First Grade Class
Welcome to Week 10. Our students have done many hands on and innovative things this week. From learning how to read a clock to the minute and finalizing the models of the solar system, our first graders had such a good time learning this week. Let’s dive into Week 10.
In International Studies, students recreated the Puerto Rican flag by tracing their hands and coloring in their hands and the rest of their art paper with the flag’s blue, red and white colors.
In Math, students began their study on time. They learned the parts of a clock, the clock to the hour, the clock to the minute and even the clock to the quarter and half hour. They saw videos and were able to also use their prior knowledge to dive into the new math unit.
In Language Arts, students continued their guided reading of “The Little House”. As a collective, students asked questions to showcase their critical thinking skills and in their composition notebook and using their text for reference, answered the questions they themselves posed about the story.
Fun times during physical education.
This week we had 3 Spanish Days and 2 English Days. Students worked on writing upper and lowercase ‘Vv’ on the smartboard, whiteboards, and workbooks. Students have been excited about being able to read and write sentences in both languages. Make sure to tell them to keep up the great work and to always, always try!
In Math we worked on addition and subtraction number sentences with number bonds. We also learned how draw and describe a triangle and trapezoid. Students have begun to count by 10’s and are working hard on writing numbers greater than 20.
In International Studies we learned about Mount. Fuji. We also learned that cranes symbolize good luck. They all worked hard to create their paper crane.
In History/Geography we continue to learn about positional words and why maps are important. Next week we learn how to read map symbols and create their classroom map.
In Science, students learn what is a solid, liquid, and a gas. They were all able to classify images into these three categories.
In Mathematics, this week they reviewed the terms: pequeño (small), mediano (medium) and big (grande). They circled the large key and shoe within the set. The children also counted four babies and circled the number four. Furthermore, they recognized shape and colored the círculos rojos (red circles), triángulos amarillos (yellow triangles) and cuadrados naranjas (orange squares). In addition, they traced different size squares and triangles. Lastly they followed dotted lines to cut out different shapes. .
In Reading and writing, the children reviewed the vowel i. They traced the vowel, recognized the sound in the beginning or within it, and identified it visually in words like: niña (girl) and isla (island). Furthermore they traced inclined lines from: a planet to the sun, a plane to the clouds, turkeys landing on grass and paratroopers landing on grass . Lastly they made cruce strokes (x or t shaped) matching the same animal together (chicks, hens, blowfish and sea horses).
In Social Studies, we reviewed the themes: Family. The children made a house with colored pieces of paper symbolizing each member of their household. They also decorated a family and grandparents with watercolors. Lastly, they made abuelo (grandpa) or abuela (grandmother).
This week it has been a good week for your children, we had a lot of fun. I’m going to show you what we did during this week.
In Language Arts Writing/Reading: Students keep reviewing the vowels A, E, I, O ,U, and the alphabet every morning. Now we are focused on the letters B, C ,CH, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, Ñ, P, Q, R, S, T and V phonetically and practicing different symbols that will help them remember the letters. They are still practicing different kinds of strokes that will serve to write letters later. This week is going to be the last one focused on letter U, uppercase, lowercase, phonetically and grammatically, we are discovering different words that begin with that letter, and also reviewing how to write letter i, uppercase and lowercase. We were learning to observe the same objects and find out what the difference is. This week we read some interactive tales “Juan sin miedo”, “Dumbo”, “La lechera” and ” El traje nuevo del emperador”.
In Math: We practiced every day the counting numbers 0 to 10. We also count out loud until number 50. They are still practicing how to write the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. We were doing different activities in which they have to match the number with a quantity of objects. We were practicing different mazes. We are still working on cardinal numbers, as first, second, third, fourth and fifth, and reviewing right and left, inside, outside, up, down, long, short, the same and different, .
In Music: We were dancing and singing different Spanish songs, this week: “Había una vez”, “El baile de sapito”, “Un barquito de cascara de nuez”, “Para ser conductor de primera” and “Veo,veo”.
In Physical Education, we are still practicing different balance activities, with different obstacles trails. We have practiced different kind of games of running and catching the partner.
In Science, we were remembering the body parts, and the most important organs. We were learning how the respiratory system works.
In Geography/History, we reviewed the 7 continents. We were doing different kind of interactive maps where they had to guess the continent.
In Visual Art: we were doing different crafts: this week we made a piggy bank, a respiratory system and a small photocall.
In International studies: we were learning more about the Spanish culture, and their traditional costumes.
Koalas had another week filled of learning and fun activities. During this week they learned about “families”, who do they live with and who are the members of their own families. In every activity the students identified themselves as well as their family members such as “papá, mamá , hermana, hermano, bebe, papi, mami” and enjoyed working on our classroom’s family wall. Each student took turns to collaborate on the “Familia” sign and decorated their own family picture frames.
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