Sunday, November 8, 2015

Community Leaders Visit

Our City Manager, Mr. Carlos Gunby, and Assistant Manager, Mrs. Komar, came to West Side Elementary on Friday to visit the first graders as part of our Community Leaders, Rules and Laws unit in Social Studies.
Mrs. Komar shared information about the different departments in City Hall.

             Mr. Gunby shared the importance of our Police and Fire Departments and stressed that we are the ones who
can make a difference in our community.
We appreciate their time and sharing the important aspects of community government with us!
Mrs. Dryzal

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween in Room 23

Our Girls

 Our Boys

 Our Class

Fellow First Graders

Watching the Parade of Classes

Our Frankenstein Math...isn't he the cutest?  We practiced using the "Frankenline" to count on and back, then created our own Frankensteins.

Thank you to all of the families who sent in treats, cupcakes, plates, pizza and drinks to make our Halloween party "spook-tacular"!  You are the best!

Mrs. Dryzal

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Producers and Consumers


Over the past week we've been studying  goods & services, and producers & consumers. To culminate our Community Jobs unit, the students participated in a snack mix assembly line.  

We discussed how a real assembly line is designed to work and how we were going to use the process to produce our own snack mix. Each student had a job either scooping items in the bag (Thank you parents for your donations!), labeling & closing the bags, or team supervisor.  We divided into two teams and tried to see who could produce ten bags first.

The children  had a great time and got a hands-on opportunity to experience being a producer and producing a good. They also got to be a consumer when they took the snack mix home to share with their families.  It was a really fun activity!

Our finished product!

Snack Mix Assembly Line Activity Sheet is available here
Thank you to the Polka Dot Teacher for the inspiration!

One of our consumers....

...and another!
Thank you for stopping by!
Mrs. Dryzal

Saturday, October 17, 2015

October Projects

Pumpkin Life Cycle Displays

Super Readers Score Sheet and Adventures in Writing

Parts of a Pumpkin

Thank you for stopping by!
Mrs. Dryzal

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Pumpkins, Pumpkins

This week during our current integrated Science and ELA unit, we are learning about plants, and more specifically the pumpkin plant.  Above is a picture of the parts of the pumpkin plant that our students created.  We also made a model of the life cycle of a pumpkin plant, as well as a flip book showing what all plants need to grow!  During the remainder of our unit, we will be using the writing process to describe a pumpkin using adjectives.  Keep an eye out here for more photos to come!
Thank you for stopping by!
Mrs. Dryzal

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Math Top It

One of the ways our first graders learn Number Sense is by playing a game called Top-It with a partner.  Each student flips over a card, says the number, then the student with the larger number keeps both cards.  They really enjoy seeing who "wins" each round.
Thank you for stopping by!
Mrs. Dryzal

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Our Classroom Wish List

These are a few of the things that we are in need of during the school year:


baby wipes

hand sanitizer

storage bags
   sandwich (resealable)

paper plates

paper towels

antibacterial soap

empty baby food jars
Donations of the above listed items will be greatly appreciated. 
Mrs. Dryzal

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A to Z Countdown Week of June 1st

Monday-W-Water Day-Enjoy some water games!
Tuesday-X-extraordinary awards day!
Wednesday -Y-Year End Clean Up!
Thursday- Z-Zip out of School!

Mrs. Dryzal

V is for Visors

Our class wearing their visors on Visor Day.

Mrs. Dryzal

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lesson 35 Spelling List

Lesson 35 Word List


















Test Date:  Friday, May 29th

Study Nightly!

A to Z Countdown: Week of 5/25

This week's activities include:
Tuesday~ S-Summer Birthday Day!  Summer birthdays may bring in treats!
Wednesday~T-T-shirt Day-Wear your favorite t-shirt!
Thursday~U-USA Day--Wear Red, White and Blue!
Friday~V-Visor Day--We will decorate visors to wear!
Have a great week!
Mrs. Dryzal

Monday, May 18, 2015

A to Z Countdown-Week of May 18th

Monday--N-No Homework Day
Tuesday~O-Outside Day-Bring a towel or blanket to work outside!
Wednesday~P-Purple Day--Wear purple!
Thursday~Q-Quiz Show Day-Play quiz show games in class!
Friday~R-Reading Day-bring your favorite book for quiet reading time
Have a great week!
Mrs. Dryzal

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Lesson 34 Spelling

Lesson 34 Word List



















Test Date:  Friday, May 22nd

Study Nightly!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Home Depot Visit

The Home Depot visited West Side on Thursday and did a building project with our class.


The children really enjoyed making their own toolboxes!
Thank you Home Depot!
Mrs. Dryzal

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Spelling Lesson 33

Lesson 33 Word List




















Test Date:  Friday, May 15th

Study Nightly!

Vale Wood Farms

On Thursday, May 7th we visited Vale Wood Farms.   The children learned about each step in the milk story, "From Moo to You." They rotated through stations to learn what a cow eats, how she makes milk, and how that milk is turned into the dairy products found in your refrigerator.  We even
had an ice cream treat at the end of our tour.  Here are some photos from our trip:

Lunch time!


Learning about the recycling program at the farm.

Inside the milking parlor


Polly the Dairy Cow

1 week old calf

Learning about what dairy cows eat daily.

Processing plant

Making homemade Ice Cream

Enjoying our ice cream cones!
Thank you for stopping by!
Mrs. Dryzal