Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!

Thank you for visiting our website! Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the blog. I have tried to add many pieces of important information regarding our class. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. If there is something you would like to me to add, please let me know. This blog is a work in progress:-) I look forward to working with all of you. My contact e-mail is shannon.descamps@fraserk12.org

What We Know About Weather

We started our weather unit today. Our first step was to make a list of what we already know. We created this padlet as we went. Now it is saved so we can reference at the end of the unit and see how much we learned! (If you scroll to the side and up & down you can see it all)


Weekly Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 29th

Good Morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Please click on the link below for our class newsletter.

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Please remember t-shirt money for 1st grade shirts is due tomorrow (9/30).

Fun Run!

A special thank you to everyone who has started collecting pledges for our annual Fun Run. Our school was very successful with this fundraiser last year and we know this year can be even better! Click on the link below for the information sent home by Mr. Metty earlier in the week.


Click here to access our class page and watch our progress.

We are very lucky to have such a supportive P.T.O. at our building. The money raised for the Fun Run benefits all the students at Eisenhower.

**We are also accepting business donations! For $75, your business is announced in the newsletter and also outside our building for the school year!

Thank you for your support:-)

Weekly Newsletter for Sept. 22nd-26th

Good Morning! Please click on the link at the bottom of the post for our weekly newsletter. I will only be sending it digitally unless a paper one is requested. Our newsletter will have all the important information for the happenings in our classroom!

Spelling- I have set up our spelling words on the website Spelling City for practice. If you follow the link on the bottom/left side of the blog, it will take you directly to our class lists. We are on Short i/Week 3. A few parents have requested spelling words be sent home on Fridays so they can practice over the weekend. We are going to start sending them on Fridays from now on.

Have a great week:-)

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Yoga Balls in the Classroom!

The children may have come home talking about the new yoga balls that arrived in our classroom on Friday. I have been reading about the benefits of using balance balls in the classroom for a while now. One of our 2nd grade teachers (Mrs. Laidlaw) has had them in her classroom for a few years. I had a few students try them out on Friday and hope to do some rotating soon. We only have 7, but I would love to expand our selection. Fortunately, the store Five Below (Hall Road, Shelby Twp.) has kid-sized balls for $5, which makes it semi-affordable:-)

I would like to thank Mr. Metty for covering our first group of stability balls!!

Here are some articles about the use of balance balls in the classroom:




One of our happy students!



If anyone is interested in donating to help grow our classroom supply, We would definitely appreciate some Five Below kid-sized balls or gift card donations! :-)

Our Pete the Cat Movie

This week we read Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Not only does the book have a great lesson, it also helped us practice retelling stories!

We made a movie after our great discussion after the book. We hope you like it!

Dot Day

We had a great time “making our mark” on Dot Day!

First, we read The Dot by Peter Reynolds. The story teaches a wonderful lesson about making your mark through creativity. It leaves everyone inspired!

Each of the students received a white paper circle. They decorated one side and then had to find a partner to decorate the opposite side. They did a great job! We have all of the dots hanging in the classroom.

Later in morning we met some new 1st grade friends in Texas via Skype! I connected with Mrs. Griffard during a project last school year and we had so much fun we decided to connect our new students. We shared our dot creations with them and they shared some of their own projects. It was fun to ask them questions about their school and where they live. We noticed they were dressed for summer and we were not! We got to compare the difference in weather.

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Later in the day we met up with Mrs. Taylor’s 5th grade class. Both classes had colored a dot on a coloring page for the ColAR app. With the app open you hold the iPad over the dot and it comes to life! It circles around, breaks into pieces and moves all over the screen. The children had a lot of fun and the 5th graders were very helpful assisting us with the app.

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We also wore lots of dots!! It was a fun day:-)

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Zero the Hero!

Monday was a big day in Room 502. It was our 10th day of school. We celebrated by learning about zero and the number 10!

I came across the idea of Zero the Hero from another 1st grade teacher. Though most of the children know how to count, it is still important for them to have good number sense. They need to understand how the numbers work together. Which brings us to Zero the Hero. We will be celebrating every decade (aka 10th day, 20th, etc…) until we get to the 100th day of school. I haven’t shared this part with the students, so please don’t let them know yet. It will be a surprise!

Yesterday morning, we received an envelope in class that looked like this…



The students were curious and had to wait until the afternoon to find out what was in it. It was quite suspenseful! They made a lot of predictions. We got to feel the envelope and talked about how much it might weigh.

Once opened, we found the book, Zero by Kathryn Otashi and this little guy…


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In the book, we learned how important Zero is ┬áto other numbers. We can’t have 10, 50, or 1000 without it. Though it may not be much on its own. It is VERY special. We then looked at ways to create the number 10. I’m pretty sure the Fruit Loop (zero-looking cereal) treat was enjoyed by all too. Our Zero mascot will be making his return in 10 days. I can’t wait to see what he brings next!

Stayed tuned for a Dot Day post soon! We also had a lot of fun with that yesterday:-)


Weekly Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 15th

Happy Monday! Please click on the link below for our weekly newsletter. I will be sending it via blog every week. For this week, I will also send a paper copy home with the children. Please let me know (by commenting or e-mail) if you would like a paper copy for future newsletters. If I don’t hear from you, I will start sending only digital newsletters next week:-)

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Weekly Newsletter 9/8/14

The link below is for our weekly newsletter. Once all of the subscriptions are added to the blog, this post will go out as an e-mail. For this week, I will also e-mail out a copy to those not subscribed.

Spelling: Please check out the link to Spelling City (scroll down/left side) for some extra practice of our words. We are on “Week 1- Short a” words.

Have a great week!

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