Welcome to Week 2!! We are about to really dive into first grade this week. Ready…Set…Go!!!!
We came in on Monday morning and got right to work. We started with a journal question about how to care for a pet! We had some great suggestions–giving them water, food, exercise, love, and shelter! After our journal we headed to the carpet for our morning meeting. Ms. Lewis was SO impressed by our carpet behavior!! After only a week in 1st grade–we did awesome!
After we did the pledge and hatikvah, it came to our attention that we hadn’t filled out our ‘Classroom Rules’ poster last week–we were having too much fun So we took a couple of minutes to brainstorm our most important rules, and we combined a few too! This is what we came up with…
When we were finished, we started our day!
Mrs. McVeary gave us our very first introduction to the Daily 5. The Daily 5 is our new literacy program! There are 5 components to the program, one of them we already do..but we will discuss that in a minute. Today, we were introduced to learning how to pick a ‘just right’ book, or a book that is just right for us!
We heard a really silly story from Mrs. McVeary about how she was going to ballet, but needed to put her shoes on first. Mrs. McVeary went through all the shoes she had in her bag and we realized that certain shoes weren’t ‘the right pick’ for doing ballet! It helped us connect to picking a book that is just the right fit for us, and only us!
Tomorrow we will review what we learned today, and we will even learn more about Daily 5! The introduction to Daily 5 in the classroom is a bit of a lengthy process, but in order for the philosophies to stick, we introduce them slowly and with lots of reviewing and practice.
We got to enjoy snack after we finished our Daily 5 for the day. During snack, we actually do one of the components of Daily 5, listen to reading! After snack we started math.
During math we did our first ever ‘Problem of the Day.’ We will do one of these every day to start our math block! When we complete the problem, we get a sticker–sometimes they are special smelly stickers!! After POTD, we started to work in our textbook. We zipped through unit one, which involves learning about numbers zero through ten! We were professionals The beginning of our math unit is mostly a review for us, which is great!!
When we were finished with math, it was time for art! Then we went straight to lunch. After lunch, we got to enjoy some time on the big blue playground. When it was time to line up, we came back inside to get our folders and head off to Jewish studies.
Tuesday we were busy! We always have music after lunch on Tuesday, so we usually have a busy morning. We started our day with a journal question, then our morning meeting. During our morning meeting we talked about the date, weather, and the season. We did the pledge and hatikvah then we moved on to start the Daily 5.
We started by reviewing what we had learned yesterday. We reviewed how to pick a ‘good fit’ book and we also reviewed the 3 ways to read a book.
We even learned about Read to Self-one of the components of the Daily 5. While we were being introduced to Read to Self, we practiced different way to sit while we read…it was so cool, because we can even sit under tables, with lots of pillows, or in the middle of the floor!!!
When we finished with Daily 5 for the day, we took some time to make name-plates!! Our name-plates will be our ‘headers’ on our blogfolios..but more about those later
We were off to PE and then came back to enjoy snack. We read a ‘T’ book today for our A-Z Book Challenge!! We are doing great. After snack we had a ‘blog’ time block! We got to work with Ms. Lewis to update and post some artifacts to our blogfolio!! We are in the process of posting 2 artifacts this week; check them out and leave us comments!
This is a real treat for us when we get comments to our own blogfolio. One of our artifacts is a picture from our first day of school, we even wrote our name by ourself! The other artifact is a goal we have made for 1st grade–we took a picture of our writing and then we talked about it!
After our blog session, it was time to take the STAR test with Mrs. Hallett. This test helps Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Mcveary figure out our proper reading levels. It also helps them guide our learning! We worked on the STAR test until it was time for lunch. Then we went to lunch, headed to music, and came back to get our folders and pack up for Jewish studies. (I told you Tuesday’s were quick and busy!)
Wednesday we had another busy day! We started our morning with our journal, but we didn’t have as much time as usual because we went to a Rosh Chodesh assembly!
We got to see the shofar being blown too, it was really cool!
When we came back to class, we jumped right into the Daily 5. Before we TOTALLY jumped in, we needed to do something fun since we had been sitting in the sanctuary for awhile. So, before we started Daily 5, we all took our shoes off!!!!!!
Why not take your shoes off to review Daily 5?!
We reviewed how to pick a good fit book, the 3 ways to read a book, and we also reviewed what the students do and what the teachers do during Read to Self time. We did some role playing and acted out the correct way to read to self and also the wrong way. Then, we put our shoes back on and got ready to go to PE. When we got back from PE it was time for snack.
