Week of: 12/8/14

Miss Collins Classroom News
Room 206

Important Dates:

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

  • Dec. 8, 15
  • Jan. 5, 12, 26

12/6: Parcells Bazaar

12/9: Report cards sent home & Holiday Vocal Concert 7:00pm @ Parcells.  

  • Students arrive @ 6:45 (Room #102)
  • Curtains open @ 7.

12/13: Santa Breakfast!

  • Seating #1 @ 9-10am
  • Seating #2 @ 10-11am

12/18: Classroom Holiday Party (2-3pm)

12/19: Comfy Cozy Day - students may come to school in their coziest clothes and can bring in slippers to wear in the classroom!

12/22-1/2: Winter Break

1/19: No School (MLK Day)

1/23: No School (Professional Development)


Monday: library
Tuesday: music
Wednesday: gym
Thursday: art
Friday: library

Weekly Words

- sight words: then, they, this, that, with
- word family: -ed

*Spelling test on sight words every Friday morning*

Reader's Workshop

We continue to work on comprehension, accuracy and fluency this month. Students have done a great job using strategies to read more fluently. We have practiced reading stories multiple times for accuracy. Then we use a different voice and read the story again for fluency. For example, students have read in a shy voice, glad voice, monster voice and scared voice. By rereading texts, students can build accuracy, and then focus on their fluency as they already know the words in the story.

Writing Workshop

We have finished our small moment unit. Students did a great job as first grade authors who wrote about one specific moment that related to our mentor text. We put together all of our small moments with a cover page and turned them into one big booklet. Students have enjoyed reading through their previous stories and seeing how much they have grown as authors who have worked on describing words and punctuation. Our most recent writing unit has been opinion letters for social action. We have read from two stories (Run, Turkey, Run and Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type) that made us want to help out the characters. Our helpful ideas were written in letter format which includes the date, greeting, body, closing and signature.

Social Studies

Our “Work, Work, Work” unit discusses jobs, responsibilities, earning money and addresses goods and services. We also learned about wants versus needs which was practiced by making a wants Christmas list and a needs Christmas list. Next week we will begin our “Christmas Around the World” where students will “travel” with their suitcases and passports to four different countries. They will learn about how each country celebrates Christmas and work on activities that go along with their celebration. It will be a fun week!


We continue to graph in our weather journals. Our weather winner during November was cloudy. Let’s see what December brings!

Collins Comments:

We will be walking to Parcells on Tuesday after lunch for our concert rehearsal.  Students are asked to arrive at Parcells (room 102) between 6:30-6:45.  We will be performing first and curtains open promptly at 7:00pm.  

Classroom Holiday Party donation requests have gone home in Boomerangs today.  Please send in items ASAP.  Our party is on Thursday, 12/18 @ 2-3pm.  All are welcome to stop by for some holiday fun!