Peter, Ondine, Lauren M., and Emilie reviewed this Eric Carle book:
Richards Elementary will present our annual Spring Sing on Thursday, May 26! There will be two performances: 10:00 (last names M-Z and AM Ks) and 1:45 (last names A-L and PM Ks).
Families will also be able to share lunch on the lawn that day, weather permitting. The first grade lunch schedule will be slightly different for this event: students will have recess at 11:40 and lunch at 12:05.
Students in Room 123 will come to the south front sidewalk (where they line up in the morning) after recess. Because the front lawn will be very crowded, please plan to pick up your child from the sidewalk at 12:05! Students will also line up there when the bell rings at 12:30 to return to our classroom.
(If the weather is inclement, students will eat in our classroom or the gym. Because of space limitations, parents will not be able to join their children for lunch inside.)
We look forward to seeing you there!
And now and flower and scout. Noticing any patterns?
Each week, Word Study instruction in Room 123 focuses on a different vowel sound. This week, we are learning more about the /ow/ sound.
Students are introduced to the target sound through a word sort. During a sort, students use the known words in their word banks to discover the spelling patterns associated with the sound. Here’s what a sort looks like:
Taking skills and strategies learned in one area and applying them in another is challenging. Lots of practice is needed to achieve this transfer of learning. That’s what students in Room 123 were doing this week.
First grade readers have begun learning to organize important pieces of information on a topic into a coherent whole. This week, they applied this strategy during science. Students first reviewed their notes on mealworms, which they have taken over the last month. Then, they worked in pairs to summarize their learning on posters.
Take a look as students practice this important strategy:
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Readers in Room 123 know that you have to think about important information as you read–that’s the velcro that helps the reader understand and remember new facts.
When they’ve finished a text, though, thoughtful readers take their thinking one step further. They organize the important information into a coherent whole so they can understand the big picture.
That’s what first graders did this week as they learned about reptiles. During reading, they noted and thought about important information. (This week, I was the scribe and compiled their thinking.) After reading, they worked in groups to organize that information. Each group accomplished this task a little differently, but effectively. When they were finished, we discussed what worked well for their group; some of their comments are included in the slideshow below.
Take a look at their thinking:
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or put it under your pillow for the tooth mouse or throw it in the river!
Children everywhere lose teeth, but they follow different traditions when they do. Students in Room 123 learned about tooth traditions from around the world as part of our participation in the International Tooth Tally Project. Here are some of these traditions, arranged by continent:
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