For Your Information @ TIS Library Media November

Happy Fall! This year, classes come to the Library biweekly to check out books and enjoy quiet reading time.

Second graders can check out 2 books at one time during the library class, but he or she may check out more books after school. Library is opened until 4 o’clock this year! Parents are welcome to get their own library cards and check out library materials. Books are due in two weeks from checkout date but students may renew them, if desired. If student have an overdue book, he or she may not check out another until it is returned.

Not sure when your child has library class? Look below to find out!

WEEK 1 - Nov 9-13, 23-27, Dec 7-11, Jan 4-8, 18-22... WEEK 2 - Nov 16-20, 30- Jan 4, Jan 14-18, 11-15...

This year’s library reading challenge, We love oregon, has begun and we are so happy that many students are perticipating the challenge. Keep reading! CLICK HERE for the Kinder through Grade 2 book list http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55032d5ee4b00b62e15b46b9/t/56251fb9e4b06bce1ba4f3ca/1445273529143/ReadingchallengeK-2.pdf

May 22, 2015: PE

Our training for the mile run has progressed to the point where we are finishing distances of a mile and more. We are learning to pace ourselves and find a rhythm in our running. The field trip to Duniway Park was last week where tried our best, through a combination of running and walking, to complete a mile.

Going forward, we will continue with our games unit as we experiment with different invasion games to end the year.

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David Platt
Early Childhood Physical Education

May 22, 2015: Art

First grade students are working on observational drawings in their sketchbooks. They are making collages of the many observational drawings done before their sketchbooks were put together, and will be learning how to layer papers to make a solid background and foreground. This week the background will be based on a batik technique and other drawings will be glued onto it.
Lots of fun and learning too!

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Carolina Barros
Early Childhood Art Specialist

May 22, 2015: Music

Hello First Grade Families! These last few weeks of school are going to be spent on learning to express ourselves through instruments, lyrics and dance. This week we have taken a verse from the song Over in the Ocean and created performances based off of the song. The students are allowed to get into small groups and discuss what instruments, form and overall structure they want. After collaborating, the children are allowed to pick almost any instrument in the room and begin the exploration process of designing their own performance. All that I ask is for kind words, dancing and singing voices. It has been a lot of fun to see the uniquely beautiful works they have created. In the near future, we will be doing a similar process to our Japanese song Hotaru Koi where the students will create a dance and add instrumentation to accompany our simple melody. I am having so much fun with all of these classes and I am sad to see the year coming to a close so quickly. These children are wonderful!

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Kami Richards
EC Music Teacher

May 22, 2015: Library

First graders are now genre experts.  We have explored mysteries, folk literature, poetry, fantasy, science fiction, biographies, autobiographies, historical fiction and informational texts.  Some classes created "fact" posters using informational books and some classes created mystery cubes for tackling mysteries.  

The TIS annual Scholastic book fair will be held the first week in June outside Stearn's Hall.  This is a good time to get books for summer reading!
Students will receive information about the summer reading challenge during library classes next week.  You may also get information on the library's website or at the book fair.  Stop by and see us!

Please make sure your child returns all his or her library books at the end of this month, May.  Invoices for books lost or damaged during the school year will be sent home in early June.

Thank you all for a wonderful year and have a fun summer!  Keep reading together!

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Tamara Beecroft
Librarian


April 19, 2015: Library

Author and illustrator Arthur Dorros visited TIS on April 9!  He talked about his books and storytelling. The first graders loved his story Alligator Shoes and his funny masks! If you would like to check out one of his books, many are available in the TIS Library.

 

First graders will be Reading Across the Genres for the remainder of the school year.  Your child will be encouraged to check out a book in the genre we are studying that week.  As the students develop into independent readers, they will have a taste for the different types of literature of interest to them.  Expect to see fairy tales, non-fiction, poetry, mysteries, realistic fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and biographies. This will keep them reading and exploring!

April is National Poetry Month so we explored this genre during library classes this week.  First graders connect to humorous and rhyming poetry as well as anything to do with animals! If you would like to explore some great poetry websites with your child, click here.

 Arthur Dorros, in disguise


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Tamara Beecroft
Librarian

April 19, 2015: Art

First Grade is wrapping up their study of endangered species and will start a unit on observational drawing and notebook keeping, from sketchbooks they have made themselves with recycled materials.

