September flew by and somehow October is already here. We had a busy first month. We have nearly mastered our everyday procedures and our days are beginning to run more and more smoothly.
During Readers' Workshop we have been working on building our reading muscles. We talk a lot about how to choose books that are just right for us by using the 5 finger rule. Plus we are working on using various strategies to decode tricky words. Some of the strategies we use are looking at all parts of the word, trying to find small words within the bigger word, checking to see if the word makes sense and looking at the picture for clues. We've also been practicing our fluency by trying not to read like robots.
In Writers' Workshop we have been getting ourselves set up for success. From coming up with possible writing topics, to how to keep an organized writing binder, we have been busy building a routine. We are learning how to plan detailed personal narratives with a beginning, middle and ending. To help us understand how to craft a complete story, we read a very silly book called One Day, Then End and also drew the parts of Cat in the Hat as I read it aloud.
In Math, we have been working on strategies to add and subtract and learning how to use various math tools to help us. First graders are focusing on adding and subtracting within 10 while second graders are working within 20. You may have been hearing about some of our tools such as the ten frame, part-part-whole mat, 120 chart, and number line. We have been working on doubles, near doubles, adding/subtracting 10, adding/subtracting 0, 1 or 2, ways to make 10 and fact families.
Our study of the ocean has been fascinating so far. Our class aquarium with creatures from our field trip has been very exciting. The students take turns observing the tank each day, writing down what it is they are noticing. In fact, we are so interested in oceans that we even chose to stick with an ocean theme to create our class constitution. The students came up with our own class rules and designed the constitution themselves. We can't wait to get it hung up for Family Night! Pay special attention to the beautiful marbled paper we created for the background to display the ocean zones, plus take note of the creatures each student chose to create as their way of signing the constitution. We've also begun to explore some other science concepts. We have begun thinking about light and shadow and have had the opportunity to exercise our engineering brains using Keva planks.
There's lots more to come this month. Please visit the Important Dates tab for upcoming dates. Also, homework begins this month. Make sure to check your child's folder for the monthly reading log and sight words (if your child receives sight words from me) that went home today.
First graders, remember to work on adding to your Rosa's Readers lists. When you turn it in, you'll receive a scratch-and-sniff sticker from Mrs. Davis!
Resident Artist, Sally Rogers, will begin her 5-day residency with our class later this month. She will be working with us on Family Heritage to help us to tell the stories of our families. Times are unoffical at this point, but she will be in 1/24, 1/25, 1/31, 2/1 and 2/7. if you would like to join us, please let me know.
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Photos from our Halloween celebration have been added to the Class Photos tab. Click on photos to see full size.
Yahoo accounts seem to be experiencing difficulty receiving my monthly newsletter e-mail. Here is the link. It will actually be the same link every month as I just edit the same flyer each time. Sorry for the technical difficulties! https://www.smore.com/7heep
Please visit the photo tab to see photos from our trip to ConnWood today!
Hi All! I hope everyone has been having a great summer. On August 30th, the day before school begins, I will be in the classroom if anyone would like to stop by and visit between 1pm and 3pm. Enjoy the last few weeks off!
Hi Everyone! As your last assignment of the year, I would like you all to take a few moments to think of your top 3 memories from this year at school. Think of all the wonderful learning experiences, field trips, special events and opportunities we have had together. When you have your memories chosen, you may want to write them by hand before you type them in as a comment below. Once I have approved your writing, you will see it below this post in the comments. Check back later on and you can read the memories that other friends posted, and you can even reply to them! Thank you all for making this year so special! Love, Mrs. Ciccone
Hi all! I'm Kristen Ciccone ("chick-cone") and I'm a 1/2 teacher at John Lyman. I live in Guilford, CT with my husband and our cat, Luigi. I love anything crafty and enjoy baking. Please contact me at email@example.com or on Twitter @Ciccone_Rm11