Today we attended publishing celebrations in first and third grades. It was amazing to read the incredible original works written by our skilled and talented student authors. There was such a sense of community as third grade families and students spent time in the classroom reading, enjoying, and commenting on each student’s published work. First grade students were so excited as they presented their stories to their classmates and an audience of appreciative parents. The collective pride of families and the students themselves in their achievement was evident. It is amazing for us to see the many accomplishments of our students along with the incredible growth in their learning that has occurred throughout this school year. We are so fortunate to share in these important moments that allow us to recognize and celebrate their ongoing progress.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a relaxing winter vacation. We look forward to continuing to celebrate the growth and learning of our students together during the New Year.
Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator
Ms. Little’s third grade class has been busy and working hard!
In Language Arts we are working on becoming more fluent and independent readers. We practice listening to reading, reading to someone, and reading to ourselves each day. We have also been visiting our reading buddies in Ms. Burns’ class to practice reading to our first grade friends, as well as listening to them read and checking for comprehension. Practicing word work and phonics is also helping us become better spellers and writers.
In Writing Workshop, we are creating realistic fiction stories. The children have enjoyed developing their character, creating a problem, and deciding how the story will go. At this point we are drafting our stories and hope to publish them in the New Year.
In Math, we are exploring multiplication. First, we learned how to draw arrays to illustrate a multiplication number sentence. Then, we used patterns, rules, strategies, and “tricks” to learn how to multiply by 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. We have also learned several dice and card games to help us practice our facts.
In Social Studies, we have been learning about the Pilgrims and Wampanoag people of Plymouth. Every week, we receive Time for Kids, a magazine we read to learn about current events. We have also been learning about the fabulous state of Massachusetts and where we live in relation to the rest of our country. Since September, we have asked friends and relatives to send us postcards from where they live or visit. Our goal is to collect one from each state and, gratefully, we have received postcards from many different states in our country, and from a variety of countries around the world. If your family is traveling to a destination outside Maynard, we would be thrilled to receive a postcard from you!
News from Miss Burn’s Grade 1 class:
Wow! We can hardily believe the holidays are upon us! We have learned so much since the beginning of September! Our classroom is now a true community. We are learning more about each other each and every day, we are helping each other in reading, writing, and math, and we are showing kindness through respectful behavior, compliments, and encouragement throughout each passing week.
First grade is fun!
In reading we are practicing our strategies daily in small groups, with partners, and in independent reading time. Each day we are focusing on our reading comprehension, our accuracy with words, reading the text fluently and with expression, and expanding our vocabulary. We are working on making connections, predicting, retelling the whole story, and visualizing the stories that we are reading in our mind. We are growing to be independent readers and writers and are very motivated in all areas of language arts.
Math is one of our favorite subjects as we work with partners each day to play fun math games and do thought provoking math activities. We rotate through “math boxes” that each contain activities and games connecting to the curriculum. We are practicing addition and subtraction skills, counting by 5s, and have just started our unit on geometry. We use our SMART board for lessons too, and everyone has been rotating through turns on the two iPads that we have in our classroom. We are a curious and enthusiastic bunch, and each day brings new ideas to explore and new information to discover.
Dates to Remember:
December 26-Jan. 2 Winter Break, No School
January 13, 2012 Early Release at 12:30
January 16, 2012 Martin Luther King Day, No School
January 17, 2012 Professional Day, No School
January 24, 25, 26 2012 Kindergarten Registration
January 24, 2012 Preschool Information Night