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First Grade

We'll wrap up the school year in June with an all-time favorite, Facts vs. Opinons vs. Robots.  We'll also get some hands on experience with using items in the Library Makerspace area.  
In May, we collaborated with our Spanish Teacher, Senora Hines and read Chicks and Salsa.  We decorated paper plate sombreros and learned a really cool version of the Mexican Hat Dance.  This month, we also learned about the seasons of the year by reading a book called City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems.  We decorated our own paper trees with colored tissue paper according to our favorite season of the year.
about all of the amazing things that robots can do. 
April was National Poetry Month.  First grade read a poem by Shel Silverstein titled, "My Elephant is Different".  We made up our own ridiculous looking elephants. We also read The Wartville Wizard about a unique man who turns his town of litter bugs into people who respect the earth.  We used recycled materials to create our own "litter bugs".
March will focus on favorite picture books from all over the world for our celebration of "Read Across America".  More to come on some special activities this month.  First Graders will have to opportunity to read with a PAL therapy dog over Zoom, read with a pet at home or participate in our Potato Storybook Character Contest.  Author Daniel Jude Miller will visit us virtually on March 15th at 2:30 PM and share his incredible book, Everybody Wake Up!!  Keep your eye on Block 7 in Google Classroom for more exciting events all month long.  
January is our month of CODE!  We will concentrate on pairing awesome Children's Picture books with CODING resources.  Students will construct sandcastles with Pearl and Pascal in "How to Code a Sandcastle" by Josh Funk.  They'll also explore the farm with "Doug Unplugged Visits the Farm" by Dan Yaccarino. We'll use the ever popular "Kodable" program to learn the basics of coding.  Students will have access to this program for the rest of the school year and can work on the activities at their leisure.  

We'll also talk about the Caldecott Medal this month and take a look at the previous Caldecott Honor book, "Actual Size" by Steve Jenkins.  Students will get to see how Steve created the illustrations for this book.  Students will engage in the "Mock Caldecott Awards" and choose a book they think should win the medal this year. 

In February, students will read the Caldecott Medal winner for 2021.  We'll celebrate World Read Aloud Day by checking out some other favorite books as well.  "Keyboarding Without Tears" is a fun program students will use to brush up on their typing skills.  They will have access to this program for the duration of the school year.  Optional Groundhog's Day, Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day activities are available all month long on our February Choice Board. There is also an incredible Black History Month Choice Board for students to work on anytime they wish.  In December, we completed a whole school virtual stick together poster.  This month, we'll start work on another...keep an eye out in Google Classroom for more information.