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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Crew News February 29, 2012

All School Meeting
What a great job by our crew at All School Meeting this morning! They were so proud of themselves and we were proud of them, too.


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Practice addition and subtraction facts.

Library
We have library tomorrow. This is the last time for a few weeks due to the TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing that will be taking place in the library.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Crew News February 28, 2012

All School Meeting
We are leading the All School Meeting tomorrow morning at 9 am. You are all invited to come if you wish. We have been practicing and I think we are ready to run the meeting. Remember that some members of our crew have "behind the scenes" jobs so be sure to ask your child what their job is and where they will be if you are coming to watch.


Thanks, Doran!
Doran dontated some books to our classroom library today. Thanks, Doran.


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 7.3 Polygons

Monday, February 27, 2012

Crew News February 27, 2012

Archery
This week in PE we will be learning some archery skills. Look for some photos later in the week. Ask your child all about it tonight.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 7.2 Shapes

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Crew News February 25, 2012

Math ShowMe's
We have had a chance to begin to create some Math ShowMe's. We are using the ShowMe app on our iPads to teach about things we are learning in Math. We had several created this week and they are posted below. 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. (If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the ShowMe's.)

Jonah Shows Us How to Count Coins


Joey's In and Out Box


Will's Name Box


Keenan Shows Us What Each Coin is Worth


Mark Shows Us a Multiplication Fact


More with Jonah Counting Coins


Jonah Shows Us How to Tell Time


Jonah Shows Us How to Make a Fact Family

Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Joey!

Crew News February 24, 2012

Skype Session
Today we had a Skype session with Mrs. Frazier's class in Columbus, Ohio. This was our first time to Skype with them so we just spent the time getting to know each other. We asked them some questions about their school and Ohio and they asked us about our school and Colorado. Next time we Skype with them we will share books that we like or do some math together. It was so nice to meet them today. We are looking forward to talking to them again soon. (Pictures are below.)







Interrupting Chicken Voice Thread by Mrs. Frazier's Crew
Mrs. Frazier's crew made a Voice Thread about one of our favorite books and shared it with us. We viewed it today and some of us were able to make comments on it during center time. (Thanks, Ms. Kerry for helping out with that.) I have embedded the Voice Thread below for you to see, too. (If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the Voice Thread.) What a fun way to share a book with friends far away.


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

IA
Our IA next week is P.E. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Crew News February 23, 2012

Math - Things You Can Practice at Home
At this stage of the year in math, there are several things that you can practice at home with your child. They are:
counting collections of coins containing pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters
• telling time on an analog (with hands) clock to the hour, half hour and to the nearest 5 minute interval
• memorizing basic addition and subtraction facts

For these three concepts, the more times a child practices, the sooner they will feel comfortable with them. Thanks for helping out at home.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 7.1 Practicing with Fact Triangles

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crew News February 22, 2012

ShowMe App
We have been experimenting with a new app on our classroom iPads. It is called ShowMe. At first, I did not give the crew any directions for this app. I just let them play around with it to learn what it could do. I believe that this is the way that most of us learn how to use new apps and programs most successfully, too. Now that they have had some time to experiment. I have asked them to use the app to teach others a math concept or to explain how they solved a problem in math. I will post any new math ShowMe's to the students' blogs. So be sure to check in often. Below is a sample ShowMe from our experimentation period. It was created by Will. (If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the ShowMe.)

PS I am posting this sample today so that I can experiment with how to embed a ShowMe onto a blog.



Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 6.13 Unit 7 Family Letter

Library
We have library tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Crew News February 21, 2012

Sight Words

Our new sight words for this week and next week are: from, here, our, saw, what, your
 
Previous words include: as, if, my, be, all, like, she, has, how, put, don't, I'm, one, out, him, look, her, back, had, come, came, make, of, was, now, have, are, said, away, little, very, been

These are great words to point out to your child when they are reading or to have them practice spelling at home, too.


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Practice your basic addition and subtraction facts.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Crew News February 17, 2012

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

IA
Our IA next week is Music.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Crew News February 16, 2016

Storybird
We have learned a new tech tool. Storybird is a way to create your own stories using artwork from various artists. Each child has an account and can choose to create stories on Storybird when they have a turn on our classroom computers during centers or Writing Workshop. (Special thanks to Ms. Cari for updating two of our old computers so that they can run Storybird. She was in the right place at the right time and so helpful for our crew.) We have several Storybirds published now and I have been posting the published stories on each student's blog so that they can easily share them with you. It also makes it easy for you to comment on their stories. Below is one example that was written by Dillen. Be sure to check out our Kidblogs page for more exciting stories. I am sure that more will be coming soon.

The Magic Boy on Storybird

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 6.12 Analyzing a Set of Data

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Nico!

Crew News February 15, 2012

Coin Bags
Earlier in the year you sent in ziploc bags filled with coins for your child to use in math. It is time to do a quick inventory and replace missing coins. Your child should be able to tell you what coins he or she needs to replace ("I need one nickel, I need 5 pennies," etc.) Please ask your child what coins if any need to be replaced in his or her coin bag. They need: 20 pennies, 5 nickels, 10 dimes and 2 quarters. Thanks.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Practice Basic Math Facts - you can use your at home fact triangles

Library
We have library tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Crew News February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Party
Below are some photos of our Valentine's Day Party. Thanks to all who helped put this together. The crew had a great time.







Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 6.11 More Fact Triangles

Monday, February 13, 2012

Crew News February 13. 2012

Valentine's Day Party
Tomorrow at 3 pm is our Valentine's Day Party. Your child should bring in a bag or a box to hold the Valentine's Day cards they receive. Thanks to Kerry and all of the parents who are working to put this party together for us. I am sure that everyone will have a great time.


