Monday, September 11, 2017

Back to School Night!

Welcome to Back to School Night!

We are looking forward to see many families on Wednesday, September 13th! The night will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Mrs. Johnson, the principal, in the cafeteria with a general overview of our school. Then, Mrs. Johnson will send you to your child's classroom, however, we ask that you go to Kindergarten Rooms 4 & 5, where the Kindergarten Teachers will do a presentation of the Kindergarten curriculum. 
Important change in date:   Our first field trip is to Parlee Farm on October 12th. 


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September 6, 2017: Welcome to Room 7


                            Room 1


I am so excited for you to join my classroom for the 2017-2018 school year. I enjoyed meeting you all at orientation today. Thank you for coming!

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Here, you will find important information about daily classroom updates, take home folders, class schedules, scholastic and newsletters. 

The pages on the left side of the blog is a link to access important newsletters or are used as reminders of things to take home and bring back to school. 

I am so excited to start the school year!


Some important dates:

September 11th ~ First Day of School
September 13th-Back to School Night
October 4th ~ School Pictures
October 12th ~ Parlee Farms Apple Picking Field Trip



Monday, May 15, 2017

5/8 - 5/12:Research:Butterflies

Morning Meeting & Phonemic Awareness Activity
* Question of the week: Would you hold a butterfly?

Whole Group:

We continued our unit on Insects. We read nonfiction insect books and we observe our class butterflies (chrysalis). We also also gathering information to prepare for our research project. During our research we will learn:
What it looks like
What it eats
Life cycle
Cool Facts

We will research Ladybugs and butterflies.

Last week we did our unit on Ladybugs. This week the students will research butterflies in nonfiction stories.

Read Aloud Books


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Centers

Whole Group Reading Response:
Nonfiction butterfly book

life cycle map

Guided Writing:
Facts about Butterfly

Art: Butterflies Symmetry

Poetry: First comes a butterfly

Math: Subtraction rain drops from 5

Comprehension:
Identifying story elements, retelling familiar stories, main idea

Writing:

We continue with our Monday morning journals to increase our journal writing skills.

We began working on information writing. Information writing "informs" the reader. We will be using informational writing in our research unit.


Listening Center:


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Science :


Living vs. Nonliving

Animals in their habitats

Social Studies:


Memorial Day

5/1-5/5:Insects,Ladybugs

Morning Meeting & Phonemic Awareness Activity
* Question of the week: Would you hold a ladybug?

Whole Group:
We continued our unit on Insects. We read nonfiction insect books and we observe our class ladybugs. We also also gathering information to prepare for our research project. During our research we will learn:
What it looks like
What it eats
Life cycle
Cool Facts

We will research Ladybugs and butterflies.

This week we did our unit on Ladybugs. The students enjoyed researching facts about ladybugs in nonfiction stories and learning about ladybugs.

Read Aloud Books


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Centers

Whole Group Reading Response:
Nonfiction lady bug book
life cycle map

Guided Writing:
Facts about Ladybugs

Art: Paint Ladybug

Poetry: Ladybugs

Math: Ladybug Math

Comprehension:
Identifying story elements, retelling familiar stories, main idea

Writing:

We continue with our Monday morning journals to increase our journal writing skills.

We began working on information writing. Information writing "informs" the reader. We will be using informational writing in our research unit.

Listening Center:

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Science :


Living vs. Nonliving

Animals in their habitats

Social Studies:


Memorial Day

4/24-4/28: Recycle, Bug Unit

Morning Meeting & Phonemic Awareness Activity
* Question of the week: Do you like bugs?

Whole Group:
This week, we discussed what is means to recycle. We talked about the different recycling signs that we see and we sorted pretend cans, papers and plastics.

We also begin our unit on Insects. We read nonfiction insect books, we observe our class ladybugs and have a ladybug research project.


Read Aloud Books


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Centers

Whole Group Reading Response:
Nonfiction lady bug book
life cycle map

Guided Writing:
My name is __ This is how I look in the spring

Art: “Friends Put Their Hands Together”

Poetry: Save the Earth

Math: Two  More Two fewer

Comprehension:
Identifying story elements, retelling familiar stories

Writing:

We continue with our Monday morning journals to increase our journal writing skills.

