Sunday, October 30, 2016

Reading Routines

Room 4 readers meet daily at the carpet for whole group reading lessons. We work at our seats on skills, and then meet in small groups with reading specialists Mrs. West, Mrs. Daly, or Mrs. Chesnut, or Mrs. Leslie. I also teach small groups in room 4. While the small groups are meeting for 30-45 minutes, first graders are reading at their seats in book boxes. These are boxes of books I have selected for them, or ones they have chosen. Inside the box are their High Frequency word cards with new words to practice. Our routine is to as follows-

  • whole group reading daily
  • written reading skill work daily
  • review HF word cards, practice daily, read to an adult 2x a week
  • read book box books daily until all books have been read at least 2x (may take a week)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Magic Carpet Spots

Every student has a magic carpet spot in room 4. Students have a spot they can go to fast, this eliminates wasted time during instruction. I change the spots as needed. In addition, some students have rocker chairs, rocking chairs, or furry fidgets. These are rotated often so all students have an opportunity to use them.

Bats, Bats, Bats!

Room 4 is learning all about bats! Farmer Lynn told us bats eat the very bad insects that hurt her crops. She shares her barns and sheds with lots of bats! We have been reading about, watching short videos, and writing what we have learned about bats.

Real Writer's Use Word Walls

Room 4 writer's use our word wall to help them spell words in their daily writing. Each day we have a variety of opportunities to write in our 100 Days of Writing journals, or write in our 3 page packets. We have Red Writing Folders to park work in progress. Writers use the  Writer's Museum wall to hang favorite, or best work in progress!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Papa's Pizza Fundraiser

Classrooms sent home a room coupon today! The coupon needs to be used when purchasing pizza's Thursday, October 20th. Each class gets 50% of the purchase price. Please take your flyer with you!


                                     Room 4 spun silly spider webs  just like real spiders do!

Monday, October 17, 2016

ABC Order

First graders are learning how to use/try one letter of the alphabet at a time to create new words. We call this "abc order". We practice each week with a new vowel sound to create words all by ourselves.


Room 4 is learning all about spiders! Our field trip to Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm included a lesson on spiders, bats, and owls. Farmer Lynn shared why we should NEVER kill a spider, we should take a piece of paper and carry it outside. Farmers NEED spiders! They eat the bugs that ruin their crops. Farmer Lynn and Farmer Bob LOVE spiders.

We got a clipboard today! It has my number on it! I can use a clipboard for any writing on the carpet.

I have 6 TRUE facts attached to my spider. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

More Field Trip

Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm

Today our class took a trip to the Northern lights Tree Farm in Pleasant Hill. The BIGGEST crop on the farm is Christmas trees! The trees get cut down and shipped all over! Farmer Bob and Farmer Lynn also raise cattle, goats, pigs, spiders, bats, owls, chickens, pumpkins, gourds, corn, hay, and turkeys! They sell the meat, eggs, and trees all year long. Ask me what my favorite 3 things are!

chickens, pumpkins, gourds, corn, hay, and turkeys! They sell the meat, eggs, and trees all year long. Ask me what my favorite 3 things are!