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Class picture under the blossoms

Class picture under the blossoms
Class picture

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hello, families!

I just wanted to make sure that you are all aware of how impressed I am with all the kids!  Their reading and writing is FANTASTIC!  They will be ready for second grade, for sure!

The PTO has arranged for the Scholastic Book Fair to return next week:  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and  it's  BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!
I have signed up our class to visit the book fair on Monday, May 18th at 11:00.  If there is any parent who might like to meet us there (in the lobby of Melrose School) and help us select books, please let me know!  We sure could use the extra help.

In math, we have started a new unit about addition and subtraction facts, solving word problems in more than one way, and strategies to solving addition equations with 3 addends.

In science, we are growing brassica plants.  Many of our plants have buds on them already!  When they flower, we will pollinate them to be sure our plants grow seed pods.

Our musical, "Number Bop" is next week.  We have a dress rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon at 1pm.  On Wednesday, May 20th, at 9:15, we will perform for parents.
Our class stands in the middle of the stage.  If you are able to come to the show, you should be able to see your first grader wherever you sit!

Our field trip to URI is on May 29th.  I have received many permissions slips already.  They are due next Friday, May 22.
If you would like to chaperone, it would be best to meet us at URI.
I will send you a separate email with a map of our meeting spot.

I am working on Unit 3.3 math grades,  I will send them home next week.  Keep in mind that the measurement and data "strand" is not a critical area in first grade. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Into the 4th quarter!

Hello, families!

Earth Week is in full swing!  Today I was so impressed with how many kids used reusable container for their snacks! Tomorrow we will create a mural of pictures and words to capture what "going green" means. On Thursday we have a whole-school campus clean-up.  It's amazing what we find.  Friday will end our week with a visit to the Earth Dome, which will be at the Lawn Avenue gym.

Science - We are just begninning a new unit (our final) called "New Plants."  It's one of my favorite GEMS NET units. Tomorrow we will plant seeds called brassica.  These plants are in the broccoli, cauliflower, mustard family.  We will be able to observe this plant through its entire life cycle; from seed to seedpod.  We will make new plants by growing stems (potatoe eyes) and roots (carrot tops) as well as clippings from plants which take root in water.

Math - We just began a new math unit today.  It is all about telling time to the hour and half hour as well as collecting, representing, and analyzing data. (Parent Newsletter)

Writing - We continue to work on writing non-fiction.  Today we went on a fact-finding mission to the library.  Students worked with partners to write 4 facts about the library.  Tomorrow we work on making a book about a fellow classmate; but first, students need to conduct interviews!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Reading Week!

Tomorrow is the start of Reading Week 2015!
We have one guest reader in the afternoon.  We will also hear the 3rd of 5 books that Mrs. Casey has chosen for this week.  By Wednesday, the entire student body will have heard all 5.  On Thursday morning, we will vote for our favorite!  So far we have heard Gaston and The Watermelon Seed.

Kids will also keep track of how many minutes they read for homework.  Each day (Tuesday - Thursday), students will return their reading log papers.

I'm trying to think of a clever book character to dress up as for Thursday.

If you'd like to "sign up" to come to read to our class, please check the email that was sent last week.  It had a link to a Google Document that I used to create a schedule.  If you are having trouble with it, email me a some dates and possible times and I'll get back to you.

Hope you are all enjoying this nice weather!

Sunday, April 5, 2015


April is here and full of special activities!

Reading Week will take place during the week of April 13-16th.  We will have guest readers come into the classroom to read to us.  Kids will fill out nightly reading logs for Monday through Wednesday with the amount of minutes posted in the lunchroom.  Daily, the student body will "Drop Everything And Read" at 2:20pm.
*If you would like to come in and read a story to the class, we'd love to have you!  It is difficult to fit everybody in during Reading Week, so we can have you come in anytime during this month!  We'd love to hear one of your first grader's favorite stories!*

When we get back from April vacation, Melrose School will celebrate Earth Week.  There are many activities planned, so stay tuned for information to come home!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Writing, Math, and Science

Hello, families!

The first day of spring is only days away and I can tell you that the kids will be so happy not to have to wear boots and snow-pants to school every day!
In writing, we have been working on writing stories with a beginning, middle, and end.  Students will receive new composition-style "Writer's Notebooks" on Friday.  They will have the opportunity to decorate the cover with pictures taken from magazines in order to personalize them.  We will use these notebooks for the rest of first grade.  We will write in them, adding to drafts, and keep a list of writing topics.

Today in math, we started our assessment on shapes (unit 3.1).  We will continue and finish tomorrow.  Our next unit is about adding and subtracting problem types within 20.  I will send home the newsletter tomorrow.   It will give you more information.

In science, we are wrapping up our unit on pebbles, sand, and silt.  Our focus now is on SOIL!  We've discussed the ingredients of soil and we even made some "homemade" soil.  Today, though muddy and damp, we collected a sample of soil from outside our school.  Tomorrow we will look at both and cite similarities and differences.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March is here!

Hello families!

March is here and we are well into the third quarter of school!  
This month we will wrap up our "Pebbles, Sand, and Silt" science unit.  The unit ends with a look at clay, the smallest of the earth materials, and how earth materials join together with humus to make soil.  This is a great segue to our last science unit "New Plants."  

Our next math unit, which will most likely begin the week of March 16th is all about solving all addition and subtraction problem types (within 20).  This is where fact fluency plays a major role.  We will make sure that all students are fluent in their addition and subtraction facts to 10 first.  If you have any flash cards at home, they will be useful in practicing for fluency.

I still have all the 100th day of school posters here in the classroom.  If your child (or you) would like to bring his/hers home, that's fine.  I would love to keep some for samples for next year's students.
Thank you!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

...back to school!

Hello families!

I feel ready to get back to school. 
This week was very relaxing and fun, but I'm looking forward to the next 81 school days with your kids.

Monday, February 23rd is the 100th day of school.  I have some themed-activities planned for the day.  On Tuesday, we will get back to business as usual.  This includes:

1.  A review of unit 2.3 in math and an assessment at the end of the week.  
2.  A continuation of the study of sand in our science unit.  We will learn more about how sand is made (weathering and erosion).
3.  This week we will do The Daily 5 (well, more like The Daily 3), with a focus of small group reading.
4.  In my SIPPS group, we will continue our lessons as usual.
5.  We will continue our keyboarding lessons in the computer lab on Fridays.  I encourage your first grader to practice at home as well (focusing on correct finger-placement!).

Enjoy the weekend!