Friday, December 18, 2009

Our Holiday Party

Our Holiday Party on PhotoPeach

Our Poem of the Week and Our Daily News

"I liked when we watched the movie," said Ellison.

"It was fun when we had the party," explained Dylan.

"Our cookies were good," said Hana.

"I liked when we read Jonathan's book, Roberto's Trip to the Top," Sasha said.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

"I liked when we read the book Santa's Book of Names," said Nicole.

"It was fun when we did the menorrah," Dylan said.

"I would have thought that it was pretty fun when we had our popcorn party. I loved it," Royce exclaimed.

"I liked when we read the book Latkas and Applesauce," explained Sasha.

"It was fun when we watched the movies," exclaimed Jordyn!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A flyer went home today asking that for tomorrow's Holiday performance students wear either black pants or jeans and a top in one or all of the following colors: blue, white, silver, green or red.

Daily News:

"I liked when we did music," said Dylan.

"Today we got to meet Paddington bear. Paddington is so cute," said Ellison.

It was fun when we made the latka pancake game," said Madison.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Today we brought home our pen pal folders. For homework, students are to write a letter to their pen pals about the holidays. Please return by Thursday.

Our daily news:

"It was fun going to P.E.," explained Adam.

"It was fun playing with my friends," said Hana.

"I liked when we did subtraction and addition," said Nicole.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Our Daily News:

"I liked when we went to the library," exclaimed Royce.

Sydney said, "I liked when we got a popcorn party."

"I liked when we did PDR," said Nicole.

Have great weekend!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Today on our tour of Holidays Around the World we went to Italy. We read about La Befana, ate panattoni and read about Christmas in Italy. Here is a picture of Mrs. Levy's suitcase packed for Italy!

We love the book Chicken Soup with Rice!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sight words

Our Quia account is now working for the new sight word games.

Thursday @ Barnes and Noble

Mrs. Levy will be reading at Barnes and Noble on Thursday @ 3:30. This is a school fund raiser, hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

"I liked when we made the tree," said Dylan.

"The holiday writing was fun," said Nicole.

"I loved when we did math," said Maya.

"We painted part of our surprise. It was fun. I liked it," explained Royce.

Maya said, "I lked when I got caught being good."

Friday, December 4, 2009

Royce explained, "I liked doing PDR."

Mia said, "I liked getting the kooky pen."

"I liked when Mrs. Levy brought the suitcase out," said Nicole.

"I liked when we read The Boy Who Held Back the Sea," said Sasha.

Hana said, "I liked when we read How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You."

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Please remember to return homework, your book bag, and bring in a colorful sock.

Daily News:

"I liked when we went to computers," said Royce.

Adam said, "It was fun when we went to music."

Maya said, "I liked when we read Gingerbread Friends."

"Making the holiday suitcase was fun," said Isabella.

"I liked getting my name on the Thank You apple," said Hana.

Monday, November 30, 2009

We're back!

Today book bags and homework went home. Please remember to return both on Friday. I also sent home a note about bringing in a colorful sock for a holiday project.

Reminder- we have P.E. on Monday and Tuesday. Please send kids to school with athletic shoes on those days.

Daily news:

"I liked when I got my name on the Thank you apple," said Ellison.

"I liked when we did our math today," said Jordyn.

Nicole said, "I liked when we did our November calendar."

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pennies for Peace

Our class is collecting change for Pennies for Peace. If you have any spare coins please bring them to school, for our coin jar.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving !

Please write a comment and let us know what you are doing during Thanksgiving vacation.

Thanks for the opportunity to talk with all of you during conferences.

Have a great week off!

Mrs. Levy

Friday, November 13, 2009

sight word games

I updated the sight word games to include our new words! My favorite is the matching game.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"I liked when we did math," said Sasha.

"I loved when we went to music," said Isabella.

"I liked going to computer class," said Hana.

"It was fun painting the plates," said Mia.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Have a wonderful Veterans Day holiday tomorrow. Today we wrote letters to veterans, which I will be mailing on Wednesday.

"I liked when we did directed draw of the turkey," said Dylan.

Sasha said, "I liked when we did math."

"I liked when we read There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie," said Jordyn.

"It was fun when we read the Hilda Hen book and I liked when we read all of the Thanksgiving Books," said Royce.

Maya said, "I liked when we read Thanksgiving Day."

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hana said, "I liked going to P.E."

Adam said, "I liked when we read The New Kid on The Block."

