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!