Each week first graders need to learn their high frequency words--you see em and say em! We glue all ours in our ELA journal for practice and we write a sentence with an illustration. This week's sentence? "I see a green man." Now that's fun! Don't tell anyone.
When students need to work independently, we put on some "nice,
quiet, music". Nice, quiet music helps us keep classroom clatter to a
minimum. We must be able to hear the music or the classroom is too
noisy. Nice, quiet music helps us focus on our work, especially writing,
and work at it for a longer period of time. A 2002, University of
London, research discovered that, "Calming relaxing music had a positive
effect on the number of mathematics problems completed, remembering
words from sentences and on reported pro-social behaviour in children
aged 10–12 years." Also, listening to nice, quiet music, is good for
napping when you finish your work. We hope to find that "In The Key of Disney" by Brian Wilson will have
a very positive effect because Kids like Disney and we like Brian Wilson. Now that's FUN! Don't tell anyone.
For the first day of first grade we'll be snapping first day foto's with this foto-op prop. The thing I'm most proud of, besides this is a cute idea, is that I got the frame for $2 and the letters for $1. Cuteness and thrift are fun! Don't tell anyone.