Scientists in Room 123 have been busy observing mealworms!
Readers in Room 123 have been thinking about a big question: how can I be the best I can be? To help answer this question, they read several fiction books.
They used a number of strategies before, during, and even after reading to help them understand these books.
By taking their thinking deeper, first grade readers identified important themes from these texts. They also thought about when they might need to consider these themes in their own lives!
First grade mathematicians are using our monthly tooth tallies to explore probability. Students were asked if it is probable that the class will lose more teeth this month than last month. Before making their predictions, students discussed what information would help them decide. Then, each student made a prediction. Take a look at their thinking:
We will revisit these predictions near the middle and again near the end of the month to see if our predictions change. Watch for updates!
In Room 123, we call the frequently-used words that readers need to be able to read quickly and accurately “snap words.” These are the words “you have to be able to read in a snap.”
First grade students use flashcards to practice reading a growing list of snap words each week. Sometimes students read the words in whisper voices, sometimes in deep voices, sometimes in sleepy voices. But their favorite way to practice them is to sing the snap words to the tune of the Alphabet Song:
Over the last few weeks, writers in Room 123 have been hard at work creating All About First Grade! First, the class brainstormed a list of subtopics to write about. After narrowing those down to twelve chapters, students worked in pairs to draft and revise those chapters. Finally, they planned and took the photos to illustrate their chapters.
[Technical note: I had hoped to publish this as a single book. However, the only publishing sites I found that allow both photos and extended text also include advertising when a book is published. Since I didn’t want the advertising on our blog, I used Smilebox to publish the book in three parts.]
First grade writers will be sharing their book with our blog readers and with the Senior Kindergarten classes at Richards. Enjoy all three parts of All About First Grade below!
|This slideshow created with Smilebox|
|Create your own free digital slideshow|
What are the most important character traits that a hero possesses? Which hero that we have studied best exemplifies those traits?
Readers in Room 123 used all that they have learned during our study of American heroes to answer those questions. First, they reviewed the character traits they identified—our Wondrous Words over the last few weeks. Then, each student determined which traits s/he thinks are the most important. Each student then decided which hero best matches the traits s/he identified.
Finally, they created posters to display their their choices. Take a look at their thinking!
|This picture slideshow created with Smilebox|