Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hat Day Celebration!

Our RES students have earned Hat Day for showing expected behavior! Students could bring in a hat from home to wear today at school, but we didn't stop there! Our class designed and made our own hats too! We even read books about hats. Our learners really showed their creativity!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sprouting Our Bean Seeds

First Graders are learning all about plants!  Learners explored different types of seeds and created sprout houses for their seeds to germinate in!  They learned all the parts of a seed including food storage, seed coat, and the little plant or embryo!  Today students checked in on their little sprouts.  They are hanging in our window.  Ask your child how their little sprout is doing!  

Monday, May 15, 2017

First Grade Writing Celebration!

Today First Graders got together to share and celebrate our writing!  We have been writing reviews and opinions about things we know and love!  Today we got the chance to share them with each other.  Ms. Purvee's class came over to our room and everyone got a chance to read with a friend!  Such amazing writing and reading! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Catching The Breeze- How Gliders Fly

We have been learning all about how people can use ideas from nature to make new things. We studied how seeds travel, by gliding, spinning or twirling away from the tree or plant.  Using this knowledge, we spent time designing our own gliders with the idea of how seeds travel.  We created many adaptations to them help the gliders improve their flight.  Today we wrapped up our unit by building foam gliders and taking them for test flights!  We tried some with propellers and some without.  We also tested if the wind changed their flight pattern.  

Friday, May 5, 2017

How Do Seeds Travel?

First Graders are learning all about the way seeds travel.  Students got the chance to engineer models of three different kinds of seed travelers.  It was so much fun to see how the different shapes moved through the air.  

Monday, April 17, 2017

Digger Deeper Into Our Books!

Now that we are 136 days into first grade, it's not enough just to read the words in our books!  You really have to think while you read!  We are exploring character feelings and how those feelings help us to better understand the text.  We have been working on it during our group discussions, but now it is time for the next step.  During our small groups and partner work time, learners are jotting down how a character feels and putting the post it in their book.  Then they can share it with their partner.  I'm so proud of the reading in our room. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dr. Seuss Meets Force Motion- Cool Tech Tool

First Graders are learning about Dr. Seuss throughout all subject areas! We started our Dr. Seuss author study after returning from our winter break.  Learners discovered many facts about Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.  Did you know Ted Geisel grew up spending many hours at a local zoo?  Many of those animals inspired the creatures in our favorite Dr. Seuss stores.  Our class created a biography poster of our favorite Dr. Seuss facts. 

In addition to learning about Ted Geisel's life, were are also working on learning about force and motion.  We have learned that a force is a push or a pull.  We played an A-Maze-ing game on the Dr. Seuss website called Seussville.  To play the game you must use fans, springs, or conveyor belts to push or pull your green egg to the ham. Learners could choose to start on the over easy level or jump right in and try hard boiled.  
It was exciting to see our learners experiment with the pushes and pulls on the computers.  The A-maze-ing Green Eggs & Ham is a great online tool for students to try lots of pushes and pulls and see the impact.