Thursday, January 28, 2016

How We Measure Up!

Our First Graders are learning all about units of measure.  Today we measured tape lines using our feet!  We had a great discussion about why some kids got higher numbers than others on the same line.  We learned that the smaller the unit, the more it will take to measure the line.  First graders with smaller feet needed more "kid steps" to measure the same line as a person with bigger feet!  Such a smart group of kiddos!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Snow Play Day!

Our learners earned a celebration by showing expected behavior! Today we celebrated with Snow Play Day!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Teaming with 4th Grade to Create More Code Stories

Today our First Graders got a chance to be teachers! Fourth Graders from Mrs. Lafrancois class came to visit us to learn about coding and story writing! They saw our video and loved our stories.  They asked if we would teach them! We split into teams mixed with fourth and first grade learners! Then we started our plans.  On Thursdays we will begin to code our clips! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

When Coding Meets Story Writing!

Check out our video that follows the journey of our first graders combining coding with story writing.  This project has not only produced amazing writing, but has left our learners wanting more! Such an awesome group of writers.  Thank you Mr. Berry for documenting our progress as writers and coders in this video.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Adding Strategies With Mrs. Roberge

Our first grade mathematicians are working on learning adding strategies.  Today, Mrs. Roberge joined our class for a Math Talk on strategies.  We discussed counting all, counting on, quick doubles, quick doubles plus 1, and skip counting.  Sound like a lot?  Well our learners were up to the challenge.  We discussed why some strategies work well for some problems, and not as well for others.   First Graders love to solve problems. Asking your child to solve facts is a great thing to do while you wait in  line at a store or in the car.  This extra practice is fantastic for their brains and keeps them busy!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Writng Stories With Code

This week we are welcoming back our first graders with a brand new writng project! The Hour of Code class was so successful for our first graders that we decided to try doing a new project with it! Students are working in teams to create a code clip with a story to match. The teams will present their stories to our class next week!