This week, the students went through word detective training from the Super Secret Detective Agency. The students received a mission each day to help them notice when there is a problem within their reading and discussed possible strategies to solve tricky words. For their second mission, the word detectives were asked to look closely to get clues and to make sure to look across the whole word when reading. To complete this mission, the students received special detective lenses to help them read!
We all had so much fun at our fall parties! Thank you to our parents/guardians for the help with the planning process or bringing in materials!
The students have transformed into geologist has we have moved into our first science unit, pebbles, sand, and silt. The students began by making observations on three different types of rocks. The students noticed what they looked like dry as well as when placed in water. The students also began looking at other rocks to notice how we can sort rocks based on their properties.
Throughout our first writing unit, small moments, the students have worked hard writing about small events that have happened in their life. To celebrate the end of the unit, the students visited other first grade classrooms to share their hard work. The students read a story in their best storytelling voice to their classmates. The students also gave each other compliments on what they enjoyed about their story.
Throughout September and into October, the students have been studying families and culture within social studies. We have discussed how all families have similarities and differences and make up the communities that we live in. In addition, we have noticed how all cultures have similarities and differences as well. To explore different cultures, the students participated in a few different customs from around the world. The students ate popcorn using chopsticks and had a chance to swing at a piñata!
Last Thursday, the students participated in an assembly hosted by the Grafton Fire Department. The fireman spoke about the importance of creating a meeting space outside your home if there were ever a fire to occur. In addition, the firefighters showed us all of the equipment they wear to protect themselves during a fire. Following, the first graders were all able to take a closer look at one of their fire trucks!
On Friday, the first graders worked on their measuring skills using popsicle sticks. First we noticed how long one popsicle stick is by comparing it to the length of our hands. Next, we estimated how many popsicle sticks it would take to measure a student and compared it to the actual amount. The students were then able to work in pairs to measure different objects around our classrooms. We had a blast!
The first graders have gotten into the groove of the Number Corner portion of our Bridges curriculum. Each day, the students observe a math concept, following a pattern throughout the month, add to our monthly collection, and record the number of days we have been in school. For September, the students observe how each date was resembled through popsicle sticks, ten frames, or tally marks to notice each day’s place value. In addition, we collected nickels and pennies to become more familiar with their values.
The first graders have been busy this week! During reader’s workshop, the students have been practicing increasing their reading stamina both by reading by themselves and with a partner. During math, the students have continued to explore Work Places by working together to make wonderful creations. Throughout the week, the students have been working on completing the Woodview Passport to relearn how to follow the Woodview Way in areas around our school such as the hallway, lunch room, and playground. First we talked about these expectations as a class, then we went to each location and practiced those expectations. Once completed, the students received a sticker/stamp on their passport. On Friday, the first graders were united as one...learning together by wearing our orange shirts for the all school picture!