During writing workshop we are talking about zooming in and writing about small moments. First graders are learning to think about a big idea and zoom into one specific detail and write all about that! We used a watermelon as an analogy - we think about the watermelon as the big topic and all the seeds as the small moments. We read the book, Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements. This book is a great example about zooming into a small moments. The author wrote about one time when the little boy didn't like eating his peas at dinner. After reading this story, the first graders chose one story they previously wrote to zoom in. Teachers guided students to think about the moment to write about. We are asking students to think about one specific thing that happened and write a seed story. After teaching this mini-lesson first graders are doing a great job zooming in and adding details. For example, a student originally wrote about going to the zoo and after the lesson decided to zoom in and write about an exhibit where he saw jaguars.
First Graders have been working on being "bucket fillers". We read the book "How Full Is Your Bucket?" by Tom Rath. In this book, a little boy learns that everyone has imaginary buckets above their heads. Throughout each day, people can add drops to our buckets by doing nice things. We came up with different ways we can be bucket fillers at Baker School!
We launched our mapping unit by reading "My Map Book" by Sara Fanelli. The book is filled with creative maps of the main character's family, bedroom, tummy and many more. We then made self-portrait maps of our hearts and filled them with people and things we love. For our background, we drew ourselves in our favorite place.
We continued our Sound unit this week by exploring with tuning forks! Students used tuning forks to see and hear vibrations using blocks and bowls of water. Students tapped their tuning fork on the block and then tapped the bowl or put the tuning fork in the water. They could feel and see the vibrations.
Below you can read some of our observations!
"If you hit the block then touch the bowl you can hear the vibration!""I can feel the vibration when we bang it - it buzzes and shakes. The vibration made the water squirt."
"It sounds like bzzz"
We have been learning about ways to foster positive mindsets by reading stories that teach us the important lessons about how to make our brain grow.
We launched our science unit: Sound
This week we thought about the focus question: What makes sound? Where do we hear sounds?
First graders did an investigation using their vocal chords to feel for the VIBRATIONS. First graders also held wax paper up to their lips like kazoos to feel the VIBRATION on their lips. Next students wrote about their observations in their science notebooks.
Observing Mystery Seeds
First Graders really enjoyed reading Marc Brown's books this month. We made many text to self connections to his stories. We culminated our unit today visiting the Arthur exhibit at the Children's Museum. Thank you to all the families that were able to chaperone this fabulous trip.
Ask your child about the following activities:
Arthur's Family Vacation- We shared our family vacations
Arthur's Pet Business- Students shared examples on how they are responsible at home
Arthur Writes a story- We generated our own small moments and launched writing workshop
Arthur's New Glasses- Students shared ideas how they could be kind and stand up to others when someone is being made fun of.
Arthur's Nose- Students shared something they love about themselves
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