"I liked the timed addition test," said Nicole.

Monday, November 2, 2009

New homework packets went home today.

"I liked when we read the big book," said Dylan.

Adam said, "I liked when we did P.E."

"I liked when we read the Olivia book," said Ellison.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

We went to the library and then had Halloween rotations through the different classrooms. Thanks so much to everyone that helped out!

"Today it was fun when we went to other classrooms," said Jordyn.

"I liked that today was my birthday," said Nicole.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday is such a busy day for Room 125. We went to music and computer lab. Tomorrow we have library and then our Halloween celebration where we are going to go to the different first grade classes for activities. Please remember to wear orange and black tomorrow. Library books and homework are also due tomorrow.

Daily news:

Sydney said, "I liked when we went to the computer lab and made the haunted house."

Nicole said, "I liked when we had music."

"I liked when I did all of my work and I liked getting caught being good," said Royce.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Parade

Today was our Halloween Parade. Everyone was wearing such great costumes! If you took pictures please post them at our shutterfly account.

Just a reminder, Friday is our last day for our scholastic book order.

Monday, October 26, 2009

We got a new homework packet. There is no spelling this week or new sight words. Please use this week to review the sight words. Check out the sight word games posted.

Nicole said, "I liked when we were measuring the pumpkin."

"I liked when we did math," said Mia.

Hana said, "I liked when we read A Pocketful of Kisses."

Sight word games

Check out the new sight word games I created on Quia. The matching game and word search are really fun. The concentration game is a bit challenging, but many students are up the challenge. What a great way to practice our sight words!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Adam said, "I liked when I got to go to the front of the line at lunch."

"It was fun when we did the math test," said Dylan.

Isabella said, "I liked painting the spiders."

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dylan said, "I liked when we wrote the numbers 1-100."

"I liked when we went to the computer lab," said Royce.

"I liked when we saw Royce get his ball," said Alyssa.

"It was fun when we shared our pen pal folders," said Maya.

"I liked when we did the season page," said Amanda.


Remember to return your homework packets, library books and anthology book.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tomorrow is Red Ribbon Day, wear red!

Matthew said, "it was fun when we read the spider book."

Maya said, "I liked when I got my name of the Thank you pumpkin."

"I liked when I got lunch," said Adam.

"I liked when we did math on the whiteboards" said Jonathan.

Aviv said, "I liked when I passed out stickers."

Monday, October 19, 2009

A homework packet, a letter about our spelling tests, and our first anthology literature book all went home today. Please return the homework packet and the anthology book on Friday. There are lots of fun stories to share in the anthology, we enjoyed reading them in class. Students should be reading 10-20 minutes a night. Today we also had a eight legged visitor- Morgan the tarantula.

Our Daily News:

Dylan said, "I liked doing ghost math."

"I liked doing my contract work," said Royce.

"It was fun when we saw the spider," said Nicole.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Have you checked out our flag counter? Germany, Lebanon, the United Kingdom, Russia- very fun! Ask your friends and family to check our blog when they are out of the country, so we get collect more flags!

Daily news-

Maya said, "I liked going to the library."

"I loved when I got picked for the star of the week," said Royce.

Oliver said, "I liked when we read Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night."

Alyssa said, "It was fun when I got "Caught being good."

Thursday, October 15, 2009

We were really busy today. Mrs. McEvoy brought our penpal journals back from our Calabasas High School buddies. They wrote to us about what they like about Halloween. We started painting jack-o-lanterns. We had music with Mr. B and computer time too.

Tomorrow I will be sending home Scholastic book order forms. You can also order books online at Scholastic Books. Username: MrsLevyChaparralClass password: BookOrder
Book orders will be due on October 30, 2009.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rainy day inside...

We were inside all day today and we had P.E. inside too. Please check to make sure that the homework packet came home today in your folder. Homework is due on Friday. Remember to practice the spelling words and sight words every night. First graders should also be reading every night to build our stamina. We are working on subtraction in math. We will be starting timed math tests in addition and subtraction next week, please practice the math facts. For more in depth homework instruction, please check the class website

Here is our daily news!

Hana said, "I liked when I got my name on the Thank You apple."

"I liked how cool I drew my ship," said Royce.

Jordyn said, "I liked when we read the Columbus book."

Friday, October 9, 2009

Happy Friday!

Royce said, "Today we looked at leaves through a magnifying glass. It was very fun!"

