Mrs. Keyes' First Grade Newsletter, 9/30/16, Issue 5
It's All About Learning!
St. Croix Preparatory Academy will develop each student's academic potential, personal character, and leadership qualities through an academically rigorous and content-rich educational program grounded the classical tradition.
Berea Nicholson is our Student of the Week!
Character Every Day
Comprehension Strategy: Act it Out!
Our new favorite word this week showed up in TWO read alouds. We decided that we liked the word “slink” from Kevin Henkes’ Julius the Baby of the World. (Henkes’ books are filled with rich vocabulary.) Later, it showed up on our Language Arts read aloud called Wolf! Slink is a great word to act out! Check out Giada "acting out" the wolf in the latter story.
Students have begun their first grade autobiographies. Many were surprised that our first task was to write in “bubbles.” One of the biggest lessons in this project is that writing is a process. We began with ideas, then transformed those into sentences. Now, we are in the process of editing. Students learned to help each other improve their writing through peer editing. (We were very careful to use our best “peacemaker” skills in the process.) Last, we will move to the final copy complete with illustrations. Students will make a engaging cover with a title of their choice. I think it will be something for the keepsake box!
Science - The Scientific Method
Assessment on the Scientific Method is complete and was sent home today. Well done, everyone! I hope our science unit has stirred up some interest in a science fair project. If you’re stuck for an idea, use the websites on the science fair handout. As always, contact me with questions - I’m happy to guide.
What would happen if we poked a pencil right through a ziplock bag full of water? That was one scientific question we asked ourselves this week.
Most students hypothesized that water would spurt all over.
However, after our experiment (in which we collected data right over students’ heads!), we concluded that if you poke a pencil through a ziplock bag full of water, it will not leak.
We did a sight, smell, and taste experiment with three different varieties of apples.
We temporarily suspended the very important science rule: you must never eat your science experiment.
What color apple did your child like best?
Prairie Planting - October 28
Donations totaling $65 by Monday, October 3 earns your child a marathon t-shirt!
Would you like to donate any one of the following items for our upcoming Minnesota unit?
- Three pouches of blueberry muffin mix (just add water)
(Thank you for our first donation of the first three pouches)
- Two jugs of apple juice
- 36 small juice cups
- Two parent volunteers to bake the muffins we mix in class on Tues., 10/04 and bring to school on Wed., 10/05 (parent pick-up works best).
Email me if you can help! Thanks!!
Because of our September order, I got to choose three new books for our class! Thank you! Our next order will be placed on Oct. 26. Everything you need is on the Scholastic website, https://orders.scholastic.com/DGLD9 Click on the “For Parents” tab.