We were so productive on Monday! Ms. Lewis was worried about our schedule, because we had so much to do, but our first graders handled it like champs!!!
We started our morning with our usual journal and morning meeting. Last week our journal questions were focused on how we help animals, today it changed to ask how animals helped us! While we were in our morning meeting, we got to pause for our shofar blowers!
When we wrapped up our morning meeting, we headed to the library to try to Skype with our friends from North Carolina again…..and guess what? It worked!!! We finally got to meet our friends. We are looking forward to working with them and making Dot-trading cards with Mrs. Hallett in the library.
Next we got to have an early snack. We read a really great ‘H’ book for our A-Z challenge that Maytal picked out for us! It was a Horton book, we all love Horton
After snack, we REALLY started our day! We started Daily 5 by reviewing and then we did our first block of Read to Self. We tried our very best to keep our stamina (concentration) for 2 whole minutes! When we practiced last week, we only made it 20 seconds but we pulled through and made it!! Ms. Lewis was so proud!!!
When we finished our 2 minutes, we quietly went back to our seat for reflection time. Before we reflected, we talked about what it means to reflect!! We said that when we reflect in the classroom, we talk about what went well, what went bad, and how we feel that we did as a class and individually. Not everyone gets to share their reflection everyday, we take turns! So we reflected on what worked for us, and what maybe needed some improvements; Ms. Lewis called on a few people and she was so impressed with our honesty!!! Some of us even admitted that we didn’t keep stamina, and that Read to Self is kind of hard. Ms. Lewis reassured us that this is going to take practice and that is why we are starting with a little at a time!
When we finished Daily 5, we did science from our textbook-it was our first time!! We had lots of fun though, we talked about the parts of a tree! We are also excited to be able to go to Mrs. Jaffa for the first time this year, we get to do that on Wednesday. After science, we got to go outside and play for just a bit before it was time to go to art.
We went from art right to lunch, and then back to class to start math. We began with our POTD, we got smelly stickers today!! Then we worked in our workbook. We worked until it was time to go to Jewish studies!
Tuesday was going to be a quick day! We had 2 resources-PE, and music. We started our busy day with our morning routine. When we finished, we started with Daily 5. We jumped right into read to self. We got our books, found our spot, and aimed to keep our stamina for 2 minutes, just like yesterday. Unfortunately, we only made it about a minute. We came back to our seats to reflect on what went wrong, and how we can change it. Ms. Lewis then gave us a choice: did we want to try again or move on? We chose to try again, Ms. Lewis was impressed with our decision! When we tried for the second time, we were flawless!! We did great We reminded ourselves that this process takes time and everyday we get to practice! Ms. Lewis know we will keep getting better.
We then moved on to science. We pulled out or textbook and talked about the needs of a tree! It was really cool. We discussed how a tree needs sunlight, food, water, and room to grow! Then we talked about how a tree gets all the things it needs. Before we knew it, it was time to go to PE. When we came back, we enjoyed snack time!
We started math after snack with our POTD. After our POTD, we took a short test on number bonds. We did a great job! The biggest challenge is reading the directions so we know what to do with the problem
After math, we were supposed to have recess, but it was very wet outside and it was still raining! So we voted to play freeze dance in the room. We even made a cha-cha line!
Then we were off to lunch. From lunch, we went right to music. Then we came back to get our folders and head to Jewish studies.
Wednesday morning we came in to start our work. We loved having Morah Liat bring our older friends in to blow the shofar during the month of Elul!
We got back to our morning meeting. We talked about the date, days of the week, the month, and even the season! We sang the pledge and the hatikvah and then we did something crazy……..
We moved our desks!! First we pushed them out of the way, and then Ms. Lewis helped us put them in our new spots.
Then we were off to the science lab–for the first time this year!!!
We went right from science to PE. Then, Ms. Lewis FINALLY got us back and we got to have snack
After snack we started Daily 5. We did some reviewing and then we jumped into read to self. We made it up to 3 whole minutes today!! Ms. Lewis was SOO proud! It is hard to be still and focused for so long, we have been doing some great work!
