• May 13th-25th

    Posted by Theresa Dalton on 5/28/2018 6:00:00 AM

    I cannot believe we only have 4 days left!  This year has just flown by, and am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to teach your children!  


    In Shared Reading we read Tops and Bottoms and compared the 2 characters.  We did this same task with the book Duck on a Bike.  We also read Duck on a Tractor (which is the sequel to Duck on a Bike). We reviewed how to write a Narrative paper, and then wrote the 3rd book in this series ourselves.  Some students put the Duck on a motorcycle, a cruise ship, a Star Wars spaceship....  They then illustrated their book and read them to the class.


    We also read the books Parts and More Parts by Tom Arnold.  We learned about idioms, as well as compared the two texts.  We also created questions about the books and answered them using key details from the texts.


    In Writing the students wrote a persuasive paper about why they feel they are ready for 2nd grade.  They needed to state 3 reasons and restate their opinion in the conclusion.

    They also wrote letters to the incoming 1st graders and will be reading these to their kindergarten reading buddies this week.


    In Math we have been working on perimeter and area.  We also reviewed measurement by measuring around shapes to find the perimeter.  During math stations the students have continued to work on Front Row (which is now called Freckle), Boom Cards, Math Facts, Addition/Subtraction Turtle Shells game, and at the teacher station we have been finishing up more place value, triple digit addition and basic multiplication.


    Your child will be bringing home a sheet with all of their logins for the different online programs we have been using- these are the same logins that have been in their red folders, but just on a full sheet now.  Please save this for your child to get on these programs over the summer.  They will also be bringing home a Summer Challenge booklet that they can return to me next year for 20 sabrebucks.  Please have them read 60, 80 or 100 minutes a week for the South Summer Reading Incentive.  The t-shirt they will earn for reading 100 minutes a week is adorable!


    This last week we will:

    1) have Field Day

    2) do stations with our kindergarten buddies, rotating to all the 1st grade and kindergarten classrooms to do different activities

    3) complete a First Grade Memory booklet 

    4) say goodbye :(



    Tuesday, May 29th-Field Day!  Wear Orange if possible. Hot Dog lunch for those who pre ordered- otherwise bring a lunch from home.

    Friday, June 1st- Early Release 2pm dismissal-Last Day of School :(



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  • Field Day Volunteers Needed

    Posted by Theresa Dalton on 5/18/2018 3:00:00 PM

    PLease click on the link below to help with Field Day.  Thank you!



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  • April 30th-May 11th

    Posted by Theresa Dalton on 5/15/2018 7:00:00 AM

    These last few weeks are just flying by!


    We had a visit from firefighter, Mr. Perocho who taught us the importance of Fire Safety.


    We had so much fun on our field trip to the Nature Center!  Thank you to Mrs. Nuccio, Mrs. Pavlock and Mrs. Hawes for joining us!


    Thank you so much to everyone who made it to Open House!  It was so nice to see how proud the students were to show off their work!  We were hard at work the past two weeks getting finishing touches ready for the big event!


     In Language Arts we learned about life long ago vs. today. We read School Long Ago, Life Then and NowCities Then and Now and My Great Aunt Arizona. We compared these texts on the same topic. We read Tops and Bottoms and compared the two characters.  We continue to discuss point of view with each narrative text we read. We read A Mother for Choco, What Mommies Do Best and Clifford's Happy Mother's Day. We made Mother's Day cards and coupons for all our fabulous moms!  


    We had our final Second Step lesson and reviewed the steps of being a Good Listener, Calming Down, Solving Problems and Including Others.  We talked about how important it is to be the NICE kid- not the smartest, not the coolest, but the NICEST!


    We took our final MAP tests for 1st grade!  You will receive these scores the last week of school.  The students showed so much growth from last Fall!


    In Math we have completed Unit 8 (our final unit) and will end the year with more double digit addition, triple digit addition and basic multiplication.  There is no official homework coming home. but some children have asked for me to send some home for fun, so it will be optional.


    Please stay in the habit of reading each night as our Summer Reading Incentive Program will begin the first week of summer.  The children will have the option of reading 60, 80 or 100 minutes a week to earn prizes next Fall.  More information will be sent home.


    We have also completed our final Science Unit!  This was by far the favorite unit of our class.  The grand finale was letting our butterflies and milkweed bugs free in the South garden.



    Wednesday, May 16- Early Release 2pm Dismissal

    Monday, May 21 -CL Public Library will be coming to South that morning to do a presentation about their summer reading program- be sure to sign up at the library for this free program to keep the kids reading all summer long!

    Friday, May 25th-Field Trip to Main Beach -kids may bring towes, sand toys, balls....-Absolutely no swimming.  We are excited to check out the new park!  Bring a sack lunch unless you ordered one from school.

    Monday, May 28th-No School Memorial Day

    Friday, June 1- Last Day of School Early Release 2pm Dismissal



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  • See Change

    Posted by Theresa Dalton on 5/7/2018 2:00:00 PM

    May is Healthy Vision Month

    The Crystal Lake Lions Club provides vision exams and glasses to many children in our community.  Please help us help them raise funds for our students in need. We want our children to have the best opportunity to learn!

    Please consider donating your spare change to support the wonderful work of the Crystal Lake Lions Club.  

    *Bring in your loose change!

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  • April 16th-27th

    Posted by Theresa Dalton on 4/28/2018 5:00:00 PM

    We have had a busy 2 weeks!


    In Language Arts we read Oscar the Almost Butterfly and did a retelling of the text, stating the characters, setting, problem and solution.  We read books about Earth Day and wrote about how we can help save the Earth.  We read Should the Pigeon Stay Up Late? and wrote a persuasive letter to the pigeon, stating three reasons for our opinion.  We read the biography of Tomas Rivera and Tomas and the Library Lady, and compared two texts on the same topic.  We spent a lot of time writing about our favorite memory in first grade for our class book that will be delivered in a few weeks!  We read The Day the Crayons Quit and wrote letters to our favorite colored crayon, telling them why we need them. We also wrote a fun poem that you will see at Open House.


    Mrs. Parker (icoach) came in and worked with our class on a new program called Storyboard That.  The children created a setting, characters and started to write a story- check it out at storyboardthat.com.


    We started Kindy/1st grade Reading Buddies!  The kids loved being paired up with a younger student to read with.  They had a blast being the BIG kids!  


    In Math we have completed Unit 7 on geometry/time/measurement.  Next up, double digit addition!


    Science: We have been quite the little scientisits in Room 4!  We now have large caterpillars- one was even hanging in a J from the top of the cup, which means it will be a chrysalis by Monday!  We have more mealworms that have become pupas, and our milkweed bugs have hatched!  Milkweed bugs do not go through metamorphosis- they are born as nymphs and just grow bigger until they are adults.


    We are still in need of 3 parents to join us on our field trip May 7th.  Anyone interested?  


    Have a wonderful week!



    See Change Fundraiser- May 1st-10th (bring in spare change to donate to the Lion's Club)

    Field Trip- Monday, May 7th-bring a sack lunch or order one from the cafeteria

    Open House- Thursday, May 10th 6:30-8pm  Come see all the wonderful things we have around our room and hallway!  You will get to see the progress your child has made throughout 1st grade!



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