Show and Tell   Leave a comment

Every week, on Friday, our class has show and tell.  However, it is not a free choice show and tell.  Instead, students are to bring in items that follow a certain criteria, based on our phonics standards.    Click here is the schedule for show and tell for the year.

Here are some of the amazing things the students have brought:

For the letters v, g and c – we had:  a guitar, a valentine bunny, a gluestick, vitamins, cars, gel, carrots, a giraffe, vanilla ice cream and a picture of a volcano.

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For the letters f, h and j -  we had: flowers, hats, a helicopter, a jar, a fish, a horse, a jump rope and a flag.

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Please continue to send in your items each week for show and tell. 

This week, we are sending in items for: k, q and x.

Posted 18/10/2011 by rakisradresources in Uncategorized

A Day in the Life of Your First Grader   1 comment

Welcome to Grade 1B.  Here is a virtual tour of your first grader’s day:

7:50 – 8:00  Restroom & Unpacking  Before students come to class, they are encouraged to use the restroom, so that they will not need to interrupt their learning to go to the restroom.  When students arrive in the classroom, they take out their agendas and homework, and then get ready for Reading Centers.

8:00 – 9:00  Reading Centers.  During Reading Centers, students may choose one of five centers to go to.  Around 8:30, students will switch to a second center.  Students are expected to try to go to each center two times each week.  While students are working at centers, I will pull small groups to work on reading with me at my table.  Groups are organized by the skills students need to work on.  Although some centers may change, most stay the same from one week to the next, with only slight variations.  Here is a look at this week’s reading centers.

100_5835Center 1 – Listening Center – Students listen to stories on MP3 players while following along in the book.  After listening to the story, the complete a page telling me the main character and their favorite part.   (BTW – if you have any extra AAA batteries, we are going through batteries like crazy!)

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100_5836Center 2 – Use the Word Wall – In this center, students use the word wall to read words.  Sometimes they just read the words.  This week, they are matching the words on the word wall, to words in books they are reading.

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100_5839Center 3 – Reading Puzzles – In this center, students complete puzzles that help them to read words. Sometimes we work on puzzles that help us sound out, sometimes we work on sight words (like color or shape words), sometimes we work on letter sounds.  Next week, we are going to be working on reading AT Family Words.

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100_5840Center 4 – Picture Dictionaries – In this center, students are slowly building100_5841 themselves a vocabulary dictionary with pictures of words for each letter of the alphabet.  This week we are working on S words.

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100_5842Center 5 – Reading Books – In this center, students are reading Easy-Reader Books.  They have two buckets of books to choose from and are to find at least 3 books they can read independently (reading the words, not just looking at the pictures).  Then, they write the titles of those 3 books in their center packets.

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9:00 – 9:45 Writing Centers – During Writing Centers, students may choose one of five centers to go to. Around 9:20, students will switch to a second center. Students are expected to try to go to each center two times each week. While students are working at centers, I will pull small groups to work on writing with me at my table. Groups are organized by the skills students need to work on. Although some centers may change, most stay the same from one week to the next, with only slight variations. Here is a look at this week’s writing centers.

100_5843Center 1 – Content Center – this center changes every week to reflect our current science or social studies theme.  This week, students are sorting pictures of animals based on if they are land, sky, water, or underground animals.

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100_5847Center 2 – Sight Word Center – in this center, students practice their weekly sight words.  (These will eventually turn into spelling words.)  They write their words with pencil, then color over their words, then they may use plastic letters to spell their words.

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100_5846Center 3 – Free Write – Each week, students have the opportunity to write about any topic they choose.  They draw a picture and then write about their picture.  They are expected to have at least 2 sentences, using finger spacing, capitols and periods.

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100_5845Center 4 – Handwriting – In this center, students practice using their best handwriting.  They are given a sentence to write and will write that sentence over and over, either on a white board or a paper, to practice their handwriting.

