Patterns & Impressions Grade 1 – Palkowitsh

Dear Families,

Today was our last day of Summer Academy, that is a little sad, but we are more than ready to get summer vacation started! We went to see what the stop motion animation class had been working on, that was really fun.  We ended the day with some story cubes (creative story telling). We wrote thank you notes to Rick C. and Nancy Carlson.  Melody was the expert of the day, she told us all about shells.

Love,

The soon to be 2nd graders from 212

Patterns & Impressions Language Arts – Palkowitsh

Dear Families,

Today was a busy work day to get ready for open house! Chau was the expert on cats today. She had so many pictures to share. Joshua did a great job as the expert on the Fibonacci sequence. We have to go to bed early tonight to get ready for our last day of Summer Academy!  We can’t wait for you to see all of our published work!

Love,

The Publishers from 212.

Patterns & Impressions Grade 1 – Palkowitsh

Dear Families,

Yesterday we got to meet another Minnesota author, Nancy Carlson showed us how to illustrate characters and create “new” characters of our own. Yesterday Jasper was the expert of the day – he told us all about sharks. He had some really interesting facts to share with us. We started to write some Fibonacci Poetry. Today (Tuesday) we worked on publishing our Fibonacci Poems, our Como Zoo book and our “That’s Good, That’s Bad” story. We are really working hard to get everything ready for our Open House tomorrow night (6pm – 8pm/families are welcome to arrive at 5:30 to grab some pizza). Anna was the expert of the day today, she told us all about horses and ponies!

Love,

The The Publishers!

Patterns & Impressions Grade 1 – Palkowitsh

Dear Families,

What a great Friday! It’s hard to compete with the Como Zoo, but Silverwood Nature Center did a fabulous job today teaching us about the Fibonacci sequence, Golden Ratio and how to find it in nature.  We made some really cool things that we can bring home the night of open house. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 …. now we know what these numbers mean. Our teacher had to fly to Chicago to watch her daughter’s  dance competition so her wonderful friend Mrs. Cotter will be our substitute on Monday, we can’t wait to meet her. We can’t believe there are only 4 days left. This hard work is paying off.  Joey was our expert of the day today, she told us all about how to be a successful hiker!

Love,

The 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987 (a sequence number for each of us) KIDS!

 

Patterns & Impressions Grade 1 – Palkowitsh

Dear Families,

Today was our Como Zoo visit! We are exhausted. We didn’t just look at the animals, we made careful observations, took notes and made sketches. It’s World Giraffe Day! Tomorrow we have another field trip to Silverwood Nature Center, so we should get to bed early tonight.  Cammi Jo was our expert on gymnastics and Olivia told us all about bats!

Happy First Day of Summer

Love,

The Wild Animals

I will add a few more group photos, they are not downloading at this time.

 

Patterns & Impressions Grade 1 – Palkowitsh

Dear Families,

Today was really busy, most of us published our tall tale stories (they look fabulous). Whew, it’s good to have that done. We worked with Leah the dancer today. She talked about patterns in dance, how to feel the beat in different parts of our bodies and positive and negative space. We hope to publish our alliteration sentences tomorrow. This was a challenge, we have to write at least 5 sentences that has an example of alliteration, but the tough part, the alliteration has to use the first letter of our name. We also read – That’s Good, No That’s Bad. Jeremy was the expert of the day, he told us all about Orcas.

Love,

The Summer Academy Crew,

Who has so much to do!

 

   

Patterns & Impressions Grade 1 – Palkowitsh

Dear Families,
We are deep in our writing activities (tall tales, name poem, bio poem, story about the raccoon, memory book). Our classroom is a complete mess. Normally that would drive our teacher really crazy, but she is okay with it because we have been working so hard to publish our writing. Today we focused on alliteration. When we arrived we had to write a sentence with an example of alliteration. Tomorrow we will publish an alliteration activity. Sylvie was the expert of the day on manatees!

Love,
The Messy Kids in 212 (and that’s okay)

 

    

Patterns & Impressions Grade 1 – Palkowitsh (Day 5)

Dear Families,
Today we were busy as bees typing our tall tales. Technology can sometimes be frustrating so we had to be patient when things didn’t work. We tried several “plan B’s.” Addie told us all about pandas and Natalie is our gardening expert.

Love,
The Tall Tale Typers

PS – This did not get posted because our teacher forgot her blog password and got locked out. Another example of technology being frustrating 🙂

Patterns & Impressions Grade 1 – Palkowitsh (Day4)

Whew! What an amazing first week of Summer Academy! Today we learned about tall tales and the main components of tall tales. We are starting to write our own tall tales with a partner. Clara was our boating expert of the day and Solomon was our piano playing expert (he even sent in a video for us to watch, because the piano would not fit on the bus). We can wait to get back to work on Monday!

Love,
The Tall Tale Tellers in First Grade

Patterns & Impressions Language Arts – Palkowitsh (Day 3)

Dear Families,
It’s been a great but busy day! We got to meet Minnesota author Rick Chrustowski. We will bring home one of his books the night of open house. We are all writing a very entertaining story about our own St. Paul climbing coon. Rick loves to write about nature, what better character to have than the one climbing the sky scrapper.
Love,
The (ra)Ccoon Kids!