First grade has been loving our reading workshop time! The students have worked on finding good fit books for themselves to add to their book boxes. After learning a new reading strategy, the students spread out around the room and practice their reading strategies with books that they’re interested in. During this time they get to conference with the teacher and associate and show their growth and set goals. On Fridays, we have Flashlight Fridays, where we dim the lights and get to read with flashlights! This class LOVES to read!
With Halloween just around the corner, students are enjoying some fun Halloween songs from Quaver in class! To take a peek at one we learned, visit this link for a little “Monster Groove” http://bit.ly/2yHKvqd (do you spy the references to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller?”)
Matholomew the Mad Mathematician came to visit our classroom today! Numbers had been taken and disguised as addition problems. The students helped him solve all the problems around the room to find the numbers. Then they took on a bigger challenge and used process of elimination to find some harder numbers, such as “It is not 3+11, It is not 4+9…” until there was one number left. This first grade class solved a ton of math problems while giggling and using their imaginations!
Design with Mr. Lenz & Mr. Seehausen
The first few weeks of school brought a lot of activity to the new design lab. As new teachers to Seven Peaks, we have been working hard to understand the school, its students, and collaborate with teachers in order to integrate design thinking with their current lesson plans. So far everything has gone extremely well, and the kids’ excitement and curiosity for the design lab has made the space even more rewarding. We are finally approaching 100% as we put the final touches on the design lab space. We worked long days all summer and built the lab from scratch with the help of other staff members, students, and volunteers. Recently we shut down the lab for two days to complete the installation of a dust collection system, but now that we have it in place, we can begin woodworking projects that require air filtration to keep our lab clean and safe.
Ms. Collins’ 1st grade class has enjoyed a lot of lab time. They started out by coming to the lab with a classroom table that needed the legs to be cut. After giving input on the best procedure, 1st graders measured the legs and disassembled the table so that Mr. Lenz could demonstrate the band saw, which he used to cut the legs to size.
We have had an amazing start to this school year. Our focus had been on being problem solvers as we establish our classroom community. One of our coffee tables was so tall that we had to stack up the pillows to sit at it. This was not leaving enough pillows for everyone. We recognized this problem. Then the students interviewed each other to find the need, and discovered that the table was too tall to sit at with pillows. They then brainstormed lots of amazing ideas and came to the conclusion that we should cut down the legs of the table to be at the correct height. The students measured and we decided to take 5 inches off the bottom of each of the four legs. They all helped carry the solid wood table down the hall to the design lab where they learned about safety, tools, and saws. Then we were able to solve our problem by cutting down the legs to make our table the perfect height for all of us to sit at together while each using one pillow.
Welcome Back! We are so excited to get this school year started! A lot of time has been invested in preparing our classroom and now we can’t wait for it to be filled with collaboration, laughter, curiosity, and learning! This year will be focused around empathetic thinking within communities. We will learn about all types of communities and how we can be problem solvers, and it starts right here in our own classroom. Our Woodland Fort Classroom will be full of adventure this year as we gain valuable 21st century skills! We’ll see you on Wednesday at 8:00am! — Mrs. Collins & Ms. Tami
Bienvenidos! I am looking forward to seeing you all following a super busy and fun-filled summer. I’m excited to start off this year with you and look forward to sharing our new Spanish classroom, which I designed with each one of you in mind! We have a great year planned with a lot of new vocabulary to learn, conversations to share and cultures to experience! Hasta luego, amigos! See you next week. — Sra. Jylan Maloy
The Design Lab is welcoming all lower school students starting on day one. Your classroom teacher will join us on a lab tour and get-to-know me, Mr. Lenz and Mr. Seehausen. We will model design thinking as we discuss ways to make sure that the design lab is a safe, comfortable and inspiring place for all students. A common question regarding design thinking is about curriculum: It is important to emphasize that design thinking is intentionally not a stand-alone curriculum. The goal is to integrate these concepts and skills into existing units of study. My role as lead design thinking teacher is to help classroom teachers find meaningful and relevant ways to incorporate design. Lower school classes will use the design lab on an as-needed basis, with the entire morning blocks reserved for lower school use.
Welcome back to school 1st grade students and families! I am Mrs. Sara Miller and I am so thrilled to be your music teacher this year. In music, we focus on being tuneful, artful and beatful all while having tons of fun in our well-appointed music room. I teach Pre-K through 8th grade music at Seven Peaks as well as enjoy cooking, reading and walking in my spare time. I have a fun family of 7 that also keeps me hopping, with kids ages 16-14-10-8-5. I look forward to getting to know each one of your families – feel free to stop by the music room any time and introduce yourself!
Welcome Back Artists! Looking forward to a new adventure in art this year as we welcome new students, work in new spaces and create new things. We have one amazing art room now and we have worked hard to prepare it for all ages. I look forward to welcoming your young artist to the new space and am excited to start creating with them! Every year I am amazed at your students ability to problem solve, try new techniques and mediums and persevere through challenges to see their hard work pay off. See you soon! — Mrs. Santucci
First grade has been busy these past two weeks! With the nice weather last week we were able finally celebrate outdoor day! We had almost all of our learning outside that day and it was a great change of scenery for the kids. It coincided perfectly with our math unit all about measurement. The kids were able to apply their measurement learning directly to the real world through an outdoor measurement scavenger hunt. They had a blast and were able to apply their learning about standard and non-standard measurement to everything from the the playground to the circumference of a tree and a blade grass.
