Sunday, September 7, 2014

Welcome to Our Classroom

This is our room if you haven't had a chance to visit yet.
 Writing Wall
 Our Word Wall

 Our Small Group Table
 Our Book Boxes
 Reading Corner
 Computers and Word Work Station
 Interactive Whiteboard
 Secret Stories and Classroom Library
 Reading to our stuffed animals in the morning is fun.

 Expanding our vocabulary is important in first grade.  Fancy Nancy helps us tune into interesting words.

Word Work helps us with our reading, writing and spelling.
 Read-to-Self is a very important part of our day.  This authentic reading helps us by practicing our fluency, reading strategies, and builds our reading stamina.  We have built our reading stamina up to 20 minutes so far this year.

 Students choose their own spot to do Read-to-Self.
 They read from their own book box.  They will be allowed to "book shop" soon for books of their own choice in their boxes.

 One of our favorite "brain breaks" is recess.  It is good for the body as well as the brain!
At the end of each day we check our classroom scoreboard.  If the students have earned more "smiles" than "frowns" they get to have a one minute celebration.  During the first week of school we had this paper "snowball" fight.  This past week we added sight words to our snowballs and the students had to read the word before they could throw their snowball!  Who says learning can't be fun?

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