Reading: This month we've read a lot of stories about animals including both non-fiction and fiction texts. The stories we've read include My New Pet, Pet Helpers, We Can Help, Do Not Go Near, and Who Lives Here? We learned new vocabulary words in each story and discussed our comprehension of the stories together.
Writing: This month our writing was connected with our reading. We focused on writing complete sentences about animals. Some of our short writing pieces were fiction and we used our imagination to create stories about animals. One writing piece that was our favorite was our Personal Narratives. Our task was to write a true story about ourselves and an animal. In order to help us do this, we had a shared experience together by exploring outside at Williams School with our
clipboard and picture graphic organizer in hand. We were on the look out for animals and we found both a squirrel and a bird. We recorded what we saw and then used sentence frames to create a story based off of our experience outside together. I also shared pictures and my personal story about the turkeys in my yard that day! Check out the pictures below! Our stories came out so wonderful!
Speaking and Listening: This month we worked on speaking in full sentences by using our conversation cubes to practice speaking using a prompt. We also practiced following one step directions during this month's Listen Up Activities which included the topics of Back to School, Riding the Bus, Fall Fun, and Picking Apples.
It's always a great idea to practice speaking and listening conversational skills at home. Daily at home, I ask my own daughter, who is also a first grader what she did at school and I often receive the same response which doesn't tell me very much. Here's a list of conversation starters that I've been using in my house as a fun, engaging way to find out more about her day as well as increase language and vocabulary. At our house, we've put these questions on little pieces of paper in a jar and choose one to do every night at dinner. I'm sure you'll get some very entertaining and interesting answers like I do!
Instead of asking how was your day, ask...
1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.
3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)
4. Where is the coolest place at the school?
5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)
6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
7. How did you help somebody today?
8. How did somebody help you today?
9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
10. When were you the happiest today?
11. When were you bored today?
12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?
13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you've never played with before?
14. Tell me something good that happened today.
15. What word did your teacher say most today?
16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
19. Where do you play the most at recess?
20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
21. What was your favorite part of lunch?
22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?
23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?
24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?
25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.