On Monday and Tuesday I was away from our first grade to attend literacy professional development.
As you must know, punctuation is becoming more important in our writing. An upper case letter is expected at the beginning of each sentence. The children should also routinely know how to use these letters for their names, days of the week, months, and important words in titles. Along with the period at the end of a sentence, question marks and exclamation marks are also being used. Commas should be used in lists and before quotation marks which we have also learned. This week we gave extra attention to the apostrophe. We’re learning how to make contractions and possession, but didn’t quite know what that little mark is called or how it is made.
Look for our apostrophe poem in your child’s I Can Read Notebook.
Mrs. Lundeberg continues to tell stories about famous African Americans. We’ve looked at paintings by Jacob Lawrence and heard about how growing up in Harlem gave him inspiration. We all know our school was named for Meriwether Lewis, but we didn’t know about William Clark’s slave York, who went on the expedition. This week we’ll learn about the little boy who didn’t like his piano lessons, but grew up to be a very well know pianist.