October 20

~The 2016-2017 School Year~

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This blog will be used as an additional way to communicate with parents. Homework reminders, weekly newsletters, due dates, classroom information, and student work are just a few of the things you will find on this site.

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February 16

Souvenir Bit- Stick and Stone

This week’s book is Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld. I thought it would be a perfect book for Kindness Week! The students will be bringing home their souvenir bits today. We have read this book a few times this week and I have included a video of the story (if needed) down below. Please click on the link below if you would like to submit the homework online. You do not need to send the response sheet back if you choose to submit via blog. Please make sure the post is submitted by the time school starts on Tuesday. Our February behavior incentive is turning in our souvenir bit home work on time. We will have 4 souvenir bits that count towards the incentive.
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February 13

100th Day of School

Today we celebrated our 100th day of school! We’ve done a lot of activities involving the number 100. One of our projects was to decide what we would look like when we are 100! We also made a bucket list for things we would like to do before we are 100. I used a fun app to take pictures. It adjusted the pictures to make us look older. Some of the kids thought it was hilarious. How do we look?

 

February 13

Pay it Forward & Weekly Newsletter for February 13th

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To go along with Eisenhower’s Pay It Forward Week, we will be doing a lot of sharing about things that the children (as 1st graders) can do to pay it forward. We talked about what “pay it forward” means and how our own acts of kindness can inspire others to be kind.

Each day we start with morning meeting at our carpet area. Today I issued the students a challenge- They are to attempt one act of kindness each day this week (though I know they already do this without realizing it!). We will be sharing what we did the previous day at our morning meeting. The students came up with some great, very simple ideas to make the people around us happy. I look forward to hearing about all this kindness!

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February 9

Souvenir Bit- The Rainbow Fish

This week’s book is The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. The students will be bringing home their souvenir bits today. We have read this book a few times this week and I have included a video of the story (if needed) down below. Please click on the link below if you would like to submit the homework online. You do not need to send the response sheet back if you choose to submit via blog. Please make sure the post is submitted by the time school starts on Monday. Our February behavior incentive is turning in our souvenir bit home work on time. We will have 4 souvenir bits that count towards the incentive.
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February 2

Souvenir Bit- Ira Sleeps Over

This week’s book is Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber. The students will be bringing home their souvenir bits today. We have read this book a few times this week and I have included a video of the story (if needed) down below. Please click on the link below if you would like to submit the homework online. You do not need to send the response sheet back if you choose to submit via blog. Please make sure the post is submitted by the time school starts on Monday. Our February behavior incentive is turning in our souvenir bit home work on time. We will have 4 souvenir bits that count towards the incentive.
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February 1

Dad’s Day!

Thank you to all the dads and uncles who were able to attend our Dad’s Day today. We had an extra special Makerspace time with our visitors! The creations were AWESOME!





 

 

January 30

Growth Mindset & Weekly Newsletter for January 30th

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One of my professional goals as a teacher this year is to work more with growth mindset in the classroom. My goal is to complete activities and have discussions where we realize we can get rid of a fixed mindset and instead have a growth mindset…

 

Growth Mindsets

Today we are watching this video about the Power of Yet. One of the big things in our classroom has been “I can’t do that…yet!”

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There is a parent note that goes along with it as well…

Episode 3: Take-home questions

1. Name a time you were afraid to ask for help. Why were you afraid? (Both parent and student should pick a moment to share)

2. How can you improve the phrase “I can’t do this?”

3. Think of a time where you just didn’t get “it.” What could you do in that situation?

January 29

Retelling a Story

As we continue to work on retelling stories in class and through souvenir bits, I thought this would be a good reference to post. 🙂


Here are some suggestions if your child needs some prompting when retelling:

What to Say, Do, and Ask Your Child 

When They Retell a Story 

·     Who are the characters in the story? Who else was in the story? Encourage children to use the characters’ names when retelling the story.

·     Start at the beginning and tell me what happened.

·     What happened before/after/next?

·     How did the story end?

 

Other Comprehension questions:

·     What was the problem in the story? How did the characters solve the problem?

·     What do you think the author is telling you?

·     Did you make a connection while reading? Tell me about it.

 

Have fun and enjoy hearing their stories!