First Grade Class
Welcome to Week 12. I cannot believe our first graders have been in school for three months. In the course of these months, I have enjoyed seeing them grow as learners and to see them enjoying their growth day in and day out. I look forward to continuing to see their growth as the weeks go by. Here is a look at Week 11 and Week 12.
Students were able to experience virtual mathematics when they went on a virtual field trip to the National Museum of Mathematics – MoMath. They learned about Shapeshifters and Polyominoes.
As students wrap up their study on Earth and the Universe, they painted their solar system with all of its planets and the Sun.
During this week of showing gratitude, students wrote and drew what and who they are thankful for.
We hope you all are having a wonderful start to your Thanksgiving week.
In Mathematics, the children identified, quantified and traced number 1-5 in various occasions. They also recognized shape and colored the círculos naranja (orange circles), triángulos marrones (brown triangles) and cuadrados amarillos (yellow squares). Furthermore, they identified and colored disparates (odd/silly things). Lastly, they drew the missing parts while comparing two similar images.
In Reading and writing, the children continue to review the vowel i. They traced the vowel in lower case and upper case forms, recognized the i sound and circled the i in words like: avión (plane), pirata (pirate), camión (truck), tigre (tiger), and girasol (sun flower). Furthermore they traced ondulado (wave) lines from: butterflies to flowers. They also they used iglú strokes top help the ranas (frogs) and ardilla (squirrel) jump. Lastly, they attempted to make a teacher guided drawing of a house.
In Social Studies, we continued with the theme Acción de Gracias (Thanksgiving). They made: pedazos de pastel de calabaza (pumpkin pie slices), pavos (turkeys), titere de pavo (turkey puppet), espantapajaros (scarecrows), calabazas (pumpkins) and maiz (corn) using a variety materials. They also colored pavos (turkeys) following the correct number. Lastly, they used real corn t0 paint with.
Last week we had 2 Spanish Days and 3 English Days. Students worked on writing upper and lowercase ‘Jj’ on the smartboard, whiteboards, and workbooks. This week we used our time to review the letters and sight words that students have learned.
Last week in Math, students learned how to use a number line (recta numerica) to add and subtract. These two days we review all the shapes we have learned and worked on writing the correct numerical value.
Last week in International Studies, students learned about Japan’s various cuisines. They had a fun time creating their own bento box and chopsticks. Next week will begin to explore Ecuador.
In History/Geography, students learned how to read symbols and created their very own classroom map.
Last week students had an opportunity to experience 2 virtual trips with Momath. They learned about shape shifting and polyominoes.
In Science, students continue to learn about solid (solido), liquid (liquido), and a gas (gaseoso).
Koalas had another week filled of learning and fun activities. During this week students learned about some holidays such as Diwali (festival of lights) and “dia de accion de gracias” (Thanksgiving) throughout a variety of activities. The children decorated their own “lamparas” (diyas) in order to celebrate Diwali. Students also worked on their motor skills by cutting and ripping tissue paper that were converted into little balls that they matched according to their colors and use them as colorful turkey feathers for one of their activities. Koalas were also introduced to the number five and the quantity that represents. The children explored different mediums to create art. This week they used a plastic forks, paper plates and paint to create a unique turkey for thanksgiving.
Vocabulary of the week:
Diwali/ festival de luces ( festival of lights)
diyas/ lamparas (lamps)
accion de gracias (thanksgiving)
These weeks have been good weeks for your children. I’m going to show you what we did during these weeks.
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, V, W and X 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. These weeks we were focused in letter A, uppercase, lowercase, phonetically and grammatically, we are discovering different words that begin with that letter, and also reviewing how to write letter I, and U uppercase and lowercase. We were practicing syllable separation with different words.
These weeks we read some interactive tales “Gulliver travels”, “Peter Pan”, “The swan princess”, “Un ojo, dos ojos, tres ojos”, “La gallina de los huevos de oro” and “Alice in wonderland”.
In Math: We practiced every day the counting numbers 0 to 10. We also count out loud until number 60. They are still practicing how to write the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. We were doing different activities in which they have to match the number with a quantity of objects. We were practicing patterns, different mazes, reviewing right and left, in front, behind, long, short, the same and different.
In Music: We were dancing and singing different Spanish songs: “El marinero baila”, “Cucú cantaba la rana”, “Sammy el heladero” and “Si estas feliz”.
In Physical Education, we were practicing different activities to improve their motor skills. We have practiced different kind of games using tennis racquets.
In Science, we were remembering the body parts, the most important organs, and 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 related with Thanksgiving: these weeks we made 2 types of turkeys, a scarecrow, we painted some corn to roll it in a paper, we also made some pirates stuff.