The first graders had an action packed week! They have been working towards their personal learning goals that were shared with you last week during conferences. They have been reading more and more books and talking about their books using complete sentences. They love their new reading tool: Readers TALK About Books!
During Writer's’ workshop they have been experimenting with craft moves using the author of Veggie Monster, George McClements. They have learned about ellipses and how to add them to build excitement. They have been zooming into their small moments using exact actions, to make their reader’s mind picture what is happening, and they LOVE incorporating POP OUT words, to make their reader’s change their voices when reading! It has been exciting hearing them orally rehearse their written pieces with a partner, as well as seeing them fully develop their small moment stories!
This week we also really focused on UNITY DAY and not only should we stand up to bullying on this day, but everyday! We made it ORANGE and will make it end! The first graders watched a Sesame Street video with the question in mind, how can they stop bullying. They shared how everyone can come together – in schools and communities. They also said how they can support each other by being a “Bucket Filler Friend”, and show that together they can stand up against bullying and unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. By taking a stand and wearing the color ORANGE,, we learned that we can provide a powerful statement, a visually compelling expression of solidarity. And on Wednesday we made a vibrant statement that will become a conversation starter, sending the unified message to kids to know that they are not alone.
Thank you for attending our recent parent-teacher conference this week. I appreciate your taking the time to meet with me, and I hope that our conference was able to provide you with some valuable insight into your child’s progress in school. I look forward to our continued partnership throughout this school year!
This week students have been focusing on the following essential questions during reader's workshop:
1. How can I be the kind of reader who reads and rereads for the whole time during reading, getting ready to talk to my partner?
2. How do I make sure that I am reading many books, as smoothly as possible, for as long as possible?
3. How do I make sure that I am picturing and understanding what I am reading?
4. How can my partner and I talk about our books in ways that let us share them and think about them and also have fun with them?
The learning targets students have been aiming for and reaching have been:
1. I can read and reread the whole time during reading and be prepared to talk to my partner.
2. I can read smoothly for a sustained amount of time.
3. I can make a picture in my mind before reading, predict, and revise my mental image as I read the story.
4. I can retell key details after reading.
5. I can talk with my partner about books in a way that helps us both comprehend and have fun.
They have been using a new reading tool to help them have discussions with their partners and reading groups. I have heard them sharing their favorite parts, asking and answering questions about the characters, settings, and storylines.
Thank you so much for attending our open house. It was wonderful to meet all of you and I know we will have a great year. At open house I had a few packets and a Student Digital Citizenship Contract to be signed and returned, Some of you may not have gotten a chance to attend open house or to fill out that form, please let me know if you may need a copy.
I also will email the power-point presentation on Friday and send home additional copies if needed. You can also find under the FOR PARENTS tab the English Language Arts and Math Road Maps for first grade!
Looking forward to seeing you again at the Harvest Luncheon next week!
First graders have been observing and noticing patterns of the weather and seasons in our science unit. On Thursday, they read a book about a boy who went to summer camp. The boy in the morning would wear a coat but by the afternoon he had to take his coat off. We had to think about the reasons why he would do that. We made connections, too! In the morning many of us need a coat or jacket at the bus stop- and by recess and the end of the school day we no longer need it. We recording our learning by sketching a picture of us in the morning and compared it to the end of our school day sketch. We then took our sketches outside to add details of the weather we observed from in our classroom!