Friday, March 10, 2017

Hello families and friends!  Please enjoy these photos representing activities over the past few weeks...

Here are some friends wearing their 'crazy' hats in celebration of Dr. Seuss day, March 2nd!  We read our collection of Dr. Seuss stories, and wrote a persuasive piece about which of two stories that I read aloud was our favorite.  The stores were The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, and To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.
Ask your first grader to tell you the title of the very first book that Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, published!


On Dr. Seuss day our goal was to read 100 books during Writing Workshop!  We were so close, we got to 95 books in one workshop session; now that's teamwork!


"Puppets and people, eyes on me!", is how Mrs. Gallagher, or Mrs. G., gains attention during guidance class.  Today during guidance our puppets were tools helping us practice how to be an 'up stander'.  Ask your first grader to tell you how you can be an up stander, too!


In the above photo two friends demonstrate their skill while the class listens.


Thank you for scheduling your conference time with me; I look forward to meeting you all of you, soon!  As always, should you need to reschedule your appointment, please send me an email and we'll find another time that works.

Happy weekend, and remember it's time to Spring Ahead!!





Friday, January 13, 2017

Greetings everyone!  While wishing for a good helping of some 'real' snow, I hope you are all enjoying this Spring-like January weather.

Last week we learned about what happens to light when it travels through something transparent, like water.  Ask your first grader to describe what happens, and what the word 'refraction' means.

                              
Here are some friends watching light travel through water. The pencil in the cup of water helps to illustrate refraction.  Try it at home!

Since the New Year began, we have been reading our books looking for Keywords.  We have been practicing using highlighter tape to find keywords.  To help with comprehension we played a game with the keywords we found.  To play, we wrote the keywords on a sticky note.  The we faced a friend and gave hints (descriptions) of the keyword.  We know we understand the words when our friend guessed the keyword  from our verbal descriptions!  This is also something really fun to try at home.

                             
            Above are two friends practicing and playing the Keyword game last week!

                            
We got to read with our friends from Mrs. Hollowell's class this week!  We practiced our non-fiction texts by reading and talking about our reading with each other.  Above is a friend from our class and a friend from Mrs. Hollowell's class enjoying some non fiction.

Have a wonderful weekend!