Last week we started our nonfiction book clubs. I introduced the book club topics: Dinosaurs, The Ocean, The Rainforest, Butterflies, Transportation, and Birds. The students chose two topics they would be interested in learning and researching more about. Then, I put together groups and we got started! Throughout the week, our mini lessons were focused on making a plan and reflecting on what the group wanted to learn more about, comparing and contrasting books, and jotting down important or interesting facts while researching. The students got together with their book clubs each day to read and discuss their topics.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
I love love LOVE being a first grade teacher, but this week especially, your little ones have reminded me just how special of an experience it is. From their hysterical costumes and fun spirits on Wednesday, to the sweet, kind words and thoughtfulness they shared with each other today- they keep me smiling and loving my job so much more. :)
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone and I hope you got to enjoy some time with your little loved ones tonight! Here's a quick peek into what our day at school entailed. Thank you again to Liz Novak, Emilie Mackinnon, Molly Johnson and Robin Pyy for coming in to help run some awesome craft workshops for us this morning!!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
We had so much fun today celebrating the 100th day! Even though it was a half day, we were able to squeeze in some fun activities centered around the number 100. Everyone looked adorable dressed like they were 100 years old too! It was a great day! :)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
In honor of President's Day next week, we have been learning about two important Presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We read several nonfiction books about each of them and had some great turn and talk partner discussions. We created anchor charts that highlighted important facts we were learning. We also discussed new vocabulary we came across as we researched these two important people.
To demonstrate our new learning, we created posters about both Presidents. The students each chose four interesting and important facts to write. We also did drawings to display in the middle of our posters. Check them out!
Ask your child to tell you about each President- you will be so impressed with all they have learned!
Just a reminder that tomorrow is our 100th day! I have my wig, glasses, dress, shawl, and pearls ready. I can't wait to see everyone dressed up! :)
Monday, February 10, 2014
Last week we started learning about how to tell time to the hour and a little past the hour. We made our own paper clocks and practiced this skill during math workshop. We also learned how to match the analog time to the digital time for times to the hour.
This week, we are digging deeper to learn how to tell time to the half hour. We started today by using unifix cubes and a large analog clock to visualize the minutes and how we read the minute hand. First, we made groups of five unifix cubes and lined 12 groups of five up to make 60. Then we put the groups of five on the clock and discussed how there are sixty minutes in one hour. We practiced moving the minute hand to different amounts of minutes. This visual will set the stage for the rest of the week as we work more on time to the half hour, and matching digital and analog clocks.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
As you know, the kids can choose from the class coupon binder once they fill up a sticker chart for positive behavior. This week, one student picked Share Your Talent and wanted his band, the Animal Maniacs, to perform for us. On Friday, we all gathered together on the rug at the end of the day and listened to a performance of one of their chorus songs. It was GREAT and I was so proud of them for having the courage to get up in front of the class with such confidence! Check out the video!!