Articles by: Kristina Weller, Casey White, and Katie Bird

Authors, archeologists, and all-around awesomeness!

Authors, archeologists, and all-around awesomeness!

♥ Happy weekend, everyone! ♥ READING UPDATE: How do you share something you’ve learned?  This is the guiding question we are using to frame our study of non-fiction literature.  We’ve begun reading information texts to learn more about the habits of elk.  Be sure to check-in with your reader to learn the predators of elk, whether they are herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores, and what adaptations they make in order to survive the winter. Sustained independent reading stamina:…

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Happy Snowy Monday!

Happy Snowy Monday!

Hi, everyone! Last week’s Friday Flash Newsletter is coming your way on this week’s Monday because… well… that’s just the kind of week we had last week! Here’s the synopsis of last week: READING UPDATE: We are voraciously reading!  We’re practicing reading strategies in shorter picture books as well as longer chapter books.  Reading groups are delving into more complex text as these readers gain confidence and independence. Non-fiction:  To support our recent elk skeleton…

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Picture Day AND Hiking Day!

Hey, first and second grade families! A quick reminder that tomorrow is both our school picture day AND our hiking afternoon. Lots of outfit changes may be in your child’s future! Our time slots for school pictures are in the morning, and we won’t leave for our hike until 11ish. Let us know if you can join us for the hike. Pack some sturdy shoes and a lunch! – Your 1-2 Crew

22 Days of School

22 Days of School

Happy weekend, everyone! Can you believe we’ve only been in school for 22 days (18 in-classroom days plus the assessment week)? We’re on our way to a super successful fun-filled year! READING UPDATE: Strategies:  What do you do when you get to an unknown word?  Use a strategy!  Your reader has been practicing the strategy of “chunking letters and sounds together” to decode unfamiliar words.  For example, the word alligator can be broken into smaller chunks and…

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Our Week in First and Second Grade…

Our Week in First and Second Grade…

Happy Saturday, everyone! We’ve had a wonderful week here in 1-2 Land, complete with reading groups, writing partners, math games, the Quiet/Safe Place Tool, fire trucks, and new songs. Here’s a closer look at what we’ve been up to… READING UPDATE: We’ve finished reading aloud our first chapter book, Lulu and the Brontosaurs, by Judith Viorst.  The main character, a young, strong-willed, impolite, girl who does not like the sound of “no” travels into the…

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