Monday, January 28, 2013

January 28, 2013

This past week was a lot of fun we made crystals to conclude our matter unit.

Then we were lucky enough to have a visit from the education outreach department from Red Butte Garden. They donated the supplies we needed to start a great plant unit. They even were willing to visit our class and help launch it. Here are a few pictures from that visit.

They are a bit out of order, but you will get the idea. It really was a lot of fun. Each week for the next few weeks we will be having at least one plant lesson and at the end of 40(ish) days from last Thursday we will be able to harvest seeds to use for next year's first graders.

For the next couple of weeks(when we aren't learning about plants) Ms. Woolsey will be teaching the students about the Sun and the Moon. I have been previewing her lessons and she has a lot she will be teaching them. It will be great.

Monday, January 21, 2013

January 22, 2013

We have learned a lot about matter last week, we will be wrapping things up and starting our plant unit.

Representatives from Red Butte Garden have kindly given our classroom the equipment we need to implement a plant unit that they have put together. That means we will be able to grow a special plant that we plant as a seed and will be able to harvest the seeds before school gets out! Pretty cool. I am super excited.

Thank you for helping us out by calling the office when your child has been late or absent. I know the office staff have appreciated it greatly.

Please continue to dress your children for the cold weather. Even though things are warmer now than they have been, it is still cold outside and they need appropriate shoes and coats (not hoodies).

Our DIBELs testing went well. I have gathered up some materials to help some students have some extra practice at home (and at school) to work toward passing the end of year test. I will be sending those home next week. If your child doesn't come home with a folder that means that they have more than passed the end of year goals.

Thanks again for letting me teach your children. They bring a smile to my face each day!

Monday, January 14, 2013

January 14, 2013

Last week we spent some time learning about snowmen and reading several books about snowmen.

This week we are launching our matter unit and will work on it through next week. This is one of my favorite units. We always have a lot of fun.

Please make sure to dress your children appropriately for the weather, we go outside whenever we possibly can.

Starting today Mr. Moyle has asked us to take attendance by 9:30am. If your child is marked absent, someone from the school will call to check on your child. If your child is tardy (school starts at 8:50) please have your child check in at the office before they come to class.

Monday, January 7, 2013

January 7, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope your break was as great as mine was.

This week we will be looking at snow. It is kind of a general subject, but I have a lot of fun science and writing activities to get us back into the swing of things.

Starting today we will have a student teacher in our class for the next few weeks. Her name is Mrs. Woolsey, she will be teaching part of the time.