Sunday, December 10, 2017
We have been wishing for snow all week long. In hopes we would get some snowfall, we did some snow related things in first grade. We made wondering snowmen and made our own wishing tree.
The wish tree is something I am so happy about. I am going to share some of the wishes our students made to show you why I am so thrilled:
"I wish for happiness"
"I wish for everyone to be fed"
"I wish that everyone would be kind"
"I wish everyone gets love"
Wishing for others and for our world instead of presents, instead of something for them... they chose to think about the world <3
On Thursday last week, we had the opportunity to have Puppets in Education come to our school. Their message was all about diversity, empathy and compassion. It was a wonderful presentation for our students to be interactive with!
We even got a set of puppets for our school to share!
First grade has already started learning a lot about taking data! It has become a favorite in room five. We have learned to record data by taking tally marks, implementing the data findings into a bar graph and interpreting that data to make sense of our results!
This past week was exciting because we helped Mr. Antonicci organize data for our next PBIS school wide celebration!
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
I am sure your first grader came home and was very excited to show you our OOBLECK!
This is one of my favorite experiments for our science unit of solids and liquids. Students found that they couldn't quit make sense of the properties of oobleck. Where it had some properties of solids, and some of a liquid! This simple recipe was worth while for these first grade scientists.
Once they got to finish Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss, they were able to justify some properties for their concoction!
Thursday, November 30, 2017
In first grade. We have been learning all about the states of matter and their properties. Today we learned how the states of matter changed by experimenting with CHOCOLATE! The students in room five were very scientific in their learning today!
Monday, November 27, 2017
Time to Catch Up!
So much has happened in the past month in room five.
We were very busy bees preparing for report cards and training our brains to think about new things like Solids and Liquids and some new language conventions! We learned abut the First Thanksgiving and what it means to be Thankful. We were not only busy workers, but we were very safe, kind and doing our best. We reached our goal of filling TWO bins and had our celebration today. We took our afternoon and used teamwork and strategy to build (and sometimes rebuild) forts to spend some time in! They had a blast and I can foresee some future engineers in this group!
Please be on the look out for updates and notes in this busy time!
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Room five has been very thankful all year long. This month we have been sharing with one another what we are thankful for in a closing circle everyday! Each day students have been thankful for something different, they have been so inspiring.
We have learned a lot about the first Thanksgiving and your student can retell the first Thanksgiving to you today with their retell bracelet!
Have a wonderful week off and I am excited to see you all for conferences Monday or Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
We have been quite the busy beavers here in room five... Don't let that pun fool you. We had special volunteers come in to share with us about beavers and how they live and adapt to their environment. We even got to make our own beaver dams! Four Winds has been very exciting and hands on already this year.
We have been learning a lot about Main Idea and details to support the main idea. We have found out that Authors are not only the ones who create a point and support it, but in our everyday conversation, we always have a main idea. We have learned through using objects, and coming up with different scenarios about main idea and details. When reading with your child at home... next time ask them what the main idea and details are of their book!
In Word study, we have been working really hard on finding the correct short vowel sound in a CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) word. Today we had an exciting word hunt around the room, to solve the missing middle short vowel sound. AEIOU are the glue that creates words!
Thank you FAMILIES for ALL signing up for a conference time. I am excited to discuss progress and answer any questions you may have! I am so thankful that everyone is just as eager to meet as I am.