Friday, December 18, 2015

Hansel, Gretel and Fred

 Why I LOVE Shared Reading!

Today we presented Hansel, Gretel and Fred to family and friends.  I find Reader's Theater (Shared Reading) to be such an important part of a classroom curriculum.  The students build confidence and their love for reading.  As we develop and look at new scripts the students practice all their reading strategies, build meaning and comprehension, work as a team and read aloud while performing.

June and Kali as Gretel

 Ben, Abram and Tripp as Hansel

Vivian and Emma as Weezie 

 Jonathan, Kara and Alexander as Gingerbread Man

Madelyn, Mariella and Hailey as Freddie Jean

 Carter and Presley as Fred

Emmaline, Mikenzie and Trenton as the Jelly Bears

Wednesday, December 9, 2015



Our Gingerbread Baby, Girl and Boy Are Lost!

Our gingerbread child has gone missing!  Today we worked together with a partner to peer edit our "Lost" papers and add details to our writing.  We are hoping that someone will help us find our gingerbread child soon!  Check back tomorrow to read our "Lost" papers to identify the missing gingerbread child.

Monday, November 30, 2015


Hansel, Gretel and Fred!

You may have heard of the story Hansel and Gretel but you have probably never heard this version.  The setting of our next Reader’s Theater, Hansel, Gretel and Fred, takes place in a deep dark forest. It is early morning, Hansel and his sister, Gretel, are walking along eating crackers and leaving a trail of crumbs behind them.

Please join us on December 18th at 8:30 
for our next Reader’s Theater!  
Here is our cast:

Hansel – Abram, Tripp and Benjamin
Gretel – June and Kali
Weezie (the witch) – Emma, Vivian and Madelyn
Fred (a mouse) – Carter and Presley
Freddie Jean (Fred’s sister) – Mariella and Hailey
Gingerbread Man – Jonathan, Kara and Alexander
First Jelly Bear – Mikenzie

Second Jelly Bear – Emmaline and Trenton
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Are You Ready to Make Some "No Bake Cookies"

On Tuesday, November 24th, the students chose to have a cooking classroom incentive for earning 1000 #Hodag Paws!  They worked together to make "No Bake Cookies".  Check out their talent!

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Over the past four weeks the students have been investigating and researching bats, pumpkins and owls with a gradual release of responsibility.  They then chose an informational text related to a mammal that sparked their curiosity.  The students engaged  in a variety of  informational texts. They responded by creating a KWL that captures their knowledge, wondering, along with new, interesting, and unusual information.  Asking and answering questions also played an integral role in their investigations.  Students participated in language/word study and applied foundational skills in order to read appropriate texts and investigated their chosen mammal of interest. Once the reports were written they collaborated with other students to add details and strengthen their writing . Finally the students wrote An Informational Mammal Report and then using @Biteslide redesigned their report by adding photos and text.  Follow the link below to read their reports!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Meet Author and Illustrator Tom Barnett!

This afternoon we were excited to meet Tom Barnett, author and illustrator of "I Brought a Hodag to School". He read his book to us and shared his love for illustrating a Hodag! Thank you! 
Sunday, November 8, 2015

All About Owls!

This past week the students have been researching owls.  They used a KWL graphic organizer to guide their research. The students used illustrations and details within text to find new and interesting facts. They collaborated with peers to share their research.  After completing their research the students used @Biteslide to digitally tell about their research.  Check out their Digital Presentations following this link ~ All About Owls by Mrs. Lieck's 1st Graders



.Below is some of the resources used to research their topic.

Math Fluency


One of our favorite things to do during the day is to practice Math Fluency!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pumpkin Investigation

Check out our online bulletin board for what we know, photos and a video of our investigation and research!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Looking Ahead to Friday!

The students are so excited for this Friday's Reader's Theater.  Please have your child wear his/her Halloween Costume to school on Friday, October 30th as it will be part of our Reader's Theater. During this week, your child should be using expression to tell his part of the story :)

Meet our cast:

Narrators - Vivian and Emma
Amanda - June and Kali
Josh - Abe and Ben
Mr. Brown - Tripp
Green Monster - Kara and Mikenzie
Purple Monster - Xander, Jonathan and Hailey
Blue Monster - Carter, Trenton, Presley, Madelyn, Emmaline


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What Do We Know and Wonder About Bats?

