READ ACROSS AMERICA in Room 104

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on February 27th, 2011

Our class will celebrate Dr. Seuss and “Read Across America” this week in Room 104.  This is an event sponsored by the National Education Association that asks everyone to stop and celebrate books and reading on  March 2, the birthdate of  Dr. Seuss. Here is the link for more information: http://www.nea.org/readacross/ . I would like to invite anyone who is availabe to come read their favorite book in our room on Wednesday. This is a wonderful day where students get to enjoy guests read books all day long. Last year we had 15 guests, including our superintendent, our principal and several parents. Please take a few minutes and come read to our class! If  Wednesday doesn’t work for you, any day this week would still be great!

Here is what First Grade will be studying this week:

READING- Unit 4.3- “Mr. Bones”  Besides Dr. Seuss, we will revist the subject of dinsaurs this week in our reading group books and our hardback story.  

SPELLING- lists for every story can be viewed on the SPELLING LISTS  tab on the S.E.E. homepage http://see.edmonson.k12.ky.us/

 WRITING- Literary Stories-We  have begun writing fiction stories. Ask your child to write you a story that begins “Once upon a time….”  We continue to work with problem/solution.

MATH-Chapter 4- Graphs and Charts

SOCIAL STUDIES-We will be continuing our study of ART. Our class is working with Mr. A to enter paintings into an art contest that features endangered animals. Ask your child what animal they choose.

I hope everyone saw the back page of The Edmonson News this week. Our class is featured for collecting the most pull-tabs for Ronald McDonald House. I would like to thank everyone who helped us win and please keep sending them in–we are still collecting!

School Week 27-Room 104 is thinking about ART

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on February 20th, 2011

JAMBO! Welcome to the last full week of February! The next time we see that full moon, it will be SPRING! I hope everyone had an opportunity to update their calendars with the adjustments made from last week’s Board meeting. We will be in session on Monday, February 21 and April 4, 5, and 6th. This will put the students’ last day as May 27th. This is all contingent on the hope that we will have no more snow days. Let’s all cross our fingers!

Here is what First Grade will be studying this week:

READING- Unit 4.2- “The Dot”  This is a wonderful story about making art and building confidence.  Don’t forget, this unit has a new testing  procedure: students are now reading the test on Fridays independently. There were a few extra misses on last Friday’s testing. I hope you have a chance to read over tests with your child (or children) and notice any reading errors. Overall, as usual, everyone did very well.

SPELLING- lists for every story can be viewed on the SPELLING LISTS  tab on the S.E.E. homepage http://see.edmonson.k12.ky.us/

 WRITING- Literary Stories-We  have begun writing fiction stories. Ask your child to write you a story that begins “Once upon a time….”  We continue to work  on character development and problem/solution.

MATH-Chapter 4- Graphs and Charts

SOCIAL STUDIES-We will be discussing and focusing on ART.

Hope everyone has a great week!

A Tuesday Update for Room 104!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on February 15th, 2011

Olivia doing Valentine Math

Hello Parents! It’s Tuesday evening and I like to give a quick update. I hope everything went well with students and the guest teacher today. I wanted to thank everyone for a truly wonderful Valentine party yesterday. The student’s desks were so beautiful with all the red and pink Valentine’s and treats and a tasty orange punch. Throughout the entire party, I was taken back by the colorful scene. A great BIG thank you to all for the wonderful holiday gifts, I feel very blessed and appreciated. You are the most generous parents I have ever known!!

Because of the snow last week, we are carrying over our units of study:

READING- Unit 4.1- “Mamma’s Birthday Present”  Students should have read this story today with the guest teacher and it should be on the reading log for homework on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Don’t forget, this week’s test will have a new procedure. We will  advance our learning and expand our test taking skills. Students will now be reading the test on Fridays independently. I will, of course, offer support to any student who requires it, but most students are ready for this next  big step.

SPELLING- lists for every story can be viewed on the SPELLING LISTS  tab on the S.E.E. homepage http://see.edmonson.k12.ky.us/

 WRITING- Literary Stories-We  have begun writing fiction stories. Ask your child to write you a story that begins “Once upon a time….” This week we will be working on character development and problem/solution.

MATH-Chapter 4- Graphs and Charts

SOCIAL STUDIES-We will be discussing and focusing on our Families.

Hope everyone has a great week and please contact me with any concerns or questions. I have been getting good feedback and responses on the blog. Please continue to let me know what you think.

Valentine Party-Monday, Feb. 14 @ 1:30

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on February 10th, 2011

Hello Parents!

We will have our party on Monday. Here are the names for Valentine cards: 1. Caroline 2. Catherine 3. Colby 4. Dylan 5. Evan 6. Gavin 7. Hallie 8.  Harley 9. Jarrett 10. Josiah 11. Kelly 12. Keelie 13. Landon 14. Lilly 15. Macy 16. Mason 17. Meredith 18. Noah D. 19. Noah P. 20. Olivia 21. Rachel 22. Will E. 23. Will G.

We were going to make card holders at school, but the weather has changed those plans. If you would like to decorate a shoebox at home for a snowday activity, it could take some pressure off for Monday. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, just covered with paper. We have plenty of hears and decorations they can add on Monday. If not, we will get something together on Monday. Thanks for all your help! Have a great weekend!

