Wednesday, January 10, 2018

We Made Blood!

Your child might have sticky fingers this afternoon! We had a blast making blood for our Human Body Unit. Each child was given a small water bottle and some water. The water represented plasma. We then cut Hot Tamales to create red blood cells. Small marshmallows were added next to represent white blood cells. Lastly, we added sprinkles for the platelets. We also discussed the role that each part plays.









Monday, January 8, 2018

1/2/2018 - 1/25/2018 Update

Math: We are adding two digit numbers! We are also reviewing patterns, creating number sentences, counting money, writing the time, writing and illustrating fractions, and completing word problems. 

IEW: We are currently writing about the human body. 

Riggs: Every morning we test 30 words. We receive five new words each day, and the first five words on the list that day drop off for the following day. So our spelling words are a rolling list of 30. Check student’s Riggs notebooks for check-marks beside words. These are words they need to practice for homework—along with their new five words that they receive each day. Their new words are the last five words written in their Riggs notebook. They are also written in their planner each day. We are also reviewing multi-letter phonograms. 

Guided Reading: In guided reading we are currently reading fiction and nonfiction books about snow. With these books, we are furthering our knowledge of vocabulary and reading strategies. We will also be doing some crafts and activities to further our comprehension of the texts.

Core Knowledge: We have started our human body unit! We are currently learning about the skeletal system, but we will also learn about the circulatory system, digestive system, muscular system, and nervous system. We would love to have some volunteer speakers if you-or someone you know-works in a health related field. MAD Science will also be here January 19th to do some human body experiments! 


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December 4-13 Update

Math: We are adding numbers to find sums of 13 & 14. We are also reviewing patterns, creating number sentences, counting money, writing the time, writing numbers least to greatest, and practicing illustrating word problems.

IEW: We are currently writing about the book The Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats. 

Riggs: Every morning we test 30 words. We receive five new words each day, and the first five words on the list that day drop off for the following day. So our spelling words are a rolling list of 30. Check student’s Riggs notebooks for check-marks beside words. These are words they need to practice for homework—along with their new five words that they receive each day. Their new words are the last five words written in their Riggs notebook. They are also written in their planner each day. We are also reviewing multi-letter phonograms. 

Guided Reading: In guided reading we are currently practicing our Readers Theater on The Gingerbread Man. Each student has a part in the play. We are performing The Gingerbread Man for our seventh grade buddies tomorrow, December 14, 2017.

Core Knowledge: We are wrapping up our unit on Mexico and Three World Religions. Last week we had a fiesta! I will post some pictures from our fiesta. We are also on a TOP SECRET mission from Mrs. Macy, The Peppermint Tea Disaster. We are learning about all the different cultural celebrations around the world and reporting them back to Mrs. Macy! Yesterday we "took a trip" to Holland. 

I wanted to thank all of you for the support so far this year. I cannot believe it is already time for Winter Break. Happy Holidays! 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Weekly Review - Oct 23 - 26

Math: We reviewed addition facts, reviewed flipping addition facts, continued identifying words—such as more or less—in word problems, completed patterns, identified numbers that are smaller or larger than others, wrote the time, practiced illustrating word problems, and practiced fractions.

IEW: This week we wrote sentences about Ancient Egypt. We then illustrated our writing. 

Riggs: Every morning we test 30 words. We receive five new words each day, and the first five words on the list that day drop off for the following day. So our spelling words are a rolling list of 30. Check student’s Riggs notebooks for check-marks beside words. These are words they need to practice for homework—along with their new five words that they receive each day. Their new words are the last five words written in their Riggs notebook. They are also written in their planner each day. We are also reviewing multi-letter phonograms. 

Core Knowledge: We wrapped up our Ancient Egypt Unit! The class did WONDERFUL presenting their projects. We first practiced presenting our projects to each other. We then presented them to our 7th grade buddies. Lastly, we presented them for you. Thank you for those that were able to attend. If you weren't able to attend, we hope you can join us for our next project! I have also attached photos from yesterday. 

Guided Reading: Students working in reading groups and receiving coaching and instruction from me both individually and as a group. Students are rotating between centers: reading to self, reading with a partner, word work, and writing. Volunteers are welcome during this time!


























Friday, October 20, 2017

Weekly Review - October 16-19

Math: We reviewed addition facts, reviewed flipping addition facts, continued identifying words—such as more or less—in word problems, completed patterns, identified numbers that are smaller or larger than others, wrote the time, practiced illustrating word problems, and practiced fractions.

IEW: This week we brainstormed topics for our writing. Students were then asked to write a sentence about anything they wished to write about. We then illustrated our sentence and shared them with the class. 

Riggs: Every morning we test 30 words. We receive five new words each day, and the first five words on the list that day drop off for the following day. So our spelling words are a rolling list of 30. Check student’s Riggs notebooks for check-marks beside words. These are words they need to practice for homework—along with their new five words that they receive each day. Their new words are the last five words written in their Riggs notebook. They are also written in their planner each day. We are also reviewing multi-letter phonograms. 

Core Knowledge: We are having so much fun learning about Ancient Egypt. This week we read many books related to Ancient Egypt, made our own death masks, and created Egyptian collars. 

Guided Reading: Students working in reading groups and receiving coaching and instruction from me both individually and as a group. Students are rotating between centers: reading to self, reading with a partner, word work, and writing. Volunteers are now welcome during this time!

Riggs Parent Night: Miss Him, Mrs. Adams, and myself met last night with parents to go over Riggs sounds and homework. Miss Him also shared some games that you can play with your child when going over their sounds. In first grade, we are specifically working on identifying multi-letter phonograms, using our best handwriting, and spelling.