It’s been a great week! We worked hard in Reader’s Workshop learning about story elements. We learned about characters, setting, problem and solution. This is a great skill to practice with your child at home! We also worked on short o. We celebrated knowing short o by wearing our crazy socks on Friday. The kids had a blast wearing only their socks while in our classroom. We also worked hard on place value and had fun playing some games to practice and review. In Writer’s Workshop, we learned how our beginning picture and sentence need to show and state a strong character and setting. This proved to be a bit difficult and is something we will continue to work on as a class. We certainly enjoyed the change in weather at the end of the week and are hoping it continues.
We had another great week in first grade! We officially started our behavior clip chart and the kids are working really hard to make great choices to clip up! In Reader’s workshop, we continued with read to self and work on writing. I also introduced read to someone. The kids were so excited to get to sit with a partner and read with them. We learned this is a fun way to become a better reader and to work on our fluency. We had an even and odd scavenger hunt to review, which the odd team ended up winning. We also learned about place value and will continue that skill next week. The kids had fun working on their 3 part picture plans in their Writer’s Notebooks. They especially loved my story about a snake that I shared with them. Lots of kids were excited to write about their own snake story!
On Thursday we had our first study trip. We walked to the police station, fire station and post office to kick off our unit on communities. While is was hot and humid, the kids did a great job walking. We got to tour each place and ended the morning eating and playing at Quaker Park. At the police station, the Police Captain talked to us about his uniform and gun belt. We also got to see and hear the sirens on a police car. At the post office, we got to see how it works behind the scenes. We saw lots of letters and packages being sorted, as well as a box of crickets! Our last stop was at the fire station. We got to tour an ambulance, see where the firefighters eat and sleep and watch them slide down the fire pole. The firemen also talked to us about making sure we had a family plan to get out of our house in case of a fire. If you don’t already have a family plan, take some time to come up with one and discuss it with your child. The highlight of the fire station was watching a firefighter shoot water out of the fire truck. We couldn’t believe how far and high the water went!