Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up

This was our last week of the first quarter. We spent our science time this week doing investigations with pumpkins.
First, we brainstormed words about pumpkins. Then, we put them into groups. We used these groups to help us make questions that we worked on answering throughout the week.

We made guesses for each question, then answered the questions through different activities. This was teaching us to think like scientists. We used a string to measure the outside of our pumpkin. We used linking cubes to measure the height. We read several stories about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Finally, we cut the pumpkin open to see what it looked like inside.

Monday night was our Halloween party at school - I was glad to see so many students there!

Grade cards will be coming home on Wednesday. They will be in a yellow envelope. You will get to keep the grade cards, but sign the envelope and send it back. There is also a form in there for you to return for Parent Teacher Conferences. Conferences will be held November 19-20.

Next week, we will be reading Bear Snores On. We will be working on the differences between a realistic and fantasy text. Our letter this week is C and our sight words are we, my, and like.

:) Miss McPheron

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up

We had a great week this week!

Math: In Math this week, we started looking at pennies. We learned that they're worth one cent and practiced counting with one-to-one correspondence. We also did some stories with them and pockets. We also did some work with problem solving with patterns. They had to find what was missing, instead of just extending the pattern. We also had an introduction to telling time to the hour.

Writing Center: Copying sentences about fall and drawing a picture to match

Independent Reading: Students choose the books they want to look at. They have a blast looking for sight words and anything they know!

Listening Center

Phonics Center: Making letters with wikki stix

Science Center: Fine motor skills

Math Center: Roll a number

Phonics Center: Building letters with wikki stix
Science: In Science this week, we learned about living and nonliving things. Living things grow, move, breathe, need food and water, and make more like themselves. We sorted pictures of living and nonliving things and made a check list to decide if an item is living. Each child got a different picture and went through the check list on their own.
Sorting Living and Nonliving Things

Checklist with a sunflower

Checklist with bananas

Checklist with bananas
On Wednesday, the weather was so nice, we went outside to find leaves and then made leaf rubbings of them. The kids had a blast with this! We talked about how the lines in the leaves give it structure and also help the tree get the nutrients it needs. 

Next week, we are working on the letter p and we have three new sight words: we, my, like. In Math, we will continue to work with pennies and time. We will introduce number lines and identify numbers before, after, and between. In Science, we are going to do some investigations with pumpkins to work on thinking like scientists. In Language Arts, we will be focusing on the main idea of a story - what the story is mostly about.  

We have a busy week with different activities!
  • Monday: 7 PM Halloween Party - Your child can come dressed in their costume. We will meet in the gym, look for me! 
  • All Week: The Scholastic book fair starts on Monday and will be open 1-3 everyday. It will also be open during the Halloween Party. If you want your child to buy books, please send money in their folder in an envelope marked "Book Fair." You can also shop with them after school until 3 if you like. We will go as a class on Tuesday to check it out!
  • Tuesday: Library - please send your library book back on Tuesday! If your child does not return their book, they cannot check out another one. 
  • Wednesday: School Pictures - If you want to order, please return the picture order form by Wednesday. 
  • Friday: First grading period ends - Grade Cards go home next Wednesday (31st)
As always, please contact me with any questions!

:) Miss McPheron

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up

On Monday, we spent the day celebrating Christopher Columbus! We wore hats, then went outside to explore, just like Christopher Columbus! We were on the hunt for a leaf. Each student picked out their own leaf, and then we did an exploration page about it when we got back inside.

In addition to exploring, we wrote "If I were an explorer, I would find..." We got some very interesting answers, like gold, treasure, and alligators! These pages will be compiled for a class book that will go in our library.

This week was also Fire Prevention week. On Monday, the Upper Sandusky Fire Department came with a fire truck! They talked to us about ways to stay safe in a fire, and then showed us the different parts of their fire truck.

Another part of being safe in a fire is knowing your address and phone number! Please work with your child to learn this, as I will be asking them in the coming weeks for both their address and phone number.

In Math this week, we worked on ordering numbers. They need to be able to put numbers 0-10 in order from left to right with just the numbers in front of them.

We also played Bingo with numbers 0-9. They did a great job finding the numbers with just hearing the number!

In Reading, we used our new document camera to read our decodable book of the week. Keep doing such a great job of reading with you kids! I am going to empty the bags out this week, so you will see a lot of books come home in the folders for you to keep. I will be putting new books in the bags that we have worked on in class.

Next week, our letter is S and our sight words are have and is. In Math, we will be looking at pennies for the first time. In Science, we are going to talk about living and nonliving things. We have just 2 weeks left in our first grading period! If you have any questions, please contact me!

:) Miss McPheron