Monday, February 4, 2013

First Grade - Sentence Structure Action Research

In Mrs. Percival's first grade, we have been working on an action research project.  The goal for this art lesson was to help the children with their writing skills with an art correlation.  To do this, Mrs. Percival reviewed the basic parts of a sentence before they came to a special art class.   When the class came to art, we did a brief review and each child selected a postcard of an animal they wanted to draw.  We used Crayola Color sticks and I gave them a basic lesson in observational drawing.   This is a difficult skill, but the children did a great job!  First they drew the basic shape of the animal, added the details and colored in a background.  We started running out of time, so towards the end of class, Mrs. Percival and I helped each child as they wrote a sentence about their animal. The goal was for each child to write a complete sentence using a noun, a verb, at least one adjective and proper punctuation. Some of the sentences are more complex than others.

 The little bobcat is climbing a log.

 The fuzzy wolf is howling.
 The little raccoon is studying the meadow.
 The huge eagle is soaring in the sky.
 The little baby fox is licking.
The huge brown elk is bugling.

This was a fun project and we hope it gave them a BOOST in their understanding of sentence structure.  The children will be taking a standardized test soon, and we are interested to see if this activity might have helped.  We will let you know what the results are!

Poetry Out Loud 2013 at East

East Elementary held it's annual Poetry Out Loud contest today!   This is a friendly poetry contest where children recite poetry and earn points for using good verbal skills. We are grateful to PTA this year for sponsoring our contest and providing the awards for our students. Mrs. Arko also provided each student that participated with a small gift certificate for developing their literacy. We love poetry at East Elementary! 

The winners for Kindergarten are (L to R) :  First place: Sienna Scholes, 2nd Place: Corbin Hall and 3rd place: Sadie Staker.

The winners for first grade are (L-R):  3rd Place: Brecklan Weaver, First Place: Sydney Negus, and 2nd Place: Grace Staker.

The winners for 2nd grade are (L to R): 3rd Place: Brooklyn Bell,  First Place: Sandra Baadsgaard, 2nd Place Brooklyn Scholes.