Ms. Collodora's News

Here's what's hip-hop and happening in our room! Week 19


This week we practiced the -ill and -ell word families.

Reading and Writing

Oh man did we have a switch up this week! During our morning, we do Daily 3: Read to Self, Listen to Reading and Word Work. Then we have a Writer's Workshop. This week, however, we did Daily 4, including our writing time into one of our break outs! So much fun! They did have guidance on what they were writing, but one of the days was a choice writing day and they did great! It was fun to see what they chose to work on, as I made them turn it into me so I could read it! Lots of books, lists and adding to previous writing!

We continued to talk about seasons and weather this week. We read "The Snowy Day" and talked about what we like and dislike about each season. It is safe to say that first graders really like winter and adults like summer :) Next week we talk about dressing to the weather!


We thought geometry, our shape unit, was easy, well patterns was a piece of cake! We did a very VERY short review unit on patterns: 4 lessons in 2 days! Which means, we took 2 math tests this week! Lots of correcting for Ms. Collodora, but they will be coming home next week! The kids did so well! The even told me they forgot just how often they see and hear patterns! I tend to do some sort of clapping or snapping pattern to gather the kids for whole group instruction, and they kept saying "you're doing a pattern!" What great connections!

Science: Pebbles, Sand and Silt

WOO HOO! We are starting our second science unit! It is called Pebbles, Sand and Silt and this week we did many observations of different rocks. To kick off our unit, we read a story called "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble." This got us thinking about rocks and all the different types of rocks there are! Then we began looking at some very strange rocks: we even washed them! We took great notes in our science notebooks and discovered that they were VOLCANO ROCKS! How cool! THEN we observed another group of rocks and learned about sorting and classifying them, using our Tree Thinking Map. And you know what? They were river rocks! We sorted them 4 different way! Who knew there were so many different kinds of rocks?! :) Next week we get to use a new science tool: screens!

Friendly Reminders and Fun News

No school THIS Monday 1/18! And Monday 1/25.

Talal was our Star Student this week.

Mia and Macyn were our Engineers of the Week.

NWSISD News: We are a STEM school and get some support from North West Suburban ISD and they come out to our school to see how we are doing! They have asked if there are any parents who are available February 23rd, around 9 AM to come and talk with them about your experience with Tatanka as a STEM school and how you feel about your child's education in a STEM school. If this is something you are interested in, please let me know! I will pass your information on to Mr. Kuklok, our curriculum integration specialist, who will set up the specifics. Thanks in advance if you can help!

**Still looking for parents if you can :)*** North West Suburban will be coming to our classroom to see us in action!

I CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM!!! My DonorsChoose was FUNDED!!!! THANK YOU to everyone who donated and spread the word! Our Bee Bots have been ordered and should arrive before the end of the month (fingers crossed)! I cannot wait to get them into the kiddos hands and start talking about coding!

I won't lie: when I found out, I made a small squeal that stopped the kids dead in their tracks. They looked at me with blank stares and when I told them, they squealed! Granted, they didn't know what a Bee Bot was, but it was all so exciting! More fun news to come once we begin working with them! Thank you again!

Report Cards

Brand new this year! Check it out and please let me know if you have any questions!

Starting this marking period you will be able to access your child's report card online. Your online access will be available through Parent Portal on January 29th. Paper copies of the report card will not be sent home unless you request directly through me. If you have never accessed the Parent Portal, it is really easy to get started. If you have accessed Parent Portal with another child of yours, it is the same program.

  • Complete the paper form I sent to you. (If you did not get one, you already registered!)
  • Send completed form back to school.
  • You will then receive a letter with your access code to Parent Portal.
  • Now you can access your child's report card.