Welcome to Mrs. Farnan's Class - First Grade Class
Mrs. Farnan's Class is having a GREAT year!
We are working very hard and doing our best work! Please feel free to check out our page and email us if you have any questions!
YOU CAN NOW ACCESS OUR SPELLING WORDS ON SPELLING CITY!
The students LOVE Math Bingo!!
Here is the link!!
Find our spelling words on our favorite spelling website!
Follow these simple steps:
1. Access the site
2. Click "Find a List"
3. Search by Teacher (Farnan) or Zip Code (15133)
4. Choose "Heather Sopp Farnan - SAECC"
5. Select the correct story title
6. Choose one of the options: Teach Me, Play A Game or Test Me.
Incredible iPods & iPads in Room 33!!
Our students use the iPods to learn using educational games. They have each found a game that they like the most. The skills vary. They include but are not limited to: life skills, math, reading, language, music, art, decision making, following directions, reasoning, geometry, picture & word recognition, science, social studies, vocabulary and hand-eye coordination. This is just a small sampling of the skills available. Please see the bottom of this webpage for a link to the entire printable list of apps available; many of which are FREE! I have composed this list and add to it every time we purchase a new app. The iPods and the Apps are funded through an educational grant from The Consortium for Public Education.
Our iPod grant has earned our students a lot of attention. They have been interviewed and photographed by various sources. They have appeared in the Daily News, the Post Gazette and the Tribune Review. We've received emails from teachers and professors in other states, as well as from other districts, asking us about our iPods and how they're used. We're always happy to share!
In September, we were contacted by a computer science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. She informed us that she was reading about the grant we won and how we were using iTouches in the classroom. She works with a local school in Virginia and a school in Kentucky to develop iTouch applications to aid in educating elementary education students. I am currently in contact with her to possibly develop some apps for our classroom.
Over the summer, I wrote a STEAM Grant which awarded the district $7500. This allowed us to purchase 7 ipads, $400 in iTunes Cards and 2 netbooks for use for an after school program. The program is "Passport to the Future". It runs every Tuesday through May. The Passport to the Future sessions will service over 75 students in grades 2-6. They will be exposed to many computer programs and iPad applications over their 6 weeks of sessions. So far, the students have responded very positively! They enjoy the enrichment and the extra technology time. There are additional perks to the program also. Our class is able to use the iPads every day when they are not being used for the Passport sessions. The benefits are incredible! Seeing the students excel using this technology is amazing! They have become completely independent when using the gadgets. I will happily answer any questions and address any comments. Thank you!
We are once again working with Pizza Hut in the Book-It Program. The students can earn free personal pan pizzas by reading 4 books every month! We have many students participating in the program. This is optional for all of the students! Congratulations to all students who are participating! I'm so very proud of you! Keep up the GREAT work!
Thank you to all of the students and their families that sent in supplies for our classroom! We received Kleenex, Clorox Wipes and Hand Sanitizer from MANY families! It is very MUCH appreciated and will be put to good use!
You're the best! Mrs. Farnan
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
GUEST BOOK & MESSAGE BOARD
Please sign our online classroom guestbook or leave a message for your child! We will be checking the site for updates every morning! The link is below.
To Important People at Home
Please remind your children of the following safety issue.
Playing & running in the restroom can cause many dangerous situations. I have noticed that MOST of our discipline issues are taking place in the bathroom. Please review the following safety measures with your child. Rather than give them a list of things NOT to do...I feel it is best to tell them what you expect. Therefore, I use procedures for most classroom activities. I realize to adults that these procedures may seem silly, but children respond to them. Please stress the following "procedures" with your child nightly! Thank you!
1. RAISE your hand.
2. ASK the teacher to use the restroom.
3. WALK down the hall to the restroom.
4. GO to the bathroom.
5. WASH your hands with warm water and soap (one pump of soap) and dry with 1 paper towel.
7. THROW the paper towels in the garbage can. (If they fall on the floor, pick them up)
8. TAKE a short drink from the water fountain.
8. WALK back to the classroom.
9. SIT at your desk and continue to work.
10. SMILE! You did a great job following directions! :-)
Mrs. Farnan's Class!
New Year, New Rules!
To our Grown Ups at Home...
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help in ensuring your child's success in 2013-2014. Next, I would like to ask you to please check your child's take home folder nightly. This is VERY important. Also, please review our classroom rules with your child.
Our classroom rules are as follows:
Raise your hand to speak.
Stay in your seat.
Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.
Treat others the way that you would like to be treated!
Don't tattle on others. (You may tell if they or others are in danger)
Smile & Have a GREAT day!
Show Your Creativity!
Decorate a Gingerbread Cookie Online!
Decorate a cake online!
Good Luck to Mrs. Farnan's Class in Second Grade
The artist that our classroom is highlighting this year is Piet Mondrian. He was a Dutch painter. We really like Mondrian's use of straight lines and primary colors.
Some clip art designs &/or fonts copyright Dianne J Hook. Used with permission from DJ Inkers. www.djinkers.com