Friday, October 23, 2020

End of October

 

How on Earth did we end up here? Oh I know, we have been learning in school for 41 days TODAY! How EXCITING! We have busy learning and adapting to our ever changing environment, and I am just going to say how PROUD I am of all of my students! Keep up the great work my firsties! 

Language Arts/Phonics/Writing/Reading

For language arts, which is also known as grammar for my students, we have just finished up a quick unit on nouns! Now for the next two weeks we are going to be digging deeper into singular and plural nouns and possessive nouns! We should become experts by the end of this unit! We have become so awesome when we talk about nouns and how they are persons or places or things! We have categorized all the nouns that we come up with! 


Phonics we have been busy learning about the double endings! If it is a short vowel sound, and it ends with f, l, or s sound, we are probably going to need to double our ending letter! There are some words that do not follow this rule, but that comes later! I do hope that you continue to practice with our students when it comes to spelling out our words! 

We also have worked super hard at some diagraphs! These are two letters that make one sound, and the diagraphs we have focused on this past week was sh/th/ch! They all have a special movement to go with their sound, and I hope our friends can show you! Coming up next week we are going to be working on two more diagraphs! They are going to be wh/ph! This is so exciting as I am witnessing it when we are reading together, and I am so excited for this huge step! 
I love Jack Hartmann, my students are so used to his videos that they get excited too!

Writing we have finished up our learning how to write a story, we will now be working on personal narratives! These are stories about us because we are professionals in our own way with our own stories! My goal is to have at least 3-4 pages per student, so we shall see how this goes! I am so proud of their writing! They are working very hard with their writing from making sure their letters are correctly formed, to making sure they have spaces in their sentences! 

Reading we are currently working on books in our guided reading level! Most of my students have jumped in their reading level and for my students who have not, we are working extra hard, but having all my students reading at home outloud is going to help them become successful! If you need help knowing your child's reading level, let me know! We are a team! 


Math

We have been focusing on teen numbers and how they are a whole group of 10 and some more! This is a very important step, and as a whole class, we have been talking about how important understanding place values is! 

This is a stepping stone for my students! We talk about how math builds on top of each other, we have to learn this in order to do this! So I explained it to my fabulous friends that it is like we are building a house! We need a floor before we can build a wall, and that is why we are building from the ground up! 

Check out the pictures to see how we did a walk around the room for our learning! 







Science/Social Studies

Science we are focusing on animal habitats until Thanksgiving! We only have science two days a week, so it seems like it will take forever, but in reality, we are gaining deeper understanding of our goals! We just ended up finishing our plant unit, and we discussed how animals are like plants! It was a fun discussion! Ask your little about animal needs! 

Social Studies we are working on Families from Long Ago! We talked about the differences back then and we looked at pictures from the past and discussed how things look now! (You would be surprised at how many students didn't know pictures were in black and white and they had asked me if I was alive back then! Insert jaw-dropped face here!) 

Religion

We just finished our first unit in our religion books! Almost every day, we are also focusing on a new Saint and have learned about several Saints and why they are Saint! We are so lucky to be able to hear stories about them and how they became Saints! It is becoming inspiring as we are also learning stories from the Bible and many of my students have asked SO many wonderful questions that I did not have all the answers too all about how WONDERFUL our God is! 

Exciting News:

We have some exciting news for next week! We have a student teacher coming into our classroom to observe our class for about 8 weeks, and she will end up teaching a lesson or two to our wonderful students! Her name is Mrs. Volkman and she is wanting to become a teacher! I know the students are going to be super awesome in welcoming Mrs. Volkman to our classroom! 

ALSO, check out the email from our St. Edward parent in regards to the new fundraising event that replaces our Bloomin' Bonanaza! It is a Golf-Outing! And it is May 15, 2021! 

