1st Grade Specials

NFS Curriculum Update :: May & June 2016


First grade artists will continue their unit on Native American art throughout the spring focusing on Southwest Pottery and art of Pacific Northwest Native Americans. Students will use their knowledge of clay and inspiration from southwest Native Americans to create their own functional pottery. Later students will use the unique shapes and forms of the Pacific Northwest to create their own "spirit animal" and each class or tribe will eventually put their spirits together to create a totem pole.


First grade will finish folktales of the United States with John Henry. We will read, write, and illustrate fairy tale Mad Libs and finish the year with fairy tale BINGO.


I have had such a wonderful time working with this first grade class. We will end the year by finishing up our unit study on “The Carnival of the Animals," singing some fun songs, playing instruments and dancing to the beat! Thank you for sharing your child with me this year!


The first part of May will focus mainly on Field Day activities that the students will be participating in at the big event. Students will be familiar with the activities prior to Field Day so they will be able to comfortably perform the required tasks. Following Field Day and weather permitting, PE class will move outside for game play on the fields. The rock wall will be used one final time. In the final week of the school year, the students will have the opportunity to choose a few of their favorite games and activities that were played during the school year and repeat these activities one final time before summer vacation.


First graders will talk about how adult animals can look like their young and how sometimes they don’t. We continue to observe caterpillars, which reside in the classroom, as they continue their life cycle through metamorphosis into a chrysalis and finally a butterfly that reiterates this concept. We end the year looking at how humans create things that mimic nature. We explore how swimming fins are like fish tails or duck feet, airplanes are shaped like birds, and bike helmets are like turtle shells. We end the year exploring students' ideas and creations based on plant and animal adaptations.


In April we completed our Wixie clothing project. I encourage everyone to log onto Wixie with their child, or stop into my classroom, to see the projects. We also reviewed numbers 0-100. Numbers are great for practicing reading, writing and improving general pronunciation. For our final unit of the year, students will learn food words in Spanish as well as how to express likes and dislikes. They will also practice asking another person about their likes or dislikes. We will complete this unit with a small project. Typically we spend the last few classes in June reviewing all the material we’ve learned over the course of the year with games, songs, and fun activities!