First Grade Updates Archive

Goodbye, January! Hello, February!

First Graders were busy during January! There were so many exciting things that happened this month. Students were thrilled to visit Schneithorst's Restaurant & Bar, in reference to our Rohan Woods Restaurant Project! First Graders also enjoyed completing a TRICKY and exciting puzzle, playing in the wintery snow outside at school, and learning about Martin Luther King Jr. through hands-on activities.

Here are some of the things our First Graders have been working on during the month of January:

  • Reading workbook pages independently
  • Reading with expression and fluency, both independently and in small groups
  • Students began new Reading Comprehension Journals, where they must write in complete sentences
  • Listening to books on audio to strengthen auditory comprehension
  • Spelling words (Second Grade curriculum) that focus on consonant blends: l and r, dipthongs:oi and oy, inflectional endings: -s and -es, as well as inflectional endings: -ed and -ing spelling patterns
  • Word Work involving shaving cream, tiles, and sand
  • Becoming strong writers, while increasing stamina
  • Self-checking written work for punctuation, spelling, and capital letters
  • Began DOL's, which focus on independently editing for punctuation, spelling, and capitalization
  • Singapore Math- Exploring Plane and Solid Shapes, Addition and subtraction facts to 20
  • Showing patience, responsibility, and leadership qualities with both our younger EC Buddies and Senior Kindergarten Math Buddies
  • Project- First and Second Graders began a Project focusing on restaurants! Students created a 100 Word Web, categorized word web, generated meaningful interview questions, interviewed a community expert, and took a field visit to Schneithorst's Restaurant & Bar
  • In Social Studies, First Graders learned about Martin Luther King Jr. They read various nonfiction texts, completed a True/False card game, a Now & Then card sort, and a timeline on MLK Jr.'s life.
  • Students continued to work on team building, collaboration, compromising, and problem-solving skills.
  • Archie the Eagle continues to travel home with one lucky First Grader each weekend! The student picked to bring Archie home must write about their time with Archie in an Adventures with Archie journal! First Graders must include the following in their writing: name, date, title, juicy words and details.

First Graders learned so much during January! Stay posted to see what February brings for First Grade!

- Ms. Coleman

 

 

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Gobble, Gobble! Goodbye, November...Hello December!

First Graders are thankful for a wonderful November! The highlight of our month was the Breakout Box that we did with Second Grade!

Here are some of the things our First Graders have been working on during the month of November:

  • Independently reading workbook directions
  • Strengthening comprehension skills while reading
  • Listening to books on audio to strengthen auditory comprehension
  • Spelling words (Second Grade curriculum) that focus on long a: a-consonant-e, ai, ay; long e: ee, ea; and long i: y, and i-consonant-e spelling patterns
  • Sand, letter tiles, and shaving cream were used for Word Work to practice spelling words
  • Writing for a variety of purposes and building stamina while writing during Daily 5, Work on Writing
  • Using transition words while writing, such as next, then, lastly
  • Thanksgiving placemat glyphs to collect data were a hit!
  • Proper writing mechanics, such as: correct letter formation and sizing, appropriate spacing, and the use of punctuation
  • Singapore Math- Plane and solid shapes
  • Social Studies- map skills, cardinal directions, and following a guide to create their own zoo map
  • Showing patience, responsibility, and leadership qualities with both our younger EC Buddies and Senior Kindergarten Math Buddies
  • Project- First Graders continued to work with Second Grade for the Food Pantries and Other Donations project. Students selected a department to create, based on interest. Students then collaborated with members of their group to generate supply lists and create posters. The students also wrote letters to parents, inviting them to the big culmination in December! Stay tuned!!
  • Students continued to work on team building, collaboration, compromising, and problem-solving skills.
  • Archie the Eagle continues to travel home with one lucky First Grader each weekend! The student picked to bring Archie home must write about their time with Archie in an Adventures with Archie journal! First Graders must include the following in their writing: name, date, title, juicy words and details.

First Graders enjoyed learning new things during the month of November! Stay posted to see what December brings for First Grade!

- Ms. Coleman

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So Long, October!

First Graders had an eventful and busy month of October! Students learned various subjects through hands-on instruction. The highlight of our month is a toss-up between the Glendale Fire Department visiting for Fire Safety Month, Grandparents' Day, a published author coming to read her book, or our Halloween Parade around the neighborhood!

