Sunday, March 8, 2015


Hi everyone! Just a reminder that our class will be going to the book fair tomorrow afternoon. We also have our field trip this week on Tuesday. Please make sure your child is on time for school as we will be leaving right at 8:45. Thank you so much! 

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Hi everyone! Here are some pictures from  Valentine's Day and the 100th day of school when we dressed like we were a hundred years old.

Valentine's Day:

We did a candy heart experiment to see what would happen to the candy when we put it in water, soda, and vinegar.

In math, we did candy heart graphing.

100th Day:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

100th Day

If you need some ideas for dressing up on Friday, you can check out some of the costumes my first graders had last year. Just click the label on the right (of the blog homepage) that says "100th day" and scroll down through last year's entries see some other kids all dressed up. I can't wait to see everyone- we are going to have such a fun day!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Ways to Make 10

We needed a fun way to finish up this crazy busy week! Can you believe we are scheduled for MORE snow this weekend?! Yesterday, we used candy hearts to show off all that we have learned about decomposing numbers. We used our hearts to record all different ways we can add to make 10. Then, students chose their favorite way and modeled it by gluing their hearts on to a paper plate to display. They also wrote the number sentence that matched the model. We had a great time with this!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Decomposing Numbers

I hope everyone is enjoying their snowy day. I can't believe how much snow has fallen in the past two weeks!

I wanted to share some pictures with you from our math lessons last week. We have been working on decomposing numbers. In the lesson below, I gave students 12 counters and allowed them to explore and work together to figure ways to break down the number (for example, 6+6 or 4+4+4). This a great way to build number sense and build "math talk". They love doing it too and were very motivated to find as many ways as possible.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Nonfiction Books..and Some Dates to Keep in Mind

This week in Reader's Workshop, we worked on differentiating between fiction books and nonfiction books. We talked a lot about nonfiction text features and worked with partners to find some of these features in our "just right" nonfiction books. 

As of now (if we have no snow days in the next few weeks), our 100th day of school will fall on February 6th. Our Valentine's Day celebration will take place on on February 13th. Be on the lookout for more information about both coming home soon! :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Word Study

In word study, we have been doing a lot of work around beginning blends. Blends are two letters that stick together in a word and to make a blended sound, like "st" in the word "stem". Students at this development stage often only use one sound in their writing, so doing a lot of word work around blends helps students become more aware of both sounds when they read and write.

We have been using our sort cards to play word games, along with our usual weekly word study actvities, to build our awareness of blends in words. Please continue to encourage your child to really stretch out and write each sound they hear when working on a writing activity!

Partner work with words that start with the consonant blends sc, sw, and sn.