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.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Science Writing - Force and Motion

First Graders are natural scientists! We all know how much they like to ask questions! Our new writing unit is all about science writing!  Students are learning all about writing lab report.  They are using the scientific method to support their questions and experiments.  Today we questioned does the weight of a ball change how easily a ball can be moved?  Ask your child to share their prediction and conclusion from their experiment.  

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Creating 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! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Force and Motion- explore

We have started our new unit in science- All About Force and Motion.  This week we are exploring our materials and discovering what we can learn with them. First Graders created scientific questions that they wonder about and want to explore. In addition, we are learning what a fair test is and why it's important in science. I can't wait to test some of the creative questions they came up with!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Author Share

On Friday our First Graders got a chance to share all their hard work with friends and family. Each student selected an animal to research and write about during our nonfiction reading and writing units. In addition, students created a habitat and clay animal to help their readers learn more about their animal. To wrap up our project, students created a talking animal video sharing their favorite facts.  They used the free app Chatter Pix Kids to create their video. This is a free, ad free app that lets you turn any photo into a talking  video.  Students loved seeing the talking photo with their voice.  Thank you for coming and celebrating their hard work!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Writing Celebration With Friends!

This week First Graders got a chance to share their nonfiction books with their friends!  Learners teamed up with buddies from Ms. Purvee's class.  It was an amazing time hearing our First Grade Author's reading their work!  Well done!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

First Grade at Snow Motion

Our First Graders headed to Cochran's Ski Area on Friday for our first Snow Motion time.  Students of all abilities hit the slopes for some skiing and riding!  Some students were brand new to skiing or snowboarding. I was so proud of the effort each student gave!  Our next Snow Motion day is Friday!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

First Grade Can Map This or That!

First Graders are starting to wrap up our mapping unit.  We have learned basic cardinal directions, what maps are used for, and key features of maps.  Our favorite part has been making our own maps.  We have used plain paper, graph paper and even the computer to design our own maps.  Our learners loved using the map tool on the PBS Kids website called The Cat in the Hat Can Map This and That.  Click the link below to give it a try!  You can map both indoor areas as well as fun play yards too!

Cat in the Hat Can Map This or That