Can you believe we are down to SIX weeks left of school?! Time is flying by and we are seeing so much growth from our First Graders! Second grade is right around the corner but in the mean time, let's catch up on what's been happening in FIRST grade!
Language Arts/Writer's Workshop
We've been working hard to learn and master the rest of our First Grade literacy concepts! We've spent the last few weeks talking about the fun word GENRE. The kids LOVED saying this funny and interesting word. We learned that Genre was a way to categorize different types of books and texts. We pulled out several books from our classroom library and tried to sort them based on genre. Some of the easier genre's to identify were Fiction, Non-Fiction and Fairy Tales (the kids were excited to be able to identify several Fairy Tale books!). We also talked about some of the less common genres like Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction and Myths. Poetry is another interesting genre and the students were excited to learn that we would be entering into an entire Writer's Workshop about Poetry in the coming months!
We also jumped INTO prepositions! Have your heard your child humming some tunes about prepositions? We found several fun videos/songs to describe these words. Prepositions are words that tell us where the noun is! They often come before the noun in a sentence and give the reader the position of the noun. Are you UNDER the table? Do you walk OVER the bridge? Ask your child to give you some examples of prepositions!
We finished our persuasive writing unit by publishing our convincing letters! The students drafted a letter to convince someone to help out with taking care of our Earth. The children picked a problem and asked for help to change it!
We also moved into a new writing unit: Non-Fiction writing. This is a HIGH INTEREST unit and the students are very interested in writing books that they are EXPERTS on! We already knew what Non-Fiction meant (and used our prior knowledge of GENRE) but this time, the kiddos had to choose topics that they knew a lot about. Once they chose a topic, they created a web to organize their TRUE facts about their topic. We discussed the difference between true facts and opinions and although we've used opinions in our writing before, this was not the goal this time around! We also talked about not trying to teach our readers something in these books. For example, if our topic was Swimming, we didn't want to tell our reader to kick their feet in order to swim (we've already mastered How-To writing!), rather we want to only include FACTS about swimming. Jayla came up with "Swimming is an Olympic Sport" and Jenna decided that "Swimming is good for your heart!". Both ideas were true for swimming! Over the next few weeks, we will be turning our webs into first drafts of our non-fiction books. Stay tuned! Check out the sweet picture of Jenna with a frog she discovered on the playground! ALL of our kiddos have been super interested in discovering all of the TRUE things that exist in our lives. Did I mention Non-Fiction writing is HIGH INTEREST? There are SO many non-fiction topics all around us!