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Here are some of the top tips, tricks, ideas, strategies, for teaching first grade and the first grade classroom. First grade is an exciting time of transition for your little ones! To help you have the best year ever, we've scoured our own WeAreTeachers HELPLINE! And the Web for the best tips and ideas for this special grade. Whether you're a longtime vet of this level or just starting out, we hope this list will be your go-to resource for first grade! 1. Greet your kiddies on the first day of school with a big colorful, bulletin board. Seeing their name up on the wall will help them instantly feel at home, and the bright colors will create a festive mood in the classroom. 2. ... or go scholarly with a more intellectual crossword-puzzle bulletin board theme. 3.

Students can drop their dull pencils in the “Sharpen Please” tin and take a sharpened pencil from the “Ready to Write” tin. 4. 5. “The kids can make interactive posters on Glogster. 6. 7. 8. 9. TWO WRITING TEACHERS | A meeting place for a world of reflective writers. The Poem Farm. The Go To Teacher: Inquiry Circles. We have started our Nonfiction Inquiry Unit and I am beside myself! I love, love, LOVE the way the students get so pumped about reading and learning facts!! To start out our reading unit, we used a modification of a Chart Chums chart to look into what it means to be an investigator.

We changed Develop Theories into Research to help with our approach to inquiry. After picking research topics, we used our strategy of Questioning to help us guide our research. We then started to Determine Importance by asking, "What's important here? " Since we are researching multiple text to find out information on a topic, I knew we needed to start comparing and contrasting and doing the REALLY big work of Synthesizing.

To help us with Synthesizing my team created a half sheet giving the students the language stem and a rubric of their expectation. In writing, we also started our unit with this inquiry based chart. It was time to make the big decision, "What in the world do you want to research? " FUN Critical Thinking Activities. For Students in Any Subject The experts on STAAR, such as the Texas Education Agency, the Lead4Ward team and Regional Service Centers tell us that there are some very specific things that we need to do, and other things we should let go of in order to prepare our students for the state assessment. In addition, these strategies can also deepen and broaden their knowledge. Allow for more collaboration on rich content between students (student-centered)Provide higher level thinking questionsGive ample wait timeIncrease critical thinking through authentic instructionFollow the DETAILS of your TEKSKnow the vertical alignment of your TEKS and collaborate with other grade levels The following are ideas for activities that you can use in conjunction with our curriculum in order to help meet some of these criteria, as it is necessary to adjust our mindset from TAKS driven packets to STAAR rich conversations and activities.

Talking Chips 1. Pair - Square - Share 3 Facts and a Fib 1. 1. Pass and Play. K-3 Links. All About Balanced Literacy. Shared Reading is a link in helping students become independent readers. It allows the teacher to model and support students using prediction and confirming skills. It allows less confident students the chance to share stories/articles/poetry in a non­threatening situation. It focuses on the meaning, fun, enjoyment, characters and sequence of a story and allows them to relate it back to their own experiences. It promotes discussion, problem­ solving and critical thinking by students. Shared Reading is an interactive reading experience. An integral component of Shared Reading is an enlarged text that all children can see. In the shared reading model there are multiple readings of the books over several days. During the initial reading, the teacher: · Introduces the book (shares theme, examines title, cover, illustrations, and makes predictions) · Relates prior experience to text · Concentrates on enjoying the text as a whole · Encourages spontaneous participation in the reading of the story.

Independent Reading: 101. What is Independent Reading, Really? Independent reading is any time carved out of your day in which your students are reading self-selected books that are a "good fit" for them. There are different kinds of reading that may be going on in your room during this time and it will look different from classroom to classroom.The focus of this time is to support, encourage and validate your students as they grow as readers, through all of their ages and stages. The main components of independent reading are outlined below. When do I find the Time? Independent Reading is an indispensable part of the day in a literacy rich classroom. More Formal/ Larger Chunks of Independent Reading Time Informal (yet super powerful) Reading Times Getting Started: The Nuts & Bolts On Keeping Reading Logs For what purpose?

On Use of Reading Levels Watch Donalyn Miller's Keynote via The Educator Collaborative, LLC Sharing my thoughts... Melissa Lockett's 1st grade Pinterest Math Board. First Grade Garden: Daily 5 and Writer's Workshop {freebies} Alright, I am finally back with some writing ideas and freebies I promised! Be prepared for the longest. post. ever! In February, my teaching partner forced coerced asked me nicely to present a half-day session with her for our divisional P.D. day. I get so nervous talking in front of peers, but we had a lot of fun!

We decided to do a session on writing because that was something we both chose as one of our focuses for professional growth this year. We spent the session talking about how we each do writing in our classrooms and gave some writing ideas (lots of Pinterest and TpT inspired!). To start this blog entry, I thought I would describe my whole literacy routine for you.

I am by no means an expert on this, but this is what I have done this year that really works for me and my group. 9:15am - Whole Group Literacy Activities Sight Word Work - I have been using Natalie's Daily Sight Words each morning and the kids love them! 9:50am - First Round of Daily 5/Guided Reading 1. Writer's Workshop - First Grade. Depending on your class situation and available time, Writer's Workshop activities can be a useful and meaningful extension to TeachersFirst's online instructional units. Writer's Workshop is a teaching technique that invites students to write by making the process a meaningful part of the classroom curriculum. In the First Grade classroom, students learn to write daily through varied activities. Writer's Workshop exposes First grade students to the organization and thought required to create a story or write about a favorite topic.

