Students had a great time celebrating Grinch Day, and going to the movie theater to see, The Grinch. Our class made a delicious "Grinch snack" and we wrote about the things that make us "grinchy." Students prepared for Santa's arrival by making their very own reindeer food to sprinkle on their lawn!!
We wrapped up our "How To" writing unit and have jumped right in to Opinion Writing! Throughout this unit, the first graders will plan independently and write a paragraph including: their opinion, an introduction, and a conclusion. Students are learning to use multiple details to elaborate on and support their opinion, use transition words, use a rubric, revise and edit, and check for correct spelling, punctuation, spaces, and capitalization. We kicked off the unit with a fun game of "Would You Rather?" Students learned quickly that our opinions are often times different from our friends. We presented a variety of pictures (cake or ice-cream, pool or beach, etc.) and students would walk to one side of the room (or the other) to make their choice! We talked about how making a choice on something we like better is called forming an opinion. Throughout the rest of the week, we practiced writing opinion sentences using the sentence starters "In my opinion", "I think", "I feel", and "I believe". We used these sentence staters to form new opinions about a funny book called "Duck! Rabbit!". Throughout the story, students had to use evidence within the text to help form their opinion about whether the main character was a duck or a rabbit! As the students became more confident using writing to express their opinions, we began adding reasons to support our choices! We used the OREO writing method to organize our writing. O= Opinion Stated, R-Reasons, E=Examples and O=Opinion Restated. We completed an OREO graphic organizer based on our favorite recess activities. Ask your child you share their opinion about their favorite recess activity and their reasons why they chose it!
Our grammar focus over the past few weeks has been to identify and use exclamatory sentences and compound sentences in our writing. We have enjoyed using our Close Read text each week to help us to understand and identity sentences ending with exclamation marks and compound sentences . Students practiced applying the skill learned by using exclamatory sentences in their pigeon books. Students really enjoyed reading Mo Willems' pigeon books!! After reading his books, students were given the opportunity to write their own "pigeon book" and make their one-of-a-kind pigeons. We would love for you to swing by the classroom and check these out! It has been so great to see the students begin to write compound sentences in their writing this week. They learned the acronym, FANBOYS to help them remember the linking words that help us to connect the two sentences together to make a compound sentence. These words include: for, and, nor, but/because, or, yet, and so.
The students were Math-Maticians throughout our subtraction unit! It was great to see them use and apply the same strategies learned in our addition unit. Some of the strategies we can use in both addition and subtraction are: using pictures, using manipulatives, using the counting on or counting back strategy, and using the the number line and the hundreds chart. Students have become more familiar with subtraction vocabulary such as: subtrahend, difference, and how many more/fewer. Students loved recognizing patterns in their facts/equations. When students are able to recognize the patterns, they gain a better understanding of the operation. An example would be: If 3 + 5 = 8, then I know that 5 + 3 = 8, 8 - 5 = 3, and 8 - 3 = 5.
Students were excited to begin our Geometry unit this past week. We reviewed identifying and describing the attributes of 2D shapes and played a fun game that helped us to recognize and learn the attributes of 3D shapes. Students have discovered that 3D shapes are EVERYWHERE!! Below, students are pictured wtih their "fact family" gingerbread house and also playing a fun 3D shapes game to help us learn the names!
Integrated Unit - Personal Identity
We are currently learning about our personal identity and what makes us special and unique.
The students created beautiful self portraits while looking at themselves in a mirror. They then added a mini-timeline and wrote something from their past, present, and future. We had fun creating our very special and one-of-a-kind thumbprints. The students wrote several sentences describing what makes them who they are. and painted beautiful "family" trees in art class. Students worked with their families at home, and in the classroom to add the finishing touch- the family pictures/names! It's been so fun to get to know our families! We had several students bring in a family artifact that represents the country from which their ancestors are from. We learned that we have friends in our class from all over the world. Some of our families are from: England, Africa, Germany, Honduras, and Mexico. We ended this unit by studying cultures around the world and talking about life "Then and Now," specifically discussing things like transportation, communication, homes, and games. This focus led to great conversations that helped us answer questions such as: How are other cultures different from my own? How can I use information from other cultures to become more understanding? How can I compare life long ago to my life today? What would my life be like if I lived during a different time period? What has remained the same from the past to the present? Our next unit will be Nature's Patterns...
We love our 5th Grade Buddies!! They participated in a fun STEM project with us, and taught us how to play War!!
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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!!