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.
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!
We're having a lot of fun with shapes during our Geometry unit! Students are able to identify, describe, and compare 2D and 3D shapes in their environment. We spotted a cone as our classroom lampshade, the Kleenex box was a cube, and a cylinder as the table leg! We played shape bingo and a Name that Shape game for morning meeting. Challenge your child to a Shape Scavenger Hunt in your home, and see what you can find! We have also learned that shapes can be described by their defining attributes such as the number of sides and corners (2D) or faces, edges, and vertices (3D) they have. The students are even learning math vocabulary such as parallel lines and right angles, because these features help us distinguish between shapes that are similar. Finally, we finished the week composing and decomposing shapes. Ask your child what shape he can make using a trapezoid and a small triangle! I am so proud of their understanding and application throughout this unit!
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. Jess and I pull small groups of students for reading instruction. Check out our friends hard at work
FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL
HOLIDAY FARMS FIELD TRIP
FROM FIELD TO TABLE
PLANT PARTS, PLANT DISSECTIONS, OUR CELERY EXPERIMENT, PORTFOLIO NIGHT
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