Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 29, 2014

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Today in First Grade

This morning we talked about the tornadoes and the damage they caused yesterday   We talked about what causes tornadoes and why we don't have very many around here.  We also talked about how nice it is to help people when they have disasters in their lives and the various ways that people can help and donate for different things.
Phonics:

We did a worksheet that helped us practice boxing the syllables of multi-syllable words.


Reading Groups:

Group A:     Baby Bear Goes Visiting

Group B:     When a Storm Comes

Group C:     Butterfly Garden



Math:

Today we finished our unit about 3-D forms.  We also started our new unit that is learning about 2-D shapes.

The main topics of our discussion were:

1- Learning what the shapes are called.

2- Learning what a characteristic is so that we can define shapes and sort them according to varying characteristics.  For example...


Characteristics can be color, size, open, closed, directionality, number of sides, number of vertices, etc.


We also did a word play, went to the Bookmobile, practiced our spelling words, and did some math facts practice.


Spelling Words:

Monday, April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

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Phonics:

We are still practicing how to split and mark words that have more than one consonant after the vowel.

Reading Groups:



Group A:     Reptiles

Group B:     Your Amazing Body

Group C:      Sea Giants


DIBLES

All students were pulled out of class one at a time and given the DIBLES (phonics and reading) test for the end of the year.  The results show that they have all worked hard and made lots of progress at whichever level they are at.

Math:

We are almost finished with our unit about 3-D shapes.  We should have our unit test tomorrow and then start a new unit.


After lunch we read books, went to computers, PE, and did the math that we didn't have time to do in the morning.

April 25, 2014

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Phonics:

Today we learned how to split and mark the sounds of words when there are two or more consonants after the vowel.


Reading Groups



Group A:    Spiders

Group B:    Little Monkey

Group C:    Chocolate


Math:

We practiced naming the 3-D shapes and had our mid-unit practice test about the shapes we are learning.  

After lunch we read books, went to the library, and P.E.  Our drama teacher was sick today, so we painted glaze on the ceramic art we did last week.



Spelling Words:

Here is our last spelling word list for the year.  After this we will review words we have already learned.  These words go with the geometry of our math units that we are doing from now to the end of the year.  So even if they don't learn to spell the hard words, this will help them learn what the words mean and become familiar with reading and writing them. 


Thursday, April 24, 2014

April 24, 2014

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Phonics:

Today we worked on Multi-syllable words that had tricky things like blends, digraphs, r-contorled vowels, and vowels changing c and g.  With double L, we talked about two acceptable ways to split the words.


Reading Groups:

Group A:    Scare and Dare

Group B:    In the Circus

Group C:    Penguins       Going Fast


Math:

Today we made larger shapes with 3-D shapes after doubling the number of original shapes.


After lunch we read books, spelling test, and finished a little math.  Then we did the rest of our language and reading test.  Now we have finished the test (except those who were absent, who will need to finish it later.)



April 22, 2014

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Phonics:

We worked more on learning how to decode and read multi-syllable words.


Reading Groups:

Group A:       Who's That Knocking at My Door?

Group B:       Billy Banana      The Stubborn Goat

Group C:       All Kinds of Maps     Annie and the Pirates


Math:

We did more work with three-dimensional shapes.  We worked on using shapes to build other shapes.


After lunch we read books, did a word play, and spelling practice.

We then worked doing part of a big language and reading test.   To relax after it was over for today, we watched a short movie about mammals and reptiles.  

April 23, 2014

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Phonics:

Today we practiced the difference with  Y  when marking multi syllable words.  When  Y  is at the end of a word where it is the only vowel in a word  (one syllable), then the  Y  says the long I sound.   When the Y  is at the end of a multi-syllable word the  Y  will say the long E  sound.

Reading Groups:

Group A:    Great Day

Group B:    Beaks and Feet    Sooty

Group C:    Natural Disasters


Then Mrs. B  gave a lesson about being happy even when things go wrong in life.  We need to realizing that the same things that sometimes make us sad are also the same things that often make us happy.  Hard times and difficulties can give us strengths and compassion.

After lunch we had our monthly assembly.  This month's theme was "caring."



It was early out.

Monday, April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

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Phonics:

Today we started talking about multi-syllable words.  We talked about syllables and how to tell what sounds vowels make within most syllables in order to read large words.  We started with words that have one consonant following the first vowel.  In these words the consonant usually goes with the next vowel, leaving the first vowel alone to make the long sound.


Reading Groups:

Group A:      The Fox and the Crow

Group B:       Machines That Fly       Roads and Bridges

Group C:       Astronauts in Space      Sebastian Tidies Up


Math:

We went into greater depth and detail about three-dimensional shapes.  We learned their names, characteristics, number of vertices and flat sides, sorted them, and had a discussion about parallel lines.  We even tried drawing a few.


After lunch we read books, computer lab, PE, and spelling practice.   We also watched a "Bill Nye the Science Guy" movie about the sun.  We ended the day by practicing writing sentences.

We may do a lot of repeating all of this tomorrow.  We had so many children gone today, who did not return after the Spring Break, that I will have to reteach almost everything I taught today.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 15, 2014

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Phonics:

Today we practiced all the ways to use the letter  y.

