Students learned a new Cafe goal this week: Visualize- Make a picture or mental image. Making a picture in our mind helps us to recall events more clearly. The same is true when reading a story. When readers listen to or read text, they can create pictures in their mind or make a mind movie. This helps a reader to remember more of what they read or heard. To help reinforce this skill at home, read to your child and model how you make pictures in your mind. Then, give your child a chance to try it. Read a selection to your child and ask: Can use use sensory details to describe your image (what does it taste like, smell like, feel like, etc.)? What do you see in your mind as I read this selection? Can you see yourself in this selection?
During Daily 5 this week I began working one-on-one with each student so guided reading books were not sent home from me. I have been holding individual conferences to reassess the students. I have noticed that the first graders have made good progress in their reading and I wanted to reassess them to find their "good fit" independent and instructional reading level utilizing the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Kit. This assessment takes into account the students’ fluency, ability to decode words, and ability to comprehend within the text and beyond the text. This will allow me to see the growth your student has made in their reading this year and allow me to make instructional decisions to best support each student. These assessments are done in individually with each students in a conference style setting. I look forward to sharing the growth that your child has made this year at our upcoming parent/teacher conference.
The first graders enjoy learning how to write personal narratives from our new writing program we are using developed by Lucy Calkins. Writing is taught by using a Writer's Workshop approach where students have a 10-15 minute mini lesson and are then sent off to try their new writing strategies. While students are independently writing, I am able to meet one-on-one or in small groups of students to see how it is going, to provide strategies, teach lessons based on individual needs, and to develop goals for students.
We have continued to focus on writing about "small moments". This week students learned that authors have "craft moves" and that we can learn how authors make their stories powerful by seeing how real authors do it. We focused on the story "The Night of the Veggie Monster" by George McClements and learned that he used ellipsis (ex: ....) to build suspense for the reader. We also noticed that the writer used actions (ex: ...my fingers twitched, my toes began to curl, my eyes watered...) to help the reader picture it in their mind. We also learned that the author used pop out words (ex: bold) so that the reader would read that part in a strong voice. We will continue to take notes after reading books we love to see how the author was able to make the story powerful. Students have been encouraged to try some of these "craft moves" in their writing as they begin revising and preparing to publish a piece. You can try looking for "craft moves" at home after reading with your child each night to help support this writing strategy.
This week, we began to focus on related facts which helps first graders develop a deeper understanding of addition and subtraction. We learned that the biggest number is the last number of an addition sentence and the biggest number is the first number in a subtraction sentence. We also learned that the other two numbers can be switched around to created related facts. We practiced fact families by using dot flap cards. Students have started to create their own dot flap cards at school for further practice/understanding. Here is an example of how students are writing out their fact family equations:
Additionally, students worked on the following addition strategies to improve their fact fluency:
Additionally, students learned about different ways to measure weather. We practiced using a thermometer to determine how hot or cold something is. We practice setting our cut-out paper thermometers to the temperature of two different tubs of water. One had warm water and one had cold. After testing the temperature, students guessed what they thought would happen to the thermometer (the red would go up or down) if placed inside of each tub. Students observed that the red went up in the warmer water and the red went down in the cooler water. We also predicted what would happen to the thermometer if we brought it outside versus the temperature inside of the school. We will continue to explore thermometers next week.
Tuesday, October 31st: Halloween- The all school parade will be at 1:50pm.
Costume information: Students’ costumes should be safely designed and age appropriate to allow for adequate vision, mobility and warmth. Masks cannot be worn. NO TOY WEAPONS of any type will be allowed at school.
Friday, November 10th: No school, Veteran's Day.