First Grade: Specials Spotlight

Third Quarter 2016-2017

Exploratory Team

The teachers of these exploratory classes are committed to inspire the creative genius in all students through art, technology, library media, music, counselor and physical education.


In our library classes this quarter students learned some new library vocabulary terms and their definitions while playing Library Lingo. We talked about some of the awards authors and illustrators can earn including the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award and enjoyed looking at some of the books that had won over the years. We previewed some of the books that were coming to our Spring Scholastic Book Fair. We discussed fiction and nonfiction books and identified characteristics of each. Students located books in the Everyone section using call numbers. We had fun reading Oh, the Things You Can Think! in celebration of Read Across Riverview Week and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Students completed a Dr. Seuss hat glyph based on their reading preferences.


Riverview first grades have been really busy during 3rd quarter. We read "Splat the Cat" and made a drawing with each student's own idea about what Splat would be doing. Chalk pastels were introduced and made for a very successful project. As Valentine's day approached, students painted with red, pink and violet to make roses resembling one from Picasso's pink period. Roses were hung together as if there were sprouting up from a vase. Second graders were so excited to learn how the printing process works. Each student created a flower cut from fun foam and mounted on mat board. Paint was applied and they pressed their image onto paper to reveal a print of a flower.


3rd quarter was highlighted by the 1st grade music program, “S is for Sunflower”! I’m very proud of these young musicians for working so hard to prepare for their first RE program! After watching and evaluating their performance, we moved on to some rhythm practice and combined rhythm, instruments, and the story “Drummer Hoff!” Ms. Reeves and I have teamed up to work with 1st graders on a special project combing their knowledge from PE and Music classes. We are excited to share this project with families and other students later in the year!


Our third quarter started with completing our snowmen directions. Students learned to use Kidspiration to create a sequential list of directions. We practiced saving, opening a file and learned about special tools. We then published it by adding our own paper snowman.

We got a start on our next project which entails writing our own story, illustrating it and then publishing it through PowerPoint. We will be diving into a little internet safety and programming with Ozobots as the year comes to a close.


At the beginning of third quarter, the students learned some new warm-ups such as “octopus tag”, “rolling rocks”, and “timed run”. A big portion of third quarter was spent learning to jump rope, which is no easy task! I have spoken with many adults that have said they wished they learned how to jump rope at a younger age. I am thankful that I am able to teach this age of kids and can help them learn skills that will help them all throughout their lives! Jump rope is a great cardiovascular skill, and you don’t need to do much before realizing that you are getting some great exercise. We spent a lot of time getting familiar with the ropes, how to hold them properly, swing them properly, and practiced jumping over the rope. The most important thing was that the students did not give up. I was extremely proud of them for trying their hardest, even when things got tough! Another chunk of the quarter was filled with climbing. I am always so excited for the climbing unit of the year for first grade, because they get to experience the rock wall for the very first time! We learned how to climb the rock wall safely as well as be a helpful spotter. They always do a great job about remembering how important their safety is! Ms. Kellogg and I have joined together and are working on something very special with the first graders that we have worked so hard to keep secret. It has been such a fun experience working together with the first graders and we are excited to be able to one day reveal to others our hard work! The words for each week were: potential, healthy lifestyle, challenge, mindset, perseverance, endurance, and flexibility. I am looking forward to fourth quarter and a strong finish to a great year!


Happy fourth quarter. Time has flown by. This quarter we will be finishing our Too Good for Drugs units. Their purple workbooks will be coming home with them so they can share what they have learned. The rest of the time we will be reading and learning the 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. I would like to remind everyone that all community service hours need to be recorded, hours totaled, and turned into me no later than April 7th. If you are in need of addition logs please let me know. The window for community service hours is April 2016-April 2017. Again, please email me with any questions. I look forward to an exciting new quarter.

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