Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Week of April 24-28

Announcements:
Wednesday- Library- last week to check out
Thursday- Homework/Reading minutes due
Friday- Spring Fiesta at 4:30 here at OPA

Upcoming: 
May 1-5- Book Fair in the OPA Elementary Library-- BUY ONE GET ONE FREE


Student of the Week
Connor is the the Student of the Week this week.  He wants to be a game developer when he grows up.  He loves learning about natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, etc.  Connor would like to visit the Dr. Seuss restaurant in Colorado someday.  He loves playing with Roblox and his dogs.  Here is a picture of Connor below.



Reading/Writing:
Students made a Haiku poem about Earth.  A Haiku poem comes from Japan.  They are usually about nature.  Haiku poems consist of 3 lines.  The first line and last lines have 5 syllables, and the middle line has 7 syllables.  They do not neee to rhyme.  

Here is an example of a Haiku. 

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Later this week we will learn about Cinquain poems.  A Cinquain poem is a verse of five lines that do not rhyme.   

Here is an example of a Cinquain poem.

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In our Book of Knowledge the articles this week are discussing ways of getting around.  We learned about Leonardo da Vinci and how he attempted a flying machine.  We are also learning about figure skating, skateboarding, paddling a canoe, and Benjamin Franklin making swim fins.

I love doing the Article of the day because it sparks a lot of interest and some great questions from students.  Sometimes we don't always have time to research the topic more or answer all the questions from students, so I encourage students to try to find the answer at home and bring it in to share with the class.

Math:
We are still working on groups of tens and ones in place value.  We are adding numbers within 100 using tens and ones.  
Here is an example:  45 + 23 = ? 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Field trip to Ogden Nature Center
April 20, 2017


Thank you to the parents who were able to help with the field trip.  Students had a lot of fun (even though our toes and shoes got wet).  They learned many new things about birds.

Here are some pictures of students looking for birds with their new binoculars. They had to have a mini lesson on how to use their binoculars.  Hopefully they're using them at home to watch nature. 



Here are pictures of students becoming familiar with their Field Guide so they can watch for those types of birds on their next lookout walk.  The Nature Center had fake birds up in the trees but students could look them up in their Field Guide and try to recognize which bird they saw.



We stopped by the Birds of Prey after our lookout walk.  Here is the bald eagle.  Students loved watching her.  They were fascinated with her (especially because our school mascot is the Eagles).  She has a broken wing but she sure was showing off to the children by hopping around on her bench.



Below are two golden eagles.  The top picture is the male, and the bottom picture is the female.



After observing the Birds of Prey, students got to come inside and learn more about birds' beaks.  They learned that birds have different types of beaks.  Their different beaks are used as tools to help them catch food.  


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week of April 17-21

Announcements:
Wednesday- Library
Thursday- Homework/Reading min. due
                  Field trip to Ogden Nature Center
Friday- Spelling test

Upcoming:
Friday, April 28th @ 4:30 pm-Spring Fiesta here at OPA

Here is what will be at the fiesta!!

Authentic Mexican food and drink.
  • face paint for the kids
  • piƱatas to buy and sell
  • animal balloons
  • inflatable balls
  • inflatable slide
  • giant sandbox
  • cotton candy
  • wrestlers–come and guess who they are!
  • Jr. High school dance (Tickets are $3 before the dance and $5 at the door)
Funds raised from this fiesta will be donated to the trip to Spain and to OPAPO.

Student of the Week:

Allyse is the Student of the Week.  She loves gymnastics.  Her favorite gymnastics move is doing a handstand.  Ally would like to visit Paris so she could see the Eiffel Tower.  She loves to draw and would like to be an artist when she grows up.  Here is Ally's picture:



Reading/Writing:  Students are learning about various types of poetry.  This week we learned that an acrostic poem uses the first letter of each line to spell out the topic or subject chosen.

Here is an example of an acrostic poem for the word spring:

Sunshine
Pretty flowers
Rainy
Insects
New life
Growth

I thought an acrostic poem would be good to start with since we have been learning about adjectives.  
Our Book of Knowledge articles this week are about the Earth (since Earth Day is on Saturday).  We are learning about recycling and how to take better care of our planet.

Math:  Students have learned that 3 tens and 0 ones is equal to the number 30.  This week they are learning that 30 can also equal just 30 ones, or 1 ten and 20 ones, or 2 tens and 10 ones.  They are learning different combinations of other numbers like 47 or 25, etc. etc. 


The caterpillars are growing fast!  They will start to make their pupa soon. Some are already attaching themselves to their silk. It's so exciting!

Here is a picture of how they look this week!  



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Week of April 10-14

Announcements:
Wednesday- Library
Friday- PE

Upcoming:
Thursday, April 20th- Field trip to Ogden Nature Center

Student of the Week:

The student of the week is Vivvi.  She loves her friends, her family, and camping.  Vivvi would like to be a pet helper when she grows up.  Someday she hopes to visit New York.  Vivvi says she is really good at baking.  Here is a picture of her below:


Some exciting news is that we have some caterpillars in the classroom.  Students will be able to watch them grow and turn into butterflies over the next few weeks.  Here is a picture of them.



