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 201   Weekly News    December 3-7, 2018                   

Monday— Day 2 media

      We are studying 3D shapes in math.  We are learning the names of the shapes.  We are also working on the terms face, edge, and vertex or vertices.  I will be bringing home some 3D shapes that I am making in school.  Ask me about the shapes.

 

Tuesday-day 3 gym

     We are working on final blends this week.  We are working on inferences.  We are also working on key details in the  beginning, middle, and end of the story.   We read The Ugly Duckling.  Ask me to retell the story using key details and beginning, middle, end.

 

Wednesday – day 4 art

         We went on our field trip to the University of Minnesota women’s basketball game.  It was fun.  We got to ride on really nice buses.  We worked on our 3D shapes when we got back.

 

Thursday—day 1 music

      We went to the second grade puppet show today.  We are finishing up unit 2 in math.  Unit 3 focuses on time, money, and measurement.  Watch for my unit 2 workbook to come home.  Some pages are not complete.  You can work on them or home if you want.  The workbook does not need to be returned.

 

Friday—day 2 media

     Happy Friday!   We took our spelling test today.  We had our STEAM afternoon.  Ask me about the class I went to and what I did there.

 

A Look Ahead

     

 201   Weekly News       November 26-30, 2018                

Monday— Day 1 music

      Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We are working on informational text features this week.  Ask me to name a few and what they are.  We also continue to work on blends.  Ask me why the s blend is different.  We are focusing on triangles and squares in math.

 

Tuesday-day 2  media

     We got new carpet spots today.  Ask me who I sit by now.  We also got new nametags for our desks and a new chart to keep our green tickets in.  Ask me about both of those things.

 

Wednesday – day 3  gym

         We worked on contractions today.  You can ask me about contractions.  We are working on trade and barter in social studies.  Ask me about the stories we read that deal with trading.  We practiced a turn and talk to tell a friend about a time we traded.  Ask me what I told my turn and talk partner.

 

Thursday—day 4 art

      Yea!! We have snow.  Please remember to send your child prepared to go outside every day.  A cloth reusable bag is very handy to keep our things in so we don’t lose them.  We colored in a paper quilt square, cut it out and glued it on a big piece of paper to make a class quilt. 

 

Friday—day 2 media

     Happy Friday!   We took our spelling test today.  We went to the computer lab.  We had sketchpad time with our friends,

 

A Look Ahead

     Wednesday, December 5th  Whole school field trip to the U of M women’s basketball game.

     Friday, December 7th  Steam day from 2:30 – 3:30pm

   

     201   Weekly News     November 12-16, 2018                     

Monday— Day 2  media

      We started a new reading unit today.  We will be working on informational text.  Ask me what that is.  We are also working on key details in informational text.  We will be working on r blends.  Ask me to give you words that start with br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr.  We read about the amazing butterfly today.  Ask me about the life cycle of a butterfly.

 

Tuesday-day 3  gym

     We continue to work on shapes in math.  We played a game called caterpillar fill.  We also worked on different ways to fill a shape using more or less pattern blocks.  In social studies we are working on cost and benefit.  Ask me about these words.

 

Wednesday – day 4  art

         We worked on sequence of events in reading.  Putting text in order what happened first, next, then, last.  We read about the life cycle of a butterfly and frog.  Ask me to tell you the sequence of events for both.

 

Thursday—day 1  music

      We had our first art adventure today.  We looked at pictures of sculptures.  Next, we practiced a design on scratch off paper.  Then, we made the design in a clay brick.  Last Charlie’s grandma will put the clay in her kiln and give it back to us to bring home.

 

Friday—day 2 media

     Happy Friday!   We took our spelling test today.  We went to the computer lab.  We had sketchpad time with our friends,

 

A Look Ahead

   

 201   Weekly News   November 5-9, 2018                    

Monday— Day 1  music

      We started a new math unit today.  Our old math workbooks went home.  They do not need to come back to school.  I can work on any pages that are not done.  However, I don’t have to.  Our new math unit is geometry.  We will be learning about 2d and 3d shapes.  We celebrated Braylon’s birthday.

