This week students reviewed “what is a main idea” and “the key details” in a text!
As a class we reviewed their background knowledge about the topic ofwater, where it comes from, different forms of water, and water cycle.
In our non- fiction text we discussed the following:
At the end if our two day lesson we discussed- Why they think water is important?
This week we officially launched our new writing unit! Students will be learning how to support their ideas and opinions. In this unit students will begin to understand that they can initiate changes with an argument based on realistic criteria and support it with reasons that appeal to those needed. Everyday we will be busy delivering our requests and reading responses. We will be learning how to butter someone up, and ways to use your closing and signature to persuade. We will of course write letters to you at home, too. Don't be surprised when your first grader starts to butter you up before they ask you for something.
This week we launched our unit by discussing collections. Each student generated a long list of all the things they collect at home. Wow were these lists amazing! The next day they had to judge their own collections. This was tough work! They went through their lists and chose one of their most favorite collections. They then had an open discussion with a peer about why this was the best one and why!
By the end of our Persuasive/Opinion unit our pieces will include the following components:
Today as a class we read a book anout the character James and all the jobs he had to do. We were able to determine that the author's purpose was to entertain us, as well as inform us of the importance of working hard and earning money to buy things we may want. James worked hard to buy his hamster a new cage!
“A person’s a person, no matter how small,” Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) said. “Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted. This week the students have been learning all about Dr. Seuss. Through dressing up in some wacky outfits, writing their own Dr. Seuss stories, responding with their opinions to his books, and so much more!
Not only do Dr. Seuss’s imaginative stories make reading and learning fun, they also spark lively discussions about subjects as varied as conservation, greed, perseverance, and self-discovery! This week during readers’ and writers’ workshop they participated in fun and interesting ways about Dr. Seuss’s world and their own.
One book they really enjoyed was Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Mr. Hughes read aloud to the class, and asked students to make predictions about what the book was about based on the cover. Some of his questions were: Have they seen the character on the cover in other Dr. Seuss books? What did they think of the color scheme? Which places have they been to and which places would they like to go? What makes a destination likable or unlikable? Which books have they read with settings, realistic or imaginary, that they’d like to visit? Why? Students generated a written response to the book by writing about a place they would want to visit, or even revisit and why!
I hope everyone has a great weekend and I am looking forward to being back in the classroom next week!
HOW DOES IT WORK?Milk is mostly water but it also contains vitamins, minerals, proteins, and tiny droplets of fat suspended in solution. Fats and proteins are sensitive to changes in the surrounding solution (the milk).
The secret of the bursting colors is the chemistry of that tiny drop of soap. Dish soap, because of its bipolar characteristics (nonpolar on one end and polar on the other), weakens the chemical bonds that hold the proteins and fats in solution. The soap's polar, or hydrophilic (water-loving), end dissolves in water, and its hydrophobic (water-fearing) end attaches to a fat globule in the milk. This is when the fun begins.
The molecules of fat bend, roll, twist, and contort in all directions as the soap molecules race around to join up with the fat molecules. During all of this fat molecule gymnastics, the food coloring molecules are bumped and shoved everywhere, providing an easy way to observe all the invisible activity. As the soap becomes evenly mixed with the milk, the action slows down and eventually stops.
Try adding another drop of soap to see if there's any more movement. If so, you discovered there are still more fat molecules that haven't found a partner at the big color dance. Add another drop of soap to start the process again.
Today is our favorite author's birthday! Yay! We love reading and listening to Dr. Seuss's books, but we have a lot of questions. We decided to conduct some research today about him! Using Pebblego and Brainpop jr. We asked and answered questions and shared with our reading partners! What a great way to kick off Read Across America Week!
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.