Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
What a fun Halloween centered week we had this past week. Our K-1 class did a cross-curricular study using our 9 classroom pumpkins. Our literature piece was "Pumpkin, Pumpkin" which describes the life cycle of pumpkins. In reading class we used this life cycle to sequence the life cycle and created our very own books. In math we had fun counting the pumpkin seeds that came out of our classroom pumpkins. Our 3 large pumpkins had 419, 508 and 516 pumpkin seeds in them. In science we used our pumpkins to explore hypothesis and predictions. We predicted whether or not pumpkins would float in water. It is a whole lot of fun studying many different subjects all centered around one common theme.
Along with pumpkin/Halloween math we finished up our 2nd chapter on subtraction concepts in 1st grade. Over the next few weeks we will be practicing our addition and subtraction facts making sure we have these committed to memory and know them to mastery. In K we continue to add numbers to our number sense and count in groups of 2's, 5's and 10's.
In reading we finished our 4th week in our second unit on singing and dancing. Along with the curricular materials we supplement singing and dancing to some our of favorite Halloween songs. This upcoming week our theme is all about school, something we are very used to at this point. Our reading skills we will continue to practice are visualizing and sequencing. Sequencing is telling things in the order that they happen. 1st grade spelling and phonics will center around words with /l/ blends. Spelling words for the week are: black, block, clock, flag, clip and flip. High frequency words to know are: today, way, school, late, away, and why. Kindergarten sight words for the week are: did, do, eat, get, and for.
Over the next few weeks in Social Studies we will be studying jobs, working, money, needs and wants. To be followed by thematic units on the upcoming holidays celebrated here in America and other places around the world.
Story Book Parade Update!
Friday was such a fun day! If you were able to make it out to school you saw how wonderful everyone look dressed up for the parade. Our classroom presented Eric Carle's, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." We practiced and had a blast. I would like to continue to thank all of the parents, family members, and friends who made this day possible. Below are some photographs of our practice. More photographs from the actual parade to come soon!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This past week we finished up our reading unit on animal homes. We brought many books in from the media center that told all about different animal homes. We read both fiction and nonfiction texts about animals homes. We really liked reading Stellaluna and discussed what happened when an animal lived in the wrong home with the wrong mom looking after it. We took this a step further researching and watching videos of real live animals who are being cared for and raised not in their typical homes. Check out this link to see just one example: animal video
This week our reading theme revolves around making music and dancing. Our reading skill to study will be retelling what happened in order in our own words as well as sequencing event. The first grade words to know are: want, put, show, under, three and make. Spelling for 1st grade will focus on the phonics concept of short /u/. Spelling words are: bug, rug, cut, run, nut, and fun. Kindergarten is working its way through the alphabet and is currently studying letter name, sound and manuscript for Xx and Vv this next week. Our high frequency sight words to know are: be, black, but, brown, and came.
Last week in Science we explored the physical properties of objects around us using thermometers to measure temperature and balances to measure and compare weight. We experiment with our thermometers placing them around the school to see where we could fin our warmest and coldest locations on campus. Our prediction for hot places were on a light in the classroom and out in the sun by our sunflower. Our cold place predictions were in a glass of water and in Mr. Tom's ice cream freezer in the cafeteria. Our sunflower thermometer reached the highest temperature measuring 99'F and our coldest temperature was Mr. Tom's freezer at -8'F.
Last Wednesday we had a very successful paint party after school. Our costumes for the storybook parade this upcoming Friday look great! I would like to thank the Slucher and Wood family for heading up the costume team and all of the families that donated time and money to make this years costumes great! I would like to invite all families and friends to join us at our story book parade Friday the 29th of October at 9:30am. Please bring your own chairs and blankets to watch at the pavilion. Afterwards you are invited to come back to the classroom for Halloween crafts and pizza lunch. Children may be checked out in the classroom after lunch.