School Week 25-TEST TAKING GOES TO NEXT LEVEL and V-DAY!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on February 5th, 2011

Hello everyone! We were glad to complete an entire week of school and celebrate our 100 days of learning in First Grade. I am very proud of our students and class. Our established procedures and routines help us to roll through the inconsistencies that we have been experiencing. Friday’s testing scores were a little low, but I want to express again the unimportance of perfect 100’s on every test.  If they completely bomb a test, I would wish that you look at them and smile and say “That’s OK!, you’ll do better next time!” Please remember they can always drop their lowest test score and make up work can always be completed to improve averages. They will learn a lot from making mistakes and having the full support of their parents to mess up and try again. One of the main philosophies of our class is when someone makes a mistake our class says “GREAT MESS-UP!”

Here is what we are currently studying:

READING- Unit 4.1- “Mamma’s Birthday Present”  We have begun a new unit titled “Treasures” in our reading series. Students should have brought home a new hardback text. Once again, we will  advance our learning and expand our test taking skills. Students will now be reading the test on Fridays independently. I will, of course, offer support to any student who requires it, but most students are ready for this next  big step.

SPELLING- lists for every story can be viewed on a tab on the S.E.E. homepage http://see.edmonson.k12.ky.us/

 WRITING- Literary Stories-We  have begun writing fiction stories. Ask your child to write you a story that begins “Once upon a time….” This week we will be working on character development and beginning, middle and end.

MATH-Chapter 4- Graphs and Charts   We have joined the school-wide competition of “Study Island” and have been working hard. This is a computer math program that allows students to work through the first grade math curriculum and take tests on each section. I am happy to report we survived the first round of elimination and that we have five students that have completed blue ribbons on all of the first grade level, one student has completed second grade level and is working on third grade-GREAT JOB Room 104!                                                                                                

SOCIAL STUDIES- We will be working on several Valentine’s Day projects. I have found a wonderful holder to make for student’s Valentine cards. It is made of two paper plates and easily decorated. I will send home a class list of name for students to work on their cards this week at home, or you may send them to school and we will complete them at school. Our party will be next Monday, February 14th at 2:00. More details to come.

“What’s in My Backpack?”-a poem

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on February 5th, 2011

WHAT’S IN MY BACKPACK? By Donna Whyte

You ask, “What’s in your backpack?”

When I come home each day.

I wonder what you hope is there

If it’s empty, it that okay?

I tell you about my busy day,

How the teacher watches over me.

We sing, we laugh, we share, we learn-

That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

You ask, “What’s in your backpack?”

I say, “Today it’s empty.”

Is that disappointment that I see

As you look down at me?

School is much more than “things”

That you can see and touch.

It’s all of my life lessons,

That means so very much.

For if you really want to know

What I do each day

It won’t be on a paper;

You’ll know by what I say.

When you open the zipper wide,

What you are looking for today

Is all on my inside.

Ask me what we talked about,

And if I remember why.

Each day we do so many things,

So many books to read.

Sure is nice my teacher knows

Exactly what we need.

That backpack on my back today

Carries back and forth my stuff.

If you want to know what I learned

Listening to me will be enough.

My teacher wants to plant a seed,

Get my “love of learning” to sprout.

She wants it to last a lifetime-

That’s what school is all about.

It’s in my head and in my heart

That learning will take place.

“Childhood should be a journey…

Don’t look at it as a race.”

Last two lines of poem adapted from slogan by Bob Johnson and printed with permission from SDE/Crystal Springs Books, Ten Sharon Road, POBox 577, Petersborough, NH 03458 All Rights Reserved

ROOM 104 to Celebrate 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on February 3rd, 2011

Happy Thursday! My blog posts are a little off, as everything seems to be! Although this is our first full week in awhile,  we are still not back to normal! As many of you know, my husband had emergency surgery yesterday to remove his gall bladder, so Room 104 has had a guest teacher for the past two days. Thanks to Mrs. Nancy Sanders for doing a wonderful job in my absence. It is a privilege to have her in our class! I will be back tomorrow for testing and celebrating the 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL!

I hope everyone was informed by the newsletter and reading logs in folders that we have carried “Where are My Animal Friends?” for this week. We will do both spelling and reading testing in the morning, I’m sure students are ready for these tests since we’ve had this story for two weeks.

Tomorrow is the 100th Day of School! Snow days have postponed it a couple of times, but looks like we will be able to celebrate tomorrow. I ordered cute little bags for students to bring a collection of 100 items to school, but they had to be back ordered and did not arrive in time to send home today. We may complete this next week, when the order arrives. I have some surprises for the students, so we will still celebrate and have some 100th Day fun. If you would like to send in a snack for our celebration, please do so! Indeed, we are very lacking in snacks. Since it has been too cold to go outside for recess time, snacks are a central focus for the kids. I know many parents send in snacks for their own child, but it really is sad for the students who do not! I do buy at least one snack a week for the class, but can not keep up with the demand. We love: rice krispy treats, chips, gummies, fruit by the foot, Oreos, Chips Ahoy, and Tootsie Rolls. I have been working on eating better in the new year, so don’t forget about fresh fruit! The kids love bananas, apples and little oranges!

I will update this blog over the weekend and give everyone a preview of next week and our upcoming units of study. Looks like we may have some more snow tomorrow night and maybe Monday. We will just have to roll with it!  Please look for updated newsletters in front of folders tomorrow and complete list of spelling words for Unit 5 in the back of folders. Have a great weekend!

Please do not hesitate to call my cell or contact me if you have any questions!