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1st Grade News 2019-2020

During the first week of school, we will be spending time going over classroom procedures and getting to know each other.    I can tell we are going to have a PAWSome year!

September
First graders have been off to a fantastic start!  We spent the first few weeks of school learning new routines and practicing the skills that we will need to make the classroom run smoothly.  With such a small class size we were easily able to learn the daily routine. If our schedule changes, students are quick to tell me it is different.   In Language Arts, we are very excited to be extending our expanded approach to language arts called Walk to Read.   We are lucky enough this year to be able to align schedules with grades 2, 3, 4, and 5.  During this During this time we are split into smaller groups to be able to work even closer to students needs.   We are still using the classroom structure called Daily 5. Students currently have the chance to choose between Read to Self and Read to Someone.  We spent a few weeks practicing the skills needed to make Walk to Read successful and have now been split into smaller groups for a few weeks. In the classroom we practice word sorts, which are sent home each week.  In Social Studies, we have been learning about the community and community helpers.
October

In First Grade, we continued learning about community helpers.  We concluded the unit by writing our own community helpers book.   Students worked very hard to write a rough draft, rewrite a final draft, and illustrate their page in our book. In Science,  we learned about our senses. We experimented with each sense and learned that we use many senses together. When asked what their favorite sense experiment was all of them enjoyed the taste test, but didn’t like tasting bakers chocolate!  We have also been learning about apples and pumpkins. We conducted many experiments including finding out whether apples and pumpkins float and comparing the insides of pumpkins and apples.  


In Language Arts, Walk to Read is going awesome!  Students have learned where they need to be, where they are going, and the expectations of each group.  It is very exciting to see all the meaningful learning happening! We continue to practice word sorts in the classroom.  It is beneficial for students to be practicing these sorts each night, as well as reading.  


As much as I hate to admit it the warmer fall weather will soon be gone.  As the weather gets colder it is important for students to dress appropriate to go outside.  We will be going outside each day unless it is raining or is below zero. Please send your child with appropriate clothing for the weather!   



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