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. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekly Review - October 9-12, 2017

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

IEW: We read two poems this week and identified our spelling words within the poems. We also worked on creating sentences using our spelling words and illustrating those sentences.

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 checkmarks 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.

Core Knowledge: We officially began our Ancient Egypt unit! This week we learned about King Tut and created his headdress. We also reviewed the mummification process and created the Nile River using yarn.

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. We are also reading Ancient Egypt books together during this time.


I enjoyed seeing my students at the Harvest Festival! Those that weren’t able to attend were missed! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Weekly Review: October 2-6, 2017

I must have been SUPER tired from our field trip! I forgot to blog about our week!

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


IEW: As a class, we are reading Shel Silverstein poems. We read two poems this week and identified our spelling words within the poems. We also worked on creating sentences using our spelling words and illustrating those sentences.

Riggs: We are up to 30 words a day! 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 checkmarks beside words. These are words they need to practice for homework—along with their daily five words.

Core Knowledge: We finished our Mesopotamia unit and began our Ancient Egypt unit! To kick start our new unit, we read about mummification and made mummies out of our pumpkins from the pumpkin patch.

Guided Reading: Students working in reading groups and receiving coaching and instruction from me both individually and as a group. We are also reading Ancient Egypt books together during this time.

Our Trip to the Pumpkin Patch at Bushue’s Family Farm:
While we had a blast picking pumpkins and making dirt babies at the pumpkin patch, I believe my students enjoyed the corn maze the most! We were able to complete the maze numerous times during our visit to Bushue’s Family Farm. We also had the chance to pet the farm animals.

When we returned to the school, the students played while some very helpful volunteers and I cut all the tops off the pumpkins. The class then walked through the steps of mummification. The mummies turned out better than I even imagined! 


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Weekly Review: 9/25/2017 - 9/28/2017

Math:  We reviewed addition facts, learned how to flip an addition fact, examined pattern blocks, counted by ones and tens, wrote the digital time, and learned how to illustrate word problems.

IEW: As a class, we are reading Shel Silverstein poems and illustrating them. We are also picking interesting keywords within the poems and creating new sentences with those words.

Riggs: As mentioned in our last post, we began our spelling words, along with our spelling word homework. The kids are falling into a good rhythm and I wanted to thank you for the oversight you are giving them on their homework. As an aside, if you need Riggs paper for homework, please know that you or your student can grab some from our supply cart at any time.

Core Knowledge: We finished up our unit on Geography and began our study of Mesopotamia. This week we studied the geography of Mesopotamia and wrote in cuneiform. We will continue to learn about other Mesopotamian inventions this week.

Guided Reading: Students are now moving into reading groups and receiving coaching and instruction from me both individually and as a group. I spent the week refining levels and am eager to jump into next week's lessons!

Riggs Homework

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Water and Brain Energy

As you're shopping for water bottles, please avoid glass bottles. They are beautiful, but in the close classroom quarters, they end up in pieces on the floor too often.


These are two of the brands that didn’t hold up well last year!

So why do we ask students to only drink water at school? 

The brain is one of the most important organs in your body to keep fueled. 
It is approximately 85 percent water and brain function depends on having abundant access to water.
Water gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes.

According to Dr. Corinne Allen, founder of the Advanced Learning and Development Institute, brain cells need two times more energy than other cells in the body. Water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance.
Water is also needed for the brain's production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Nerve transmission requires one-half of all the brain’s energy.

When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity.
The reason why it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day for optimal brain function is because your brain does not have any way to store water.
When your body loses more water than you are replacing, dehydration will kick in and brain function will be affected. 

(http://www.waterbenefitshealth.com/water-and-brain.html)

Meet the Teacher

It's almost here! The first day of school is right around the corner, and I am bursting with excitement! I am looking forward to a year full of mind-expanding concepts and fruitful experiences. I wanted to first introduce myself. I am Ms. Stacy, and I will be your child's first grade teacher. I have posted a little about myself below. I also wanted to post a friendly reminder that Back to School Night is September 7th from 6:30-7:30. I am looking forward to meeting you!