Here are some of the things our First Graders have been working on during the month of October:

  • Students focused on using reading strategies such as Listening Lion, Skippy Kangaroo, Eagle Eyes, Chunky Monkey, Stretchy the Snake, Flippy the Dolphin, and Lips the Fish to decode and analyze unfamiliar words when reading.
  • First Graders are working on various comprehension skills through fiction and nonfiction texts.
  • Spelling words (Second Grade curriculum) that focus on vowel sound: al, consonant blends, blend: nk and digraph: ng, short vowel sounds, and vowel-consonant-e. Whew!!
  • Writing legibly and with appropriate spacing for a variety of purposes
  • Ensuring that sentences start with a capital letter and end with punctuation
  • First Graders began using Work on Writing during Daily 5 to build their stamina while writing
  • Singapore Math- Studying ways to subtract using number bonds, making subtraction stories, using real-world problems to subtract, and making fact families
  • Showing responsibility with both our younger EC Buddies and our Senior Kindergarten Math Buddies
  • Project- First Graders worked with both Second and Third Grade to continue working on their Food Pantries and Other Donations Project. Students had a community expert come in to talk about a food pantry ran from a school in the Saint Louis area. During Project, students are learning about helping others, kindness, and empathy.
  • Students continued to work on team building, collaboration, compromising, and problem-solving skills.
  • Archie the Eagle continues to travel home with one lucky First Grader each weekend! The student picked to bring Archie home must write about their time with Archie in an Adventures with Archie journal! First Graders must include the following in their writing: name, date, title, juicy words and details.

First Graders worked hard during the month of October! Stay posted to see what November brings for First Grade!

- Ms. Coleman

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Super September!

Here are some of the things our First Graders have been working on during the month of September:

 

  • Mastering classroom procedures and expectations
  • Practicing what it means to be a "responsible First Grader" with both our EC and SK Buddies
  • Students began bringing Archie the Eagle home! In order to bring Archie the Eagle home, students must demonstrate that they are responsible learners throughout the week. The student picked to bring Archie home must write about their time with Archie in an Adventures with Archie journal! First Graders must include the following in their writing: name, date, title, juicy words and details.
  • FIRST large PuZzLe- Puzzles help develop cognitive skills, problem solving, fine motor skills, hand and eye coordination, and they build social skills
  • Daily 5- Students used Daily 5 to practice reading skills this month! First Graders began with Read to Self and worked on building stamina while reading. They are excited to "book shop" independently for books that are "just right" at an independent level. Students worked hard to "unlock" the Listen to Reading area of Daily 5.
  • Spelling words (Second Grade curriculum) that focus on short vowels. (Sparkle! continues to be a favorite spelling game in First Grade.)
  • Writing legibly, with proper spacing between letters and words
  • Ensuring that sentences start with a capital letter and end with punctuation
  • Singapore Math- Studying ways to add using number bonds, making addition stories, using real-world problems to add, and increasing math vocabulary
  • Johnny Appleseed Day allowed students to practice a variety of skills through different activities. One activity allowed students to locate every state that Johnny Appleseed planted seeds in on the USA map. Students then had to locate the state on their own maps and color the states in! Students also sequenced events within a Johnny Appleseed story independenly.
  • Project- First Graders worked with Second Grade on team building, collaboration, compromising, and problem-solving skills. Students also begun their first PROJECT of the year- Food Pantries and Other Donations!!! First and Second Graders are eager to dive further into Project during the month of October!

Stayed tuned to see how our Project unfolds in October!

- Ms. Coleman

 

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Back to School Success!

First Graders are off to an amazing start this school year! Although the August school month was short, First Graders were busy bees! There were many highlights of the month, such as our First Day Jitter Juice Party, the neighborhood walk, and taking our first spelling test!

During the month of August, First Graders became familiar with their new classroom, rules and expectations, and learned about what the school year has in store for them! Here are some of the things we covered in August:

