We also had a great trip to see Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly at the Flynn on Friday!
Somehow we've arrived at the end of March. Time flies when you are having fun in first grade! We had a great week full of great learning. This post is for two weeks since last week was a short week!
Students have been learning about animal classification. We read books, watched BrainPop Jr. videos, did research on PebbleGo, and did a few crafts about the different animal groups.
We've had a great full week back after February Break! Students came back ready to learn and we hit the ground running--we've started new units in math, reading, writing, and social studies!
The past two weeks we've been celebrating Kindness Week at PPS! Last week we sorted kind and unkind behaviors; we sorted kind and unkind words; and we discussed how we have the power to change the world with kindness! This week we talked about how to be kind to our family, friends, and community; why its important to "stick with kindness"; and we spread kindness through the school by writing and delivering letters. We've done many kindness crafts, read many books about being kind, and gave kind compliments to each other! This class is such a kind and caring class!
We've started Unit 7 in math. We've been focusing on subtraction strategies and have begun to learn about shape attributes.Students learned how to play Salute! a great game for subtraction fact fluency! They also learned how to play Attribute Train and had fun making a long train by changing one attribute at a time.
In Reader's Workshop, students have started to learn about different text features in non-fiction writing. So far we've found: labels, captions, close ups, and photographs/illustrations. We will continue to add to our Non-Fiction Text Feature Notebooks!
We had another wonderful week in first grade! I can't believe that February Break is here and that when we're back it will be March! We spent this week wrapping up our learning and celebrating our hard work!
We have had a great time learning about China but it was time to fly home! We learned about the Lantern Festival, made lanterns, finished up our panda painting, wrote postcards, and flew home this week! We also watched Mulan on Friday afternoon!
We read more biographies and learned about important text features. Students learned about captions, quotes, text boxes, and timelines that give us more information while reading a biography. In writing we practiced using complete sentences.
Early this week students solved place value riddles and applied their place value understanding to money (pennies, dimes, and dollars). Students also took the Unit 6 Assessment and did a President Abraham Lincoln math craft in honor of Presidents' Day!
We also had a great Four Winds Lesson about how animals prepare for winter. Students did an experiment to test what is the best way to keep warm and insulated during a cold winter.
So much to love about first grade--our Valentine's day was so much fun! Students wrote about all the things they love and created their own Love Monsters! We also gave compliments on our "compli-mats", made a card for someone we love, made bags for our valentines, exchanged valentines, and more! We had a great Valentine's Day
Students have also been hard at work learning about biographies and finishing up their writing about what pet is best! In math we learned the making-10 strategy and learned about equivalency using name-collection boxes!
This week we celebrated a milestone--the 100th day of school! I am continually impressed and amazed by the hard work done every day! To celebrate the 100th day we made crowns, read 100 books, made necklaces, rolled dice, flipped coins, wrote about "when I am 100..." and so much more! We had a fantastic day celebrating!
Pictures from last week's adventures! Comparing two non-fiction texts and a lot of new adventures in China! We visited the Great Wall of China, flew kites in Tiananmen Square, made boats to float down the Yangtze River, climbed the Himalayas, trekked the Gobi Desert, and uncovered the Terracotta Warriors in Xian.
Read all about our days in Ms. Carilo's first grade class at Porters Point School!