Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Presentations

November 25th to 29th
Welcome Back!

Field Trip! We will go on our first field trip this Wednesday. We are going to the Children's Museum. Each class may take 1 chaperon. 

Reading: The children will spend the week reading poetry.We will introduce all types of poetry including traditional poetry, couplets, free verse, concrete poetry (shape), and acrostic poems. Our lessons will include the the importance of reading carefully all the way through the poem. Poems need to be read several times paying special attention to the punctuation at the ends of lines. If there is no punctuation, read through to the next line without stopping. Poems need to be read a loud, is there rhythm to the poem?
Questioning is our reading strategy this week.

Writing: Students will continue topic writing. We are learning to revise and edit our writing. The most important activity the students need to practice is reading what they wrote after they finish writing.Once they start reading their own writing revising and editing will make sense to them. Students will try poetry writing this week after we've consumed many poems.

November 19
Thanksgiving Presentations
Thank you so much for visiting our classrooms last Thursday! The students did a marvelous job presenting their projects. We certainly have very creative and talented students in first grade. The children enjoyed having time to play the games they created with their classmates. Scroll to the bottom to see one classroom playing the games.

We will not have a spelling test or homework this week. Students come to school Monday and Tuesday. We have our Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The first grade teachers hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Please practice counting and skip counting with your child. First graders should be able to skip count by 2's, 5's, and 10's. Some classes play a game called, "Popcorn." Students form a circle and skip count. If a child does not know the number to say when it is his/her turn they sit down. On the next round when it is the turn for the child sitting down he/she yells, "Popcorn" jumps up and says the new number.

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