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November 28, 2013

Word Wall Practice!

Hello first graders! Here's a fun way to do a word wall check. Press 'Play' on the videos to see your word wall words. Each word will stay on the screen for 3 seconds. If you can read them all before they disappear, then you know them. Good luck!

List 1: Green

List 2: Yellow

List 3: Purple

List 4: Orange

List 5: Blue

List 6: Pink

September 29, 2013

Welcome Back!

A warm welcome to my new first grade families! It has been a pleasure getting to know your children this month and we're looking forward to a fun-filled year of learning in first grade. First grade is always a magical year as the children learn and grow so much.

To make it easy for you to keep updated with our classroom learning, I've added some 'Quick Links' on the right side of this blog. You'll be able to access our weekly words, chants, math information, and copies of our classroom newsletter from those links.

We have been working hard on learning the short vowel sounds with our Old MacDonald's Vowel Farm chant.

In our room, the vowels are now known as the 'sticky letters' because they are the 'glue' that holds words together. The children are learning that when they are sounding out words in their writing, they should be listening for the vowels. We know that "you can't have a word without a sticky letter." Here is a link to a fun video about the sticky letters.

I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful autumn weather! We'll be back soon with some photos of classroom activities.

Ms. Coleman

April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! While every day should be earth day, we took some extra time today to think about ways that we can take care of our amazing planet. We read the book Earth Friends at Play: Reduce Reuse Recycle.

There were lots of interesting facts and we learned some new vocabulary {natural resources, reduce, reuse, recycle, pollution, chemicals}. It was neat to see that some playground equipment can be made from recycled plastic water  and milk containers. We also explored some features of non-fiction texts: table of contents, photographs, glossary and index. Using our own ideas and those from the book, we worked on Earth Day flip books. They went home with my afternoon group today and my morning friends will finish them up tomorrow and bring them home to share.

New weekly words were also introduced today. My first graders will be working on the er, ir, ur sounds and will meet the 'Bossy r triplets'. My Grade 2 friends are working on prefixes with a focus on dis, pre, re, and un. Keep an eye out for them in your daily reading. You'll be surprised how often they pop up! Here is a copy of the reference chart we are using. 

My homeroom group also had a visit from Ms Greene today to prepare for baby Kohen's visit on Wednesday. She has asked our friends to brush up on their nursery rhymes so they can sing them to Kohen. He's really grown and changed over the past few months. We can't wait to see him again!

April 19, 2013

Welcome Elephant & Piggie!

As promised, we have some new friends in our room. They are a pig and an elephant and their names are Gerald (elephant) and Piggie!

These endearing characters are the creation of author/illustrator Mo Willems. You can check out his wonderful website by clicking here.

There are many books in this series and they are perfect for young readers who are learning to infer. The illustrations are very detailed which allow children to use their inferring skills to figure out how the characters are feeling and why. Gerald and Piggie's personalities are also well-developed in the stories and readers begin to infer based on what they know about them. Click on their pictures below to read more about them.

Here are a few illustrations from their books. What can you infer? 

Have a fabulous weekend!

April 14, 2013

Let the Inferring Begin!

Inferring will be the name of the game this week! While it is a challenging concept for little minds, it's amazing to see how successful they can be when it is broken down for them. We start with the simple idea of looking for 'clues' in pictures and text. They love to be detectives and I'm always impressed with  their perceptiveness. The next step is to use what they already know (background knowledge/schema) to make sense of the clues. They put it together and make a good guess (inference) about what is happening in a story.

If you want to give it a try at home, there are lots of children's books that are perfect for inferring. Wordless picture books work really well as the children need to figure out the entire story. The David series of books by David Shannon are a great starting point for young readers learning to infer. Not to worry if you don't have any of these books as you can practise with any book. As you read together, ask your child how the characters are feeling. More importantly, ask them to explain how they know (ie. I know the character is surprised because her eyes and mouth are wide open).

I am so very excited that I have found a new series of books that will form the basis of our inferring unit this year. Shhhhh! It's a BIG secret though! The children will be given clues and will have to employ their inferring skills to guess which books we'll be using. I'll post photos after the big reveal.

In the meantime, here is a copy of our new chant. It's about inferring, of course! The tune is 'My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean'. Many of the children are unfamiliar with it so I've included the music below the chant. Click on the image for a copy of the chant.