Upcoming Events:


October
26-Dress as a Tourist
27-Wear Crazy Hats
28-Mass 8:15, wear Halloween colors
29-No School
30-No School

November
6-Mass
10-Parent Teacher Conferences: Virtual
11-Mass, 8:15, Veteran's Day
12-Parent Teacher Conferences: Virutal
13-No School



Monday, October 12, 2020

October, My Favorite Month

 

This is by far my favorite month when it comes to seasons as you can really feel the changing seasons coming, and the beautiful colors, it is just as if God himself was painting this amazing picture for all of us to see! (Well for sure us in the north, my friend in Florida gets to see green)

Language Arts/Writing/Phonics/Reading

For language arts/grammar, we have been working on different types of sentences! They sure do love to use movements to decide which punctuation fits into our sentences. This week we have been working on nouns, and we will be working on nouns for the next two weeks! 

For phonics, we have FINISHED all the short vowel sounds and learning about their secret story! This week are focusing on double letter endings with ff/ll/ss! These are there for short vowel sounds! Now not every word will follow this rule, but generally, if it has a short vowel sound and ends with an f or s or l, it should be doubled! We only introduce the zz sound, but it is not mastered in first grade yet! 

Writing we are finishing up our first unit where we realize we are writers! We have focused on many stories and used some of those stories as our writing inspiration! We will be finishing up this first unit by the end of the month, where we will have "published" our first writing and using pictures! I am hopeful to have this unit finished up by the time conferences roll around in November! 

Reading, I have been busy re-evaluating where our students reading level is now! Many of my students have improved so much! They have jumped 3-5 levels! I am still working on everybody growing, and I have not fully evaluated everybody, but it is all good! I am so proud of all of them! 


Math

We will be finishing up this unit 2! Which has been adding and subtraction strategies, and our test for unit 2 will be on Friday! Then starting next week, we are going to be working off a different math curriculum for the next two weeks as I feel it makes a nice transition into adding and subtracting strategies up to 100, except this focus will be working with up to 20 partners! I am excited as this is one of my favorite units and your child will become a professional mathematician!  




Religion

This week we have been working on the 10 Commandments! We have also focused on the Holy Family and created a special our own Holy Family template! They are such amazing artists! 


Science and Social Studies

For science we have finished up our plants unit, and we will be focusing on habitats! I was wrong about the stars unit as I got a head of myself! So we will be focusing on habitats for the next few weeks and we will need shoe boxes to complete our own habitat! I will be sending this home as a project for our students to work on at home, with some pictures from school! I will also give ideas for all of you parents! Yay! 



For social studies, we are going to be focusing on families from long ago! We will be making connections to the present and we will be working together to create a large venn diagram at the end to distinguish the differences and similarities from then to now! I am so excited! 





Check out our "Pumpkin Field Trip"

We first went to the field to pick our pumpkins! Then we decided to decorate them! I love how cute they turned out and how excited everybody was! 






















Red Ribbon Week October 22-28

Thursday October 22-Put Drugs to rest! Wear your pajamas today! 
Friday October 23-Sock it to Drugs! Wear crazy socks! * Church today*
Monday October 26-Travel Drug Free ! Dress as a tourist today! 
Tuesday October 27-Put a lid on Drugs! Wear Crazy hats today! 
Wednesday October 28-Say Boo to Drugs! Wear Halloween Colors today (black orange, lime green, etc)! *Church today*


Upcoming Events:

October:
13-Feast of St. Edward
16-Mass at 8:15
19-Virtual Home and School Meeting
23-Mass at 8:15
28-Mass at 8:15
29-No School, teacher inservice
30-No School







Friday, October 2, 2020

So Much Science---It Couldn't Wait Till Next Time!

We have been working hard with our living and non-living unit that today we decided to try our hands out at growing grass in the classroom! FINGERS crossed that it works! If not, we will be ok with it! We already had this discussion! 

First thing we did was look at different types of seeds and discuss the similarities and differences! Then we decided to grab the dirt and plant our own seeds! Here are the pictures from today's discussion! We have decided to become scienctists!