Zoo Reminders for Friday

John Ball Zoo: Friday, April 30

Pack a lunch and drink in a small paper bag with your name labeled clearly – disposable items only, please! Those who ordered a bag lunch from school will get those at the zoo on Friday.  Don’t forget to pack a snack to eat at school!  Parent chaperones – remember to bring yourself a lunch too!

Hopefully we will have nice weather, but watch the forecast and make sure your child is dressed appropriately.

Also, please make sure your child is wearing shoes that are good for a lot of walking.

We will be leaving on the bus at 10:30am and returning to school at 2:30pm.

Thank you!

Peek at the Week: April 26

A Peek at our Week: April 26

Good evening, I’m looking forward to our last five weeks together in first grade. We have lots of learning to do together and I’m so grateful for good health for our class and the blessing of in-person time together. Here’s a peek at our week! Liz

From Mrs. VanderKamp: Our class will be recording for the Spring program this Wednesday, April 28.  Please make every effort to have your child at school so they can be part of this special event!

CHICKS:  Better update you with the important things first… The chicken eggs have been in our incubators for about 5 days now so we are looking at about 16 more days to hatch. So exciting! Each day we get to check in on the development of the chick growing inside the egg. Here’s a super cool video that we’ve been checking each day: Chicken Development Video

Devotions and Prayer – This week we will read a variety of picture books that help us grow in our understanding of who God is and how to care for his people.

BibleThis week we will continue reading about Esther.
✼  Daniel and Esther chose to obey God above all earthly rulers.
✼  God worked through Daniel and Esther to influence kings and nations.
✼  God continues to work through people today to accomplish his plans. 

Patterns of Power (Grammar) – Our focus this week is on adjectives that tell what kind and how many. We will be learning from the book, The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan.

Writing Workshop -This week we continue our fourth writing unit: realistic fiction.  Students will be working on creating characters, settings and making sure their story follows a story line.  

Math – We will finish Unit 6 this week which is focused on sorting things into categories, totaling groups and then comparing numbers. In this unit, we will do a lot of work with story problems and making models of our solutions. 

Phonics – This week, we’ll be working on R-controlled vowels like AR, ER, etc. Fun fact: these are called murmur dipthongs. 

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working with some fiction and non-fiction texts on the skill of determining importance. Here’s a nice description of this skill:

*Young children tend to think that everything is important! They are learning information for the first time, and all of it is equally fascinating. They lack the years of experience that helps adults tune out the little details and focus on the big ideas. We don’t want to squash children’s curiosity and wonder, but we also know they can’t read effectively if they try to hold everything equally in their minds. So our task is to teach children to recognize the big ideas and to organize their thinking around them, while we still encourage the joy and creativity involved in unusual and tangential thinking.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue our science unit on plant and animal traits. This unit includes observation of some live animals which will be joining our classroom. Here are focus points of our unit:

  • Plants and animals have different parts of traits that they use in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, get food, take in water, and move
  • Scientists and engineers design products by applying knowledge of how plants and animals use their structures to survive. Engineers mimic plant and animal structures to solve human problems.
  • Adult plants and animals have young. Some young resemble their parents at birth, and other young go through changes before they resemble their parents.
  • Parents and their babies have traits and behaviours that help the young survive and grow.

Dates to Note:

  • Thursday, April 29: 10:30, Math MAP test
  • Friday, April 30 – Zoo field trip
  • Wednesday, May 26 – End of year Camp Roger Field Trip
  • Thursday, May 27: Last day of school (½ day)

Order free sack lunch for the Zoo

Free student sack lunches for the April 30 Zoo field trip are available through our hot lunch program. The lunch includes a sub sandwich, fruit, veggie, chips and juice box. This option is only available to students.

Only students who order a lunch by Thursday (April 22) will receive a free sack lunch from school. All others will need to bring their own sack lunch in a disposable bag.

Click HERE to order

 

 

A Peek at the Week: April 19

Devotions and Prayer – This week we will read a variety of picture books that help us grow in our understanding of who God is and how to care for his people and his creation. We’ll celebrate Earth Day together on Thursday.

