Picture Yourself Growing in First Grade
1S Welcomes Ms. Gralish, our new student teacher!
From Ms. Gralish...
Dear Students and Parents of 1-S,
My name is Madeline Gralish, and, starting this week, I will be in your classroom as a student teacher! I am so excited to get to know all of you over the next two months. I am a proud alumna of the Haddonfield School District; I went to Central School, then Haddonfield Middle School, and graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 2009 (Go Dawgs!).
I am in my last semester at Rutgers University-Camden, where I am a music major and a childhood studies minor. When I’m not at school, I teach violin at Rutgers-Camden and in downtown Haddonfield. In fact, some of my violin students are students here at Tatem! I live in Haddonfield with my family, my three-year-old son, Henry, and three very lazy cats. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, and drawing. I also play the fiddle in a bluegrass band!
Thank you all (especially Mrs. Seymour) for welcoming me into your classroom! It’s wonderful to be able to student teach in the town where I grew up, and I look forward to a fun-filled time at Tatem.
To celebrate Read Across America, we also participated in a school wide hallway read! Every student and every adult enjoyed 15 minutes of reading at the same time! What a great way to show our love of reading and model that reading is important and valued in our community! What a great message for young readers!
Last week, we took a museum walk (see picture) to find a collection of a friend that interests us. After we found another interesting collection, we judged it fairly and began a new opinion piece practicing all of our opinion writing skills about our friend's collection! It was a really fun way to write and a great way to learn that every person has their own ideas and opinions and that is what makes the world a unique place!
This week, we are combining reading and writing to begin writing our opinion about our favorite sea animal after reading non-fiction texts about animal groups.
Everyday Math - Expanding our Number Sense Through Technology
Second, we skyped with a class from New Orleans! We loved skyping with them and we both were very close in our number of guesses in figuring out our mystery number. The class from New Orleans had a loft built in their classroom that was FULL of LEGOS!!! Our first graders jaws hit the floor when they heard that! Oh, and it was exciting to learn that lacrosse is new to New Orleans and all the students in the school had just started playing and growing the sport! We are learning so much about communities, our country, and the world while building our number sense and problem solving! We love our mystery number skypes! This past week, we have introduced and practiced fact families and fact triangles.
Everyday Math - Fact Power
In order to help build number sense, we began our new routine of completing name collection boxes to build numbers in new ways. Not only do we complete name collection boxes in our math journal, we work on name collection boxes by creating different numbers with our materials and manipulatives around the room. We take pictures of the numbers we make and we create picture collages using the app pic collage! We love doing this during Math Industries! It is a huge hit. What a great way to bring an everyday routine to life and make it more fun and engaging!
Reminders and Dates
*1S conferences will be held next week on 3/25 and 3/27! I look forward to meeting with you all. Click the link to sign up for a conference! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4badad2da2fb6-mrs2
* The Scholastic Book Fair is COMING! Next week, on TUESDAY, 1S will be visiting the book fair during the school day. If you plan on sending your child to school with money, please put the money in an envelope with your child's name and amount on the envelope. Thank you in advance!
* The Book Fair Family Night is Wednesday, 3/25! You can visit the book fair to shop around together as a family!
* 3/20 - Last Day to Order Yearbook
* 3/23 - Report Cards Available for Viewing
* 3/27 - Tatem Talent Show (HMHS)
* 4/3 - School Open - 12:30 Dismissal
* Have you searched the hashtag #Tatemtigerpride on twitter? Give it a try and see all of the amazing things happening at Tatem School daily!
Day 2 - Music
Day 3 - Spanish
Day 4 - Spanish and PE (Please wear sneakers)
Day 5 - Library (please return library books this day)
Day 6 - PE