One of the most important words a first grader knows (how to read and how to write) is their name. We have done lots of work with this, including making sure everyone knows how to write it neatly with only 1 capital letter. Along with knowing the letters in our names, we will soon officially begin to focus on the SOUNDS in our names, as well as the chunks, blends and patterns in our names that can help us read other words! We practiced in many different ways with many different materials. We are getting SUPER good at names now and are using beautiful handwriting in other places, too!
Check out our work from the last few weeks!
Just like when we use our pencils, using our “pinchers” to make the Playdoh into sticks and curves is a challenge. Our goal was to make the Playdoh letters look just like the name on our name tags.
Who’s Name is Longer?
This one was a name practice that we used as a math investigation. Each kiddo made their name on inch tiles and groups worked together to figure out who’s was longest, shortest, and how many letters their group had altogether.
Boo…so I just realized that most of the pictures we have of this activity are on kiddos’ iPads. 😦 Maybe I’ll come back and add them after I get them transferred to me, but for now, trust me that this was a challenge! I had to nudge many kids to create 3D versions (to actually connect the Legos, rather than just lay them on the floor) and that up’ed the ante on the thinking. Plus–it was a really fun and totally engaging way to practice letters and names! Goodness, what can you NOT use Legos for?
We had one more Kingore lesson this past week with Mrs. Berger. This time it was analogies. Man, these can be hard for first graders, but like with most every time, we had some great examples before we got started. We tried some together (with pictures to help us out!) and then she read to book Animalogies to us, which was written by some other kids and involved analogies that were all about animals!
And…just like last time, we smelled brownies! What great opportunities we’ve had with Mrs. Berger to think in a new way, stretch our brains a bit and show how creative we are! We will definitely continue to put these skills to work in the classroom as we go forward in first grade! 🙂
We have visited Mrs. Berger many times recently to stretch our brains and show our ability and creativity. Recently we went to work on pentominoes puzzles. Basically, a pentomino is a plastic piece (labeled with a letter name because of its shape), made of 5 small squares. They can all fit together to make a rectangle, but can also be used to create other shapes and designs. That was our job on this day. 🙂
After the explanation and some “try-its” together, we got to work, using our grit and perseverance to figure out the puzzles on the sheets Mrs. Berger gave us. Some of them were really hard, and you had to turn the piece around and around and over to make it fit. We were all able to do it, though, and the smiles on faces when they got it were priceless. I heard so many “yes!”‘s and it made me smile, too. 🙂
Perhaps the best part was when we figured out what our class grit smells like (which you can smell in the room when we’re all working hard and using it!): chocolate chip brownies right out of the oven. 🙂