Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spring Has Sprung in Room 1

Just as we finished our last pancakes...



The frog eggs arrived!!!
That is always the sure sign of spring in Room 1.



The children are making daily observations as they witness this clump of frog eggs called frog spawn develop into tiny wood frogs over the next several weeks. 

The embryos are already eating through the jelly and coming out as tiny tadpoles. They are eating the clear jelly around the eggs as their first food. We will be feeding them boiled lettuce very soon. 

We have been learning about ponds as a common habitat for frogs. The children made a classroom mural with some of the animals, plants, insects and fish found in the pond. They will be writing about why ponds are a good habitat for frogs.

Frogs will be the topic of much of our non-fiction writing over the next several weeks. We will also explore some poetry that uses science as the basis for the poems. We will be reading Doug Florian's collections of poems, Lizards, Frogs and Polliwogs, and the Joyce Sidman's book, Songs of the Water Boatman.


Classroom Garden:

We planted marigolds seeds this week and we are watering in them in the classroom. When they sprout we will transfer them to the school garden. We will have a small classroom garden in the Happy Hollow garden and we will be planting lettuce, beans and carrots. We will plant these seeds directly into the garden later this week.

Fundations:

We introduced vowel combinations in our Fundations program last week and this week. The children have been introduced to ai, ay, ee, ea, ey, oi and oy. We have also added to our trick word list and I have included an updated list for you to use at home. When your child is writing it's a good idea to have them check the trick word list to make sure they are spelling those common words correctly.


Math:

We are still working on place value and coins. Making a coin collection and identifying the coins and their values is a great way to support your child's math progress. Looking at the coins closely and identifying the important people, landmarks and symbols on the coins are a great way to combine math and a bit of American history. 

We have a packed week as we head into April vacation and we wish everyone a fun and safe break.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Our Pancake Breakfast was a success!

We had such a good time eating pancakes and syrup and trying a bit of our very own Happy Hollow maple syrup. Special thanks to the parents who helped set up, serve and clean up and those who offered to help. We followed up the breakfast with a quiz show about the process of making maple syrup. The children earned points towards extra recess for all their correct answers. They did a stellar job!! This was the conclusion of our maple sugaring unit. We are looking forward to studying frogs. We are waiting for the frog spawn to arrive. It should be here within the next two weeks.
Here are some photos of the pancake breakfast.













     


          Our class maple sugaring mural



Sunday, March 18, 2018

Room 1 News - March 19, 2018

Room 1 News
March 19, 2018

Curious George: We have been reading a number of Curious George books over the past few weeks. We even read a biography of Margaret and Hans Rey the authors of the original Curious George books. The children have enjoyed sharing the adventures of George and the Man in the Yellow Hat. We saw a video of Curious George learning how to make maple syrup.

After reading about George, the children planned and wrote their own Curious George books. They finished them on Friday and they are on display in our classroom. We will share a few each day and then the children will bring them home to share with their families.

Maple Sugaring: Our visit to the Weston Sugar Shack was fun and informative. We also got to boil sap in the classroom and taste our very own Happy Hollow syrup. Of course starting with 14 cups of sap (That’s all that could fit in our steamer.) meant we only got a bit of syrup. The other first grade classrooms will be boiling as well. We should have enough for all the children to get a taste of syrup. We are also making a maple sugar mural in our classroom.


Pancake Breakfast: We will be having our traditional pancake breakfast on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in the cafeteria. More information about this event will be coming home shortly. There will be a small charge to cover the cost of the breakfast.

Math: We recently completed our unit on addition and subtraction to 20 and have begun our unit on place value. The children are building number with towers of ten and single ones to understand what the digits in the  ones and tens columns represent. We will be moving to adding tens to any number up to 120 and adding a single digit to a double-digit number.  We will also be introducing U.S. coins and their values. We will use our knowledge of tens and one to add coins. Sorting coins, discussing their names and value as well as playing games with coins at home are a great way to help you child get ready for this new math concept.

Fundations: We are moving along with our word work using the Fundations program. I am including a list of trick words that the children have been exposed to up through Unit 7. We will be adding new words as they are introduced throughout the units. Having your child read the list of trick words and practice spelling them is a great home activity that will enhance their reading and writing.





Trick Words We Know

a
and
as
has
is
his
of
into
to
the
we
he
she
be
me
or
for
you
your
they
I
one
was
said
from
have
do
does
are
were
who
what
when
where
there
here
why
by
my
try
put
two
too
very
also
some
come



Maple Sugar Festival this Saturday, March 24, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Our Visit to the Weston Sugar Shack

We had so much fun visiting the Weston Sugar Shack to see the process of making maple syrup. Farmer Anna and Farmer Kate taught us how to identity a sugar maple tree. We saw how the Lands Sake staff tap the trees and collect the sap in buckets and transport it to the sugar shack in a truck with a large plastic holding tank. We saw how it is boiled in the evaporated and got to taste their own maple syrup. Curious George was able to visit with us as well. Luckily he didn't get into any mischief. Here are some pictures of our visit. A special thanks to the Happy Hollow PTO for fully funding our trip.