Thanksgiving Fun

In celebration of Thanksgiving this upcoming Thursday, our class did a lot of fun activities today! In the morning, we shared our turkeys in disguise that everyone worked so hard on!

                  

Then we finished our thankful books that we have been working on throughout the whole month of November. Your kiddos are SO excited to share these with you!

   

Our students worked together with a buddy to complete a fun math challenge around our room, and then we ended our day with some cranberry science! We learned about why cranberries float in water and discovered that they “dance” when placed in Sprite.

  

 

 

I am SO thankful for each one of your sweet kiddos! Thank you tons for sharing them with me this year! I loved getting to share this list with them at the end of the day:

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Miss Raisch

Week Thirteen Highlights

Just For Parents:

  • I have enjoyed seeing the disguised turkeys that your kiddos are bringing into school! These are due Tuesday, November 26. 
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot.

Celebrations:

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” This week’s quote went to ELIJAH who is always himself and stands out with his GREAT sense of humor!

  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!

 

Our Learning: 

  • Writing – I am loving the expert, non-fiction stories that students are writing! We made writing goals and worked on editing our pieces and teaching a partner.

    

  • Word Study – This week we studied the endings on words (ex. -ed, -ing, -s/es) and discovered that -ed makes three different sounds.
  • Reading – Students practiced taking a sneak peek and learned that just one page can teach us SO much through the words and pictures! On Friday, we studied bats and learned about how they are nocturnal. We enjoyed some “nocturnal reading” in the dark with our flashlights to help!

   

  • Math – This week students ROCKED it out on our most recent quiz focusing on addition and subtraction word problems! We are focusing on using math mountains, pictures, and equations to help us out.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Monday, November 25 – STEAM
  • Tuesday, November 26 – Music
  • No school the rest of the week!

Week Twelve Highlights

Just For Parents:

  • Thank you to everyone who has volunteered as a Mystery Reader in my classroom! We have many openings for after Winter Break, but a closer opening on December 5th that I would love someone to sign up for! Here is the link: mystery reader schedule
  • Book fair is this week! Feel free to stop by during parent-teacher conferences to check it out. Our class will be visiting the book fair to make our wish lists on Tuesday and then students will have the opportunity to bring money and purchase books on Thursday.
  • I will be placing our scholastic book order this Friday, November 22nd. If you are interested in purchasing a book, please place an online order or send back the form with your student.
  • Just a friendly reminder that parent-teacher conferences are this week! I look forward to seeing you at your assigned time on either Monday or Wednesday!
  • I have enjoyed seeing the disguised turkeys that your kiddos are bringing into school! These are due Tuesday, November 26. 
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot.

Celebrations: 

  • Our class earned our star prize this week! We celebrated on Tuesday afternoon with some free choice time on the iPads to honor the hard work that your kiddos have been doing.
  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “Do the right thing, even when no one is looking.” This week’s quote went to EMERY who is always a role model.
  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week! 

 


Our Learning:

  • Writing – This week we explored the differences between nonfiction and fiction texts and began writing information books about topics that we are experts on!
  • Word Study – We finished solving our cases from the Super Secret Detective Agency by studying compound words and using words we already know to help sound out tricker words.
  • Reading – As detectives, we used magnifying glasses to find vowel teams (ex. ea, ee,) and words with apostrophes.

   

  • Math – Students continued to practice both addition and subtraction math problems with unknown partners. This is definitely a tricky concept, but our kiddos are persevering and doing a great job.
  • Social/Emotional – This week we talked about the different parts of our brain and how they respond in different situations and help keep us safe.
  • 4th Grade Buddies – On Friday we got together with our 4th grade buddies and practiced gratitude by writing thank you cards to staff in our building!

          


Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, November 18 – Art, Conferences
  • Tuesday, November 19 – STEAM, Book Fair
  • Wednesday, November 20 – Music, Conferences
  • Thursday, November 21 – PE, Book Fair
  • Friday, November 22- Art

Week Eleven Highlights

Just For Parents:

  • I was out of the classroom Monday afternoon for a training and unexpectedly all day Thursday with the flu, but your kiddos did an amazing job and received great reports from the substitute teachers!
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot.

Celebrations: 

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “Never look down on someone unless you’re helping them up.” This week’s quote went to AVA who is always looking out for others, especially friends who are sad or hurting.
  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!

  


Our Learning: 

  • Writing – We wrapped up our how-to stories this week! Students will be bringing these home on Monday, and they are excited to share them with you.
  • Word Study – This week we had Snap Word Bootcamp, where we learned a lot of snap words through different exercises! Later on, we received some secret case files from the Super Secret Detective Agency and investigated letter twins (ex. getting) and sticky letters (ex. three, stripe). 

  • Reading – We practiced making our reading smooth to sound more like talking and used the beginning of words to help us solve the whole word.
  • Math – Students used many different strategies to solve addition problems with unknown partners such as 4 + __ = 10 or __ + 2 = 6.
  • Social/Emotional – Our class read Little Penguin Calms Down and are beginning to learn how we also can calm our bodies and minds down when we get upset.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, November 11 – Art
  • Tuesday, November 12 – STEAM
  • Wednesday, November 13 – Miss Raisch will be gone in the morning for teacher development, Music
  • Thursday, November 14 – PE
  • Friday, November 15 – Art, Early Release Day

P.E. CARES

 

The annual P.E. CARES food drive will be starting on November 6. We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville. Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc. (please no ramen noodles).

The food drive will continue until November 21. We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive. The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a P.E. CARES t-shirt.

This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community. Thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.

Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering

P.E. Blog http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

Week Ten Highlights

Just for Parents: 

  • If you haven’t sent in your conference form yet confirming that you can make your conference, please send those in by November 8.
  • Today I am sending home our reading calendar for the month of November. If you fill this out and turn it in at the end of the month, your student will receive a free pizza coupon from Pizza Hut.
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot!

