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 and stretching out words, and rereading to make sure their writing made sense. Our Fifth Grade buddies joined us for a Narrative Writing Celebration!! I loved watching our first graders read their stories with pride, and I know their Buddies were impressed! Our next writing unit will focus on How-To writing.
English Language Arts
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.