Each class will consist of a different method of notebook keeping, including background techniques and collages. All that will go into their sketchbook will be drawn by the student, and most of what we will do will still be observational drawing until the end of school.

On sunny days, I even plan on taking the students to the garden to sketch "en plein air".
I am truly amazed by the level of drawing that first grade can achieve! Every single student has improved fine motor skill wise since the beginning of the year and I am really excited to see what amazing things they will do in this last unit!

See you around campus,

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Carolina Barros
Early Childhood Art Specialist

April 19, 2015: PE

We are continuing our training for the mile run, building our endurance and learning to pace ourselves for longer distances. Following our work on target games, we are now comparing and contrasting different tagging games. We are working in small groups to invent new games to share with the class which use aspects of other tagging games we already played. Next, we will be attacking and defending as teams as we explore different kinds of invasion games.

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David Platt
Early Childhood Physical Education

April 19, 2015: Music

Hello First Grade Families! Our music room has had a lot of activity lately. Our games have included Lemonade and Four White Horses. Both of these songs require body percussion, partners and singing voices. It is a lot to think about for a seven year old.

A fun spring time activity we do is exploring aleatoric music. In this activity, a story is told about a man who went on a walk. While he was walking he came across a triangle, rectangle and circle. The kids decide that each shape represents an instrumental family. A conductor then leads the group on the "walk" again, only this time the instrumental families play when their appropriate shape appears.

Our most recent challenge is a song in Japanese called Hotaru Koi. This is a great piece that stretches the children's xylophone skills, creative dance and collaboration. Eventually this piece will grow into a performance where some students play instruments and others dance. It is a beautiful piece and the children seem really excited to learn this song. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Kami Richards
EC Music Teacher

March 4, 2015: PE

We are beginning our training for the mile run, first in the gym and then later outside on the soccer field. Our goal will be to complete the mile by running, walking, or a combination of both, but finishing will be our focus. Please remember to send your children with appropriate shoes during their day for P.E. We are also starting a games unit where we will learn about the structures of different games and begin to invent our own as we play target, tagging, and invasion games.

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David Platt
Early Childhood Physical Education

March 4, 2015: Library

Over 200 students in grades K-5 participated in the Across Time and Culture Reading Challenge.  Students produced an amazing and impressive gallery of art projects.  My sincere thanks to all the parents and grandparents who supported these dedicated readers and artists from securing and reading the books to creating such thoughtful artistic responses to their reading.  We celebrated our readers/artists with certificates, rewards, games, cookies and cupcakes!  If you were unable to stop by the library to see the art in person, see the slideshow below.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByIn1vwuWkSYSmVpeWZaY3BIQWs/view?usp=sharing

This week we celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday.  We played Seuss trivia games and bingo.  All fans of Dr. Seuss' incredible work will be happy to learn that a new book will be released in July, What Pet Should I Get?

The America Library Association recently announced the 2015 Youth Media Awards.  Click here to see the complete list www.ilovelibraries.org/yma .

Enjoy the sunshine!

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Tamara Beecroft
Librarian

March 4, 2015: Music

Hello First Grade Families! I am so proud of how hard the kids are working on reading rhythmic notation. We are playing games like "Pass the Message" where kids have to pass along a rhythmic message by patting the backs of their team members. The child at the end of the line then writes down the rhythmic dictation and the team has me check it to see if they are correct or not. Some classes were so excited that they openly cheered after each answer was revealed. I love this game because it not only has kids reading and writing music but it also had kids practicing the gross motor skills it takes to play a steady rhythm.

The kids have been moving and singing to songs like, "Oats and Beans and Barley Grow." This is a song and dance we have done in the past and yet, I am hoping to encourage more independence by revisiting and letting them lead the song and dance as I step back. I have to mention a fun dance we did from Sweden called, "Fjaskern." The dance steps are not very complicated and yet, the song steadily gets faster. The kids have a lot of fun working with partners and trying to keep up with the ever increasing tempo. Once again, this is just a snapshot of our room. I am looking forward to parent-teacher conferences coming up soon and getting to share even more with you! Have a wonderful day!


Kami Richards
EC Music Teacher

March 4, 2015: Art

First graders are studying the origins of the Brazilian coil pinch pots, which started as animal spirit guides to the Natives as a means of protection.
When the Portuguese arrived, they adopted the coil pinch pot style  of the Natives but changed the animal guide  to a Portuguese traditional  folklore which involves a bull (Bumba-Meu-Boi). This folklore story is retold time and again in the north of Brazil.
Students have looked at various examples of this style of sculpture and decided to make an animal or mythological creature which is important to them. They are very excited to be working with real red clay and glazing their sculptures.
They are also learning about both Visual as well as Perceived Texture, and revisiting the idea of patterns. All in all, we are having loads of fun this month!


