I hope to see you then!
Want to see what we've been doing in the classroom recently? Come to Open House on Thursday night from 7-8pm. Your first grader will be your host as you complete a scavenger hunt looking for various pieces of work and projects around 1-Bu.
I hope to see you then!
We had a great field trip last week! The students really enjoyed themselves and were all on their very best behavior. I am so proud of them! Thank you very much to our chaperones for helping out and making it such a great experience for the students.
Reading : Last week, we wrapped up our visualizing unit. The students have really blossomed this unit, and have used great inferencing skills to visualize beyond just the authors' words. Thank you to those of you who responded to my email about that tricky poem! The students are going to love hearing what everyone's families thought the poem was about. If your child hasn't filled you in yet, the poem was about a safety pin.
This week, we're going to talk about 'hunches' that readers have when they read. (This is when you're reading and you have a 'hunch' about what you think is going to happen next.)
Writing : We're going to continue working on our poetry unit this week by talking about writing poems about feelings and events. Up until now, we were writing descriptive poems about everyday objects, but now we're going to branch out a little bit.
Math : This week is going to be all about fractions. We'll start off by talking about equivalent fractions, and then we'll do a few projects involving fractions.
Odds and Ends : Please keep in mind two events that are coming up in the next month. Open House is during the evening on Thursday, May 26th. That evening, your child will have a chance to show off all the work he/she has been doing in school recently. The first grade poetry reading will take place during the afternoon on Friday, June 3rd. We'd really love to have you at this event, as each student has an opportunity to read a poem that he/she has written in front of everyone.
Here are some field trip pictures for your enjoyment:
Sorry there wasn't an update last week. I had a very busy weekend and ran a half marathon last Sunday. I'll try to catch you up and let you know what's going on this week, as we've been very busy in the classroom as well!
Last Thursday, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo. In the morning, we made yarn art that was based on traditional Mexican yarn paintings, while listening to Mexican music. The students had a great time creating their pieces of art, even though it was VERY hard work. They had a lot of respect for Mexican yarn artists that create much more intricate designs. In the afternoon, the class parents came in a put together a fun fiesta to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. They had chips and salsa, fruit, vegetables, and quesadillas. Then, the students made some cute dancing Mexican puppets and had fun with a pinata. Thanks to the class parents for all their hard work! I've put some Cinco de Mayo pictures at the bottom of this post.
Reading : We've been doing a lot of work with visualizing. Last week, we talked about using all of our senses to visualize text. Rather than just imagining what something looks like, we also have been describing what our other senses would perceive as well. We've been doing this work with all kinds of texts - poetry, fiction books, and nonfiction books.
This week, we're going to hone in on the specific words that authors use to create vivid visualizations in readers' minds. We'll also be use our visualizations to infer the authors' meanings in texts.
Writing : Our poetry unit has gotten off to a great start. The students have become pros at writing poems about everyday topics. Ask your child about things around the classroom that he/she has written a poem about. This week, we'll talk about using a 'poets eye' to look at common objects and then move on to writing poems about feelings.
At the same time as poetry, we've been spending some time working on non-fiction books. All of the students have chosen a topic to write about and have created a table of contents for their books. This week, we'll start to write the contents of our books.
Math : Last week, we did a lot of work with the number grid. The students have been learning about how to add 2-digit numbers using the number grid. They've figured out a shortcut on the number grid to do +10. Rather than having to count 10 hops forward, you can just do one hop down! They've been applying this understanding and patterning to solve number grid puzzles.
This week, we'll do a little more work with the number grid and then go back to discussing fractions.
Odds and Ends : Our field trip is this Thursday. On Monday, you will receive more information about the trip. Please read the sheet carefully so that your child is prepared for Thursday. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.