Monday, February 19, 2018

Life Size Penguins!

Penguin week is always a favorite for our kiddos!  This year our First Graders jumped right in! To wrap up our math unit on measurement, students learned about 4 kinds of penguins.  We used inch tiles, unifix cubes, and rulers to measure the length of each penguin.  They created a penguin fact sheet that included the actual penguin height, weight and key features.  To finish off penguin week, students selected a penguin and created a life-size model.  They could choose between Little Blue, Rockhopper, Chinstrap or Emperor.  It is amazing to watch our learners take such care in their measurement to ensure that their penguin is 100% true to size.  Ask your child to share some of their amazing penguin facts with you!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Welcome Mrs. Poor!

Have you heard about a new face in our classroom?  We would like to welcome Mrs. Poor to our first grade class.  Mrs. Poor will be doing her student teaching with us.  We are so lucky to have her join us for the next 15 weeks.  Mrs. Poor brings a wealth of experience to our room.  We are so excited to have her join us!   She has taught us new songs, read us exciting books and has even shared with us new games.  Here is a glimpse at our morning meeting with Mrs. Poor leading us in an African Welcome song. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Reading Workshop Happenings

Ever wonder what happens during our reading workshop in first grade?  It's more than just reading the words, we are really thinking!  This week we are digging into our nonfiction texts and learning what the author is trying to teach us.  Our learning doesn't stop there!  We are taking some of what we learn and teaching it to others!  Some students are using Post-Its or journals to jot down keywords or important details, while others are creating teaching books or posters about their reading.  No matter how students choose to share their ideas, everyone is sharing their learning with their classmates.  Some of the books are pretty exciting!  Take a look and see!

Friday, January 12, 2018

We Read 120 Hours! Check Out How We Celebrate!!!

Our class has read 120 hours!  This is such an amazing accomplishment that we earned Fort Blanket Day!  We used blankets and sheets to build forts with tables and chairs.  Then our learners got to read, do math activities and play games in the forts.  I am so proud of our growing readers!  They are simply outstanding! A special thank you to Mr. White for coming in to congratulate our class. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Welcome To Sweden!

Next stop on the RES tour, Sweden! Students boarded our plane and watched a short in flight movie that taught us all about traditions from Sweden including Santa Lucia Day.  Students colored a map and flag for the country and then created their own Santa Lucia crown as a souvenir. In addition we learned a little about Pepparkaka (gingerbread) and Lussekatter (saffron buns) that are traditionally served as part of December celebrations.  We also learned a little bit about the tomen, the rascally gnomes or trolls that can play tricks on children!  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Next Stop, Israel!

Our First Graders boarded RES Air for our second stop on our journey around the world.  We are headed to Israel to celebrate Hanukkah!  Our travelers enjoyed learning a few facts about Israel.  We all decided that taking a dip in the Dead Sea sounds like a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.  Ask your child why it is called the Dead Sea.  While visiting Israel, we will be learning a few songs and playing a few traditional games.  Our class will even pick a up a few souvenirs while we are here!    

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

First Stop Germany!

Our First Graders have taken off on our first flight to Germany. During our flight we had a brief in-flight movie about different holiday traditions found in Germany. Did you know the nutcracker originated in Germany? While we are in Germany we will tour holiday markets, learn about Saint Nicholas Day, and other traditions found in Germany.