Friday, October 13, 2017

First Friday Letter is Coming Your Way!

Today our first graders wrote their first Friday Letters to their families.  These letters tell a little snippet about our week.  They are a great way for families to learn more about our week and watch our learners progress as writers throughout the year.  Sometimes our Friday Letters might be a bit tough to read. If you can't read your child's letter, just ask them to tell you about their week.  Please write a note back to them, they love to read your letters! Help your learner remember to return the notebook by next Friday so they can write back to you. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Exploring Apple Farms

Miss Virginia was back today to teach us all about fruit and vegetable farms.  We learned about the variety of fruits and vegetables that grow on Vermont farms.  Our class is taking a closer look at apple farming this week.  We learned all the work farmers have to do to keep their trees healthy. We even had a student seed demonstration!

 We are also learning how farmers sell their products to earn money to support their family and farm.  Our focus for our farming unit is the economic cycle of Buy, Produce, Sell!  Today we tried our hand at making a product from apples.  We used the apple peeler to prep our apples for homemade applesauce!  Tomorrow we will put our apples in the crockpot and make our own applesauce!  Yum!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Writer's Workshop

First Graders are really working hard to stay focused and build stamina during our Writer's Workshop.  Today all students got right to work.  I was so impressed!  I took the video and then we watched it together as a class.  We talked about how amazing it was to see all students so engaged in their work!  

Monday, October 2, 2017

Ishi- A Friend When You Need It

To wrap up our unit on rocks, our first graders read the book Ishi by Akiko Yabuki today.  This is an amazing book about friendship, kindness and how to spread a little happiness.  Our learners are working on appreciating our differences and searching for things we all have in common.  We learned how a simple act of kindness can change how a person feels.  In the story of Ishi, rock in Japanese, a little stone shows how simple things can help bring happiness.  Ishis are being spread all over the world.  Today we worked to make Ishis to spread around our school.  We hope these little bits of love will bring happiness to those who find them.  Next time you are at RES keep your eyes open for a Ishi.  We hope they bring a smile to your face and heart.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

1st Dairy in the Classroom Visit

First Grade is so lucky to have received the Dairy in the Classroom grant again this year.  This is an amazing outreach program that includes 5 classroom visits and a field trip to a local dairy farm.  Today was our first visit with Miss Virginia. We learned all about dairy farms and how cows produce milk.  We learned the 3 most common cows in Vermont are Holstein, Jersey and Black Angus.  Each gives us somethings special.  Holsteins produce the most milk, Jerseys make creamy milk and Black Angus give us meat.  We also learned that cows only have bottom teeth! To complete our first visit, our class got a chance to make homemade butter. It was delicious!  We will see Miss Virginia again in 2 weeks!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Makerspace Exploration

Today our first graders got a chance to visit the RES Makerspace! This is a collaborative workspace located across from the Art room in RES.  Today students explored materials and had a change to do a little engineering. Learners were able to follow expectations and designed and created everything from a marble roller coaster to googly eyed pals.  As the year progresses, students will be working on STEM challenges in the Makerspace. Way to go First Graders!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

You Are Special

First Graders have been learning about what makes each of us special as part of our first six weeks of school.  We combined this self exploration with our rock unit and read the books Only One You and You be You by Linda Kranz.  These amazing stories inspired us to create our own peace rocks.  Each learner picked a creature to create.  The peace rocks are a multi-step process and have required a lot of patience on the part of our first graders.  Today we added the color to our rocks with Sharpie ink.  Tomorrow we hope to add the sealer!  We can't wait to show you our peace rocks at Open House next week.