We have been up to a lot in first grade since the beginning of the year! We are adding SO many new and awesome tools to our tool boxes.
In reading we have learned to build good reading habits. We fill our book boxes with new books every Monday and empty them on Fridays.
Every time we start independent reading students make a pile with their books. They decide which one they are excited to read first, what they might read next, and so on. This helps us get organized so that once we begin reading we don't have to think about what book to grab next. After putting them in a pile they take the one from the top and do a sneak peek! This means they look at the front cover, back cover, and even the first page before the book begins and start to notice who the characters are, and what might happen in the story. This is the time to make predictions. As they read they check their sneak peek to see if what they thought would happen actually did.
At the end of the story students have to do SOMETHING at the end. This helps us reflect and process what happened. They can either: reread a favorite part, reread the entire book, think back over the parts, or retell it to themselves/partner.
There are many other good habits to practice on that first anchor chart I posted. These good habits are also important during buddy reading.
In writing we have been practicing writing a "small moment story" or a "seed story".
We have talked about how you can start with a big watermelon story such as going on a vacation to see you grandparents and then breaking it down into all of the small seed stories inside. This could be going out to dinner one night with them, playing a fun game with your grandparents, or remembering a story they read to you before bed. There are TONS of seed stories inside a watermelon story!
This is the writing process we got through: think of an idea (seed story), plan it out by touching the page with your finger and reading what you may put there before even picking up your pencil, then writing and lastly illustrating. "When you think you're done you've just begun" we like to say :) So when students say that they are finished with a story we like to go to the revising part. We think about if we have everyone who was there included, the setting, the time, etc. in our story.
We have also practiced a few strategies for different ways to spell words.
In second step we have learned a lot about listening rules and focusing to learn. This is called "The Learner Song". We have hand movements that go along with the words as well! Students have been doing an amazing job singing and doing the hand movements. You can listen to the song in the link below...the song starts 12 seconds in.
We have been talking a lot about families and what makes them the same or different. Students came up with this amazing chart about what is a family all on their own!