Happy {wet} Fall, Y’all!

Okay, firstie families, who else is ready for some DRY Fall weather?!  Every day at lunch time the firsties and I praise God for the rain, but I’ll be honest, I’m singing “rain, rain, go away” the rest of the day!

I apologize in advance for my lack of photographs this week.  We were so busy I kept forgetting to pick up my camera and snap some pictures! I know it’s not fun to read huge blocks of text, so I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.

This week, we added more strategies to our word solving arsenal.  We learned that we can make connections to words we already know (“look” is like “book” and “cook”), go back and re-read when something doesn’t make sense or when we figure out a new word, or skip to the end and read to figure out the word.

To wrap up our discussions about labeling, the firsties made their own labels for different parts of or items in the room.  Here are a few things the firsties thought were important enough to deserve a label:

DSCN1652 DSCN1654 DSCN1656 DSCN1657 DSCN1658 DSCN1659 DSCN1660 DSCN1662 DSCN1664We learned about the writing process this week.  The firsties have been working hard on planting lots of “seed” ideas into their writer’s notebooks, either through brainstorming or by beginning to write stories.  This week, we learned that writing a piece to publish is a much bigger process.  In first grade, students write in their writer’s notebooks, then begin a first draft, edit and revise (which sometimes means writing a second draft, and more editing and revising), have a one-on-one or group conference with the teacher, write a final draft, and then their work is ready for publishing.  This allows students to work at their own pace and self-select their own topics and work to be published.

In Bible, we learned all about Joseph and his coat of many colors.  The students designed their own multi-colored coats that might have looked like the one Joseph was given by his father.  We learned about how no matter what someone has done, we are asked by God to forgive them, just as Joseph forgave his brothers for selling him into slavery.  God has a plan for each one of us, and even when we think things are bad, God always has a plan to work everything for our good.

We are studying our author of the month and the alphabet book genre, so we’ve been voraciously reading books by Jerry Pallotta.

DSCN1661 DSCN1663This week in science, we learned all about the life cycle of pumpkins.  We enjoyed a book called Pumpkin Circle, and sequenced the stages of a pumpkin’s life cycle.

DSCN1647The firsties learned about describing words, and did a five senses exercise to describe a pumpkin.  Some firsties told me that they liked the pumpkin (the pumpkin looks good, it feels nice, etc.) but soon learned that true describing words help others experience a thing when they can’t see, feel, touch, hear, or taste it.

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We will be wrapping up our pumpkin study this week.  Things might get a little messy!  😉

In math, we’ve been focusing on money.  We made observations of the penny and the nickel, stamped and made rubbings of their images on our “Money Mat” recording sheets, and realized that we can count multiple combinations of coins by counting by fives and then counting on with ones.  We played SMARTboard games that required students to trade pennies for nickels (many students thought one penny was a fair trade for one nickel), and students worked in partners to make trades using both toy and real coins.

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I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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