...like apples! We added an "I can" statement to the tree in our classroom every time we learned something new this week. A lot of new learning was going on, and those BRAINS were getting TRAINED!
This sweet first grader in Ms. Kirkman's class came in her classroom and told her teacher that "this was the first day [she] was excited about coming to school". It is so uplifting to hear that students are enjoying their time learning and growing! Ms. Kirkman tried to get the reenactment for Twitter!
Our amazing counselor used the story "Beautiful Oops" to teach that mistakes can be made into something beautiful.
Before: "The Oops"
After: "The Beautiful"
In First Grade we have a ton of fun crafts and activities that could be tweaked for any classroom or curriculum. I would love to share these activities by showcasing my favorites during my Make-It Monday showcase. Join me for my first Make-It Monday as I take us to one of my wonderful teammates blogs to show you the...
My teammate Ms. Kirkman is a new blog owner, and she did a great job sharing one of my favorite back-to-school science activities, the "Healthy Me" Doll!
What a week it has been as we continue to get to know each other! We had so much fun experiencing more great stories, and learning a ton of new strategies!
We talked about what makes us unique:
Every year we do a lesson on the word unique. We talk about all of the traits that makes us who we are. This year, I had an amazing story fromwww.wondrousink.com to support my lesson! I absolutely fell in LOVE with how this story introduces special character traits. Wondrous Ink personalizes their books by using the letters in your name to show these special character traits. At the end of the story there is an acrostic with the traits listed beside the name. Of course my students loved figuring out that the book was SPELLING MY NAME, and they couldn't wait to make their own acrostic at the end!
We wrote about things we like:
I love modeling writing for my students, and I like to start out slow and build as I go. This week, I read "What Do You Like" by Michael Grejniec and our class made a list of all of the things they like. Next week we will learn about the word "too" and will use this book again to model how "too" shows commonality.
We learned strategies for solving story problems:
We learn a lot of strategies in First Grade, especially in math! Every Friday we use UPS check to help us problem solve our way through story problems!
We talked about how rules make us good citizens:
First Graders LOVE David Shannon, and I love the response I get when I read his stories out loud. We used "David Goes to School" to talk about the expectations at school. We came up with a good choice for each of David's bad choices, and we made our own version of the story called "Yes, David!"
I'm just an Elementary Nerd sharing my excitement for the classroom!
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