Welcome, Spring!

First Graders had a short, but exciting month! Saint Patrick’s Day activities, naughty leprechauns, Read Across America for Dr. Suess’ birthday, and measuring ingredients to create scented play dough were highlights during the month of March!

Here are some of the things our First Graders have been working on during the month of March:

  • Making responsible First Grade choices, increased independence, and problem-solving skills
  • Reading longer stories from the Open Court Series to work on story elements and various genres of literature
  • Actively working on expression, fluency, and stamina while reading in small groups and independently
  • Independently completing Reading Comprehension Journals, while working on comprehension skills
  • Spelling words (Second Grade curriculum) that focus on contractions and r-controlled vowel spelling patterns
  • Daily 5 rotations, such as: Word Work involving sand
  • Stamina while writing for a variety of purposes, both fiction and nonfiction
  • Self-checking and editing written work for punctuation, spelling, “juicy words,” finger spacing, and capital letters
  • Singapore Math- Picture and Bar Graphs, Addition and Subtraction to 40
  • It’s a Small World After All! Postcard Project continues! Students enjoy putting new push pins in the map, reading postcards from around the world, and learning about the world around them!
  • Math games with SK Buddies- Saint Patrick’s Day addition and subtraction games
  • Project- First Graders worked with Second and Third Grade to continue a student-led Project on the St. Louis Cardinals!
  • Project- During Project, students had an experienced Community Expert visit! Students took this time to interview the expert, using previously generated interview questions that they came up with! The students recorded the answers of the expert, in order to use it later in the Project. During Project, students picked which area in which they are interested and were divided into groups to become experts on their areas.
  • Math, literacy, and STEAM activities to celebrate Read Across America Week. (This week focuses on famous author, Dr. Suess.)
  • First Graders demonstrated the ability to be patient, kind, and helpful older Buddies to the Early Childhood Class.
  • Archie the Eagle continues to travel home with one lucky First Grader each weekend! The student picked to bring Archie home must write about their time with Archie in an Adventures with Archie journal! First Graders must include the following in their writing: name, date, title, juicy words and details.
  • Students continued to fill the bulletin board with random acts of kindness!

First Graders had such a fun and educational month! Stay tuned to see what April brings for First Grade!

– Ms. Coleman


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