It was wonderful to see everyone during conferences last week. Student-led conferences are an important part of the students' learning. The children take great pride in presenting their work, discussing their strengths and weaknesses, and setting their own goals. Taking ownership is an integral part of learning. Over the years, from Kindergarten through eight grade, these evaluations enable the students to reflect on their educational experiences.
I hope all of you had a great Halloween evening together. First grade had an eventful day that began with costumes and the parade. Thank you to all the parents that joined us. A special thanks to the room parents for organizing and managing the activities for the day. The students enjoyed the festive book, games, crafts and snacks. What creative costumes!
Have a great weekend.
-Chapter 4 continued- Subtraction
-Making subtraction stories
-Solving word problems
-Making fact families-using the same numbers to make addition and subtraction sentences
(For example using 3,6,9 --> 3+6=9,and 9-3=6)
-Chapter Review and Test
-Pumpkin Soup- A story about three friends, Duck, Squirrel and Cat, who work in harmony to make a delicious pumpkin soup. Then one day, Duck decides he wants a new responsibility with the soup. This squabble creates much tension in the friendship. After Duck decides to leave, Cat and Duck realize their relationship is more valuable. The three friends work out an agreement.
-Bat at the Library by Brian Lies
-There Was An Old Lady That Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro- read to first grade by John Borowicz
-Kites Sail High by Ruth Heller- an introduction to verbs.
- Reading Stamina- 10 minutes of uninterrupted independent reading.
-Book Study-Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion- The students identified important events that happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story. They wrote a sentence and illustrated each event.
-An introduction to verbs- The activity included writing the actions of many different objects.
-Writing exercise using clues to describe their halloween costume
-Cinquain Poems- With the assistance of our literacy helpers, we wrote our first poem. A cinquain is a five line poem. The format of consists of the use of adjectives and verbs to describe the chosen noun.
-Learning to write ending blends (nt, mp, lp, ng, nk)
-Review of triple blends at the beginning of words (thr, spr, spl, shr)
-Pumpkin Soup- Book Study-We have been discussing friendships and the importance of compromise. When reading this book, we studied examined different perspectives of the characters. Each student drew a cartoon depicting the point of view of each character.
-Halloween Bat Craft
-Families- Discussing responsibilities we have at home and how we can assist our family members