I am looking forward to another great week and hope you are too!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Wrapping up another week and moving into a new month. I cannot believe we have made it to October already. Time really does fly when you are having fun! I am enjoying each and every day with your children and would like to take this time to thank you for sending your child to spend their days with me.
This past week our review went very well. All students are making progress with the reading skill of author's purpose. We went over all of the concepts and main selection thus far and know that "Good readers reread!" We had our first oral spelling bee this past week. All of the first graders did so well that we went through the unit's spelling list and moved into high frequency words and even more difficult words that related to the selections we had read. The spelling bee ended in a two-way-tie of McKenzie and Kaley.
I was very proud of our Kindergarten students this past week as well. As a K class we have been exposed to over 30 of our sight words for this year. We can find these words in books and on our word wall to use in our writing. As a Kindergarten we read our first decodable reader together in small group. We read it as a group and then independently aloud. I am so proud of the readers our Kindergarteners are becoming!
Next week we will start our second reading unit in first grade. The theme for the week will revolve around animal families and how animal parents care for their young. Our reading skill will be main idea and detail. The main idea is what the selection is mainly about and the details tell more about the main idea. Spelling and phonics will center on words that all have the short o sound. High frequency words for the week will be one, two, they, her, and does. Spelling words are hog, hot, log, top, hop and lot. In Kindergarten we will continue our review of letter names, sounds, and phonics identification for letters "e," "b," and "l." Our sight words for the week will be see, the, three, to, and two.
In mathematics we our continuing to explore number sense finishing up our chapter on comparing and ordering numbers and moving into addition concepts and how to use addition.
Social studies has brought us to the study of our world which is the Earth. We started the week by introducing the concepts of landforms on Earth through a brainpop jr video in the media center. We continued our exploration with maps and globes of the Earth as well as images of the land forms around us. First grade expanded upon this concept and is currently learning about the continent and oceans found on Earth.
I would like to start the gears turning for our annual Story Book Parade. This parade takes place the Friday before Halloween. I have chosen an Eric Carle book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" for our K-1 classroom. In this parade our classroom will dress up to depict the story, characters and events of this book. Students and myself will dress up as the caterpillar, the foods he eats and then finally the butterfly the caterpillar turns into. Along with the whole school we will parade around the campus showing off our literary costumes. I will be sending home further details about this event and specific costume ideas for your children. I look forward to this being a wonderful event for everyone involved.
I would like to apologize for the lateness of this recognition, it was unintentional. I would like to thank the Graham family for donating more pillows to the classroom for our quiet reading time in the afternoon as well as all of the many families who have purchased and made donations from our class wish list. Please remember that donations of monetary value count towards volunteer hours so make sure you get those logged into our volunteer folder found in the classroom.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
What exploration we have had here in our K-1 classroom. In science we have learned and used our 5 sense to explore the world around us. We know our senses and their related body parts; sight- we see with our eyes, hearing/sound- we hear with our ears, taste- we taste with our taste buds on our tongues, smell- we smell with our noses, touch- we touch with our skin. We cannot wait to use all of our senses to experiment and explore the world around us for the rest of the year.
We finished our 4th reading unit this past week themed around pets. We had a lot of fun sharing what we already knew and learning more about pet needs, what pests can do and some professions that incorporate pests. Our reading skill was setting and characters. This next week our reading theme will center on sports and more specifically soccer. First grade students will study the reading skill of author's purpose. Our high frequency fluency words for the week are: very, help, use and our. We will continue to review the grammar skill of properly punctuating sentences. Kindergarten will continue to learning and study letter names, sounds, and manuscripts for the letters "F" and "O". High frequency sight words are: look, make, me, my, and not.
Patterns, patterns, patterns... There are patterns all around us in the world and both first grade and kindergarten finished our math unit on patterns. This next week we will start our study of number sense in kindergarten, identifying numbers, counting objects and representing those objects through the numbers we know. First grade will be reviewing numbers and place values through hundreds.
We hope you have enjoyed this brief look into our K-1 window and hope you stop by again to see what is happening and how we are learning and growing!
