This week launched our annual first grade's bookworm.! Students from grades 2-8 volunteered to participate in this special event. Each of our students inherited the shape from an older sponsor. Every book or chapter that a first grader reads is recorded on the assigned shape and added to our bookworm. The worm begins at the library and crawls its way to the commons until our reading celebration in May.
Wednesday, we were also fortunate to watch the middle school performance of Beauty and the Beast. It was a spectacular performance! First graders are always excited to see familiar faces on stage. The students were astonished to witness the dramatic talents of their FA mentors.
Have a wonderful winter break!
To learn to read is to light a fire” — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
-Addition without regrouping
-Using place value charts to add two digit numbers
-Practicing Addition- Spin and Add game
-Reinforcing tens and ones- Race to 40 game- to prepare for regrouping
-Learning to rewrite addition questions lining up the ones and tens 32+24---> 32
-Studying homophones- words that sound the same but have different meanings (pear, pair)
-Sharing Dear, Deer: A Book of Homophones by Gene Barretta
-Reading Stamina- Recording books to begin our Bookworm Event
-Learning the long O sounds of oa/ ow
-My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza- a comical story of how a small pig tricks his way out of being eaten for dinner.
-Sharing our favorite things to do in the winter.
-Partnering with a classmate to illustrate a chosen homophone
-Practicing to spell words with the long o sounds- oa in the middle (boat) and ow at the end (flow)
-Reviewing to spell words with ch/tch
-Summarizing the main events within the story of My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
-Studying rural communities
-Comparing rural, suburban and urban lifestyles
-Who's Who in A Rural Community by Jake Miller
-Creating a building to represent a rural community
-Time for Kids- Driving with Danika Patrick
We had an interesting week in writing workshop. The students have been brainstorming ideas for their fiction stories. Each child first creates characters and develops a setting. Then, the writer must devise a conflict and resolution in the plot. The most difficult task is tying all the events together. So far the work is excellent! In addition, we created our own binder of book and movie recommendations. Each student contributed a favorite entry. The students then explained why they made these selections. Feel free to drop by if you would like to read our movie and book suggestions!
It is almost time to kick off our annual Bookworm project at All School Meeting on March 6th. During this tradition, the older students to pass down a shape to the current first graders. The students will find out which shape they will inherit. They will then embark on their reading adventures. This is a great opportunity to explore new genres and develop their reading skills.
Have a great weekend.
-Counting on from 21 to 40
-Reading and writing the number words such as twenty and thirty
-Representing a number with ten base blocks
-Using the place value chart to show and count tens and ones
-Comparing number values
-Finding number patterns
-Learning the vowel team ai and ay (says A)
-Comparing The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka with the original version. This book explains the meeting of the pigs and the wolf from the wolf's perspective. He describes how the encounter was misinterpreted. It was an unintentional sneeze that blew the houses down!
-Celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
-Selecting a favorite movie and describing, in detail, what the student enjoyed about it.
-Rating our favorite books and providing a short description of the plot.
-Reviewing when to use the ch/tch spelling rule
-Learning the new rule for the long a sound (ai- in the middle, ay at the end)
-Practicing to spell sight words- other and there, only, and many
-Offering ideas for how we can help the Lorax save the environment.
-Learning about urban communities
-Who's Who in an Urban Community by Jake Miller
-Comparing urban and suburban communities
-Creating buildings to represent urban communities.
-Making bird feeders with Mr. Zine to help out our birds
One Hundred days of school completed! Can you believe it? While counting down, we having been preparing for the big day. First grade has been practicing to numbers 0-100 using tally marks, grids, puzzles, and counting by 2's, 5's and 10's, On Friday, we worked together to make our special trail mix of 100 items and created gumball machines with...guess how many.... candies. We enjoyed celebratory games and special activities. I look forward to our next major team projects. Bookworm and Authors' Celebration are right around the corner! I am so proud of their accomplishments and their motivation! Keep up the great work.
Have a great weekend.
100th Day Poem
We've been learning for a while
In fact, 100 days!
We can spell, read, and write
We can count in many ways.
We've had fun and made good friends.
But it isn't over yet.
Let's keep going, going, going
and see how smart we can get!
