Weekly Happenings

January 13 - 17

posted Jan 21, 2020, 5:56 AM by Kate Anderson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, January 24
Swan's Island is visiting.  Basketball games start at 12:15.


WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

This week I was not great at taking photos- sorry!

We have continued our study of rocks and minerals and the rock cycle.  We have been working on remembering the names of the three main types of rocks: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.  We learned rocks can change into different types of rocks through the rock cycle.  

On Friday, our second graders performed a readers theater all about Martin Luther King, Jr.   They did a fantastic job!


In reading and math, we have been restructuring and adding to our stations.  It's nice to change things up mid-year.  Our stations are for independent practice in different areas of reading and math so that I am able to work with groups or one-on-one.  On Friday, instead of doing stations, we all practice playing new games/activities that we are adding.

In math we have continued working on geometry terms and different ways to build shapes out of shapes!

January 6 - 10

posted Jan 12, 2020, 6:55 AM by Kate Anderson   [ updated Jan 13, 2020, 4:47 AM ]

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
NO SCHOOL


WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

This week we started to explore rocks and minerals.  We have continued to read nonfiction texts to increase our knowledge and we have been working on describing rocks in different ways, like a scientist would.  We partnered up and compared two rocks. We have also been playing a game called, "Guess My Rock".







  


In writing, we are kicking off our nonfiction writing with "How-To" writing.  We have been working on How To Get Ready for Winter Recess.  We first practiced together and everyone tried to get me ready for recess.  We learned that we need to be very specific and illustrations are very helpful!  We had some good laughs as I tried to put my jacket on my legs and my boots on my hands!

Together in math we are working on shapes. We have been learning names of shapes and counting sides, angles, and vertices.
In math, kindergartners are working on writing numbers 6-10 and comparing numbers using less than or greater than. 
First graders are working on subtraction or addition and comparing numbers using less than or greater than.
Second graders are working on place value to 1,000.  We are practicing reading and writing numbers in the thousands and understanding the value of each digit.

In art on Tuesday, Mrs. Archer did print making with the our class.

On Wednesday, we learned and practiced playing new word study games.



On Friday, Ms. Jada came for a visit and we tried raw and cooked carrots.


On Friday, we started Book Buddies with Mrs. Stecher's class!  The kids did a wonderful job reading with one another.



















End of December - Beginning of January

posted Jan 3, 2020, 5:13 PM by Kate Anderson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
NO SCHOOL


WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

We had a great end of December!  On Wednesday, December 18th, Sgt. Varney came to visit us and teach us all about being a State Trooper.  We learned about his uniform, the tools he uses and what he does on the job! 








Thank you to you all for making cookie decorating in art and our holiday party so wonderful!  I have so many pictures, I have placed them in an album instead of putting them all on here.  Check them out here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4xLhJgBXuyxz3Fbb6
We had such a fun time!!

This week was short, but we packed a lot in!  We are working on finishing up our unit on community and are starting a science unit on rocks and minerals!  We started by "activating our prior knowledge" on what we think we know about rocks and minerals.  We have start reading some books to introduce us to rocks and minerals and are beginning to learn some of the science vocabulary!  With this study, we are also learning about nonfiction texts and their special text features.  


Right before break we finished illustrating our narrative stories that we have worked on for so long.  We shared them with one another in an author share on Thursday and Friday. They are ready to go home, but since we cleaned out our bins today (which often makes a mess of backpacks) I didn't want them to get lost in all of that stuff.





December 9 - 13

posted Dec 15, 2019, 5:47 AM by Kate Anderson   [ updated Dec 15, 2019, 5:50 AM ]

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MRS. ARCHER IS MAKING CHRISTMAS COOKIES ON TUESDAY
She is looking for decorating and cookie donations.


Holiday Program
Wednesday, December 18 
6:30 - 8:00

PAJAMA/MOVIE DAY!
Thursday, December 19
With a late night  on Wednesday at the concert, I thought Thursday would be a great day to lounge in our PJ's and watch a Christmas movie (I haven't decided which yet)


HOLIDAY PARTY
We will be having a holiday party/gift exchange on Friday, December 20th.  
Kristi Santos is organizing and has reached out to everyone.  If you have any questions, please let me know!

