Friday, January 19, 2018

Starfish Gazette- January 19, 2018

Thank you so much for helping them observe the moon. Please remember the journals are due at the end of the month. 

*We are needing a few classroom supplies and materials for upcoming projects.  I will have a sign up genius coming out on Sunday.  Please sign up if you would like to donate.  We greatly appreciate your support!

Valentine's Day

Valentine lists will go home next week to help support your child with making Valentines.  Please have the Valentines ready by February 14th and have your child include everyone in the class.  Please no candy! :)

Please Mark Your Calendars:
  • Quarter 2 Report Cards are coming home Friday, February 2nd
  • Virtual Field Trip to the Moon - Friday, February 2nd. Permission slips will be coming home next week ;-)
  • Early Release on Wednesday, February 7th at 12:50 pm.
  • Valentine's Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, February 14th. More details coming...

Upcoming Starfish of the Week:
  • Hugh- Week of January 22nd
  • Charlie- Week of January 29th
  • Will- Week of February 5th

Here's a glimpse of what we are learning in the starfish classroom....

  • Went on TOP SECRET missions sent to us by the Super Secret Detective Agency (SSDA) to become stronger readers
  • Played the game show, "How to be a Reading Partner" (We had so much fun with this!)
  • Continued practice of math fact fluency and independent math practice (Both are important components in second grade. They will have many opportunities to practice these skills in the months ahead.) 
  • Made Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Posters
  • Read Space poems during shared reading
  • Learned a new place value game called Rolling to 100
  • Learned about the Big Dipper and the North Star
  • Learning about Bossy R during whole group spelling
  • Got new spelling sorts this week!

What's Happening in Science...

This week, we investigated the intriguing question of why stars only appear at night, but not during the day. Students modeled the stars using their own constellation projectors and tested what happened to the stars as the Sun rose and set. Through this activity, students also learned how simple models can be used to test scientific ideas.

You can support your child’s curiosity at home by watching a read-aloud of the classic children's book Zoo in the Sky by Jacqueline Mitton:

There are also high quality children’s books about constellations available at your local library or through Amazon:

We also...

  • made models of the moon, earth, and sun
  • read books about Space Systems during read aloud time
  • added space poem and songs to our journals that we enjoy singing together.  Our favorite class poem is Moon by Meish Goldish 
Moon Are you lonely, Moon? 
You giant, white balloon. 
You have no water, wind or air. 
No wonder nothing lives up there. 
You can’t grow trees, or flowers, or grass. 
Your soil is only rocks and glass.
 Even your light is not your own.
 Instead it’s from the sun that’s shone. 
Your gravity is weak, I hear. 
You really have no atmosphere. 
But don’t be sad, Moon, please don’t cry. 
For I still love you in the sky. 

By Meish Goldish

Learning about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our class read many books and learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We talked about different adjectives that describe him as a person and a leader.  The kids were so proud of the posters we made.  You can check them out in our hallway!

Place Value and Comparisons

For the past few weeks, the Starfish have begun to use larger numbers and explore place value.  They are learning that the digits in a 2 digit number represent the number of tens and ones.  For example, in the number 72, 7 is in the tens place and has the value of 7 tens, or 70; 2 is in the ones place and has a value of 2 ones, or 2.  We have been using base-10 blocks to represent numbers and to demonstrate their understanding of place value by exchanging 10 ones for 1 ten, and vice versa.  This week the kids are comparing numbers using the symbols <,>,=.  

Do anytime activities: To work with your child on the concepts taught in this unit

1. Look at 2 digit number in and around your home.  Ask your child to tell you how much each digit is worth.  Ask your child to compare 2 digit numbers using <,>, and =.

2. Tell addition and subtraction number stories using 1 and 2 digit numbers of household objects. Then work together to solve by drawing tens and ones.

3. Give your child 4 or 5 2 digit numbers. Ask your child to order the set of numbers from least to greatest.

Questions to Promote Home-School Connection:

  1. Can you tell me a reading strategy you have been using in the classroom?
  2. What did you use post-it notes for during reader's workshop this week?
  3. What did you learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?
  4. Can you tell me about Ruby Bridges?
  5. What game did you play at the end of music class on Friday?
  6. Who was the first Starfish of the Week? Can you tell me about it?
  7. What's your favorite center?  Art center, literacy center, math center?
  8. What's your job this week?
  9. Can you tell me what you did with place value blocks this week? How do you play Rolling to 100?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Starfish Gazette- January 8, 2018

Hello Families,

We are excited to begin Starfish of the Week next week.  An information sheet and schedule went home in your child's blue folder last week. If you child's week happens to be a 4 day week, we will consolidate the activities to make them all fit! Please email if you have any questions regarding your child's special week. 

