First Grade Word Detectives!

Meet the newest word detectives from the Super Secret Detective Agency!  The students have been working so hard to complete each of their missions.  They have been noticing when they come to a tricky word and stopping to think about what they can do, doing a slow check (placing their finger under the word and slowly sliding it from beginning to end), looking at all the parts of the word, helping their reading parter, and using all the strategies they know.  After completing each of their 5 missions, the students received their very own word detective badges!  Ask them to sing you the Word Busters song!

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S’mores Anyone? Class 1-204B Can Teach You How to Make Them!

To launch our How-To writing unit, the first graders made s’mores using graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, and chocolate frosting.  First we gathered all of the ingredients, then we talked about the steps needed to make the s’mores, and last we made them!  Our next step is to write down the specific steps needed to teach someone how to make a s’more.  Ask your child to teach you how to make them using the words first, next, then, and last!

Busy First Graders!

The first grade has had many special activities over the last week.  We went to the Botanical Gardens where we learned all about the life cycle of a pumpkin, estimated a pumpkin’s weight, touched the inside of a pumpkin, and observed and drew a pumpkin of our choice.  We also had our Costume Parade and Writing Celebration.  The students were so proud of their small moment stories and couldn’t wait to share them.  Here are some pictures of our latest events!  Hope you enjoy them!

First Graders Celebrate their Great Reading Habits!

The first graders finished up our first reading unit, Building Good Reading Habits, by celebrating all of the hard work they’ve done.  They each created a poster or bookmark that showed something they’ve been working on and feel that they do really well as a reader.  They’ve been working hard to turn these reading behaviors into habits.  Whether it’s taking a sneak peak, looking at all of the parts of the word, asking what word would make sense, checking the picture, or reading in a smooth voice, they are all super proud of their hard reading work!

Ready, Set, Switch!

The students are finishing up some of our current units and will be starting new units next week.  The students will be switching from writing personal narrative stories to a how-to unit where they will write steps to teach the reader how to do something.  Our reading unit is called Word Detectives and focuses on exposing the students to several different word solving strategies they can use when coming to a tricky word or part in their books.  We are working on addition in math and learning about how families have changed from long ago to now in social studies.  Click on the links below for the unit goals and some ways you can support your child at home.  Thank you!

First Grade Addition Concepts Newsletter

First Grade How-to Newsletter

First Grade Reading Unit Word Detectives

First Grade Social Studies Newsletter My Family, Now and Long Ago

Here are the 3D Shapes that 1-204B Knows!

The first graders are finishing up their math unit on 3-d shapes.  They have been using 3d shapes to compose and decompose new shapes.  We’ve also been tracing the 3d shapes to learn the 2d shape its face is made of.  The students loved singing this song to help them learn the names of the shapes.  Click on the link underneath the picture to hear their song!  Ask your child to sing the rest!

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3-d Shape Song