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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Crew News November 1, 2012

Student-Led Conferences
Student-Led Conferences are going very well. It has been so nice to see all of you and listen to your child share all about what they are learning.





Homework 
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.12 Counting Coins

Renaissance Thursday Newsletter
Click here to check the Renaissance Thursday Newsletter. Did you know that you can subscribe to this newsletter, too. There is a link to the RSS feed at the top of the newsletter page. I have added it to my Google Reader so I can keep up with all that is happening at our school. You might want to also. I have also added a link to the Thursday Newsletter to the right hand side of this crew blog page.

Book Fair 
The REMS Book Fair is November 12th thru November 16th!

We are looking for volunteers to help make this year's Book Fair and ALL STAR EVENT!  If you would like to help, please go to this link www.SignUpGenius.com/go/rems2
and mark your spot!  This is a great way to rack up a few volunteer hours while enjoying some time surrounded by books.  What more could a person ask for? 

If you have any questions or need extra details about Book Fair please contact Cheryl Dallas at c3dallas@comcast.net.


Crew News October 31, 2012

Halloween
Wow! What a fun day! Thanks to all of the parents who worked so hard on our breakfast and activities. We all had a great time.












Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.11 Coin Exchanges

Library
We have library tomorrow. Please help your child remember to bring back his or her books.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Crew News October 30, 2012

Where was Ms. Jill today?
I was so lucky to be able to attend a one-day workshop on writing that was presented by Katie Wood Ray. She is an amazing writing teacher so I was happy to be able to hear her speak. We had Ms. Marilyn for our guest teacher and Ms. Wendy was also there to help things run smoothly all day.

Halloween
Tomorrow is our costume parade. Students should arrive at school in their costumes. Our parade will be in our hallway only (the kindergarten crews will also join our hallway). It should start around 9 am. After that we will have a breakfast and a few activities in our room. You are all invited to attend. Your child should bring a change of clothing so that they can take off their costume after the festivities.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.10 Dimes - no need to send in dimes, you sent them in at the beginning of the year.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Crew News October 29, 2012


Check out the new post on Ms. Deborah's blog. Remember that there is a link to her blog on the side of our crew blog so you can check it anytime. (Click on the picture above or the words Ms. Deborah's blog to go directly to her blog now.)

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.9 Find the Rule

Friday, October 26, 2012

Crew News October 26, 2012

Sight Words
Before break we worked on letter formation during our handwriting time. Now we are going to change things up a little bit and work on spelling some sight words correctly while we practice our handwriting. We will be learning 5 words every two weeks (we will take two weeks because we won't be able to fit in our practice time every day due to Library visits and shortened days). We will begin by noticing any unusual things about how each word is spelled and then we will write them using the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method. By the end of next week, your child should be able to explain this method to you. The five words we are currently learning will be placed on our word wall and all students will be expected to learn these words and spell them correctly in their writing. As we get better at learning words, we may pick up our pace and work on more words at a time. So soon you can expect to see words like wuz, hav, lik, cum, litl, uv,  and more disappear from your child's writing.







Homework
No homework for the weekend. Enjoy some good books with your child.

IA (Integrated Arts)
Our IA next week is Art.

Spam Filters
Please check your spam folders or junk mail folders in your email to make sure you aren't missing any emails from our crew parent, Kristen (or from me, too). If her messages are being sent to your spam folder, you can add her email address to your contact list so you will receive her messages in the future. Thanks.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Crew News October 25, 2012

Mathematical Thinking
We are learning to share our ways of looking at mathematical situations and ways of solving mathematical problems with each other. We are noticing that most of the time there is more than one way to solve a problem or look at a situation. When we listen to each other explain how we figured something out we learn new ways to think about things. This helps us to be mathematically flexible which helps us not "get stuck" when working on math problems. Below are some photos of one way that we look at a mathematical situation - seeing dots on dot cards - in different ways.

We do a short (5 minute) daily activity that involves looking at dot cards. I flash a dot card picture (as seen below) to the crew for a few seconds. After I cover the picture, I ask the crew what they saw. They then tell me how many dots they saw and how they saw it. We have several students share how they saw the dots. Here are a few examples:

One student saw this as the same configuration of dots on a domino. She knew that this was 8 because this is how 8 appears on a domino.

Another student saw this as a row of 3, a row of 2 and another row of 3. He said that 3 + 3 + 2 = 8.

