May 3 & 4 – Jet’s Pizza Night
May 6 – Library Day
May 6 – Popcorn Friday
May 6 – Body Safety Presentation
(make up from our fog delay – presented by the Children’s Advocacy Center)
We have been working hard during writing the past couple weeks. First graders have been working on their teaching pages we looked at other nonfiction booked and noticed the different text features that authors often include in their nonfiction books. We are trying to use some of those features when we are writing our own books. Some of those features include: facts, labels, bolded words, How To’s, comparisons, diagrams, captions, text boxes, and fun facts.
Nonfiction books frequently have a conclusion at the end to summarize the big ideas. We learned how to add a conclusion that shared how our topic is important/interesting and encouraged our reader to care about our topics the way we love our topics.
“One favorite winter drink after playing in the snow is hot chocolate with marshmallows. Now you know all about winter.”
“In first grade, you get to play on the playground in the Ga-ga Ball Pit. I hope
you get to play Ga-ga ball someday!”
We have been working on going back and checking all of our older All About books and making sure that each book has all of the features from our Anchor Chart.
First graders have been working hard and have been enjoying writing these nonfiction books!
We have been working on adding two 2-digit numbers together and solving it by drawing ten sticks and circles. We checked to see if we had enough circles left over to make a new ten. If we did, we circled them into a group of ten. Then we counted all our ten sticks and then our leftover ones to find the answer. In order to be accurate, we know that our tens and circles have to match our numbers and they must be lined up neatly, with five groups clearly showing, so it’s easy for us to ring a 10.
Your first grader can use the strategy that he/she feels the most comfortable with. Our goal is to be accurate and to understand that sometimes when we add two-digit numbers – we make a new ten!!!
In Reader’s Workshop this past week we focused on becoming the character in the books we are reading. We found that we can use our voice, face, and body to help us act like the characters.
We practiced with some of our favorite books like Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon, and Arthur and DW. We will continue working on characters with some reader’s theater next week!