Thursday, December 22, 2016

Persuasive Posters

We ended our Persuasive Writing unit by creating a Vote for Me poster.  Students gave reasons why they should be president of the United States.  The posters are hanging in our classroom. They came out great!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Music Showcase

The 1st grade Winter Showcase is Wednesday, December 21st at 1:30 pm.  The students are very excited! IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you plan to dismiss your child after the showcase is over, you MUST send your child in with a note that morning.  Thank you for your help with this.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Worry Bullies

Ms. Martin came in and taught us about Worry Bullies.  These imaginary creatures stand on our shoulder and tell us to worry.  They are mean, and we learned phrases to say to them to make them go away.  Ms. Martin also introduced us to a worry eater named Flint.  We wrote down our worries and Flint ate them up! Take a look at our Worry Bullies!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Here's What's Going on in Room 109!

It was so great meeting with all the parents during conferences.  I'm excited that many of you are following the classroom blog.  Here's a little update!

Writing: We are in the middle of our Persuasive writing unit.  We took time to discuss and practice recognizing the difference between fact and opinion. We have read examples of persuasive texts and picked out all the great features that many of them have.  Here's a list:

Students then took a stance on whether kids should stay up late or go to bed early on a school night.  Some of the reasons kids wrote were very persuasive!

Math:  Topic 3 teaches and practices using different strategies to add facts to 20.  Here are some strategies we are learning - Count on using a number line, count on using an open number line, use doubles facts by memorizing them, using doubles plus 1 facts, using doubles plus 2 facts, and making 10 to add numbers. Kids are working very hard and trying out all these strategies.

Fundations (our phonics program): We have begun learning about bonus letters and glued sounds.  Bonus letters are f, l, s, and sometimes z.  In a one syllable work, these letters come after a short vowel.  An example of these words are fell, moss, puff, and buzz.  There are some words that don't follow this rule, but most do!  The first glued sound we have learned is -all.  We find it in words like mall, ball, wall.