Reading:
Students are learning that adjectives are words that describe nouns.  We are making a project to describe springtime.  Students are also going to be introduced to different types of poetry this week. 

Writing:  Our Book of Knowledge articles are about nature this week.  We are learning about plants, the rain forest, and volcanoes.  

Math:
Students are revisiting adding and subtracting by adding parts together to find the whole and taking parts from a whole using a visual called a tape diagram.  It's like a number bond but with rectangles instead of circles so you can draw the amount in the box. 


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Week of March 27-31


Announcements:
Wednesday- Library
Friday- Spelling test
April 3-7- NO SCHOOL-Spring Break

Upcoming:
Field trip to Ogden Nature Center- Thursday, April 20th from 12-2 pm.  After Spring Break I will send home a note for chaperones/volunteers to come along.

Student of the Week:

Zoey is the Student of the Week.  She loves Power Rangers, playing the piano, gymnastics, and dogs and cats. She would like to visit the city of Paris one day.  When Zoey grows up she wants to be a vet. Here is her picture below:

Reading:  Students are learning how to find the main idea and details in a story.  I read the story "Dog Breath" by Dav Pilkey.  The students learned that the main idea is mostly what the story's talking about.  In this story, Hally Tosis is the dog's name.--get it??? Hallitosis- Ha, ha!  Anyway, Hally is a good dog but has bad breath.  The children in the story try to help her get rid of her bad breath but their ideas don't work.  In the end, Hally saves her family by breathing on some burglars. The students and I LOVED this story. So we made a cute project to go with it.  It looks like this.

The main idea was written in the green part and one detail was written on the tongue.  Hopefully your child showed it to you.

Writing: Students are continuing to write facts in their Book Of Knowledge.  Our articles this week have to do with clouds and rain.  Students brought home their Friendly Letter books.  We worked on writing a friendly letter each day throughout February and March until everyone was chosen.  Ask your child to show you his/her book.

Math:  Students are still practicing adding within 40.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Week of March 20-24

Announcements:
Wednesday- Library
Friday- Dollar Dress but dismissal still at 3:00

Upcoming:
Spring Break- April 3-7


I was so caught up in getting everything ready for Literacy Night that I forgot to send a poster home for Student of the Week last week.  So this week, there are two.

Student of the Week:

Hazel- One day she would like to visit Disneyland.  She loves gymnastics and cooking.  Hazel wants to be a chef someday.  She loves her cats.  Here is her picture below:




Pedro- He would like to visit Mexico and Spain.  He loves soccer and RSL.  However, his favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi who plays for Barcelona.  Pedro's favorite things are soccer and school.  Here is his picture below:





Reading/Writing:  We have started a Book of Knowledge.  It is where we read an article daily together then students paste a smaller copy of it in their Book of Knowledge (notebook).  Then they are to write two facts that they learned from the article.  This is to help build students' comprehension and vocabulary.  
Students are also learning about finding the main idea (what it's mostly about) and details in stories.

Math: In math students have been comparing two numbers and deciding which is greater than or less than the other while using the <, > symbols.  They are also starting to add and subtract with groups of ten.  For instance: 20+10=30 or 17+10=27.






Monday, March 6, 2017

Week of March 6-10


Announcements:
Wednesday- Library 
Friday- Spelling test

Up Coming:
Literacy Night- Tuesday, March 14th from 5:30-7:00 pm
Thursday, March 16th- Early dismissal at 12:45
Friday, March 17th- No School

Student of the Week:
Gabe is the student of the week this week.  He wants to be a Veterinarian when he grows up.  He is good at soccer and has met several of the RSL soccer players.  One of Gabe's favorite things is his dog Turbo.  He wants to visit California (Disneyland) someday.  Here is a picture below of Gabe.



Here are some pictures of our Read-a-thon from last Thursday for Dr. Seuss' birthday.  Students had a great time.  We just might do it again!  (They were most excited about me letting them take their shoes off) LOL!!



Reading:
Students are preparing their chosen vocabulary word, definition, and sentence for Literacy Night.  We are also reviewing the R controlled vowel sounds such as /ar/, /or/, /er/, /ir/, and /ur/.  

Students are almost all checked off reading/recognizing the 100 first grade sight words.  I'm so proud of them.  Now we will be working on getting them spelled correctly.

Writing:  Students are writing about the best part of themselves. You will see this hanging in the hallway during Literacy Night.  You will want to keep this writing assignment for many years to come.

Math:  Students are revisiting place value.  We are grouping tens and writing how many we grouped and if there are any leftover.  For instance: if there were 26 blocks drawn, students would circle 2 groups of ten, making twenty.  They'd write the number 2 to represent 20, and then write 6 for the leftover ones, making the number 26.