December Break
Friday, December 20th Early Dismissal (12:00pm)
No school Monday, December 23 - January 1

WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

We have had another fun week, continuing with our community study.  We made signs for our different community stations in the classroom and named our classroom town "Friendshipville".  


















On Thursday, Ms. Julie gave us a wonderful tour of our community.  We visited the Aurora post office and town hall.  We then headed to Amherst and walked around the town hall and settlers cemetery there.  Then around Tannery Loop to see the rapids on the Union River.  Ms. Julie showed us where both schoolhouses had been in Amherst, each on different sides of the river.  Then off to Osborn we went.  We stopped at the Brick Schoolhouse in Aurora, which is the oldest historical brick building in Hancock County!  
We ran out of time, so we couldn't make it to Great Pond, so Ms. Julie finished out tour with a trip up to the top of Silsby Hill Rd, for the view.  Thank you to Ms. Julie, for not only driving, but for being our tour guide!








On Friday, Ms. Jada visited and we tasted squash!



Also on Friday, Ms. Gail joined our class to teach us all about Hanukkah.  We learned about the history of the holiday and we made and ate a traditional Hanukkah treat, Latkes!
A huge thank you to Ms. Gail!
 


 











December 2 - 6

posted Dec 8, 2019, 5:05 AM by Kate Anderson   [ updated Dec 8, 2019, 5:09 AM ]

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MRS. ARCHER IS DOING A PROJECT IN ART ON MONDAY THAT USES GLASS JARS WITH LIDS.  
IF YOU HAVE ANY, PLEASE SEND THEM IN ON MONDAY.  (the size of pint Mason jars or Teddy Peanut Butter jars)
If you don't have any- no worries.  Just send them in if you do!


Holiday Program
Wednesday, December 18 
6:30 - 8:00

HOLIDAY PARTY
We will be having a holiday party/gift exchange on Friday, December 20th.  More details will follow soon!

December Break
Friday, December 20th Early Dismissal (12:00pm)
No school Monday, December 23 - January 1




WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Before break, we had a great trip the the Aurora DOT, thanks to Mr. Joe!  We got a tour of the facilities, learned how the DOT takes care of our roads and bridges, and we got to sit in all the large vehicles! We also learned how large the signs on the side of the road really are!  They are much larger than they appear.





We also had fun making turkeys for Thanksgiving!



This week we got our community centers up and running,  Our Airline Jets Diner opened for business after we made menu items to post.  We also have a DOT/Police area, construction zone, and post office!  We are also working on finishing up our books "My Place in the World" to learn we we are in the world. And on Friday, we worked on drawing our houses for our town on paper that will cover our tables! 






November 18 - 22

posted Nov 24, 2019, 6:53 AM by Kate Anderson

ANNOUNCEMENTS


Book Orders Due on Monday, November 25th
Book orders went home on Friday.

Field trip to local DOT
Monday, November 25
We will leave around 9:30 and return before lunch

Report Cards
Will be sent home on Tuesday, November 26th

Thanksgiving Break
No school Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29 

Holiday Program
Wednesday, December 18 
6:30 - 8:00

December Break
Friday, December 20th Early Dismissal (12:00pm)
No school Monday, December 23 - January 1




WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

This week we have been working on creating books to show our place in the world.  We have been working from our earth, to our continent, to our country.  We'll continue with mapping our state, our county, and our community, and our school!



As part of our community study, we visited our local fire department and Union River Telephone Company!  We can't thank everyone enough for volunteering their time so we could visit.









November 4 - 15

posted Nov 16, 2019, 11:28 AM by Kate Anderson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Airline Gear Ordering is open until Monday, November 18th

Book Orders Due on Monday, November 25th
Book orders went home on Friday.

Thanksgiving Break
No school Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29 

December Break
Friday, December 20th Early Dismissal (12:00pm)
No school Monday, December 23 - January 1




WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

It was so wonderful seeing all of you on Friday!  Such a wonderful tradition and Kathy does an amazing and delicious job!

Thank you for taking the time to meet for conferences.  As always, I can meet with you at any time you have any concerns or questions.

The past few weeks I have been doing a lot of assessing for end of trimester.  It is always exciting to see every child's growth!

Last week, Ms. Jada visited and we tasted cauliflower two ways: roasted and raw!


