Category Archives: English Language Arts

Writing As “Experts”

Today we wrapped up our informational writing unit in first/second grade with a writing share celebration!  Fifth grade students, who also just completed an informational writing unit, came to our classroom to share their writing.  The first/second grade students were … Continue reading

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Snowflake Bentley

As part of our unit of study around nonfiction, we read an amazing biography the other day called Snowflake Bentley.  Snowflake Bentley is the story of Wilson Bentley, a farmer born in 1865 in Jericho, Vermont.  Bentley loved snowflakes more … Continue reading

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The Ugly Pumpkin

After several weeks of practice and hard work, students in first/second grade shared their class play, The Ugly Pumpkin, at our school-wide assembly this afternoon.  They really worked together as a team and did an amazing job!  Click here to … Continue reading

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Vocabulary Dress-Up Day

Students at SES celebrated SPARKLING vocabulary words on Friday by dressing up in costume and labeling themselves with one very descriptive and interesting word.  Words in first/second grade included imperturbable, imaginary, desirous, infrastructure, dazzling, and stealthy.  Click here to see more photos of first/second … Continue reading

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Small Moments

During writing workshop, first/second grade students have spent the past several weeks turning small moments from their lives into very detailed personal narratives.  As a class we have talked about how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h one moment across several pages of writing … Continue reading

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Learning About Ourselves As Friends

In first/second grade this week we continued our social studies unit-of-study by focusing on three different books written by one author; we read and discussed the Weird series by Erin Frankel.  The three books are important in that they not only focus … Continue reading

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Reading Workshop

After several weeks of discussion, practice and preparation, reading workshop is now officially underway in first/second grade!  Reading Workshop is composed of a 10-minute whole-class minilesson about a reading strategy, genre or text element followed by a variety of approaches to … Continue reading

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