-Chapter 11- Picture graphs
-Collecting and organizing data
-Drawing picture and bar graphs
-Understanding and comparing the data
-Learning to use tally marks
-Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold by Jan Brett
-The Big Wolf and the Little Wolf by Nadine Brun Cosme- A touching story about a Big wolf who has grown accustomed to his solitary lifestyle and routines. Then, he is joined by the little wolf. Initially, the big wolf is cautious about this new visitor. Eventually, he grows a fond of his new friend and realizes he enjoys the little wolf's companionship. This is a wonderful story of friendship.
-Reading Stamina- independent reading for 18 minutes
-Time for Kids- To the Moon
-Creating a character and setting for a new story
-Developing plot conflict and solution Each student included three events that will occur to resolve the problem.
-Practicing the doubling rule with suffixes -ing and ed
-Learning when to use the spelling rule tch or ch (catch, bench)
-Celebrating the 100th day of school
-Rolling 100- Partner game
-Painting gumballs for our art project
-Counting 100 snack items for our classroom trail mix
-Reassembling our 100th day puzzle
-Building with 100 plastic cups!
With the help of our room parents, first grade celebrated Valentine's day with several activities including decorating cookies, making beaded necklaces, sharing a festive snack and creating a "Compliment Heart". This heart project reinforced kindness by encouraging each student to think of positive attributes for each of their peers. Each student designed a heart poster for fellow classmates to deliver a warm Valentine's message.
It was wonderful to connect with all of you this week during Student-Led conferences. The children reflected on their accomplishments and created new goals. They were eager to present their work to you, clearly taking great pride in demonstrating their skills and talents. Thanks for spending your time with us.
Enjoy the long weekend
Despite the fluctuating temperatures, we were able to catch the one morning of snow (and slush). They were determined to make their snowmen and glide through the snow. It was short lived but they had a blast!
-Chapter 10 continued- comparing the weights of objects
-Using a balance scale to determine which items are heavier/lighter
-Introducing picture and bar graphs
-Organizing information to use in a graphs
-Reading and interpreting picture graphs
-Duck! Rabbit by Amy Krouse Rosenthal- Discussing the opinions on how to interpret the illustrations with this optical illusion. Do they see a duck or a rabbit?
-Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale by Lisa Ernst
-Reviewing the two sounds of Y at the end of one and two syllable words
-Learning when to double the ending consonant when adding y (ie. funny, bumpy)
-Practicing the 1-1-1 Rule for doubling with suffix endings
-Fixing "Mixed up sentences" and adding the appropriate punctuation
-Composing complete sentences to describe particular events in Little Red Riding Hood
-Choosing which season they prefer (summer or winter) and supporting their opinion with 3 reasons.
-Reviewing their beginning of the year goals and creating devising new ones
-Preparing for Student-Led Conferences
-Sharing special Valentine's treats with their classmates
-Making Valentine's card for family members
As part of our community study first grade and second grade took a trip to the Fall River Stop and Shop. This was no ordinary shopping trip! Our tour leaders, Leslie and Manny, guided us on the behind the scenes look of the butcher shop and stocking area. Here the workers described their jobs and how they collaborate to provide our community with fresh and high quality food. The recycling center employees explained the importance of proper handling of the trash, such as boxes and plastic wraps, that is produced during their shipments. Leslie discussed the different food groups and reviewed healthy eating choices.
Despite our excitement to pet the live lobster, this was only one highlight of the tour. Suddenly, creeping around the cantaloupe bin at a maximum speed of 2.5 mph, emerged the main attraction, MARTY! Yes, Marty the robot! His function is to stroll through the isles and look for spills. If he detects a spill, he notifies the maintenance department. His movements are controlled by sensors. So as our tour group corralled him, he was held captive for our study! Similarly, he captured the children's attention. So if your child suddenly asks to join you on your next shopping trip, they will be looking to introduce you to their new friend Marty.
Have a great weekend!
-Chapter 10- Finding the weight of objects
-Determining weight using non-standard units (cubes, marbles)
-Comparing the weight of two objects using a balance scale
-Using terms heavy, heavier, heaviest, light, lighter, lightest and as heavy as
-Solving challenge problems by sequencing items in order of their weight
-Learning the difference between fact vs opinion. Write an opinion statement with support
(ie. I like_________because..)
-Preparing for conferences- revisiting our goals for the year.
