Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy February Break!

Informative Writing: We are officially published authors yet AGAIN! This time we wrote an informative class report on chickens. We discussed informative writing and how it’s different from narrative and persuasive writing. Informative writing teaches someone something and is based on facts. Students have worked together in small groups for the past few weeks observing our chickens and researching using books and iPads. We sorted the information we learned into categories on our class RAN chart. Each group chose one section of the report they wanted to publish. The group worked together to create a created catchy headings and a topic sentence. We learned how to turn our sticky note facts into sentences, and then brainstormed closing sentences.   Each student make an illustration using the Drawing Pad app to accompany their written part of the report. Together we came up with a list of titles for our report. We voted to see which one we thought fitted the purpose of our report the best. Finally, after a lot drafting and hard work, we were able to publish our chicken handout! A copy of this handout was sent home this week in your child’s green folder. First graders also chose one person to write a letter and share a copy of the handout with. We are really proud of ourselves and hope that we are able to teach others more about chickens. If you haven't already, take some time to celebrate their writing success! They are all such wonderful authors and illustrators! Next up after vacation... More informative writing on mammals!

Bowling Field Trip: We had a blast on our bowling field trip! Thank you to our chaperones and everyone who volunteered to help out. We had an overwhelming amount of volunteers and wish we could have brought you all! Also - thank you to Ms. Govoni and Ms. Nicholas for teaching us bowling in P.E. and for their help in organizing this special day. Lastly - a BIG thank you to Wamesit Lanes for all of their generosity! Check out some pictures of our fun-filled day below!

Talking Tidbits:
-Bowling in Math
-Our published informative book on Chickens!
-What’s next - Mammals!
-Presidents day - Learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln!
-Pajama & Movie Day
-Our field trip to Wamesit Lanes!
-Valentine’s Day Celebrations


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