 

Tuesday-day 2  media

     We read The Gingerbread Man today.  This is our last week of fairy tales and fables.  We are working on story elements (character, setting, problem, solution) and retelling a story using major events and beginning, middle, and end.  We will be reading different versions of The Gingerbread Man in December.  We are also working on writing our opinion and supporting our choices.  We voted at school.  It was fun.

 

Wednesday – day 3  gym

         We had a fire drill this morning.  The fire fighters came, pulled the alarm, and watched to see how we did.  It was chilly but we did a great job.  We celebrated Liam’s birthday.  His mom read us a funny story.  We are creating different shapes with pattern blocks in math.   We chose new carpet spots.  Ask me which spot I chose and why.  Ask me who I sit by now. 

 

Thursday—day 4  art

      We played a math game today called last shape in wins.  Ask me about the shapes I am learning about and how we played the game.  In social studies we are learning about scarcity and cost and benefit.  Ask me what they mean and ask me to give you examples of each.

 

Friday—day 1 music

     Happy Friday!  Mrs. Rice rearranged the room a little bit.  Some of us got new desk spots.  Ask me who I sit by now.  We took our spelling test today.  We went to the computer lab.  We had sketchpad time with our friends,

 

A Look Ahead

   Thursday, November 15th  Art Adventure

    

 201   Weekly News   October 22 - 26, 2018                    

Monday— Day 1  music

      We looked at millipedes today in science.  Ask me about the millipede.  We are working on 1 more, 1 less, 10 more and 10 less than any number 1-120.   We worked on a 120 number board.  We played arrow math.  Ask me what arrow math is.

 

Tuesday-day 2  media

     We read The Princess and the Pea today.  We made a graphic organizer of the key details or events in the story.  Ask me to explain what a graphic organizer is and what key details are.  We are also learning about adjectives and articles.  Ask me to explain.

 

Wednesday – day 3  gym

         We read a different version of The princess and the Pea today.  It is called The Cowboy and the Black-eyed Pea.  Ask me what happens in this version of the story. 

 

Thursday—day 4  art

      We finished our science unit on Organisms.  I will be bringing home my Organisms book with all my work.  Please watch for it and ask me about my work.  We read another version of The Princess and the Pea today.   We will be writing an opinion piece on which version we liked best.  We will be brainstorming and editing that writing.

 

Friday—day 1 music

     Happy Friday!  We took our spelling test today.  We went to the computer lab.  We had sketchpad time with our friends,

 

A Look Ahead

  

    Wednesday, October 31st   wear your costume day and  Harvest party.

 

Thursday November 1st  No school  teacher workshop day

Friday, November 2nd  No school  teacher record keeping day

   

 

201   Weekly News    October 8 - 12, 2018                    

Monday— Day 2 media

      We started unit 2 in Benchmark Reading.  We will be focusing on characters.  We will be reading fairy tales, and fables.  Ask me what I have learned about fairy tales and fables.  In math we are focusing on story problems.  I have steps to complete each story problem.  Ask me about the steps of a story problem.

 

Tuesday-day 3 gym

     We are focusing on describing a character.  Ask me about a character we read about this week.  We are focusing on our guppies this week.  Ask me the difference between a boy and girl guppy.  Ask me about our aquarium.  Oscar’s mom came in and read for his birthday.  Ask me about the story she read.

 

Wednesday – day 4 art

         We are focusing on retelling a story using key details and sequence.  Ask me to retell either the of the stories we read this week.  The Ant and the Grasshopper or Little Red Riding Hood.

 

Thursday—day 1  music

      We spent time observing our aquariums today.  We drew a picture of the aquarium and wrote about the changes that have taken place.  We worked on dialogue.  Ask me what dialogue is and how we show it in writing.

 

Friday—day 2 media

     Happy Friday!  We took our spelling test today.  We went to the computer lab.  We had sketchpad time with our friends,

 

A Look Ahead

   Tuesday, October 16th   4-8pm  conferences

    Wednesday, October 17th  all day conferences

 

201   Weekly News  October 1 -5, 2018                      

Monday— Day 1 music

      We went on our field trip to the Arboretum.  It was a lot of fun.  I learned about pumpkins and the pumpkin family.  We learned the pumpkin family is called Cucurbita.  We also learned scientists do not say fruits and vegetables.  They call them seed holders and not seed holders.  We planted two pumpkin seeds.

