Festivities, Frosty, and a lot of FUN

I figured it’s way past time for a blog update, so what better Christmas present for all my sweet firsties and their parents than a post with a million pictures!?

Without further adieu, here’s what room 34 has been up to! 🙂

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I hope that all of you have a very MERRY Christmas!!!!! I look forward to seeing each of you on January 5th! I hope everyone rests up for a wonderful and packed second half of the year! 🙂

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…and we’re off!

I can’t believe the first 9 weeks ends THIS Friday. The first 9 weeks is such a whirlwind- learning procedures, setting expectations, exploring classroom tools, and getting comfortable with a new grade in a new class with new friends and a new teacher. So much newness is overwhelming for all of us- but especially for these sweet firsties. The first couple weeks are always the most emotional but overall this group has handled this transition better than I could have asked for. We have hit the ground running and are excited and expectant for all the learning and fun that will be experienced throughout this year!

Thank you for your commitment to your child and your desire to partner with me to ensure that this year is a success in every area. I am honored and so thankful for the opportunity to love and lead your child into becoming who they were created to be. Each one has so much potential and it is a joy, not a job, to reveal their gifts and walk with them as they learn and grow!

Here are some pictures that will give you a glimpse into our little classroom. The explanation/comments will be above the pictures. You can click each picture to make it bigger. Enjoy! 🙂

Classroom Rules- Our class came up with our 5 classroom rules and signed their name on them afterwards as a promise to do their best to follow them.

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Exploring a variety of math tools– geoblocks, pattern blocks, unifex cubes, and power polygons. We also began learning new math games and discussing strategies we can use to count collections of items

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READING- We’ve been learning about the importance of how and where to read, what to read, and what to do while reading. We also have been practicing building our reading stamina.

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BOOSTERTHON– Thank you to ALL of you for going over the top and helping our classroom raise the most money and getting the most pledges out of all the 1st grade classes in the school! A special appearance and dance party with Aubie was my favorite part 🙂

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Grandparents Day Lunches– I loved meeting all these sweet grandparents and the kids loved spending time with them!

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Storytelling with a partner– the students worked together to write a small moment story. They took turns telling their story, making a plan of how to stretch it out across pages, and then wrote and edited it all with the help of a buddy.

 

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MEET MY FRIEND activity– the students were paired up with someone in our class and had to interview them to find out some facts about them (name, age, favorite thing to do, favorite color, favorite food, etc). After filling out their sheet, they introduced their new friend to the class. This is one of my favorite beginning of the year activities because it helps build classroom community and friendship between students right off the bat!

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“ME” bags– We read Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and in that story Lilly brought a few of her favorite items to school in her purse. The kids brought their favorite items to the class and presented them. They were so cute!

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Stem experiment- we learned about all the different parts of a plant, specifically the stem. We talked about how the stem is like a straw, so we did an experiment with food coloring and made a hypothesis about what we think would happen. The petals turned the color of the food coloring, so it helped the students see how the nutrients from the soil go up the stem into the plant to help it grow.

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Making combinations of numbers– 7, 9 and 10

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Math games galore- The students love math time because it is filled with all different kinds of games that reinforce the skills that are being taught (adding, strategies for combining numbers, making combinations of numbers, etc). They don’t even realize they are doing math while playing, but I assure you learning is taking place! 🙂

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Johnny Appleseed– We had such a wonderful time learning and celebrating Johnny all week long. The week ended with a taste test of green apples, yellow apples, red apples, applesauce, apple juice, apple cereal bars, and apple jacks.

And all of the sailors lived…”Happily ever apple” 🙂

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Mr. Larry– educational presentation about RESPONSIBILITY. The kids were howling at his jokes and amazed by his magic tricks! They didn’t stop talking about him the rest of the day. The good news is he will be back this Spring for another character education/magic presentation!

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Random pictures of my sweet sailors– messy snacks, lunch picnics, morning message, short vowel game winners, and Kona Ice

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