As our Word Detective reading unit is coming to end, the first graders are so proud of their word detective skills! They’ve been trying so many different strategies to help them solve tricky words such as looking at all the parts of the word, looking at the beginning of the word, looking at the ending of the word, hunting for vowel teams, thinking if that word is like another word they know, and breaking longer words into parts. Here they are singing our Word Busters song!
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!
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!
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!
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!