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Ms. Tara Fenton: Homepage

Ms. Tara Fenton: Homepage

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The Importance of Working Together

In first grade, it is very important that students learn to work together. We partner up for various activities throughout the day to help reinforce concepts.  According to the article  How Teamwork Helps Kids . . .

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First Grade Has Been Working Hard!

First graders have been working hard reviewing letters and sounds, numbers, color words, and sight words. We have had time to make friends on the playground and play GoNoodle for brain breaks. We also had a 'snowball' . . .

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Sounds and Vibrations!

We are learning about sounds and vibrations and have completed some hands-on activities.  We put plastic wrap over a bowl, added some salt on top, and blew a whistle to see how the sound/pitch made the salt vibrate.  We also . . .

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Kahoot in First Grade!

One fun way we review for our math tests is with an online game called Kahoot.  The kids use their computers to answer questions over a topic the teacher has selected for them.  They have to use their device to answer the question . . .

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The Best Part of Me!

First Grade listened to the read aloud "The Best Part of Me" by Wendy Ewald, where children talk about their favorite parts of their body and tell why it's their favorite part.  After listening to the story the . . .

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Turkeys in Disguise, Opinions, Facts, and More

Our students in first grade have been hard at work. You can find many of our projects displayed in the hallway.  We read aloud "Turkey Trouble" and then the students took home a turkey to disguise. The students did . . .

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First Grade Utilizes Online Resources

First graders love to play games online and on the smart board!  There are many online resources that we use.  One online website that the kids really like is abcya.com .  Abcya has many educational games to choose . . .

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Highway Patrol Shares Safety Tips with Students

Officer Hendershott, from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, invested time with our first grade students to talk about the importance of following the rules and obeying the law. He fielded several questions from our students. The . . .

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Sparkle with Spelling in First Grade!

One fun way we study our spelling words is by playing a game called Sparkle! The students stand up at their desks and the teacher says a spelling word.  The first student has to say the first letter of the word, the second student says . . .

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Snowball Fight in September!

Reviewing Letters, Sounds, and Numbers

We have been working hard in first grade, reviewing our letters, sounds, and numbers! One way we reviewed our letters was with a snowball fight!!! The students wrote the first letter of their names on a piece of paper, wadded it up, got . . .

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First Grade Students Write "How To" Books

First Grade has been working on 'How To' books for the last 2 weeks. We started with brainstorming topics, choosing a topic, then using the five finger re-tell before writing our papers. Some of their topics . . .

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First Grade Created Informative Books!

In first grade, we have been working on informative writing. We have completed lots of modeling of expectations together so the students would know what to do.  We started off with choosing a nonfiction book about an animal of . . .

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Working SMART At Being Great Readers!

The students in first grade take a test that tells them how many words a minute they read.  A couple of months ago each child in my class was asked to come up with a SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) . . .

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First Grade Has Been Working Hard On Math Facts!

In first grade we have to master our addition facts up to the sum of 10.  To make it a little more fun we complete 1 minute timed tests, and as they pass they move up.  In May we reward the students with banana splits.  The . . .

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Lunch Reward in Our Classroom!

We had our Lunch Club reward today and EVERYONE got to eat in the classroom! Good job first grade!!!

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First Grade Carved a Pumpkin on Halloween

A pumpkin was graciously donated by one of our classroom parents.  On Halloween, the kids enjoyed taking turns pulling out the guts and seeds.  I took the seeds home and baked them so the kids could enjoy a treat. The students . . .

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Harvesting a Pumpkin in 1st Grade

Thank you to Kady and her mom for bringing us a pumpkin....their facial expressions were the best, lol. Have a happy Halloween everyone!!!

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First Grade at the Fair!

First grade enjoyed going to the fair Thursday morning.  We toured the animal barns as well as the exhibit buildings.  We enjoyed an ice cream cone that was graciously provided by the Fair Board!  The students really liked . . .

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February 1st Parent Letter

February 1, 2019 Dear Parents,    Please make sure your child brings a coat, hats, and mittens when it’s cold. Thank you to all of the parents that helped with the 100 Day Posters, they were very . . .

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November 2, 2018 Newsletter

November 2, 2018 Dear Parents, We want to thank the treat senders and our room mother for the wonderful party they gave to the children.  We appreciate all your hard work and preparation. Thank you very much! . . .

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August 31, 2018 Newsletter

  August 31, 2018   Dear Parent(s),   Please remember next week there will not be any school on Monday for Labor Day and Friday.  We have a 12:45 dismissal Tuesday through . . .

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First Grade is Fun with Mrs. Fenton!

First Grade is fun with Mrs. Fenton! Please give a warm welcome back to Mrs. Tara Fenton! Tara graduated from Seymour High School in 2002. 👩🏼‍🎓(Fun fact: Dr. Halley was her 7th grade science teacher 😊) Mrs. Fenton earned her . . .

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