Today we played Musical Chairs… Not your original Musical Chairs, but Writing Partners Musical Chairs! The students had to walk around the chairs while the music played, but when the music stopped they had to find a chair quickly! Once seated the children shared their stories with their partner. The odd one out, got to share in a group of three. The children really enjoyed sharing their Small Moment story from our second writing unit!
The students have worked extremely hard to reach independence in the Daily 5! They enjoy making choices to Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing, Word Work and Read to Self while I work with individuals and in small groups. Here are some pictures to show you how Reader’s Workshop works in our classroom.
The students get to choose which Daily 5 they would like to work on. We usually have 2-3 choices each day.
Read to Someone:
To build fluency and teach each other reading strategies, the students Read to Someone. Mya and Jimmy share a story together.
Listen to Reading:
Alex and Neal use the blog to find a reading website.
We love to read stories on Raz Kids and listen to books on Tumblebooks. Akka and Sung Ho work on Raz Kids.
Work on Writing:
We love to write stories, make cards for our friends, write letters and work on pieces from Writers’ Workshop. Ellen works on writing a story in a mini-book!
Annie makes a list of what she wants to write about.
Word Work is a time for us to practice sight words and Word Study activities. Bao Nhi and Abi make sight words with beads.
A group works on using Capital letters to begin names.
The students in Grade 1 know the difference between capital and lowercase letters. Though sometimes, we still mix them up. We spent some time working in stations to spell our friends’ names using a capital letter at the beginning and lowercase letters for the rest of the name. Three names in our class have 2 capital letters in them. Can you think of which ones?
Akka, Jimmy, Alex and Grace use magnetic letters to make names.
Abi, Neal and Jia-Chi look for capital and lowercase letters to make names.
Bao Nhi practices writing names using her best handwriting.
Today we reviewed the 3 main types of clouds and answered the questions, “What kind of weather do clouds sometimes bring with them?” And, “What do the clouds look like that bring rain?”
We learned that people all over the world use rain gauges to collect rain and see how much has fallen in a certain amount of time. We even put our own rain gauges around the elementary school for observation!
What We Learned
You can tell it is going to rain when the clouds are dark and thick.
You use a rain gauge to measure how much rain has fallen.
Grace and Adam hold up our rain gauge! We are excited to check it tomorrow!
Today we learned about clouds. We figured out that there are 3 main types of clouds: cirrus, cumulus and stratus. We even made our own clouds from cotton balls! We also learned that clouds are made up of water drops and that the wind moves clouds in the sky.
What We Learned
Cirrus clouds look like feathers or cobwebs.
Cumulus clouds are big and fluffy.
Stratus clouds stay low and cover the sky.
Questions to ask at home:
If there is no wind, what happens to the clouds?
If the wind is strong, what happens to the clouds?
What are clouds made of?
How are the 3 main types of clouds alike and different?
Today your scientists learned about temperature and their first meteorologist tool: thermometers. We discovered that we can feel how hot or cold air is, even though we can’t see it. After touching ice cold & hot water, students generated vocabulary words to describe both temperatures.
What We Learned
We use a thermometer to measure temperature.
We use the temperature to decide what to wear and what to do outside.
Annie creates a paper thermometer.
The students watch the temperature rise and fall in hot and cold water.
Wondering what would be some great follow-up conversations at home?
How does the temperature change from evening to morning at your house?
What would it be like if we didn’t use air conditioners at school?
What would it be like if we didn’t use air conditioners at home?
What is the best temperature for playing outside?
What other (things) might a meteorologist measure?
What tools might a meteorologist use to measure those (things)?
Yesterday we started Reading Buddies! Every few weeks, we will get together with our 4th Grade Reading Buddies from Mrs. Sylvester’s class. The students enjoyed getting to know their new buddies and reading books from the classroom. We really look forward to the next time we see them.