Let the Projects Begin

Its the process...not the product!

The Rainforest

After building background knowledge, we began by organizing our thoughts. As a class, we started a KWL chart. Learners looked through texts about the Rainforest (With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for Grade 1. [RI.1.10]). They illustrated something they saw in the text AND they found things that they "Wondered." They composed a question (Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. [RI.1.1]) (Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts. [L.1.1j]) (Use end punctuation for sentences. [L.1.2b])"Wondered." Next, the learner shared their question with the group (Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about Grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.1.1]). Our learners next step; they sorted the questions into categories (Sort words into categories (e.g., colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent. [L.1.5a]). Finally, learners signed up for an area of interest in research.

  • Bold print denotes the standard that is addressed in that piece of project.

For more information on Project-based learning, see the link below...

Daily News

Daily News is a daily component that we use to teach Phonological Awareness and Language Standards, specifically grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. The goal is to dissect sentences and identify different parts. In the samples below, we use boxes to denote capital letters, circles around periods, lines under words and numerals over words to count syllables. We have distinguished between syllables, words, sentences. Learners also have an opportunity to lead their peers through the process.

Read to Self

We are preparing to increase our time in front of text. The learners received "book boxes" this week. They were given the opportunity to personalize these boxes AND to choose texts to go inside. We are building stamina. Our first goal was 3 minutes. We will record our stamina each day.

We also learned 3 ways to read:

  1. Read the Pictures (using our imaginations, we can tell the story from the pictures, no decoding or blending necessary)
  2. Read the Words (using the decoding skills on each learner's level, they can use these to decipher words)
  3. Retell the Story (using old favorites that have previously been read, a learner can retell the story accurately and with expression)

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Our goal (increase time in front of text by 10 minutes). Click below to find out more.

My challenge to you (click link below)

Shared Reading

This week, we read 2 different versions of a fairy tale and compared them. This was a good introduction to the Venn Diagrams. Following our discussion from story maps a couple of weeks ago, we used that as a guide to look at characters, setting, problems, lessons learned to guide our comparison.

Shared Journal

This week, we wrote about the following stories:
  • Dexter went to Tennesse.
  • Gabe went to Baltimore.
  • We have a class pet, Tanner, the hamster. We got him out, held him, and let him exercise in his ball. (See their joy in the pictures below)
  • Sam went to the beach.
  • Jacob went to New York.

Next week, we will hear from

  • Brayden
  • DeLaina

Learning with C6

We visited the C6 Makerspace to observe and interact with their Rube Goldberg projects. This is a great way to develop community with other learners at PRS and to stimulate our thinking about what we can do.

Please note...Cafeteria Changes

In an attempt to be responsive to concerns expressed about the cafeteria, and the needs of our learners, Community One Lead Learners have made a decision to “opt out” of a la carte options at this time for our Community One Learners Concerns include very long lines, learners being confused by too many choices, and changes in a la cart menus. This includes Papa John’s, Chick-fil-A, slushies, snacks, and drinks. This change will go into effect on Monday, Sept. 19th. Learners will have the choice of home lunch or school lunch. We may revisit these choices in the future, but feel that it is in the best interest of our learners. Thank you for your understanding and support.


Community One Lead Learners

Upcoming dates:

September 19: Cookie dough fundraiser ends
September 26: Spirit Night at Cucos (lunch and dinner)
September 27: Spirit Week: Patriot Day
September 28: Spirit Week: Crazy Hat/Sock Day
September 29: Spirit Week: Favorite Team
September 30: Spirit Week: Tacky Day
October 3: Spirit Week: Patriot Day
October 10: No school for students....Fall Parent conferences

October 11-13-Book Fair
November 11: Veteran's Day (no school)

November 21- 25 Thanksgiving Break

A note from Mrs. Shelton

  • I encourage you to sit down with your child when reading the Smore newsletter and discuss the week. You will be eliciting great conversation skills, insuring understanding of concepts, increasing vocabulary, and spending memorable time with your child.
  • Keep reading books and recording the titles. We had 2 friends this week reach the 25 book mark and they received a bookmark to celebrate reaching the first of 4 goals!
  • We will also visit our K-2 Library this week for the first time. Be looking for more information...