Thursday, November 12, 2015
First grade is currently studying the idea of Long Ago as our Social Studies Unit. This week, we are learning about famous people who lived long ago but are remembered for the work they did. We learned about the Wright Brothers and how they overcame many challenges and setbacks before building their famous flying machine. We even had some primary source footage of the first flight. We also learned about Harriet Tubman and how even though she made it to freedom, she risked her own freedom to help others gain theirs. Next week, we will approach Long Ago from a more personal perspective and talking about family history. You can help set your child up for this by sharing family stories. We will read How Have I Grown?, Before I Was Your Mother, My Great Aunt Arizona, Song and Dance Man, and When Everybody Wore A Hat. If you can pull out your own family photo albums, chat about when your first grader was a baby, talk about interesting family members and your own family story, it will build background and understanding for our work next week and allow for rich and stimulating conversations to emerge.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Hi Everyone! Please enjoy the attached photo of the nurse’s November bulletin board the K-Kids and 1st graders helped out with. It was especially timely given Carter’s Dad’s visit to teach us about germs and hand washing.
Tomorrow and Friday we will be going to the library for our STAR testing. Friday is the reading test and I am not allowed to help at all with anything. All I can do is walk around, smile, and offer encouragement. Students have to read the instructions, the questions, and the answer choices before choosing the best answer for each question. We have been practicing reading independently and I have been encouraging everyone to try reading their own math questions before asking for reading help. A lot of times, they surprise themselves at how much they really can read on their own when they have to. I will be giving everyone a pep talk about trying your best and using words you know to help figure out words you don’t know. It would be good if they also got a little pep talk at home about giving it their best effort. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail or set up a conference time and we can chat about your child’s progress.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Today was our surprise homework pass challenge. We took a “pop quiz” on subtraction. There were 17 questions on the quiz and a homework pass was available to anyone who got all 17 correct. I am so proud to say that 8 people earned a homework pass to be used tonight or any night of the recipient’s choice. There were a lot of very close scores, but 17 was the magic number. Way to go first grade! Way to learn your math! This reflects hard work, attention to detail, and great effort. I am very impressed!
Monday, October 12, 2015
Tomorrow we will begin our skating experience. We need to leave school promptly at 8:00 to walk to Brooks Gym, so please do all you can to have your first grader at school on time. It is also good if they have on tall socks and shoes that they can get off and on without help. We will skate Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week and next from 8:00 – 8:55. In the event of rain or snow, we will still walk to Brooks Gym, so wet or cold weather gear may be necessary some mornings.
Instructor, First Grade
First grade is not quite in full swing, but we are getting there day by day and inch by inch. Here are some things that are happening in our room: