Welcome back, and L’Shana Tova, happy new year!!
We were excited to get back into our routine on Monday morning. We started with our journal question then moved on to our morning meeting. We sang the pledge and hatikvah and then we started read to self. Ms. Lewis wanted to review but the kids insisted that they were ready and wanted to start right away. They even wanted to shoot for 10 minutes instead of 9, but Ms. Lewis had to draw the line!
It turns out that Ms. Lewis was right…we should have reviewed. We were not able to make our stamina to 9 minutes, we didn’t even make it to 8! We had to stop early and reflect on what went wrong and how we will make it better tomorrow.
We were excited to move on to word work; again, we did not review. We are almost through our first round-which means that everyone will have gone to each station!
We made it through word work with our only problem being that we had too much fun and we were a little too loud! We are looking forward to starting some new games for word work, when it’s time
After word work we enjoyed snack. We read a really cool book that Gabe brought to give to the library in honor of his birthday! Thanks for sharing with us Gabe!! It was a great book to read after word work because the book was called ‘The Boy Who Loved Words’. We started math after snack. We took a test on addition!!! Then it was off to art.
We went right from art to lunch. When we got back to Ms. Lewis’ class we started handwriting. This was the first time we ever did handwriting in 1st grade!! It’s about time we started Before we start our newest component of the daily 5, work on writing, we need to make sure that we can read our handwriting! Today we started by reviewing letter recognition and then we learned about a way to remember how to write the letters–very generally!
A giraffe letter is tall and takes up the whole line but it doesn’t go under the line. A dog, or puppy, letter is so cute and little–like most lower case letters! Ms. Lewis’ favorite, a cat letter, has a tail that goes under the line–like a y, g, p, or q. Before we knew it, it was time to go to Jewish studies! We didn’t even have time for freeze dance–hopefully tomorrow!!
Tuesday morning we were excited to start our day! We came in to start our journal and we also had our morning meeting. We were going to start with read to self, but we voted to change it up and start with word work instead!
We did a much better job of controlling our volume and we had a great word work time!! Ms. Lewis was very proud of us. Also, everyone has been to each station at least once, so for the rest of the week we get to choose which station we want to go to–within reason
After we reflected, we started read to self. We finally made it up to 9 minutes!! Ms. Lewis started giving out certificates, too. We have ‘Read to Self’ Kings and Queens!! Only one per day though. We reflected and moved on!
After all our hard work so far, Ms. Lewis let us play freeze dance before we went to PE. When we came back from PE we got to have snack and read 2 Lego books picked by one of our librarians, Andrew!
We were anxious to start math and we started with our POTD. It was a new kind of addition problem where we had to draw our own unit bars!! We did one together and then did one on our own, so we got 2 stickers!! Then we moved on to take a cumulative test. We worked until lunch time and then we were off to enjoy yumm-i-ness!! Right after lunch, Ms. Lewis took us to music. Then we got our folders and headed off to Jewish studies.
Wednesday was our first day with our Chatter Chart.
The Chatter Chart is going to help us a lot! We have been having been losing some class time because Ms. Lewis always has to wait for us to quiet down–we love to chit chat! So, the Chatter Chart will help us to not call out, not interrupt, and it will also help to minimize the time we waste during a transition. Here are the rules: strikes one and two are warnings. These sticks help to refocus us and help us get back on the right track-hopefully. If you get to the last stick, OUT, then a consequence will happen. A consequence would be missing some time of recess or freeze dance and if the problem continues, maybe even a note home! However, if you keep all your sticks for your time in general studies, then you get to pick a prize from the treasure box!!!
We started our Wednesday morning like usual and jumped into math instead of the Daily 5! We needed to change up our schedule During math we started to learn about subtraction stories. We each got to tell a story and when we finished, we stood up in our chair to take a bow! An example of a subtraction story would be: There were 6 children playing ball. 2 children walked away to play jump rope. There were 4 children left playing ball. The number sentence is 6-2=4.
After math we went to PE and came back to enjoy snack. Then we started word work! Today was the first day that we got to choose on our own which station we wanted to go to! We made it fair by letting those who were highest on the behavior chart pick where they wanted to go first. Everyone made a great choice!!
We moved on to read to self and finished right in time to go to lunch! When we got back from lunch we started to work on our handwriting. We are doing a little at a time and only started with 2 letters. We worked on ‘a’ and ‘d’ today. Now that we have learned how to write them properly, it is expected that we write them correctly from now on, in all our work!!
After we finished handwriting we got to play outside for a tiny bit and then we were off to Jewish studies.
Thursday we did our morning routine and went right to PE! Then we came back to start our day for real. We started with math. We continued in our textbook to learn about subtraction. We did some more stories and really focused on the number sentences.
After we finished math we combined snack and AR quiz time. Mrs. Mcveary read books to us during snack time while Ms. Lewis was in the hall giving us our AR quizzes. WE DID NOT GET NEW AR BOOKS!!!! While we celebrate the holidays for the next two weeks, we will not take AR quizzes on books from Mrs. Hallett’s library. However, we will still take AR quizzes on the books we read during Daily 5 from Ms. Lewis’ library. The next time we checkout AR books from Mrs. Hallett will be October 23rd.
After snack and AR we moved on to Daily 5. We FINALLY reached our stamina goal of 10 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!! What a great day We reflected, awarded our king and queen, and moved on to word work. Again, we got to choose which station we went to during word work! We are excited to get new stations (and new spelling words) next week!!
We were off to lunch before we knew it! We came back to do another letter from our handwriting book. We worked on ‘o’ today and also reviewed ‘d’. When we were finished, we got our folder and went to play outside until Jewish studies.
We are loving our chance to get a prize everyday from the treasure box if we keep all our chatter sticks!!
Friday morning we were excited to play Homeworkopoly!! Unfortunately, we rushed through our journal so that we could move on to the game At the carpet, we discussed the days of the week, the month, and the weather. Then it was FINALLY time to play! We reviewed the rules–you only get to play if Ms. Lewis or Mrs. Mcveary has checked your homework and it id fully completed. Making sure your homework is complete also ensures that you get to roll 2 dice instead of 1; if you miss some spots on your homework, you may only roll one dice. We each took our turn and we cheered on our friends! We then said the pledge and hatikvah and went to library!
When we got back from the library we got to watch an episode of The Magic School Bus during snack, its our Friday treat!! Ms. Lewis started to pull us into the hallway one at a time for our spelling tests. When we were finished with snack, Mrs. Mcveary started show and tell with us while Ms. Lewis continued testing in the hallway!
When everyone shared their show and tell, we started math. We jumped right into our textbook. We worked on our subtraction sentences and even got to work independently!
Ms. Lewis loved walking around and seeing everyone’s pencil moving so busily we’ve got some real brain busters in 1st grade!! We went over our work together and then closed up our textbook.
We gathered our folders and packed up, ready to go. Then, Ms. Lewis said that we were going outside..she tricked us!! We got to play outside until it was time to go to carpool.
COMING SOON TO 1st GRADE……………
We get a new homework packet next week. We will continue to work on our math subtraction skills. Our spelling words will be new too, however instead of 4 spelling ideas, we will only do 3 since it is a shorter time period. This homework packet will be due WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15th. We will also have our spelling test on that Wednesday, October 15th.
We have 2 short weeks coming up, but we will still be busy and working hard.
We hope you have an easy fast and we will see you on Monday!! Shabbat Shalom.