We read the short book Andy, That’s My Name by Tomie dePaola. This led to our first spelling session of the year. The first graders received spelling books that will be kept in school. Our first group of spelling words focuses on the short a and short i sounds.
Before going out to recess, we practiced having a fire drill. We discussed the reasons for drills, the importance of taking them seriously, and the correct procedures to follow. Then, we acted out what was learned. Ask your child to describe what he/she will do if the fire alarm rings at school.
Following recess, we read the big book My Name is Johari. The boys and girls noticed many similarities between this book and Chrysanthemum. Ask your child for some examples! One new event in today’s story was the teacher asking her students to learn about their names. The students in 104 will do the same for their homework this week.
During math, we examined a September calendar page and noted how it was constructed. The students then numbered the boxes in a blank calendar grill. After that, they wrote important events in the correct boxes. Many students also added special symbols for the events and/or decorated the border. The calendars were sent home today.
The first graders received their first homework packets today. We looked over the activities together and discussed expectations. The children then wrote the reading/spelling/fun sheet assignments in their student planners. This work will be submitted in the big manila envelope at the end of the week.
There were two specials classes today: library with Ms. Wojcik and civics with Mrs. Hensley. During the latter class, the students will learn how to be responsible citizens. Today, they were introduced to the idea of authority. Ask your child who has the authority to tell someone else what to do.
Another step in building responsibility was initiated with the introduction of table captains. Table captains will collect and distribute papers as well as retrieve and return supplies.
Our science lesson of the day was an introduction to making objective observations. Scientists use their five senses to learn about the world around them. The boys and girls sat in a circle around our chrysanthemum plant and, with support and sharing, began making observations about the plant. We used our senses of sight and touch for this activity. We will spend more time on this activity tomorrow. Ask your child about the observations he/she has already made!
The first graders will participate in another name activity tomorrow!