If your first grader brings home a little story book with a note in their agenda book that says to read the book, they should read the book to an adult at least once and if you sign the note in the agenda book or the little book itself, I will give them a sticker for practicing their reading. They should bring the book back to school until it comes home in their keep at home side of their folder. Books are different per each reading group and they are the level your student tests at for both fluency and comprehension, so the more practice with these stories, the better!
We had a pair of mystery readers join us to read Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete by James Dean. The story tells us about Pete, a cat with a pet goldfish. Pete paints a picture of his goldfish and everyone in town wants a painting from Pete because the paintings are so good. However, Pete doesn't have time to paint everyone a picture and do his homework so he and his mom have to come up with a solution. The story meshes well with our recent literature lessons on plot, where the students are taught to define the problem and the solution in a story. The story ended with goldfish treats!
We had a mystery reader come in to celebrate a birthday! She read Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss, which is quite a funny book. Then she shared cupcakes with everyone with mint chocolate chip icing that was made to look just like mint chocolate chip ice cream. They were quite yummy and we all really enjoyed the birthday surprise!
Our mystery readers read George Washington and the General's Dog by Frank Murphy. This wonderful book highlighting George Washington's kindness taught us new things about our first president, including that he was an avid animal lover. It was a great book to help us start our president's weekend lessons about both our beloved first president and many of his successors. Our mystery readers also brought red, white, and blue cupcakes and an American flag for each of the students. What a great way to open these important lessons!
While not a lot of traditional school work was done during Catholic Schools Week, rest assured we did a lot of learning interspersed with a lot of fun! On Monday, we made thank you cards for our local firefighters as an act of service for our community. We also did a lot of learning about fossils and dinosaurs (see pictures and a post about this below) and the Delone Squire visited. On Tuesday, our dress like a minion day, we celebrated our 100th day of school. We did a lot of math work in unusual ways using the number 100 (pictures are in the post below this post). On Wednesday, we had minion games in the gym, where each class and the teachers got to split into teams and compete in a minion game. First grade did two games with the rest of the school cheering them on. They carried apples between their knees while doing a relay race and they played leap frog. The teachers had to keep a balloon floating in the air while putting on minion clothes. It was tons of fun! On Thursday we bused to the middle school to have lunch with our parents. Since many students did not return after lunch, we played on the iPads and in the gym for the rest of the day. On Friday, we welcomed parents into the classroom during guidance and our daily phonics lesson, we celebrated Mass, and we watched Despicable Me 2 in the gym.
As of Tuesday, the students have been in school for 100 days and I see no better reason to celebrate! We did several fun activities for the hundred day of school: we made posters of what we will probably look like when we are 100 years old, we answered questions from our 100-year-old selves, we played hundred chart games, and we made necklaces with 100 beads. It was also dress like a minion day so that just added to the fun!
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On Monday, the students dug for fossils. Advancing Science, from Gettysburg College, dropped off a large set of fossils for the students to see, touch, and classify. The students, in groups of 5, dug through rocks and picked out the many fossils that were in the rocks and classified them into 8 different categories of fossils. More than half of the fossils were over 350 million years old. On Monday afternoon, the Delone Squire came for a visit and taught the students the Squire rumble.
Welcome to First Grade!
Hello! I am Stacey Biggins, the first grade teacher at St. Joseph School. I am so excited to be teaching first grade! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by e-mail or by sending a note with your child. I can also be reached at the school office by calling 717-632-0118. By working together, we will all have a blessed school year!
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First Grade Specials
Tuesday: Computer and Spanish