Newsletter

April 17, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 4-17-14

News and Information

  • REMINDER – NO SCHOOL tomorrow, April 18 and Monday, April 21st.  We will see everyone back on Tuesday.
  • The Spring Book Fair will be next week, Tuesday the 22nd – Friday the 25th.  We will be visiting the Book Fair during our regularly scheduled library time if you would like to send money with your first grader.
  • Class pictures are in. If you would like one, please send $2 to school.
  • Our class won the Penny War, so we will be having a Pizza Party in the near future. Thank you to all that made this possible!

Language Workshop

We started a new author study on Kevin Henkes this week.  We read his book Owen and responded in our reading logs to the question, “I wonder why Mrs. Tweezers didn’t say anything about the handkerchief?” Ask your first grader that question to check their comprehension of the book.  We talked about story elements and identified the characters, setting, problem, and solution in our mentor text as well as some of their own books.

 

Math Workshop

We wrapped up Topic 12 this week with a test.  We will begin Topic 13 next week which will cover analog and digital clocks.  If you would like to help your child get a head start on this topic, you can start asking them to tell time at home.

Reader’s Workshop

Since our focus this week was narrative writing, we found bold beginnings, excellent endings, and time order words in the books in our reading baskets.  Don’t forget about our new reading challenge: “I mustache you to read”.  Be sure to read at home and fill in your mustache!

Writer’s Workshop

This week we introduced narrative writing.  We talked about bold beginnings and exciting endings.  We also talked about using time order words in our writing (first, then, next, last, finally).  Many students worked on individual writing projects during Writer’s Workshop time.

 

Next Week

Next week’s words will be bait, wait, gate, slate, state, plate.  We will continue our author study on Kevin Henkes. We will use the mentor text Chrysanthemum.  We will start on Topic 13 with telling time.  In writing, we will begin our own narrative writing.

Important Dates

April 18 & 21:  No School (Easter Break)

May 8:  1st Grade Field Trip to Fantastic Caverns

 

 

Vocabulary Connection

Essential:  absolutelynecessary, important.

Vinegar:  a strong, sour smelling liquid

Plunger:  a tool used to unclog pipes

 

 

 

 


Newsletter

April 11, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 4-11-14

News and Information

  • Thanks to all who came to Parent/Teacher Conferences this week. 
  • Kindergarten screening will be held on May 1st and 2nd.  To qualify for enrollment, eligible children must be 5 years of age prior to August 1st.  You may call the office at 743-4810 for more information or to set up an appointment.

Language Workshop

This week we learned about poetry.  For mentor texts, we used the poems I Love to do the Laundry and I Raised My Hand in Class by Kenn Nesbitt. We learned about pronouns and how they can take the place of nouns.  We practiced writing sentences and replacing the nouns with pronouns.

 

Math Workshop

We started Topic 12 on length this week.  We learned how to put objects in order from longest to shortest and what it means to estimate.  We also practiced measuring things around our classroom using cubes.   Ask your child what it means to estimate. 

Reader’s Workshop

Since our focus this week was on pronouns, we practiced finding pronouns in our poetry and in our reading books.  We also talked about how authors use pronouns in their writing.  Don’t forget about our   new reading challenge: “I mustache you to read”.  Be sure to read at home and fill in your mustache!

Writer’s Workshop

This week we practiced writing our own sentences using pronouns.   Some of us finished up our informational writing projects while others followed the writer’s workshop process to produce a new published piece of writing. 

 

Next Week

Next week’s words will be saw, straw, yawn, pause, because, and August.  We will begin an author study on Kevin Henkes. We will start with the mentor text Owen.  We will finish up Topic 12 over length and test on Wednesday.  In writing, we will learn about narratives.

Important Dates

April 18 & 21:  No School (Easter Break)

May 8:  1st Grade Field Trip to Fantastic Caverns

 

Vocabulary Connection

Poetry:  A collection of words that express an emotion or idea.

Stanza:  A certain number of lines of words that form a part of a poem.

Poet:  Someone who writes poetry.

