Do you get that excited feeling of opening your package. In it, is an item that would better your life? That’s the feeling we had when I opened an Amazon package in front of the class. It was a novelty thumb. Yes, a plastic toy thumb. You must be asking what does it have to do with 1st grade learning??? It's all about the /th/ word chunk. It's my favorite word chunk to introduce to firsites, because most likely they have encountered it already in many of the words they've learned since kindergarten.
Friday is a somewhat “free choice” among the two STEM tubs we worked in the week. We are also using the day to take time to really discuss our creations through show-and-tell. Look at this group add on as many things as they could on their building. We talked about the support beams helped hold the items. Look at our stringed letters. This week, we learned that making the letters in their lower cases got us further down to the alphabet (letter t). We had been working the letters as capital letters. If you can imagine how many strokes it takes to do a capital A (3 strokes); compared to the lower case a (which was one fell swoop).
We love word wall words. We practice them everyday! This week we are spelling the high frequency words through clothes pins. It’s a bonus with fine motor skills using our fingers to pinch, too
We started our first week of Literacy Stations! This is a block of learning where student work independently and rotate through different learning stations. Here are the stations (not in this particular order, depending on the child and group):
Yay, first week of Chromebooks! We logged onto a familiar activity--Lexia. Lexia is a great site to practice specific skills for our reading foundation. You can hear us clicking away, but you won't hear the volume. We all have headphones!
So glad to see the parents attend our Back-to-School night. I hope you got some information about our curriculum and get a better idea about what 1st grade looks like for your own little firiste. Thank you for writing back to our “selfies.” We enjoyed texting you our welcome.
We kicked off our official start to Just Run with the other 1st and 2nd graders. We run from “tether pole” to “tether pole.” Every lap we run counts towards a mile. Five laps make a mile, in which we call out “that’s a mile, crocodile.” When we get to 5-mile increments, we earn a charm for our Just Run necklace.
Hooray for STEM. This is my 2nd year of implementing STEM tubs in the classroom. I’m learning more each day and lovin’ it (just like the kids). I love the hands-on feature and how kids are in self-discovery of their creativity. I just created a page within this website that will be dedicated to the weekly rounds. Click on this
Speaking of STEM, we did the Shopkins challenge! Make a bridge or beanstalk/tower--how many Shopkins can it hold? The most held was 17 Shopkins. We discovered some important characteristics: base, strength of material, and possible containers.
So fun to see the wide variety of creativity in creating our STEM ABC initials. Kids used things from around their home, in their yard, and maybe a trip to the store. We had fun sharing the initial letters in class.
We worked on some shared writing in “We Are Six.” Students brainstormed ways they are six in 1st grader. We play together. We learn together. We giggle together. We eat lunch together. Then we did a tear art of ourselves because “the picture matches the words, and the words matches the pictures."