Weekly Updates from Room 158
Library Books and Lunch Fees
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End of Year Celebration
The children don't "graduate" like they did in kindergarten, but I wanted to do something for them to help them realize that they have accomplished SO much this year! From 10:30-11:00 that morning, we will be having a celebration where every child will be recognized in a unique way and congratulated on their successes in first grade!
If you are available, please join us in celebrating the amazing year that we have had in first grade on Wednesday, June 10 from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM. I look forward to seeing you there!
Weekly Curriculum Update
FUNDATIONS- We are finishing up our LAST unit of Fundations this week! The children have blown me away with how well they remember our Fundations rules not only during the lessons but also when they are reading! Our test in this Friday, June 5th! To help the students prepare for the test, please help them to complete their Fundations homework.
READING- First grade is really a miraculous year developmentally with regards to reading. Students use the phonetic rules that we learn in Fundations combine with reading strategies that we learn about during Daily 5 to bravely tackle connected text! Now that our children have mastered decoding (figuring out the words), it is imperative for them to work on comprehension strategies that help them to better understand the text. The summer work packet will also include written comprehension stems to practice over the summer to keep the children practicing responding to reading comprehension questions.
WRITING- The kids have LOVED poetry so far! Yesterday, we started talking about sensory poems and using our sense to describe an object or thing. We will also be studying acrostic poems at the end of the week. Students will be sharing their poetry with parents at our End of Year Celebration :)
SOCIAL STUDIES- We will be ending the year with reviewing what we have learned about the diverse cultures of our world. Last week, we traveled to China to explore the rich culture there. I'm excited to see where we will go next!
SCIENCE- This week, I introduced the needs of animals. We have learned that a habitat is a place the animal calls home. We also learned that the word adapt means that animals can change to better survive in a habitat. The kids have LOVED getting to learn about the habitats. I'm planning some hands on lessons during the last week of school that will help students better understand just how important animal adaptations and habitats are.