Friday, April 29, 2016

Back in Action!

We had a great first week back from vacation!

Haikus!
This week we continued our poetry unit and learned how to write Haikus! We learned that Haikus have three lines, each with a specific amount of syllables. The first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 syllables, and the third line is 5 syllables. Each first grader decorated his/her own kite and then brainstormed different words that describe kites and what they do. We used our brainstorming to help us think of creative lines for our poems. Ask your first grader all about his/her Haiku kite project!

Homework
We will not be assigning official homework for the rest of the school year.  We realize that this is a busy time of year which may make the completion of weekly homework difficult. We ask that students continue to read at home and work towards becoming a 5 Star General. We will now keep the reading corps in our green folders to be checked at school. Some suggested activities to do in place of formal homework will be sent home on Monday if you would like to continuing strengthening your child's skills at home.

Career Day
On Tuesday, June 7th, Pine Glen is having our very own Career Day! Presenters are welcome to come in and share all about their careers with students. If you are interested, please click the link below for more information.

Talking Tidbits
Haiku poems
Measuring in math!
Trade in Tuesdays
Two-syllable words in phonics (such as napkin, cupcake, and springtime)

Friday, April 15, 2016

A Passion for Poetry!

First graders sure kept busy this week! In phonics we learned to make multisyllabic words like upset, napkin, and cobweb. We will continue this unit after vacation. In math, we started Topic 12, Length. In writing, we continued our unit on poetry.  We completed our rainbow concrete poems. Pictures of the published pieces are below.  Students also learned to write a list poem using the app Theme Poem by the International Reading Association. The icon for the app is below if you'd like to get it at home. You may also use their website to make poems by clicking the link below.


Theme Poem App



Over vacation, you may challenge your first grade to write some poetry! Here are the types we learned:
  • Cinquain (Name, 2 adjectives, 3 -ing verbs, 4 word phrase, Name)
  • Acrostic (First line starts with a letter of the topic)
  • Concrete (A poem in the shape of the topic)
  • Pyramid (Add a word to each line)
  • Listing (A list of words about the topic)

After vacation we will wrap up our unit on poetry by learning one last type of poem-- Haiku!

Have a great vacation!







Friday, April 8, 2016

Springing Into Poetry!

Though it sure hasn’t felt like it outside, inside the classroom we are in the spring swing!


WRITING
Last week, we kicked off our month long celebration of poetry. After writing and publishing our first poem, we have made our debuts as a new kind of writer-- POETS! Here’s what we’ve done so far:


DOJO PYRAMID POEMS: First, we made detailed illustrations of our DOJO Monsters. Next, we looked at some examples of pyramid poems and discussed the features of this type of poem.  We brainstormed names for our monsters, adjectives to describe them, and verbs.  Last we wrote our poems and typed them up on the Drawing Pad app. A picture of the finished products are below.  Check out these cool creatures next time you are at Pine Glen!


SELFIE CINQUAINS: The second type of poem we learned to write is a cinquain. We began by brainstorming adjectives and verbs to describe us. While our lists were long, we were very careful b to choose words that we thought best fit our personalities. We looked at some cinquain examples, talked about the structure of a cinquain, then got to work! After we were done writing we took some “selfies” to display with our poems. Our “selfie cinquains” are fabulous! They are now displayed above our cubbies for all to read!





ACROSTIC POEMS: Students are also working with Ms. Carney and  Mrs. Ardizzoni in library to write an acrostic poem about spring! We brainstormed spring words using an alphabox and then used the Acrostic Poems app by the International Reading Association to draft our acrostic poem.  We will publish these poems next week during our library time.  




RAINBOW CONCRETE POEMS: At the end of the week, we began our rainbow concrete poems. We brainstormed objects that are the colors of the rainbow. Then, we chose the nouns we wanted to include in our poem, and thought of two words to describe them. We can’t wait to publish these colorful creations next week!


PHONICS
In phonics, we reviewed the v-e rule in words such as cake, Pete, home, pine, and mule.  We also learned to add suffix s to these words.  Students have learned that suffix s can make a word plural or also that it can make an action word mean that it is happening now.  
Blue Student Information Forms: Please return completed blue student information forms no later than Friday, April 15th, 2016.  


Important Dates: Dates have been set for end of the year events. They can be found on the side of the blog. More info to come!

Talking Tidbits
-Dojo pyramid poems
-Selfie cinquain poems
-Acrostic poems in library
-Adding tens to a two digit number
-Clay pots in art!
-New Vocab in Art: Vertical, Horizontal and Diagonal
-Dream Career Day

Friday, April 1, 2016

Mark your Calendars!

Mark your Calendars! The following end of the year events have  been scheduled. More information will be sent home as the dates get closer.  


Thursday, May 26 - Tide Pool Field Trip (limited number of chaperones)
Friday, June 3 - Field Day
Wednesday, June 8 - First Grade's Spring Fling
Monday, June 13 - First Grade Author Event (time to be determined)


Talking Tidbits
-Visit with Author Brian Lies
-Continents and Oceans
-Poetry!
-Writing Pyramid Poems about our Dojo Monsters
-Writing Acrostic Poems in Library about Spring
-Suffixes -ed and -ing