First graders have been given a special task of becoming word detectives. Each class received a special message from the SSDA (Super Secret Detective Agency) giving them missions like “Do a slow check of your words” and “Notice a problem, then stop to solve!” First graders are taking this on very seriously, as they try to earn their SSDA Word Detective badges. We have also been trying to solve the Mystery of the Silent E. What types of words have silent e? Are there rule breakers? Stay tuned to find out whether first graders solve the mystery and earn their detective badges!
This week the first graders rotated through math centers as they explored several activities. The children saw a large group of pennies and made a group estimate. They then counted to see how close they came to the actual amount. Each group counted in a different way to check other’s work. They also measured and arranged objects from shortest to longest. They used words to explain how they arrived at their conclusions. The children also played high roller, where they practiced counting up as an addition strategy. Finally, the children found doubles in nature and practiced those addition facts. These hands on experiences help cement mathematical concepts and offer opportunities to use words to explain their thinking. In addition, these activities are fun!
A new book is a wonderful thing. It's even better when you have friends to share it with! The first graders were so excited to get new books from the book fair! The author visits were some of the best we've had and the presentations were really relevant to our budding first grade authors and illustrators, as they are in the midst of editing their personal narrative stories for their upcoming writing celebration. They learned that all authors make changes to lines of text and how an accident in a drawing can become a beautiful illustration.
First graders continue to build good reading habits. Most recently, they are learning that good readers talk and think about books together. What does a good reading partner do? They are learning how to encourage each other when reading new books, how to give clues for tricky words, and how to wonder about books together. Partners can help each other drop bad reading habits, and pick up good ones! Reading is a social act, and good reading partners work together. Below, first grade readers modeled how to be good partners in front of the class.