Room 18 News

4 December 2015

Furry Friend Drive to Benefit the Monroe County Humane Society through December 17
School Wide Field Trip to see Mary Poppins December 17th
Quarter Ends: December 18
Winter Break: December 29 to January 3
Classes Resume: January 4th

Our Week

Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed having a resident first grade expert on Thanksgiving and enjoyed our reports. Your kids worked very hard organizing their ideas and writing their reports! They should be proud of their hard work.


We’re getting settled back in to our routine. We started our classroom’s community service project this week with a food drive for the Bloomington Humane Society. We will be collecting: dog and cat food (dye free, Purina or better) cat litter (non-clumping), towels (clean, old or new), dog toys (Kyla or Nyla brand), catnip and washable cat toys until December 17th. If you’d like to participate you may send items in with your student or just drop them off in Room 18.


Following our Furry Friend theme in our workjobs this week, we worked with the poem Hot Dog finding rhyming words and writing about the pet we’d like to have. We worked with the book What Pet Should I Get? This book is organized into ‘pro’ and ‘con’ sections. We’re working with using the Table of Contents to help us locate information in the story. We worked together in the big group and started writing a whole pet guide about a ferret. We’re learning and practicing how to take quick notes on a topic for research. Next week, students will begin working on writing a pet guide of their own.


We are getting back in the spelling test swing and our spelling test are going well. While we do practice our words at school some, I would encourage you to help your child practice at home as well as help them see how they can extend the pattern or the sound that we are working with. This kind of practice can be very informal: in the car, waiting at the doctor’s, on a walk, and so on. Use clues like “If you can spell red, how would you spell sled?” Or “How would you change cap into cup? Cup into cop? Cop into chop?


In Reading groups, students continue to progress in texts at their own levels. Some of us are working in chapter books, some in easy picture books, and some in predictable texts. All of the stories we’ve worked with have provided us ample opportunity to practice with skills we’re focusing on such as the ch, th, and sh digraphs; finding base words and endings such as –s, -ed, and –ing. We are also looking for compound words and talking about how knowing these things can help us with a new word. We are thinking about all of the things good readers do and working on using them to help us make sense of what we read. Good readers make pictures in their heads of the story as they go along. Good readers compare pictures and letter clues to see if they match. If they find a word they can’t sound out, they might skip it, read to the end of the line and then go back. Or, they might put in a word that makes sense, even if it doesn’t match the letters to continue making meaning. Most of all, good readers know that reading is about making sense of the text and they don’t give up!


We continue our work with measurement. We are working on thinking about what unit of measurement one would chose to measure a length; inch, centimeter, foot, yard, meter, mile or kilometer. We practiced measuring to the nearest inch or centimeter. We measured ourselves in inches and created a graph of all the different heights in our room. We introduced the idea of a “typical” height for a first grader. On our graph, we found that the typical height for our class was about 49 inches (An inch shorter than last year!). Our data did make a lovely bell curve.


Have a great weekend!

Laura B.

School Wide Field Trip to the Buskirk Chumley

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 9pm

114 East Kirkwood Avenue

Bloomington, IN

On Thursday, December 17th, 2015, all Rogers Elementary School children will be attending the Cardinal Stage Production of Mary Poppins. The musical will be presented at the Buskirk Chumley Theater. All students will be transported to and from the performance via MCCSC school buses. The cost of the field trip was paid by the Rogers' PTO and an anonymous donor; therefore there is no charge for the children. If you do not want your child to attend the performance, please return the lower half of the informational flyer that came home on Wednesday to opt out. Due to the limited number of seats at this sold-out event, we do not have extra tickets for additional adults to attend.