Last night I received the results from Round 2 of Lexia Learning 2017 Winter Usage Contest! I have some great news to share with the class, but I want to wait until Monday to share the results. Like I mentioned last week, the first graders have been so determined to meet and exceed their prescribed usage. Even this week with the contest being over, everyone was able to continue to login on their own and meet their usage! I am so proud of everyone’s perseverance and true ownership of their learning process! I can’t wait to share the news with them on Monday!
This week students have been building on the notion that first graders collect stuff in their new opinion writing unit! They have been learning how to review their collection lists and make choices about which item in that collection is the best. They have been exploring how to defend their judgments, as well. All this writing they have started to produce, will become their introduction to writing reviews, which will occur in the second bend of this writing unit. They will start to grow with their opinions and insights about all that matters most to them! This week they had fun being a judge when looking at a collection of dogs “At a Dog Show!” We discussed as a class all the ways a judge at a dog show, or even horse show, one must collect information when they inspect what is on display. A judge may watch how the dog can walk, or run. They also look at the dog's eyes, fur, and even paws. Not only is a winner chosen, but a judge is able to state his or her reasons why. The students have enjoyed rating their collections and comparing the objects. Many of their starting pieces have been about their ninja turtles, cars, Star Wars characters, and so much more!
As you may already know, Spring conferences are in a few weeks. I would like to offer you and your child the choice of having the beginning part of our conference to be Student-Led Conferences. These conferences will provide an opportunity for your child to reflect upon their successes, and to provide you with examples of what they have learned. I view this as a positive opportunity for our students to emphasize their strengths, acknowledge areas they would like to work on, as well as, share their personal learning with you! Please refer to the page sent out to sign up for a time using our new online scheduler Pick-A-Time!
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.