Sunday, August 30, 2015

1st Grade News - 8/31/15

Students will write in journals this week and also work on writing class books.  I love having students create class books at the beginning of the school year because readers at all levels are proud to see their published work.
I glue book covers to construction paper and laminate.
For the student pages, some students will use just one word to complete sentence frames while others will write more.

Book Cover and Student Page

First graders love to draw and write about birthday food!  :)

This is the second full week of school for these cuties.  Unfortunately, temperatures are expected to soar into the mid to high 80's.  Wonderful beach and pool weather - not so good in a building without air conditioning.   But we'll get through it like we always do!  :)
Have a great week!


Monday, August 24, 2015

1st Grade News - August 24, 2015

Link for this week's 1st Grade News

Two years ago, I added this wonderful book to my beginning of the school year book list to integrate into literacy lessons.  Today, I used the book for two purposes; a read-aloud before the children worked on reading independently, and for guided reading.  Before independent reading practice (working on stamina) we talked about how reading allows us to learn.  Students pulled books from our classroom library, identified the genre and shared what can be learned from the books.  During guided reading, we worked on sequencing.  This book inspires students to talk about their favorite books as well so tomorrow students will draw and write about their favorites.

In case you haven't stumbled upon this book yet - it's about Henry, a boy who loves to eat books because he wants to become "the smartest person on Earth."  In the end, Henry picks up a half-eaten book from the floor and begins to read.  He discovers he LOVES to read and might even become "the smartest person on Earth."

Thursday, August 20, 2015

1st Day of School!

Our district teachers spent Monday through Wednesday in meetings and professional development and today was the first day of school for students.  First day of first grade for 21 kiddos... and the class of 2027 came in ready to learn! 
When we weren't working on rules and routines, we made time for "Special Child" of the Day activities.  We put on reporter hats and interviewed two students, finding out what they like to play, eat, do after school, etc.  After the interviews, we used a shared writing format to write about each child.  At the end of this activity, students drew pictures and wrote to the "Special Child" allowing him/her to take home a nice collection of drawings.  
For the next ten days, I will draw two names from a jar to determine the special child.  After all students have been interviewed, I'll compile a class book containing each shared writing and a picture of each child.  This book will remain a favorite all year.
1st Grade News for this week:
  Some classroom pics before students arrived. 

At the end of the day before bus dismissal, students worked on reading independently and I snapped a few pictures. 

Love the stuffed cat with a head propped on his lap. 

An attentive listening audience:)

Comfy spot

A future teacher reading to a stuffed animal :)

Aren't you supposed to sit on the bean bag chair???  :)

It's wonderful to see children enjoying the opportunity to read books of their choice.