-Spelling words with the doubling rule- learning when to double the ending consonant (skipping, jogging)
-Using our new sight words in sentences
-Practicing open and closed syllables
-Introducing the two sounds of y (i and e)-One syllable words containing y at the end (try) will sound like an /i/
-Learning the two sounds of y at the ends of words (i and e such as shy and silly)
-Reading Stamina- 16 minutes of independent reading
-Sharing the book Red is Best by Kathy Stinson- a little girl explains why she likes the color red. She describes her red socks, pajamas, mittens and paint and how the color brings her happiness.
-Identifying the problem and solution in the fairy tale -The Frog Prince
-Reading the book Yoko by Rosemary Wells- Tad and I partnered up to read this book to the class. We asked the students to help identify the important events and how Yoko was feeling at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
-Studying the key to identify features on a map
-Creating our own map including community buildings and a map key
-Visiting our local grocery store and learning how this business helps our community
The students have been journaling every week. They are now able to add descriptive details to recount their weekend adventures. Over the past two weeks, we have been studying fairy tales, trying to identify and understand the important elements of the stories. These discussions motivated them to create their own fictional stories. Each student selected characters, described the setting and developed a problem and solution for their tale. As the children improve, they will draft, revise, edit, and publish. They proudly shared these first stories during circle time.
Have a great weekend.
-Chapter 9 (continued) Comparing the height and length of more than two items
-Using the terms longest, shortest
-Comparing the length of objects with a starting line
-Using different items to measure (ie. cubes and paper clips)
-Introducing a standard measurement unit using a ruler (inches)
-Partnering to measure materials in the classroom
-Assessing their understanding of height and length
-Collaborating with a partner to determine key elements of their chosen book. This book study includes
characters, setting, problem and solution. Each team presented their story outline at our circle meeting. Next week, each group will read their book to the class.
-Discussing the similarities of Prince Cinders by Babette Cole with the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.
-Sharing their first fictional story with the class.
-Adding details to their fictional stories.
-Writing workshop- Choices to write a poem, fictional story, journal writing, or "how to.."
-Working on the doubling rule when adding suffixes (ing, er and est)
-Practicing sight words any, say, was, could, there
-Stretching sentence to add more details.
-Studying places, people and activities within our community
-Using the directions right, left, up and down to read a map
-Introducing cardinal directions for mapping skills (north, south, west and east)
Stage performances can be an enjoyable way to express our passions. For some it can be a daunting task, but practice mitigates this social anxiety. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to take the stage at All School Meeting each week. Our students share their talents and popular books with the community. I was overjoyed when my first graders requested to present the favorite class poems to the school. One poem, titled Friends, highlights our FA BEE philosophy of kindness. Another poem, Martin Luther King's Dream, embodies the life and peaceful methods of Dr. King. Our class performed beautifully! When reflecting on our stage presentation, each student expressed the initial feeling of nervousness but by the end all appreciated the experience. I am so proud of their courage!
Have a terrific weekend.
-Chapter 8- Addition and Subtraction of Numbers to 20
-Learning different ways to add and subtract using base 10
-Reviewing and Testing of material in Chapter 8
-Introducing Chapter 9- Lengths
-Comparing the length or height of two objects
-Using terms long/longer tall/taller and short/shorter
-Beginning our study of fairy tales and identifying the problem and solution within the story
-The Three Little Pigs
-Jack and the Beanstalk
-The Ugly duckling
-Identifying the ending sounds of -nk and ng
-Reading stamina for 15 min
-Conferencing with the students to reread our fictional stories. Learning the importance of editing our writing.
-Learning the steps of incorporating a problem and solution within their own stories
-Expanding our sentences- Sentence stretchers
-Practicing to write words with -nk and- ng endings
-Reviewing sight words- say, could, into
-Studying our own communities
-Discussing the types of people and services in our community
-On the Town -A Community Adventure by Judith Caseley
-Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
-Comparing the similarities and differences between towns and cities using a Venn Diagram
-A beautiful recitation of two poems titled Friends and Martin Luther King's Dream.
The students' excitement grew over the week in anticipation for Game Night. Thank you to all those families who were able to join us. It was a pleasure to see the children enjoying games with their families, teachers and classmates. It was especially impressive to watch the students in my room, coaching the younger students when playing Hedbands. They offered clues and words of encouragement to help their friends. Great leadership!
