Monday, December 19, 2016

Holidays Around the World- Israel

Our First Graders hopped on another flight and headed to Israel to celebrate Hanukkah!  After a tour of the country, we learned our favorite place to visit in Israel was the Dead Sea.  Did you know that you can float in the Dead Sea without treading water?  People travel from all over the world just to soak in the warm water.  Ask you child why it's called the Dead Sea.
After our tour, we played the Dreidel Game, sang songs, and made our own Menorahs.  It was a great stop!  Next were are headed to Germany! Stayed tuned! 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Holidays Around the World- 1st Stop- Norway!

Our First Graders are learning about how people all over the world celebrate holidays in December.  We will explore a variety of traditions and cultures as part of our Community Unit- Our World! Students will also be learning basic mapping skills as we venture around the world.   

To begin our unit, all students applied for RES passports.  Students needed to know their address and well as their birthday to complete the application.  Once the passports were issued we were ready to travel.  Our first stop, Norway! Students boarded our plane and watched a short in flight movie that taught us all about traditions from Norway including Santa Lucia Day.  Students colored a map and flag for the country and then created their own Santa Lucia crown as a souvenir.  Stay tuned for our next stop! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Community Village

This week we are learning about different communities we are a part of.  One of those communities is Richmond, Vermont. Students have been learning their role in the community and how others help in the community. We created a mural of helpers. Our helpers are hanging on a mural in our hallway. The mural shows Main Street in Richmond and all our helpers lined up along the street.

Later this week we will continue to learn more about communities we are a part of. We will explore our school community, our classroom community, and our family community.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Community Journals

Today our class read On the Town, by Judith Casely. In the story the boy explores his community. Your child has brought home a journal with blank pages in it. When you need to run an errand or are out and about, take your child with you (notebook in hand). Your home can be one of the places. A more detailed list and directions are in your child's home/school folder. Below are samples of what other students have done in the past.  Thank you for your support!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sharing Our Shape Posters

First Graders have been learning all about shapes!  They have been sorting and classifying shapes by their attributes.  We played an amazing game of Guess My Rule.  In this game students sort the shapes based on an attribute while another student has to guess how they sorted the shapes.  Then they created Guess Our Secret Rule posters.  Students then shared their posters with our class. They are posted outside our classroom if you you are brave enough to play Guess Our Secret Rule!  Good Luck!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Skeleton Hiccups

Happy Hallowen! Our class read the story Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler.  We wrote all about how we could help the skeleton get rid of his hiccups!  Then we made these amazing skeletons! Check them out when you walk through the school.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pattern Block Software

First Graders got a chance to explore pattern block software on our Chromebooks!  Students created unique designs using basic shapes.   Learners used hexagons, trapezoids, rhombus, and triangles to create animals, cars and even space ships!  It was amazing to watch these digital learners dive in and explore the software!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dairy in the Classroom

Thursday was our last visit with Miss Virginia.  We decided for our last gathering we should make homemade ice cream!  Miss Virginia brought all the fixings!  We have learned so much about the farm economic cycle! We ended our last session with a fabulous Halloween story.  Thank you Miss Virginia for teaching us so many things about farms.