Adam said, "I liked when I got to be "Star of the Week."

"I liked when we drew pictures of our leaves," said Ellison.

** Remember Monday is a staff development day.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

We had a lot to write about today;

Ellison said, "I liked when we saw the vet."

"I liked when we did music," said Nicole.

"I liked we read the vet story," said Dylan.

Sasha said, "today our pen pal buddies wrote to us."

Jordyn said, "we had a fun day today."

"It was fun when we wrote to our pen pal buddies and it was fun when they wrote back to us," said Royce.

"I liked when we saw our pen pals pictures," said Hana.

"It was a really, really good day today," said Isabella.

"We saw a lizard in the MPR today," said Sydney.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Today we were working on subtraction. Here are some fun games that reinforce our subtraction facts.

Subtraction Harvest

Subtract 4

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Our Flowers inspired by Vincent Van Gogh

Check out our map to see who has been looking at our blog. Wow, Austrailia!

Jonathan said, "I liked doing math."

Royce said, "I liked seeing the leaves."

"I liked reading the book Skelly," said Alyssa.

Jordyn said, "I liked making the bear slider."

Hana said, "I liked reading The Garden Story."

Monday, October 5, 2009

Homework packets went home today and are due back on Friday. Check our school webpage if you need instructions. (You can see a link to it in the sidebar.)

Ellison said, “ I liked when we drew the flowers in the vase picture.”

“I liked when we did P.E.,” said Nicole.

Royce said, “I liked when we read the Vincent Van Gogh book.”

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A few reminders...

Please feel free to add a comment. It makes our blog more interactive and fun!

Also, just a reminder- if you did not return your paperback phonics book, please return it tomorrow. (It came home in the ziplock bag.) This week we will be starting a science unit on plants. Please bring in any interesting tree leaves from home for us to study.

See you tomorrow.

Mrs. Levy

Friday, October 2, 2009

Today we illustrated our poem of the week September. We also went to the library, worked on subtraction and we read Matthew's shark story (which lead me to tell a shark story of my own.)

Jordyn said, "I liked when we did plan, do and review."

"I liked when I lost my tooth," said Matthew.

Alyssa said, "I liked when we did math."

"I liked when I got my book at the library," said Dylan.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Homework and library books are due tomorrow.

"I liked when we did math," said Nicole.

Sasha said, "I liked when we started a new letter books."

Oliver said, "I liked when we did the word ending book."

"I liked when we went to music," said Royce.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Homework Directions

Please check out Mrs. Levy's webpage on the school site for homework instructions.

Homework Link
Homework packets were sent home today. These are due back on Friday. I also sent home class books to two lucky students. Read the books at home with your family and then send the book back to school -so that the next person on our class list can take them home.

Dylan said, "I liked when we did math."

Nicole said, "I liked when I was the busy bee."

"I liked reading Owl Babies," said Aviv.

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Gallon size ziplock bags

Friday, September 25, 2009

Happy Friday!

Room 125 had a great Friday. We made a map of our community. We read in our literature books. Today was library day, so look for our new library books. We are half way to a popcorn party!

"I liked coloring," said Oliver.

Kyla said, "I like going to the Boys and Girls Club."

Sasha said, "I liked going to the library."

"I liked doing Plan, Do, Review," said Aidan.

Nicole said, "I liked the math review."

Maya said, "I liked getting my name on the Thank You apple."

Have a great 3 day weekend!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fun Game

I found a fun game online that will reinforce our vowel sounds. This week we have been working on short "i."

Remember on these hot days, it is a good idea to send the kids with a water bottle to keep in their backpack. Although we have a drinking fountain in the classroom, for sanitary reasons we do not use.

Busy day

We had a really busy day today. This morning we created flip books with our words ending in "ig." Mrs. McEvoy from Calabasas High came by to pick up our questionnaires for our high school pen pals. We read Sasha's birthday book. Today was our first music time and it was really fun! Tomorrow is library day and homework is due.

Maya said, "I liked when we did the flip book."

Nicole said, "I like reading Growing Vegetable Soup."

Sydney said, "I like when we had music."

Aviv said, "I liked when we did math."

Royce said, "I like when I went up to return library books with Nicole."

Thanks for all the wish list items!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gift wrap sales were extented out for another week. Tomorrow we have music for the first time. Friday we will be going to the library, so please remember to send back the books. We also finished filling out our questionaire for our high school pen pals.

Hana said, "I liked doing the cover of Charles Puppy with Mia.