This week we spent time discussing the life and work of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. The students shared their thoughts on his dream for equality and human rights. They were most interested to hear about Dr King's peaceful approach and his aversion to violence. Next week, the first grade has a short poem they will share at All School Meeting in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." ~King
Have a great weekend.
-Grouping numbers into tens and ones
-Learning ways to subtract two digit numbers without grouping
-Using number bonds to aid with subtraction
-Determining the function of a number sentence 10 ____7= 17 or 18____5=13
-Solving word problems
-Reviewing doubles facts
-Games- Doubles Alien Chase
-Identifying the -ng ending sounds in words ( bang, king, lung)
-Reading the book Cordoroy by Don Freeman- to identify the different settings within the story
-Practicing sight words could, would, should, about
-Sharing a book with a Partner to discuss the important components of the story including character, setting, problems and solution
-Poem- Martin Luther King's Dream
-Choosing a setting for their own story. Describing the location
-Beginning to map out the events of their story
-Organizing words in alphabetical order
-Using sight words in sentences
-Introducing maps and their function ( map of a room, map of a house)
-Learning the terms neighbors and neighborhoods
-Who's Who in a Neighborhood by Jake Miller
-Discussing the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his impact on our lives
-Sharing the book- Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
Our first week of 2019 was quite productive. The students eagerly recounted their holiday experiences. We took time to reflect on our accomplishments over the past term, reminding ourselves of the courage, hard work and dedication necessary to learn new concepts. They took great pride in sharing their academic, athletic, and personal achievements. They will strive to further challenge themselves and their peers. Each student set new goals for the rest of the year.
These first graders have put forth substantial effort to hone their writing skills. They have been adding interesting facts and details in their journals. As a part of our writing workshop, we will start to create fictional stories. This week, the children were asked to identify important features of a story such as characters, setting, problem and solution. I anticipate they will produce insightful and creative literary masterpieces!
Have a great weekend.
-Chapter 8- Ways to Add
-Using different strategies to add one and two digit numbers
-Adding by grouping into 10 and ones
-Practicing doubles facts
-Playing addition games (Doubles Tic Tac Toe, Five in a Row)
-Learning doubles plus one (7+8)
-Creating sentences with contractions (I'm, don't, we'll, it's, isn't)
-Reviewing spelling magic "e" words
-Writing goals for the new year
-Learning some key components of story making such as characters and setting
-Writing workshop-Step one- choosing a character for their story and describing its traits
-Learning to recognize contractions and understand the expanded form ( I'm = I am)
-Partner Read- discussing important parts of the story, the characters and the setting,
-Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee- An exciting story describing the writer's first time on a roller coaster. Describing its impact on all five senses, the author details the thrilling experience of preparing for this ride, living through the adventure, and the reflecting afterwards.
-Discussing the different types of homes in our community.
-Learning about our street and neighborhoods in which we reside.
-Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney- This book is an introduction to maps, to help discover and understand our place in the world.
It is hard to believe we have already completed the first half of the year. Witnessing the academic and social growth of the children has been extremely rewarding. We should all be proud of the effort our class has put forth.
I am grateful to have such an engaged and supportive parent group. Have a lovely and safe holiday break!
Happy New Year to all.
-Comparing numbers 0-20
-Finding the difference between the numbers
-Practicing the terms- greater than, fewer, difference between,
-Using a place value chart with base ten cubes
-Completing number patterns (2,4,6... and 12, 9, 6, 3)
-Chapter review and test
-Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin- A comical story of the barn animals that are negotiating with Farmer Brown for electric blankets. The animals band together and decide to go on strike. We discussed the important events of the story and worked on predicting future events in the plot.
-Dolphins in the Sand by Jim Arnosky- discussing the problem and solution within the story.
-Dividing two syllable words (with a magic e- cup/cake)
-Practicing to read words with short vowels and magic e
-Sight words- two, come, some
-Reflecting- writing about our favorite Act of Giving
-Writer's Workshop- Free choices such as Cinquain Poems, Letters to friends or "How to..." instructions.
-Journal entries-sharing our holiday traditions
-Discussing our writing goals for the first half of the year. We use the five w's to incorporate detail and important story details.
-Exchanging books with our classmates-
-Sharing and discussing our selected books
-Cooperative board games with our classmates (Puzzles, Quirkle and Hedbands)
-Rehearsals for Winterfest performance