Writer's Workshop: Main Idea
Guided Reading Group FUN!
We practiced creating our own fun sentences during our Guided Reading Groups today! It was so much fun making Silly Sentences!!
When given "nutrients" to begin the food chain cycle, we worked with a partner to create our own Food Chain! We played our Food Chain game on the Smartboard before we started in order to review the process of the Food Chain! What a great activity!
Listen to Reading!
We are really excited to have all Daily 5 activities up and running!! We have really enjoyed seeing what activities are available to us on the computers, iPads, and iPods! I am so impressed with how careful and responsible they have all been using technology in the classroom.
This week in Writer's Workshop we have been focusing on the main idea of a story! Yesterday we picked apart different paragraph samples and stated the main idea. We also practiced using different parts of writing to figure out the main idea. We used a "hamburger" method to practice our writing, which is pictured to the left!
Today we practiced using sentences to find the main idea in order to give a story a title.
Guidance: Kelso's Choice
We had an excellent Guidance Lesson today from Mrs. Garvin, one of the Kindergarten teachers here at Pinkerton! The lesson was all about how to solve conflict and showed the learners many different examples of when they can solve conflict on their own versus when to involve an adult. They did a fantastic job paying close attention and even informed me of when they used Kelso's Choice to solve their conflicts throughout the day!
This form came home today, so please make sure you take a look at it!!! This is for the field trips that we will be taking through out the school year. There is a permission slip at the bottom of the green form that needs to be returned to the school no later than October 2nd!!! Without this form, the learners will not be able to participate in our really fun field trip to the Fort Worth Zoo! This trip will be the closing point of out first IB Unit: Sharing the Planet!!
All About MATH!
We have been working with some pretty fun Math games lately called Compare Dots and Compare. We are working together through games to learn how to recognize patterns in quick images to know what amount that we see without counting. We are also learning to compare the differences between more than and fewer than!
We introduced Story Problems today! I tell the learners a story and they sequence the story by repeating back to me what happened in the story. Today our problem was:
"I went to the store to buy some bananas. I found the bananas in the fruit section. I picked up a bunch of bananas. I counted the bananas and found out there were 4 in the bunch. I decided that I wanted more than that, so I picked up 2 more bananas."
Their job was to tell me what happened before I even asked how many bananas I had all together. This helps them to process the information instead of just working out a math problem for an immediate answer! We then used out manipulatives to model the math problem to find out how many bananas that I bought from the store!
I will be adding a Story Problem to our daily math routine, so feel free to take any opportunities at home to make anything a Story Problem!!
I began meeting with Reading Groups today, so please watch for book bags to come home! There are a couple new books in there that are Level Appropriate for your learner. These books will be the books we use throughout the week. We will be working on taking apart words, reading the story for fluency and accuracy, and comprehension! The book bags need to come back to school EVERY DAY!!! If I do not have them back, I will be unable to add more books tot he bags if I do not have them! It will also be a great way to teach the learners how to "Practice Responsibility!"
We have opened up all the Stations for Daily 5, so feel free to ask the learners to explain exactly what they are working on when visiting the stations! They would make a great habits to practice at home as well!
Superhero of the Week: BRADEN
Our Superhero this week is Braden! Here is some info about our hero:
Today was a great time in Science! We wrapped up what we have learned about Animal Adaptations and put it together with what learned about Animal Habitats! We used a really fun website to create our very own FUN animals!! It is Switch Zoo!!
There is also a link to this fun website on our Student Websites page here:
Please enjoy the slide show below for a glimpse of some of our posters!!
Just for FUN!!
We like to have a little fun on Fridays, so here is a cute video of some of that fun! I really love this class and we have such a great time!!!
IB in 1C: Animal Adaptations: Birds' Beaks
We have been having a great time exploring the world of Animal Adaptations this week. We have discussed all the different ways that animals can adapt to survive in different environments! Through camouflage, body parts, size and shapes, and
We love Visitors!!!
Grandparents Week has been so much fun! Thank you to all the grandparents and parents that have come to have lunch with us!!! We have really enjoyed the company!
Spelling Homework Explanations
I just want to provide a little explanation that will help understand the Spelling Homework!
This is the Spelling Sort. Students should take that sheet of paper and cut their words into small cards and keep them in a baggie somewhere at home. They will then do their Word Sort! This is the only thing that needs to be done every night!
*They have been doing it every morning at school and will be able to show you exactly how they should be sorting the words!
This is the Spelling Word List. This is the small sheet of paper that was stapled to the front of the packets. These are their spelling words!! This list is what they will be using to complete the spelling assignments on the TIC TAC TOE sheet.
*A couple students did not receive a small list because their word sort cards are their spelling words.
This is the HOMEWORK. The TIC TAC TOE Sheet is what the students will use to complete their homework assignments. They are required to do 3 of the 9 choices on the sheet. The 3 choices need to all be touching and be in a row, like it would look if you won a game of TIC TAC TOE! They have 2 weeks to complete the 3 assignments. They will be turned in on sheets of paper on Friday, September 27th.
*The next set of words will go home on the following Monday and then the home work will be due the next Friday AFTER 2 weeks. I will send reminders home!
Daily 5: Word Work
Today we were introduced to the Daily 5: Word Work! We have so many fun activities to choose from and each one helps to develop different spelling and reading skills!! We are all really looking forward to having all the choices ready for Daily 5! Speaking of those choices: Monday is the day when all stations will be completely open, which means it will be time to start our Guided Reading Groups! We have been practicing taking our book bags home and signing our Reading Logs. Starting next week, these students will be pulled into their groups to work with the teacher. This means that book bags will come home with specific books that need to be practiced at night. You will also start seeing the books being switched out more frequently! Please help me show our learners how to"Practice Responsibility," by returning their book bags to school EVERY day.
I hope the spelling homework is going well at home! Each learner needs to make sure that they have cut their Word Sorts up and are sorting their words every night!! (Tell them they need to do it the same way that they do it at school). Their home work will be due next Friday, September 27th. Please keep completed assignments somewhere safe at home, or in the STAR Daily Folders. I will not take it out of the folders until next week, on Friday! If you have any questions, please email me!
Our Superhero of the Week: Lindzie!
Homework ALERT!! Spelling begins today!
Homework came home today!!! The packet for Spelling looks like this! Please make sure you and your learners go through the packet tonight and have them sort their words with you! We talked all about how to sort and what to be doing at home, so let them show you what they know!
Happy Dot Day from 1C!!
Dot Day was so much fun today! We really enjoyed talking about making our mark on the world and being AMAZING! This is a very special group of kids and my main goal for this year with them is that they leave First Grade believing in themselves and becoming WHATEVER it is that they want to be!
I feel so incredibly blessed to be a part of such a great class! Today one of my learners came up to me and told me, "Mrs. Bishop, we're lucky! You know? Because we have you!" My heart instantly melted and I said, "Nope, I'm the lucky one because I have all of you!" Thank you 1C for already making my first year of teaching INCREDIBLE!
Watch below for a slide show of some of our activities from today!
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