Tuesday, October 29, 2013

No bones about it, we have a great class!

Thank you to all of the parents that were able to come and help us make our Q-tip skeletons last week. It was a fun afternoon and they came out so great. I love how they all look different.

We have been doing such a great job at Daily Five. We have all 5 choices up and running. Listening to reading and word work on the computer (www.lexiacore5.com) have become favorites.


Our writing is getting stronger everyday. We have been creating our own original stories and books at Daily Five. To help us fix up our writing we have been using CUPS. This stands for capitals, understanding (does it make sense), punctuation, and spelling. This is a great strategy to use at home when we do our reader's response.


Monday, October 28, 2013

We have gone batty!

We have been very busy during the last few weeks of school. We went batty in our classroom learning about the only flying mammal. Ms. Feuerstack read us many different non-fiction books about bats. We then collected facts on a recording sheet and wrote our own non-fiction writing piece. While looking at different non-fiction books we talked about the different parts of non-fiction books (photographs, captions, labels, glossary, index). We also graphed our feelings about bats. Most of our class thought that bats were cute. What do you think?

Thank you to the parents who were able to help out last week as we made our Q-tip skeletons. Pictures coming soon.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Label Your Teacher!

Wow! What a fun day we had. We began our new domain about our human body. We began science by creating a chart of what we already knew about our bodies. We knew a lot.

At writer's workshop we worked more on labeling our pictures. We began looking at an example of real life labeling from a Scholastic News. Then Ms. Feuerstack showed us an anchor chart about labeling.
After we looked at the example of labeling, Ms. Feuerstack had us label her. She looked very funny, but it helped us to understand what labels do.

After we labeled Ms. Feuerstack and had a good laugh, we got set up around the room to do some independent writing. We made sure that we labeled our illustrations.


Lost Jacket - We have had this jacket in our classroom for the last several days. No one wants to claim it. If it belongs to your child please remind them to bring it home.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

What have we been up to?

Thank you for all of the parents that were able to come to open house. We had a great turn out. Below you will find some pictures of our hallway work that was displayed during Open House.

We have been very busy first graders. In math we have started using number bonds to help us understand the relationship between numbers. We used cubes and number bonds to find out all the ways to make the numbers up to ten. Did you know we found 11 ways to make 10? In phonics we have been working on short a, i, and o. This week we are going to be adding short e. We finished our first literacy domain on Fables and Stories. On Monday we are going to begin learning about the human body and we are very excited. We can't wait to learn some gross stuff.

This up coming week we will also learn about our last Daily Five choice, listen to reading. The class is all set up on Raz-Kids. To access it at home go to www.raz-kids.com. My teacher name is bfeuerstacka. Then when students click on their name they have to type in their password (their last name). If you have any trouble logging in let me know.