I cannot tell you enough how proud I am of your kiddos! We have been “writing machines” these last two weeks. The kids have done an amazing job as we have been working on an Animal Classifications Non-fiction Book. We have spent about 2 days on each animal group. This includes doing research through books and short videos, brainstorming cool facts to write about, and then writing about the following animal groups- Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Fish. They have had to write 7+ sentences including a “bold beginning” introduction sentence, fact-filled supporting sentences, and then a strong, conclusion sentence to “wrap un” each writing. Once they’ve finished their writing, they have then had to illustrate 3+ animals in each group and label them. It’s been a lot of work, but they have been doing such a terrific job! We’ve focused also on our handwriting, capitalization, and punctuation of each writing page. For me and I think them, we all get to see how far their writing has come!c
We have tried to cover some of the more unusual animals in each group that they will want to look for when we go to the zoo next week. That’s been a lot of fun. I love animals and kids always have a strong interest in them too. I’ve tried to encourage them while they are at the zoo to study the animals, pay close attention to their habitats, and read the information about the animals they see. Last week we designed animal habitats through a STEM Activity so I think it will be interesting for them to see what needs to be a part of a zoo animal’s habitat. I also want them to be able to have an understanding of where certain animals live since we have covered continents this year (there’s usually a regional map about where each animal lives in the world).
I can’t wait and I know the kids will learn so much and have a blast doing so! And the weather will be so much warmer and better for animal viewing!
Hope you all have a wonderful week! See you soon!
Come join us on the Zoo Atlanta Trip on Wednesday, March 22nd if you are available!
- *Read 15 minutes nightly and record on Reading Log.
- Homework Packet due on Friday.
- Study for Mad Minute Math Quiz on Thursday.
- Study for Spelling Test on Friday.
- *Get Bragging Behavior Sheet signed daily.
Mar 21 Spring Pictures
Mar 22 Zoo Atlanta Field Trip (all chaperones are welcome)
Mar 23 3 Piggy Opera (1:15 at school presented by our class and directed by Mr. Hurley)
Report Cards go home
Mar 29 Kindergarten Registration 8:30-11:30
April 3-7 Spring Break
Phonics: oi/oy, -er and –est endings, ar and /er/ spelled –er, -ir, and –ur, and words with multiple syllables
Math: ten more/ten less and one more/one less of a 2-digit number, missing addends and subtrahends, adding 3 numbers (using look for a ten and finding a double to add 1st), and word problems with two-digit numbers
Writing: Journal writing and Animal Classification Non-Fiction Books
Reading: Non-fiction animal books and fictional Zoo themed books
Science: Animal Classification Groups (Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Fish)
***Reminder: The Three Piggy Opera
(originally sent home on hot pink ½ sheet paper)
Hope to see you as our class performs: The Three Piggy Opera
Join our class on Thursday, March 23rd in the Music Room at 1:15PM. Mr. Hurley has asked that the students wear their First Grade Shirt (the navy short-sleeved shirt) to the performance. There will be a reception and a STEM demonstration in room 401 following the performance!