 

Tuesday-day 2  media

     We are learning about common and proper nouns.  We are also working on verb tense.  We practiced cause and effect this week.  In math we are working on combinations and turn around facts. 

Ask me about turn around facts.  Ask me to give you a cause and effect statement.  We are also working on asking questions.

     

Wednesday – day 3 gym

         We have been studying our aquariums.  We have water plants (Elodea and Cabomba).  We also have pond snails and guppies.  We are learning about all of the above.  Ask me questions about the aquarium.

 

Thursday—day 4  art

      We reviewed nouns and verbs.  We are practicing cause and effect.   We are also learning about fact and opinion.   Ask me what a fact is and what an opinion is.  See if I can give you an example.  Many of us have earned 10 green tickets and have traded them in for a prize.   Ask me about the green tickets and what it means to be “all in”.

 

   Friday—day 1  music

     Happy Friday! It was picture day today.  We had our pictures taken right away in the morning.  We took our spelling test today. We went to the computer lab today.  We had sketchpad time.  Ask me what I draw in my sketchpad and who I draw with.

 

A Look Ahead

   Tuesday, October 9th  Happy Birthday Oscar

    Thursday, October 11th  4-8pm  conferences

    Saturday, October 13th  Happy birthday Lucy   

    

201   Weekly News    September 24 - 28, 2018                     

Monday— Day 4  art

      It was pajama day.  What a fun way to start the week.  We are working in reading on non-fiction text features.  Ask me about them.  We are also working on nouns and verbs.  Ask me what a noun is and what a verb is. 

 

Tuesday-day 1  music

     It was great to see so many of you at curriculum night.  It has been kind of a crazy week with so many special days leading up to the Dragon Dash.  It was fun to see all the hats today.  In math we are working on the greater than, less than symbol.  Ask me about it.  Ask me to write two numbers and then put the symbol in between and read it to you.

     

Wednesday – day 2  media

         We had stuffed animal today.  We introduced our stuffed animal to the class and told them all about it.  We read a book about being a responsible citizen.  Ask me what a responsible citizen does.  (respect others, honest, makes good decisions, follows the rules)

 

Thursday—day 3  gym

      We did the Dragon Dash today.  We had our crazy hair and our Dragon Dash T-shirts it was so fun to see.  We journaled about our plants.  They are changing daily.  We observed our aquariums.  They have two different water plants.  Ask me what the plant names are.  Ask me what else is in the aquarium.

 

   Friday—day 4  art

     Happy Friday! We had the Dragon Dash assembly today.  It was fun to see Mrs. Tilleson get slimed.

 

A Look Ahead

   Monday, October 1st  Field trip to the Arboretum

     Friday, October 5th  Picture day   

    

 

201   Weekly News      September 17 - 21, 2018                  

Monday— Day 3 gym

      We started the morning with an assembly.  We learned about the Booster-thon.  It was fun and we are excited!  We took apart our seeds in science to explore what was inside.  Ask me about the parts of a seed.  (seed coat, stored food, baby plant, hilum)

 

Tuesday-day 4 art

      We started learning about the coins in math today.  Ask me about the coins and how much they are worth.  You can help at home by giving me some coins to identify and tell you how much they are worth.   Ask me about the touch points on the coins.  We planted our own seeds today.  Ask me what I planted.

 

Wednesday – day 1 music

         We had another assembly today.  This one was about the B’s.  We learned about the school rules.  Be safe, be respectful, be responsible, and be kind.  We also took our fastbridge test today. 

 

Thursday—day 2 media

      We are learning about communities in reading.  We are reading stories about people who have helped their community.  Ask me what a community is and what communities I think I belong to.  In Science we observed and compared two woodland plants.  Ask me about them. 

 

   Friday—day 2  media

     Happy Friday! We had some silly socks on today.  We had free choice time today with our friends for earning so many pledges.   We celebrated Stellan’s birthday!

