Mrs. Franklin's Fabulous Firsties

May 2016

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Is it Spring Yet?

Well, I know it has officially been spring for a while, but it is hard to believe it with all of our chilly weather. It is safe to say that we have had our fair share of indoor recess over the past few weeks. While we do enjoy playing indoors, the children and I are ready for outside recess! Please continue to monitor how you child is dressing for school. I recommend dressing in layers. It can be very chilly in different parts of our building and having a sweater or sweatshirt is a warm option.

Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Aumiller were kind enough to invite our classes down to the cafe for some freeze dance Friday afternoon. We had a blast and we burned off some energy!

A Little Review

We wrapped up our ELA unit by learning all about Thomas Edison. We took notes on his life and created a timeline of important events. From that, students wrote an informative paragraph (complete with a topic sentence, details and a closing sentence) about why Thomas Edison was a great inventor. In addition, they created their own autobiography. Thanks to all who sent in pictures. The children had a blast writing about themselves and sharing their final projects. I enjoyed seeing all of the cute baby pictures and am so impressed with how their writing skills have developed over the year. I hope you enjoy reading them this weekend. The rough drafts of their Thomas Edison writing will come home this week, but their published copy will be on display in the classroom.

In math, we have been working hard on skip-counting by 2s, 4s, 5s, 10s and for a challenge 3s. The students are using a variety of strategies to solve problems that involve skip counting which include drawing pictures, writing number strings, using the 100s charts, and creating a T-chart. Some students have made the connection to multiplication. While we've shared this concept in class, they are not expected to write multiplication problems in first grade.

A Look Ahead

Next week in phonics we will focus on words with the -oo sound as in "spoon". This sound has many spellings - oo, -u_e, -ew, -ue, -ui, and -ou. We will practice many words with the sound and will analyze where the spellings typically fall in syllables (beginning, middle, end).

Next Friday is the JES Carnival. I hope to see you there!

5/24 - First grade field trip to Goucher

Please mark the following dates down. More information will come as we get closer to the dates.

5/26 - First grade field day

6/6 - Zoomobile to visit first grade

6/10 - First grade End of Year picnice

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the fellow moms - I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day! You are awesome. You are raising smart, kind, funny, creative, caring children. I'm so lucky to be a part of their upbringing and to occasionally be called, "Mommy (insert red face), I mean Mrs. Franklin...". It just goes to show that you are on the tip of their tongue throughout the day and that they are thinking about you. Enjoy your surprises and enjoy the day!
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