I work in a high poverty school and the majority of our students come to us with little prior knowledge. We struggle every year trying to enhance their vocabulary. In first grade, we really try to put a huge emphasis on phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary development. I have created a weeklong packet to use as a supplement to my language arts curriculum. Each day has some type of fluency passage with "Power Words" (just a fancy name for vocabulary words), comprehension questions, a parent check off, and some type of other language arts activity. I can think of numerous ways to use this weekly packet, but I am planning on using it as a supplement to my daily reading interventions. It could even be used as a weekly homework packet as long as you had good parent support. My hope is to create one each week. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions on making it more teacher and student friendly. Thanks.
This is a project that I had found in a Mailbox book a couple of years ago. It's an easy project and they always turn out really cute. Cut out 5 white 2 inch x 12 inch strips and one 4 inch x 18 inch strip from any other color. Students will write a fact about dental health on each of the white strips. They will write their name on the colored strip. You can have them decorate it if you wish. Then students will glue the white strips on to make it look like a toothbrush.
This is another easy dental heath review project. Fold an 18 inch x 12 inch piece of construction paper in half and cut out a curve along the top so when you open it, you have a mouth shape. Each student will get a mouth shape and a set of teeth. Review the sentences on the teeth and decide which ones are facts and which ones are fiction. Have students cut out the facts and glue them onto the mouths.
Our 100th day of school will be this Friday. I always think it's such a fun day. The students love it because it's a break from the "normal" daily routine. Here are a couple of things we will be doing on Friday for you to download.
I posted my Christmas Tree Behavior Motivator in December, so now I have my Snowman. When the class is all working together and doing what they should be doing, they earn a part of their snowman. If they are making poor choices, a part can be taken away. When they complete the snowman, they earn some type of reward. They love this and by changing it up every month or two, it keeps the idea fresh.
Last week, we began our unit on penguins and have read many nonfiction penguin books. This week, we will read about my favorite fiction penguin, TACKY. I have five Tacky the Penguin books and I love them all.
After reading the original book, Tacky the Penguin, we will fill out a character chart using adjectives to describe Tacky.
Next we will fill out a report card for Tacky. We will discuss the words, uniqueness, braveness, and seriousness. We will complete this activity together and talk about why we think Tacky deserves the grades we give him.
After reading about "Brown Bag Book Clubs" on www.thefirstgradeparade.blogspot.com I knew I had to try it. I decided I will call it "Snack and Share" and this week, I am going to have the students meet and discuss Tacky, of course. Here are my discussion questions.
I have used Touch Math for addition and subtraction, but was just recently introduced to touch math for counting coins. I LOVE it. I think it is a wonderful way to introduce 1st graders to counting coins. I created this resource poster for my students.
We began a unit on penguins yesterday. I love teaching about penguins because I find them so fascinating. I began by putting the letters P-E-N-G-U-I-N-S all mixed up in a pocket chart. I called students up to make words using these letters (sun, pin, sip, sing, ...) then I had them try and figure out the "mystery" word using all the letters.
Next, I posted the chart "What Do You Think?" and had students come up and write yes or no to the questions, "Can penguins swim?" "Do penguins live at the North Pole?" and "Do penguins have feathers?"
I read the book, Penguins by Gail Gibbons. I always love the reaction I get from the students when it talks about how baby penguins are fed by their mother. This is definitely something they remember though. After reading, we went back and discussed the correct answers to the questions from before.