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Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

May 30, 2017

Dear Families,

      Today I sent home the last Scholastic Book order of the year.  If your child would like to order a book, please send me the money and form or order online by next Monday, June 5th.  I will place the order on Tuesday, June 6th so that there is enough time for the order to arrive by the last week of school.

      We had a great time at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport last week.  Thank you to Ashley’s mom, Evelyne, and Mohamedamin’s mom, Fartun, for coming with us on the fieldtrip.  The children saw a working dairy farm, with cows, sheep and goats.  They loved petting and watching the baby lambs and goats.  The children also made butter.  It was so easy!  The farmer poured Hood’s half and half cream into four jars with tight lids.  The children took turns shaking and shaking and shaking the jars.  Eventually the half and half turned into whipped cream and, after more shaking, they saw it turn into a lump of butter!  The kids tasted the butter on crackers and thought it was delicious.

      The class continues to keep a close eye on the eggs in our incubator and is eager for the chicks to hatch.  We learned that chicken eggs hatch in 21 days so we are expecting the chicks to arrive somewhere around the 7th of June.  Ask your child to tell you what parts of the chick are growing inside the egg!

      If your child hasn’t already told you, we also dissected owl pellets last week.  Owls eat their food, such as mice, whole and then they throw up the bones and fur in pellets.  The children worked with a partner to take apart some real owl pellets, and they were so excited to find skulls and figure out what the owl had eaten.  Some kids found small bird skulls and bones, while other children found the skulls and bones of rodents. 

      As always, birds are so much fun!    Kristie

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On May 29, 2017 at 3:09 PM
  

Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

May 22, 2017

Dear Families,

     Last week we saw two bird mounts, the Great Horned Owl and the Puffin.  The children loved the colorful beak of the puffin and the big eyes of the owl.

     We have been working every week with our two Side by Side artists, Leah and Sarah, who are helping the students learn how to show what they know through artwork.  The children have made a page about their bird’s habitat and another about its diet, and today we worked on a page about each bird’s adaptations.  The adaptations are the special features of a bird’s body or special things that it can do to help it survive.  Ask your child to tell you the cool things that his or her bird can do.

     In PE class, with Ms. Queen, the children are learning how to hold a tennis racquet and hit the ball right in the center of the racquet!

     Happy Birthday Dennise this past weekend!

     Hopefully your child has already told you that we have an incubator and some chicken eggs in our classroom.  The kids are VERY excited about hatching chicks! We are going to Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport on Tuesday so that the children can visit a real working farm and understand where our chicks are going to live.  We will be leaving no later than 9:00 AM and will be gone for the morning.  Please make sure that your child wears sneakers on the day of the fieldtrip because the farm does not want children to stub their toes in sandals.  Also, if your child has a water bottle at home it would be great if he or she could bring that on Tuesday.  We will be doing a lot of walking and the kids may want water during the morning.

                     All the best,      Kristie

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On May 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  

Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

May 15, 2017

 

Dear Families,

The class has continued to enjoy watching birds at our birdfeeder.  Last week we saw a male and a female cardinal, chickadees, mockingbirds, a house sparrow, a goldfinch and mourning doves.  We sprinkled seeds on the ground because we read that mourning doves like to eat on the ground, and, sure enough, they came the next day.  Ask your child to tell you how to tell the difference between a female and a male cardinal.

We learned a lot about birds on our trip to the Maine Audubon.  We were lucky enough to see red winged blackbirds at the pond, spot goldfinches, chickadees, sparrows and cardinals at the feeders, see a phoebe’s nest, and hear the geese, seagulls and crows.  We also saw mounts of a blue jay, chickadees, a woodpecker and a buffle duck.  The Audubon educators showed us trees that the woodpeckers and sapsuckers had made holes in, and we played a game about what birds need to survive.  The children also got to take grasses, string and other materials and try to make a nest as well as a bird does!  Special thanks to Shannon, Oliver’s mom, Flor, Dennise’s mom, and Fartun, Mohamedamin’s mom, for coming with us on the fieldtrip.

If you want to come with us on fieldtrips, you must fill out the volunteer application for the school before coming.  If you are hoping to come with us on May 23rd, let me know by this Wednesday and I will send home the application form so you can join us!  Once you do the paperwork, you will not have to do it for any future fieldtrips.

       For all of you mothers, I hope you had a restful, happy Mother’s Day and thank you for giving your children so much love and care.

       Now let’s hope for some sun this week…………

                                                  Kristie

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On May 14, 2017 at 10:05 AM
  

Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

May 8, 2017

 

Dear Families,

     Last week the children were busy writing their chapter on the habitat of their bird.  They learned where their bird lives, where it nests, and what materials it uses to build its nest

     We have hung a suet bird feeder outside of our window and the class has loved watching and identifying birds who come it.  Last week we saw chickadees and two mockingbirds.

     A teacher from the Maine Audubon came to visit the first graders to do a program about birds’ beaks. The students got to experiment with all sorts of tools and see which tools made it easy to pick up food.  At the hummingbird station, for instance, they tried to suck up liquid with a long eye dropper and some short tweezers, and they found the longer tool that could hold liquid worked best.  Then we looked at pictures of the hummingbird’s beak and talked about how their beaks are long, thin, and made for sucking up nectar from flowers.  Some birds have sharp, curved beaks which help them tear up small animals, while others have short, sharp beaks that are great for cracking seeds and nuts.  Everyone had lots of fun.

     This Friday is our fieldtrip to the Maine Audubon in Falmouth.  We are going to be going outside to see birds in their natural habitats.  We will be leaving at 9:00 and returning by 11:30.  Please have your child bring a jacket and wear sneakers because we will be outside and walking on trails in the woods.

                          All the best,  Kristie

      

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On May 07, 2017 at 4:22 PM