Mrs. Pechette

Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

September 13, 2011

Wonderful new friendships are being made as we come together in first grade.  Each morning it is the children’s responsibility to unpack their backpack and put everything in its proper place, then begin their morning paper, which reinforces independent reading skills and emphasizes following directions.  These are all very important routines which build self...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

June 6, 2011

Our visit to The Oregon Zoo was an exciting day of using what we have learned about maps, our world, and the animals of the world.  It was also a day spent with the good friends we have made in first grade.  Your child brought home their Zoo Journal which was used to record...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

June 1, 2011

Meal worn observations have begun!  When these tiny insects came out of their habitat onto work mats excitement grew quickly.  What observations were made?  “The end that is moving is the front,” said Kellen.  Franny added, “The end with the legs is the front.”  Halie said, “They must be insects, because there are six...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

May 17, 2011

The investigation of maps and globes continues.  There is a collection of very large to small maps of the world, also a large and small globe in our classroom.  We’ve had discussions about the cardinal directions, north, south, east, and west and their importance.  Why do we need to know where north is on...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

May 6, 2011

Art Night was a fabulous opportunity for family fun and it was good to see so many of you attend.  It is an event your children plan and prepare for with excitement.  Our docents did an exceptional job of representing themselves, their classmates and the art.  Introductions, handshakes, and speaking to unknown adults may...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

May 4, 2011

Recalling something previously learned and using it in a real way indicates what has been learned is embedded.  Throughout the year the components of art have been studied.  Our ideas about color have grown from the three primary colors to secondary colors, and tints and shades.  Lines can be identified and are used both...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

April 26, 2011

What do a grapefruit and the earth have in common?  Did you think they are both spheres?  We did.  When beginning our thinking about the earth, geometry, language, geography, and social sciences were all part of our learning. Each April we celebrate Earth Day.  Here are some of your child’s ideas about the earth. ...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

April 19, 2011

Learning about Sand, Silt, and Rocks leads us to ask questions about the earth, so we’ll direct our learning into geography.  We’ll enter the 3D world and investigate the sphere model of our earth, a globe.  As the globe is used, oceans and continents will be identified.  We’ll also look at maps and determine...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

April 11, 2011

How are first graders scientist?  What is a scientist?  A scientist is a person who asks questions and tries different ways to answer them.  After dipping a rock in water Claire asked herself, “I wonder what this rock looks like inside?”  You don’t always have answers right away.  A scientist learns from his senses. ...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

April 5, 2011

We’ve been together one hundred twenty-four days of first grade.  That is a huge amount of learning!  As your child’s teacher I focus not only on their educational growth, but also nurturing their social and emotional growth.  Report Cards went home last Friday, which is a relatively new experience at age six or seven. ...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

March 29, 2011

Spring is a sign of new beginnings.  Soon the blossoms will be followed by bright green tree leaves.  Our Sugar Maple tree stands quietly as we watch for it’s signs of spring.  For many weeks we’ve been anxious to change the season from winter to spring on our calendar, and it happened while we...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

March 14, 2011

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.  When asked what makes a rainbow, Noah explained, “The rain is water and the light from the sun reflects off the rain to make the colors.  Colors come from reflections.”  Everywhere you look you see the colors of light.  Through the colors of the rainbow we...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

March 4, 2011

On Monday and Tuesday I was away from our first grade to attend literacy professional development. As you must know, punctuation is becoming more important in our writing.  An upper case letter is expected at the beginning of each sentence.  The children should also routinely know how to use these letters for their names,...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

March 1, 2011

The purple Tooth Fairy Chair has moved from place to place frequently this year.  We’ve had many wiggly teeth, missing teeth, and new teeth coming in.  This week we had a visitor from the Multnomah County Health Department, to help us learn the practice of good dental care.  Brushing twice a day for 3...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

February 22, 2011

In honor of Black History Month we will be hearing stories about prominent Americans who grew up to do remarkable things with their lives.  Our first story was about the little boy named Barry, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, who grew up to become our forty-fourth president.  We will hear about a poet, a musician,...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

February 15, 2011

Valentine’s Day is one of the most precious days in first grade.  In anticipation we read many stories with good friends together.  The puppets in Theatre have shared friendships and in the Family House a new family has moved in with two children who are becoming friends with the others.  The messages made the...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

February 8, 2011

Tuesday was a beautiful day for the Lewis School Community to be proud of.  The children were honored to be  a part of planting a tree and wishing it the best of luck for a happy and healthy life.  They each put several shovels of dirt in the hole to secure the roots and...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

February 2, 2011

Our family studies have led us to learn about the differences and similarities of families, and to be accepting of all families whether simple or complicated.  We love family members with a special kind of love just for families.  It has become clear that we also love our pets and they hold an important...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

January 25, 2011

The excitement of Henri Matisse came to us via Dana , Simon’s mom, an art history expert.  We learned about Fauvism, “THE WILD BEAST!” and how Matisse painted boldly putting contrasting colors next to each other.  After viewing many examples of his work, groups of five children worked together to select a piece for...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade Classsroom

January 18, 2011

We are welcoming a new addition to our science table.  It’s a boy, a blue Beta fish.   We’ll practice our science skills of observation and factual recording.   One of our first activities will be giving him a name.    What will he need for a happy life  in first grade?  Multiple versions...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

January 11, 2011

Through our discussions about family, many of the children included their pets.  Using this love for animals we are learning about the different kinds of line:  dot, straight, curved, and zigzag.  What kind of lines are needed to draw your pet, and if you don’t have a pet what kind of pet would you...
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Mrs. Pechette’s First Grade

January 4, 2011

Welcome to the year of 2011, the month of January, and the season of winter.  We will explore all of this working through our calendar.  Winter Break was time spent with our families and now we are being asked questions about family.  What is a family?  How does a family begin and how does...
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