Another student saw the 6 dots on the sides like they are arranged on a 6 domino. She then added the two dots in the middle to get 8.

The next student saw the 3 + 2 + 3 =8 pattern but she saw it in columns instead of rows.

Another student remembered that we had previously seen a 9 dot arrangement on a previous day and noticed that this was the 9 dot pattern with one dot missing in the middle so it had to be 8.

Why do we do this? I explained to the crew that it is similar to reading - we can "sound out" every word we read but that would not be efficient. We need to have a bank of words that we just know so reading can move along quickly. This is true in math, too. We need to have strategies to deal with numbers so we don't have to count every dot to know how many dots there are in a pattern. We become more efficient using numbers.


This activity also helps us be able to break numbers apart into chunks that are easier to work with in our head. This makes us more flexible when adding and subtracting numbers. We will eventually begin to move on from dot cards and to visualizing numbers and basic addition and subtraction facts. Having the dot patterns in our minds can help us make that transition.

One other reason to do this short, daily activity is that it stimulates our creativity. We begin to look at things in more than one way. This helps us be open to finding more than one solution to our problems.



Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.8 Frames and Arrows Diagrams

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Crew News October 24, 2012

Question and Answer Books
In Writer's Workshop, we are currently working on Question and Answer books. These are nonfiction books that have a pattern of question/answer/question/answer. This is a good follow up to our study of pattern books because we can build on what we learned about writing books that have a pattern and expand that to a nonfiction genre. You can help your child choose a topic for their book or books. All of us are "experts" about something - Legos, ballet, horse back riding, drawing, Boy Scouts, Star Wars, pets, your family, losing teeth, etc. Talk to your child about all of the things that he or she is an "expert" about and how they could turn that passion into a Question and Answer book.



Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.6 More Number Line Hops and Home Link 3.7 Telling Time to the Half Hour

Library
We have library tomorrow. Please help your child remember to bring back his or her books.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crew News October 23, 2012

Fluency
For the next couple of weeks, we will be working on fluency in our Reader's Workshop. It is important to read fluently and with expression because this is tied directly to comprehension. When a child's reading is broken up or choppy, it is easy to lose the meaning of the story and this leads to confusion while reading. Our goal is to make our reading sound smooth and not like a robot. When reading is smooth and expressive, the reader can follow the plot of the story more easily. We reread (and reread) our books to practice our fluency. You can help by reading aloud to your child and by helping them reread to make their own reading more fluent. Show them how a character's voice might show various emotions. This is a fun strategy to practice so bring out your inner actor and enjoy some reading time with your child.


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.5 Lines and Counting Patterns

All library books are due this week on or before Thursday.

Boot Camp envelopes are due on Wednesday.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fall Break is Almost Over

Fall Break is almost over and we will be getting back into the school routine on Tuesday. If your child needs a little something to look forward to please show the picture below to them. We have some new additions to our crew and they brought a new book to share. The crew will be very excited to see this.  See you soon!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Happy Fall Break!



I hope you are all enjoying your Fall Break. It is nice to have a break at this time of year when the colors are so beautiful and the weather is crisp. I hope you are enjoying lots of time outside.

Today I added the last batch of ShowMes that were created the week before break. You might want to check out our KidBlog page to view them.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Crew News October 5, 2012

Boot Camp
Boot Camp was today. Enjoy the VoiceThread (without voices) below! If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the slideshow.



IA
Our IA after the break is PE. Please help your child remember to wear appropriate footwear.

Homework
No homework over Fall Break. Enjoy some great books with your child.

No school on October 22nd. This will be a teacher workday.

Have a wonderful break!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Crew News October 4, 2012

Then and Now
Below is our first Voice Thread of the year that includes our own voices. It is a collection of the things we learned when we interviewed our parents and grandparents about what life was like for them when they were our age. If you subscribe to the blog and get this by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to watch this Voice Thread. Be sure the sound is up on your computer so that you can hear our voices. Enjoy!



To view a large version of this VoiceThread, go here.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.4 More Odd and Even Numbers

Boot Camp is tomorrow. Our crew will be at Boot Camp from 9:15 am to 11:15 am. All students will need to bring a lunch from home tomorrow. There will be no school lunches tomorrow. Your child can continue to bring in non-perishable food items and collect pledges all week.

Be sure to dress warmly and have rain gear!

