Today your child was an active participator in a shared-science inquiry experiment! The First grade class learned the science vocabulary terms: observe, pulp, skin, stem, seed, meat, and ribs! They learned ways to observe, record, and discuss their findings by actively engaging in a whole group discussion. Using their senses, the class looked at the outside of the pumpkin! Next, they used their background knowledge and made predictions about the inside of a pumpkin. After carving the top off the pumpkin, students took a close look and explored the inside! They recorded their findings through drawing and writing, as well as communicating their findings with one another! Shared science inquiry is not only fun, however; it is also confidence building!
We learned more today about "I wonder" questions. We read a text about pumpkins. Students asked questions before we started reading, and wrote their questions on a post it note. We had a class discussion about their questions. Then, we started to read the text and using a different color post it note we asked ourselves another "I wonder" question we had. Tomorrow we will continue reading and compare our questions from before, during, and after our reading!
This week we have been reading the book Amelia Bedelia! We have been making predictions about the character Amelia and what she will do based on her character traits revealed by the writer. We also have been using post-it notes to mark our understandings of the characters. This is one way we can show our learning "evidence" from the text to support our writing and retelling!
The students today in writing worked on self-assessing their growth as narrative writers! At first they selected their best work and looked at it with a careful eye. They talked about their writing with their partners. Next, they focused on how they can make their writing even better! They discussed making sure to have blends and word chunks.
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.