Today we attended a field trip to the Imagine Nation Children’s Museum in Bristol. This was a great opportunity for our students as they engaged in activities that extended their understanding of concepts examined in science lessons. Children participated in a self-guided exploration of 3 floors and of over 20 interactive hands-on exhibits and activities. They made many classroom connections to topics of discussion they have explored in fiction and non-fiction readings, as well as our units of study about weather and seasons! Click on the button below to view a Flipgram of our morning!
In reading workshop, students have been working on the following target:
I can give a book introduction with my partner.
This week we have been working on explaining the meaning of a story problem, finding out what the problem is asking us, and determining which entry points to to use to find a solution! We have been trying to use more math words when giving our reasons to why we used certain math tools, or strategies, as well as showing more of our work!
It has been a great start into the second week of November. The first grade class has been learning a lot about Veterans Day. During readers' workshop, they have been reading passages in their small groups, as well as asking and answering questions about the reading they have done. They also have been practicing their lowercase letters during word work time, using "house paper" and the "magic sand!"
They have also been plugging along during writers' workshop using their "craft moves!" They have been enjoying studying how Mo Willems writes to engage readers, as well as George McClements! take a look at their newest writing anchor chart and some of their writing pieces!
Check back later this week to hear more about math and math workshop! We just started to learn about double facts within 10!
Thank you to all the brave men and women for serving our country! Click down below to see the first grade classes singing America the Beautiful.
Tomorrow morning, beginning at 11:15, GCS has prepared songs, poems, cards, and much more to say thank you for the brave men and women who have served our country. To express your pride wear red, white, and blue tomorrow! Down below, is the song the two first grade classes have prepared!
Yesterday, students considered their "target" audience, as well as their purpose of writing. They determined the reason we write small moments is for others to read. We worked hard during writers' workshop preparing pieces to enter into the "writing museum", focusing on our personal writing goals. We discussed what a "museum" is, the purpose of our "visit", and what our expectations are as a learner. We then entered the "writing museum" and toured! We picked up a friend's piece and began to read them. On a sticky note, we wrote for our friend one compliment and one star they could perhaps work on more! It was awesome!
Ask us about writer's workshop today! We learned about CRAFT MOVES! A craft move is when we emulate a published authors' style into our own pieces! Today we learned how Mo Willems brings his characters to LIFE! We looked closely at the Pigeon and the Duckling! We learned about movement lines, about UNFREEZING our characters, and adding different emotions!
First graders have been working on “Dropping Bad Habits! and Picking Up Good Habits!” One way to get better as a reader is to know your bad habits and to drop them. They have been referencing our newest anchor chart” “Drop That Bad Habit!” On it we talked about:“The Freeze”, “The Tell Me”, “The Mumble” and “The Blooper” We discussed what it meant.
On our other chart, we viewed and talked about how to “Pick Up a Good Habit! After a discussion with questions and answering, and trying it out on our own- we know we must “Check the Picture, Look At All The Parts of the Word- Check It!” Our reading partners can help us drop bad habits by remembering good habits. Later this week these new charts will be sent home in our "reading homework folders". So be on a look out for them.
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.