We continued with our Persuasive writing in our persuasive writing journal. Persuasive writing tries to convince or persuade someone why they should or should not agree with you.

The author's purpose is to:

Convince someone to do something
make someone believe in something
change someone's mind

Some of our persuasive writing entries are:

Will a tiger be a good pet?
Should children do chores?
They should serve _____ in the school cafeteria.

We also are finishing up our science observations in our plant journals.

Listening Center:

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Science :

We will continue with our plant observation reflections and we will continue with our plant measurements.

Recycling, Earth Day

Social Studies:

Continents and using correct words and phrases related to chronology and time

April 10 -April 14: Recycling

Morning Meeting & Phonemic Awareness Activity
* Question of the week: Do you recycle?

Whole Group:
This week, we discussed what is means to recycle. We talked about the different recycling signs that we see and we sorted pretend cans, papers and plastics.


Read Aloud Books

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Recycle


Centers

Whole Group Reading Response:
Web: What can we do to keep the earth clean?

Guided Writing:
" "was a ________.
But now it is a _____.
(reusing materials)

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Art: Paper plate earth with things you can recycle hanging down, cut pictures from grocery flyers.

Poetry: Recycling

Scholastic: Planting

Math: What do you recycle at home graph

Comprehension:
Identifying story elements, retelling familiar stories

Writing:

We continue with our Monday morning journals to increase our journal writing skills.

We continued with our Persuasive writing in our persuasive writing journal. Persuasive writing tries to convince or persuade someone why they should or should not agree with you.

The author's purpose is to:

Convince someone to do something
make someone believe in something
change someone's mind

Some of our persuasive writing entries are:

Will a tiger be a good pet?
Should children do chores?
They should serve _____ in the school cafeteria.

We also are finishing up our science observations in our plant journals.

Listening Center:

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Science :

We will continue with our plant observation reflections and we will continue with our plant measurements.

Recycling, Earth Day

Social Studies:

Continents and using correct words and phrases related to chronology and time

Important information to remember

Field trip: Discovery Museum

Friday, April 21, 2017

April 3 - April 7

Morning Meeting & Phonemic Awareness Activity
* Question of the week: Do you have a garden?

Whole Group:
This week, we continued planting seeds observing and charting their growth. We drew a picture of our plant on the "Parts of a Plant poem. We discussed putting our plants in the Fox Hill School garden. We turned & talked about the life cycle of a plant and discussed what plants need to grow. Then we a walk outside to look for "Signs of Spring." The children collected items found outside and took turns discussing their findings. Lastly, the children drew a picture of their collection and wrote about it.


Read Aloud Books
And then it's spring by Julie Fogliano
I'm a Little Seed by Kay Sands
Butterflies by Emily Neye
Bucket Filling from A-Z by Carol McCloud
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Centers

Whole Group Reading Response:

Sequence the pictures and write about what is happening in each picture.


Guided Writing: Draw a picture of all the things a plant needs to grow. Label your picture using the words in the word bank: air, sunlight, soil, water

Art: We painted for our Eric Carle pictures: Next week we will choose what we will draw and draw it on our painted work.

Poetry: "It's Spring, It's Spring"  

Scholastic: Planting

Comprehension:
Author Study: Eric Carle. We learn how the author writes and how he illustrates his books.

Writing:

We continue with our Monday morning journals to increase our journal writing skills.

We will begin Persuasive writing in our persuasive writing journal. Persuasive writing tries to convince or persuade someone why they should or should not agree with you.

The author's purpose is to:

Convince someone to do something
make someone believe in something
change someone's mind

Some of our persuasive writing entries are:

Will a tiger be a good pet?
Should children do chores?
They should serve _____ in the school cafeteria.

We will also writing about our classroom experiments during the month of March and April during our guided writing.

Listening Center:

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Science :

This month we will be studying magnets. Students will be using magnets at the science table to understand how magnets work and what make magnets "stick" together.

We began working on our science journals. Our first journal entry was Oobleck. We experimenting with cornstarch and water to see how oobleck becomes a solid and a liquid in our hands. In our journals we wrote the materials, procedure and we drew a picture.

We will continue our science journal throughout March and April.

Social Studies:

We are studying community helpers this month. We will be looking forward to parents coming in to learn more about different occupations.

Important information to remember

Field trip: Discovery Museum