Sunday, February 8, 2015

1st Grade News

February Love!
Our first graders are excited about our Valentine's Day party!  My room mother plans to have the children open and read cards with a party volunteer during one of the center-based activities.  This lucky group of children will love the attention and opportunity to have an adult listen to them read.

"Love is when family and friends listen to you."

"Love is when Mrs. Brinkman smiles. Love is my mom and dad."

"Love is about friends who are nice."

Link for 1st Grade News

Writing in First Grade:

Although we provide writing prompts at times, especially for the purpose of displaying work in the hallway, we also make sure our students have opportunities to choose their writing topic in order to maintain a focus on the process of writing and not the product.  As you can see from the journal entries I uploaded for this post, spelling is not corrected in writing journals; the children are expected to correctly spell word wall words, however.  At this time of year, the children are learning about punctuation and how it helps clarify meaning for the reader. 

This sweet, loving first grader chose to write about birthday celebrations.  (CCSS W.1.2) She did a wonderful job introducing the topic and supplying interesting details and facts.  She recalled details about her 6th birthday celebration, then added details about her cousin's upcoming birthday.  We are working on closing statements, which she omitted here, so we'll discuss that during our next writing conference. 

  1st Journal Page

Page 2

This poor fella wrote about getting sick.  (CCSS W.1.3) In his narrative, he introduced the topic, shared two sequenced events and ended his writing by saying, "It was not comfortable."   

Sometimes you have to journal about feelings, which is what this guy chose to do.  The 2015 Super Bowl was a heart breaker for most of my students.  On Thursday during writing workshop, he was still reflecting on the Seahawk's loss.


This week, in addition to describing weekend experiences to classmates via writing journals, we'll pair writer's workshop with reading activities.  Our focus this week is informational text, so we'll work on the trait of organization, while writing animal reports.

"Author's Chair"

These two authors allowed peers to provide feedback and suggestions.  We always make time to compliment and discuss good writing qualities during Author's Chair. Allowing suggestions is a delicate process that requires careful monitoring.  


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