Sunday, October 28, 2018

Our Silly Pumpkin Patch

Students are having a great time getting ready for Halloween.  They wrote a descriptive paragraph focusing on adjectives and details about their pumpkin's appearance and personality.


We are also reading a variety of Halloween stories and learning about story structure and elements including: Setting, Characters, Problem and Solution.  This will help students with their story structure when they write their own stories. 


In Math, we have been working on Fact Families and learning how addition and subtraction facts are related.  Students are now seeing the value of learning their addition facts and how it can help them solve subtraction more easily. 

We continue to work on addition and subtraction story problems and how to identify key words like "altogether", "in all", "How many more?" and "What's the difference".  Room 8 had fun making Halloween story problems. 

After observing the moon for the month of October, students have learned how to identify the different patterns in the sky - or "moon phases".  They can now identify a new moon, crescent moon, quarter moon, gibbous moon and full moon.  Students are also learning the difference between "waxing" and "waning".  They had a fun time making Moon Phase mobiles and added them to our classroom decorations.  

Our reading is growing by leaps and bounds! Room 8 is doing a great job applying reading strategies like stretching out the sounds (Stretchy the Snake), chunking the words – i.e. covering the endings “ed” and “ing” to sound out the root/base word (Chunky Monkey) and flipping the vowel sound from short vowel to long vowel sound (Flippy the Dolphin).   Students have also pointed out that sometimes consonants flip sounds (hard g – to soft g like /j/ or hard c – to soft c like /s/.  

We are having fun reading non-fiction pieces about Moon facts...

...or fiction during Reader's Workshop.  We are concentrating on “thinking while we read” and using sticky notes to log our feelings, thoughts, and connections.   

We have wrapped up our unit on Insects and Adaptations.  Students did such a great job researching an insect with a partner and presenting their information with classmates.  

We also added their information on a class Adaptations Chart.  

As a culminating activity the Insect Discovery Lab visited Edna and brought some beautiful and amazing insects to share with us!  Students were able to apply what they know about adaptations that allow insects to survive and make connections with the insects that visited us.  

Upcoming Events & Reminders
  • Wednesday, October 31st - Halloween Parade @8:50AM
  • Wednesday, October 31st - Room 8 Halloween Celebration 
  • @12:45PM - 1:55 PM
  • November 5-16th - EARLY DISMISSAL @1:55PM for Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Monday, November 12th - NO SCHOOL: Veterans Day 
  • November 19 -23 - NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Recess

Monday, October 15, 2018

Going Batty

Room 8 is having fun this Fall
decorating our classroom with bat windsocks and math monsters. 

During Reader's Workshop we continue to focus on strategies to help us decode and read fluently.  We are working on dropping "bad habits" and picking up "good habits".  Ask your child to show you what each "bad habit" is and how they use "good habits" instead. 

During Writer's Workshop students are working on editing their favorite Small Moment story using "blue editing pencils" with partners.  They are focusing on adding details and dialogue, as well as checking for proper punctuation and capital letters at the beginning of sentences.   

We also had a wonderful author visit by Andrea Beaty, the author of Ada Twist the Scientist and Rosie Revere the Engineer.  She read a book aloud, shared what inspired her to write these stories, gave us a sneak peek at her new chapter book, and also spoke about the process of editing stories (which was GREAT for the kids - since they are editing their own stories in class and will be publishing soon!) 

In Math we continue to practice the concepts of addition and subtraction.  We have been learning about the different strategies including: Counting On/Bumping Up, 10 Frames, jumping on the number line or 120 chart, drawing pictures, and using manipulatives for a tactile experience.  

We are also working on breaking numbers into parts using Part-Part-Whole frames, Dominoes and Number Bonds. 

Breaking or "splitting" numbers helps build the foundation for adding and subtracting larger numbers by "splitting" them into tens & ones.  

Room 8 also learned about Odd & Even numbers.  They learned that even numbers have "partners" while odd numbers have an "extra".  
We are also working on addition and subtraction story problems. Students are learning to identify key words such as "altogether, sum, total" and "less, difference, take away, How many are left?"
to help them problem solve.  

In Science we are focusing on the concept of adaptations and researched "What is special about my insect that helps it survive?"

Students shared their adaptation facts with their classmates.

They have also become scientific artists by drawing detailed diagrams!  

Learning about insect adaptations and life cycles gives students a foundation so they can make connections and compare & contrast other organisms. 

Upcoming Events & Reminders
  • Friday, October 19th - PJ & Stuffy Marble Jar party 
  • Friday, October 19th - Insect Discovery Lab Visits Room 8 
  • Wednesday, October 31st - Halloween Parade @8:50AM
  • Wednesday, October 31st - Halloween Celebration @12:40PM - 1:55 PM
  • November 5-16th - EARLY DISMISSAL @1:55PM for Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Monday, November 12th - NO SCHOOL: Veterans Day 
  • November 19 -23 - NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Recess

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Going Buggy!

Room 8 is Going Buggy!

Students are having a great time learning about insect traits and life cycle stages.  Our junior entomologists are observations and writing about our ladybug larvae and ants tunneling in their habitat. 

Students are making big strides during Readers Workshop! It is so amazing watching their decoding and fluency skills improve each day.  We have built our Read to Self stamina up to 17minutes!  Students are also learning how to set goals and re-read to improve fluency.    

As part of building good reading habits, we are learning how to "Do Something at the End of a Book".  We have started with finding and labeling our favorite part with a sticky note and sharing that part with our partner.  Students are encouraged to share their ideas, connections, and reactions to their partner's favorite part. 

In Math, we continue to practice the different combinations of numbers that make 10, "counting on" or "bumping up" to solve addition problems, using our number lines and 120 chart to add.  We have also focused on sharing strategies with each other to solve "missing addends" to 10 and beyond!              


         We are also using Tens Frames to help us represent larger numbers and solve missing addends. 

During Writers Workshop we are learning how to write a Small Moment story.  This is a story that is focused on one small moment of a bigger event. Students are encouraged to sound out the beginning/middle/end of words as they write. After students finish their first draft, we will learn how to edit our stories by adding details and checking for proper spacing, letter formation, and punctuation. 

Last, but certainly not least, a big SHOUT OUT to our Room Mom Courtney Butowski for helping coordinate the Stampede Barrel donations. They are so creative that I know First Grade is going to shine! 

Room Moms, Sue and Ashely, are working on our Halloween party activities.  More details to come!  

  Also special thanks to all our Art, Garden, Library and Center volunteers. Things have been running smoothly thanks to you! 

Coming soon...Author Visit: Wednesday, October 10th
We will have the amazing author, Andrea Beaty, visit Edna!  She is the author of Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere the Engineer).  Flyers were sent home in your child's Wednesday Folders and include an order form for pre-signed picture book. Orders are due to Mrs. Monge by Wednesday, October 5th. 


  • Monday, October 8th: No School-Staff Development Day
  • Wednesday, October 10th: Author Visit: Andrea Beaty  
  • Sunday, October 14th: Mustang Stampede
  • Friday, October19th: Insect Discovery Lab Visit
  • Wednesday, October 31st:  Halloween Parade & Party (time & details TBD)