Sunday, September 16, 2012

Welcome to a Brand New Year

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Welcome to a brand new year in First Grade!  I can't believe it's already the fourth week of school.  We have been so busy learning such new and exciting things.

Here are a few things we have been learning about....

We have been working in our Guided Reading groups. We learned how to use the first letter in a word to help us predict a word that we don't know.  We also check the picture to make sure that the word we predicted makes sense.

We also started an author study on Mo Williems.  His pigeon books are so funny.   We compared the books and made text to text connections.

We are writing just like authors!  We started working in our Writer's Workshop and learning strategies to use to help our writing.  We practiced writing a response after we listen to a story.  Our favorite story was No David! and we loved writing just like David Shannon.  We also created a word wall to keep in our desk to help us spell sight words.

Math is so much fun!  We have been working on the numbers 1-20 and also working on writing these numbers.  We also have been describing sets of objects by saying which number is one more and one less then the set.  We have been enjoying learning new math workstations to practice our number combinations.

We just started our Solids and Liquids unit of study.  This past week, we worked with Solids and learned about the different properties that describe Solids.


We described Solids as being....
  • hard
  • soft
  • smooth
  • rough
  • flexible
  • rigid                                                                      
We even wrote a book about Solids using these properties.

Social Studies
In Social Studies, we have been learning about school authority figures and good citizens.  We have been reading books and then discussing what qualities make up a good citizen.

Wow!  We sure have been busy.  We can't wait to share some pictures of what we have been doing in First Grade!  Make sure to check back soon.