Mrs. Jansen's First Grade Class

Weekly Newsletter: December 7, 2015

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We are Respectful, Responsible and Safe.

Exciting December festivities underway!

Our last month of 2015 is off to an awesome beginning! Thank you to all of our families who joined together for our First Friday Reading! It was fun to be able to share our new texts with you in non-fiction and get a preview of our Hour of Code that is occurring this week in class.

The children will resume their Leader of the Week celebration this Friday as well. Congratulations to our two students of the week, Elie and Oliver, who are continuing to shine in demonstrating their Keysor Pride.

Special Classes/Activities Schedule:

*Hour of Code Week*

Monday, Dec. 7th: E Day - Art with Mrs. Lang
Tuesday, Dec. 8th: A Day - P.E. with Coach Widamen & SKATING BEGINS! Please be sure to send your child to school with their helmet, to be kept at school all week. The helmet will be sent back home this Friday and will need to be returned on Monday.
Wednesday, Dec. 9th: B Day - Music with Dr. St. Clair; Wellness Wednesday for walking, running or riding your bikes to school!
Thursday, Dec. 10th: C Day - Wellness with Mrs. Ehrlich: SKATING
Friday, Dec. 11th: D Day - Library with Mrs. Ems

Continuing with Blends

Our learning in blends is continuing to our new sounds of "l blends" through words like: play, climb and blimp. Also, they will be learning five new sight words, that will be added to our word wall: may, part, about, word, find. Then, as we move into next week, we will spend some time in review of the words that have been introduced during this quarter.

Writing Workshop: Finishing up our All About Books

Our final drafts are complete and the children are now into their final editing stage within their Writer's Workshop. It continues to be wonderful and such a gift to watch and support the writing underway. As we approach this final stage before publication, the children will revisit their spelling and look to their peers for any editing suggestions. Final copies to be completed this week.

Continuing with Assessments and Moving into Fraction Geometry

As we near the end of the quarter, we are continuing with our quarter's assessments in number writing through 130, adding and subtracting numbers within the 20's and sharing understandings of shapes, their sides and vertices. This week, we will also move into fraction experiences in dividing a shape into equal segments of halves, thirds, and quarters. We'll also see how further challenges in sixths and eighths would looks. Sooooo, if you're up for some pizza and Hershey bar fraction practice, grab some and make it a mathematical dinner & dessert this week!

Me and the Map

Last week's explorations with maps enabled for discovery of our seven continents, our country and our state. This week, we will extend upon these times in play and exploration with the children sharing their perspectives of where they live in this great big world, by telling about their home, their neighborhood, city, state, nation, continent and world, within a circle flip book of their creation.

Hour of Code: Home extensions

This week, in support of the global initiative "Hour of Code," our class will be participating in an array of coding experiences. The following links provided below, will take you to some of the same coding sites that we will be exploring in class. Also, I have include the names of several coding apps that you are welcome to add to your digital devices to extend the coding experiences enjoyed this week, to your child's explorations at home as well. Enjoy and please let me know if you have any questions!

Coding Introduction (via Star Wars):

Infinity Playlab:

Flappy Bird:

Angry Birds & Plant vs. Zombie:

Elsa & Anna:

Coding Apps for home digital devices:
The Foos, Kodable, Daisy the Dinosaur, Scratch Jr., Tynker, Cargo Bot, Light Bot One Hour Coding