As a former 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teacher, I was very concerned with my students’ handwriting , spelling, and reading skills. Now, as a 1st grade teacher, I feel it is very important for these skills to be mastered at an early age, so therefore, as a part of my morning work, I encourage my students to write, read, and spell.
Below are examples of student’s work that began at the beginning of the school year. As you can see, their penmanship has improved over a four month period. This is work that is checked daily and each student’s paper is viewed and reviewed for mistakes. The students are randomly called to the Promethean board to read the daily paragraphs aloud. In addition, they also must complete the morning calendar.
2.11 The student will identify George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. as Americans whose contributions improved the lives of other Americans.
The 2nd grade students at Victory Elementary School took their Social Studies benchmark test last month. As they like to say, “They rocked that test!” The students really enjoyed learning about famous Americans. The students intently read everything they could about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. They were amazed at the accomplishments of these individuals and they are very grateful for all of their hard work and dedication. After months of studying, the students were ready to go back in time and interview these outstanding Americans.
The students really enjoyed using the digital voice recorders. Be sure to check out their interviews!
Our class will be spending the week studying science SOL 2.8 focusing on plant products. We’re going to learn that it is impossible to go through a day without contact or use of some plant product. We’ll study the obvious ones like tomatoes to ketchup, oranges to orange juice and peanuts to peanut butter. But we’ll also see how products like newspapers, toothpicks, candy bars, tissue paper, fabric, baseballs, toothpaste, shampoo, ink, and many other things are derived from plant products. We can’t wait to find out!
First grade students learn about natural resouces by using resource books to find the meaning of the term and examples of each to draw. This activity provided an interesting center-focused method to introduce the topic to primary students. The students were provided a chart with the 8 grade-level natural resouces required to master, and a space to write the definition. It was quite interesting listening to the children ask questions like, “What are minerals?” ”How do we use oceans? “, etc. The class had never heard the term minerals and were introduced to mines and the gems they contain through pictures. The children could also be heard reading about particular resources they found intriguing to their classmates.
For our simple machines unit, we studied SOL 3.2. During the unit, the students explored the function and the uses of the six types of simple machines—lever, screw, pulley, wheel and axle, inclined plane, and wedge. The students created a simple machine PowerPoint by snapping pictures of simple machines located around our school. At the end of the unit, the students were able to create their very own compound machine.
Here are two sample PowerPoint presentations that the students created: