We have been learning all about our nation's early history. We have been using read alouds through Engage NY and different vidoes to help us understand long ago. Some of our favorite videos are School House Rocks videos. Below you will find links to some of our favorites.
No More Kings
The Shot Heard Round the World
I hope you enjoy them as much as we have. Hopefully they don't get stuck in your head :)
A Few Dates to Remember: May 4th- Scholastic book orders are due May 6th - Field Trip permission slips are due
I am allowed to bring 5 parents with us on the class trip. At this time I have 9 parents that want to chaperone. I will be putting all the names in a hat and I will pick 5 names on Friday or Monday. I will contact all parents that volunteered to let them know if they were picked. Those who were not picked may still follow behind the bus and pay to enter when they arrive at Museum Village.
May 11th - Scholastic Book Fair
(Please remember that there will be tax applied to all purchases)
We have been very busy in our classroom over the past few months. I am so proud of how our hard the students have been working. We are growing so much as readers and writers. At math we are developing such a strong number sense. This week during our literacy block we are reading Pigeon books by Mo Willems. We read Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog. We are working on making connections, character traits, problem/solution, retelling, and opinion writing. I love how we are developing as writers.
This week we are beginning our study of early Amercian history. We are learning about the original 13 colonies. Throughout this unit we will be learning about important people in our countries history and how we expanded to 50 states.
At science time we are learning about plants. On Monday we planted grass seeds. We are learning about what plants need to survive. To help us understand the importance of water, sun, soil, and air, we will be doing some experiments. We have one plant that will get sunlight, but no water. Another plant will be watered, but it will have no sun. We predicted that they will not grow. One of our favorite things to do in our classroom is to watch Kid President. Below you will see a link to one of the videos we watched this week.
We have been very busy first graders in room 107. First, I want to thank all of the parents who came out for Open House and Math Night. It was so nice to meet everyone. I also want to thank everyone who completed the parent survey. I gained so much insight into your children and I am excited to help them reach the goals that you have for them this year.
We just wrapped up our first domain on Fables and Stories. We read a variety of stories that taught us important lessons. Each time we read a story we discussed the characters, the moral, and if the story had personification. Our class did an amazing job on our first math test of the year. We have moved onto learning about number bonds. I am so impressed with how our class is doing. Our kindergarten teachers did such a great job preparing our students for first grade math. We are going to be spending about another week on number bonds before we move onto addition to 10. As part of Daily Five we are working on developing good reading strategies. We have been focusing on checking for understanding to help our comprehension and blending/stretching our words to help with accuracy. Reminders:
Tomorrow our school will be kicking off our No Place for Hate initiative. We will be having an Omegaman assembly at school and we will be talking about what No Place for Hate stands for. You will be receiving a yellow pamphlet in your child's folder for you to read and sign. Please send these back as soon as possible.
Wow! What a great first week of school. I really enjoyed our first 3 days together. I am so impressed with my new first graders. We have been getting to know each other and our classroom routines. I must say that they all were very quick in learning procedures. Last week we read many stories about the first day of school and being a good friend. One story that we read is called Have You Filled a Bucket Today? In this book we learn that everyone walks around with an invisible bucket and that we can fill each others buckets by doing and saying kind things. We have decided to be a classroom full of bucketfillers, not bucket dippers. Bucket dippers are bullies and other people who are not kind. You can learn more about the book HERE.
Last week we also began learning about Daily Five and Math Daily 3. Daily Five is the structure that I use to organize our literacy block. In our classroom we do not do centers, instead we work on five meaningful literacy tasks that we self-selcet as the teacher works with small groups of students on one-on-one with a child. The tasks are Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Word Work, and Listening to Reading. Each choice is explicitly taught and modeled with the class and then we practice and build stamina. New choices are not added until we are able to work for at least 10 minutes independently at our choice. Math Daily 3 consists of the same structure, but it has different choices. These are Math by Myself, Math with Someone, and Math Writing. I am going to be sharing more about these at open house.
This coming week we will continue to build our stamina during Read to Self and Math by Myself. We will also dive into our writing program and learn about where writer's get ideas from. Please contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.