Ms. Jackie Richardson

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Ms. Jackie Richardson

Welcome to Ms. Richardson's First Grade Class!

Email: jrichardson@ewsd.org
Phone: 857-7833

 

Please check out our class blog below!

 

  • Ski and Ride!

    Posted by Jaclyn Richardson on 1/24/2020

    Our first ski and ride day- so much fun and growth in one day!

    Ski and Ride Fun!

    Ski and Ride Fun!

    Ski and Ride Fun!

    Ski and Ride Fun!

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  • Writing Nonfiction

    Posted by Jaclyn Richardson on 1/17/2020

    During Writing Workshop, first graders have been creating nonfiction books. We are using what we have learned about the genre during Reading Workshop in our writing. Below are first draft examples of text features. You will notice introductions, headers, a diagram, a helpful tip and keywords. We have a community full of experts!

    Introduction example

    Header example

    Introduction example

    Diagram example

    Bold words example

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  • Visit with Sam

    Posted by Jaclyn Richardson on 1/10/2020

    Visit with Sam

     

    Today we had the opportunity to listen to guest speaker Sam Drazin. He shared his life experiences with us at a K-4 assembly. Students learned that differences can be visible and invisible. We had several opportunities to engage in discussions about disability awareness, inclusive communities and kindness. Ask your child to tell you about our visit with Sam!

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  • December Update

    Posted by Jaclyn Richardson on 12/20/2019

    Today we read the narrative nonfiction story of Balto. We were surprised that this exciting story was actually true! We ended our week together by watching the movie. We noticed the bravery, perseverance and kindness that was present throughout the story.

    Balto book

    We celebrated our work with the kindergarten community by hanging our own wishes on our wish tree. We shared mugs of cocoa and friendship.

    Sharing cocoa with our K community

    Our own wish tree

    Our paintings inspired by the book The Wish Tree.

    Our wish tree paintings

    During reading workshop, we have focused on the nonfiction genre. Below are habits we have been practicing to make our thinking strong when reading informational text. We have also noticed and studied features of nonfiction. When we return from break, we will use what we have learned to write our own nonfiction chapter books!

    nonfiction strategies

    nonfiction strategies

    nonfiction books

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  • We Are Scientists!

    Posted by Jaclyn Richardson on 12/6/2019

    First grade scientists have been learning and making discoveries about light and sound. Kids investigated with rulers to make different sounds. They could observe the back and forth movements that were responsible for creating the sound they heard.

    Using a ruler to create sound effects

     Using a ruler to create sound effects

    Using a ruler to create sound effects

     Today we learned about how glass is made. We explored with different materials and observed how light passes through them and we noticed that sometimes it does not. We learned the words transparent, translucent and opaque. We created "stained glass" artwork and connected it to our learning about light.

    Stained Glass Creations

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  • Celebrating Our Learning!

    Posted by Jaclyn Richardson on 11/22/2019

    This Morning first graders shared a favorite piece from our small moment unit. It was joyful to see families and siblings here to celebrate the work we have done with narrative writing. Kids showed checklists from the revision and editing process and many had drafts that demonstrated how their pieces changed over time.

    Writing Celebration

    Writing Celebration

    We celebrated reaching our reading goals with lunch in the classroom. Students read at home and logged their work.

    Reading Celebration

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  • Snapshots of Our Learning

    Posted by Jaclyn Richardson on 11/7/2019

    In math, we have been working with dominoes in a variety of ways. Students use various strategies to find the sum of two quantities. Some of these strategies include: counting on from the greater amount, using a known math fact or subitizing- which is instant recognition of how many.

    Math with dominoes

    Math with dominoes

    Math with dominoes

    During word study, we have been investigating the case of the silent e. We discovered that usually when there is an e at the end of a word it makes the vowel say its long sound. We also found out that there are rule breakers like have and come. Kids hunted for words in their books, found evidence of the silent e rule and recorded their findings on sticky notes.

    Investigating silent e!

    Investigating silent e!

    Investigating silent e!

    Last week, we had a special visit from the Westford firefighters. We learned all about fire safety. Does your family have plan? Have you changed the batteries in your detectors? 

    Fire Safety

    During writing workshop, we had the opportunity to connect with the second graders to share our final small moment drafts with each other. It was powerful to have a new audience and we ended our time together with a delicious snack.

    Sharing our writing with the second graders

    Sharing our writing with the second graders

     

     

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  • Small Moments

    Posted by Jaclyn Richardson on 10/25/2019

    During our writing workshop, first graders have been working hard to revise their favorite pieces. We have learned to bring our stories to life by making our characters move, talk and feel.

    Ways to Bring Characters to Lofe

    Another part of the publishing process is working in partnerships. Kids take turns reading their pieces and giving peer feedback to make their stories stronger.

    Writing Partnerships

    Writing Partnerships

    Writing Partnerships

    Writing Partnerships

    Writing Partnerships

    Writing Partnerships

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  • Using our SNAP words to make Power Words

    Posted by Jaclyn Richardson on 10/11/2019

    During our word study time, first graders have learned so much about words! We have studied features like short vowels, blends and digraphs. We have reviewed and learned SNAP words (words you want to be able to read and write in an instant!) During our work this week, kids used what they know about SNAP words on our word wall to make new words. 

     

    New words from SNAP words!

    New words from SNAP words!

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  • Face Painting Celebration!

    Posted by Jaclyn Richardson on 10/4/2019

    We are safe, kind and responsible!

    Face paint

    Face paint

    Face paint

    Face paint

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