Saturday, February 1, 2014

Week 21

Jan Brett
We have been enjoying Jan Brett's books.  She is an amazing children's book author and illustrator.  we spent some time analyzing her work. The followings are our findings:

- Jan Brett adds boarders to many of her stories.
- The boarders help us make predictions in some stories.
- The characters in her stories are mostly animals.
- There are several books that have a hedgehog and trolls.
- Many of her stories have problems and solutions.
- She travels and researches places, people and animals to write a new book.
We also visited her website. There were a lot to see! We enjoyed looking at her photos and illustrations. Then we decided to draw a hedgehog! We noticed that her illustration has beautiful background as well. All of us did a fantastic job adding details in the background also. Check out our art work!

Reading via Skype
We had a Skype session with Mr. Ross's first grade from Webster City.  We read "The Three Bears" together.   It was such a great opportunity to practice our reading fluency with first graders in another school.

100th Day Celebration
We will be celebrating our 100th Day of school on February 3. Our first grade classrooms have many fun activities planned for that day. You can help by collecting 100 of something with your child. We have had children bring 100 popcorn kernels, 100 Skittles’s, 100 paper clips, 100 raisins, 100 seeds, etc. Our goal is to see what 100 looks like. Please have your collection here for Monday, February 3rd.
***Please make sure your child's collection is peanut & tree nuts free!

As a part of 100th Day celebration, we will participate in a service project.  The children have the option of bringing one or two cans of food. (To help them feel part of the service project, the children may do light jobs or help around the house to help earn the money for the food.) The first grade classes will collect the cans, count them, and bag them to be taken to Upper Des Moines. If you would like to help us deliver cans to Upper DM with your child, we are looking for a volunteer from each classroom.

Please visit your child's blog!

February Water Helpers