We've been hard at work in first grade!
We've focused on number patterns in math this week. We looked at patterns on the number grid, number lines, and used frames-and-arrows diagrams to follow a number pattern and determine the rule.
We're wrapping up our weather unit with an exciting day of experiments on Wednesday. We did experiments for each part of the water cycle that we've been studying. Students made predictions and observations about how much water in a cup will evaporate when left in a windowsill. They observed warm air meet cold air and saw condensation form. They also saw food coloring get heavy enough to "rain" through a shaving cream cloud! Students were expert scientists! Students also wrote about what happens to a water droplet in the water cycle and created a cloud craft about what they've learned in our weather unit.
Students have worked on retelling a story and including important details. This week we practiced retelling across our fingers. Students also began learning about character traits, practiced the short u sound, and practiced their handwriting.
Thanks to everyone who brought treats and helped us celebrate Halloween on Wednesday!
We've had a great week in first grade! We celebrated Halloween, had our last DARE lesson, and and did a lot of great learning!
In reading we have learned the parts of a retelling: characters, setting, problem/solution, and plot events. We'll continue to practice and dive into character traits next week. We're also working on short u in word work.
We are busy busy in first grade!
We wrapped up our Community Helpers unit with some great visits from the community helpers in our lives! We had a visit with Colchester Police Officers, the Deputy Director of Burlington International Airport, and an Adirondack Guide Boat builder! Thank you to everyone who came to visit our class! We had so much fun and learned A LOT!
When trying to solve 12-4 these students realized they only had 10 fingers...so they worked together to make 12!
Students learned more strategies for being engaged readers. They have also started learning the parts of a retelling; we will keep practicing for the next couple of weeks! In writing, we've been hard at work putting the finishing touches on one Small Moment story. Students have also been writing about different types of Community Helpers!
What a week!
Students have been working hard in math using change-to-more and change-to-less diagrams! They are also practicing putting the numbers from their diagram into a number model or equation! Students explored calculators and labeling their units!
We had our First Four Winds lesson. We learned about Ecosystems and different types of Leaf Eaters. We also had our first visit from Officer Mellen as part of our DARE program. Students learned about what to do in an emergency and the importance of knowing their address and phone numbers. Check to see if you child know theirs!
This week we started our first Social Studies Unit. This unit is about Community Helpers. We read The Little House and talked about three different types of communities: rural, suburban, and urban. Together we made a visual representation of each type. We also talked about the places in our own community and our role in the community. Next week we will look at specific types of Community Helpers. We also made torn-paper trees to celebrate Fall!
Students have been practicing pairs to 10, explored subtraction, and practiced the addition strategy of counting on this week in math. Students learned three new games to practice these skills! They learned Penny Plate, Subtraction Bingo, and High Roller. Ask your child which one is their favorite!
We had a busy and wonderful week in first grade!
This week in math we took our Unit 1 Assessment. Students amazed me with their focus and hard work. We celebrated with a "Math About Me" craft! Students also learned a new game: Roll and Total and practiced counting on. We've been discussing the strategies we use to solve problems. We also learned about ten-frames!
We learned about feelings this week. Each day we painted a feeling and them took a museum walk to observe all the art work. At the end of the week we walked around to see how we each represented the four different feelings (mad, happy, sad, and silly). Students noticed that they were all unique but still showed the same feelings! We also learned about growth mindset and the things we can't do...YET.
It was so nice to see so many of you at Open House!
We learned how to take care of books, be respectful readings, and what book bins are during Reader's Workshop. This may seem simple but is an important part of building independence in reading! By the end of the week students were ready to "book shop" for books to fill their bins. We also tried out our new reading mats to help us build our reading stamina.
We focused on friendship this week in Social Studies. We read books about friendships including Big Al. Students then wrote about how to make friends and characteristics of a good friend! Check out our "Big Al's" hanging in the hallway!
We also spent one of our Friday literacy rotations making a Birthday Book for a student celebrating their birthday!
We had another great week in first grade! We continue to get to know each other and build our classroom community. It has been a joy getting to know this bunch of kiddos--I can't wait to see what this year has in store.
In math we've practiced our counting skills and subitizing numbers. We learned two new games: Monster Squeeze and Penny Plate. In Monster Squeeze students practiced comparing numbers using a number line. In Penny Plate students practiced counting and using new tools: dice and pennies. We also learned about Pattern Block Templates which are always a hit! Students use these templates to reason with shapes. Students spent time exploring and creating their own designs!
In Social Studies we created our classroom rules. We spent almost all week doing this! We started by sorting PAX and Spleems (expected and unexpected behaviors). Then students brainstormed the rules they wanted our class to follow. We created a giant list! We then went through and stated all of our rules as a positive (instead or "don't hit or kick"--"have a safe body"). After that we sorted out rules into three main ideas. Our class decided on be safe, be kind, be ready to learn. We then drew pictures of what it means to follow each of these rules. It is a long but meaningful process for our classroom. We spent the better half of the our afternoons this week on this task and the class was very patient and thoughtful in each step. (PICTURE COMING SOON)
The rest of the week we continued to learn about the classroom, each other, and what it is like to be in first grade. We played get to know you games and did get to know you activities which will continue for the next couple of week! These are important to help us learn more about each other, make connections, and build our classroom community.
In literacy, we practiced our handwriting with both letters and numbers. We also read On Market Street and came up with our own alliterative people! Some examples are: A___ is made of Alligators, S____ is made of steak, and J____ is made of jeans!
In writing, we wrote books about what we like to learn more about each other. We wrote what we like, drew illustrations, and shared our books with the class. Some of my favorites were: my class, ladybugs, RC cars, and fishing!