Saturday, October 25, 2014

Week 9

Plant Observation
All our corn seeds finally sprouted! We discovered that we do need to water, but not every day:) We can’t wait to find out how tall they will get in a week.

Global Read Aloud
This week we read “ish” by Peter H. Reynolds. We discussed that we should learn to love our work and ourselves when we do our best. We took photos of classroom objects and exchanged with in Mrs. Fliceck's (Wisconsin), Mrs, Stoufer's (Florida), and Mrs. Beck’s first graders. Then we drew isn picture. Here is what we created. I think they are so great!!


We will have a costume parade in the morning next Friday. Please send your child in his/her costume. They will also need change of clothes so that they can change after the parade.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Week 8

What a beautiful fall week we had! We enjoyed spending some time outside this week:)

Columbus Day
On Monday we celebrated Columbus Day by learning about Columbus's Journey and his character traits. We thought he was brave, courageous, patient, exciting and nice. Then we brainstormed where we would like to go if we were an explorer like Columbus. Here is what we said.

Seed Day
We enjoyed looking at different kinds of seeds. We discovered that the seeds come in different sizes, shapes, colors and texture. Thank you for helping your child with this activity!

Leaf Art
On Wednesday we enjoyed going outside looking at the trees and leaves. We picked up some leaves and made pictures. Please check your child's blog to view their art!

Global Read Aloud
We read "I'm Here!" by Peter Reynolds this week. We thought that Peter Reynolds wanted us to learn how to be "here" for our friends. We brainstormed the ways we could be here for our friends, then made a paper airplane (as shown in the book). It was great to see everyone helping each other to create the paper airplane.  

We went outside to fly our planes. 

We also played a "All About Me" matching game with Mrs. Flicek's first grade class in Green bay, Wisconsin. Please ask your child about the game at home:)

On Friday, October 31, there will be a costume parade right away in the morning. Your child may come to school dressed in his/her costume. Please make sure to send change of clothes along. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Week 7

We had a very busy week with many special events. 
Healthiest State Walk
On Wednesday we participated in the state initiative "Healthiest State Walk." The entire student body and faculty got together to walk 1 km. 

HyVee Flowers for Kids
HyVee Floral Department came to our school to teach us about flowers. Our classroom was filled with flowers and smiles. I hope you enjoyed the bouquet of flowers!

Global Read Aloud
Our class is participating in a reading project called "Global Read Aloud." It is a six week project, and each week we read a book written by a children's book author, Peter H. Reynolds along with many classes around the world. This week we read "The North Star." It was a story about a journey we go on to reach our dreams. We shared what we discussed on Twitter. 

And... Peter H. Reynolds HIMSELF tweeted back to us! What a great surprise!!

Then we made a class book our dreams.

We also practiced a reader's theater written by Mrs. Stoufer in Florida. On Friday we got together with her class and Ms. Lireman's class in BC. Canada on Google Hangout to read the script together.  

We have many more collaboration projects coming up following weeks.

Seed Day
We will continue to explore and learn about plants in science. Tuesday, October 14 is Seed Day. The students have been asked to bring seeds to school. Please help your child find seeds outside or even in your kitchen! One favor to ask... please make sure your child knows what kind of seeds they are bringing to school. Labeling would help me out a lot! Thanks!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Week 6

The month of October has already been filled with lots of learning! The students are continuing to lead our morning meetings. They are continuing to do an awesome job at completing their tasks during the Daily 5 rotations.  We have learned  a lot about what a plant needs, the parts of plant, as well as what the seeds, roots and stems do for plants in science. October will continue to be filled with a lot of fun learning opportunities.

Look Inside a Seed
Did you enjoy looking at the inside of a lima bean seed that came home with your child? We had a lot of fun opening up the lima bean seed, and finding the embryo, seed coat, and food storage!

Planting Seeds
Your child also took time in science this week to plant a soy bean seed or corn seed. Ask your child what kind of seed they planted! They are very excited to watch and observe their plant over the next few weeks to see what will happen to it in the next few weeks.  

True/False Statements
In Math we spent all week learning about about the meaning of the equals sign, and how we can tell when a math equation is true or false! Check out your child's kid blog to see their creation with true/false statements. 

Sight Words
Thank you for helping your child with sight words at home. Everyone did a super job!
We will test on Thursday next week.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, October 8 --- Healthiest State Walk @10:45 
Please make sure your child has tennis shoes and layered clothes. 
If you want to join us, please meet us at the football field.