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 6.10 Time at 5-minute Intervals

Book Donation
Brek noticed that she had two copies of some books at home and brought in the extras for us to have in our classroom library. Thanks, Brek.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Crew News February 10, 2012

Sight Words

Our new sight words for this week and next week are: are, said, away, little, very, been

Previous words include: as, if, my, be, all, like, she, has, how, put, don't, I'm, one, out, him, look, her, back, had, come, came, make, of, was, now, have

These are great words to point out to your child when they are reading or to have them practice at home, too.

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

IA
Our IA next week is Art.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Crew News February 9, 2012

Brain Breaks and Exercises
We are still trying to remember to take frequent brain breaks and get our bodies moving. Ask your child about some of the things we do to give ourselves a break and refresh our brains.



Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 6.9 More Counting Coins

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Crew News February 8, 2012

All School Meeting
Twice a month we have All School Meetings. The whole school meets in the gym and has a morning meeting with everyone in the school there. At the next All School Meeting on February 29th our crew will be leading the meeting. We will begin to get organized in the next few weeks and choose the jobs that we would like to do at the meeting. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us that day. (There was supposed to be a cute picture of our crew sitting at today's All School Meeting today posted below but I forgot to take the picture! You can use your imagination.)

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Practice basic addition facts. You can use your home set of Fact Triangles.

Library
We have library tomorrow. Please help your child remember to return their books so that they can check out new books.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Crew News February 7, 2012

Desk Clean Out
Once a week as our morning meeting activity, we clean out our desks. We find all of the pencils, erasers, markers and other supplies that were missing. It is nice to have a fresh, clean start once a week.



Speaking of cleaning things out, we cleaned out our writing folders yesterday and brought home lots of stories that we have written this year. Hopefully your child showed you some of those pieces.

Winter Gear
It is that time of year and your child needs to come to school with all of their winter gear - snowpants, snow boots, hat, gloves and warm coat. We go outside for recess most of the time. We went out today and enjoyed some fresh air. Some students had to hang out in the cafeteria because they didn't have snow gear to wear outside. Our play areas are all covered in snow except for the blacktop so students need gear in order to play on most of the playground. The blacktop was plowed but it is still a big swampy mess - it makes for wet, cold feet and legs if we don't wear the appropriate gear.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 6.8 Counting Coins

Monday, February 6, 2012

Crew News February 6, 2012

Great Series Books
I mentioned last week that we are reading aloud some great chapter books. We are also exploring various series of books that are "just right" for first graders to read to themselves. We looked at books in the following series: Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon, Fly Guy, Little Critter, Pete the Cat, Henry and Mudge, and Annie and Snowball. This week we will be looking at the Mr. Putter and Tabby series. This series is also by Cynthia Rylant, one of our favorite authors and author of the Henry and Mudge series and Annie and Snowball series. We have a big bin of these books (checked out from the public library) and we will read some aloud together and they will be available for students to read at many times of the day. My hope in doing this is that students will find series and authors that they love. Then they will be able to find books that are "just right" for them when they visit the school or public library. If you haven't checked out some of these series, please do. You will like them, too. I'll keep you posted as we add more series and authors to our growing list of favorites.


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 6.7 Practice with Fact Triangles

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Crew News February 2, 2012

Basic Math Facts
This week we have been focusing on learning basic addition and subtraction facts. Now is the time for your child to begin to memorize these facts. (If they already have them memorized, they can work on improving their speed in calling out answers.) They are so may ways to practice these facts. They can play games on the computer, they can use their fact triangles, they can play Addition Top-It (see the Math page on this blog for directions). Check the Resources page and the Math page of this blog for more ideas.


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 6.6 Measuring in Centimeters

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Crew News February 1, 2012

Financial Literacy
This week we started learning about the Financial Literacy standards for first grade (click here for more). We are learning about incomes, jobs and careers. It would be great if you could talk to your child about your job and why you chose it. Below are some of our ideas about what career we would like to have in the future.
  • Nico wants to be a restaurant maker.
  • Mark wants to be a spy.
  • Lili wants to be a vet because she wants animals to feel great.
  • Isabella wants to be a vet.
  • Myles wants to be a policeman because you can make a lot of money and because his dad is a policeman.
  • Brek wants to be a reader because she loves learning the words and it is fun.
  • Kayden wants to be the girl who works at Claire's and sells earrings and stuff. If she can't do that then she wants to be a vet.
  • Isadora wants to be a jazz dancer.
  • Zak wants to be a spy.
  • Will wants to be a scientist and make $30,000. If that doesn't work out then he wants to be an astronaut.
  • Doran wants to be a spy.
  • Keenan wants to be a singer because she will get a lot of money.
  • Joey wants to be a ballet teacher because she loves doing ballet at her house.
  • Darrell wants to be a soldier.
  • Cole wants to be a mad scientist because it looks fun.
  • Ava wants to be an astronaut because she reads a lot of books about space.
  • Jonah wants to be a heart surgeon because he will get a lot of money.
  • Peyton wants to be a babysitter.
  • Kate wants to be a scientist because it looks like fun.
  • Sydney wants to be a cook because she loves to cook with her family.
  • Keanan wants to be a basketball player because basketball is awesome.
  • Tessa wants to be a doctor.
  • Dillen wants to be a teacher because he wants to make a lot of money.
  • Lulu wants to be a mom because it will be fun.
  • Brandon wants to be a Comcast worker because he will make a lot of money for his family.
  • Morgan wants to to be a pet store worker because you can get money from people and see different kinds of animals.
  • Steyn wants to be an actor because then he will be famous.
Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 6.5 Fact Routines Practice

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