Thursday, September 29, 2011

Insect Book

We had a blast learning about insects.  We chose an insect to research and draw a picture.  As you see, we put them into a book.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fishing Trip

We had a great time fishing at Fish Hatchery.  The followings are what we wrote about the trip.

I went fishing. I caught a sun fish. I went fishing at the hatchery. Then I felt happy.  Then I took a picture with the sun fish.(Eliie)
I went fishing and I caught a fish and I liked touching the cat fish.  I got to throw the fish back.  (Sawyer)
I went to the fish hatchery.  I caught two medium fish.  They were cat fish.  (Jake)

I went to the fish hatchery.  I caught two fish,  It was fun.  (Iven)
I caught a fish.  It was a bull head and I put it back in to the pond.  We were at the fish hatchery.  It was fun.  (Sydney)
I like catching fish and holding the fish.   It was slimy.  (Katherine)
I caught two fish  They were bullhead fish.  There was a big fish in the water.  A boy casted a worm out.   (Mya)
I caught a fish.  It was fun.   It was at the fish hatchery.  I told my mom and Dad.  (A. J.)
I caught two fish.  It was fun.  They were the first to fish in my life.  I was excited.  I took a picture with both of them.  It was really fun.  I laughed.  It was so fun.  I was happy that I caught two fish.   (Kaitlyn)
I like catching a fish.   It was really fun.  I caught two fish.  I was happy.  (Addisen)
I liked fishing at the fish hatchery.  (Edwin)
It was fun to catch fish.  I caught two perch.  Watching Iven catch frogs was fun.  (Braden)
I caught two big bull heads.  Out of all of the fish I caught five fish.  One of them had a scrape on its mouth.  (Keiran)
I liked watching Keiran trying to pull fish out.  It was a big fish.  (Blane)

I went to the fish hatchery.  I caught two fish.  (Nicki)
I went fishing and I caught a fish and I like touching the cat fish.  I got to throw the fish back.  (Sawyer)
I caught some fish.  I put it back in.  I touched the fish.  I saw a big fish.  (Jayden)
I caught a fish at the fish hatchery and It was fun and I caught a bull head.  (Emma)
I liked to touch the carp.  Its scales felt rough.  It is big and strong.  I felt good.  (Max)
I liked it to throw the baby fish.  I went to the blue bowl with the baby fish.  (Isaac)
I got to touch a fish.  It was big.  (Paige)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Upcoming Events

Just a reminder Tuesday September 27th is fishing day. We will be fishing from 1:00-2:00 at the pond behind the fish hatchery building. If you would like to join us please meet us there!

A permission slip has been sent home from Miss Gonnerman. She will be taping a lesson next week for educational purposes only. If you wish for your child to not participate, please sign this form and have it returned by Tuesday the 27th.

Seed Day! The first grade classes are beginning a science unit on seeds and plants. The first project will involve developing a collection of various seeds to investigate and display. The students have been asked to bring seeds to school. Please help your child with this homework. Make sure your child knows what kind of seed they brought to school! Some place to look may be in a park, in a garden or yard, and even your kitchen. Please make sure your child has brought their seed to school by Wednesday the 28th.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Week 3

Our week was filled with homecoming festivities.  We enjoyed the dress up days, making a school spirit poster, pep rally, and parade.

Of course, we were busy learning, too.
We went on an insect hunt and got to take a close look at the real insects.

We have been working hard on building stamina to read and work independently.  It is a part of program called Daily 5 that I am implementing in my classroom this year.  I will write more about Daily 5 next week, but if you would like to "peek" in my classroom, go to the elementary website to view a YouTube video.  

Upcoming events

No School on Monday, September 19 (Professional Development day)

Fishing Trip to Fish Hatchery on Tuesday, September 20 1:00-2:00
     **You are welcome to join us at the pond by Fish Hatchery.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Meet the Student Teacher

Hello Parents!
     My name is Miss Gonnerman. I will be student teaching in Mrs. DeGroot's class until October 14th. I am currently a student at the University of Northern Iowa. I will graduate with a major in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Early Childhood Special Education. During my time in the classroom, I will be teaching the student many different things! One subject area I plan to focus on is Science. I am going to teach the students all about plants and why they are so important. I have enjoyed getting to know your intelligent 1st graders these past three weeks. I look forward to coming to school every day because I know it will be packed with fun and excitement. I can't wait to see what the rest of my time here brings!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

What is Word Journey?

Did you find a spelling test in your child's Friday folder?  It is a Word Journey test.
Word Journey is a spelling program.  Your child will work at their level and learn patterns in spelling.  At the beginning of each week, I introduce a set of words that follow specific patterns.  For example, the words for this week ended with -at, -ap or an.  We practice reading and writing the words to get familiar with the patterns in the words. An assessment is given on Friday or the fifth day. 

We had another great week of learning.

Charles from Dickinson County Nature Center came to teach us more about Monarch butterfly.  We released five tagged butterflies.  One of our chrysalises turned into a butterfly!  It was a week sooner than we predicted, but we released a healthy male butterfly off to south.

Next week is our homecoming week.  Lots of excitement!!!
Dress up days every day!  My favorite is Pajama Day (Monday)!
A tattoo will be for sale on Friday for 75 cents a piece and a parade in the afternoon (2:30ish?).

Please remember that we have a professional development day on Monday, September 19.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

We Went Walking

After reading "I Went Walking" by Sue Williams, our class took a walk around school.
When we came back, we wrote about what we saw on our walk and made a class book.
Enjoy great illustration and narration by each student.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Monarch Caterpillars

Both of our Monarch caterpillars turned into a chrysalis this week.
After reading a book about Monarch butterflies, we learned that it will take about two weeks for a butterfly to come out of a chrysalis.

Our class guessed when ours will turn into butterflies and whether they will be a male or female.
Here are the results.

The butterflies will come out on ...
Wednesday, September 14  (7 people)
Thursday, September 15 (2 people)
Friday, September 16 (9 people)

Chrysalis #1 will be...
male (4 people)
female (16 people)

Chrysalis #2 will be ...
male (5 people)
female (16 people)

Book Order

Online Ordering Information
Web address:
Class Activation Code: 
Due Date: Thursday, September 15
Dear Parent,

Now it's easier than ever to find the perfect books for your child -- shop our NEW online Book Clubs Web site. Choose from a much-wider selection of books than in the printed flyer. Plus, you can send your orders directly to me online and use your credit card to pay.

Best of all, we earn a FREE book for the classroom library every time a parent places an order online.*

It's so simple! Here's how it works:
  • SIGN UP at On the parent page, click the "Register" button in the "First Time Here?" section. Register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code shown above. This unique code ensures that your order is sent to me.
  • SELECT the books you'd like to order -- choose from thousands of titles -- many more than in our monthly flyers.
  • SEND your order to me online by the due date and your child's books will be delivered directly to my classroom.
Ordering online is fast, easy, and secure.

Of course, you can still order using the form from the printed flyer. But why not see for yourself how convenient it is to order online?

Thank you,

Mrs. DeGroot