problem and solution! Starting in January, we are going to be focusing on different weekly themes to help us grasp deeper understanding of our texts! We will still also be working in small groups to help us grow in our level! Continue reading each night with your child, whether I assign it for homework or not! I HIGHLY encourage the students to read to you! 

Grammar, we finished up verbs, and subject and verb agreement! Coming up, we are going to be focusing on pronouns before heading into break! 

Phonics, we have finished up l-blend words. Next week we are working on r-blend words, and then jumping into long and short vowel sounds and how we can distinguish the difference *HINT long vowels say their name!*

Writing, we have finished up writing our narrative stories! Next unit we will be focusing on will be informational writing! At the end of this unit, we are going to be enjoying some time when my pet snake Ebenezer Squeezer gets to come in and enjoy some time with my students! 


Math we are finishing up our unit on teen numbers and adding and subtracting within 100 using 10 sticks! Next chapter we are going to be hitting home how to add and subtract using our ones cubes and learning how to "make a new ten" with regrouping! This is always a fun and exciting unit and I can not wait to get started! 


We have been working on advent wreaths in the classroom! We used our hands and they sure turned out gorgeous! Each week we will be adding a new flame to our candles! We will be working out of our religion book! 

Science/Social Studies

Science is on the back burner for December. Once January comes, we will be working on science the first few weeks! We are going to be doing a unit on the solar system! We will first be looking at our planet! 

Social studies are in full force and we are looking at Holidays Around the World! I have been sending home some project we do in class for the students' to share with you about the new holiday they have learned about! I hope they share some of the fun and exciting ways we are alike another country and how we are different! 

Art Project 

Today's Art project was inspired by Mooseltoe! 

Coming Up:


Monday 12/7: Ugly Sweater
Tuesday 12/8: Flannel Day
Wednesday 12/9: Elf Day (Dress up as an Elf)
Thursday 12/10 :Team day, dress up as your favorite team and bring a can of food to donate! 
Friday 12/11: Christmas colors for Mass
Monday 12/14: Ugly sweater again
Tuesday 12/15: Grinch Day
Wednesday 12/16: Rudolph day , wear red today! 
Thursday 12/17: Present Day--dress up in bows! 
Friday 12/18 Dress up day--WEAR your CHRISTMAS best! 
Monday 12/21: Santa Day
Tuesday 12/22: Pajama day (and Party day for the school!) 

Also notes, there is no hot lunch next week! So please pack a cold lunch all next week! Hot lunch will continue on Monday Dec 14!