This week have started a study on community, community workers and careers. We are hoping to visit our fire station, post office, and possibly other community places in the next month!  We are also hoping to have visitors come talk about their careers.  If you would be willing to come teach us about your career, please let me know!



In writing we have started to publish our narrative pieces.  This is very exciting, as we have worked so long on completing these stories!


We practiced retelling with "The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything".



On Thursday we baked a pumpkin and an apple pie for our Thanksgiving feast.  Everyone peeled an apple for the pie and helped with the pumpkin mixture.  The kids did a fantastic job- it's not easy peeling apples with plastic knives!



















October 28 - November 1

posted Nov 3, 2019, 7:19 AM by Kate Anderson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RADA FUNDRAISING ORDERS
Due November 12th

November 13 and 14th
Parent Teacher Conferences
SIGN UP SHEETS WENT HOME ON FRIDAY.  You only need to turn in one per family.  If you need another copy, please let me know.

Friday, November 15
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner: 11:30
Early dismissal with no after school program


WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

In reading this week we worked on story retelling using the story "The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything".  We have read through the book many times to help practice retelling.  We illustrated the two settings for the story and made characters so that we will be able to retell the story.



In writing we have been doing some fantastic work on our narrative writing.  Our second graders are focused on a second draft to stretch their story and incorporate details with the actions in their writing.  First graders are focused on using their individual "word walls" to accurately spell commonly written words and sounding out words for unknown words.  We have been working on hearing the distinctions between short vowels.  Our kindergarteners continue to work on their story telling through their illustrations but adding more details and colors into their work.


In math our kindergartners continue to practice writing and counting numbers 1-5 and are now working on numbers 6-10!  
Our first graders are continuing their work with addition and our second graders are continuing their work with multi-digit addition using place value.  
On Friday we started a math mystery.  We had to solve math problems to discover clues!  We ran out of time on Friday, so we'll need to work together on Monday to solve the mystery together!


On Halloween we placed Halloween bingo and then went to the gym to play zombie tag!


On Friday we had a fantastic pajama and movie day!  We finished reading The BFG by Roald Dahl and then enjoyed an afternoon of watching the movie.  Thank you for all of the snacks and treats that were sent in.  They were perfect and fully enjoyed :-)





October 21 - 25

posted Oct 27, 2019, 4:18 PM by Kate Anderson

ANNOUNCEMENTS


Thursday, October 31
Halloween!
We will be have a small Halloween celebration around 2:00 on Thursday.  If you would like to send in a treat, please let me know!


November 2, 5:30am - 10:00pm
Hunter's Breakfast
Cost: $20/family of 4 or more, $6 adult, $4 child 10 and under


November 13 and 14th
Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 15
Early dismissal

WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

This week we continued our study of characters and Mo Willems.  Based on the book, "I Am Going", we created our own titles and book covers to learn about setting.






In math our kindergarteners are continuing to practice writing numbers 1-5 and counting numbers 1-10.  We are also working on calendar skills and learning our months and days of the week.  
Our first graders are continuing to learn about addition in a number of ways.  We have been working on solving number stories with a missing addend (ex: 4 + ? = 9).  We are also learning about the commutative property of addition (3 + 2 is solved the same as 2 +3).
Our second graders are using place value to solve multi-digit addition.

In science we have continued to learn about weather, clouds, and the water cycle.  We created our own clouds and water cycle for us to observe, using the heat of the sun in the windows!
We also made water cycle lanterns. 









October 15 - 18

posted Oct 20, 2019, 2:20 PM by Kate Anderson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

November 2, 5:30am - 10:00pm
Hunter's Breakfast
Cost: $20/family of 4 or more, $6 adult, $4 child 10 and under


November 13 and 14th
Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 15
Early dismissal

WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

It was so great to see so many of you at open house!  Thank you for coming so your child(ren) could share our room and our day with you!

This week we continued to read Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems to learn about characters and how they change as events happen in the story.  We did an activity where we drew Elephant and Piggie to represent the many emotions we have seen in their characters.  We also finished reading a biography about Mo Willems and wrote recorded some of the important events in his life.



In writing we are writing our our narrative stories we have been working on.


With the Halloween Party just a few hours away, on Friday afternoon we made jack-o-lanterns to decorate our classroom door!









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