Readers in Room 123 have begun learning about nonfiction–including text features such as photos, diagrams, and captions. After learning about these text features and their purposes, students worked in small groups to find examples. The process was a bit messy, but the results were worth it!
These bags are pretty dull looking, so what will first graders do with them?
Readers in Room 123 will fill these bags with books for Reader’s Workshop! During the first weeks of school, students learned how to choose books that are just right for them. When selecting books from our classroom library, they think about their purpose for reading and what they are interested in. They also consider whether they can read most of the words and understand what they are reading. Student find the books that are “good fits” for them.
Students will read the books they have selected during our daily Reader’s Workshop. When they are not reading with me in a small group, they can find a comfy spot in our room and read their book bag books. About once a week, they have the chance to choose new books for their bags.
Of course, readers couldn’t leave those bags looking like they did! They decorated them to help make our Reader’s Workshop festive and fun.
Happy reading, first graders!
In the first days of school, students in Room 123 wrote our Class Promise. Since then, they have been thinking about and discussing what it means to keep that promise.
Last week, students performed short skits showing both how to and how not to follow our promise. They worked in small groups to plan and rehearse their skits. Then, students performed for each other as well as for Mrs. Gardner’s class. After each skit, the audience discussed which actors remembered their promise and which did not.
That students have truly begun to understand our Class Promise was evident throughout this project: they acted on our Class Promise as they worked together to act it out!
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Hundreds of pinwheels greeted students and families as they arrived at Richards School on Wednesday! Under the guidance of Art teachers Ms. Danforth and Mrs. Miller, every Richards student created a pinwheel to celebrate the International Day of Peace.
At the end of the day, students in Room 123 collected their pinwheels to share with their families!
Students in Room 123 have been reading fiction texts to find the answer to this question: How can I be my best at school?
For each book, readers first identified the main character, the character’s problem, and how the character solved the problem. Then they took their thinking deeper to infer the theme. These themes helped them answer the question. Take a look at their thinking:
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First graders have schema–background knowledge–for many different things! Just as they discussed when we read Cleversticks, they are ready to share their schema to help their classmates learn.
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Students are building a community of learners in Room 123! An important step in that process is writing our Class Promise.
Developing this important document took several days. Students first shared what they most want to learn about in first grade. Then we discussed how we all will need to act in order to achieve these learning goals. Using ideas from this discussion, we wrote our Class Promise. We all signed this document to demonstrate our commitment to learning and to each other. Take a look!
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Inspired by our recent field trip to the First Stage Theater’s production of Miss Nelson is Missing, students in Room 123 decided to create their own plays. More specifically, they decided to act out several of their favorite songs they’ve learned in our classroom. Over the last week, students worked in small groups to plan choreography, create sets and props, and rehearse. Finally, they presented their plays to other first grade and senior kindergarten classes!
Harry, Thomas, Leyla, and Ondine presented Ken Lonnquist’s “Wrap a Rainbow ‘Round the Sky.”
Nate, Jaki, Will, Ben S., Hannah, Erin, Ander, Emilie, Lauren M., Lauren H., Niko, and Eric acted out Pete Seeger’s “If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus.”
Ava, Naomi, Michael, Paul, Hunter, Peter, Ben G., and Mike performed Ken Lonnquist’s “Jaws of the Crocodile.”