Crittenden's Critters

Weekly Updates from Room F7!

Dates to Remember

*Tuesday, February 2- MAPs Testing for Bears (Math)

*Wednesday, February 3 - 100th Day of School!

*Thursday, February 4 - First Grade Field Trip to Sea World (9AM- 2PM)

*Friday, February 5- Spirit Day: Sports Day!

*Wednesday, February 10 - Father-Daughter Dance

*Thursday, February 11 - Mother-Son Dance

*Friday, February 12- Classroom Valentine's Day Party

*Monday, February 15- Friday, February 19- Mid-Winter Break

Upcoming Birthdays

*February 15- Audrey

*February 26 - Sevan

I have created a Kahn Academy account for every student in my class. You may have received an email about this and your child's account. Please follow the directions in the email and if you have any questions, let me know! I am looking over the site this weekend and I am excited to use this wonderful, free resource for math practice in our classroom!

100th Day of School!

I cannot believe that next Wednesday, February 3rd is our 100th Day of School!! Time has flown by and I have loved every minute of it. Our 100th Day of School is a special day where we celebrate the learning that has taken place so far this year, and we always celebrate the learning that we are looking forward to for the rest of the year! We will have several fun activities to celebrate our 100th day, but there is one that I need some parent assistance with.


We will be looking closely at the number 100 and discussing how we can combine different numbers to get to 100. We will specifically be looking at groups of 10 and learning about place value.


On Wednesday, February 3rd, please send your child to school with a zip lock bag filled with 100 small items. They may be edible, such as jelly beans or Lucky Charms pieces, or they may be toys (legos, marbles), coins, or other small items. Please make sure that these items are enclosed in a zip lock bag large enough to hold them. During the day, we will be sharing our items with the class and counting our items! We will separate the items into groups of 10 and discuss why counting by 10's is so important in our place value system.


I am looking forward to seeing all of the fun items that the children will bring to share on the 100th day of school!!

February Scholastic Book Club Orders!

Our January Scholastic Book Club orders are on their way! It's time to look ahead to the month of February for our Book Club orders. If you're thinking about purchasing books for your child in the month of February (books always make a lovely Valentine's gift to the little ones), please consider purchasing them through our Scholastic Book Club. Every book purchased helps earn points that get wonderful, relevant books for our classroom! As our readers are growing in my class, I want to ensure that they have interested content in all of the levels of books in our library. So far this year, ya'll have helped increase our classroom library by 35 books! Wow! I am looking for non-fiction and fiction books that can keep our growing readers interested. Thank you for your ongoing support and help in the process of building our classroom library.


Never shopped through Scholastic Book Club before? No need to worry - the process is simple! Just follow this link to the site where it will prompt you to give a one time class code! Our class code is PBC6D. The code will not be needed for any subsequent orders. Shop around for books that you would like and check out. On our class deadline date (February 19), I will submit our orders.


It's always fun celebrating the new books that we receive and the kids get SO excited for their arrival. Please consider purchasing books for your child through our Scholastic Book Club this month :).

Annual CEF Dinner and Auction at the MCAS Miramar Officer's Club!

With February right at our doorstep, it's time to look ahead to one of the biggest fundraisers for educational activities that we have at Creekside. Our annual CEF Dinner and Auction will take place at the MCAS Miramar Officer's Club on Saturday, February 27th.

Please join us for a night of food, great company and amazing auction items! The auction directly benefits Creekside Elementary! There will be both live and silent auction items. Miss Crittenden will have a Teacher Time auction item. Students can win a special teacher time activity with Miss Crittenden. The theme is 80's glam. Please refer to the white packet that you received in last Friday's Friday Folders. If you did not receive a packet, please email me ASAP so that I can get you the forms. Early Bird special tickets are $35 per person, $70 per couple, and $325 for a table of 10 people. Prices will go up on February 1st, so hurry and get your tickets! I cannot wait to see everyone there to help raise money for our amazing school!

Weekly Curriculum Update

February Themes: A theme often times helps integrate the social sciences, science and technology into our content standards. Our themes for February will include friendship, our country's Presidents, Black History Month, National Symbols, and continents.



READING-

Foundational: For the next two weeks, we will be learning about one of the six syllable types. The kiddos have learned that a syllable is a part of a word that you can push out in one breath. We have practiced clapping to see how many syllables or parts a word has. Today, the kids learned that there are different types of syllables and when one knows what type of syllable a word has, one can easily decide what that part of the word sounds like. We learned about the closed syllable. A closed syllable is a part of the word that only has one vowel, and is closed in by a consonant after the vowel. The consonant traps the vowel, making it say its short sound. We will not be introducing any new words, but practicing review words with our new concept of the closed syllable. If you have any questions about this concept, please let me know!

Literature:This month we will be learning to distinguish between important ideas and small details in a text. We will also be practicing identifying character feelings, how characters change throughout the story, and how to tell the story in our own words.


WRITING-

This month, we will continue to work on opinion writing. The kids have done an excellent job of forming opinions and thinking about ways to support their opinion. We will extend this type of writing throughout the month of February. We will be working on editing, and using basic writing conventions that help our writing to be smooth and make sense.


MATH-

Cubs: Cubs will be focusing on concepts such as shape attributes, counting from any number to 100, counting back, counting on, and recognizing and writing numerals.

Bears: Our Bears will be continuing to practice our strategy of Making a Ten when it comes to adding and subtracting. We will be learning about problems with 3 addends (9 + 6+ 4) and how to find a 10 to make the computation faster and easier. We will also be learning about counting with groups of 10 and how to quickly mentally find 10 more or 10 less than any given number up to 120.


SOCIAL STUDIES- This coming month, we will be studying important leaders in our country's history. We will learn about leaders within our government (Presidents). We will be learning about basic rights within our government. We will be studying African American leaders who changed history and how they helped to change laws throughout our country's history.


SCIENCE- This past week, we wrapped up our study of animal adaptations and how they survive in extreme climates. We were learning about Polar Animals and how they have adaptations to help them survive such as blubber. As a culminating activity to end our unit on Polar Animals, we watched the movie Happy Feet. Happy Feet is a movie about Emperor Penguins and their survival in the Antarctic. Before watching, we discussed as a class differences between the non-fiction texts that we had been studying about Emperor Penguins and the fictional story we were about to see. We paused the movie while watching to discuss connections that we saw to facts we had learned about the penguins, and also to discuss similarities and differences between real penguins and the penguins in the movie. Often times, video clips are a great visual for children to practice observing, comparing and contrasting, and forming opinions.