The past few weeks we have been learning about our class pet turtle, Fenway. Students have been using observation and inquiry skills to ask new questions and learn new information. Right now we are having an ongoing study to learn about what foods Fenway likes. Fenway is an omnivore. He eats plants, worms, and some insects. During our study students have been offering Fenway different fruits and vegetables to try. Every day we observe and notice if the foods are gone. Then we are tracking this information on a big chart and in our science notebooks. Students have also been carefully observing his shell both the top and the bottom. I have been projecting photographs of different parts of the turtles body on the big screen for students to observe small details. Students have been recording their observations, questions,and evidence in their notebooks. The big question right now is: How old is Fenway? Is Fenway a boy or a girl? Some children learned that a boy has red eyes and they think based on this fact, he is a boy. We still have some more research to conduct to gain more evidence to make our claim. Check back in a few weeks.
As you may have heard, Florencia is moving back to Chile. It was so nice to have her in 1W and we look forward to keeping in touch with her by email. All the students worked on a special letter for Florencia to take with her. The letters were made into a book. It was a thoughtful book with many oompliments. I am sure she will always remember her t
Ms. Marr is ready and has had a lot of experience this year teaching different aspects of the day: morning meeting, math, science, social studies, writing, and word study. With supervision she will be taking over for the week to fulfill her first Boston College requirement. Ms. Marr has worked on a first grade science unit called Healthy Teeth. She has also planned the word study stations, writing extensions, and Think Math lessons. She will shadow me during reading workshop and work with some groups in reading. Ms. Marr is very capable and ready to take on this responsibility. I am sure she is going to do a fabulous job teaching!
This week students learned about the penny and the nickel. We played a game called race to the nickel. It is so easy to play, you should try it at home. The object is to collect pennies and trade them for nickels. The first player tosses the dice, counts out that many number of pennies, and places them on the game board (sent home on Friday). The second player tosses the dice and counts out the pennies to place on the player's own game board. The players continue to take turns, trading five pennies for one nickel when they can. The players "race" to fill up the nickel spaces on their game board.
I also send home number line hotels for students to practice counting by 5's and 10's. You can do it in the car, in the bath, before dinner, getting ready for bed. The possibilities are endless! Count by 5's and 10's!
This week we read three book about voting for a president!
Each day we read a different book and recorded our thinking on a character comparison chart. We wrote down qualities that students thought made the character a good candidate for president. After we read all three books students made posters and campaign signs for the character they would choose for president. On Thursday, students shared with one another why they thought their character would make a good president. Then each group made up a cheer to perform at the "rally". It was awesome. The kids had a good time and they were so thoughtful in making their decision. A few friends changed their minds after hearing why other's wanted to vote for a character candidate. Then each student enjoyed making their very own voter registration cards. They learned what qualifies someone to vote in the United States of America. We then had fun making up our own 1W rules and all voted at the 1W poll. Next week we will tally the votes and share the results. I bet you can't w
This week we started by reading fiction and non-fiction stories about Bats. After seeing a few illustrations, we wanted to learn if 1-W students thought Bats were “creepy” or “cute”. To my surprise most students thought Bats were “cute”. We all had fun using picture graphs, bar graphs, and a tally graph to interpret our findings. After listening to a few stories we made a class chart of all the information we learned. Then students chose two facts to share on their bat wings.
1-W Pajama Party
A celebration of our compliment success! 1-W students earn stars on our chart during work time. Students earn stars when they try their best, stay focused, and work hard. Every time the class earns 10 stars we get extra time at recess. When the class earns 60 stars, we get a compliment party!! Students have been working cooperatively and we are excited to celebrate!
When: Friday, October 26th
What: Watching a movie in our pajamas
Option 1: Bring your pajamas in a bag to change into for the party
Option 2: Wear your pajamas for the whole day!
*Stuffed animals, sleeping bags or blankets, and slippers allowed!
Pajama Day was a hit!
Students are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to school on Wednesday, October 31st . Baker School will be having a K-5th grade parade outside on the basketball courts at 8:30 a.m. Families may join us to take photographs. After the parade, your child will change back into his/ her school clothes. Please pack clothes and school shoes in the bag.
1. Students may bring props but weapons are not allowed as part of the costume.
2. Students may wear make up but teachers will not apply or remove during school.
3. Label each piece of your child’s costume with your name. We want to make sure each piece is returned to you for your trick-or-treating later that night.
Pumpkin Science Party
1-W will be having a pumpkin party from 1-2 p.m. We will be exploring pumpkin through math and science activities. I have planned some fun activities including measuring, estimating, counting, and doing a pumpkin craft project. If you want to join us or bring in a donation item for the party, please click on the pumpkin picture to view the sign up genius!
Every year Baker School has a special assembly called "Convocation". Convocation is a time where all the students and teachers come together to celebrate the start of the school year. During this time the older students sing songs give speeches about our Core Values: High achievement for all, Excellence in Teaching, Collaboration,respect for human differences, Educational equality. Please click here to read more. Children are being asked to bring a towel or a small blanket to sit on for this event outside on Wednesday, October 17th.
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