When we finished, we reflected and some of us even took AR quizzes on the books we chose from Ms. Lewis’ library. We also wrote down the name of our book and we illustrated our favorite character!
Then we went to recess, for just a little bit. We washed our hands and then headed to lunch! When we got back, we did a weekly reader. Our weekly reader was about an author named David Shannon. He wrote books and his main characters name was David! Some of us even knew the books he has written Then we played a lightning round of freeze dance and headed to pack up for Jewish studies
Thursday we were excited about our first AR day! However, we do it right before lunch, so we had some time! We responded to our journal question and had a silly morning meeting where Ms. Lewis only called us by our last names. We said the pledge and hatikvah and were off to PE!
When we came back, we had a yummy snack! Then we started a special social studies lesson. First, we listened to/read a book.
It was a book about a man who loves to walk on ropes! He wanted to walk between the Twin Towers that were in New York. He was sneaky and able to connect a rope to walk on, but he got in trouble afterwards. Plus, at the end of the story, the Twin Towers were gone! We talked about what happened on September 11, 2001, but since we are in 1st grade, we very briefly talked about the bad guys who broke the building, and we talked more about he heros that helped that day!!
We even made cards. Ms. Lewis is going to give the cards to firefighters and they will be so happy!
What a mitzvah
After social studies we jumped into math. We took a test!! Our test was cumulative, and we talked about what that meant. A cumulative test means that we’ve already learned what we are going to take a test on, it’s kind of like a review! When we finished, it was time to take our very first AR quiz in 1st grade. We used our iPads and took our time. When we were finished, we took our score and our book to Mrs. Hallett! She looked at our score and helped us pick a new AR book for our quiz NEXT THURSDAY. Then we were off to lunch!
When we got back from lunch, since we had such a busy morning, Ms. Lewis let us have recess until Jewish studies! Unfortunately, we had to come in early because we weren’t showing community of kindness to all of our friends. So instead of playing, we had to have a talk about how we can include everyone at recess and we talked about how to be nice at recess, too. Then we got our folders and headed to Jewish studies.
Friday morning we got to do something different, and fun!! We started our morning by labeling the parts of a plant, then we colored in the flower! Then we got to do a dot-to-dot, and even a math addition mystery picture! What a treat. Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Mcveary want to say Todah Raba to Mrs. Kaye and Mrs. Brodsky for staying with our class while we took a faculty picture. We all got to take a whole-school picture and then we were off to library.
We came back form library and had snack! Our shofar blowers also came!
Lily brought her very own shofar for the first time! Morah Liat was extra proud of her
We got to watch Magic School Bus while we watched..such a great day!! We like to do at least one special treat on Fridays
After snack it was time to take our spelling tests! Ms. Lewis LOVED getting pictures and videos this week of everyone doing their spelling homework!!! It looked like so much fun. (PARENTS-If I did not get pictures or videos from you, don’t stress! As long as the kids did their homework and practiced their words…that’s all that matters! I trust you. I always tell the kids that I can tell if they practiced or not, based on how they do on their test!) Mrs. Lewis tested us out in the hallway while Mrs. Mcveary stayed in the class. While we were in class with Mrs. Mcveary, we made artist statements that are going to hang in the halls during Rosh Hashana!!! We used our best handwriting and punctuation. They we got to start show and tell!
Before we knew it, we were off to lunch. Right after lunch, it was time to get our pictures taken!! We had been very careful of our clothes and hair all through lunch, and we didn’t even go to recess because we wanted to stay pretty and handsome for our pictures! We finished our pictures and came back to pack up, get our folders, and then go join Morah Rachel and Morah Hannah for Israeli Dancing.
COMING SOON TO 1st GRADE…….
Next week we will have another normal week. We will get new spelling words, and new math homework. Don’t forget to be reading, too!
During Daily 5 we are going to introduce another component, while we keep working on read to self!
If you have not brought your headphones in, please make sure to do so. We will start to use them soon.
As always, let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments!! The door is always open