Sunday, November 12, 2017

The first graders learned how to be safe on the bus, a bike and with weather.  A big THANKS to Mr. Porter, Sean, and Jeriann for coming into talk to the first graders Monday afternoon.  They learned a lot!

The Waukee Fire Department talked to the first graders about fire safety.  

The 1st graders were able to see inside a fire truck and an ambulance.  

The police officers talked to the students about their job and gave them a tour of the police station.  

The students were able to walk through a police car.  

In reading this week, the students will be learning about author's purpose.  Please check out the information above.  
  • Spelling test will be on Friday.  
  • The 1st graders will be having the unit 3 math test on Friday.  
  • The first graders have started writing their safety books.  Please ask your child which safety topic they picked. 
  • The food drive is going well.  These are the food items that you can bring in for this week.  MONDAY:  Meaty Monday (canned tuna, chicken, fish, spam, or peanut butter, or SOUPS) TUESDAY: Toiletry Tuesday (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, diapers, toilet paper) WEDNESDAY: Veggie Wednesday (canned veggies) . A big thank you to those that have donated items.

Saturday, November 4, 2017



Last week the first graders learned about the sun’s daily “path” across the sky, including how the sun rises on the eastern side of the sky, and sets on the western side.

The students have been working on adding numbers in math.  There will be math homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  

Mrs. Lamoureaux taught us about counting collections on Friday.  The students will be doing this activity weekly in math.  

The first graders counted a variety of items by tens.

They had to explain their thinking on the recording sheet.  Their drawing had to match the collection.  

  • There will not be any spelling words this week or vocabulary words.
  • The first graders will be going to the Waukee Fire Station and Police Department on Monday, November 6th.  We will be leaving at 1:00 and returning around 3:00.
  • We are going to start our Safety PBL on Monday.  The 1st graders will be learning about weather, bus, bike, fire and stranger safety.  They will pick one of the safety topics and write their own informative book.  

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A big THANK YOU to the parents that volunteered for the Halloween party on Friday.  The first graders had a great time!


We are learning about shadows in science.  The first graders went outside to trace their shadows on Thursday in the morning and the afternoon.  Please ask your child what was different about their shadows.  

Mrs. Lamoureaux came into our classroom on Thursday morning to teach us about the app, Chatterpix.  The students listened to a story about bats and shared facts using the app.  Please ask your child about Chatterpix.




The 1st graders will be learning about story structure next week in reading.  In the evening after your child is done reading, please ask them about the characters, setting, and plot.

  • Spelling test will be on Friday.
  • On Monday, November 6th the first graders will be going to the Waukee Fire/Police Station at 1:30.  We will be gone from 1:00-3:00 on that day.  If you'd like to go, please let me know.  I will take the first 2 volunteers that respond.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The first graders are going to be learning about text and graphic features next week in reading.


Mrs. Lamoureaux came into the classroom on Friday to finish a lesson on giving and receiving feedback.  The first graders partnered up and gave each other specific feedback on how to make their bird drawings better.  


Our reading topic last week was music.  In one of our texts, they showed the kids how to make their own drum.  The first graders wanted me to share this so they could have the directions to make one at home.  

The students spotted some shadows outside during recess.  

These two were shadow experts on the playground.  

In science, the students used flashlights and their gnomes to make shadows in the classroom.  


  • The spelling test will be on Friday.
  • Picture retakes are Wednesday, October 25th.
  • The first graders will be reviewing for the math test on Monday and will take the unit 2 test on Tuesday.  There will be math homework on Wednesday.  
  • The Halloween party is Friday, October 27th from 11:15-12:15.  Your child can bring their costumes and change into them for the party.  
  • Here is the Scholastic book order link.  Scholastic.com Our classroom code is GT9RT.





Saturday, October 14, 2017


In math the first graders played a game called, High Roller.  The focus of the game is adding.  

The students have been working on addition facts in math.  They played addition memory.  They had to find sums that match.  

Mrs. Lamoureaux came to our classroom on Tuesday to teach us about giving feedback.  We talked about what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like.

The pictures above are examples of a student's drawings after he received feedback from his classmates.  

The first graders drew a picture of a bird.  They will be giving each other feedback on their drawings and using it to make changes.  


In reading, the first graders will be learning about the sequence of events in a story next week.
  

The Van Meter Fire Department was at school on Friday.  The students learned about fire safety.



  • Spelling test will be on Friday.
  • There will be math homework Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  
  • Picture retakes are Wednesday, October 25th.
  • You can order books from Scholastic using this link.  Scholastic Books

Sunday, October 8, 2017



Cohen was the 1st grade Top Dog award winner for the month of September.  Congratulations! 

The first graders will be learning about main idea and details in reading this week.  At home you can ask your child about this after they are done reading.  


K-12th grade students participated in the Wellness Walk on Wednesday.  The students walked for 30 minutes.

The first graders will be taking the spelling test on Seesaw instead of using paper and pencil.     


  • Spelling test will be on Friday.
  • I will be sending home a fluency rubric with your child on Monday.  You can use this rubric to rate their fluency after they read.  This is something that the first graders use at school too. 
  • There will be math homework Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • Bulldog Blitz donations are due on Friday, October 20th.  Please return them to our classroom. 
  • Thanks for coming into conferences.  It was great to see everyone.
  • The Halloween party will be on Friday, October 27th from 11:15-12:15.  I will be emailing the mom that is in charge.  If you signed up to help with this party, you will be getting an email from her.  
  • Final collection date for Box Tops is Friday, October 20th.
  • Click on the link to order books from Scholastic.  scholastic.com

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Every week, we have an activity called The Never Ending Story.  We started out doing this as a class and then I had them work together to write a story as a table.  This week, the students worked in partners.  They do a great job of collaborating with one another and trying to incorporate the vocabulary words.  

The first graders used Ten Frames and counters to represent different numbers in math.  This is an example of how 3 students showed the number 8.  The first graders did great on their first math test.  I will be sharing that with you at conferences.  

Some of you may have seen your child explain what a turn around fact is on Seesaw.  They are learning how to use the iPad camera to take a picture of an artifact and then record their thinking.  


The Bulldog made an appearance at the pep rally on Friday afternoon. 

The students were introduce to Spirit, the new service dog.  You may remember your child talking about Digger last year.  Digger is still walking the halls, but has a different role this year.    



We ended our Friday with the parade.  Everyone was able to have one piece of candy.  

  • The October snack calendar was sent home on Friday.
  • Spelling test will be on Thursday.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences are Tuesday and Thursday.  There is a 1:30 dismissal on those days.  You should have your conference time.  If you don't remember what day and time you signed up for, please let me know.  
  • No school on Friday.