Our students are doing fabulous work as opinion writers! This is a fun unit, and the kids are bringing a lot of passion to their writing. Our opinion writers explored ways to "hook" their reader this week! We noticed three ways writers can craft a strong introduction - onomatopoeia, sharing a feeling, and giving an interesting fact then asking a question. For example, when writing about their favorite ice cream flavor, they began with introductions such as, "Crunch, crunch! Do you love Oreos? Then you will enjoy cookies and cream ice cream. It's the best!" Students are focusing on being mindful of their audience. They ask themselves, "Who will my reader be, and how can I make them want to keep reading this piece of writing?" Next week, we will add conclusions to our opinion pieces. I can't wait for the students to be able to publish this writing!
Daily 5 is one of our favorite times of the school day. Students rotate through five stations - Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Word Work, and Listen to Reading. This is the time when Mrs. Zapp and I pull small groups of students for reading instruction. Check out our friends hard at work!
Integrated Unit: Personal Identity
We are finishing our Personal Identity unit by studying how cultures and lifestyles change over time. The students have enjoyed learning about life "Then and Now." We focused specifically on how schools, homes, communication, transportation, and children's games have changed over time. Students were fascinated to learn about how these things change and evolve. It's quite hard for them to imagine life without electronic devices! We applied this pattern of change to our own lives, and we all had fun brainstorming what life will be like when the students are parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents one day! Our First Graders imagined flying cars, ships that cross the ocean instantly, and toys that are made out of fur! We will participate in an Economics mini-unit next week and then blast off into Space for our unit on Nature's Patterns!
Outdoor Fun at Recess!
Physical health and exercise is important at Riverview. Despite the unseasonably warm weather in early January, and the extremely cold temperatures lately, we always attempt to get the students outside to play. And they ALWAYS have a good time! We are grateful for two separate times to play and two wonderful playgrounds. Take a peek at all of our FUN!