We had a busy and exciting week in first grade! Here's a little glimpse of what we've been up to...
On Tuesday the Barrington Fire Department visited to teach us about fire safety. We discussed what to do in case of a fire, how to avoid dangerous situations, and the importance of having a plan and a meeting place with your family to make sure everyone gets out of the house safely.
On Wednesday we hiked Blue Job in Strafford. It was a beautiful day and the students really enjoyed being out in nature. Thank you to all of our chaperones who helped make this trip possible!
One of the elements of being a good reader is being able to read with a partner. Students have been practicing sitting "elbow-elbow, knee-knee" (side by side) while holding the book in the middle and taking turns. This would be great to practice with your child as you do your nightly reading and fill out your reading logs!
Here are some fantastic models showing us how to partner read:
Thank you to all parents and guardians who have signed up for a Fall conference time slot. I will be making phone calls to those of you who still need to sign up, and reminder emails will go out closer to the date.
We're off to a great start...can you believe it's already mid-October?
:) Miss Tatarczuk
Welcome to October, Parents and Guardians!
My apologies for the length of time it took to get this blog off the ground. There has been plenty to do as I adjust to life at BES and your children adjust to being first graders. What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been!
Your students have been hard at work digging into academics. Here's what we've been up to...
Reading: Students have been working on building their reading stamina. Our goal is to be able to read independently for 15 minutes, and we're just about there! We've talked about how to find a "just right" book and a "just right" spot in the classroom, as well as using a 5-finger Retell to inform others about what we've read.
Math: We've finished the first two chapters in Math in Focus, which covered number sense and number bonds. As we move into October we'll be working on addition facts to 10 and creating number stories from pictures.
Fundations and Writing: Students have reviewed letter sounds and letter formation, as well as practiced tapping (sounding out) short-vowel three-letter words. These are known as CVC words, or Consonant-Vowel-Consonant. Students have also worked on writing about favorite small moments.
Science: We're currently working through our Plant and Animal unit, starting with plants. We've reviewed the parts of the plants, as well as completed a fun experiment about how plants survive by comparing beach umbrellas to trees. We're also growing lima bean sprouts to watch the growing process and to practice our scientific observations.
Reminders will go home next week regarding the Blue Job hiking field trip.
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