The first graders recently finished up their nonfiction reading unit. We worked hard at studying nonfiction books to become super smart about a variety of topics. Additionally, we learned how to read nonfiction books like an expert. To practice these skills, we paired up classes for the students to teach each other. To prepare, the students placed sticky notes in their books, to mark interesting points they would like to share. The students then read their books aloud like an expert to teach their partner about their topic. They took so much pride in teaching others!
On Friday, the students participated in a school wide celebration! For collecting over 15,000 PAWS tickets, the students were invited to participate in a game day with their buddy classroom. Ms. Frank’s, Mrs. Kempfer’s, and Mrs. Pairo’s classrooms has been paired with fourth graders. Ms. Sauerland and Mrs. Bryhan’s class has been paired with 4K. The students enjoyed playing a variety of games while getting to know their buddy.
We are all so proud of how well the first graders performed at the Winter Concert! They worked so hard in their music classes. On your student's SeeSaw page is a short video of their performance at the rehearsal.
Each of the first grade classes had a blast at their winter parties. Thank you so much to our parents/guardians for helping with planning, purchasing supplies, or volunteering during the party. As a gift to each other, the students wrote a letter to a classmates. The first graders put much thought into these letters; expressing nice things about the person. The students seemed to really enjoy receiving the letter from their classmate. It was such a special moment!
To finish up our Word Detective reading unit, the students worked together to solve a break-out box. They had to solve a variety of clues that put their word solving skills to the test. Each clue got them closer and closer to opening the box. Once the students solved the case, they enjoyed ring pops!
Last Friday, the first graders helped teach the kindergarteners and second graders about respect at our assembly. We started by singing a song about what it means to show respect. Following, the teachers gave the students scenarios and it was their job to determine of the person was being respectful or not. Not only did the first graders do a great job with helping teach about the importance of being respectful, but they also modeled good listening skills during the assembly!
On Tuesday, the students traveled to the Milwaukee Art Museum for their first field trip. Following the book, A is for Art, the students explored the museum looking for an item for each letter in the alphabet. When stopping at an art piece, the museum’s docents assisted the students with analyzing the piece by noticing what was in the foreground, background, or why the artist may have used a particular design. The students were noticing that each art piece had its own story behind it. Thank you to all the parent/guardians who helped make this trip possible!
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.