Today we began our discussion about Bats.  We shared with each other what we knew about bats and also what we still wondered about bats.  You can check out the information which we posted on our online bulletin board using +Padlet  Just click on the image below or the QR code:


Then we had a special Mystery Reader via Google Hangout. We were so excited to learn more about bats from the books she shared!  Thanks Lindsey!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Kevin Henkes Author Study

Looking Through the Eyes of An Author

Throughout the last month students have been learning about the role of illustrations in a story, techniques for "reading" illustrations, and techniques for identifying details in a story. Students have shared how illustrations and details in a story depict characters, setting, or events.

We have taken a closer look at the author and illustrator, Kevin Henkes.  Kevin grew up in Racine, Wisconsin and grew up loving books and he also enjoyed drawing and painting.

The students chose their favorite Kevin Henkes books.  As the story was reread students asked and answered questions to help them build their understanding of the story. Next they drew illustrations to represent the details in the story.  They retold their favorite story to a peer and listened to suggestions that may strengthen their illustration.

When they finished their illustration and retelling, the students used the Ipad to take photos of their illustrations.  Next they created a Google Slide and uploaded their illustrations.  They checked to make sure their text match their illustration.  So proud of them!

Below is some samples of their work :)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Kid Bloggers Small Moments

 My mom and dad got me a kitten.  First they got the kitten from the dump and it was in a doghouse. Next my mom and dad brought the white kitten home and gave it to me at my grandma and grandpa’s house.  Then I thought it was a very cute and nice kitten. Finally I named it Lindsey. Yay!

 This weekend I went to the Porcupine Mountains and I saw my favorite cousin, Avery. She got a new haircut.  First I needed to drive to the Porcupine Mountains.  Next we went up the ski hill that the people flew down. It was awesome.  Mom was too scared to come up so mom went down. We went to the top and then we all went down.  I went to lots of waterfalls that were pretty. Last we went to the campsite and I got to sleep in the camper. I had a fun time.

 First I went to my grandma's house.  Next we looked up scary faces on my Aunt's phone. Then I carved a pumpkin.  Last mom and dad picked me up and went to my house.

 This weekend my dad cut a hole in our pumpkins. Then I got the weird stuff out of the pumpkins! Next me and my dad drew what I wanted on it.  Then my dad cut it out Last my mom put a candle inside the pumpkin.

 This weekend I went to the Harvest Hoedown.  Next I almost left.  I was sad.  Then my dad remembered that Joel and Rosy were coming.  We turned around.  I went to the balloons. Last I went to the maze.

 This weekend I worked on my first grade book.  First I had to find a pencil and then I got to work.  Next I ate an apple. Last I got back to work.  

 This weekend I went to my dad's and we carved a pumpkin. First I carved a vampire. Then dad carved a vampire too.  Last we made pumpkin seeds.

 This weekend I went to a wedding. My favorite part about the wedding was when I threw the flower petals. Then we had food.  It was good. We had cupcakes. They were good cupcakes. Next we danced.  I did not go on the dance floor because I was shy to go the dance floor. Finally I went to a hotel with grandma.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Having Fun with Addition Facts to 20

We are having fun working with Double Facts and Near Doubles.  
Click on the link preview Chapter 3 Vocabulary
Also below are some fun games and songs to practice double facts and near double facts!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Healthy Snack and Drinks!

A special thank you to our students who brought in healthy snacks and drinks for the weeks of September!


Looking ahead at October, November and December these are the students who have signed up to bring in snacks:

Week of:

October 19 - Emma
October 26 - Tripp
November 2 - Emmaline
November 9 - Hailey
November 16 - Abe
November 30 - Ben
December 14 - Kali

If you would like to sign up for a week in December or looking into 2016 just comment below, send a message or a note!


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