March 30, 2018
In Reader’s workshop we looked at the clues that authors leave about how we should read their books. We worked as directors and actors and actresses to make our pages come alive. This week we started Weather Book Clubs. The flood group, lightning group and tornado group have met so far.
Our school had two surprise programs. We were able to see Bolakada Conde, world famous Africa drummer, and friend of Tommy’s grandmother, play African drums. We also had seven students from the Blue Hawk alliance at the Cooperative Middle School put on a play for us about being safe with medicine called Samantha Skunk.
Many 1-O students finished writing their nonfiction chapter books. 1-O students added pages, did some editing. We bound the pages into books and added them into our classroom library. Students are research new topics. We are looking forward to writing some poems next Wednesday at Poetry and Pizza night. We learn a technique for painting rain and created April shower paintings.
This week we read: It Wasn’t My Fault, Jump Rope Rhymes, Rechenka’s Eggs, Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock, The Ugly Five and Strega Nona.
1-O friends are enjoying the warmer weather. This is the time we really need a change of clothes for those unexpected falls in the mud. If your child has a change of clothes thank you. If not please try to send something to keep in your child’s backpack or cubby box here at school.
We are firming up our field trip plans. We will be going to the Boston Children’s Museum in mid May. I will let you now more details soon. Jump rope for Heart is Friday.
Have a Happy Easter Passover Weekend!
March 23, 2018
Dear 1-O families,
In reader’s workshop we’ve been getting to know the characters in the books we read noticing important parts and retelling our stories.
Up Coming Events:
Is it Frog or is it Toad by Arnold Lobel? Is it Henry or Mudge? Is it Amelia Bedelia?
How about Elephant or Piggie? Is it Henry from Cross Country Cat? or Tabby McTat?
Could it be The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Is it Mr. Putter or Tabby?
The bunny from Good Night Moon? The wolf from the Three Little Pigs
Maybe it's Tacky the Penguin, or the Pigeon who wants to drive the bus, or maybe one of the crayons fromThe Day the Crayons Quit? Abiyoyo the Giant, Chrysanthmum or Owen or Wilson or Chester from a Kevin Henkes book.
Little Critter, Little Bear, there are so many characters to chose from.
We'll find out on 1-O's Book Character Day in April!
1-O Students should come dressed as a favorite character
from a book they read or have read or a book that someone has read to you.
First graders need to know the book,(if possible bring the book that day.)
We have flipped our partner reading time with our independent reading time. With the lovely spring weather, we’ve had a lot of indoor recesses and partner reading allows for more moving and chatting, then when its time to read independently we’ve been able to settle in better. This week our read alouds were Cross Country Cat, Iris and Walter Have a Sleepover, Whale and Snail, Frog and Toad All Year ,Monkey Puzzle and Annie and the Wild Animals. Next week we’ll starts some book clubs about different types of weather.
First graders have been busy writing nonfiction chapter books. First graders have about 4 chapters in their books. We’ve added a Table of Contents and a mini glossary as well as labeled illustrations.
In math, each first grader chose something he or she wanted to know such as: “Which sport is most popular? Or which fruit? Or flavor of ice cream.” Kids asked their classmates and collected with tally marks, then transferred the tally data to graphs. Next we started exploring place value with math games like “In and Out” and “In a minute” where kids are counting adding and subtracting numbers. First within 50, and today we worked with numbers to 100. We also start to talk about numbers above 120, like three hundred twenty four 324.
March 9, 2018
Hope you are doing well. I hope you did not have too much storm damage. This week 1-O friends came in glad to see each other. They had lots to share. We traded out many of our nonfiction books for fiction books.
On Monday we start the next cycle of Intervention groups. I attached sheet with your child’s goal for the next intervention group.
This week we worked with place value in math.
Tin writer’s Workshop we started working on a pre assessment for our nonfiction unit. On the first day Kids took notes from an interactive book and video. The next day they wrote a nonfiction piece. First Graders also stated a small moment. We put extra effort into the spelling of word wall words. We will try to do this each week.
In Science we experimented with light and shadows by making a shadow puppet and using a flash light to make he shadows appear larger and smaller. We also used a mirror and flashlight to work with bending the light.
Our read alouds this week were Iris and Walter and the Field Trip, The Spiffiest Giant, Brave Charlotte, Monkey Puzzle.
Next week we are looking forward to seeing the dress rehearsal for Mary Poppins on Thursday afternoon.
Here are two reminder: There is no school Tuesday as the school will be used for voting. Second Trimester Report Cards are coming home Wednesday.
Have a good weekend.