Pronoun:  A word that can replace a noun.

Strategy:  A Detailed plan of action.

Clench:  To hold something very tight.


Newsletter

April 4, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 4-4-14

News and Information

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are next week. I am sending home a reminder of the date and time you have signed up for.  If you need to make any changes, please let me know.
  • The PTA Penny Drive starts Monday and ends Friday.  Pennies count as a positive and silver change and dollars count as a negative. All money raised will go toward technology.
  • Kindergarten screening will be held on May 1st and 2nd.  To qualify for enrollment, eligible children must be 5 years of age prior to August 1st.  You may call the office at 743-4810 for more information or to set up an appointment.
  • Spring picture packets are coming home today.  If you would like to purchase them, please return the payment to school by Friday, April 11.  If you do not want to purchase the pictures, please return the entire packet to school by this date.

 

Language Workshop

This week we learned about poetry.  For mentor texts, we used the poems My Lunch and Mashed Potatoes on the Ceiling by Kenn Nesbitt.  We learned what a poem is, that poems can be funny or serious, and that poems don’t have to rhyme.  We even practiced being poets and wrote our own poetry.  We also learned about singular and plural nouns.

 

Math Workshop

We finished up Topic 11 this week. Topic 11 is subtracting with tens and ones. We have covered the concepts of subtracting groups of 10, subtracting tens from two-digit numbers, and using mental math to subtract tens.  We took our test on Friday.

Reader’s Workshop

Our focus this week was on singular and plural nouns.  We learned to make a noun plural, you add an “s” to the end.  If the noun ends with x, s, z, ch or sh, add an “es” to the end.  We practiced finding these words in our poetry and in our reading books.  Also, we talked about our new reading challenge: “I mustache you to read”.  Be sure to read at home and fill in your mustache!

Writer’s Workshop

This week, we continued to work on our informational writing projects.  Students are doing a great job following the writer’s workshop process to produce a published piece of writing.  They are super excited to share what they have learned about extreme weather conditions.

 

Next Week

Next week we will be doing a sight word review.  There will not be a new list of words.  We will continue our unit of study on poetry.  We will start working on Topic 12 in math.  In writing, we will finish up our research writing on weather and spend the rest of the week using the writer’s workshop process.

Important Dates

April 4: Art Night

April 7-11: Parent/Teacher Conferences

April 7-11:  PTA Penny Drive

April 18 & 21:  No School (Easter Break)

Vocabulary Connection

Poetry:  A collection of words that express an emotion or idea.

Stanza:  A certain number of lines of words that form a part of a poem.

Poet:  Someone who writes poetry.


Important! Art Night

April 1, 2014

Parents, 

Art night is Friday.   Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Russell are in need of volunteers to help make this night a sucess.  Please contact them if you can help for an hour!  Thank you

 

 

 

dani


Art Night

March 28, 2014

We are need of volunteers for ART NIGHT April 4th. We need an additional 8 during each  set of hours: 6-7 or 7-8. 5:30pm-6:30pm and 6:30-7:30 are also options. Without volunteers we cannot host such events. Please let Mrs. Russell know ASAP if you can help and when. Please include your name and contact info. russellc@clever.k12.mo.us

 

On that note…Art Night is almost here! April 4th join us in the 5-8 area of the Elemiddle for a night filled with art! For $10 you can travel room to room creating with paper mache, clay, tin foil, plarn and even a screen printed tie-dye t-shirt! Join us from 5:30-8:30pm.

 

 

 

Catherine Russell

MAEA D10 Rep

Clever Elemiddle

Art Pk-


Newsletter

March 28, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 3-28-14

 

News and Information

If you haven’t signed up for Parent/Teacher Conferences, please look to the right of this page and look under links. That will take you to the sign-up page. You will receive your child’s NWEA report and his/her progress report at this time.

Language Workshop

We used the mentor text, The Rain Came Down by David Shannon to focus on the concept of root words and inflectional endings. We practiced taking words from the text and adding endings to them to change the verb tense.    

