Friday, December 21, 2012
The first graders made Christmas trees out of ice cream cones, sugar cookies, icing, and candy for their holiday party.They also enjoyed "Santa Sprite" - sprite that magically changes color when you drop in a peppermint or candy cane. Thank you to all of the parents who supplied the sweet treats for the kids.
After reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the students worked independently to chart the characters, setting, problem, and solution from the story. Parents, as a comprehension extension at home, you can have your child identify these story elements from their daily homework books.
Every month or so we have "College Day" in our district to keep the students thinking about their future and put their focus on college. As a part of our college day this month, each teacher created a poster to tell about his or her road to college. All of the students in the school went on "college walk" to read about their teachers' educational journeys and to learn about various options for higher education. In first grade, the students also created a poster of their own to indicate that in the year 2024, they too will be heading to college. Each class took part in coloring the poster and each student added their handprint. Their poster said "The Class of 2024. We are college bound!"
We read It's Christmas, David! so the students could practice identifying the story elements: character, setting, problem, and solution. After making a chart together on the Promethean, the students completed a story map on their own.
The students completed a reindeer job application to write about why they would make a great reindeer for Santa. They then traced their handprints to place as antlers on a black and white photo of themselves.