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Book buddies

About halfway through the year, we partnered up with Mrs. Pearson’s third grade class for our book buddies. We get together once a week and the third graders bring a book to read to their first grade buddies. It’s a great motivator and gives the third graders the opportunity to model good reading. My first graders get to enjoy listening to the book and then they can choose a book to read to the third graders. We also play word games focusing on high frequency words. The kids love it and look forward to this time together each week.

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American Symbols

This week we learned many interesting facts about Abe Lincoln, George Washington, and a few of our country’s symbols. Ask your child if they can tell you about how our flag has changed, what color the Statue of Liberty was originally, and why the bald eagle was chosen as our national bird. We found it really interesting that the debate over which bird to choose, the wild turkey or the bald eagle, took 6 years to reach a decision! Check out this cute picture of Devon and Jacob.

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Conferences

Thank you, parents, for coming in for conferences. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to meet with me and to discuss your child’s progress. You play an important part in your child’s education.

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The Winter Games

After learning about the Winter Olympics in Sochi, we held our own winter games in our classroom. The games were Snowball Pong (bouncing a ball into a cup), Windy Kids (blowing a cup with a straw across the table), Snowball Toss (tossing a cotton ball into a cup on someone’s head), and cereal box puzzles. After participating in all the games, the students colored their gold medals and wore them around their necks. We had a great time!

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100 Days Smarter

Happy 100th day of school! We have been counting the days we have been in first grade and finally reached 100. We celebrated by making hats that have 10 strips of paper with 10 pictures on each strip, reading the book The Wolfs Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza, learning a new poem about the 100th day, and more. The kids had a great day overall and we had fun while learning. Congratulations, first graders, you are 100 days smarter!

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