From this term my first grade students have been writing essays. Their first essay was a 250 word essay on the topic: Why Shouldn't We Get Angry?
The second was a 150 word essay on a past event from their life. The reason the second essay was shorter than the first was that there obviously wouldn't be as much to say. That said, one person wrote more than 3 times the assigned word count!
Second Essay, Different Student
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This week, the first grade students are studying the past tense. This is going to a be a big part of this term.
Mark teaches the past tense using the whiteboard.
Students use dictionaries to look up irregular past tense forms
Students learned in Grammar class how to make the regular past tense. In Oral Communication, we learned why some regular past tense verbs have a 'd' sound, others have a 't' sound, and others have an 'id' sound.
Then, as part of our final paper in Reading Class, students will write a report about a historical event, and for Oral Communication, students will make a presentation about the same topic.
Meanwhile, the Second Grade students are learning to compare verb tenses. In particular, we're studying perfect tenses.
Second Grade Students
PowerPoint Presentation about Perfect Tenses
And speaking of PowerPoint presentations, all of the groups who are preparing presentations for the October 6th Open Class have decided to make PowerPoint Presentations. We had studied PowerPoint a little bit, but now the students have really gotten into it, and they've all working very hard to get ready for 'presentation day'.
Students work on their PowerPoint presentations.
Finally, the 3rd Grade students have begun working on Public Service Announcements.
A third grade students chooses a book to read.
The students will work together on three thirty-second Public Service Announcements: short commercials used to give information about important issues. The students are going to make videos! I'm really excited about this project.
In further news, the second grade students have been showing a lot of improvement, and they have been working hard, but I think we need to lighten the mood a little. I think I need to introduce some games. After all, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!
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This week, all of my NELP students wrote self-introductions which I will send to America, to the head of the Japanese club that will be corresponding with us in the e-pal program.
My first grade students had the interesting idea of making up 'secret names' for the assignment. This is something they already do for their 'secret notebooks'. For those who don't know, each student has a notebook that they use to correspond with another student in the class. Each week, they write to the student in their notebook, and on alternate weeks, another student's notebook comes to them. This means that they are writing to two students: the student who receives their notebook, and the student from whom they receive a notebook. For the 'secret notebooks' project, each student has a 'secret name'. Some of my students thought this would be cool for the e-pal program. I liked the extra layer of privacy and security that secret names provides, so I had ALL of my students do it. I really hope this program works out well.
In other news, there's a possibility that we may open up a SECOND e-pal program with a school in New Zealand! I really hope so.
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Here are pages from the pamphlet for the October 6th Open Lesson. Unfortunately, due to bandwidth restrictions, the pages are a little small. I suppose if you want to read the whole thing, you can always come and see our open lesson. :)
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