  • Leadership and Responsibility- First Graders demonstrated their ability to be positive leaders during recess with the younger students, walking in the hallways, as well as during SK/First Grade Math Buddies time.
  • Leadership and Responsibility- A way for students to demonstrate responsibility and leadership in the First Grade is through weekly classroom jobs. The "Student Teacher" is an example of one of the jobs. This student takes on a strong leadership role each day. The Student Teacher is in charge of leading our daily Pledge of Allegiance, daily calendar and weather graph tracking, tallying the school days, passing out materials, and any other odd jobs that may arise. First Graders are already demonstrating a strong sense of pride for their classroom. Students are treating their materials and one another with kindness and respect.
  • Reading: During the month of August, First Graders learned about spelling patterns. First Graders also began using their Sight Word Journals to aide in recognizing important sight words quickly! Students were thrilled to begin using Daily 5, a program for reading. They are AMAZING at Read to Self, which is independent reading with books that are "just right" for each student. First Graders began to "book shop" this month, learning how to pick books that were not only interesting to them, but level with their abilities. Students started both individual and class reading logs, in order to practice reading both at home and school! They are VERY excited about the reading logs and take pride in bringing them back to school with parent signatures.
  • Spelling: First Grade is the first year students are able to take weekly spelling tests! Students were happy to hear that they also have "Mighty Words" (challenge words), such as elephant and sketch! First Graders learned the expectations of test-taking during the month of August and did an excellent job on their first two spelling tests! Students are working on a Second Grade curriculum and covered spelling words with both the short "a" and short "e" sounds this month.
  • Math: Singapore Math is popular in First Grade! The program focuses on concepts and skill development through hands-on instruction. It is a challenging program that gives First Graders the foundation he/she will need to prepare for future grades! During the month of August, First Graders reviewed reading and writing numbers, skip counting, ordering numbers, and making number patterns.
  • Handwriting: In August, students learned the importance of legible handwriting. First Graders worked on proper letter formations of both lower and capital letters, appropriate finger spacing, and practiced the four keys to legibility: shape, size, slant, and spacing. Students take pride in their handwriting and started self-correcting written work at the end of the month.
  • Project Approach: First Graders work with the Second Grade students during Project. Students worked together to discover ways to work as a team, develop personal responsibility, and learned new strategies to communicate within small groups. During the month of August, students completed non-verbal exercises and activities to learn the importance of teamwork. They are excited to begin their first big Project in September!

August was a fun month! Stay tuned to find out the amazing things that unfold in September!

- Ms. Coleman

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back!  

I hope everyone had an amazing summer. I am SO excited to hear about your many adventures! I look forward to the learning and fun that our First Grade class will have this year! It is going to be a great year!

Sincerely,
Ms. Coleman

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May 2018!

First Graders are ready for summer!! 

During the month of May, First Graders continued to be busy bees! We worked on challenging spelling patterns, math, phonics, reading, and had our St. Louis Cardinals Culmination for Project! There were so many memories made this month!

First Graders made a tremendous amount of growth both socially and academically this year! They had a year full of love, kindness, wonderful memories and soared academically. I am SO proud of each student's growth and their accomplishments this year! 

Have a great summer, friends! 

- Ms. Coleman  

Goodbye, April!

First Graders had a busy April! Earth Day activities, including a Going Green Challenge, were the highlights during the month of April!

 

Here are some of the things our First Graders have been working on:

  • Using problem solving skills to independently solve age-appropriate conflicts, making responsible First Grade choices, and taking pride in increased independence
  • Implementing reading comprehension strategies while reading from the Open Court Reading series. First Graders focused on a unit about games.
  • Small reading groups with Mercy Watson. Students independently complete comprehension pages and work after reading in a small group or with a partner. Students are in charge of keeping their Mercy Watson folder neat and organized.
  • Actively working on expression, fluency, and stamina while reading in small groups and independently
  • Independently completing Reading Comprehension Journals, focusing on the use of complete sentences
  • Spelling words that focus on digraphs: ch, wh; r-controlled vowel /or/: or, ore, oor; and digraph: sh and th spelling patterns
  • Daily 5 rotations such as: Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Read with a Buddy
  • Increased stamina while completing assigned and free-choice writing, across a variety of genres
  • Self-checking and editing written work for punctuation, spelling, "juicy words," finger spacing, and capital letters
  • Singapore Math- Numbers to 120, Addition and Subtraction to 100
  • It's a Small World After All! Postcard Project continues! Students enjoy putting new push pins in the map, reading postcards from around the world, and learning about the world around them!
  • Math games with SK Buddies
  • Project- First Graders continued to work with Second and Third Grade on a student-led Project on the St. Louis Cardinals!
  • Project- During Project, students brainstormed what they would like to create to represent their area of the St. Louis Cardinals. Groups then made supply lists, brought them to their teachers, and explained the purpose for the materials.
  • Math, literacy, and STEAM activities to celebrate Earth Day
  • First Graders completed a Going Green Challenge, a Litterbug Walk, and planted two types of vegetables in the classroom
  • Archie the Eagle continues to travel home with one lucky First Grader each weekend! The student picked to bring Archie home must write about their time with Archie in an Adventures with Archie journal! First Graders must include the following in their writing: name, date, title, juicy words and details.
  • Students continued to fill the bulletin board with random acts of kindness! Students also began kindness posters, in order to wrap up our kindness project!

First Graders had such an exciting month! Stay tuned to see what May brings for First Grade!

- Ms. Coleman

Welcome, Spring!

First Graders had a short, but exciting month! Saint Patrick's Day activities, naughty leprechauns, Read Across America for Dr. Suess' birthday, and measuring ingredients to create scented play dough were highlights during the month of March!

