Welcome to first grade! My work in first grade is much different than the other grades. There is a teaching focus every eight weeks - I teach in each of the first grade classrooms once a week for four weeks and then (based on observation/work), I pull a small group consisting of kiddos from all three rooms into my GT classroom once a week for four weeks. The pull out is an extension of the work I do with the whole class.
1st - Hays
2nd - Laurent
3rd - Moss
I start in classrooms on Friday, September 22nd! Please visit this page for updates over the course of the school year.
September 22 - My first rotation began in first grade today....we started with LOGIC! Students used their "detective" skills to figure out a logic puzzle based on clues given about the objects in the puzzle. Next week, students will try a logic puzzle on their own!
September 29 - First graders continued with logic puzzles in partners today. What fun!
October 6 - First graders used logic in sequencing pictures and events. We talked about how logic plays a part in when (as well as how) we choose to do things - brushing teeth in morning AFTER breakfast, getting our shoes on BEFORE leaving the house. etc.
October 13 - Our whole class logic groups wrapped up today with RIDDLES. Students used the clues from each riddle to solve the puzzle....the hardest of the day was....
I'll keep your hair dry.
Bring me just in case.
I'm long and light to carry.
Don't open me in the house.
I hope you don't need me today.
What am I?
The first pull out small group will start next Friday. We will be working on challenge based logic puzzles and problems once a week for the next four weeks.
October 20 - We had our first small group pull out today on logic. We used our detective skills to craft What Am I? riddles - so much fun! We focused on details - how they build, need to be specific and paint a picture in our minds. The best What Am I? riddles only have one possible answer - now, that's logical! :)
No group October 27th/November 3rd due to no school. Our pull out group will resume on Friday, November 10th!
November 10 - Our small group continued this week with a fun logic-based game online called "Tiny King"...students worked together using logical reasoning in order to solve problems. It was so much fun!
November 17th - We continued our logic work with a game using categorization. For example, we brainstormed words that were green, words that were sticky and words that were sweet. Then, they had to come up with words that fit all three categories! It was a challenge and lots of fun!
December 1st - We had our last logic pull out of this cycle and ended with a great game called "Wordplay". Students were given two letters and then had to brainstorm all of the words that contain those two letters in any order. This was a good challenge and fun for partners to come up with together....we had letters combos like P and G and H and R...one of them came up with Rhombus! Woo hoo! Next week, I start my in class work again and this round, it's CREATIVITY!
December 8th - We started our next whole group focus this week....CREATIVITY! Students in each classroom used "squiggles" to create pictures - 1. Draw a squiggle. 2. Create a picture using the squiggle 3. Use the theme of winter to form your picture...
We had a snowman in a windstorm, a roller coaster, a spaceship with 3-d moving objects, a snow child with crazy hair making it snow....amazing creative imaginative ideas, thinking and drawings! A fun morning!
December 15th - We continued our focus on creativity with a game called Circle of Sound. Student were creative with their voices, hands and bodies, using mimicry, interpretation and more! It was so much fun - the kiddos LOVED it!
**No classroom work due to the start of Winter Break on Friday. Happy holidays!**
January 12th - We had our last whole group activity around creativity today...and it was a GOOD one! We focused on how we can be creative with our words by playing a version of the game Scattergories. Students were given various topics (animals, food, jobs) and then a letter of the alphabet. They had to come up with words within those topics AND with the correct beginning letter. For example, we used "animals that start with the letter M" - monkey was a popular one BUT we had a few others like mammal, musk ox, mole and mammoth! It was so interesting to see how the kiddos used their creative language strengths in this activity! For the next three weeks, a small group of students from all three classrooms will continue this creativity focus with some different, more challenging activities! FUN!!
January 19th - Our first creativity small group was a fun one! Students chose a spot around a big piece of paper and then I played various types of music (birds chirping, loud instrumental guitar, Imagine Dragons and ocean waves/thunder). With each type, they had to draw what they were visualizing/feeling/thinking about, adding on to their previous drawings. It was expressive and CREATIVE - a great morning.