Nicole said, "I liked doing the pocket chart of When We Get Together, because it is fun!"

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Jordyn said, "I liked reading the Ruth Heller books."

"I liked getting my name on the thank you apple," said Nicole.

Isabella said, "I liked writing the letter to the high schoolers."

Monday, September 21, 2009

A new homework packet went out today, it will be due on Friday. Please check your child's folder for it. We read our poem of the week "The More We Get Together" and had P.E. today. We read Madison's birthday books. Alyssa is our first "Star of the Week."

Hana said, "I liked when it was recess and I was playing on the monkey bars."

"I liked doing P.E.," said Dylan.

Aviv said, "I liked reading Madison's birthday books."

Maya said, "I liked reading Charles Tiger."


small whiteboards

big dry erase markers (any colors)

kleenex (it's that time of year)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sight words

Hi All,

Happy Saturday! I was going through the homework packets and noticed that some kids had returned the sight word sheets. These should be used at home to practice these high frequency words. Cut out the sight words and practice reading these words until they are memorized. One way to keep the words in one place is to punch a hole in the upper corner and place on a ring.

Being able to read high frequency sight words from memory is one way we become good readers. High frequency sight words may be words that do not follow the rules of the English language or they may be words that we encounter a lot in our reading. Either way, by the end of the school year, your first grader should be able to read the 200 first grade high frequency sight words out of context (meaning from a list, not in a story).

Below is a list of the sight words from Theme One in our literature unit:

go, on, the, and, here, jump, not, too, we, a, find, have, one, to, who

Friday, September 18, 2009

It's a Wonderful World

We had a wonderful day in room 125. We read in our literature books and then wrote in our journals about things we can do. Today was library day, which is always fun. We listened to Mrs. Levy's favorite song, Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. We read a picture book with the lyrics of the song and then wrote a page for our class book, "It's a Wonderful World."

Alyssa said, "I liked doing the wonderful world page."

Maya said, "I liked when we chose the star of the week."

"I liked when we went to the library," said Adam.

Jordyn said "I liked doing plan, do review."

"I liked when we wrote about "I can," said Royce.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Today I was at a district website training and we had a substitute teacher. Please remember homework and library books are due tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We had a great day in Room 125. We read the book "Ten Dogs in the Window," and our new poem for the week is "Double-Tail Dog" by Shel Silverstein. We brought home our first homework packet. It is due back on Friday and there is an instruction sheet on the front of the packet explaining how to complete each page. We also brought home a paper book "Nan Cat." Please have your child read the story to you and then put it in the folder to bring back to school tomorrow.

Daily news-

Oliver said, "I liked doing the math pages."

Aviv said, "I liked the math page where we went from the smallest to biggest number."

Amanda said, "I like our dog poem."

Below is our schedule for specialists:

P.E. – Mon. 10:45- 11:30, Tues. 1:30-2:15
Music- Thurs. 11:00-11:30
Computers- Thurs. 1:30- 2:00
Library- Friday 11:00-11:30

Friday, September 11, 2009

Today was picture day. It was wonderful to see everyone look their finest and wearing their big, beautiful (toothless) grins. We also had our first library time. Check your students backpacks for their library books. To check out a book next Friday, their library books need to be returned. They may return their book any day next week. Today was also our first day to bring home a poem, for our poetry folder. Collect them all and get a prize in June! This afternoon, we drew pictures of cats. They were inspired by Paul Klee's Cat and Bird.

Maya said "I liked when we drew the cats."

"We drew cat pictures," said Isabella.

"We did math," said Alyssa.

"I liked when we got our class pictures today," said Royce.

"We went to the library today," said Sydney.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Back to School Night Tonight @ 6:15

Today we read in our new literature book, we worked on a cat phoneme project and Mrs. Harding read to our class! Looking forward to meeting parents at the Back to School Night. Picture day is tomorrow.

Our daily news:

Hana said, "It was fun doing the cat project.'

Jordyn said, "I liked doing the cat poem and song."

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wednesday- Happy 10th Day of School

We had an assembly this morning about gift wrap sales. An envelope with information about gift wrap sales will go home tomorrow in your folder. Tomorrow night is Back to School night, hopefully everyone received their invitation. It will start at 6:15 in the Multipurpose Room and then at 7pm parents can come to the classrooms. Friday is picture day!

Here's the scoop from our class:

Aviv said "I like drawing the house."