Celebrations:

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “Don’t stop when you’re tired…stop when you’re proud.” This week’s quote went to ARIA who always puts her best effort into every subject at school!
  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!

 


Our Learning:

  • Writing – We continued working on our how-to stories this week! Students also practiced finding mistakes in sentences and helping me edit them correctly.
  • Word Study – As word detectives, we continued to study the silent e and how it makes the vowels u, e, and long in words such as huge, here, ice. Students were also introduced to vowel teams ee and ea which are two letters that also make the long sound together, like in seed or eat. 
  • Reading – Students focused on learning snap words so that reading and writing becomes easier! Knowing snap words can even help us solve more difficult words!
  • Math – We reviewed addition and subtraction strategies on Monday and Tuesday, and then finished Unit 2 with our test on Wednesday.
  • Science – Today students learned how to make a hypothesis, record results, and work together as a team! With some of Miss Raisch’s leftover Halloween candy, we carried out a Skittles experiment and learned about the word dissolve.

 

   

  • Social Studies – This week we talked about the importance of rules and why we have them. Students then worked with others to create rule posters to hang around our classroom for specific areas of our classroom!

       


Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, November 4 – Miss Raisch will be gone in the afternoon, PE
  • Tuesday, November 5 – Art
  • Wednesday, November 6 – STEAM
  • Thursday, November 7 – Music
  • Friday, November 8 – PE

Exciting Day

Wow-what an exciting day! Our class had so much fun dressing up and celebrating today!

This morning, our class enjoyed the story to If You Give a Cat a Cupcake to match Miss Raisch’s costume! We got to make our own paper cupcakes and then got to enjoy a real cupcake too!

   

For the rest of the morning, our class rotated to the other first grade rooms. With Miss Garrison, Miss Hutchinson, and Mrs. Kuiper, students got to experience a different activity that matched the teacher’s costume. The kids had a blast experiencing the other classrooms!

After lunch, we had our party, thanks to the help of AMAZING volunteers! Kids got to play bingo and memory, wrap each other up like mummies, decorate paper pumpkins, and make a spider web craft. They loved their yummy juice box, string cheese, and veggie straw snack as well. Enjoy these pictures from our party!                             

Week Nine Highlights

Just for Parents: 

  • Conferences: On Monday I will be sending home a bright pink sheet with information about your conference date and time. Please return the second half of the sheet back to school by November 8. I look forward to meeting with each of you!
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot!

Celebrations: 

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” This week’s quote went to GABE who put in his best effort this week and impressed me with his hard work!

  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!   

Our Learning: 

  • Writing – As a class, we wrote How-To-Make-Hot Chocolate this week. Now students have some creative ideas for their own how-to stories!
  • Word Study – We discovered that silent e makes ALL vowels long, like in home and cake. We also had a lot of fun creating a text message to send to the Super Secret Detective Agency and receiving a real response!
  • Reading – This week students practiced solving hard words in their books and investigated what makes a good reading partner. We have completed 5 secret missions and so students received their Detective Badges on Friday!
  • Math – Students tackled the difficult work of solving addition and subtraction problems when they are mixed up together! Miss Sally Subtraction and Mr. Chad Add reminded us of some different strategies that we can use.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Monday, October 28 – Music
  • Tuesday, October 29 – PE, Turkey Trot, Picture Retake Day
  • Wednesday, October 30 – Art
  • Thursday, October 31 – STEAM, Fall Party!
  • Friday, November 1 – Music

Fall Party

 

Read this post for answers to the questions you may have about our class’ fall party THIS WEEK!

Q: When is our class party?

A: First grade parties will be on Thursday, October 31 from 12:30-12:45 pm.

Q: Can my child wear his/her costume?

A: Yes, but it is totally optional! They can wear their costume all day, or can bring it and put it over their clothes just for the afternoon party.

Q: Can I come visit my child at the party?

A: Unfortunately, if you are not already signed up to volunteer at our party, our building does not have enough parking capacity for you to attend the party.

We’re looking forward to a GREAT fall party together!

Week Eight Highlights

Just for Parents: 

  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot!

Celebrations: 

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “If you can’t think of anything nice to say, you’re not thinking hard enough.” This week’s quote went to SIDNEY who is always encouraging other people and only speaks sweetly to the friends in our class!
  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!    

Our Learning:

  • Writing – On Monday we got to celebrate all of the hard work that students have been putting into their small moment stories! We had a ceremony to put these published stories into our classroom’s library. Students are now learning how to write How-To stories!    
  • Word Study – We started the week by practicing our handwriting. Then the Super Secret Detective Agency called our classroom and asked us to start investigating the case of the silent e! We are studying words such as bake, cape, made, and have. 
  • Reading – Our detective skills transfer over to reading, where we practiced stopping when there is a problem and really looking closely at tricky words!
  • Math – This week was a little more challenging in math as we practiced subtraction. Students are learning how to draw pictures and cross out part of the picture when solving “take-away” problems. We got to practice our subtraction skills with our fourth-grade buddies on Friday!    
  • Social/Emotional – This week our kiddos learned about growth vs. fixed mindset. It was AWESOME to hear students practice sentences such as, “I am going to keep trying!” or “Mistakes are okay!” instead of “This is too hard so I give up.”
  • Mystery Reader – We had a very special mystery reader this week…Mrs. Raisch! Students loved meeting her and were amazed when she showed them pictures of Miss Raisch when she was little, and even shared Miss Raisch’s 1st grade writing!

 


Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 21 – STEAM
  • Tuesday, October 22 – Music
  • Wednesday, October 23 – PE
  • Thursday, October 24 – Art
  • Friday, October 25 – Library, STEAM