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1st Grade PTA Grants
Ever wonder how your support of PTA through membership, fundraising and sponsored events impact our school? McCarty PTA is proud to support our teachers using creative ways to help our Mustangs achieve their potential. Over $5000 in grants have been awarded to McCarty Staff for items to directly benefit students. Here are some comments from our 1st Grade Team on how the PTA has contributed to the education of our students.
Thanks to the McCarty PTA, students in 1E have been able to benefit from the new durable book pouches! Every year, I have purchased new bags for each student. I would get the vinyl coated $1 bags from Target, canvas totes from Oriental Trading, or jumbo sized Ziploc bags. Nothing would ever last. The new pouches were purchased from Really Good Stuff. They help the students to be ready to read each day by organizing their “just right” reading materials. This daily reading practice helps them to achieve their greatest potential in reading! The students received their new book pouches the day after they arrived in the mail. There is a pocket on the front of the bag for a name tag. Each student got to decorate his/her own name tag. The kids really enjoy having their books kept in a closed bag. They also say that the numbered book buckets, where the bags are stored, are much neater now! Thank you again for purchasing durable items that will be used by many classes in the future. 1E says “Thank you!” as well!
In 1C we have been using the Legos as a center to practice spatial relations, creative thinking, math, writing/reading/word study practice, and STEAM. It also naturally incorporates the Four Cs: collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. One of the most recent activities a couple students began working on, which induced curiosity from others, and then the, “Oooh, I want to try that too,” excitement, was creating Lego boats that will float. Students finished the construction phase. Today they tested them out in the water to see if they would sink or float. Tomorrow we will discuss the pros and cons to designs and make modifications as needed (see images). I have also just found some addition and subtraction game boards to play using the Legos. To sum it up…engaging, fun, and learning all wrapped into one!
SEL books have been incorporated during the first part of the school day. The class and I have discussed the cover of the books we have read and what any of the vocabulary words might mean. We have paid close attention to the illustrations while reading the story to see if we could get an insight into the character’s feeling(s). Last week we read the book Invisible Boy. This book was about a boy who was ignored at school and the students and teacher didn’t seem to notice him until a new student came to the class. The illustrations were such a critical piece to this story because this boy was sketched in black and white throughout the book while everything else was in color, until he began to be noticed. The more he felt like he was no longer invisible the more color he was. By the end of the story he was completely colored in. The book tied in with our cool tool: Outdoor recess because sometimes students feel invisible during this time. We began a Buddy Bench for this reason. So our conversation, which really was driven by the students, focused on understanding that many students actually have felt invisible before and the importance of making sure all students are feeling included. We talked about how to go about doing that in our classroom both when we are in school and out of school. One of my favorite reads in 1C!! 1E read this book on our “Letter K: Kindness Day” because it deals with how one small random act of kindness can really make a difference to someone. In the classroom, students are eager to read these books independently or with a partner. They are almost fighting over them (in a good way). They love the new books!