 

Math Workshop

We started Topic 11 this week. Topic 11 is subtracting with tens and ones. We have covered the concepts of subtracting groups of 10, subtracting tens from two-digit numbers, and using mental math to subtract tens.

Reader’s Workshop

Over Spring Break, I reorganized our classroom library. The books are now divided up by themes and not reading levels. We spent time this week learning how to choice a “just right” book using several strategies including:  reading the title and blurb on the back, flipping through the pages, the level (if posted), and the five finger rule. Hopefully this will help your child when choosing books from now on.

Writer’s Workshop

Last week we learned how to conduct research on a topic. This week, each child picked a type of weather to research. After completing the research, the children worked through the writing process to create an informative piece about a certain type of weather. Ask your child if he/she wrote about tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning and thunder, or blizzards. 

 

Next Week

Next week’s words will be:  how, plow, cow, flower, house, and mouse.  We will start a unit of study on poetry. We will look at and discuss several poems by Kenn Nesbitt. We will continue working on Topic 11 in math. We will also work on learning the difference between singular and plural nouns. In writing, we will finish up our research projects we started this week on a certain type of weather.

Important Dates

April 4: Art Night

April 7-11: Parent/Teacher Conferences

April 7-11 PTA Penny Drive

Vocabulary Connection

Remember, these are not words that have to be studied or assessed on.  However, I would like to encourage you to use them and have your child use them as often as possible. Using these words in different contexts will help build your child’s vocabulary and make him/her a better reader and writer.

ruckus: a noisy commotion

synonyms for yell: cry, shout, howl, yowl, scream, shriek, screech, yelp, and squeal


PTA Penny Drive

March 27, 2014

Let the PENNY DRIVE begin, April 7 to April 11. This year’s penny drive will go towards technology.

 

PRE-K TO 4TH GRADE:

WINNER OF THE PENNY DRIVE WILL RECEIVE A PIZZA PARTY

2ND PLACE WILL GET A POPSICLE PARTY

3RD PLACE WILL GET A POPSICLE PARTY

 

 

5TH GRADE TO 8TH GRADE:

WINNER OF THE PENNY DRIVE WILL RECEIVE A PIZZA PARTY

2ND PLACE WILL GET A POPSICLE PARTY

3RD PLACE WILL GET A POPSICLE PARTY

 

Buckets will be inside by the offices/front doors of each building. If a teacher gets a penny in their bucket that is a plus, if they receive silver or dollars in their bucket that is a minus/negative.   PTA will collect the buckets at 1:30pm on April 11 and count the money. Whoever has the most money will win.  JUST remember, silver and dollars subtract from your total.  GOOD LUCK!!!!!

 

CLEVER PTA


Newsletter

March 21, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 3-21-14

 

News and Information

 We finally finished NWEA testing! I will discuss these scores with you at Parent/Teacher Conferences in April. You will receive your child’s progress report at this time, also. Please look to the right of this blog. Look under links. There is a direct link to sign up for your Parent/Teacher Conference. Remember, Monday is Spring Picture Day. We will also have a class picture, so bring your best smile!

Language Workshop

We used our Science books as our mentor text this week to learn about weather. We learned about temperature, wind, and the water cycle.

Then we used the book, Weather, to compare what we learned in each book.

Math Workshop

We reviewed Topic 10 this week and took our test.  We also spent some time reviewing basic addition and subtraction facts. 

Reader’s Workshop

We continued working on reading short passages and answering questions about the key details. We talked about the importance of going back and re-reading to find evidence of the answers. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

We finished our animal research projects and started writing some of our own stories using the writing process.   It’s been a while since the students have been able to choose what they wrote about, so they were excited to get back to Writer’s Workshop.

Next Week

Next week’s words will be:  meat, heat, teacher, green, sweet, and sleep.  We will continue our study of weather with the mentor text, The Rain Came Down.  We will continue our weather theme in Writing with an informative essay on a certain aspect of weather. In Math we will begin Unit 11: Subtracting with Tens and Ones.