Miss Ellis' K-1 class
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
In social studies we continues our National theme, practicing the Pledge of Allegiance and learning about some of the nation's well known symbols. We studied the U.S. Flag, Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty and bald eagle. After learning about these common U.S. symbols we colored, cut and collaged them for a final visual display of our learning. Our social studies unit was completed with learning and performing "Oh, I Love America" during our special person and spirit day in remembrance of the tragedy of September 11th. Below is a video of our K-1 students practicing for the big performance.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Another week goes by and it goes by very quickly. In large part the week went by very quickly because both Kindergarten and first grade completed the Stanford 10 testing. We tested for 4 days in the afternoons. I am so proud of all of the testing endurance and positive attitudes of the students. On Saturday I spent 3 hours grading all of the Standford 10 assessments and as we already knew, our class is full of a lot of smart cookies!
In math we finished our 2-D and 3-D shape unit with mastery across the board. A BIG shout out and thank you go to Mrs. Slucher for bringing in and sharing 3-D bubble objects with the class. What a fun mathematical experiment we had during our morning meeting. This upcoming week we are moving into spacial relationships and patterning.
Science was a lot of fun. We read two books, "What is Science?" and "What is a scientist?" As a class we recorded our findings from these books in our science journals and then looked back at our initial "When we learn we grow" long term experiment. On Friday we practiced our scientist skills and predicted, observed, experimented and recorded a simple color and density experiment.
In reading we studied how different animals move. We discussed that an author writes in order or in sequence and we can see things that happen at the beginning, middle and end of a story. We learned about and used labels in nonfiction photographs and practice our oral fluency getting ready for a puppet show oral performance. We made our first trip to our "Learning Center" where we learned about the library and checked out our very first books of the year to take back to the classroom with us for the week.
Take a look at some of the fun and learning that took place below!
Miss Ellis' K-1 class
Sunday, August 29, 2010
In social studies we learned all about the meaning behind the Pledge of Allegiance and the symbolism of the flag. We saw how both changed over time and in this process the old became new. We ended up watching a few "film strips" on our flag, the pledge and what we can do for our country and some of our responsibilities as citizens of this great nation. We ended the week by leading the school in the Pledge of Allegiance on the morning announcements. Our class did an amazing job!
In math we have been studying our shapes. We used some hands-on manipulatives of 3-D shapes to explore vertices (corners), faces, and how objects move. We will be creating our own 3-D shapes to solidify this concept.
We finished our very first reading Unit that themed itself around how people are special and unique. We explored how we are alike and different from one another. We read a few books together and practiced creating and sharing how we were unique with words, pictures, and special objects brought in from home. We learned that a few students are athletes ranging from dance to soccer, to football all the way to golf. We also have students who were given very special presents they identify themselves with from a first blanket or toy, to the first wallet their father ever gave them.
This week has been one of excitement and learning about the world around us, why we do some of the things in our daily routine and more about our friends we share the classroom with. I would like to leave a special thank you to the Wood family for donating pillows to our reading corner and to all of the families for the interest in volunteering in the classroom. What would we do with out our amazing Samsula family?
Hoping you have a wonderful week yourself,
Miss Ellis' K-1 class
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Hello Families and Friends,
I am Miss Ellis and I would like to welcome you to Samsula Academy's premiere K-1 multi-aged classroom where we learn and grow!
Our first week of school is coming to an end and what fun, exploration, and learning we have had. We have learned and practiced many classroom procedures and routines. We have taken time for socialization with some really fun name games, had time for singing and movement and reviewed many letters and sound. We are reading and practicing our manuscript writing of letters and numbers daily.
This past Wednesday was an especially fun day when we planted our "learning and growing" sunflowers. Over the next weeks we will tend to and monitor the growth and development of of our flowers in our science notebooks. Look for pictures and updates in the near future.
As the year progresses stop by and see what is new and exciting in the lives of our K-1 family here at Samsula.
Warmest rays heading your way,