Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mystery Reader

Walk down Klipfel & Kids pathway
to take a seat in our reading chair.

Calling all Mystery Readers! Thank you to all who have already signed up to be a mystery reader and to those who have already visited our class. There is still space left if you have not signed up or any member of your family would still like to sign up to be a mystery reader. Some Wednesday at 1:15-1:30 in May and June are still available. You may bring a few of your favorite picture books to share with the class or choose from our classroom library. Please email me or send in a sealed note with the date you would like to read. All are welcome to come and read but remember, shh it's a secret!
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Monday, February 24, 2014

100th Day

97, 98, 99....100! We finally made it to the 100th day of 1st grade.  Welcome back to first grade after a hopefully relaxing vacation with your children. I have heard many stories about your fun filled February vacations.  Today, 1st graders are 100 days smarter and 100 days older.
1st graders had so much fun being 100 days brighter that we pretended to be 100 years older.  1st graders wrote about what they would do, wear and say when they're really really old. We also used this activity to help practice our transition words (First, Then, Finally).
When I'm 100, it will be posh.
I will say, "Goodnight darling."

Also on the 100th day, 1st graders used their creativity to turn the digits from 100 into an imaginative (that's a fancy word for creative) picture.  I love how different their pictures all came out. Students made dinosaurs, a butterfly, smiles, boats and even an Olympic bobsled.
1st graders also made a list of things they wanted to do before they are 100 years old.  There were all kinds of items on their 100 year old bucket list, including get a job, visit Disney, go to Hawaii.  Some 1st graders wanted to buy a mansion, have a butler and even own a limousine.  I'm sure they will of course remember their favorite 1st grade teacher when all these dreams come true!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day

Roses are red, violets are blue. Miss Klipfel's Class says, Happy Valentine's Day to you! Enjoy our Valentine's Day poems by clicking the video below. We hope your day is filled with chocolates, hearts and lots of love.

XOXO Miss Klipfel's 1st Grade Class
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Fancy Day

Fancy Friday, was one exquisite (that's a fancy word for great) day!  Our anticipation has been building all week in excitement for this stupendous day.  It was well worth the wait today to see all the 1st graders dressed in their imaginative posh outfits! Of course, I couldn't resist dressing in my most elegant clothes too.
Students were thrilled (that's even more excited then excited) to complete Fancy Nancy activities throughout the day. 1st graders read Fancy Nancy books, went on a fancy word hunt and used elegant vocabulary; looking exquisite while doing it all.  Snack time was transformed (that's a fancy word for changed) into a Tea Party, using our imagination of course. We also learned about Jane O'Connor and Robin Glasser the author and illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series. They both gave us superb tips for writing and illustrating our pieces.
A large part of 1st graders Writer's Workshop from now until the end of the year will be using word choice in our writing. Our Fancy Word Wall will help 1st grade writers' pieces sparkle and dazzle. We have already added a huge amount of fancy words to our wall. Keep your ears and eyes open for 1st graders using them while speaking and writing.

To end our fabulous Fancy Day, we had a little soiree with Mrs. Higgins' class. Our classes paired up to finish the day with some phenomenal reading.
1st graders (and their teacher) had a stupendous Fancy Day learning and working, with our pinkies up!
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Knock Knock

Who's there? Justin. Justin who? Just-in time to be my Valentine!

If you don't know this already, I love cheesy jokes! The cheesier the better. Every morning in 1st grade we start our day with a joke so we always begin with a smile on our face. We decided we would share our love of joke telling with our pen pals.

This week, 1st graders have been making valentine's for their pen pals. Students looked up jokes in joke books (a great way to practice our reading) and picked the funniest one they could find. Some students came up with their own jokes and others picked ones they remembered. 

After students found jokes, they wrote and illustrated them on their valentine hearts. Their pictures were just as cute as the jokes! Students then wrote a little message to their pen pal on the other side.  Here are some jokes to put a smile on your face...
Why is it always cold at the end of the year?
Because it's Decembrrrrrr!
How do you know when there's an elephant 
under your bed?
When your nose touches the ceiling!

1st graders hope you have a funny Valentine.