2008-2009 Electronic Newsletter for First Grade

The first grade students have been working on a variety of projects this year. I would like to share our work with you. As we work on the Internet, I have taught the students to find the links through a website called delicious. If your children would like to use the websites at home, they should be able to click on the All Tags link on the right side of the screen and navigate to the 1st-grade or keyboarding links. They may need your help finding a website. I have included notes for each website to help you help them.

Saint Michael Delicious account

There is a link saved to send your name to Mars on a computer chip. We did not do this in class. You may use the link with your child if it is of interest to you. My whole family is sending our names to Mars on the 2011 mission. As a parent, you may be interested in creating your own Delicious account. You can save bookmarks and open them on any computer.

As the year progresses, I work on many different projects with the first grade students. You may click here or click on the word First on the left side of the screen to see my plan for the year.

My programs of choice in the first grade are Kid Pix, Word, and a website called Dance Mat Typing. These allow me to show the students how to use many different tools while we practice concepts being learned in the classroom. In KidPix, we continued learning more ways to use the options in the program to create projects. In Word, we have practiced typing one space between words, pressing return to get to the next line, and using the delete (backspace) key to erase mistakes. The students are becoming familiar with the layout of the keyboard and the proper finger placement for the alphabet keys.

Once the students complete the project for the week, they may use their choice of several educational games. They enjoy A to Zap!, Thinkin' Things 2, JumpStart Kindergarten Advanced, Reading Blaster Ages 5-7, and Math Blaster Ages 5-7.

The students shared their drawings and singing via a video. You might enjoy looking at it and the projects completed by other first grade students around the country.

We recently enjoyed watching a video of the book Make Way for Ducklings through Discovery Streaming. The students used our Activote devices to show their comprehension. We won these devices with the CDWG/ Discovery prize. We used Google Earth to travel the path of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard. You can download Google Earth for free.

Earlier in the year, the students had an opportunity to test our new tablet PCs. We will use them again before the year ends.

The school has a Flickr account to store photos taken throughout the school day. Please take some time to enjoy the photos. Click on a blue word (tag) to see that collection of images.