Monday, May 5, 2008

The Merry Merry Month of May

Ola Padres! Room 108 is in high gear at the end of the school year nears. It is the time of the year where first grade students really begin to blossom by displaying many of the great new skills they have worked so hard to gain and hone throughout the academic year. All children have grown in so many ways. It truly is a pleasure to witness and be a part of!

Open-Court Reading is now into Unit 9 and it is a review of the many phonics skills covered over the course of the year along with the introduction of more powerful vocabulary words. Students are starting to display concrete awareness of nouns, verbs, and adjectives while also grasping punctuation concepts like commas, contractions, and possessives. As we read as a class, in small reading groups, leveled readers, and whole class readers, children are encourage to ask questions, make predictions and inferences, summarize, and practice a number of other comprehension strategies.

Everyday Math is really dividing up into fractions! We have recently been analyzing fractions through manipulatives such as pattern blocks, base-10 blocks, paper folding and shading, and paper strips. Fridays in Math have become first grade game time in Miss V's room. This is a chance for the first grade students to get together in one classroom and play math games. Some of the games are review from earlier in the year while others are some of Miss V's specialties. Either way it is an excellent opportunity for children to interact with future classmates and practice many of the skills we have learned over the course of the year.

Upcoming Events
Friday, May 9 - "Hi-Touch, Hi-Tech" - Room 108 - 9:30-10:30am
*Please submit payment and permission slip if you have not already done so.
Wednesday, May 21 - "Spring Sing" - First Grade @ 8:20am in the Auditorium
*"Munchies" in Room 108 to follow