Another wonderful week in first grade! Students are working so hard and are making great progress.
This week in math students continued to practice their place value understanding and using comparison symbols. Students played Base-10 exchange and exchanged ten ones for one ten! Students began working on number scrolls--practicing number writing and patterns on the hundreds chart and beyond.
Students used mirrors to investigate what we can see by using a mirror. We learned that we can use mirrors to see behind us and to see our reflections. Students also spent some time drawing a reflection of their eye. We then investigated what can we see without any light using boxes. Students discovered that we need light to see!
In literacy we've been reading a lot of narrative non-fiction (books that tell and story and teach you about a topic) and students have become experts at identifying the different genres: fiction, non-fiction, and narrative non-fiction! In writing, students finished up their book reviews. Students also used all that we've learned about opinion writing to write about their favorite season. Students helped brainstorm ideas for what a good opinion piece needs and used that list to write their opinion pieces. I was very impressed with their independence and how they took ownership of their opinion pieces!
Students are off to a great start in 2019! Students came back to school excited and ready to learn! In writing, we spent some time last week setting some resolutions for ourselves at school and are finishing up our opinion unit.
We finished up our learning about sound before break and started investigating light! Students investigated making shadows; learned about transparent, translucent, and opaque materials, and used mirrors to redirect light. Students have been super serious scientists and have done a fantastic job investigating light!
We had an awesome week before December break! The students were focused and engaged even with all of the excitement--Sing-Along, Gingerbread Day, the Holiday Party, and the impending break! I was so impressed with them all week! The sing-along was a great success and I hope you were able to watch it online! Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Holiday Party and donated food or goody bags! I hope everyone had a great time!
Gingerbread Day was a great success! We spent the whole day doing gingerbread math, science, and literacy activities. We've been reading different versions of the story to compare and contrast. It was a wonderful day!
We also spent time learning about commas, doing math puzzles, and more. Here are a few more snapshots from the week.
This week students engineered string-cup telephones, wrote about what they would do if they were snowmen at night, had a hot cocoa celebration and more! Here are some pictures from our week!
Our opinion pieces are getting stronger and stronger! This week we've practiced supporting our opinions with a reason and an example from a mentor text. We also wrote about our favorite recess activities and used three reasons to support our examples.
We earned another whole school celebration and had an awesome dance party. Here are a few blurry dance photos!
Here's a delayed blog post from last week!
We had a great week and an unexpected snow day--read all about what we were up to!
We started our week of with a great lesson with Four Winds all about worms! Students loved getting a chance to observe and touch worms. We also went digging through dirt to see what we could find.
In reading, students practiced describing characters and character's feelings. Students created Feelings Maps to show how a character's feelings change throughout a story. In writing, students practiced supporting their opinions with reasons and examples. We played games like Would You Rather and Toe the Line to help practice this skill. Students had a blast and are getting really good at it! I can't wait to see them put their hard work into their opinion writing.
In math, students finished up Unit 3 and did some Thanksgiving math crafts to celebrate! Here are some pictures from the week--there's not enough for individual slideshows so I put them all in one!
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!
Read all about our days in Ms. Carilo's first grade class at Porters Point School!