Miss Smith’s Fab 5 first graders have had a great start to the school year!
It has been so much fun getting to know this group of fabulous first graders
In Religion, we are learning about the Holy Family and how we can be more like Jesus.
In Language Arts, we have been working very hard on learning and writing different types of sentences and becoming more fluent readers. We LOVE the Reading A-Z website.
In Math, we are working hard on number words and learning new addition facts.
In Social Studies, we are learning what makes a community and why there are different cultures. We have been talking about different celebrations we have with our families and what neighborhoods are.
In Science, we are learning about living and nonliving things. We also completed our first project of the year in science. The student’s picked an animal and researched it. We researched where our animal lives, what they eat and one interesting fact about our animal. After we made our poster we presented them to preschool, kindergarten and 2nd grade. The students did a WONDERFUL job on these projects and were so proud of what they did!
I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store with these fabulous 1st graders!
Miss Becky Smith
Wow! October Already! We’re almost one quarter of the way through seventh grade! Where has the time gone? Well….We are settled into our routine now of homeroom activities and switching classes. This year we have 9 community members calling seventh grade home. We routinely go about our days pleasantly greeting people we meet and graciously helping out wherever we can. Our Classroom Community Jobs help us share the responsibility maintaining our classroom and its inhabitants. If you haven’t heard by now we have 7 “pets” in our room. Sheldon, the turtle and Alpha, the Beta fish have called OLQP home since the fall of 2011. Tom, the frog and Cookie, the mouse joined our critter collection later that year. Last year, Petunia the Guinea Pig squeaked her way into our hearts, and Fred, the tropical toad proved he could survive on the loose in a basement classroom for nearly three weeks!….New this school year is a pair of parakeets, named Zazu and Kevin. We now have all 5 Animal Kingdoms represented! In addition to Animal Husbandry, our “official” topic of study in science this year is Earth Science. Chapter 2 is about mapping the Earth and our next Unit is about Rocks and Minerals. We follow a block-style schedule, meeting for science twice a week for 90 minutes each class. We are keeping ISN’S (Interactive Science Notebooks) where we do all of our Journaling, note –taking and hands-on lab activities, we record our observations and experimental findings in our ISN. We use lots of color and try to be creative to enhance our learning and achieve those “ah-ha moments” of understanding. Scientists are reported to spend over 50% of their time writing, so we are modeling what real scientists do.
We meet for Math 3 days a week and are just beginning the Chapter on Algebraic Reasoning. Next we will be studying Integers and Rational Numbers (that’s math speak for fractions and decimals), which we will practice adding, subtracting multiplying and dividing both positive and negative numbers. We will also review prime factors, greatest common factor (GCF) and least common multiples (LCM). This should keep us busy until about Thanksgiving. Happy Fall.
Mrs. Cathe Bisch
Miss Regan’s Rock Stars are startin’ the year off Rockin’!
We have been very busy the last month learning the new routines of fourth grade. We have met our new preschool buddies.
In Religion, we are learning about Growing to be more like Jesus.
In Reading, we have been reading stories with different genres. We have been working in our Daily 5 centers.
For Social Studies and Reading, we are reading Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. We just sent “Our Flat Selves” to a family member or friend who lives in a different state. Hopefully, “Our Flat Selves” will make it to the destination okay and we are excited to learn about all the states we will visit.
In Social Studies, we are learning about the United States. We are currently learning about the northeast region.
In Science, we are learning about Matter and their Properties. We are having fun with our experiments, especially making ice cream to show the states of matter.
In Math, we are really working hard on our multiplication facts and reviewing topics from last year.
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