Sunday, April 10, 2016

1st Grade News - 4/11/16

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Enrichment Spelling Words:

Our comprehension focus this week is informational text.  Students will have a lot of books to choose from for self-selected reading during daily centers. 

Leveled readers for reading groups:

Last week, we worked on creating  mental "movies" and story boards to improve understanding of fictional text. 

A few kiddos shared their story boards from the story, "Now, What's That Sound?"

Writing in First Grade:

During daily writing practice, these awesome, little first grade friends are learning that writing is a long process that involves many steps.  Most often children don't complete a piece of writing in a single setting, but instead work through the process for several days.  So these kiddos are learning a little about patience and perseverance as well.

 The first step - prewriting, usually begins with discussions with friends or some alone time to think about the writing.  The kids sit in the large-group instruction area on the carpet for discussions or move to the classroom library for this step in the process. 

Sometimes the next step (draft) includes an organizer (see below) to facilitate processing ideas and information.  During this part of the writing process, partners listen and read with one another to provide suggestions and feedback.  When the draft is complete, students work on revisions.  This includes adding detail and interesting words, or deleting words, and checking for an introduction sentence and conclusion. 

Editing often involves a checklist for spelling, punctuation and grammatically correct sentences.

Narrative Writings:



If we are sharing writings for a bulletin board or publishing for a class book, students create a final copy of their work.

Opinion Writings & a Pre-Writing Organizer


I love to have students reread their journals from the beginning of the school year so they can reflect on their progress and see how their writing has transformed.  :)

Writing Papers - This is a six-page document I used for several writing pieces in March.

Have a wonderful week!

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