 

A Look Ahead

     Tuesday, September 25th  Curriculum night 6-7pm

     Thursday, September 27  Dragon Dash fun run 11am

     Friday, September 28th  Final assesmbly for Dragon Dash

     Monday, October 1st  Field trip to the Arboretum 

 

    201   Weekly News     September 10- 14, 2018                   

Monday— Day 2  media

      We started reading stations today.  I go to four different stations each day.  Ask me about the stations and what I do in each.  We started our first science unit today.  It is called organisms.  Ask me what an organism is.

 

Tuesday-day 3  gym

      We decided as a class that trying to take our blue folders home every night was too much.  We will save everything up and only bring the folder home on Tuesdays.  This is how it is done at Lake Harriet.  Sorry for the confusion.  Mrs. Rice is still learning.

 

Wednesday – day 4  art

         We had a practice code yellow today.  That means we stay in the room and keep doing our work.  Mrs. Rice closes and locks the door.  We did a great job.  We learned about what organisms need to live.  Ask me what an organism needs to live.  We played a math game called how many am I hiding.  Ask me about it.

 

Thursday—day 1  music

      We learned two new math games today.  They are called compare and double compare.  Compare is like the old card game “war” and double compare I flip over two cards and have to add them together and then decided who has more.  You can play those games with me at home. 

 

   Friday—day 2  media

     Happy Friday! We went to the computer lab today.  We had sketchpad time today with our friends. 

A Look Ahead

     Monday, September 17th  pep rally for dragon dash

     Tuesday, September 25th  Curriculum night 6-7pm

 

201   Weekly News      September 3-7, 2018                  

Monday—

      Labor Day—no school

 

Tuesday-day 2  media

     It was very rainy today and we had to have inside recess.  We reviewed our classroom rules and expectations.  We learned about the I-pads and used them today to go on Reading A-Z (Raz Kids) during reading time.  We read a story called Shiver Me Letters

and wrote about the story.  Ask me about the story.

 

Wednesday – day 3  gym

         We had a fire drill today.  We did a great job!   We had reading groups and math groups today.  We are learning about how to work in a group and how to transition to the next group when the timer goes off.  We are learning how to use our promethean board.  We use it during calendar time.  Ask me about calendar time and what we do on the board.

 

Thursday—day 4  art

      We had an awesome day and earned an extra recess because we worked so hard.  We read a story called Going To The Beach.  We made a text-to-self connection to the story.   Ask me about my favorite part and why that was my favorite part.

 

   Friday—day 1  media

     Happy Friday! We went to the computer lab today.   We learned about sketchpads and had sketchpad time today with our friends.  We had another practice fire drill this afternoon.

A Look Ahead

     Monday, September 17th  pep rally for dragon dash

     Tuesday, September 25th  Curriculum night 6-7pm

     Thursday, September 27th Dragon dash 11:00am

 

201   Weekly News                        

Monday—day 1  music  

      Wow!  We had an amazing first day of first grade.  We learned about our new friends and our new classroom.  We learned all about our new chairs and how to sit on them.  Ask me about the three ways to use my yoga ball.

 

Tuesday-day2  media

     It was very rainy today but we still made it outside to recess.  Our recess time is right after lunch.  We read a story today about school rules.  We came up with rules for our classroom.  We learned about all the tools in our desks.

 

Wednesday – day 3  gym

         We learned about pattern blocks and play-doh today.    It was fun.  We learned about the discs we can sit on at the carpet.  Ask me about the discs and how we use them.

 

Thursday—day4  art

      We celebrated Riley’s birthday today.  Her family came in and read her favorite book from home to the class.  We made a birthday graph today.  We learned about dry erase boards and markers.  We had time to draw and write.

 

   Friday—day1  media

     Happy Friday!  We celebrated Connor’s birthday today. We went to the computer lab today.  We had a great first week of school.  We have already learned so much about first grade. J

 

A Look Ahead

     Saturday, September 1st  Happy Birthday Connor!

     Sunday, September 2nd  Happy Birthday Charlotte!

      Monday, September 3rd  no school Labor Day