May/June Update

Esther's Class

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Reading Workshop

It is hard to believe that the year is almost complete! Readers are blossoming in their fluency and thinking skills as readers. It is wonderful to see this growth. Students spent the past few weeks thinking about character traits. They enjoyed reader's theatre and especially had fun acting out, "Fox in Luck. " This month readers will embark upon book clubs! They will begin friendship themed book clubs next week, and we will finish the year with mystery book clubs. During book clubs, the kids read buddy books and have a chance to talk and think more about these books with their buddies. It is a great way to finish reading workshop for the year! Later in May, we also will focus on questioning and notice the difference between a thin and a thick question. We will finish the year with our "Super Reader" project to celebrate our reading. Super Readers are readers who read to small groups and later to the whole class. (The assignment is in this week's Friday folder.) In June we will concentrate on making summer reading plans and reading lists.

Math

This month in math, we will be focusing on fractions, telling time, recognizing coin and dollar values and working with one hundred. Using the Judy clocks, we will practice telling time to the hour and to the half hour. Later in the month, we will focus on the 100's chart. We will notice relationships on the one hundreds chart and review tens and ones. Finally, we will finish the month by working with money. We will be very busy!

Social Studies

For our final region of study, we will be learning about the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Students will be working on a play from this region called, "How Raven Stole the Sun." In addition to our play rehearsals, we will study the land, the climate, the foods and some of the traditions of the Pacific Northwest. Our play scripts will be going home next week. Please help your child to learn their lines. We will present our play on Thursday, June 4th in the auditorium. We hope you can attend our performance! Invites are coming.

Writing Workshop

We will embark upon our final writing unit of the year, poetry! This is a wonderful way to end the school year because first graders LOVE to write poetry. This month we will write similes, list poems, "I like" poems, music poems, acrostic poems, rhymers, open ended poems of choice, and more. Save the date, because on June 4th, we will have our final writing celebration, right after our play. This will be an informal gathering where children can share a few of their selected pieces of writing with you. We hope you can attend. Invites are coming!

First Grade Native American Play & Writing Celebration to Follow

Thursday, June 4th, 9am

Auditorium