FIRST GRADE FLASH

GARDEN OF LEARNING-October 16

DIGGING INTO ACADEMICS

This week...

We explored the farm and learned about farm animals, producers and consumers.

We read the Little Red Hen and The Little Red Hen Gets Help. We compared different versions of the Little Red Hen.

We made Tacos.

We learned about words with short e...en, et, ell


We wrote informational pieces about chickens.

We practiced subtraction strategies.

We practiced writing sentences distinguishing between the naming part and telling part of a sentence.

We learned to retell and summarize and learn about story elements...characters, setting, events, beginning, middle, end.

We had Farm, Fall and Pumpkin Centers where we....weighed and measured pumpkins, did a sink and float experiment, made butter and learned about how it is made, learned about chickens and saw real chickens and a bunny, did "eggsperiments", cut open a pumpkin and scooped out the insides, and made apple prints and leaf rubbings.

We helped plant the KINDNESS GARDEN and attended the dedication.

Digging Deeper

Next week...

PUMPKINS! PUMPKINS! PUMPKINS!


We will continue to explore the farm and learn about farm animals, pumpkins, producers and consumers.

We will read Pumpkin, Pumpkin and learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin.

We will learn about Fall.

No new spelling words.

We will write informational pieces about pumpkins.

We will have a "Mock "Pumpkin stand where we will use our adding, subtraction, writing, and money skills to learn about pumpkins.

We will practice addition and subtraction strategies.

We will practice writing sentences distinguishing between the naming part and telling part of a sentence.

We will learn about Fiction vs. Nonfiction

We will begin a unit on SPIDERS.

We will summarize and learn about story elements...characters, setting, events, beginning, middle, end.

We will visit Savidge Farms...wear blue Shoemaker Shirt and pack a lunch!

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RESOURCES

Calendar of Events

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OCTOBER

16th Farm, Fall and Pumpkin Centers we need volunteers

16th Kindness Garden dedication

23rd field trip to Savidge Farm

30th Halloween Party 1:00- 1:45 2:15-3:15 Halloween Parade 1:45

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VISIT TO THE FARM

PLEASE WEAR SHOEMAKER SHIRTS AND BRING A LUNCH IN A DISPOSABLE BAG ON FRIDAY.


On Friday, October 23rd , the first grade classes will be taking a field trip to Savidge Farm. Students will get to rotate through several stations as they learn about life on the farm including a hay ride to the pumpkin patch. Each student will also bring home a pumpkin. The PTO will be covering the cost of the buses and the $5.00 admission cost. Please sign and return the permission slip to school ASAP.


Thank you for all those who volunteered to chaperone. Congrats to Mrs. Welsch and Mrs. Banus who have been selected to go on this trip. Students are asked to please wear their blue and white or Shoemaker t-shirts, sneakers, and a jacket. Students are also asked to please bring a disposable bagged lunch with a drink to each of these field trips. Thank you!!
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TURTLE TALK:

  • We will visit the Savidge Farm on Friday, October 23rd.
  • Please support PTO Cookie Dough Fundraiser .
  • BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION DUE on OCTOBER 23rd!
  • HELP! Please bring in at least 2 canned goods each to help the Food Bank.

KINDNESS KORNER


We read Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed...and learned about acts of kindness.
Please look for our KIndness Flowers...students are asked to perform acts of kindness, record on the flower, color, cut out and return the flower for our kindness Garden.

We will be making seed medallions this month to kick off our Kindness Garden.


On Friday, October 16th we had the Shoemaker Kindness Garden Dedication and planting of trees and flowers. Two Buddy benches were placed in the garden for students to have a place to go when feeling sad or lonely.
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TOP TURTLE BRADEN

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Shoemaker Science STEM LAB

To Kick Off the new Shoemaker Science STEM LAB...students brought home mini-salads donated by Guignet's Garden Center(my parents). You can trim off and put in a bigger pot on the window to grow more!
Lettuce BE KIND!
Lettuce BE RESPECTFUL!
Lettuce BE GRATEFUL!
Lettuce PLANT SEEDS OF KINDESS!


We explored the lab...magnet table, shells table, seeds table. Look at the wonderful Sunflowers donated by Jaflo.
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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. List 1/3 and 1/4 we are working on now.
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