Daily Schedule

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Spring Parent-Teacher Conference Roster

Parent-Teacher conferences are fast approaching! Here is the roster, which I will keep updated. I will also 
send an email reminder closer to conference time. Please email me with your first and second choice. 

Monday, March 4

7:40 - 8:00 a.m.
8:10 - 8:30           Evan         

Tuesday, March 5

7:40 - 8:00 a.m.
8:10 - 8:30            Ian

11:40 - 12:00      
12:00 - 12:20

Wednesday, March 6

7:40 - 8:00 a.m.
8:10 - 8:30          

1:30 - 1:50 p.m.
2:00 - 2:20
2:40 - 3:00
3:00 - 3:20          Jackson 
3:30 - 3:50          Mira   

Thursday, March 7

7:40 - 8:00       
8:10 - 8:30          

11:40 - 12:00      
12:00 - 12:20

2:40 - 3:00
3:00 - 3:20         Phoebe
3:30 - 3:50         Finley      

Friday, February 8, 2019

This Week in Review - February 4 - 8

This information also found in Walter weekly update:

Our final week before mid-winter break was filled with special events as well as finishing up some l
oose ends. In the “loose ends” category, we finished our winter acrostic poems as well as framing our 
winter self portraits. The frames were done by sponge painting one day, and then adding small 
hand-crafted coffee filter snowflake decorations on another. 

We finished our current chapter book, George’s Marvelous Medicine. Since I had several copies, 
some children decided it would be fun to follow along with me while I read.
Evan and Kalyan were our special readers this week, and both did a really nice job. We also had our 
usual spelling-go-round activity on Monday, and illustrated a special valentine poem. Bec, Logan’s 
mom, came in on Monday to read stories as part of our wonderful library time. She had two great 
selections - both related to our current theme of nature mythology. Bec promised to return most 
Mondays with more picture books, felt board tales, and puppets - as well as helping us find and 
check out books.

Special activities this week included the very successful book swap, our second session of EBs, 
a skating party at Buhr Park, and a Valentine exchange. Whew! What happy and tired children we 
have! See you all in a week - stay warm!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Pocket Riddles - Coins in Math Class

Flea Market Math has become a verrrrry popular math tradition in the first and second grade classrooms. It is the culminating event or project for the children after weeks of learning all about money. For beginners, this can mean learning coin values and making easy exchanges. For children who are in my math group, my goal is for students to become adept at counting piles of change, making change from a dollar, using proper dollar notation, and being able to add and subtract money amounts (lining up with the decimal point).

Right now, we are thinking that our annual Flea Market will be held on the day before Spring Break, which gives us quite a few weeks to hone our skills. Here is one great activity we did on Tuesday that can easily be done at home for practice – and the best part is that it can be easily modified for your child’s skill level.

I started with a riddle written on a card. The riddle was on one side, and the answer was on the other. The actual coins were in my change purse, and the students had a pile of coins on the rug that they could work with. The riddle stated:

I hold 4 coins. They total 61 cents. What coins do I have?

Right away, I got a sense of who needed support. Some children needed reminders of what the value of each coin was. A couple immediately gave up and deemed this challenge “Impossible.” At least one knew that one penny was needed since the amount ended in a 1, which was a big clue. This was tricky! Working together, we came up with the answer – Q, Q, D, P

I then tried a slightly easier one, to boost confidence.

I hold 3 coins. They total 27 cents. What coins to I have?

This one everyone was able to do, and was excited to try their hand at making their own riddles! At the end of math class, we worked together to solve them – some were super challenging!

Here are some riddles to get you started for some home practice:

I hold 5 coins. They total 76 cents. What coins do I have?
There are 4 coins. The coins total 30 cents. What coins do I have?
There are 4 coins. They total 60 cents. What coins do I have?
There are 3 coins. The coins total 35 cents. What coins do I have?
I hold 5 coins. They total 95 cents. What coins do I have?

For beginners, it would help to have an assortment of coins to manipulate. For more experienced workers, a good challenge would be to have them work it out in their heads. Have fun!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

January's Environmental Super Hero Project - Book Swap!

Our January Environmental Super Hero Project - the First Annual Book Swap - was a big success. I think all were in agreement that this event should become a regular thing. The children had such thoughtful responses when asked why they thought having book swaps/exchanges may be a better idea than simply going to the store each time you wanted to get a new book to read. They also recognized that some books were special and sentimental - and these books you might want to keep on your shelves forever, or pass them down to family members.

We started the event by reading a short selection from Matilda, by Roald Dahl. We picked this piece just because she is such a lover of books, and we know these children are all book lovers too. We wanted this to not only be a "green" activity, but a celebration of our shared love of the written word.

Then children got to browse through all books brought in and picked out as many books as they brought in. Recommendations were made, discussions were had. And then most children asked, "Can I start reading now?" (The answer was "Yes!") Many children also wanted to make special bookmarks for their new selections, so materials were supplied for that as well.