We began our Star Student Program this week! It is very exciting and the students are very interested in learning more about one another. Every day we have chosen a new star student. When your child is the star student she or he reads their poster to the class and four friends are chosen to do a "share back." A "share back" is when we practice our listening and communication skills. We begin with the sentence stem, "one thing I heard you say was...". WE have At the end of each day, we interview the star student and ask questions to learn more about the classmate. 1W generated a list of questions that they can choose from. Some of the questions include: Do you have any brothers or sisters? Do you speak any other languages? Do you play any instruments? Do you play any sports? What is your favorite thing to do?
We began our Marc Brown author study. Students are learning about the character Arthur. We read the first book, Arthur's nose and talked about how Arthur wasn't happy with his nose. Students made really good connections with Arthur at the end of the book when he said he chose his own nose and liked himself just as he was.
The next day we read Arthur's Eyes and learned that Arthur needed glasses. Students thought about people in their family, life, and school that wear glasses. We talked about all the reasons people need to wear glasses. On Friday, students were so excited as they got to try on many different pairs of glasses (without prescription). It was really fun to try on different colored glasses. Please check shutterfly account to see our photos.
Click on arthur to visit PBS kids to find many arthur games. To find more educational games, please go to education links at the top of our website.
Children's Museum Field Trip- Friday!!!
There is a fun Arthur exhibit at the museum that we will see next Friday. We hope you will join us. There is a fabulous climbing structure, arts and crafts, theatre, bubbles, turtles, and much more!
Building our classroom community
Since the beginning of school we have been learning about our classroom community. We started thinking about why we come to school. Then every student thought about what they wanted to learn about in first grade, called our 1L Hopes and Dreams. Students want to learn more about math, science, reading, writing, building friendships, and of course, our classroom turtle- Fenway. The next day we re-read our hopes and dreams and talked about what rules we would need to make our classroom a safe and friendly place for everyone to learn.The rules started as a long list and together we were able to consolidate them into different categories and made the negative into positive.
Together we came up with 5 classroom rules.
The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated.
1. Be Safe (hands to self)
2. Be Respectful
3. Take care of our classroom and materials
4.Try your best
This week we have all signed our rules and posted them in our classroom. We are working together to model what they rules look like in action. This week we also talked about logical consequences to understand why certain actions lead to certain results. For example if a child plays safely on the playground, he or she has fun at recess. If our bodies aren't safe on the playground others can get hurt or upset. In first grade we are learning to be more responsible for our actions. Students are learning how to recognize their actions, fix problems, and learn from their mistakes. Sometimes students will need to take a break in the classroom to re-focus, think about what happened, and try again. This week all students got to see how it felt to "take a break" for a few minutes and then re-join the group. We practiced and most students said it felt relaxing, gave them time to think, good, and calming. This week we also talked about how to act responsibly.
FIRST GRADE CARES
This week we focussed on the C for cooperation- Cooperation means to work well together
We read a book called Share and Take Turns. Students worked together to think about ways they can cooperate. Each student is working on a class book. Here are some ideas the first graders had to be cooperative:
In school I show cooperation by:
This week we introduced the literacy board and how to do literacy stations.
Station 1: Building 3 student's names with magnetic letters
Station 2: Writing 3 student's names with three different colors
Station 3: Write around the room (copying high frequency words and other words around the room)
Station 4: Creating a mental image for our poetry station. This week our poem was our hallway chant
My hands are hanging by my side
I am standing straight and tall
My eyes are looking straight ahead
I'm ready for the hall
During reading workshop stations, I am meeting with students to assess their instructional reading levels. After I have met with every student we will begin reading groups. This will realistically take a few weeks. It is already
Dear 1L Families,
Baker School Convocation
Thursday, Sept. 19th @ 9am
Students are asked to dress up for our convocation morning. It is a very special all school assembly outside. Please send a towel or small blanket for your child to sit on. It is important everyone brings a sweatshirt or sweater as last year was a little chilly.
First Grade Field Trip to Children's Museum
We hope you will join us on our first field trip of the year to the Boston Children's Museum. The cost of the trip includes our bus ride and entrance fee for all chaperones. We are looking for at least 10 chaperones. Please let me know if you are able to join us. It is a wonderful field trip and the students love spending time at the museum.
Baker School Photo Day
Monday, September 30th
Please remember to send in your photo forms or do it online. All students will have their individual photo taken and will be part of our classroom photo. All students will receive a classroom photo free. Please help your child to pick a great outfit for our photo day. We have photographs first thing in the morning and you can send an extra change of school clothes for your child to change into after photos.
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