Over the past month, first grade has been learning about communities. We began our discussion reflecting on our own families, and are currently examining the school community. Our study focuses on the ways in which individuals contribute to our school. For example, the custodians, parents, assistants, teachers and administrators, are essential elements necessary for our school to run smoothly. The students each chose a special member of our community to recognize. They each wrote a letter to express their appreciation. We have been discussing the importance of our own responsibilities at FA, including being helpful, friendly and respectful. On a larger scale, we will apply these lessons to our future study of our neighborhoods and towns. Stay tuned for more details for our first family project.
I am delighted to see growing excitement for Book Buzz. In our classroom, we have been reading and presenting our own literary recommendations. This encourages the students to write a book summary, and share their favorite choices with their classmates. In addition, it introduces the children to public speaking in a smaller setting.
This week at All School Meeting, Tad Borowicz shared his favorite book, Dogman-The First by Dav Pilkey. Tad delivered his presentation with passion and poise. Despite his initial jitters, he has already expressed interest in his next Book Buzz. Great work!
Have a wonderful weekend.
-Chapter 5 continued- the study of plane and solid shapes
-To identify and extend repeating patterns with solid shapes
-Hands on activities to make patterns with 3-D shapes
-Chapter review and assessment
-Introduction to Ordinal Numbers
-Vocabulary- first, second, third, fourth, fifth,...-tenth
-Mouse and Lion by Rand Burkert- A retelling of the classic Aesop's Fable. The book emphasizes the idea that even those who are small can accomplish big tasks.
-Humphrey the Lost Whale by Wendy Tokuda and Richard Hall
-Poem-Sticks and Stones
-Reading and dividing of two syllable words-to split the word in between the two consonants
(nap/kin, rab/bit, nut/meg)
-Counting and sorting words by syllables
-Reading stamina- independent reading for 12 minutes
-Book club- emphasis on reading pace and comprehension questions for each book selection
-Using of 5 w's (Who, when, why, where, what) to help add details to our writing assignments
-Spelling- introduction to plural -s-
-Learning that "S " can have two sounds (s, z)
-Practicing to write two syllable words
-Reading response- identifying the problem and solution for the book Humphrey the Lost Whale
-Preparing a book review for our classroom Book Buzz
-Learning about of FA community- A Thank you letter to a member of our school community
-Humphrey the Lost Whale- based on a true story about a whale that took the wrong turn and ended up getting trapped in the San Francisco Bay. The people of the community came to Humphrey's rescue and helped the whale to safety.