Thursday, December 14, 2017

Snuggle Up and Read a Good Book!

Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas Room 4! 

This holiday I am sending you home with a couple of books to "snuggle-up" and read with your grandma, grandpa, mom, or dad. There are 16 chapters of reading fun. May you eat cookies, visit friends, play games, stay up late, and sleep-in every morning! Vacation is for family, fun, and REST! May all the sniffles and sore throats be healed, and that excitement and energy continue. You are the BEST first graders any teacher could ever hope for. See you "next year"! Love, Mrs. Stein

Monday, December 11, 2017

iReady in Room 4

Room 4 uses iPads daily. They are used every morning for HMH vocabulary readers and leveled readers, and every afternoon for iReady Math differentiated lessons. The math lesson is at their correct level of difficulty. They must pass to go on to the next objective.

Who Lights Up Your Heart in Room 4?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ridgeview Holiday Market!

Today is a great day to join your neighbors at the Ridgeview gym to celebrate the holiday spirit. Food, friends, and LOTS of little goodies. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Bats and Skunks

Room 4 studied 2 mammals. Bats and skunks are the same, but different! Bats fly, skunks creep, but both mammals are nocturnal. Bats keep the insect population down. Farmers love them. Skunks live a short life, eating worms and grubs, waddling through thick underbrush. They really hurt no one, unless...  they are threatened! ask your child to hare how a skunk warns a predator before they spray!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Reading Tip: Inferences

Parents, kids today spend a significant time in front of a screen. Here is a great way to support reading while watching with your child!
"Making inferences is especially hard when reading fiction because authors don’t always write how a character feels. They simply write what’s happening. Readers need to think like the character and understand the plot to guess what the character thinks and feels.
To make an inference, a student must make a logical connection between two or more ideas in a text. She needs to “read between the lines.” And research shows if a student can make inferences with pictures, comics or videos, she can make them with words.
So here’s a tip. Use an animated video to help your child develop these skills."

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Writer's Workshop

Room 4 is filled with real writers. A writer writes to tell a story, share an opinion, or give information. We write daily in Writer's Workshop. This is a time set aside to;
  1. Think of an idea
  2. Plan it across your pages- "touch it, tell it, sketch it"
  3. Write it
  4. Revise it



Meow! Meow!

Room 4 artists made some little black cats. 
They wrote a poem to go with it! Look at those green eyes!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book Box Reading!

Room 4 has started our "Book Boxes"! Every child has a reading mat, box, 5 books, and high frequency word cards to practice. What a great day in room 4!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Mural Art Class

First graders used primary colors to mix new secondary paint colors! I saw some beautiful color wheels completed today.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Ridgeview Mural Project

Room 4 started learning "All About Color" Friday from our mural artist. This week we will attend class on Tuesday, October 3rd. Wear old clothes TUESDAY!

October Book Orders!

It is FALL! October books may be selected ANYTIME online! Please enter our class code- LK8K9.
Book Club orders are due every month by the 15th. I electronically complete the orders that evening.
Remember, you may purchase books from any catalogue, any level, for any of your children.
Happy BOO-OOO-OOO-K shopping!
PS- Anytime you wish your book choices to be a SECRET- ie. holiday gifts- send me an email and I will make sure they are wrapped separately and held for you to pick-up after school, or in the office.