Sunday, February 28, 2016

1st Grade News - 2/29/16

1st Grade News

Enriching Spelling Words:
Our district utilizes Reading Wonders for our basal program and I find I need to supplement a great deal with the writing process component.  This week, students read and learned about how people work with animals so we worked on narrative writing skills and wrote about how to take care of a pet. 

Many students don't have pets in their homes so the first thing we did was a little research using books in our classroom library and iPad apps.  Talking with friends and discussing ideas is a huge part of the writing process in first grade, and a lot of fun too!

We looked through the writing organization rubric to clarify expectations.  For this activity, we created the opening sentence together.
  After reviewing expectations and discussing ideas with friends, students completed another pre-writing activity:


At this time of year, most students are progressing toward understanding of the skills because of the level of support provided; it won't be long however, and these kiddos will apply skills independently.  :)

How to Take Care of a Pet Link

Leap Year 2016!

Students in my class were interested in Leap Year and I wasn't sure how to tie it into curriculum so we worked on writing skills with the topic - Leap Year Memories.  A few of these friends have been quite busy in January and February. :)

I love you too, Cameron!  :)
This fella was disgruntled with the Cavaliers for trading Anderson Verajao. 
Leap Year 2016 Memories Documents
Bulletin Board Poster and Student Writing Page

I hope you enjoy a wonderful week filled with lots of learning!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

1st Grade News - 2/22/16

Our wonderful PSO launched the COSI on Wheels Astounding Astronomy program for our students on February 17th!  The day began with a 45-minute interactive assembly that challenged students to explore the sizes and distances between planets in our solar system, learn about other objects in outer space, and gain some understanding of the extreme cold temperatures on the outer planets. 
The COSI presenter created a comet using dry ice, water, dirt and soda.  She used chemicals to blast off a rocket and demonstrated the power of air pressure by zipping a teacher into a plastic bag that had all air removed with a vacuum.
Small-group sessions later in the day encouraged students to work with class mates to identify constellations, compare their weight on different planets, learn about ultraviolet lights and air pressure.  Small-group sessions were led by parent volunteers and high school students.


Newsletter Link
Enrichment Spelling Words for This Week:
Have a wonderful week!

Monday, February 15, 2016

1st Grade News - 2/15/16

We'll begin the week learning about presidents.  We have many resources for learning about the skills needed to become President of the United States, including biographies available on Brain Pop jr.

The "Who Was" books were a gift from a former parent and perfect for self-selected reading.
 Rookie Read About Holiday books cover basic facts and include a combination of pictures and illustrations.


In addition to Lincoln and Washington, Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson are introduced in this book.
This is a book some of our current presidential candidates need to read.  In this book, Emily Elizabeth is sadly thinking to herself... "It's not nice to say bad things about your opponent." 
It's always interesting to read what students would do if they were leader of the United States... 

One of our favorite activities is using dice to practice addition facts!

Poems for poetry binders

Link for President's Day Activities (5-pages)
Newsletter Link
Enrichment Spelling Words for long /i/