Upcoming Starfish of the Week:

Week of January 15- Elizabeth
Week of January 22: Hugh 
Week of January 29: Charlie

Here is a glimpse of what we are working on:
  • Made New Years resolutions
  • Learned about the Power of 'YET' - Brainstormed things we can't do YET but hope to get better at in 2018
  • Learned about why baby animals are so cute!
  • Played "Door 24" an iReady game app
  • Began a new unit on Place value- we are working on understanding that two digit of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. 
  • Started working on our number scrolls- this is a fun and helpful way for first graders to understand patterns within numbers and practice numeral numbers (all the way into the three digit and four digit numbers)
  • Received our first mission from the Super Secret Detective Agency: We are on a mission to become super strong word detectives (more info coming soon)
  • Began learning about the Sun, Moon, and Earth
  • Learning about the letter y as a vowel
  • Started a sentence dictation weekly practice book
Here are some questions you can ask your child...
  1. What do baby animals have in common?
  2. Who's birthday did we celebrate last week?  What other Starfish have birthdays in January?
  3. Can you tell me how you played Telephone during morning meeting?
  4. What are some of the science words your class added to your 'Space Word Wall'?
  5. What's your favorite thing to do during Free Choice?
  6. Why is the first month of the year called January?
  7. What was your first mission during reader's workshop today?
  8. What non-fiction book are you working on during writer's workshop?
  9. What poem and songs did you add to your poem and song journal this week? What song is your favorite?
  10. Who do you sit next to in our new circle spot?

Important Dates/Notes:
  • NO SCHOOL Monday January 15th
  • January 18- Mary Preble will be visiting our school.  She is a local artist and author.  She will read us us her story, talk about her artwork, and give us an art demonstration.  There is an order form in your child's folder if your family is interested in purchasing her book.  
  • Moon journals are coming home in your child's blue folder today (please help your child observe and record 2-3 times a week for the month of January.  Please feel free to record your observations even on cloudy evenings.  We know it is easy to look up the phases of the moon online and it may be a fun component to checking the name of the phase, but we encourage your family to enjoy the experience of becoming observers of the night sky.  Please remember to leave the moon journals on the 'Return to School side of the blue folder' each day.  We will be pulling the journals out during the week of share our observations and recordings.
*helpful hint: It may be easier for your family to observe in the morning before school- please find what works for your family.  

We are looking for....
Extra Marbles for our marble maze! If you have any marbles at home, we would love to have them for Free Choice Time

Friday, December 15, 2017

Skyping Georgie Badiel

At the book fair, The Dobbins Family purchased the Water Princess by Susan Verde and Illustrated by Peter Reynolds for our classroom. We read the story together and had a lot of meaningful conversations about Georgie's story.  It's about a girl named Georgie Badiel living in Burkina Faso who has to walk 4 miles each day to get water for her family. The water the family works so hard to get is dirty and often makes people sick. Gie Gie, the character in the story has since grown up to be a model and activist for clean water in Africa.

Today, we had the opportunity to come together with the whole first grade to speak with Gie Gie, Georgie Badiel, through a Skype call in Miss Rowley's classroom. She is now an adult who is a model in the United States and has set up the Foundation. The call inspired the children to help raise money to help her foundation to build a well for clean water. Georgie said the biggest way we can help the people in her village is providing clean waters for the children in their schools. Here is the link for you to explore, if you are interested. The students saw a great video under the "Get Involved" tab on the website. 
The Whole first grade together ready to skype Georgie
 Skype with Georgie- What an amazing experience for the kids to meet her and learn about her story

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Day 3 and 4 Gifts of Kindess

Day 3: Made cards to show appreciation for our encore teachers

Day 4: Made a class poster to show our appreciation for the ladies in the front office

 They were so surprised!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 2 of Giving Kindness

We opened our next gift of kindness this morning: Show appreciation for your principal, Mr. Fosher.

We decided to make him cards and surprise him in the office.  He's a busy man and kept checking throughout the day to catch him in his office.  We finally caught him right before art class to give him his cards!

We really made his day and filled his bucket! The kids were so proud!