FIRST GRADE FLASH

GARDEN OF LEARNING-DECEMBER 11TH

KINDNESS KORNER

Please check out the December Curriculum Connections for our Month of Kindness and Giving.

December is the month for Planting Seeds of Giving and Planting Seeds of Kindness. And our class has done just that...

1. We wrote over 200 letters to Shoemaker Staff, for children at Lehigh Valley hospital, for Veterans and for the Daisy Head Mayzie Cast. And for our Secret Elves.

2. We decorated styrofoam cups to give to children and Veterans.

3. Students did kind acts at home to help the GRINCH find his heart. Keep sending them in.

4. Students are bringing in bags of coats, hats, scarves and mittens. One more week to send in a pair of mittens or a hat, scarf or coats.

6. You brought in donations for all of our projects.

7. Students wrote stories about what kindness is...

8. We read about the Kindness Elves and we have been enjoying notes and gifts from our kindness Elf... Kindy Lou


Congrats... we were the TOP FIRST GRADE and collected the most canned foods... 81 cans! We had an ice cream treat as a prize!

The first grades one a prize for getting 3rd place in the Box Top Contest.

We also helped bring in boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The school collected 132 boxes.


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REINDEER CENTERS AND REINDEER DAY ARE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY WEAR YOUR ANTLERS!

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ON FRIDAY WE WILL MAKE GINGERBREAD HOUSES...VOLUNTEERS PLEASE BE HERE BY 9:00. We still need donations...please check sign up genius. DON'T FORGET TO SEND IN YOUR DONATIONS ASAP. Thank you!!!

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Help! We still need candy canes and boxes of individual hot chocolate packets to give to kids in the hospital and Veterans. Please send in a box of hot chocolate packets or candy canes if you can help us!

Click link below and save this index of past issues and websites in one place. Save it to your favorites.

Look for new pics of ELF DAY, etc.

DIGGING INTO ACADEMICS

This week ...We read King Midas and His Gold.
We learned about wants and needs.
We practiced words with digraphs.
We finished subtraction strategies and started a chapter about related addition and subtraction.
We had a Hot Chocolate Day and a Polar Express Day. We took a ride on the Polar Express in our PJ's and got special bells' from Santa's Sleigh. We read and wrote about how to make hot chocolate.
We saw the play Daisy Head Mayzie, read the story and wrote thank you letters. We had fun being Daisy Head Mayzie for our Day!
We celebrated Christmas Around the World with centers about Mexico, Germany, Australia, Hannukah, France, and Canada.

PTO NEWS...

Join the PTO for Barnes and Noble Night on Monday December 14th. Sign in under Mrs. Arnold's Class...The Class with the most students gets a Blondie Blast Brownie Party.

Barnes & Noble

Promenade Shoppes at Saucon Valley

Monday, December 14th

Event from 6 - 8 p.m.

Participate in a Scavenger Hunt and Enter a Raffle

Find Out the Winning Name of the Name the Drink Contest

Have your Face Painted by Mr. Shreck & the Art Club

Listen to Guest Teacher Story Times

Don’t Miss the Fifth Grade Chorus and Hand Chime Performance at 7:00pm

Sign Up for a Chance to Win Blondie Blast Party for Your Class

Check out the Wish List Tables and Donate a Book to your Teacher

Digging Deeper

Next Week..
We will read Tomas Rivera and learn about Families.
We will learn about wants and needs.
We will practice words with digraphs... qu and wh.
We will finish chapter about related addition and subtraction.
We will have Reindeer Centers and Reindeer Day and learn about Caribou and Reindeer.
We will make Gingerbread Houses
We will learn and read about Holiday customs.

THE ABC'S OF SHOEMAKER

Check out the Shoemaker e-folio video: http://www.eastpennsd.org/efolio/shoemaker/index.php click on the second video for the 2015 version

Calendar of Events

December


December 14th Barnes & Nobel Night
December 15 Reindeer Centers
December 16th Reindeer Day- Annebelle's Wish
December 18th Gingerbread Houses
December 21st Reveal your Secret Elf
December 22nd Welcome Winter Party
December 23rd Mustang Meeting 9:10


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TURTLE TALK:


TOP TURTLE Ryder

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Shoemaker Science STEM LAB

You should see how our plants are growing in the science lab! look what is sprouting!

CHECK OUT THESE SITES TO REINFORCE SKILLS TAUGHT

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Students have been entered into RAZ KIDS and I have showed them how to use this site. I selected leveled books that are a starting point for each child so they can work through the books and develop comprehension and fluency skills. Students must Listen to the Book, Read the Book, and Answer Questions before doing the next book. They may read at home but please only do 1 book each day or reread older books so they do not move through the program too quickly or before they are ready for the next level. Please complete stories in order.
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We are using a program called XtraMath to increase speed and accuracy in arithmetic. Each student is invited to spend a few minutes each day practicing math on a computer, tablet, or phone. If you would like to do XtraMath on a tablet or smartphone, look for XtraMath in the app store. The app costs $5. On a laptop or desktop computer, he/she can do XtraMath for free at xtramath.org.


Please look for the flyer with directions for your child to practice addition facts at home as well as in school. I have showed the students the site but please log on at home to get them more familiar with the site.

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Reinforce and practice spelling words by weekly lists on Spell City. Click link above and start with the bottom list of words and work up.
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