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Writing Update

Our first grade writers began studying a new genre of writing this week: NONFICTION.  The kids were over the moon excited to start this new learning!!!

To begin, we brainstormed a list of topics that we know a lot about.  We used four categories to help organize our areas of expertise: people, places, activities, and things.  Under each category we listed as many topics as we could.

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After our topic lists were full of great ideas for nonfiction books, we got started with our writing.  We learned to think about our audience and include facts in our books that our audience would want to know.

We also learned how to plan for our books by “trying on” our topics.  To make sure our topic was a “good fit”, we used our fingers to list five different facts before starting our pictures and words.  If we were unable to come up with five facts, we moved on to a different topic.

In the next couple of weeks, be sure to explore any nonfictions texts that you have at home with your child.  Review the different nonfiction text features (headings, table of contents, captions, charts, maps, glossary, etc.), so your child feels confident about adding these interesting elements to his or her books!!!

Mrs. Stadt :)

Reading Update

We had an exciting week in Reader’s Workshop this week! First, we reorganized our classroom library. That was a BIG job, but the kids were such wonderful helpers! We sorted all of our books by topics. Some of these topics included “Things Families Do”, “Dogs”, “Dangerous Animals”, “Animals that Can Fly”, “Animals that Change”, “Weather”, “Famous People”, “Jobs”, “Sports” and many more!!

After we sorted our books, each student decided to become an expert on one topic. They chose their topic and only chose books from that basket.

biscplay1As we read our books, we noticed that not only can we learn information from non-fiction books, we can learn from fiction books as well. When we were reading the fiction book “Biscuit Wants to Play”, we learned that dogs can be messy, playful, helpful, and they are very smart.  We learned that cats like to play with objects from outside (leaves, butterflies, etc.).

9780060001568We do need to be careful when we are reading, though. Not everything that we read in books is true. In the book “Diary of a Fly”, we saw that the fly was going to school and working on science assignments. Even though it was in a book, we knew it wasn’t true because we had never seen or heard about a fly going to school before and we hadn’t read about it anywhere else.

This week we are choosing new topics to become experts about! I can’t wait to hear about the new things they will learn!

Mrs. Stadt :)