Friday, April 28, 2017

Hi again!

I just updated the Dates to Remember list in the left column.  Included please note that our class's music performance in planned for the early evening of May 10th, here in our cafetorium.  The performance is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.  Children should arrive here in our classroom no by 5:45, where I'll meet them.  Children should dress in 'something nice' for the performance.

Also, please note that the First Grade Field day is being planned for June 6th.  I believe we will be at Hannaford Field that morning!  It begins at 9:00 a.m.!  More information will follow.

We will begin studying tide pools very soon, and will be taking a trip to Kettle Cove on the morning of June 16th to look at the tide pools.  More to follow on that, too!
Hello everyone! I hope everyone had an enjoyable April break (was it only last week?)!  Here are some images from this week; enjoy!


High School seniors Caroline, Sarah, and  Faith, who've been studying French for many years while at Cape schools, came to our class twice this week for some fun with French!  Above we are learning the names of some fruit.

Here we are playing Memory Game in French with the fruit picture cards.


Today, we played charades in French using animal picture cards!  


With so many rainy days, we had some fun during recess inside our classroom.  Here are two friends feeling creative!



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!