We also spent time preparing for our upcoming Mother’s Day celebration! As we head into our math unit all about fractions we spent time baking some muffins for our moms and learning about how important fractions are in the baking process.
Both of these real life examples of math at work gave the kids such insight into the “why” behind the math. They were engaged and having fun while they were learning and I can guarantee they won’t forget these lessons! What a great week!
First grade had a busy week! As Earth Day approached we spent the week learning about this wonderful place we live in and how we can be better stewards of the earth! We started the week with a visit from Smokey the Bear and the Bend fire department. They taught us all about fire safety and what we can do to help! We then had a visit from the Environmental center of Bend. The class spent time learning about recycling and composting. We even got to check out the worms that were part of the compost bins. Bringing local experts into the classroom is a great way to expose the kids to different teachers and individuals who have often time turned their passion into careers. What a fun learning week!
This week the first grade class visited the Bend Science Station. The kids had a blast and were able to add to their knowledge about electricity. The kids experienced the Van der Graaf Generator which creates static electricity. We discussed why and how certain objects with the same charge repel away from each other (including their own hair, paper, foam and mylar). I think the class will always remember Mrs. Leo’s rocker hair! We also created a human electron chain where each person passed along their electrons from the generator through a small shock when their hands met. The kids LOVED this as you can see on their faces below!
In class we have been working for the last few days on learning all about the workings of an electrical circuit. Today we finished our paper circuits which included, copper tape, a battery and a paper mounted LED light the students were charged with getting to light up! The class worked hard to make sure they had all the elements of a circuit and tried and tried again till they got their circuit to work. This kind of hands on learning makes the subject matter come alive and keeps the students very engaged. We will continue our learning about electricity this week and this learning will help propel the students to want to gain further knowledge and come up with theories to test and try in class about the power of electricity!
After finishing a large space mural, which will eventually be placed in our commons, the 1st Graders enjoyed creating circus themed line drawings, then finishing them off beautifully with watercolor paint. Moving on to Still Life paintings, these young artists will learn about famous artists such as Paul Cezanne, We will talk about observing the objects before them to create more realistic drawings which they will then paint.
Buen trabajo, Elementary Spanish! I am so proud of all my students this year. My greatest reward in teaching them is seeing their improvement in their conversational skills and written sentence constructions we have been working on since the beginning of the year. I am definitely witnessing it in the classroom. I know some parents have shared with me their enjoyment in having their kids help, by listening and speaking, in the Spanish-speaking countries your have recently vacationed in this past Spring Break. I expect that, and told them before they left, not to be shy. However, practicing their conversational skills with strangers is never as easy as doing it in the comfort and familiarity of our classroom at SPS. I can not begin to tell you how grateful I am for the loving atmosphere, enthusiasm, happiness and the great attitude your kids bring to class everyday. Their willingness to learn, participate, and practice with their peers always goes beyond my expectations.
I would like to witness with your own eyes the progress they have made. In the next few days you will be receiving an email from me inviting you to watch them “show off” how they are developing their gift of a second language. I know they can’t wait and I hope you can find the time to come to watch them. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to meet with you during a time that is more convenient.
The end of the school year is quickly approaching. In the final two months, I will be gradually immersing your kids further in to the language. There will be a little confusion during the first couple of days, but I know by experience they will find it a lot of FUN. Let’s all remember that, at their age, FUN plus IMPROVEMENT is what should be about! Muchas gracias for sharing and trusting all your child to me.
Core virtues are an everyday part of life in first grade. Kindness is one that we focus on as we explore and learn about friendships and classroom dynamics. We were lucky enough to have local business owner Heather Nashelle, owner of Nashelle Jewelry, visit our classroom and share her message of kindness and the ripple effect with the class. She then shared her gift of jewelry making! They each chose one word that spoke to them and hand hammered it into their necklace. These pieces will help remind each student how their kindness can affect others. We believe that social emotional learning needs to be explicitly taught and modeling and teaching students how to treat others is a core part of the first grade classroom. The students had a blast and we appreciate the time Heather spent with our class!
For the last month or so, first grade has been working their way through our Carnival of the Animals unit. Camille Saint-Saëns composed this piece in 1886 with 14 humorous suites, designed to mimic the sounds of various animals. While he designed for this 25 minute work to be a joke, it is an excellent teaching tool for learning about a variety of musical basics like fast and slow (largo and presto), high and low, and various instruments. The students have been working their way through a listening journal that allows them to color each animal as we listen to the music from that suite. Additionally, we incorporate literacy and movement by reading a classic children’s book associated with each animal depicted and move like the animals. This is one of my favorite units to teach and your students have been a joy to work with.