We have been excited to start our Fictional Writing Unit by creating our own Fairy Tales! This week, the students brainstormed ideas about their characters, setting, problem, solution, and magical features. Then, they used these ideas to fill in a graphic organizer to plan their story. Finally, the students began writing their beginning; describing their main characters and setting.
During this unit students will be able to:
- independently plan and write fairy tales and realistic fiction with the characteristics of the genre
-include a beginning, middle, and end in their stories
-include details that describe what characters do, say, and feel
-use temporal words to indicate the passage of time
-write sentences with increased complexity
-use correct capitalization, spacing, and punctuation
-use spelling strategies
-revise and edit independently and with a partner
We will be hosting a Celebration of Learning on March 15th from 10:30-11:30. Please join us for our "Fairy Tale Ball" where your child will share their original Fairy Tales with you! They will also be performing Fairy Tale skits! We can't wait to see you there!
As we read several Fairy Tales during Daily 5 over the last few weeks, we discussed the CAFE strategy- "Recognizing Literary Elements." The students are loving hearing different versions of classic tales, and they are great at identifying all of the story elements. Literary elements work together to form and enhance the story. We learn literary elements separately, and then combine them in our mind for better understanding of the story.
The students have had a blast working on SUBTRACTION! They are starting to see the relationship between addition and subtractions and they LOVE the fact that they already “know” strategies to help them solve problems! So far, we’ve used several of the same strategies we used in addition, such as using pictures, manipulatives, the number line and the hundreds chart. The students were thrilled to know they could use those SAME strategies to help them subtract! Have you heard your child say the word “SUBTRAHEND” or “DIFFERENCE”? We have also been discussing the correct terminology to describe the numbers in a subtraction sentence. A subtrahend is one of the numbers in a subtraction problem, while the difference is the answer to a subtraction problem!
100th Day of School!
First graders celebrated our 100th day together by participating in multiple activities involving the number 100. Our classroom hosted a challenge: what can your team build using exactly 100 Legos?! Check out our creations!
Unit of Study: Nature's Patterns
We wrapped up our Nature's Patterns unit by integrating what we learned during our Opinion Writing unit! The kids chose their favorite planet are began writing to convince each other which planet we thought was the best! We used our knowledge of writing introductions to include a question, fact or feeling about our favorite planet to begin our paragraph. The students then listed out all of the reasons why their planet was the most superior! They wrapped it up with a strong conclusion where they re-stated their opinion and gave their readers a call to action like "Go to the library and check out a book about Neptune today!". We edited and published the completed paragraphs onto our very own newspapers entitled "Space News".
Please enjoy some pictures from our in-school rock mining field trip with "Diamond Del"!