Weekly Updates from Room 158
Dates to Remember
*Monday, May 4- Last Day for Monday Afterschool Arts Classes!
*Tuesday, May 5 - Claxton Parent Meeting- ALL PARENTS WELCOME- (6:00-7:00 PM in the Media Center)
*Wednesday, May 6- Last Day for Wednesday Afterschool Arts Classes!
*Wednesday, May 6- Walk/Bike to School Day!
*Thursday, May 7- Midterms Go Home
*Friday, May 8- SPIRIT DAY: Claxton Colors!
*Tuesday, May 12- K-2 Field Day!
*Tuesday, May 12- Last Day for Tuesday Afterschool Arts Classes!
*Friday, May 15- SPIRIT DAY: Tye Dye Day!
During our Brickz 4 Kidz classroom activity, students used what they learned about force, motion and mass to create a motorized see-saw! We had so much fun!
We were lucky enough to have TWO Mystery Readers this past Friday! It's our favorite time of the week :).
Being a Helpful Citizen
We learned about how we are citizens of Asheville and how we can help take care of our Earth. Students brainstormed their own ways that they can help the Earth!
Spring International Walk/Bike to School Day!
Help Us Fill the Rest of Our Mystery Reader Spots for the Year!
That being said, I need your help in filling our last few weeks of Mystery Reader spots! I am in need of Readers for May 8, 15, 22 and June 5th! If you think you could volunteer, or if you know of someone who would like to, please just let me know!
Read to Feed is On!
We will be collecting the money for our cause on Friday, May 15th, on our last day for Read to Feed. We have decided as a class to try to reach a goal of $120 to purchase a goat for a family in need! Our class read a book called Beatrice's Goat this week that helped explain to them the importance of this gift that we are giving. I think that this will be a great learning experience for the kids to help them to remember that they are citizens of the world and how important it is to care for each other.
I have set up a secure fundraising website through Heifer International! Follow this link to our class fundraising website! Our goal is to raise $120 to buy a goat for a family in need. This goat will provide the family with milk that they can sell at market and save money to send their children to school. Thank you for contributing to our class cause :).
Weekly Curriculum Update
FUNDATIONS- We are now in Week 2 of Unit 12, which introduces multi-syllabic words. Students practiced dividing the word into its parts of syllables last week. We learned that in words that have two vowels that are separated by two consonants, we separate them between the two consonants. For example, CATNIP has an A and an I that are separated by the TN. Since there are two consonants, we separate the word into CAT, NIP. The words that we worked with last week were all made up of closed syllables. This week they will be learning about multi-syllabic words that are made up of closed syllables AND vowel-consonant-e syllables. Completing the Fundations homework is VITAL to student success in the last few units in first grade. Thank you for helping them complete this homework to reinforce the concepts we are learning in Fundations.
READING- We will be continuing our study of Folk Tales and Fairy Tales this week during reading. We will be discussing elements of a Folk/Fairy Tale and we will be answering key detail questions about the texts that we are reading. We will be working on answering comprehension questions in written form to practice to for our End of Year MCLASS Benchmark assessments for reading.
WRITING- This week, we will be shifting our focus in writing back to narrative story writing. We will focus on creating a beginning, middle and end for our stories. We will also continue to go back and edit or "fix up" our writing so that it is the best it can be! Students will be concentrating on the grammar of their writing and whether or not their story reads the way that they want it to read!
SCIENCE- This week we will be continuing our study of plant life and the plant life cycle. Students will get to experience elements of plant life and characteristics of plants hands on while we plant our Fairy Garden for our Container Contest. We also are still observing our sunflower seedlings! They are almost ready to be transplanted to our bed on the K-1 playground!
SOCIAL STUDIES- We will be continuing to learn about what a citizen is and how we can be responsible citizens of our world.