First grade children began a unit of study on poetry. The unit began by listening to song lyrics and a variety of poems, both rhyming and non-rhyming. The children explored a collection of everyday objects and were invited to use all their senses, their minds, and their imaginations to think about those objects in fresh ways. For example, does the pencil sharpener sound like the buzz, buzz, buzzing of a million bumble bees? In small center groups, they have discovered poems that are fun to read aloud and share with peers. The language of poetry opens up the imagination of our children. We also looked at and discussed the layout of poems and listened to the difference between a poem read with line breaks and without line breaks. As we move through the unit, our little poets will listen to many poems read aloud and learn about and apply strategies that poets use, such as feelings, details, line breaks, and the five senses.
The first grade children learned the difference between a published book and a not published book from visiting author, Grace Lin. She engaged the children in the journey an idea takes to become a published book. The children learned about the different tasks necessary in this journey, and about jobs such as the editor, art director, and printer. Ms. Lin made this abstract notion real to the children by sharing her very first book she wrote as a child, which is not published, and compared it to one of her Lin and Ting early reader chapter books which is published. This was a valuable and timely demonstration for our children as they are finishing up and choosing a How-To book for classroom publishing.
1P hit the stage yesterday, presenting The Awesome Play. It was judged a huge success by all! The play highlighted the wonderful imaginations of children and the importance of having “Big Dreams!” The children were accompanied by Mr. Paulson on the piano. Ms. DuRant went over and above her usual greatness, tie-dying superhero capes for the children. This day will go down in 1P’s memory as a very special event! Three days before the play, the actors wrote in their journals about the play. Here are some of their thoughts: “I like my costume.” “I love my part.” “I think it’s going great!” “This play rocks!” Raving reviews came in from 1A and 1S!
Also, thanks to all the parents who helped with the Halloween festivities.