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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Mrs. Donato noticed lots of hard work going on in our classroom today! Here's her tweet from Twitter!  Follow Mrs. Donato @ThompsnSchool1, follow me @MrsMelnik1 and our class Twitter (which we will be using soon) @MrsMelniksClass

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday 10/20

Thanks for a great first Math-In! 
For Science today, we went outside and observed the wind. The kids captured videos of the wind in action. They then added their videos into Book Creator and wrote about what they noticed. 
Reminder: early release on Tuesday. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friday 10/17

Check out these hard workers during their spelling check-in this week!
Thanks to our mystery reader, Daniel!   The kids loved listening to The Music In Me! 

 We are in need of a Mystery Reader next week!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Math- practicing our working number, asking each other survey questions, playing games to practice our math facts, and strengthening our fine motor skills. 

Phonics- focus is on digraphs- two letters that make one sound 
Sh like ship 
Ch like chip 
Wh like whistle 
Th like thumb 
Ck like sock 
  The cubby fairy made a visit!! 
Using book creator to add pages to our spelling word book. 
Using Farmyard to show our working number then adding the picture to Explain Everything to screencast and show our thinking. 
Practicing odd and even in math! 

Wheelock Family Theater Tickets

Please see the note below from Karen:

Good Afternoon Thompson Families,

We are fortunate enough to have a Kindergarten parent who works with Wheelock Family Theatre off our school community a discount on tickets for an upcoming performance.

This weekend is the opening weekend of a musical adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland."  Using the code Thompson families can get tickets for $15 for performances this weekend 10/17-10/19.

You may do so by either going to the website or calling the Box Office.

Box Office - 617-879-2300


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

School Council

Please see the email below from Karen.  We'd love to have you join us on School Council. We meet one Wednesday a month at 7am.  It's a great way to be involved.

If you are interested in officially joining school council, please tell Kerry by this Friday (10/17).  We have more than 2 interested parents, so we will need those interested to submit a brief summary introducing yourself to the community (email Kerry  austin-smith9@rcn  and she will send you a sample format).  All parents/guardians are welcome.

Have a great evening!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thursday & Friday

Fundations: We are continuing to practice tapping out words and adding all of the sounds that we can hear. 

Writing: We've been focusing in on small moments, just like George McClements in the Night of the Veggie Monster, a mentor text we are using to become better authors.

We finished our first chapter book read aloud, My Father's Dragon.   Next we will listen to Elmer and the Dragon.

The kids now have more choice during Math... They have 5 areas they can choose from... Math Writing, Math Work, Partner Math, Math Technology & Math with a teacher.  It works very much like Daily 5 in the morning. The kids LOVE having the same routine.  Mini-lesson, pick your own station, mini-lesson then pick your next 2 stations.
Each child has a checklist to keep track of their learning.

A new math app: Number Flash

Daily 5: A favorite place to use iPads is in the hallway.  Kids are using the iPads for Listen to Reading (RAZ-Kids &  scanning QR codes) and Work on Words (Spelling City & word songs).
Thanks to our first Mystery Reader, Courtney!  Please sign up here if you'd like to come read to our first graders! 

I look forward to meeting with volunteers next week.

Have a nice long weekend!

Upcoming dates: 
Monday, October 20 at 8:15 amMath In. Come learn and play some favorite first grade math games! 
Early Release Tuesday, October 21st