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Carolina Barros
Early Childhood Art Specialist

Jan 23, 2015: Library

First graders have started off the New Year learning about the Dewey Decimal System.  At first, all the numbers seemed confusing! But in fact, it is a language.  The students could relate to this idea of the system as a language and were eager to explore how each digit or letter in a call number added meaning and specificity.  We made our own book spines with call numbers.  More than 200,000 libraries in 135 countries use this system. We will continue to build our DDC knowledge through January so the students can be independent library users.

There are two weeks left to complete the reading challenge and gallery project. Please sign your child's reading challenge form and return to the library with his/her project by February 6.  If you are having trouble finding a particular book for the challenge, please email me and I will try to set one aside for your child when it comes in.  Information about the reading challenge is on the library website, including reading lists and project ideas. Thank you all for supporting these great readers!

Jan 23, 2015: PE

We have begun our unit on creative movement where we are exploring how we can use our imaginations and bodies together to tell stories and show emotion. We have been having fun moving creatively as different animals, dancing together, stretching and strengthening our bodies through imagination yoga, and planning and acting out adventure stories. Through different themes, we are inventing new ways to move our bodies as we show how we can use our imaginations to move creatively.

David Platt
Early Childhood Physical Education

Jan 23, 2015: Art

First Graders are getting ready to experiment with clay! We made drawings inspired by Miro to get us started thinking about this next project. Miro was a Spanish painter who was considered a surrealist. He would make very geometric creatures based on his dreams.


Students have painted creatures of their own and now they will build their favorite one!
For many, this will be their first experience with ceramics and glazing. Many are very curious about our kiln and I promised to give them a tour (of course, whenever the kiln is turned off!)
I can't wait to see what creations will emerge of this project.
Watch for Miro paintings in select boards of the hilltop building!

Carolina Barros
Early Childhood Art Specialist

Jan 23, 2015: Music

Hello First Grade! We are several weeks into our latest PYP unit which is titled, "Listening with Our Ears and Our Bodies." This unit is designed to help the children feel prepared for the up coming field trip. Some of our activities include learning about orchestral instruments, being able to recognize the different timbres, and enjoying the story Peter and the Wolf.

In addition to these activities, we will continue to spend time practicing reading and writing music, doing dances such as Kolo from Yugoslavia and learning about this months composer, Clara Schumann. I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by and how much fun I am having with these kids. Have a great weekend!


Kami Richards
EC Music Teacher

Dec 12, 2014: Music

      Hello and Happy Holidays! First grade is feeling the excitement of the seasonJ. In the midst of this excitement, we performed a show for our homeroom teachers last week.  The show consisted of adding instrumentation to the book Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes.  The children had to play their individual parts while singing. They all did a great job! Other musical skills we have started to practice are composing and improvisation. For example, students are learning to read rhythms and write music notes. This is a skill we will continue to practice once we are back from the break.

       An improvisation game we recently played is based on “The Farmer in the Dell.” The children each get a turn to change the lyrics while everyone else sings and keeps the steady beat.  It was great to see all the quick thinkers that are in class and of course, the change of lyrics almost always brought about some laughter.  The final activity I will mention is one that involves listening. This game is very challenging because it requires students to pick out specific instruments and then remember what those instruments are signaling. We call it the “Robot Game” because two students turn into blind Robots. The robots must close their eyes and they can only move when they hear their instruments. It is very hard at first and yet, the students quickly pick up on it and generally become addicted.  I hope y’all have a wonderful break and I will talk to you next year!

- Kami Richards, Music Specialist

Dec 12, 2014: PE

We have been exploring how different factors affect our precision when we manipulate objects. Although strange to hear at first, these words are beginning to be understood as we try to figure out the best way to throw a ball into a basket, catch a ball in our arms, move a ball with a hockey stick, throw a frisbee at a target, and bowl a ball to knock down a pin. We are making connections between these different movements to see what is similar and different between them. Our bowling throw is being used in an invasion game where we both attack and defend targets. This game will be revisited later in the year when we learn about different kinds of games and how they work.

- David Platt, PE Specialist