We are learning so much about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yesterday and today we talked a lot about how he wanted peace for our world. Today we talked about what we want for our world. Students wrote and illustrated their "dreams." I think they would make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proud -- they sure make me proud!
We started our conversation about MLK Jr. It is always so amazing to hear students yell out in disgust about how our country was before powerful peaceful protests helped changed our world for the better.
The story The Crayon Box that Talked ties in perfectly with discussing equal rights. Students then created self portraits to show that we can all work together even if we are different.
The weekends seem to fly by so quickly lately! We enjoyed Carly’s first trip to the Providence Children’s Museum! She had so much fun – especially in the water room! Did you know with those Feinstein cards your child got last month your child +1 adult gets into the Providence Children’s Museum for free? How awesome is that? It is perfect for a rainy (or snowy) day!
Now on to our week…
We will be reading Life in the Forest. This story continues our conversation about communities by discussing how animals live and work together. We will focus on Long u and long e with King Ed (cute, these, etc.) as well as the ending –ed (called). We will discuss what’s the author’s purpose for writing this story, as well as other stories throughout the week.
In Math we will continue to discuss Place Value using Base-10 blocks, but we will also add coins into our discussion. Students will practice exchanging pennies for dimes while discussing the ones and tens place. We will also introduce the greater than and less than sign while reviewing what the equal sign means. You can give your child some pennies and dimes at home and ask them how to make 12 cents using only three coins… or to exchange ten pennies for a dime, etc.
We will continue to work on strengthening our narrative writing by adding important details that are relevant to the topic.
This week we will focus on learning all about Martin Luther King and how important he was (and still is) to our world today. Please continue this conversation at home as well!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week.
Today we watched a short video all about how Technology has changed with the NFL. Someone super special to me is in the video! Want to check it out? http://www.patriots.com/video/2016/01/02/tech-talk-all-access-tablets-and-more
Also, everyone clipped up today!!!! Amazing!!!!
One powerful way to improve our writing is show what a character is feeling. Describing the main character'/ emotional or physical feelings helps the reader understand thst character. Today we worked on showing how our charters feel by illustrating faces and writing a sentence to describe how the character is feeling.
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and enjoyed the break. I am eager to see what 2016 has in store for my students, my family, and my friends! It is going to be a great year, I can tell!
This week we will jump right into our regular routines. Students will receive their homework packet tomorrow that is due on Friday.
Tomorrow is Day B. Our Special is Music.
We will have Library on Friday. Please be sure students start looking for their library books now so that they have them in their backpacks Thursday evening. If you would like to turn your student’s book in early, that is fine as well.
This week we will be reading the story The Big Circle. This story falls right into our Unit 2 theme of Community because the dinosaurs work together to protect the young. It is one of my favorite stories we will read! I love dinosaurs! With this story we will focus on the long o sound. Yes, King Ed will be here to remind that o to “SAY YOUR NAME!” We will also begin looking at contractions—specifically n’t, ‘m, ‘ll.
We will take our Unit 4 Progress Check on Tuesday and Wednesday. Unit 5 starts to introduce Place Value! Place Value is a difficult concept for first graders. We focus on what number is in the hundreds, tens, and ones place. We use base-10 blocks to help us. It is something that we will work hard on!
It is going to be very cold in the beginning of this week. Please be sure to dress students in layers and the proper outerwear. Students should not be using a sweatshirt as a jacket.
Have a great week,
Mrs. Bower is a First Grade Teacher who loves her family, her dog Rocco, teaching, the Patriots, and being outside!