No school on October 22nd. This will be a teacher work day.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Crew News October 3, 2012

Sign Language
Ms. Wendy has been teaching our crew some sign language. She used to work with hearing impaired students so she knows sign language. We love learning new signs. We know quite a few already. Below are a couple of videos taken on Monday afternoon of some of the signs we have learned so far. (If you get these posts by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the videos.)






Food Drive Chart
We have been keeping track of how many food items that we are bringing in. Ms. Wendy made this nice chart to help us keep a tally of our items. This ties in directly with what we have been learning in math.


Library
We have library tomorrow. Please help your child remember to bring his or her library books to school tomorrow.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.3 Number-Line Hops

Boot Camp is this Friday. Our crew will be at Boot Camp from 9:15 am to 11:15 am. All students will need to bring a lunch from home on Friday. There will be no school lunches that day. Your child can continue to bring in non-perishable food items and collect pledges all week.

No school on October 22nd. This will be a teacher work day.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Crew News October 2, 2012

ShowMe's
We have had a chance to begin to create some ShowMe's. We are using the ShowMe app on our iPads to teach others about things we are learning. We have several new ShowMe's and most of them have been on math topics. I have posted a few examples below for you to check out. I have also added these to each student's individual blog so be sure to check out our Kidblog page and give these students a comment or two. They would love to hear from you - you may comment on any child's blog. ShowMe's are also a great way for me to be able to see exactly what a child understands about a concept and any misunderstandings that they may have. I love being able to listen to them share their thinking. (If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the ShowMe's.)

Cheyenne show us how to count nickels and pennies.


Jonathan also shows us how to count coins.


Owen shows us how to make tally marks.
 

Sophia shows us how to count coins.

Charlie shows us how to count by 5s.

Reese shows us how to count by 5s.

Abby shows us how to count by 10s.

Matthew shows us how to count by 2s.  

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.2 Odd and Even Numbers

Boot Camp is this Friday. Our crew will be at Boot Camp from 9:15 am to 11:15 am. All students will need to bring a lunch from home on Friday. There will be no school lunches that day. Your child can continue to bring in non-perishable food items and collect pledges all week.

No school on October 22nd. This will be a teacher work day.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Crew News October 1, 2012

Blogging


We are blogging! Each student in our crew now has their own blog. They are all very excited about this so I am sure that you have heard all about it by now. Many of them are even blogging from home. I love this because it shows just how excited they are about it. All of their posts and comments on their posts are moderated by me. This means that nothing gets published to the internet without my approval. We would love to have some comments from you all. Please feel free to visit our blog site and comment on any blog - not just your child's blog. Remember, all comments are moderated by me so your comment won't show up until I approve it. This just keeps advertisements and junk messages off of our site. Feel free to share the link to our blogs with grandparents and other family members and friends. Ms. Noreene has been reading and commenting on our blogs, too. Be sure to notice that there are a couple of pages of posts so far. We have so much to say! Below are a few facts about our new blogging experience that I thought you might be interested in:


• My purposes for introducing blogging were to: increase the motivation to write, provide the students with an authentic audience for their writing, allow for conversations about and feedback on their writing through comments, make connections with others, have a place to share their thoughts and ideas and learn some basic computer literacy skills. I believe we are meeting these purposes and more.
• I purposely taught the students just the basic things that they would need to know in order to navigate around in Kidblogs and to create a new post. I hope that they will begin to explore and learn on their own and then teach each other. We will also have brief sessions on new features that they can try on their blogs as time goes on.
• There are still many more things I would like to do with our blogs but I am going to let the process evolve naturally so I am not sure how many of these we will accomplish. Things I would like to do include:  have students take pictures at school to add to their blogs, connect with another first grade class from another part of the country or world that blogs and read each others’ blogs and comment (I know of several classes we could eventually connect with), learn to embed video, create posts with a specific content related purpose, do more peer editing before we publish and so on.

Feel free to drop by our crew blogs and learn more about us and add a comment or two. You can get to our blogs on the Resources page of this blog. Click on Kidblogs once you are there. You can also find a link to our blogs on the right sidebar of this blog or you can go directly to this link:


http://kidblog.org/MsJillsCrew12-13/


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.1 Patterns

Boot Camp is this Friday. Our crew will be at Boot Camp from 9:15 am to 11:15 am. All students will need to bring a lunch from home on Friday. There will be no school lunches that day. Your child can continue to bring in non-perishable food items and collect pledges all week.

No school on October 22nd. This will be a teacher work day.