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Here's a snapshot of this past week in my first grade classroom:
We are continuing to learn about habitats. This week, we watched a Brainpop,Jr. video on rainforests.
We also read and discussed some nonfiction books about habitats.
We then used these books, and the information we learned from various texts and class discussions on habitats, to do some informational writing.
I modeled how to write an informative writing piece with a good topic sentence, at least two details and a closing sentence. We talked about some good topic sentences, details, and closing sentences that we could use in our writing. Student volunteers identified the topic sentence in my writing example by underlining it with a purple marker. We also underlined my details in blue, and my closing sentence in red.
I have learned that modeling your expectations for student writing makes all the difference!
We have also been enjoying using my habitats unit
I love this time of year because the kiddos' writing is showing so much growth and progress! One of our favorite writing activities is sticker stories.
Students choose a sticker,
create a scene that would be appropriate for the sticker, and then write about it. I love the creativity!
'Tis the season for assessments. We have been working hard so we have been using lots of brain breaks! It is great
bribery positive reinforcement! We start each day with 3 brain breaks (unless we lose one for poor behavior). Do you use Go Noodle? I think every teacher I know loves it! We sure do!
You can find these interactive math notebooks by Blair Turner here on Teachers Pay Teachers.
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