Our students have done a beautiful job writing Personal Narratives! In the last couple of weeks, we have focused on writing Bold Beginnings and Excellent Endings. After studying the beginning sentences of several mentor texts, students noticed three strategies good writers use to start stories: onomatopoeia, dialogue between characters, and describing the setting. They tried out these ways to begin their own narratives. We had fun choosing which strategy would be the best for each story. One of our favorite mentor texts is, Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe. The students noticed that she ends this story by describing how the character feels. Our first grade stories had excellent endings when students tried this same strategy. This past week, students worked hard to revise and edit their stories. They checked for conventions such as capitalization and punctuation, correct spelling using our word wall dictionaries and stretching out words, and rereading to make sure their writing made sense. We celebrated our writing with a Writing Celebration!! I loved watching our first graders read their stories to one another with pride, and I know their classmates were impressed!
Our next writing unit will focus on How-To writing.
Our students had fun with two Halloween ELA activities: Scarecrow Onomatopoeias and Pumpkin Adjectives. After reading, The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything, students created their own scarecrow. They labeled each body part with onomatopoeias such as "clomp, clomp." We also read, It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff. Students designed and decorated their own pumpkins based on one adjective. We have a silly pumpkin with green teeth, a beautiful pumpkin with hairbows and sequins, a long pumpkin with warts, and many more creative and unique pumpkins on display in our classroom!
We have finished our unit on Numbers to 20! I am so impressed with the students number sense! They are establishing a really strong foundation as mathematicians! To finish the unit, students compared numbers to twenty using Base-10 blocks. We built the numbers, and then our mathematicians had to choose which symbol (<, >, =) to use to make the number sentences true. We also practiced spelling the number words eleven through twenty. Students noticed a pattern! Most of these numbers have the same chunk at the end of the word: "teen." Once they realized this spelling pattern, they were able to fluently spell all of the numbers. Finally, students learned ordinal number words and added these to their toolkit of the different ways to make a number. Again, our first graders noticed the pattern of "th" at the end of the word (for example, "sixth, seventh"). Students showed off all of their learning with our end of unit assessment, and I am so impressed with their knowledge of Numbers to 20! Our next unit will focus on Addition with Sums to 10.
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to our From Field to Table Celebration!! It was such a fun day to watch our students show off all of their learning to their families. This is one of my very favorite units, because the kids take their learning so deep! This month, we wrapped up the unit with our culminating project of Recipe Books. This is a great way for students to summarize their learning from the unit and apply it first hand to a yummy dish! We had some excellent chefs with delicious recipes! Scroll through the slideshow to see all of the fun from our Celebration!
We were grateful to be able to go on two field study trips during this unit. In early October we traveled to Holiday Farms Pumpkin Patch. Students were able to pick a real pumpkin, play several games, explore a corn maze, pet different farm animals and more! We also traveled to Cotton Hall Plantation for Santa Elena's Lowcountry Fair. We watched a sugar mill processing real sugar cane, and the students loved making connections to our own Story of Wheat from our Field to Table unit. Students enjoyed witnessing volunteers reenacting what life was like in Colonial South Carolina! We learned about Spanish exploration, weaponry from different time periods, and saw clothing and artifacts representing the past few centuries. This was a great introduction to cultures and traditions. We will explore this more in our next unit, Personal Identity. Browse through all of our photos from these trips!
For the past two weeks, we have enjoyed a mini government unit. We learned about different authority figures from our parents and school leaders to government leaders such as mayor, governor, and presidents. Students understand that people in positions of authority have the responsibility of treating all people fairly and keeping everyone safe. Our students also learned about our democratic government, and they know it is a privilege for us to vote. We had fun with our very own classroom election! After reading Grace for President and Duck for President, students made campaign posters for their favorite presidential candidate. Students voted using a secret ballot, and we tallied the votes. Mrs. Gecy won! This was a great way for our class to apply our learning from this unit. Our next Integrated Unit will be Personal Identity.
Empty Bowls ~ Rise Against Hunger
Our school-wide service learning project is Rise Against Hunger. Our first graders helped prepare soup by peeling potatoes for our Fifth Grade Buddies to cut. We joined other students, families, and community members and packaged meals to be sent around the world to feed families in need. It was a beautiful mission to be a part of. Thanks to all of you who joined us on this special day and modeled true cooperation, empathy, and mindfulness for our students.
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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!!