In first grade will be do lots of learning about how to be kind, what kindness looks like, what should we do if someone is unkind and how to respond. We started our kindness learning off by reading one of my favorite books, Kindness is cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler.
Here is the book we read aloud via another teacher reader :)
After we read the story we brainstormed how we can be kind in the classroom and at school. We came up with a variety of ways they show kindness everyday while at school.
After brainstorming, we wrote how we can be kind on a heart, since kindness comes from the heart. We all shared and found out that we all can be kind by doing little things each day to help make someone else’s day better. I hope you enjoy their writing!
Hello First Grade Families,
Happy Thursday! We are about finished our second week in first grade. I bet your child is tired- I know I am. We started this week by reviewing the letters and two sight words a day. We reviewed the sounds and added hand movements to each one, to remember the sound. These are the letters that we have learned so far this week- ask you child to explain the movements and sounds!
A – apple- /a/ (hands together like you are holding an apple)
B- bat- /b/ (hands like you are swinging a bat)
C-car- /c/ (rubbing arms like you are cold)
D-dog-/d/ (shovel like you are digging)
E-egg- /e/ (up to your ear like you can’t hear / arm like a slanted dash)
F-fish- /f/ (arms out like you are an airplane flying
G-goat-/g/ (place two fingers on their throat to "feel" the sound.)
H- horse- /h/ (place a hand in front of their mouth and say "/h/" to feel how hot their breath is.)
We practiced the letter and sight word formations using fine motor activities- tweezers and felt, play dough and skywriting. We also applied the sight words and letters to poems, sentences and word searches. We have learned/ reviewed the following sight words this week:
Everyone had a blast! Any extra help learning these at home would be helpful for your reader! You can have them hop each letter to spell the sight word, write it in chalk, air write it before bed, you can put salt or flour on a cookie sheet and they can write out the words.
We also continued to work on our routines and transitions. We started centers in literacy and in math. Ask your child to tell you how we rotate and what we do in each center.
Here are our pictures from the week! Enjoy!
We finally made it to the first week! Boy oh boy, did we have a blast! This week we learned lots of routines and procedures that will be used all year long. We learned about the expectations for the playground, cafeteria, hallway, bathroom, and in our classroom. We are going to have a ROCKING year!
This week as a class we developed the way First Grade can ROCK our socks off. We decided on what the expectations would be together and we all signed and agreed to them( picture in slideshow). We also discussed our cafeteria expectations as well. We practiced all week and we have been doing a fabulous job! We made a lunch box to remind us of our expectations, we brought them home Wednesday. (picture in slideshow).
Recess was another area that we discuss what was expected and unexpected. Here are the expectations for the playground.
*Stay within playground boundaries
*Dress for the weather
*Get a grown-up to help when needed
*Be aware of your surroundings and others
*Use hands and feet safely
*Use equipment in a safe manner
*Voice level 0-4
*Share and take turns with playground equipment
*Use kind words, actions and tone with others
*Leave nature for others to enjoy
*Return playground equipment to proper place
*Line up quickly and quietly at whistle
*Follow station procedures
*Play in designated areas
*Be prepared (bathroom/water/clothes)
We also started our math centers. We explored pattern blocks, inch tiles, polygons, and connecting cubes. We started choice time, where we used legos, lincoln logs, marble maze, writing center, and playdough. We even painted with water colors.Oh and we read so many books. YAY for FIRST GRADE!
I am thrilled for the year and can not wait until next week. Enjoy the pictures from the first week and Happy Weekend!