Canned food drive ends Monday

Just a reminder that our canned food drive comes to a close this Monday.  We’d love to have participation from all of our kiddos, so please share what you can and thank you!

This week was all about turkeys.  We kicked off the week reading, A turkey for Thanksgiving, as sweet story about a turkey who is grateful to be included at the dinner and not as the dinner!  We also did a fun little word search to go with it which really helps us practice spelling and using our good “eagle eyes.”  We also read, Thanks for Thanksgiving.  This is a precious little story that lists all kinds of things the author is thankful for.  We did a writing assignment to go along with this, and you’ll see those up on the line next week.  The kids did a very nice job on this, and you’ll love reading about the things for which they are thankful!

In math, we are wrapping up our work with polygons.  We have identified, classified, sorted them into groups, and drawn them ourselves.  It’s been a very hands-on section in our book and the kids are getting some great vocabulary, as well.

Our Social Studies unit is of course all about our Wampanoag board.  It will be up next week for you to enjoy, and you will be able to see all of our great work.  We wrote about our jobs in the tribe, and drew all the little details this week (corn and pumpkins for the farmers, fish for the ocean and river, and lots of animals!) It’s been really fun to work on this as a mixed group of first graders and the kids have done a great job.

Upcoming events: 11/25-FINAL DAY for the Canned Food Drive for St. Michael’s Pantry and Community Food Bank;

Wed-Fri. 11/27-11/29-No School-Thanksgiving Break;

Friday, 12/6-Special St. Nicholas surprise!

Fri.12/13-St. Nicholas Program-2:00 p.m. in the gym

Wed. 12/18-1st grade Nativity Program-in the church

Fri. 12/20-1/2 day-noon dismissal (no aftercare) Christmas break kickoff

All about the pilgrims

This week it was all about the pilgrims (and our turkeys, too!) We kicked off the week by sharing our amazing turkeys in disguise. They are just amazing and if you haven’t had a chance, please stop in to take a peek at all of them.  They’re just so fun! Next, we read some non-fiction stories about the pilgrims, their difficult voyage, and why they chose to leave England. Then we got a chance to re-tell what we learned in our writing.  We also read a story called, Thank you, Sarah.  It’s a wonderful true story about Sarah Hale, who had a superpower–her pen.  She campaigned for Thanksgiving to become a national holiday and after more than 30 years President Abraham Lincoln said, “yes!”  We are grateful for her determination and wrote a note of thanks to tell her so.

In math, we are busy studying shapes–sorting them, noticing characteristics and putting them into groups.  We’ve also been practicing our 2-digit addition and working on place value. We are also continuing our steady work in Mountain math where we review all of the math concepts of first grade.

In Social Studies, we are busy working on our Wampanoag board.  We are collecting items that can be turned into the landscape, and we are so excited to share the final product with you during the week of Thanksgiving.

Please remember that we are still collecting canned food for the St. Michael’s pantry, and/or dollars for the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank. We would love to have each of our students participate if at all possible.  Thanks so much for your consideration.

Next week: we’ll be talking about those find feathered friends that were very nearly our national bird! We are excited to learn about and read some fun books about TURKEYS! Don’t forget that we have a half day on Wednesday for a staff in-service (there is aftercare, but don’t forget to bring lunch!) Have a wonderful week–enjoy the cool weather.

Upcoming events: 11/4-11/25-Canned Food Drive for St. Michael’s Pantry and Community Food Bank;

11/20-1/2 day-noon dismissal (Teacher In-service);

Wed-Fri. 11/27-11/29-No School-Thanksgiving Break;

Fri.12/13-St. Nicholas Program-2:00 p.m. in the gym

Wed. 12/18-1st grade Nativity Program-in the church

Fri. 12/20-1/2 day-noon dismissal (no aftercare) Christmas break kickoff

 

Happy Veteran’s Day!

It was another great day in first grade as we started studying the Wampanoag Native Americans and enjoyed Field Day!