After snack we started our math. We started with the problem of the day, which we mostly did on our own!! Ms. Lewis was very impressed since it was only our second time doing it. When we had finished our POTD, we got out our workbook. When we do workbook, we work independently, or on our own. Workbook reinforces what we learned in our textbook! So it is usually a good way for Ms. Lewis to make sure we understand what we are learning! When we all finished our math, it was time to go to lunch!
After lunch we got to go to the courtyard to play for only 5 minutes. We had a visitor coming to talk to us! Mrs. Wayne came to talk to us and introduce herself. Mrs. Wayne is our schools new counselor! She explained what her job was and how she can help us. We were so happy to welcome her to our school! She even read us a little story!
When Mrs. Wayne left, we got our folders and packed up for Jewish studies!
Thursday we started our journal and had our morning meeting before it was time to go to PE. During our morning meeting, our friend Jacob had an announcement to share with us. He told us that he id going to go to kindergarten for the rest of the year. We talked about how Jacob came from South Africa and their Kindergarten is more like pre-school, so he needed to have kindergarten before he comes to first grade! Our friends who had Mrs. Yegelwel last year told Jacob about all the fun he would have!! We also talked about how we would all still be friends, even though Jacob was going to a different class. We are excited to see him in the halls, at lunch, and sometimes at recess!! When we were finished with our morning meeting, we headed to PE and then came back for an early snack. After snack, we got to work!
We started by reviewing daily 5. We reviewed all the usual-3 ways to read a book, the ‘I-Pick’ chart, stamina, etc. We had a great time reviewing! Ms. Lewis was so proud of all that we have remembered, we have been working hard and it’s clearly paying off! We also did some role playing to show good and bad examples of Read to Self.
When we finished daily 5, it was time for math. We were taking our first test as big first graders! We talked about how to take a test before we started. We reminded everyone that we don’t talk, that we keep our eyes on our own paper, and that we try our best! We got to use our privacy folders for the first time too, they are plain now, but soon they will be decorated by us!
After we finished our test we did a really cool weekly reader all about apples!! We learned how apples grow, who eats them, and also how they rot–eew!! After we finished, we got to play freeze dance..but just until lunch, only about 5 minutes! We were freezing with some funny faces
We went to lunch and got some energy. We were very busy this morning, so Ms. Lewis let us go to the big blue playground for recess! We did a lot of work, which involved a lot of sitting and concentrating–Ms. Lewis was proud of how well we did! We eventually came back inside to get some water–our faces were all so red! We did some good playing. We got our folders and headed off to Jewish studies.
Friday morning we started our day with our journal and morning meeting. During our morning meeting, we had shofar blowers come to see us! We will get to hear the shofar for the whole month of Elul! If we have a shofar at home, and have permission, we can bring it in to blow in the morning with our older friends!
After we wrapped up our morning meeting, it was time for library. Check out our blogfolio to see what we learned about! It is so, SO important for us to remember to bring our books EVERY Friday–otherwise we can’t check our new ones. If we are still reading our book, that’s okay!
Next week, we will start learning about AR quizzes and we will get our first batch of AR books..but we will learn more about that next week.
After library, it was snack time. Since it was such a nice day, and we were having recess right after snack, we had snack outside!!! What a treat
After snack and recess, we had a special art time! Mrs. Gutterman wanted us to finish a project, so we got to go to art twice this week!! Another treat!!!
When we came back from art, we started math. We made our own math stories! We used the format that we have been learning from our POTD book. We got to illustrate our problem, write the number sentence, and write a complete sentence to show our understanding of the problem! They are on display on our math bulletin board in our classroom, come check it out!
Off to lunch!
We came back from lunch and we got to do show and tell, finally!!! On Friday’s it seems that all we care about it show and tell it’s a lot of fun! What a great way to end our week. We got our folders and headed off to do some Israeli dancing with Morah Rachel and Morah Hannah!!
COMING SOON TO 1ST GRADE…….
Just a friendly reminder, to PLEASE make sure you send snack for your child–we have it everyday.
We hope to see you THURSDAY for Back to School Night
Next week is only a 4-day week, but we will still be busy! We will be moving on in our math to start learning or reviewing number bonds! We will also continue our work in Daily 5! Our spelling is coming along, we are almost ready! Thanks for your patience as we get the year started.
Please let Ms. Lewis know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns! Have a great 3-day weekend