Reading Groups:

Group A:    The Fox and the Crow

Group B:    My Climate      Sun Power

Group C:    The Costume Party      Hot-Air Balloons


We watched a "Bill Nye the Science Guy"  movie about the water cycle.


After lunch, we read books, went to the Book Mobile, and did a spelling practice.  Then Mrs. W came and helped us do an activity with clay.




After cleaning all the clay up, we only had a few minutes left, so we used them to color.






Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

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Only two days of school this week.
Phonics:

Today we did "y" when another vowel is making it say its long sound, which is the long "i" sound.  There are not many short words, so I was showing them multi-syllable words.  This is a good introduction into the next section.  When we are done with y, we will begin multi-syllable words.


Reading Groups:

Group A:    The Giant Gingerbread Man

Group B:    Heat        Ice

Group C:    Cat and Dog        Spiders Spin Silk


Math:

Our new math unit is about three-dimensional shapes.  



In the afternoon we read books, went to computes, and PE.

Then we finished reviewing a reading comprehension test we had taken so we could talk    about what comprehension is, how to know which is the right answer, and how to find the answers in the stories.  We will be taking another test like it soon.  

Then we watched a short movie about a lion cub and a cheetah cub.
We ended the day by celebrating a child's birthday.

Tomorrow we will have the opportunity to make something with clay.

April 11, 2014

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Phonics:

Today we did y when it is at the end of a word following the vowel  a.  When the a  is followed by a "y"  at the end of the word then the  "y"  gives power to the  "a"  to say its long sound.  This doesn't work with ey because "ey"  says a long "a" three-fourths of the time.  It doesn't work with iy because there is no iy.  It doesn't work with oy because we have learned that oy says both sounds, (like o-e).  It doesn't work with uy because uy says the long "i" sound, as in buy and guy.  So the only vowel this really works with is ay.  There are a lot of words that end with ay. 

Reading Groups:

  
Group A:     Meet the Astronauts     Why People Move

Group B:     The Picnic        The Earth

Group C:     Taking Care of Trees      If I Were Invisible


Math:

Today we did the tests at the end of our unit about data.  The children did very well!
On Monday we will start a new unit.


After lunch we read books, went to the library, PE, and Drama.  We finished the day with our spelling test about this week's words and then learned next week's words.


Spelling Words:

Since we will only be in school for two days of next week (Spring Break -- Easter), the spelling list for next week will be for the week after as well.   The money words were this week's words.  The list on the left is next week's.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 10, 2014

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Phonics:

Today we did  y  when it is at the beginning of a word.


Reading Groups:


Group A:     The Fourth of July          Why People Move

Group B:    Tarantulas

Group C:    Making Choices       That Looks Different      


Math:

We are still doing data.  We are using information to fill in tables and graphs.


Sometimes we read a story to get our information. 


 Sometimes we ask other children in the class for information like the color of their eyes.


Sometimes we have to add parts together and then take it away from other parts to find the more or fewer part (the difference.)


Writing:

Today we did a fun writing activity.  First we numbered the lines on our writing paper.  Then children were chosen to name a noun or a verb (practice learning nouns and verbs.)  Then we had to use the word to make a sentence.  As they finished their sentence and it was punctuated correctly, they then got to read their sentence to the class using a microphone.




We are putting lots of time into practicing writing.  There are so few days left and so many things to learn.  Time goes so very quickly.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 9, 2014

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Today we went to a performance of "The Pirates of Penzance."  It was performed by an organization that is for children performers.  The performers were from the ages of 7 to 17.  It was very professional and well done.  We go watch their performances each year.  I think my class enjoyed it, and it was good to see children their age doing something like this.

It was early out.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014

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Phonics:
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Today we practiced the two sounds of y when it is at the end of a word.  If it is the only vowel in the word, then it makes the long "i" sound.   If it is not the only vowel in the word, then it says the long "e" sound.  We always work on learning the meaning of new words, too.

Reading Groups:

Group A:    Sebastian

Group B:    Floating and Sinking      Gorillas

Group C:    The Weather Forecast      Betty Boots


Math:

We are doing more graphs and charts on worksheets.  They are filling in their own tally charts.


After lunch we did a word play, spelling words, and talked about comprehension and how to find the answers to questions by looking in the text of the story.

Then we talked about things they had asked questions about during their reading.  To answer some of those questions, I showed internet pictures and movies about tornadoes and hurricanes. 

Then we watched a video about the stages and life cycles of insects.

Tomorrow we are going on a field trip to watch a production of "The Pirates of Penzance."  I hope the children enjoy it.

April 4, 2014

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Phonics:

We did some worksheets to help us practice what we have learned.

Reading Groups:



Group A:     Mr. Wolf Tries Again

Group B:     The Mystery of Magnets     The Fox and the Crow

Group C:     Starfish     Animal Builders


Math:

We are still working with graphs and charts.  Most of the graphs and charts we use are on work papers, so I don't need to draw them on the board very much.  We are always working on finding the "more" part and the "fewer" part by taking away the "same" part.

Spelling Words: