Mrs. Clark's Class

Fun in First Grade 2014-2015

And, we're off!

We've had a busy few weeks and we're off to a great start.

A couple of parent reminders/:

If you are making a change on how your child is going home, PLEASE send a note! 6- and 7-year-olds are not always the most reliable source of information and sending a note makes the dismissal process smoother for everyone.

Take home readers should be returned every Thursday. New books will go home every Monday. Please remember students should read their books THREE times to build fluency skills (reading more natural/not like a robot). Homework packets will begin tomorrow--home on Friday, due back Thursday. Spelling tests will begin on Friday, September 26.

Reader's and Writer's Workshops

We are practicing to become REAL authors and REAL readers in First grade! The last few weeks, we've spent quite a bit of time focused on what our reading and writing time looks like. "Good Readers/Writers use their time wisely!" is posted on our smartboard during workshop time every day!

In writing, we've learned how authors stretch out their words like bubblegum and write every sound they hear to form words. We've also learned how authors stretch their ideas across pages in a book to make a whole story. At the end of Writer's Workshop, we always share some of our writing (and of course, we had to spend lots of time practicing that, too).

Reader's workshop allows us time to practice our reading skills in 5 different stations: Read to Self (independent reading), Read to Someone (partner reading), Listen to Reading (Raz-Kids), Word Work (spelling practice), and Work on Writing (free writing in a draft book). During Reader's workshop, we've learned how we can read the words, the pictures, and re-tell a familiar story. During stations, I meet with small groups of students to practice reading strategies with children on similar reading levels. In reading, we've also learned how to share about our reading with a partner (again, more practice time). Students make connections to stories together, share about what they liked or didn't like about a story, etc. We are having a blast while learning too!

Math and Science/Social Studies

We've enjoyed getting to know each other in Social Studies with our "All About Me" projects! The students were also excited to go on a "scavenger hunt" to find students who liked certain things or had something in common with one another. We also talked about what it means to be a good citizen. This week, we started our Science unit on Healthy Bodies and we are learning all about our body organs. Up next? The intestines. Always a fun conversation with 6-and 7-year-olds. :D

Our Math lessons find us taking surveys, tallying the results, and making graphs these days. We've also started a unit on place value. Want to know how your student is doing? Ask your child how many tens and ones are in some random numbers (example: How many tens are in the number 40? How many tens and ones do you have in 26?)

Here are a few pictures of our fun!

Boosterthon Fun Run

Friday, September 19 at 12:10 is THE DAY! We appreciate your generous donations and support of this event. Boosterthon raises money for teacher grants, field trips, classroom materials, and other programs that directly benefit our students. Every student will run tomorrow and we hope you can join us. Please make sure your child wears tennis shoes. :)