Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Order those books!

Get those book orders sent in soon! September is almost due. The more books you buy for your first grader, the more books I can buy for the class!

Class Code: J3TMM


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Math, Reading and so much more!

We had an exciting week! We began a new unit for reading, math and worked more on our science sense unit! I was looking over some of our writing journals and I was blown away with the amount of progress these great kids have shown! In the beginning we were representing words with single letters (very common) and then when I looked at them on Friday I saw many of these students making complete simple sentences! We also took a math assessment where our class rocked! It tested making tally marks, counting by ones and twos, and identifying the a bigger number. On Thursday our students learned about number grids versus number lines.  They also learned a new game using dice and a number grid. The winner was the first one to reach 50!

Here is a little glimpse of the action :)

Math Rocks!!      

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Animals at School!!

We kicked off our Tuesday with a whole school assembly about the rain forest. We saw many of the animals that live in the different layers of the forest. We also saw a few from Madagascar! Which we were very excited because we could make the connection with the movie.

Monday, September 12, 2011

loose ends

I just wanted to write about a few loose ends!

1. Scholastic book orders: The more books you buy, the more points our class gets, the more books we get, and in turn we receive better readers!

2. Reading Log. I will be putting a reading log in your child's orange folder. Students will now have homework everyday, and that is to read for at least 10 minutes. For the next few weeks they can have someone read to them, but eventually it will be required that the student reads to the adult.

3. Chip Shoppe fundraiser: If you student didn't bring home a large packet of information on the school fundraiser let me know. The kids seemed really excited at the end of the day Friday for this!

4. Don't forget to look at the class wish list! We are in need of hand sanitizer and headphones!

Thanks and have a great Monday!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Always an exciting day in 1M!

What an exciting day in class today!
Hand Writing: We learned about spacing and discussed what good writers do.
Reading: There are new words on our word wall after our reading lesson today! We started theme 1 in our reading series.
Math: This was an exciting day because we learned about larger and smaller numbers and we started some addition! Here is an example of one of our word problems: What is two more than three?
Science: (yesterday) We talked about what science is and we did an experiment using a hypothesis, which is an educated guess.

Important announcements::: 1. Assembly on Friday about fundraiser.  2. Scholastic book orders went out today! If you order books, our class gets points for books! 3. If you haven't already, students need to purchase milk/juice tickets. These are $6.00.

We have also been taking a lot of assessments to show Ms. McEvoy all the great things we learned and remembered from kindergarten! These where reading, number recognition, and letter sound assessments.

 Students are getting reading to listen to some Junie B Jones.
 Way to go using that dictionary! Each student has a dictionary as a tool for writing!
Students are working in their write-to-self journals. The topic is "My favorite animal is a...."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sept 6 2011

Today we had a lot going on! It was the first day of guidance for the year. Mrs. Ledger read the students a story about taking your time when completing work, or as I say “doing their personal best.” You may see the page that they where given to color while she was reading. We also had our first day of library! The students each got to pick out two books. We will have library every Monday for the rest of the school year. (It was on Tuesday this week since we didn’t have school yesterday.) If your student brings a book home, make sure it gets returned otherwise they won’t be able to check out any more books.

We also took a BRI or Basic Reading Inventory assessment. Each student was assessed on their reading ability. Then we will group the students according to their score so that they have more individualize instruction. Everyday (once scores are in) we will have small group learning time. If your students talk about taking a reading test, this was it.

Thank you for those of you who have been checking the orange folders and sending them back. These are very important! If your student has lost his/hers please let me know right away so I can replace it. These help me communicate with you what’s going on in the classroom and in the school.

If you have any of the following you would like to donate to the class we would be very appreciative:
1.     Socks (for erasers)
2.     Hand sanitizer
3.     Head phones for an Ipod/computer
4.     BOOKS!!! (We can always use more books)

Last, but not least, this week I will be sending home a reading log. I will be asking the students to read or listen to a book read to them every night. Then they will need to record the time (minimum of 5 minutes a night). Students with the most minutes read will be able to pick a book off my shelves to keep as their own.

Wrap it up:
*First day of Library and Guidance
* BRI – Reading test
* Orange Folders
* Wish lists
* Reading Log


Monday, September 5, 2011

Wish List #2

1. Hand Sanatizer
2. Board Games (for indoor recess)
3. Fish food/supplies
4. Post- it notes
5. 3 ring binders (prefer the floppy covered kind - $0.20 at walmart)
6. And as always Books books and more books!
*** Don't forget to also collect those box tops and soup lablels.

Friday, September 2, 2011

What a (hot) week!

We made it through our first full week of school. Well, almost full. I think everyone was happy we got out at 1:30 these past two days!

I'm sure by now, your student has told you about the fish in the room. Unfortunately two of our guppies didn't last long. I discussed with the students the importance of keeping fingers out of the tank, because we think this is what might have cause the problem. The other culprit might have been the heat. I will be adding new fish to our tank once the building has cooled down. If you have extra fish supplies i.e. weekend feeders, food, nets, etc feel free to donate to the class and sent them along with your students.

On Thursday, the students had Mrs. Morris come to the room and talk about one of our students who has autism. She told the students about the behaviors that he displays that are different from what they might do, and explained why. I thought she did a great job tell the students about him. It would also be helpful for the parents to also talk to students about diversity and students who are different. We have a very diverse group and I am incorporating a lot of activities that promote inclusion.

It was great seeing the students 'homework' bags today. One of the directions where to decorate the outside of the bag with a picture of what you wanted to be when you grow up. Some of our careers where: teacher, cop, truck driver, ninja, principal, bull figher, and two race car drivers. They have quiet the aspiring goals!

FSD has purchased a great online reading program. This is a great interactive sight to help students work on their reading skills. 

1. Go to this website:  Raz-kids.com
2. Log-in: Username:  dmcevoya     Password: azkap447
3. Child will choose their name
4. Pick a book and listen to the story the first time. Read the story the second time.
5. As students read the books they get a check by the completed books. Then they become more challenging as the student progresses. After the first few levels, students will begin to answer questions as well bout the book.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

This and That

1. Early dismissal tomorrow, September 2nd.

2. Specials Schedule: Mondays: Art and Library Tuesday: (Every other) Guidance Wednesdays/Thursdays: Music and P.E.
** Please send students with tennis shoes on Wed./Thurs.

3. If you have a water bottle to send with your student, please do so. I want to make sure the students stay hydrated in this heat! It also helps cut down on the number of times they need to leave the room.

4. Field Trip: October 31st to Jefferson County Park