BibleThis week we will finish the stories of Daniel and will begin reading about Esther.
✼  God blessed Daniel and his friends as they served foreign kings.
✼  Daniel and Esther chose to obey God above all earthly rulers.
✼  God worked through Daniel and Esther to influence kings and nations.
✼  God continues to work through people today to accomplish his plans. 

Patterns of Power (Grammar) – Our focus this week is on adjectives. We will be learning from the book, Me….Jane.

Writing Workshop -This week we begin our fourth writing unit: realistic fiction.  Students will be working on creating characters, settings and a story line.

Math – We will continue Unit 6 this week which is focused on sorting things into categories, totaling groups and then comparing numbers. In this unit, we will do a lot of work with story problems and making models of our solutions.

Phonics – This week, we’ll continue learning how to decode multi-syllable words. 

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working with some fiction and non-fiction texts on the skill of determining importance. Here’s a nice description of this skill:

*Young children tend to think that everything is important! They are learning information for the first time, and all of it is equally fascinating. They lack the years of experience that helps adults tune out the little details and focus on the big ideas. We don’t want to squash children’s curiosity and wonder, but we also know they can’t read effectively if they try to hold everything equally in their minds. So our task is to teach children to recognize the big ideas and to organize their thinking around them, while we still encourage the joy and creativity involved in unusual and tangential thinking.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue our science unit on plant and animal traits. This unit includes observation of some live animals which will be joining our classroom. Here are focus points of our unit:

  • Plants and animals have different parts of traits that they use in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, get food, take in water, and move
  • Scientists and engineers design products by applying knowledge of how plants and animals use their structures to survive. Engineers mimic plant and animal structures to solve human problems.
  • Adult plants and animals have young. Some young resemble their parents at birth, and other young go through changes before they resemble their parents.
  • Parents and their babies have traits and behaviours that help the young survive and grow.

Dates to Note:

  • Wednesday, April 21: 8:30 AM, Reading MAP test
  • Thursday, April 29: 10:30, Math MAP test
  • Friday, April 30 – Zoo field trip
  • Wednesday, May 26 – End of year Camp Roger Field Trip
  • Thursday, May 27: Last day of school (½ day)

Fun video link

The week before spring break we were doing some word work that required us to make some funny movements with our mouths. I shared this video with the kids and we had a good laugh. They asked me to share it with you guys. It was a good blast from the past for me!

 

Peek at our Week: April 12

Devotions and Prayer – This week we will pick back up our prayer focus during devotions which we have taken a break from over Lent. We also continue to read a variety of picture books that help us grow in our understanding of who God is and how to care for his people.

BibleThis week we will read a few stories about Jesus appearing to his friends after Easter and will read about his ascension into heaven. Then we will continue reading OT stories, picking up where we left off at Daniel and Israelite captivity. Unit highlights:
✼  God blessed Daniel and his friends as they served foreign kings.
✼  Daniel and Esther chose to obey God above all earthly rulers.
✼  God worked through Daniel and Esther to influence kings and nations.
✼  God continues to work through people today to accomplish his plans.

Patterns of Power (Grammar) – Our focus this week is on adjectives. We will be learning from the book, Me….Jane.

Writing Workshop -We continue writing reviews this week. We will be wrapping this unit up next week. 

Math – We begin Unit 6 this week which is focused on sorting things into categories, totaling groups and then comparing numbers. In this unit, we will do a lot of work with story problems and making models of our solutions.

Phonics – This week we’ll learn about when to use the ending of LE and will also work on adding endings to words with Y.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll finish our poetry inferring work and will move into how inferring can help us comprehend new information in non-fiction texts.

Social Studies/Science – This week we begin a large science unit on plant and animal traits. This unit includes observation of some live animals which will be joining our classroom. Here are focus points of our unit:

  • Plans an animals have different parts of traits that they use in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, get food, take in water, and move
  • Scientists and engineers design products by applying knowledge of how plants and animals use their structures to survive. Engineers mimic plant and animal structures to solve human problems.
  • Adult plants and animals have young. Some young resemble their parents at birth, and other young go through changes before they resemble their parents.
  • Parents and their babies have traits and behaviours that help the young survive and grow.

Dates to Note:

  • Week of April 19 – MAP testing
  • April 30 – Zoo field trip – stay tuned for more details
  • May 26 – End of year Camp Roger Field Trip – stay tuned for more details