Week of: 1/19/14

Miss Collins Classroom News
Room 206

Important Dates:

Late Start Monday’s (school begins @ 9:05am)

  • Jan. 26
  • Feb. 2, 9, 23
  • 1/19: No School (MLK Day)
  • 1/23: No School (Professional Development)
  • 2/2: Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser – present the certificate on the back of the Mason Gazette and 20% of proceeds will go to Mason PTO.
  • 2/3: Boston Market Night – 15% of sales go to Mason PTO.
  • 2/11: Student Count Day
  • 2/13: Valentine’s Day Party
  • 2/16-2/20: Mid-Winter Break

Monday: no school
Tuesday: library
Wednesday: music
Thursday: gym
Friday: no school

Weekly Words

- sight words: No test this week!
- word family: contractions

*Spelling test on sight words every Friday*

Reader's Workshop

Our new Reader’s Workshop unit focuses on readers talking about books to grow ideas. We have focused on retelling using transition words. This is building upon their retelling using BME and allows them to become more detailed in explaining the events of a book. They enjoyed hearing from “Snowmen at Night” which they were able to retell with full excitement. You may see them looking at their snowmen a little differently now J We also worked on identifying the “theme” of a book. We described this as what we learned or what the author is trying to teach us from the story. We read from Howard B. Wigglebottom where students learned that winning isn’t everything and that it’s important to have kind words and actions.

Writing Workshop

We continue to work on contractions and following the pattern of the keeping the first word, losing a few and adding an apostrophe. This week we put our How To stories on hold and began reviewing writing by using a rubric. Students will be taking their Grosse Pointe Writing practice this month. Students are encouraged to start stories with a bold beginning, use capitals, punctuation, weather words and sparkle words. We have written two stories this week that the students did a great job with!

Social Studies

Our Work, Work, Work unit has been great practice for students during this half of the school year. We continue to encourage them to independently prepare for school in the morning, get inside the building and follow first grade habits on their own. They are doing a great job with all of their winter wear, too!


We will begin our solids and liquids unit this month where students will explore the differences between these two states of matter and ways in which we identify their differences.  

Collins Comments:

  • During these cold winter days, your child may bring in Chapstick to be kept in their desk.
  • Your child may be need of some extra clothes for their shoe box (socks for wet feet) that is kept in their locker.  
  • Please send in one empty paper towel roll with your child’s name on it. We will begin using math scrolls this month :)
  • Homework Packets due by Thursday, 1/22 due to no school on Friday.