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100_5844Center 5 – Phonics – This center has recently changed from a “sentences” center.  Students are working on phonics letter sounds in this center.  Currently, they are using their workbook pages in this center, but it is open to change as we go along.

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9:45 – 10:30 – Content or Specials – Depending on the day, students will either do a whole group (everyone receiving instruction together) science or social studies lesson, or students will go to a specials class, such as library, computers or PE.  Please check the schedule for what specials is on what day.

100_585110:30 – 10:45 – Snack/Restroom/Recess – During this time, students may eat a snack (please do not send chocolate or chips for snack, as they will not be allowed to eat it), go to the restroom and have a time to play with their friends.  As First Graders, we play out in the courtyard.

10:45 – 11:25 – Specials – Students will attend a specials class during this time.  The class changes depending on the day, check the schedule for what specials is on what day.

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11:25 – 12:15 – Math Centers – During Math Centers, students may choose one of five centers to go to. Around 11:55, students will switch to a second center. Students are expected to try to go to each center two times each week. While students are working at centers, I will pull small groups to work on math with me at my table. Groups are organized by the skills students need to work on. Although some centers may change, most stay the same from one week to the next, with only slight variations. Here is a look at this week’s math centers.

100_5863Center 1 – Thinking Centers – The students often call this the computer center, because they are often on the computer.  The purpose of this center is to develop critical thinking.  Many websites help students to do this, so this is why they use the computer so often in this center.  This week they are building numbers using the Virtual Manipulatives website.

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100_5859Center 2 – Math Words – At this center, students work on the words associated with math.  This week, they are working on number words by using a self-correcting puzzle.

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100_5857Center 3 – Puzzles – This self – explanatory center is most kids’ favorite center.  These puzzles are often self-correcting puzzles that relate to the topic we are covering.  This week, they are matching numbers to their base ten pictures.

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100_5866Center 4 – Patterns – We are going to be working on patterns of one kind or another all year.  Right now, students are using shapes to create AAB and ABC patterns.

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100_5861Center 5 – 100’s Chart – At this center we focus on counting and numbers by using a 100’s chart.  Right now, students are simply filling in the 100’s chart (with a model hanging up).  Soon, we will start coloring in number patterns on the chart, answering questions on the chart, and using the chart to complete puzzles.

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12:15 – 1:00 – Lunch & Lunch Recess – At this time, we go to the cafeteria for lunch.  When students finish their lunch, they are dismissed to lunch recess.

1:00 – 1:15 – Calendar – Every day, we do calendar to work on many different skills, including, but not limited to: days of the week, months of the year, weather, patterns, making numbers, and counting money (both in dollars and dirhams).

1:15 – 1:55 – French – Students have French class with either Mme. Catherine or Mme. Castro.

100_58671:55 – 2:10 – Write down Homework – At this time, students write their homework down in their agendas, and we review the homework expectations.

2:10 – 2:40 – Phonics Chant, Word Wall & Number Aerobics – During this time, we review some of the things we began the year with, including the phonics chant (for letter sounds), the word wall (for sight words) and number aerobics (for counting review and groups of 10).

2:40 – 2:55 – Read Aloud – Students come to the floor and listen to a story.  During this time, we work on reading comprehension strategies.

***  On Tuesdays and Fridays students go to Music from 2:30 – 3:00.  On Fridays students who have 15 stars go to Friday Party from 2:05 – 2:30.  ***

2:55 – 3:00  Stars & Packing Up – At this time, I write in each childs’ agenda how many stars they have earned for the day (Remember that 3 stars and up indicates a good day.)  Then students pack up and we come out for dismissal.

 

Please note that our schedule is subject to change depending on school based activities and the needs of the student.  However, whenever possible we try to stick to this schedule.  I hope this tour has helped you understand how hard your student is working all day at school.  We have a lot to accomplish this year, and we will be working hard all year to make every child in my room a reader and a writer.

Posted 13/10/2011 by rakisradresources in Uncategorized