Because they choose the topic, students are motivated to create and complete works to read to classmates. The Writer's Workshop format includes story planning, revision, teacher editing, and direct instruction in the mechanics of grammar. First Grade students' skills vary and progress at different rates. Writer's Workshop can also be paired with reading activities to create a powerful motivating tool when teaching literacy. Mini-Lesson Status of the Class. Flying High In First Grade: Reader's Workshop. Today I am linking up with Ms. B over at Buzzing with Ms. B for her Reader's Workshop Linky Party. As we get near the first day back to school, I know we are all thinking about how we are going to teach the first week. Will you just go over rules and no actual teaching or will you jump right into teaching? My district is very big on the workshop model and we do it for math, reading, and writing.

If you are new to the workshop model this is what it looks like. For the first 3 weeks of school I am teaching the students why we read, how we read, what we do when we get to a word when don't know, how to write in our reader's response journal, etc. all within the workshop model. Here is an example of how the 1st day of reader's workshop would look in my classroom. I would bring the students to the carpet (that's where all of our learning happens). The first day I talk about why we read.

All of our anchor charts are displayed ALL year long for students to refer to whenever they need! Tales-of-a-First-Grade-Teacher: My Daily 5 Story. Rowdy in First Grade. First Grade Blue Skies. Fun in First Grade. Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade Tidbits. Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Chart Tips & Tricks. It's no secret that I have a "thing" for anchor charts. My readers know it, my students know it, my colleagues know it, my husband knows it... I can't help it--they have changed my classroom! They have made my walls interactive instead of stagnant. I just LOVE anchor charts. I remember seeing anchor charts begin to pop up on Pinterest and looking at mine in shame. 1) Scour Pinterest for Ideas: Nobody says that all of your anchor charts have to be your 100% original creation, and there are a TON of anchor charts out there already, and more are added every day as teachers create them for their classrooms. 2) Create them WITH your class: Remember in tip number one how I said I don't usually find one that's perfect for my class?

*REMEMBER: The purpose of anchor charts is to anchor the learning happening in YOUR classroom. 3) Plan Ahead: Just because I make the charts with my class certainly doesn't mean I don't have a plan of action before I start. 5) Invest in some Mr. First Grade Factory: Reading Comprehension Strategy Materials. Word Study Instruction in the K-2 Classroom. Click the "References" link above to hide these references. Bear, D.R., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S., & Johnston, F. (2000). Words their way: Word study for phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction (2nd ed.).

Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Bear, D.R., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S., & Johnston, F. (2008). Words their way: Word study for phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Bear, D.R., & Templeton, S. (1998). Beckham-Hungler, D., & Williams, C. (2003). Brand, M. (2004). Brown, G.D.A., & Ellis, N.C. Cambourne, B. (1995). Clay, M. (1997). Clay, M. (2001). Cunningham, P.M. (1995). Cunningham, P.M., & Hall, D.P. (1996). Dudley-Marling, C. (1997). Ehri, L.C. (1992). Fountas, I.C., & Pinnell, G.S. (1996).

Gee, J.P. (2001). Goswami, U.C., & Bryant, P. (1990). Hughes, M., & Searle, D. (1997). Invernizzi, M., & Hayes, L. (2004). Joseph, L.M. (2000). Lave, J., & Wenger, E. (1991). Pinnell, G.S., & Fountas, I.C. (1998). 4 Literacy Block Schedule First Grade. CalkCurricPlan Gr1 ReadWshp. Reading - "First Grade Daily 5 Reading" - Jaime Bouwens. Science Games for 1st Grade & 2nd Grade . Science . Education. Try some of these free science games for grades 1 and 2 featuring PBS KIDS characters to boost your child’s early development of science skills and interest in science. Sid the Science Kid: Super Fab Lab Help Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald play a series of games all about weather, temperature and more!

Muscle Memory Learn how to follow directions by clicking on the body part that Sid’s dad tells you to move.Vegetable Patterns Use the vegetables in the baskets to complete the pattern of vegetables on the counter.Super Duper Antibodies! Help Sid use antibodies to fight off the flu virus.I want to be a Scientist!

Curious George: The Cat in the Hat: Dinosaur Train: Hungry Hungry herbivore Guide Tank the Triceratops to find yummy plants to eat while keeping him safe with his herd! Sesame Street: A Twiddlebug Tool Adventure Use different tools to help Timmy the bug get home. Arthur: FETCH! Water We Doing? Caillou: Caillou the Paleontologist Help Caillou uncover and rebuild a dinosaur skeleton. PreK-1st grade SmartBoard activities. 62 First Grade Websites That Tie into Classroom Lessons | Ask a Tech Teacher.

These are my 62 favorite first grade websites. I sprinkle them in throughout the year, adding several each week to the class internet start page, deleting others. I make sure I have 3-4 each week that integrate with classroom lesson plans, 3-4 that deal with technology skills and a few that simply excite students about tech in education. Here’s the list: Do you have any to add? To sign up for Weekend Websites delivered to your email, click Weekend Websites here and leave your email. Follow me Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and author of two technology training books for middle school.

Like this: Like Loading... The Parent's Guide to First Grade. Normal Child Development in First Grade. When it comes to children's behavior, it can be hard to know what is part of normal child development, and what you should be truly concerned about. Brian, normally a free thinker, has started crumpling up his drawings if they are not exactly perfect, saying with frustration, "It's not right! " Easygoing Tatiana has a crying fit when dad wins at a game of Chutes and Ladders. When 6 year old Gabe accidentally knocks a box of crayons to the floor and sees you looking, he yells, "It wasn't me! " Should you be concerned? It's Hard to Be Perfect Your first graders are different kids than they were last year. Out of the many changes that happen this year as a result of normal child development, one of the most significant can be summed up in one word: "rules".

First graders are asking themselves who they need to be, how they should act, and what they need to do to be right with the world. Going back to Tatiana's game, let's put ourselves in her shoes for a moment. The Big Picture The Big Picture.