We learned how to take care of books, be respectful readings, and what book bins are during Reader's Workshop. This may seem simple but is an important part of building independence in reading! By the end of the week students were ready to "book shop" for books to fill their bins. We also tried out our new reading mats to help us build our reading stamina.
We focused on friendship this week in Social Studies. We read books about friendships including Big Al. Students then wrote about how to make friends and characteristics of a good friend! Check out our "Big Al's" hanging in the hallway!
We also spent one of our Friday literacy rotations making a Birthday Book for a student celebrating their birthday!
We had another great week in first grade! We continue to get to know each other and build our classroom community. It has been a joy getting to know this bunch of kiddos--I can't wait to see what this year has in store.
In math we've practiced our counting skills and subitizing numbers. We learned two new games: Monster Squeeze and Penny Plate. In Monster Squeeze students practiced comparing numbers using a number line. In Penny Plate students practiced counting and using new tools: dice and pennies. We also learned about Pattern Block Templates which are always a hit! Students use these templates to reason with shapes. Students spent time exploring and creating their own designs!
In Social Studies we created our classroom rules. We spent almost all week doing this! We started by sorting PAX and Spleems (expected and unexpected behaviors). Then students brainstormed the rules they wanted our class to follow. We created a giant list! We then went through and stated all of our rules as a positive (instead or "don't hit or kick"--"have a safe body"). After that we sorted out rules into three main ideas. Our class decided on be safe, be kind, be ready to learn. We then drew pictures of what it means to follow each of these rules. It is a long but meaningful process for our classroom. We spent the better half of the our afternoons this week on this task and the class was very patient and thoughtful in each step. (PICTURE COMING SOON)
The rest of the week we continued to learn about the classroom, each other, and what it is like to be in first grade. We played get to know you games and did get to know you activities which will continue for the next couple of week! These are important to help us learn more about each other, make connections, and build our classroom community.
In literacy, we practiced our handwriting with both letters and numbers. We also read On Market Street and came up with our own alliterative people! Some examples are: A___ is made of Alligators, S____ is made of steak, and J____ is made of jeans!
In writing, we wrote books about what we like to learn more about each other. We wrote what we like, drew illustrations, and shared our books with the class. Some of my favorites were: my class, ladybugs, RC cars, and fishing!
Welcome to the classroom blog for Ms. Carilo's first grade class! I am so excited for the year to begin! We have a lot of learning and growing to do in first grade! I will post weekly blog posts about what is going on in our classroom. I will also archive past classroom newsletters for future reference. Take a look around the blog! I can't wait to update you all with the exciting happenings in first grade.
I hope to see you at the Welcome Back BBQ on August 27th at 5:30 and at Open House on August 28th from 8:00-9:00.
I am trying out something new this year: a twitter account! Follow our class @MsCarilo on twitter. A link can be found on the right-hand side of this web page--just look for the bird icon! Please give us a follow!
We were busy bees this week! Our week began with our last Four Winds lesson! This week students learned all about bees. Students watched a puppet show, tried a taste of honey, danced around like bees, observed a bee, and dressed up Ms. Carilo as a bee!
We also got to meet some chickens from Shelburne Farms. Two chicks and two chickens came to visit. Students learned about the differences between the different types of animals. They are becoming chicken experts!
On Friday we had a visit from the Fan Fare Brass Trio. They taught us about brass instruments and played awesome music!
In math, we've started our final unit! Unit 9 consists of review of previous learning. We reviewed measurement and two-digit number stories this week. Students also practiced adding with three addends. I cannot believe the progress they have made in first grade!
We had another DARE class with Officer Mellen and students were already very knowledgeable about the different signs around town that are there to keep us safe.
Thank you to all of you who helped out with the various elements of Teacher Appreciation Week at PPS!
What a week! Students came back from Spring Break ready to learn!
We finished up Unit 8 in math. Students were incredibly focused during our assessments and were able to demonstrate all of their learning! We practiced our math facts with a spring math craft!
In reading, we finished up our digital literacy research by finishing our animal reports. Students also did some research on insects to tie into our science lessons.
In writing, students are working hard on finishing up their all-about books. Students will continue working on them next week.
First Grade went on a field trip to Flynn Theater to see How I Became a Pirate. It was a swashbuckling-filled show of pirate adventure and the realization that being home in time for soccer practice is better than a life at sea!
In social studies, students made treasure maps. Students also learned about their place on the map--starting from their school/home all the way to our planet.
In reading, students have worked with a partner to research an animal. We are still putting together our final reports!
We had a Four Winds lesson where we learned about owls and even got to dissect owl pellets! The students worked so hard to carefully excavate and identify the animal bones!
In math we built 2-D and 3-D shapes with straws, paper, and blocks. We used composite shapes we created to make new shapes. Students also used pattern blocks to make a picture. Students were engaged and worked so hard!