Here are some of the things our First Graders have been working on during the month of March:

  • Making responsible First Grade choices, increased independence, and problem-solving skills
  • Reading longer stories from the Open Court Series to work on story elements and various genres of literature
  • Actively working on expression, fluency, and stamina while reading in small groups and independently
  • Independently completing Reading Comprehension Journals, while working on comprehension skills
  • Spelling words (Second Grade curriculum) that focus on contractions and r-controlled vowel spelling patterns
  • Daily 5 rotations, such as: Word Work involving sand
  • Stamina while writing for a variety of purposes, both fiction and nonfiction
  • Self-checking and editing written work for punctuation, spelling, "juicy words," finger spacing, and capital letters
  • Singapore Math- Picture and Bar Graphs, Addition and Subtraction to 40
  • It's a Small World After All! Postcard Project continues! Students enjoy putting new push pins in the map, reading postcards from around the world, and learning about the world around them!
  • Math games with SK Buddies- Saint Patrick's Day addition and subtraction games
  • Project- First Graders worked with Second and Third Grade to continue a student-led Project on the St. Louis Cardinals!
  • Project- During Project, students had an experienced Community Expert visit! Students took this time to interview the expert, using previously generated interview questions that they came up with! The students recorded the answers of the expert, in order to use it later in the Project. During Project, students picked which area in which they are interested and were divided into groups to become experts on their areas.
  • Math, literacy, and STEAM activities to celebrate Read Across America Week. (This week focuses on famous author, Dr. Suess.)
  • First Graders demonstrated the ability to be patient, kind, and helpful older Buddies to the Early Childhood Class.
  • Archie the Eagle continues to travel home with one lucky First Grader each weekend! The student picked to bring Archie home must write about their time with Archie in an Adventures with Archie journal! First Graders must include the following in their writing: name, date, title, juicy words and details.
  • Students continued to fill the bulletin board with random acts of kindness!

First Graders had such a fun and educational month! Stay tuned to see what April brings for First Grade!

- Ms. Coleman

                 

Friendship, Kindness, and Love!

First Graders had a LOVEly month! There were so many exciting things that happened during the month of February. Students were thrilled to celebrate Valentine's Day and friendship! First Graders enjoyed Animal Tales coming to school, where they saw and learned about many exotic animals, such as the Gray Wolf and Lanner Falcon. Students enjoyed the First Grade Field Trip to the Saint Louis Art Museum. Students enjoyed identifying different artists and mediums that they studied during art class. Flap Jacks for Fathers and the 101st Day of School Celebration (101 year old First Graders) were two huge highlights during the month of February!

Here are some of the things our First Graders have been working on during the month of February:

  • Making responsible First Grade choices, even when it's challenging
  • Reading more complex stories from the Open Court Reading program (Students LOVE Frog and Toad!)
  • Continuing to build expression, fluency, and stamina while reading in small groups and independently
  • Independently completing Reading Comprehension Journals
  • Spelling words (Second Grade curriculum) that focus on vowel digraphs: long and short oo, words writers use, and diphthongs: ow, ou spelling patterns
  • Word Work involving fun materials
  • Writing for a variety of purposes, both fiction and nonfiction
  • Self-checking written work for punctuation, spelling, "juicy words," and capital letters
  • Singapore Math- Weight, Calendar and Time, Numbers to 40
  • It's a Small World After All! Postcard Project continues! Students enjoy putting new push pins in the map, reading postcards from around the world, and learning about the world around them!
  • Math games with SK Buddies, involving addition and subtraction
  • Project- First Graders worked with Second and Third Grade to begin their second Project!! Students will be completing a student-led Project on the St. Louis Cardinals!
  • Project- During Project, students generated a 100 word web on what they know about the Cardinals, created a new organized and condensed web, and wrote about personal experiences they have had in regards to the Cardinals and baseball
  • In Social Studies, First Graders continued to write to their Vermont Pen Pals! Students also learned about cardinal direction!
  • Math, literacy, and STEAM activities to celebrate the 101st Day of School! (Students dressed up as 101 year old men and women!)
  • Students demonstrated the ability to work as a team, collaborate, compromise, and actively use problem-solving skills independently.
  • Archie the Eagle continues to travel home with one lucky First Grader each weekend! The student picked to bring Archie home must write about their time with Archie in an Adventures with Archie journal! First Graders must include the following in their writing: name, date, title, juicy words and details.
  • Students continued to fill the bulletin board with random acts of kindness!

First Graders had such a fun and educational month! Stay posted to see what March brings for First Grade!

- Ms. Coleman

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