Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April is almost over...

April has been a busy month for us in team 106!

A few updates:

No homework bags this week.  Homework will continue after vacation.
Today we went to the high school to see the 4th grade production, "We are New Hampshire!" It was great!
We are finishing up and publishing our fiction stories this week.
It is Poetry Week.  We will finish the week with a school-wide "Poem in your Pocket" Day.
Progress Reports will go home on Friday!

Friday, March 31, 2017


We spent this snowy Friday afternoon bringing some spring into our classroom!  We made colorful flowers to replace the snowflakes hanging from our classroom ceiling.  At least it looks like spring inside!!

In folders this afternoon there are 2 permission forms for April.  One is to see the 4th grade dress rehearsal at the high school on the day of the show and the second is to visit the Baker Free Library.  Both of these trips are FREE!  Please sign and return the pink papers as soon as possible!

Thank You

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

This week...

Officer Mike Carpenter from the Bow Police came to our classroom this morning to discuss our lockdown procedures.  The students asked great questions and learned a lot!

This week in math, we continue to talk about the < and > symbols.

In reading, we are starting to learn words that have vowel teams ('ai' in rain, or 'ay' in say.)  We are also learning about NOUNS this week.  Nouns are words that name a person, place, or thing!

Monday, March 20, 2017

This Week...

We have been so busy traveling around the world!  On Friday we went to Ireland.  Today we visited Poland.  Tomorrow and Wednesday we will go to England, Costa Rica, and France.  What an enriching experience for our students!!

Don't forget....The First Grade Show is this Thursday at BHS 6:30pm..  Students will wear pajamas for the show and then on Friday to celebrate!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Trip Around the World


First grade classes are traveling around the world beginning in the middle of March!  We are looking for family members who can act as a “tour guide” and lead a lesson to enrich our first graders by sharing a cultural activity from a country of your choice (favorite vacation, study abroad, family heritage, etc.).   
The successful share would include but is not limited to:
-a short introduction (10 minutes)may include any of the following: finding the country on a map, language, climate, culture, and other important ideas.  Visuals are highly encouraged and could include books, PowerPoints with 5 or less slides, photographs, or artifacts.  
- an interactive activity for first graders to learn in a hands-on way (approx. 20 minutes).  This could include:  sampling food, playing a traditional game, learning a cultural dance or song, dressing up in traditional clothing, creating an arts and crafts project, sharing a holiday tradition or an idea of your choice.
*Please keep in mind that first graders have short attention spans and learn best through movement.   First graders like to be part of the action!*

 If you are able to help, please email me at aturley@bownet.org.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Welcome Back!

Our class picked right up where we were in February!

-Homework Bags went home today!
-Library Day is tomorrow!
-PE day is tomorrow!

We have finished our Integrated Arts rotation.  For the remainder of the year we will have Day 1: music, Day 2: PE, Day 3: art.

In reading today we began learning about consonant blends (words that begin or end with two consonants that blend together).  Some examples of these are "sl" in "slip", "st" in "step", or "sk" in "mask".

In math we are beginning our place value unit!  Today we explored tens and ones blocks.

This week in writing we will begin writing fictional stories!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Last Week before vacation...

We are planning on having a productive and busy week...

A few notes:

-There will be no homework bags this week.  Homework bags will go home again in March.
-This will be our last Integrated Arts week.  In March we will once again have art, music, and PE.
-We will meet with our Artist in Residence for the 2nd time this week helping to create an art installation for our very own cafeteria!