1st Grade Métis

NOVEMBER

Words/Topics Review:

Letters — Students practiced saying and writing the alphabet (A-Z). We practiced letters, proper pronunciation, and simple word formation through activities like themed Crosswords and the Hangman Guessing Game. There was a strong emphasis on the pronunciation of the following letters: y, j, g, c, h, i, and e.

Home — Students learned and reviewed vocabulary related to the house and home, such as different rooms (kitchen, bedroom, dining room, and living room), furniture (bed, table, chair, fork, bowl, knife, cup), and common house words (television, refrigerator, couch, yard, pet).

Family — Students learned and practiced vocabulary related to the family. This includes words such as mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, cousin, sister, brother, baby, and child/children.

Animals — Students learned and reviewed the names of common animals we find at home, in our yard, in the forest, in the ocean, or at the zoo. This includes animals such as: dog, cat, bird, elephant, crocodile, fish, goldfish, hamster, mouse, wolf, turtle, monkey, eagle, shark, cow, goat, whale, chicken, pig, snake, lizard, squirrel, owl, turkey, fox, (brown, black, or polar) bear, bat, rabbit, and dolphin.

Thanksgiving — Students learned and reviewed a variety of words and ideas related to the American holiday of Thanksgiving, including: turkey, stuffing, feather, gobble, pie, Native American, mashed potato, pumpkin, and thankful.



Phrases Review:

• “I don’t understand.”
• “May I go to the bathroom?”
• “I have a question.”

• “I have (one) sister/brother.”
• “I am thankful for . . .”


Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, family members, and color.

Flashcard Hunt — The teacher hides themed flashcards around the room, and the students must find the cards. When the students find the cards, they must either say what it is, or act it out. Then, as a class, we review the target vocabulary and reinforce comprehension.

I remember… — This flashcard game helps the students practice their memorization skills and speaking skills. Themed flashcards are placed on the ground, and students take turns turning over the flashcards and finding matches while practicing speedy recognition and new vocabulary.

Starfallhttps://www.starfall.com/ is an interactive, educational website that the children enjoy for practicing letters. Children learn letters, play games on the interactive board, and are able to learn how to pronounce different letter combinations.

Crossword — We use this activity to practice the alphabet, spelling, proper pronunciation, and letter combinations. Often, at the beginning of each lesson, the teacher creates a crossword using words related to the theme for the day (colors, animals, halloween, etc). Using clues, the students must figure out each word, and spell the word correctly. This is a good activity to introduce new vocabulary or practice specific letter combinations, like “ch” or “th” or “sh” or “tch”. 

Hangman Guessing Game — This game is also used to practice spelling, proper pronunciation, and letter combinations. However, in Hangman, students choose their own word or phrase (related to a theme), and their peers must guess the correct letters. This game can become a contest or challenge when we split the class into teams or groups.

October

Words/Topics Review:

Letters — Students practiced saying and writing the alphabet (A-Z). We practiced letters, proper pronunciation, and simple word formation through activities like themed Crosswords and the Hangman Guessing Game. There was a strong emphasis on the pronunciation of the following letters: y, j, g, c, h, i, and e.

Colors — We reviewed the following colors, including proper pronunciation: blue, green, red, orange, yellow, purple, pink, violet, white, black, and brown.

Human Body Parts — Students learned new words for body parts (stomach, brain, toes, neck, bone, tongue, skull), and also reviewed already known names for body parts (hand, foot, face, eyes, ears, heart, shoulder, knee, leg, finger, mouth, teeth, hair, and head).

Animals — Students learned and reviewed the names of common animals we find at home, in our yard, in the forest, in the ocean, or at the zoo. This includes animals such as: dog, cat, bird, elephant, crocodile, fish, goldfish, hamster, mouse, wolf, turtle, monkey, eagle, shark, cow, goat, whale, chicken, pig, snake, lizard, squirrel, owl, turkey, fox, (brown, black, or polar) bear, bat, rabbit, and dolphin.

Halloween — Students learned and reviewed a variety of words and ideas related to the holiday of Halloween, including: pumpkin, jack-o’-lantern, spooky, scary, monster (werewolf, zombie, mummy, ghost, witch/wizard, and Frankenstein), haunted house, Trick or Treat, costume, mask, spider web, “Boo!”, candy, and skeleton.


Phrases Review:

• “I don’t understand.”
• “Can you please explain . . . to me?”
• “May I go to the bathroom?”
• “I have a question.”  


Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, body parts, and color.

Fruit Bowl — This game is active and encourages a lot of speaking/conversation. Chairs are placed in a circle and students are assigned fruits (apples, grapes, bananas, cherries, pears, oranges, melons, etc.). When the teacher says one of the fruits aloud, those students must find a new chair (as the teacher removes one of the newly emptied seats). The student left standing must say something interesting about him or herself. Then, that student says a new fruit aloud, or says “Fruit Bowl,” which means all the students must find a new chair.

Something “Red” is Hiding — We use this game to learn and review colors and color combinations. The teacher says, “Something Red is Hiding in the back of the room,” and the students must find the specific, RED item the teacher sees. This game can be adapted to include multiple colors (“Something blue and orange is hiding . . .”) or new colors (“Something indigo is hiding . . .”).

Wag Your Tail — This is a fun, and very “energetic” activity that we use to learn and memorize information about animals. The class stands in a circle. The teacher chooses an animal and the students must move in a way that resembles the animal. For example, if the teacher says “wolf,” the students might start howling. If the teacher says elephant, the students might pretend to have a long trunk. In an adaptation of the activity, students might choose their own animal, which they act out, and the class guesses what it is. Or, the students might go in a circle and memorize the animals/actions of the student(s) before.

Crossword — We use this activity to practice the alphabet, spelling, proper pronunciation, and letter combinations. Often, at the beginning of each lesson, the teacher creates a crossword using words related to the theme for the day (colors, animals, halloween, etc). Using clues, the students must figure out each word, and spell the word correctly. This is a good activity to introduce new vocabulary or practice specific letter combinations, like “ch” or “th” or “sh” or “tch”. 

Hangman Guessing Game — This game is also used to practice spelling, proper pronunciation, and letter combinations. However, in Hangman, students choose their own word or phrase (related to a theme), and their peers must guess the correct letters. This game can become a contest or challenge when we split the class into teams or groups.

Read Aloud — To practice listening comprehension and reading, the teacher uses the Smart Board to play/read a children’s book related to the theme. The students listen, read aloud, and also answer questions related to the vocabulary or the story. For example, when we were learning about Halloween, the teacher used a favorite Halloween story, “In a Dark Dark Wood” to get the children thinking about spookiness, haunted houses, and monsters. Here is a link to the reading below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUrwOG7JjNI

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