Weekly Updates from Room 158
Dates to Remember
*Friday, December 19- SPIRIT DAY: Claxton Colors
*Friday, December 19- Polar Express Day! (Children may dress in pajamas on this day :) )
*Winter Break - December 20th- January 4th! Have a great holiday with family and friends!
*Monday, January 5- First Day Back at School of the New Year!
We loved seeing everyone at the Claxton Holiday Meal! :) Thank you for coming!
Here's how it works. Follow this link: https://docs.google.com/a/acsgmail.net/document/d/1pYRg3YxZ9Ag6vA9rpFylPNACxyc0h8n5w75_CgB4hVM/edit to sign up for a Friday! You may bring your own book or books, or you may let me know ahead of time and I will choose a book that is related to what we are studying! I need mystery readers for every week in January! The kids have loved getting to try to solve our mystery (I give them hints) reader every Friday and they are so surprised when they arrive! I would love to keep this going, but again, I need your help in this :)!
First Grade Polar Express Day (And Holiday Party)!
After we finish the movie, students will be completing a holiday craft for their families! If any parents can volunteer to help with the craft, please let me know :) The time frame will be from 1:10-2:20 in the afternoon! I would appreciate the help! :)
What We are Learning in First Grade
Fundations: We will be continuing our study of Unit 7 in Fundations. We have just learned about 4 new glued sounds: ANK, INK, ONK and UNK. Next week, we will combine what we know about glued sounds and the suffix -s to make words that are plural with glued sounds.
Reading: We will be studying basic story elements (characters, setting, problem/solution, main events) as well as working on written responses to books to help with their comprehension of the text.
Writing: We will begin to learn about how we can write "all about" or informational pieces on subjects that we are interested in! This past week, we made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich together, taking time to realize that we needed to include every little step in our how-to piece. Afterward, we each got a very small piece of the sandwich! We made a delicious PB&J :). We will continue to work on aspects of informational writing for the remainder of the month.
Social Studies: This month we will be learning about the different holidays and celebrations in cultures around the world during this time of year. This will be a great opportunity for the kids to recognize the similarities and differences in countries and cultures all around the world! We will be learning about the history of the celebrations or holiday, the countries or cultures from which it originated, and how these celebrations are similar or different from the students' own celebrations or holidays.
Science: This month, we will be focusing on force of motion! Students will learn definitions for push, pull, force, and motion. They will be scientist participating in several hands on activities that will reinforce the concept of force and motion.This past week, we experimented with marbles to observe how we can apply force to the marbles to push them into motion. The kids had a lot of fun!