Welcome to first grade! Chances are if you are reading this then you found out that you are going to be a part of Mrs. Butler’s Barnyard this year. Yay! I can’t wait to meet you! I hope that you have had a wonderful summer and kept up your reading :). I spent the summer with my baby girl Olivia who turned one at the end of April and moving into a new house. I can’t wait to share all of my adventures with you and hear about yours! Meet the Teacher will be Friday, August 5th this year. Make sure to bring your school supplies with you. You will go to the gym at 8:00 to do lots of things like sign up for after school care activities, find your bus number (double check even if you rode last year because routes have changed), and put money in your lunch account. At 8:30 you will come to our classroom. It is the last room on the left of the 1st grade hall. As you leave the gym turn left. We are in room A109. You will see lots of boxes out in the hallway for your supplies. Please put them in each box and then come inside to meet me! First grade is a great year! We will work really hard, and learn so very much. The first grade teachers love to have fun and make sure that you do too! Enjoy your last weeks of summer and I will see you soon!
We have had a February full of love so far! We spent the first week of February doing a book study with “Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch”. The entire first grade studied this book and did several different comprehension activities with it. To wrap up our book study we thought it would be fun to have a brownies and lemonade party together outside, just like Mr. Hatch and his neighbors did. We were surprised that Mr. Hatch found out about it and showed up!
The next week we did lots of fun Valentine’s activities. We wrote letters to our moms, did tally graphs with candy hearts, read some great stories about showing love, and wrote opinion stories on which candy heart was our favorite! We ended the week with a fun craft and special snack. We painted blocks of wood with our thumbprint hearts and then painted over a heart shape. When the heart was removed we saw the outline we made with our paint! We then enjoyed ice cream sundaes and being a little silly. I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s day with your family!
We had a great January at MLES! Lots of learning and lots of fun was had by all. We started off January working on our polar animal research. The students used ipads to research their chosen polar animal, used chatterpix to create a picture recording of their writing, and created posters of their animals. The posters are below. Be sure to ask your child which one they helped to create!
Then we swapped over to our weather unit. This is always a favorite and it’s because we do several science experiments. We learned about the water cycle and made a water cycle in a bag. We learned about how the clouds make rain and used colored water and shaving cream to replicate the process. Then we made a tornado and watched the debris fly all around!
The end of January brought a special treat…SNOW! We went outside and ran around for a few minutes and had a blast! Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Thompson were especially excited that the roads were ok and everyone was able to go home to enjoy the snow!
February is sure to bring more fun! I can’t believe we only have 4 more months of first grade!
Where did the time go? I didn’t get around to doing a Christmas post before we left for the holiday…whoops! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break with your families and enjoyed some time off and were able to recharge your batteries a little for the last half of the year. First grade takes off 2nd semester. We were already working hard, but you will be amazed at what your little ones will learn and be able to do by May! Here are some pictures of things we did before the break.
We had a wonderful Christmas party planned by our great room mom Lauren Nickles! There was a beaded wreath craft, pin the nose on Frosty, a photo booth, and decorating sugar cookies. We also had a book swap Secret Santa style and all the kids were thrilled with what their Secret Santa had chosen for them!
First grade was also part of the Christmas Music Program at Metro Church. They did a great job singing and Santa even showed up for their special song all about him!
Also, there was a reading challenge over Christmas. We had 7 students who successfully read 250 minutes or more on Raz-Kids over the break. They enjoyed a special reward with Mrs. Deem and Mrs. Neighbors. I hope our next challenge will have even more students participate!
I can’t wait to see what fun we will have in January! We are working on Polar Animal research and group projects now. Lots of learning in store for this amazing class!
We have been hard at work the past two weeks! In writing we started a unit on Opinion Writing. We started by brainstorming reasons to support our favorite season. We had one group who liked fall, one who likes summer, and two groups who liked winter the best. The pictures below are from the brainstorming session we had during the writing process.
In our unit time we have been learning about pumpkins, bat and spiders. Last Friday we had some pumpkin fun. We did a pumpkin investigation, some pumpkin thinker keys (coming up with all of the required steps to carve a jack-o-lantern), voting and creating a tally graph to show what our pumpkin would look like, naming him (Mr. Scary), and carving him!
We also completed a unit on bats and spiders. Here is our bat tree chart and a link to a really neat video we watched showing a spider egg sac hatching. Talk about creepy crawly! We can’t wait to finish all our fall fun next week!
With almost 3.5 weeks under our belt we are off to a terrific start! This week we are finishing putting all of our reading and writing procedures into place and will begin our first grade instruction next week. We have been reviewing all of our Kindergarten skills and are ready to learn more! In math we are working on ordering numbers, counting forwards and backwards, writing numbers and recognizing them to 60 and doing counting collections. We have been busy mathematicians! We are working on being bucket fillers with our behavior and becoming a true classroom community.
This week we got to work together on several projects. The biggest project was our classroom art project (a wooden picture frame) for auction at the Renaissance Faire! Kate’s mom and grandfather, and Raylee’s mom came to school and worked with the students to screw the wood together. They worked really hard, followed safety instructions and were really excited to use a screwdriver! Here are a couple of pictures! Thank you to those who came to help!
I hope you will all check out our item for auction at the Renaissance Faire and bid on it! It will be completed with a large black and white picture taken in Mt Laurel that Kate’s grandfather took! We having so much fun in first grade and the year has only just begun. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store!