More Dr. Seuss and Rainbows!

We had a great week in first grade! We finished up our study of Dr. Seuss by reading, Oh the places I’ll go, and adding our sweet hot air balloons with our own “plans for the future.” :). We also did a flip book after reading a Dr. Seuss biography.  Take a peek at these up in our room.  Then we moved on to rainbows as we get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  We learned that rainbows can come in more shapes (round!) and colors (monochromatic, fog, etc.!) We even made rainbows with skittles! See below:

We also learned that Black is made of lots of colors when we did our chromatography experiment–we saw lots of green, pink, and blue in the black marker lines.  We rounded up our week with rainbows about US! This was our project to demonstrate our learning about adjectives.  (We even got a chance to watch the old Schoolhouse Rock video about them!)  These are hanging up on our line making the corridor very colorful!

In Math, we are still working our way through subtracting with regrouping.  This can be challenging but many, “Ohhhh’s” and “I get it now’s” have been heard in our room the last few days, so we are making good progress.  We’ll keep this going along with some new work on fractions.  We are looking forward to this.

And, of course, the biggest news of the week came after school on Friday.  We will be working hard all this week to develop a plan for making this transition and home period as smooth as possible for each of our families.  Please know that we will be available by phone and email to help/answer questions while your child is at home.  We will be sending sample schedules for you so that you can see what we might normally be doing at certain times of the day, and roughly how long we allot for each assignment, but of course this is just a guide for you, and you can create a schedule that works for your family.  Our goal is to help each of our students continue to progress and do so in a way that feels familiar, and allows them the same level of independence that they would have in school.  We can’t thank you enough for being partners with us in this endeavor.  We welcome any feedback on the volume/level of work that we are sending your way.  Know that we are being intentional with what we send home, but also understand that this is a very different environment for all of us.  We appreciate your patience.

Upcoming events:

This Wednesday is a half day–noon pickup.

Love of Reading!


We started the week by celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  We read the Cat in the Hat, and (of course!) made our own hats! We kept the week going by reading Green Eggs & Ham next, and doing some opinion writing on food we don’t like and why.  We also watched Horton Hears a Who, and did a “hero” writing piece.  We also read Yertle the Turtle, did some comprehension and a writing piece on being King or Queen of the classroom! We wrapped up the week by reading the Sneetches, and wrote about the lesson they learned.

Along the way, we got a chance to go to the Book Fair…

and listen to a presentation from wonderful author, Jennifer Stewart!  It was a great week for reading, and having fun!

In math, we are working on regrouping.  We started with addition, and are thrilled at how quickly the kids are catching on! 🙂 We will shift gears and try subtracting next week.  Be prepared for a little bit of growing pains as we learn.  We will keep practicing, practicing, and practicing with both addition and subtraction through the end of the year!

Next week, we will spend Monday and Tuesday wrapping up our study of Dr. Seuss with Oh the places you’ll go, and a biography flip book of Dr. Seuss.  Then we’ll shift gears to rainbows and colors as we prepare for St. Patrick’s Day!

Important Dates:  Wed., 3/18-Early Dismissal (Teacher In-Service); Wed., 3/25-Field Trip-Tucson Village Farms; Fri., 4/3 Fine Arts Night; Wed., 4/8 Easter Egg Hunt-1st Grade; Thurs-Mon., 4/9-4/13-No School-Easter Break.

Have a happy week!

Elephants, and piggies, and pigeons, oh my!

We loved studying the work of author, Mo Willems this week.  We had so many great books to read!

We kicked off the week reading, Amanda and her Alligator.  We did some comprehension work, and even made our own “thinking caps!”  Next we read, Knuffle Bunny and did a writing piece about something very special to us.  These went along with our artwork out on the line which was inspired, of course, by the art in the book.  We read, Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and did our own class book and a writing piece about something we REALLY want to do (but can’t yet!) . Look for these up in our classrooms!  We also read as many Elephant & Piggie books as we could squeeze in, and a few more Pigeon books, too!  We love Mo Willems!

In Math, we are working on measuring accurately and comparing by identifying “how much longer” or “how much shorter.”  We are also busy adding 2-digit numbers to prepare us for working with re-grouping next week.  This will kick off a few weeks of practice adding and subtracting with regrouping.  Since this is a new concept for our kiddos, we’ll be practicing in class and also sending it for homework.  Please help us patiently learn this new concept, but also let us know if your child seems to really struggle.  Our goal is to learn this slowly, and practice often, so that it is retained! 🙂

Next week is LOVE of READING week which is highlighted by the Book Fair coming to campus!  (Doors open for students on Tuesday and will stay open before and after school all week.)  We will be greeted by Wilbur & Wilma Wildcat at all school chapel on Monday to kick off our week.  *We will also be collecting gently used or new books for the Angel Heart Pajama Project, a non-profit group that provide pajamas and books for children in need. Your donations are greatly appreciated. First graders will be enjoying Dr. Seuss books all week and celebrating his birthday on Monday!

Upcoming events:

Book Fair, Tues.-Fri., 3/3-3/6;  Author Jennifer Stewart visits K-2 from 1:30-2:00–Book signing available, Pajama day-Friday, 3/6;

Have a wonderful week!