English - Language Arts
Our current writing unit, Fairy Tales and Realistic Fiction, has been so much fun for our first graders! During this unit, students have drafted, revised and edited, and published their very own fairy tales! We learned that all fairy tales share common elements: good and evil characters, a setting, a problem and solution, and sometimes magic. First grade writers incorporated these elements into their stories, and also added dialogue, vivid verbs, and lots of adjectives. Students engaged in peer conferences and shared compliments and suggestions to help their writing partner craft an even stronger story. We can't wait to share these with you at the Fairy Tale Ball!
Currently, we are working on writing realistic fiction stories. We learned that this genre includes stories that haven't actually happened, but they could. Therefore, students created characters who are realistic - no more flying dogs or talking robots as the "good guy!" We have also focused on writing a detailed description of the setting. We've realized that adding lots of details helps our reader visualize where and when the story takes place. To finish this writing unit, we will write realistic endings to our stories. I'm so impressed with our writers!
Historical Figure Presentations
Our students learned about some of our most famous Presidents such as: Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington, as well as their many contributions. They have also learned about interesting people like George Washington Carver who invented 300 ways to use a peanut, and Benjamin Franklin who invented the lightning rod, and the kids' favorite: a rocking-chair that churns butter when you rock! Students gave oral presentations on their favorite historical figures! It was a blast from the past as we saw students dressed up like Thomas Jefferson, Rosa Parks, and Frederick Douglas. There was so much creativity in the costumes, props, posters and speeches. Everyone did a fabulous job!
Our current unit is Subtraction to 20. So far, students have explored a variety of strategies to help them solve subtraction problems such as drawing a picture and crossing out items, using objects to manipulate, and our favorite math tools like the number line, number chart, and ten frames. Also, students solved subtraction story problems and even wrote their own stories about taking things away. Our mathematicians know to "pull out the numbers" in a story and look for key words to know which operation to use. Phrases such as "how many are left" and "how many less" tell us to subtract. Students have also practiced counting back to solve subtraction number models. For example, when they see 14 - 9, they will draw 9 circles. Then, they say "14" out loud, and touch the circles to count back to 5. As we continue through this unit, students will use a variety of tools to solve subtraction problems, decompose numbers to subtract, use unknown addends to subtract, and explore the relationship between addition and subtraction with fact families. Our mathematicians are really soaring!
We were excited to begin our fourth integrated unit, Conservation: The 3 R’s. Throughout this unit, we have focused on one of Riverview’s core values (stewardship) and have taken it to a new level! We have been learning about how to be a caring citizen of our environment as we have explored the cycles and patterns of conserving our Earth’s resources. The students loved watching Dr. Seuss’ original cartoon, “The Lorax.” After watching the movie, they were able to make connections by saving trees and keeping our environment protected and clean. We were even able to make a connection to our first grade BIG IDEA of patterns and cycles when we created our own “cycles” depicting the recycling process of glass! This past week, the students also participated in a great hands-on-learning activity when we got to make ourvery own recycled paper! Be sure to ask your child to share with you the steps of "How To Make Paper." Another great visual for the students was the Incredible-Edible Landfill. Each type of food represented a unique category of trash. The students were amazed to see how quickly our landfills can fill up! Now, our students are more aware of REDUCING, REUSING, and RECYCLING! Check out the pictures of our Incredible-Edible Landfills!
Maritime Center Field Trip
Our field trip to the Maritime Center was a great way to kick off our Conservation Unit! Students participated in several super-fun hands-on learning activities. With the Enviroscape, students explored stormwater runoff through model explanations and learned how stormwater carries what we leave behind. With this activity we talked about "stuff" that ends up on our land and how it gets into our water. We also talked about ways the students can help to stop this from happening. Students also participated in a fun Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Relay! Students learned how trash impacts not only the Port Royal Sound, but all the world’s oceans. Students learned to sort between recycled and reusable materials on the fly!
Hunting Island State Park Field Trip
Our "Do Something" - Community Service Learning Project
Our First Graders teamed up with their Fifth Grade Buddies for a “Beach Sweep” at Hunting Island State Park as part of our Spring Service Learning Project. The students had a wonderful time picking up trash and making our beach even more beautiful! Thank you to all of our chaperones who helped supervise all of the small groups on this field trip!
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We've had a great start in First Grade! We have had so much fun getting to know one another and learning how to work together as part of a classroom community. We spent the first few weeks of school working on routines, expectations, and building our classroom family. We are now working on implementing all of the components of our daily academic schedule. The children have adjusted beautifully, and continue to impress me with their kindness and drive to succeed! I'm looking forward to a wonderful year filled with learning and fun!!