We began to celebrate National Poetry Month this week. After listening to Flicker Flash by Joan Bramsfield Graham, students chose a shape template (apple, tree, flower) to experiment with writing their own shape poems. They were encouraged to brainstorm other ideas, which included butterflies, rainbows and rain clouds. We read some select poems from Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic by the famous children's poet Shel Silverstein. The students really enjoyed hearing his playful, creative, rhyming poetry. Visit his website to learn more about his poetry: http://www.shelsilverstein.com/.
Children's author Matt Tavares visited our school this week. He spoke to first graders about how much work goes into writing, illustrating and publishing a picture book. He showed samples of draft pages with editor comments, sketches of his pictures and how he turns the sketches into paintings. He did a demonstration of his sketching process and then the students eagerly tried it out when we returned to class.
We finished unit 6 in math this week. Our final focus was collecting, representing and interpreting data in three categories. Students sorted and represented animals based on how they move (Do they swim, walk or fly?). We then looked at the students' representations and described what we learned. They answered questions such as How many more animals walk than swim? How many fewer animals fly than walk? What is the total number of animals in this survey? How do you know? Next week, we will begin unit 7 which is all about place value. Students will be exploring tens and ones within two-digit numbers. I will send home the family letter in red totes so you can read more about the learning that will take place.
On Friday morning, all of first grade enjoyed a special trip to the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. We were treated to an excerpt from The Sleeping Beauty performed by the Portland Ballet. We learned about choreography, stage design, costume design, lighting and more. The students really enjoyed seeing the wide range of dancers (some as young as them) and their impressive costumes. It was a wonderful performance! Ask your child to tell you about their favorite part.
- There is an early release on Thursday, April 12th. Students will be dismissed at 12:35pm.
- April vacation begins Friday, April 13th. Students will return to school on Monday, April 23rd.