This week we worked on several concepts in our oral language. We described our clothes colors and clothing pieces. We orally compared and contrasted our shoes. The changes in weather gave us the perfect opportunity to talk about what we wear when the weather changes. Next week we will elaborate on this concept, using sentence structures to compare and contrast the characteristics of objects and attributes of personalities.
We talked about our feelings and illustrated emotions with pictures and did role play, showing emotions with our faces and body.
In our Writers Workshop we talked about how writers re-read their pieces and add more details. We had a great discussion about how a writer is never really done because they can always add more details and improve their story. Student shared their stories with their peers and received feedback and comments/ compliments.
We will delve into the writing process soon.
We also made a puzzle that represents our class. We made the analogy: If we all contribute with our hard work, we will be able to complete our classroom puzzle successfully. Even though it was an abstract concept, students were able to reflect on the great impact that we make not only in our classroom but in the community and the world.
In math we talked about how numbers can be represented in different ways. We talked about 10 days in school. Students learned a special sign when we form a group of ten. We used different manipulatives to show groups of ten. This allowed us to go back and review a very important concept: groups of five. We played with tallies and worked in our math journals creating mini tally books.
We reviewed the the concept of composing numbers, which will be analyzed more in depth next week, using numbers beyond ten.
Social Studies & Science
These 1st graders love writing in their Journals. They have wonderful ideas about what they want to write and their illustrations are pieces of art. I can’t wait to share these with you at conferences. In spelling this week we are finishing reviewing the “it, ot, and at” families. They sorted their words in several ways, met with me both individually and in groups, and we played word family hangman on Friday to finish out their sorts.
The First Graders finished their “Cave Art” pictures this week in art. We discussed the colors that the Paleolithic artists used, and the students used different shades of brown to paint their horses and deer. They also tried painting with pieces of bark which would be similar to the tools that Stone Age artists used. We all learned how nice it is to have modern paintbrushes! Their wonderful cave art is above the bulletin board by their classroom.