Mrs. Lyons' Class

First Grade Math, Science, Social Studies

Welcome Back!!

Happy Happy New Year!! I feel like it has been a very long two weeks!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebration! I absolutely love each and every gift I received! You all are so thoughtful and wonderful!! Thank you!! The dogs and cats at the shelter were grateful for the food and treats too!

Can you believe we are at the halfway point in the school year!?

Hopefully everyone will be able to get back into a routine quickly! Myself included!! I'm ready and our room is too!

What's Happening in Week 19! ( January 6th-9th )

No Tests This Week!

Math

Chapter 9: Fractions and Probability

Math Journals: Fraction Activities

Excel Lessons # 66-69

Rockin' Math Facts

Guided Math Introduction

Social Studies

This week we begin working in our new Maps, Globes, and Graphs workbook.

Science

We are about to ROCK with a two week unit on…..rocks!! We will learn about the three major groups of rocks. I've purchased 4 rock kits for each group to observe and to record their findings as a group. We will incorporate some Rockin' Math, and will make a rock pattern craft. I know our kids too…some will probably bring pockets full of rocks to school! We are going to rock out this week!

Reading in Science

Rock Craft

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What's New in 2015!? Guided Math!

I spent a good amount of time preparing for new math instruction that will allow me to work with students in small groups of 4 or fewer. We've had math centers in the past, but it was strictly student centers. We will now have 4 math centers that the kids will rotate to daily. Each center will focus on the skill of the week and/or skills that need extra practice. The four centers will be 1) Math with Teacher 2) Math on an iPad 3) Hands-On Math 4) Math Journals. The students will be at each station for about 15-20 minutes. This week we will practice the procedures for our new math block. Students will learn what Guided Math is, what it looks like, what it sounds like, and how it feels. I will start working with students in small groups on Monday. I think this is going to be a great way for the students to build on their mathematical knowledge while allowing for small group interventions. Your kids are my kids too and I constantly want to improve their learning experiences.

Scholastic books are in! Look for them to come home tomorrow!