What a great afternoon! Thank you first grade families for baking some yummy treats and celebrating in our classroom! We had so much fun marching with our costumes, eating yummy treats, talking with friends, coloring, and listening to a read aloud. Have a wonderful weekend! Click the button below to view some of the pictures captured from the parade!
Ask us today about our amazing enrichment oppurtunity today! It was a blast!
Dear First Grade Families,
It was a pleasure meeting with you for Parent-Teacher conferences last week. I really enjoyed sharing information about your child and their progress up to this point as first graders!
This Friday October 30th! (Yes, already! My how time is flying!) Parents I hope you can join us for the GSC Harvest Parade. It will start at 2:30pm. If I could possibly have a few parent volunteers help assist students with their costume changes around 2:00, I would greatly appreciate it. After the Parade, we will be having a brief celebration and some small snacks in our classroom! Please e-mail me back if you would like to bring in an item for the celebration.
***Please send in your child's costume in a labeled bag to change into.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and hope to see you at the Harvest Parade!!!
Take a look at how our creative Cardboard Creations came out during Makerspace. We created an open ended design platform, so we had the chance to create anything we wanted. Using very simple everyday materials- cardboard, construction paper, string, markers and tape. Ask us about the process and what we made!
Today in our first grade classroom we participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®! This is a global campaign which generates public support for high-quality early learning by mobilizing millions of children and adults to take part in the world's largest shared reading experience. Today, October 22, 2015, Jumpstart celebrated the 10th anniversary of Read for the Record with the campaign book, Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. We signed up and read the book in our classroom! Click on the link below to read it at home!
The last two days in math workshop the first graders have been fully engaged in the math game Double Compare . Students have been playing Double Compare and with a variation: focused on if their pair is greater than >, less than <, or equal to = their partners. Students have been comparing two pairs of cards to see which pair shows more objects.
This week we have also been focusing on solving several story problems together using problem solving strategies.
The first grade class has developed such fantastic reading habits and they celebrated a little bit this morning! Then we moved forward, to their last good reading habit on our classroom chart, "To reread, so that you can see more and more each time!" As a whole class we reread a very familiar book from kindergarten, The Kissing Hand. However, we reread it saying things like, 'Oh! Interesting! and 'Look! I did not see that before!' and 'Now I know that Chester gave his mom a kiss on her hand!' and 'I noticed this in the background!' New details were popping out that helped us understand the book in even BIGGER ways! Tonight as you read, or reread your just-right books try out this new reading habit! Refer back to your charts in your reading folders if you need to! And remember have fun!!!
Today we had a little extra fun with writing! Miss Gleason shared out a website: Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy! On this site until the end of this month, "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" will donate $1.00 to the foundation for each 5 word story you write! Funds raised will go towards family literacy programs in America. With your help, the Foundation is able to lead the way in fostering opportunities for every man, woman and child in America to secure a better life through literacy. Thank you!
Miss Gleason wrote a pretty silly one and then as a class we wrote one together. Here it is:
The Greatest Adventure Story Ever!
I traveled to visit Goshen, but the streets were empty. I knocked on a door and the family inside told me about an elephant with 201 trunks that had been wandering the streets and everyone was terrified!
I wanted to help. So, when I spotted the elephant, I stretched my skin and popped my arms out of my sockets, so that he would see I was unique too. I reached in my bag and offered him a pasta. He loved it to so much he hugged me with his trunks. But he looked sad, and I realized he was missing his family. I called the people out from their houses to meet him and explained what was wrong. They stopped being afraid, came out to visit him, and even taught him how to play LIFE.
While they played, I went out into the wilderness and found his parents who each had 5 trunks. They let me approach when I stretched out my face and offered them some pasta. I led them back to town, where they were reunited with their son. The people and the elephants became lifelong friends, and to this day the elephants visit their human friends once a year.
Click on the button below for some information about how to support your first grade writer at home!
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.