FIRST GRADE'S FAIRY TALE BALL
What an amazing Celebration of Learning! The children were so proud to share their original fairy tales with their families, and were stars in their Readers' Theater skits! Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers who assisted with our yummy, themed snacks!
LANGUAGE ARTS - WRITERS' WORKSHOP
One language arts focus this month was cause and effect. Readers understand that in text, events happen, (effects), along with the reasons why they happen (causes). When students recognize this relationship, comprehension is increased. The cause and effect relationship is a basic thinking skill and text structure for all types of reading and subject areas. We enjoyed reading some of Laura Numeroff’s “circle stories.” Some of her stories include: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Party, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. It was fun to see how these books use cause and effect throughout the story and end the way the story began. Ask your child which is their favorite story by Laura Numeroff. The students have been working on publishing their very own “circle stories.” We can’t wait to share these with you, as we have some budding authors in our classroom that may give Laura Numeroff a run for her money!
We have learned a new comprehension strategy called Infer and Support with Evidence. The students became “detectives” and looked for clues and evidence in texts to figure out the meaning of the stories read in class. They loved this! When making inferences, readers figure out what the author is saying even if it’s not written down. We taught the students to: use their background knowledge, use clues from the text, and to use illustrations and captions to make meaning of the selection. We learned that not all authors tell the reader everything they want you to know in the selection. When reading with your child at home, see if you can become detectives together and make your own inferences!
MATH - GEOMETRY
We had a ton of fun exploring 2-D and 3-D shapes in our Geometry unit! This week, the children had a blast decomposing shapes! When given a hexagon, the students used other shapes to create the same hexagonal shape. We found over 8 different ways to use a rhombus, triangle and trapezoid to form a hexagon. We then practiced composing shapes We gave them a variety of different shapes and asked the students to make one larger shape! It took a lot of perseverance to make these creations!
During this unit we will work to:
-Identity and describe a given shape and shapes of objects in everyday situations including two-dimensional shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon, and circle) and three dimensional shapes (cone, cube, cylinder, sphere).
-Classify shapes as two-dimensional/flat or three-dimensional/solid and explain the reasoning used.
-Analyze and compare two and three-dimensional shapes of different sizes and orientations using informal language.
-Draw two-dimensional shapes (square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, and circle) and create models of three-dimensional shapes (cone, cube, cylinder, and sphere).
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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!!