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Aquarium Field Trip

Written by Laura Avendaño. Posted in 1st Grade

Last week First Grade enjoyed a trip to the Aquarium!

First we toured the aquarium, learning about the different types of fish, sharks and other animals that live in the sea.

Then, we investigated sharks teeth and the different marks they make.

We really loved our field trip and learning about sea animals.

Jolly Grammar “ng”

Written by Laura Avendaño. Posted in 1st Grade

The cold has arrived to BFIS….


While trying to keep warm, we have been learning about the sound “ng.”

We learnt that “ng” can take many forms and is used as an ending to many words.


Here is a short clip from the cartoon Alphablocks for some examples.

We also continued to work on the letter formation of capital letters.


Finally here is our spelling list from this week.


Jolly Grammar- “th” sound and correcting sentences

Written by Laura Avendaño. Posted in 1st Grade

This week during our Jolly Grammar sentences we have been concentrating on sounds with contain the sound “th.”

Here are some words we came up with along with many others:


Also this week we have been working on finding mistakes in sentences and correcting them.

The mistakes included: adding a capital letter at the start of a sentence, in a name or when using the word I. Adding a period/full stop at the end of a sentence and adding missing words.


Here are some games which your child might enjoy playing with!

Finally, here is the spelling list we have been working on this week


Jolly Grammar- ch

Written by Laura Avendaño. Posted in 1st Grade

This week we have been practicing the “ch” sound.

We really enjoyed thinking of our own words, listening to the Jolly Phonics song and watching a funny clip from Sesame Street!

Here is an example of some of the words we came up with:


We also had fun putting together muddled up sentences, concentrating on the capital letter at the start and the period at the end.


 We also enjoyed doing this as a group activity. 



Finally, here are the list of spelling words which the children practiced this week.




Reading Workshop: Building Good Reading Habits

Written by Laura Avendaño. Posted in 1st Grade

At the outset of the year, we focused on establishing the routines and structures needed to conduct a successful Reading Workshop.  Students have learned how to work independently, how to explore books respectfully and quietly, and how to follow the routines and procedure that take place during our Reading Workshop.   With this basic framework in place, we have the flexibility to provide meaningful independent literacy experiences for children and also conduct one-on-one or small group conferences to support each learner.

As we established routines, we also began our first reading workshop unit which was Building Good Reading Habits. Students learned that readers have things they do all the time without needing anyone to remind them.  Children developed good habits for before, during and after reading.  For example, they learned how to preview a text by taking a sneak peak and then check that sneak peak half way through the text. Once they have reached the end of the text, they can go back to their favorite parts and reread.

This Reading Workshop unit also consisted of building habits that would help in tackling  difficult words.  Habits include: using the pictures to figure out the words, looking at all the parts of a word, and double-checking their reading to make sure the word makes sense in the sentence.   Readers use these habits or strategies at different times in their reading and certain  strategies work best in particular situations. Therefore, all readers need to be able to have a variety of strategies at their disposal and know how and when to use them.

We have been focusing on these habits in the classroom in order to provide children with the necessary tools to become successful, independent readers.

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Welcome to First Grade

Written by Laura Avendaño. Posted in 1st Grade

First grade is one of the most incredible years your child will have in his/her school career! It is an exciting time, as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. This is a year of important transitions, as well as, a year in which acquisition of new skills is accelerated.

So much happens in First Grade! Parents, as well as children, may have some apprehension about what will happen.  It is extremely important to keep in mind that we build on small successes. Each child will progress at his/her rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready.  Maintaining each child´s self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will be our priority.

First graders are very curious and love the opportunity to explore topics of interest, but they also crave the security of having routines, structure, and plenty of time to do their best work.   During the first few weeks of school, students practice the necessary routines that will help them succeed throughout the year.  Establishing the expectations is worthwhile work.   First graders who know what to do and how to do it can be as busy and productive as they love to be. During this time, we will also assess student´s reading, writing and math abilities.

We hope to see you during out annual Open House which will take place September 15th.  We will be explaining classroom procedures, expectations, curriculum and other additional information.  We are truly looking forward to working with you and your child this year. Together we can make First Grade a wonderful learning experience!

Below is the link to the 1st grade schedule.

Thank you,

Ms. Laura, Ms. Liz and Ms. Erin


Ms. Laura & Ms. Erin Schedule

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