Just a quick update to fill everyone in on what we have been working on in first grade.
In writing we are doing the very exciting work of writing realistic fiction stories. Creating characters, imagining adventures and working to get their characters out of trouble we have been hard at work as authors. Specifically, we have been adding details, making our characters move, think and feel. We are working hard to bring our stories to life. We are currently working on writing a series of books that feature the same characters. We have learned that series authors have big jobs to do. We look forward to sharing our Realistic Fiction Series with you in the coming weeks!
As we begin a new unit on measurement we have been focusing on the development of the open number line. First graders have had the opportunity to practice many different strategies for addition and subtraction including splitting, counting on, keeping one number whole and taking leaps of ten.
In reading we have been working on the important big jobs of reading including strategies to support fluency, phonics and comprehension. We are becoming the “boss of our reading”! We are not only using or word solving strategies, but also focusing very closely on keeping track of what is happening in the stories. This involves keeping track of who is speaking, making a movie in our mind as we read, keeping track of what is going on, and not only reading a tricky word but also taking time to stop and think about what the word means. We are working on developing our reading muscles. We are focusing on further developing our reading stamina. The books the children are reading are becoming longer, scenes are shifting from one location to another, dialogue is more complex, and pictures have become less supportive. Please keep an eye out as the children continue to read at home, that they are attempting the “big jobs” of reading.
In addition, our current social studies unit entitled Community/Neighborhood is well underway and a huge success. Students engaged in a really special neighborhood walk with an educator from the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. The walk highlighted many buildings that the students pass every day, but helped them to identify and notice features of the building that they might have missed in the past. Hopefully you are overhearing the use of some of the architectural terminology that the educator taught. For example, arches, pediments, bay windows, dormers, and gargoyles were just some of the new terminology that they were excited to learn about.
Jane Cowan, of the Center for Architecture also began her work with the students in the classroom last Friday, April 21st. The students continued to learn about the different types of buildings and their classifications as institutional, private, multi-use, commercial, religious, etc. They created small flip books of buildings from their communities. There are many exciting upcoming projects that will be presented at the final celebration.
We look forward to seeing many of you this Friday, April 28th for our Spring Sing at 8:30 in the auditorium!
As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, and or delights.
All the best,
Sarah and Kristin