The Buzz

Ms. Larrabee's 1st Grade Class

The Buzz This Week (12/14 - 12/18)

Social/Emotional: We'll be doing a variety of social/ emotional lessons this week ranging from multi-cultural lessons to the true meaning of the holiday spirit.

Writing: We'll finish our second Small Moments writing piece this week as the students choose to publish their papers on Notability or Keynote on their iPads. After winter break the students will begin Informational/ Non-Ficiton writing.

Reading: We'll continue exploring with and reading Non-Fiction texts this week. This week we'll focus on reading strategies for challenging words, how to determine the meaning of important words and asking questions about Non-Fiction texts.

Word Work: There will be no new word wall words or vocabulary patterns this week. Instead, we'll review the words we've learned this quarter.

Social Studies: This week we'll learn where we fit on the map. We'll read the book Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney. After reading we'll use Google Maps to see where we live in our world including our continent, state, country, town, city and individual streets and homes. Last, we'll write and draw about our place on the map.

Math: We'll continue exploring with fractions this week. We'll read a variety of books, explore with different materials and watch short videos to learn about halves, thirds and fourths.

"Buzz Worthy" Things to Look Out For...

  • Family skate night is Thursday, December 17th.
  • There is a Board of Education meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the North Kirkwood Middle School cafeteria about budget proposals.
  • Reading logs and homework calendars are due after winter break. Students can also work on Dreambox and read on RAZ-Kids over break as well.


Specials and Daily Dress Up Themes:

Monday: Skating and Pj's

Tuesday: Music and Crazy hat day

Wednesday: Skating and Favorite holiday colors

Thursday: Library and Favorite festive sweater or sweatshirt

Friday: Art and Winter break party at 2:30

Last Week...

12/7 - 12/11

Our week was such a success exploring the world-wide Hour of Code. The kids did a great job tinkering, creating and coding during our many coding experiences. Throughout the rest of the year, I'll weave in further practice opportunities in coding for the kids to develop their knowledge and awareness in this area. Below are some links to continue coding at home.


Star Wars Introduction video: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=v7jSy_yE9U0&feature=youtu.be


Flappy Bird: https://studio.code.org/flappy/1


Angry Birds & Plant vs. Zombie: https://studio.code.org/hoc/1


Elsa & Anna: https://studio.code.org/s/frozen/stage/1/puzzle/1


Coding Apps for home digital devices:

The Foos, Kodable, Daisy the Dinosaur, Scratch Jr., Tynker, Cargo Bot, Light Bot One Hour Coding