Nicole said "I liked coloring the note to bring home."

"I liked playing with Kayla," said Amanda.

Adam said "I like when we get points."

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wow, what happened to Tuesday?

Our day flew by in Room 125. We watched a few minutes of the President's speech. One of the things the President said was "Every single one of you has something that you're good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That's the opportunity an education can provide." We wrote in our journals about "I am good at..." We read in our book I am Six. We also had PE this afternoon.

*Please remind your child to bring their folder to school every day. Tomorrow we will be sending home information about Back to School Night (Thursday night) and picture day, (Friday.) Also please remember that Back to School Night is just for parents.


Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day and some other info.

Please remember that Thursday night is "Back to School Night." Also on the Room 125 wishlist are unscented baby wipes, paper towels, disinfectant wipes (such as Clorox) and color pastels.

Have a wonderful night!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happy Friday

Room 125 had a wonderful day today. We ate different types of apples and then graphed which was our favorite (definitely red delicious.) We colored a book about our poem of the week The Color Book. We brought it home today, so please ask your student to read it to you.
**Thanks for all those that returned the student questionnaire.

Daily news from our student journalists.

Oliver said, "I liked the pattern blocks."

"I like doing the plan, do, review. My favorite was the pattern blocks," said Royce.

"I liked playing with Kyla at lunch," said Amanda.

"I liked trying the different apples," said Maya.

'I'm happy my tooth fell out today," said Sydney.


Jordyn said "I like when we made out books."

Dylan said "we did math in our math books."

Maya said "I liked doing my I See My book."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Jordyn said, "I liked doing the ABC book."

Maya said, "I liked watching the movie at lunch."

"I liked making the color book," said Ellison.

"We played outside today during recess," said Sasha.

We had a great day today in Room 125. We went to the library to check out literature books. We worked on creating a class book about color and a class book for our ABC's. Although recess was outside, we had to stay inside for lunch due to the yucky air quality. Let's hope for some nice air tomorrow :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Aviv said, "I like reading books."

"The pocket chart was fun," said Royce.

Adam said, "I like hot lunch."

"I loved watching Finding Nemo at lunch," said Nicole.

Madison said, "I love our new math book."

"I liked writing my numbers" said Sasha.

**Please remember to send a snack for recess. First graders work really hard and need their snack to fuel their brains.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Room 125 is busy as bees

We were very busy today in Room 125. We had our first P.E. class in the Multipurpose room. We read the first book in our language arts textbook "My Best Friend." We also brainstormed, wrote and drew a picture about what we can do well. We were so busy that we didn't have time to do the daily news.

Oh well, there is always tomorrow.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Happy Friday!

Today was an exciting day. We took a tour of the school with the other first grade classes. We were looking for the missing letters just like in the "Alphabet Mystery" books we have been reading. Due to the air quality, we had to stay inside during recess and lunch. Since it was "favorite t-shirt" day, we wrote and drew a picture of our favorite t-shirt. Students should have brought home a folder with information clarifying how to purchase a hot lunch.

**Please remember that students need to be picked up at the lower gate after school.

Daily news from students in 125:

"We colored our favorite shirts," said Amanda.
"I had fun at school today," said Isabella.
Adam said "I liked when I got hot lunch today."
"I like the school walk," exclaimed Sasha.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Today Room 125 made our first class book “Mrs. Levy’s Class Likes Colors.” We also continued learning about the class procedures and our class agreements. Ask your child to sing you the “Give me 5” song. :)

Important dates coming up-

September 7- Labor Day Holiday
September 10- Back to School Night
September 14- Staff Development Day

Today's daily news:

Hana said “I loved meeting Mrs. Levy.”

“I liked going downstairs to play,” said Aviv.

“I liked when we had recess and when we made the color book,” said Royce.

“Mrs. Levy is my favorite teacher,” said Dylan.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hurray, first of school is finally here...

School is off to a great start! I will be using this blog to give you Room 125's "daily news." I will post homework information, curriculum links, etc. on the Chaparral website, once I get a class page.

Room 125 had fun today meeting each other, playing name games, reading books, learning the class rules and procedures. Friday we will be having t-shirt day, so wear your favorite tee.

Now for our daily news as reported by our classroom journalists:

Kyla said "I found a new school."
"I'm happy I am here again" said Adam.
Alyssa said "I love first grade."
"I like when we colored the plate" exclaimed Jordyn.
Isabella said "I have fun at school and I love my new teacher."