First Grade is Fabulous!
April 2018, Room 3
Fundations and Grammar
We wrapped up our unit on our v-e unit , aka the Ninja E unit. We focused on how a silent e on the end of a word changes the vowel sound from a short vowel to a long vowel. We practiced spelling one syllable words with this word pattern.
We also began a new unit on syllables. We explored the differences between tapping out letter sounds and clapping out syllables. One is focusing on sounds and the other is focusing on breaking words apart and listening to the rhythm. Counting syllables is a valuable skill because it actually helps children spell words and listen to the sound chunks.
*Check out the videos below!
Some of the topics the children felt like expert about were: slime, Little Big shots, sharks, Barbies, sisters, and rabbits. Each child expressed an interest in a unique topic which made these compositions so much more exciting and meaningful for each individual child. To make this extra special, the children are publishing their writing in hardcover books. It is a very exciting time in First Grade!
We continued meeting with our reading groups this month and worked on our Reader's Workshop centers. We had a lot of fun working on Spring based centers! We also focused on Read Alouds during our Snack-Story & Share time! The children really enjoy hearing stories read to them. Children NEVER outgrow this. Always remember, that as adults we are role models in many ways.... even as readers! Children watch us for expressions, tone, and rhythm when we read. This makes them into strong readers with a love of books!
Here is one of our favorite read alouds from the month! Check out the video below!
- Number stories
- 2-D Shape identification
- 3-D shape identifcation
- Missing Addend solving
- Attributes of Shapes
- Time to the Hour
- Doubles +1 Facts
- Facts that make 10
- 2 digit addition and subtraction
- Writing number models
Some of Our Math Centers :
- Salute! A card game
- Shape Attribute Riddles
- Attribute Roll Game
- Name Collection Box Hunt
Check out the video about Salute below! Play it at home!
Mrs. Menchu - First Grade Teacher
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