Thursday, September 15, 2016

Update

Dear Families,
I will use Bloomz and email as my primary means of communication to you.  Please use this webpage as a reference.
Thank you!

Leanne Turenne

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Welcome Back!

Hello families!

I am very excited to start a new school year and I hope that you are, too!

I have updated this blog so that you can use it as you wish.  It's a pretty good reference for information.

High on my priority list is parent-teacher communication.  When school starts, I will direct you to sign up for one of two web apps:  either ClassDojo or SeeSaw.  Both provide a great venue for communication, so I'm playing around with both to see which I like the best.


By now, I hope that you have received my initial email and I hope that your first grader has received his/her letter in the mail from me.


Please don't hesitate to contact me...even to just say "hi!"


Thank you very much and I look forward to a fantastic year!


Sincerely, 

Leanne Turenne

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Happy Summer!

Hello families!

Well, today is your child's first day of summer vacation.  We have had a WONDERFUL year together and I cherish all of the memories that we have shared.
I am working on a slideshow including all of the photos that I have taken throughout the year.  Once finished, I will email it to you!
Feel free to contact me over the summer with questions or concerns or to just say hi!

Sincerely,
Leanne Turenne

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April and the end of the 3rd quarter!

Hello, families!

The third quarter's end is upon us.  With that, I will be working on report cards over the weekend and wrapping up some quick assessments this week.   I believe that you will be able to look at the report card via Aspen next Thursday, April 14th.

Over all, I am so proud of these students!  They are all great readers and writers, mathematicians and scientists!  We have a lot of fun in school (at least I think so!) and because of our good relationships among each other, we are more likely to be ourselves and take risks.

Here are some things that we are working on....

In mathematics - We have been learning and practicing addition strategies.  Such strategies are counting on (for equations with +1, +2, and +3), doubles, doubles +1, doubles -1, and making 10.  Once we get those squared away, we will practice them with subtraction.
I will give the students a math assessment next week so that when they come back from vacation, we can start fresh with a new unit.

In science (...this is where I get excited!!!) - We are observing many parts of the weather!  We log the temperature 3 times a day and our class meteorologist (the leader of the day) determines the weather and charts it on our calendar.  We have also been tracking the moon phase.  There is a great website that we look at for this: 

http://www.timeanddate.com/moon/usa/providence

Next weekend, your first grader will responsible for viewing the moon at night (or before bed!) for 4 nights in a row.  I will send home this homework on Friday.

In writing - Students just finished a narrative piece of writing.  The piece has a beginning, middle, and end.  We have shared our writing with our partners and gotten feedback.  Yesterday we were editors and looked through our writing to check for periods (or !?)at the end of all of our sentences, capital letters and the beginning of each sentence, and checked for our sight words to be spelled correctly.
Today, the students created a cover for their text - with an illustration, a title, and a "written and illustrated by:" line as well.

After vacation we will start informational writing!

I hope you enjoy the upcoming vacation; maybe the weather will warm up!

Sincerely, 
Leanne Turenne

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March happenings

Hello, families!
We are very busy in first grade.  Today is day 120 of school.  Where does the time go?  Our third quarter of school ends on day 135.

In mathematics, the students took an assessment on unit 3.1 last week.  It's focus was the geometry standards:  "reason with shapes and their attributes."  This is not a critical area in first grade.  
The unit that we just started yesterday is all about operations and algebraic thinking: "Solving all addition and subtraction problem types within 20."  One of the major goals for this unit is to get kids fluent in their addition and subtraction facts to 10.  If you have flash cards at home, it would be a good idea to break them out and use them with your first grader.  By year's end they should be fluent (meaning quickly and accurately) in such facts.

In writing, we have been writing stories with a beginning, middle, and end.  We have added feelings words and made sure that our sight words are spelled correctly.  This week and next week we will write another story while adding exclamations and feelings.

Science has been really fun.  We've talked about Gabriel Fahrenheit and his thermometer scale.  We've been recording the weather this week and continue to record our morning temperature.  We will be checking the temperature three times a day to see what part of the day is the warmest.
Next week we will go outside to see the moon in its third quarter and draw a picture of it.  I plan to have the students use the MakerSpace's green-screen to create a "News and Weather" report over the next couple of weeks. 

That's about all for now.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Mrs. Turenne


Monday, February 22, 2016

What's happening

Hello, families!

I wanted to send you a message about what's been going on in our first grade classroom.

In reading, I have started a series of short lessons on reading informational text:  finding the main idea, answering comprehensions questions, going back into the text to justify answers, etc.

In writing, we have started to write silly animal stories.  After hearing a book called Sheep on a Ship, students have thought of an animal (or animals) as their story character and then they had to think of a setting that would make a funny story.  For example, one student wrote about a snake going to the spa.
Tomorrow we will work on the stories some more and then share them with our writing partners.

In mathematics, we have begun a new unit on 2-D and 3-D shapes.  The students will be responsible for knowing the names of the following 3-D shapes:  rectangular prism, cube, cone, cylinder, and sphere.  We will be sorting shapes by different attributes, such as size, color, and shape.

In science, we are into our study of air and weather.  We are focusing on air presently and our focus question for today and tomorrow is "How can we use water to show that air takes up space?"  The students are using barrels and plungers (think syringe) with flexible tubing.  This science unit is a lot of fun for me!  I hope the kids enjoy it just as much!


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine's Day & the 100th Day of School!

Hello, families!


Boy, what a week!  Snow, another 4-day weekend coming up, Valentine's Day, and next Wednesday will be our 100th day of school!

A word about each:

1. Snow.
The kids have been prepared for recess out in the snow, so THANK YOU!  They have been getting more efficient in changing from snowpants and boots into sneakers 3 times a day!

2.  Valentine's Day.
Many classrooms are way ahead of me on this one.  If your child has made Valentine's for their classmates, you can send them into school tomorrow or on Tuesday (when OUR class will do our formal exchange, as opposed to tomorrow).  We will plan for a fun afternoon full of Valentine-learning.❤

3.  100th day of School!
The 100th day of school is planned for Wednesday, February 17th, unless we get more snow days!  I have a project for the kids to work on for this special day.  It involves a collection of 100 of the same objects...all to fit inside a 1 liter soda bottle (with a cap!)....so go through your recycling bins!😀
Instructions will come home tomorrow.

That's all for now