Welcome to the first grade classroom website. Each week I will post a newsletter regarding classroom news, important dates, weekly photographs and curriculum highlights.
We had a great start to the academic year. They are adjusting well. We are exploring materials within the classroom and how to use these items safely. Each day, I introduce activities which will become part of our daily routine, such as morning work, reading centers, book bins, and reading stamina.
Over the past two weeks, we played many games to become acquainted with the curriculum and comfortable with one another. Our morning meetings, partner reading and cooperative games reinforce sharing, taking turns and listening skills. We have read many books about friendship. The students particularly enjoyed the story Do unto Otters by Laurie Keller. This book emphasized the importance of being kind to our friends. Feel free to check the Documentation tab to read the students' responses to our discussion. They eagerly shared their insights!
If you are interested in becoming a room parent, please send me an email. In the past, we have had two room parents. They help organize four special events for the first grade classroom. Thank you for considering!
Have a terrific weekend.
-Reviewing numbers 1-10
-Counting and making number patterns to 10
-Comparing number- identifying the sets of numbers that are more, less or the same
-Vocabulary- greater, fewer, less,
-Making a class number book
-Introducing number bonds
-Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller-followed by a writing activity. The students wrote how they would show their kindness to their friends.
-All by Myself by Mercer Mayer- Each member of the class shared an accomplishment of which they are proud.
-The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
-I Like Me by Nancy Carlson
-Introduced to the Weekend Writing journal.
-Reviewing writing conventions such as beginning with an uppercase letter, using finger spaces and punctuating the end of the sentence.
-Discussing writing stamina. To have the student try to expand in their journals when retelling their weekend events.
-Practicing handwriting skills in our Handwriting Without Tears wookbook. We have been working on the letters c, o and s.
-Sight words for the week- the, like and am
-Practicing the word family -an (can, Dan, fan, man....)
-Sharing All About Me bags- The students enjoyed presenting their five items to the classmates. They practiced sharing, answering questions, being good listeners and taking turns.
-Self portraits- Each student created a self portrait. They wrote about some of their "favorites".
-Started writing their own "All About Me" book including pages on topics of where we live, our favorite sport and a short description of themselves.