We kicked off the week by reading a story about Squanto, an important Native American who helped the Pilgrims the first year they arrived.  We did a short writing piece to followup and these are hanging in our classroom. 🙂 Next we read a non-fiction story about the first meetings of the Pilgrims and Native American’s told from two young boys’ perspective.  This helped us get ready for our work on our own members of our Wampanoag tribe.  We read about the animals and landscape in Massachusetts all those years ago, and even about the different summer and winter homes.  This led to us making our canoes, our Wetu’s and our Native American paper people which will all be part of our BIG project set out in time for Thanksgiving.

In math, we are finishing up the chapter on composing 2-d and 3-d shapes and will be heading on to describing and sorting different shapes.  We can hardly wait–it’s been tons of fun working with the pattern blocks to reinforce more/fewer and see how many “right” answers we can find.

Of course, the big highlight was Field Day!  A HUGE shoutout and thank you to Coach Greene for organizing such a fun event.  We loved every minute of the cool weather and the great sportsmanship!

Getting ready for the water balloon toss! 🙂

We hope you are all busy putting the finishing touches on your Turkey in Disguise as those are due tomorrow! We love to see the transformations and hope you had as much fun making them as we will seeing and hearing about them.

Please don’t forget about the food drive–we are hoping to really support both the STM Pantry and the Food Bank! Have a wonderful (short!) week.

Upcoming events: 11/4-11/25-Canned Food Drive for St. Michael’s Pantry and Community Food Bank;

Tues. 11/12-Turkeys are due!

11/20-1/2 day-noon dismissal (Teacher In-service);

Wed-Fri. 11/27-11/29-No School-Thanksgiving Break;

Happy Halloween!

What a week in first grade! It was all treats, and no tricks for us with the highlight of an awesome Halloween party in the park, followed by our parade!

We kicked off our week by reading, Crankenstein, a cute story about things that can make regular kids cranky!!  Then we did a beginning/middle/end piece along with some cute art and these are on display up in our rooms.  Next we read, Room on the Broom. We hope you got to see our darling witches on the watercolor backgrounds up on the line earlier in the week.   We also took some time to talk about writing descriptive clues–this time about ourselves–and added those to a “Trick or Treat” project with a picture of each kiddo covered by a “ghost.”  The kids did a great job and even got to hear the clues and guess who it was describing in our classes. 🙂

In Math, we are working on filling shapes with “more” and “fewer.”  We are also recognizing names of 2-D and 3-D shapes, and even making observations about pictures of shapes that look like they have only a few triangles or squares, but actually have many “hidden” in the picture.  This is helping us open our way of thinking and look more critically.  As you saw, we continue to practice our addition and subtraction facts, and additional concepts like fact families, and greater than/less than.

We finished the week by making some beautiful paper skulls and reading stories about skeletons and Dia de los Muertos.  We got a chance to peek in at the alter in the chapel, and our 8th grade buddies came by to show us their face paint and let us see what we get to look forward to in 8th grade.

Our highlight, of course, was the party and parade. Here are just a few pictures to show you all the games/fun we had, and to send out a HUGE thank you to Virginia (Maria’s mom) and her giant crew of helpers that made our day so WONDERFUL!  Thank you everyone–we thought this Halloween was just perfect! 🙂

Next week, we’ll start learning about the Wampanoag’s–the Native Americans who helped the Pilgrims and joined them for the first Thanksgiving.  Stay tuned for a BIG project in class, and a FUN project to work on at home!  We can hardly wait…

Upcoming events: 11/4-11/25-Canned Food Drive for St. Michael’s Pantry and Community Food Bank;

Fri. 11/8-Field Day and Half Day-Noon Dismissal, (no hot lunch)

Mon. 11/11-No School, Grading Day; Wed.

11/20-1/2 day-noon dismissal (Teacher In-service);

Wed-Fri. 11/27-11/29-No School-Thanksgiving Break;