Important Dates

March 24: Picture Day

March 25: McTeacher Night

April 4: Art Night

April 7-11: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Vocabulary Connection

Remember, these are not words that have to be studied or assessed on.  However, I would like to encourage you to use them and have your child use them as often as possible. Using these words in different contexts will help build your child’s vocabulary and make him/her a better reader and writer.

weather: what the air outside is like           

temperature: measure of how hot or cold something is

thermometer: a tool used to measure temperature

meteorologist: a scientist who studies weather

wind: moving air

water cycle: how water moves from the Earth to the sky and back again

 


Newsletter

March 7, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 3-7-14

 

News and Information

We did some great things to celebrate Dr. Seuss this week! Ask your first grader which of his books they enjoyed the most. We will finish NWEA testing the week we return from Spring Break. We only have the second part of reading and will take that on Thursday.

 

Language Workshop

We spent a lot of time during Language Workshop learning and talking about Dr. Seuss. We read Dr. Seuss books as our mentor text and wrote some responses in our Reading Logs to those books.

 

Math Workshop

We finished Topic 10 this week and took our test.  I did not want to wait a whole week and return to this topic. I will instruct small groups of those who need more time on adding with regrouping when we return from Spring Break. 

Reader’s Workshop

We continued working on reading short passages and answering questions about the key details. We talked about the importance of going back and re-reading to find evidence of the answers. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

We continued working on our animal research projects this week.   The kiddos have been working very hard learning about their animals, designing their front cover, and writing “chapters” of information. We will finish the week we return from Break.

Next Week

Next week’s words will be:  kite, bite, tight, tighter, fright, and night.  In writing we will continue our animal research projects.  In language we will begin a unit on weather and will use the information we learn from our research to answer questions.

 

Important Dates

 

March 17-21: NWEA Testing

                March 10-14: Spring Break

March 24: Spring Pictures


Newsletter

February 28, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 2-28-14

News and Information

Next week we will celebrate Dr. Seuss!

Monday:  Green Eggs and Ham (wear green)

Tuesday:  The Cat in the Hat (wear a hat)

Wednesday:  Fox in Socks (wear crazy socks)

Thursday:  Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book (wear your pajamas)

Friday:  Oh the Places You’ll Go! (read-a-thon)

We will NWEA test on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday! Get plenty of rest!

Language Workshop

We learned about American Symbols this week.  We learned about the Liberty Bell, White House, American Flag, Statue of Liberty, and the Bald Eagle.  We did more research on these American Symbols using pebblego.com and created a book about each symbol and its importance.  We learned lots of interesting facts about the American Symbols.  Ask your child about the American Symbols.

Math Workshop

We started Topic 10 on adding with tens and ones.  We have learned different strategies to add tens.  We learned how to add tens using tens blocks, a hundreds chart, counting on, and mental math.  Ask your child which strategy they like the best.   

Reader’s Workshop

We continued working on reading short passages and answering questions about the key details. We talked about the importance of going back and re-reading to find evidence of the answers. 

Writer’s Workshop

We continued working on our animal research projects this week.   Some have finished up their books and others will finish up early next week.  The kids have really enjoyed writing their own books. 

Next Week

Next week’s words will be:  kite, bite, tight, tighter, fright, and night.  In writing some of us will finish up our animal research projects and some will be ready to start a new research project.  In Language we will focus on Dr. Seuss books and do some responses to our reading.  In Math we will finish up Topic 10: Adding with tens and ones.  Our test will be Friday.

Important Dates

March 6: Cox Care Mobile

March 3-7:  Dr. Seuss Week

March 3-7 and 17-21: NWEA Testing

March 4: McTeacher Night 4-8pm

March 10-14: Spring Break

Vocabulary Connection

Remember, these are not words that have to be studied or assessed on.  However, I would like to encourage you to use them and have your child use them as often as possible. Using these words in different contexts will help build your child’s vocabulary and make him/her a better reader and writer.   

White House:  Home of the President     Liberty Bell:  famous symbol of freedom

Bald Eagle:  The U.S.A. national bird        American Flag:  has 13 stripes and 50 stars

Statue of Liberty:  a gift from France located in New York