Sunday, April 27, 2014

4/28/14 Newsletter

Measurement and telling time
This cutie-pa-tooty and her family provided adorable St. Patrick's Day treats for the kiddos - 25 gifts!

The children loved their special treats!


After a winter of record low temperatures and snow fall, integrating spring into the curriculum was a delight for the children! 
Spring Poetry:
In our classroom, we set aside time every day to read poetry; sometimes we read from the collection of poems in the children's poetry binders and other times we read from books.  This group really enjoys Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. 
I was hoping to walk with the children around the school grounds to help them capture ideas and inspiration for this poetry writing activity, but it did not work out.  When I realized we couldn't spend time outside, I chose the book, That's What Happens When It's Spring! by Elaine W. Good for our writing inspiration.  I love this book because my mother bought it for my students (smile) and I love how the character's discovery of spring is a result of his wondering... "When is it spring?"  The illustrations are beautiful as well.
The kiddos were super excited with the writing topic and had no problem coming up with phrases to accompany each letter in the word /spring/ for the acrostic.  We used hand-drawn templates for the umbrella, body and rain boots for the "Umbrella Kids".  With scraps from our scrap box, the children added arms, hands, and other fun detail. 
Link for the document

Spring Riddle:
We added more spring color  to the walls with this riddle.  The children put up "privacy folders" while working on the writing, and once the tulips were displayed, they tried to guess who's who.

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Link for First Grade Friends bulletin board cards

  What is spring?

We made time for this project right before spring break. The kids applied glue using a glue stick on the paper and then, added the tissue squares.  While the kiddos worked on their kite designs, I typed their "spring is..." sentences. These looked really nice with the sun shining in the windows.


More poems for the poetry binders:



Dr. Seuss - Part 2

One thing is for sure - children are motivated to learn when Dr. Seuss is involved!

Writing about reading...


A colleague shared this writing prompt he found online. The children had fun working on the skill of writing creatively when they wrote about super socks.  

A sampling of their super, silly socks...


Silly Kiddos :)


Rabbityness by Jo Empson

Jennifer Tice (wonderful blogger!) at Rowdy in First Grade shared a detailed blog post about this book last year.  (Read about it here.)  I knew my group of artistic children would appreciate this enchanting book, especially the amazing art, so we gave Jennifer’s art project a try. 

For those who decide to look into this inspiring book, I want to mention this book is not just about rabbits and spring; it’s a bittersweet picture book with a complex message.  It celebrates differences and individuality (unrabbity things, such as painting and music) and then moves to a more difficult, mature theme (loss, separation), but in a very delicate manner.