The highlight from this past week was the walking field trip to the Washington Fire Station. The students received a tour of the inside and outside of the station, learned what to do in case of a fire, saw what equipment the firefighters wear and use in a fire or emergency situation, and were able to walk through a firetruck. Each of the kids received a junior firefighters hat and fire safety bag. Thank you, Washington Firefighters for a wonderful field trip! The kids had a blast.
This past week we also tapped out words by sounds and syllables, took beginning consonants out to change words (i.e. hat, bat, mat), raised our thumbs up if we heard similar onset and final word sounds and thumbs down if the words did not begin or end with the same sounds, and picked out two rhyming words in a set of three (dog, tree, fog). Students practiced placing digraphs and the glued sound "all" into words using our Fundations letter magnets and boards, writing our letters correctly, trick words, unit words, and sight words for the week. We also practiced writing nonsense words (to check for sound knowledge and understanding).
Students gained experience in Dolch Words by Speed Reading along with our October Dolch words on the promethium board. I tested students on their Fundations Unit on Monday; letter sounds, words, and sentences. Students will also be tested by me on my laptop on their Dolch and Fundations words this next week during Centers using "ESGI" and I will progress monitor some students on STAR Reading and STAR Math this next week. The kids listened to me read to model reading fluency and reading with expression. The children practiced writing sentences on their Fundations lined white boards. In Guided Reading Centers the children read leveled books with me and to each other. Students also practiced reading skills on "RAZ Kids" and "ABC Mouse." Other Centers allowed students to continue to practice writing their letters correctly (we still have many writing their letters and numbers backwards - practice at school and home will help with that) and sorting / categorizing / writing words with digraphs in them (ch, sh, th, wh, ck, and ph).
The children had Calendar Time, talked about the daily weather, season, and number of days we have been in school. In Math, we practiced number models, adding and subtracting, counting by 1s / 2s/ 5s / 10s, using dice and number lines or number grids, "IXL" and "Everyday Math," worked on our Math workbooks, and reviewed writing our numbers and counting strategies. Students had their Specials (P.E., Art, Music, and Library - no Computers since they didn't have school on Friday). We practiced unfreezing our story characters in our Lucy Calkins' Writing sessions by having our characters talk and move. We learned about writing using quotation marks and verbs (action words). Students are writing paragraphs in their spiral notebooks and sharing their writing with their peers and I.
In Science, we continue to learn about the sun. Next week we will learn more about the night sky (aka the Big and Little Dipper). We watched a Mystery Doug Science video. Students completed a "Scholastic News" magazine about pumpkins and their various types / colors / names and how pumpkins can also be used as compost to help grow more vegetables. Students are still learning about making good choices and being good leaders in "Second Step" and "Leader in Me" activities. We have our next Prize Patrol coming up next Thursday. Keep reading students and working on your weekly homework. Every little bit helps and gives you more experience in your skills needed for First Grade. Keep up the hard work! I am proud of you! I hope everyone starts feeling better soon. Mrs. Z :)