This week, first graders enjoyed weighing different objects using a balance scale as part of our unit on Measurement. Students are also working on learning the addition facts through 18. We play many learning games during math class. Our newest game is called "Bump". Students roll three dice together and add the numbers together. Cubes are placed on the corresponding number on the game board. If your partner rolls the same number, then they can "Bump" you off that number! The winner is the person with no cubes at the end of the game. The class loved playing this math game! We learned about George Washington for Social Studies. First graders were so excited to celebrate the 101st day of school! They dressed up like Dalmatians on Friday. It's so much fun in first grade!
Our measurement unit is super fun for the children! The class has been measuring different objects in the classroom using non standard units of measurement such as clips, cubes, and one inch tiles. Students have been practicing their estimation skills by estimating the length of an object and then measuring the object and recording the information on a recording sheet. The class continues to work on telling time to the 1/2 hour and counting money combinations of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. We have completed our groundhog research project. Completed projects are hanging up on the wall outside of our classroom-if you want to know a fact about the groundhog just ask your first grader! Our class has also been learning about Abraham Lincoln for Social Studies. The Abraham Lincoln homework (write 3 facts) is due on February 19th.
February 2-5, 2016
Wow! I don't think I have ever seen so much snow! I hope everyone enjoyed playing in the snow and spending quality time together as a family. First graders have been learning about the groundhog this past week. We were excited to learn that we may have an early spring! We have read books about the groundhog and have learned so many interesting facts about this fascinating animal. The children are writing and illustrating their own books about the groundhog. One thing that the children found so interesting is how these clever animals make their own burrows. Each chamber in the burrow is a separate room such as the sleeping chamber, the nesting chamber, and the hibernating chamber. In math, we completed our unit on sorting and data collection. We have been learning how to tell time to the half hour. We are counting money combinations up to $1.00. The learning never stops in first grade!!
First graders in room 112 have been working on data collection for math. We have been taking survey questions, collecting data,and creating class graphs to represent the data. We continue to work on addition and subtraction facts as well as learning time to the hour and half hour. We continue our unit on fairy tales. We recently read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the children have been busy writing their apology letters from Goldilocks to the bear family. We are learning about hibernation and migration for Science. The children have been excited to learn about how animals prepare for the winter. They were amazed to learn that when an animal hibernates, the animal's body temperature can lower to just slightly above the freezing temperature! In Social Studies, students are learning about Martin Luther King and his contributions to our country.
We have started our unit on fairy tales. The children have learned about the different elements that are often found in fairy tale stories. After listening to a fairy tale, we talk about the characters, setting, beginning, middle and ending events. Each child is keeping a chart and collecting data on which elements are found in each story. We had a very interesting class discussion about whether or not The Gingerbread Man had a happy ending or not. Some children thought the story did not turn out so good for the gingerbread man. Others thought the ending was happy because the fox got what he wanted! It was interesting to hear the different points of view. In math, we are working on subtraction and solving one step story problems. In Science, our class has learned how earth rotates to have day and night. The children used the globe and a flashlight to model with a partner how the earth rotates to get day and night. Next week.....we will be making our gingerbread houses on Friday, December 11th!
The learning never stops in room 112! The children had fun sorting different sized triangles for math this week. They were able to describe the common characteristics of triangles. We also played a fun game called "Guess My Rule" with shapes. Next week we will start Unit 3 in Math. We are continuing to learn about owls. The children were fascinated to learn that owls can swallow their prey whole! We have read many fiction and non fiction books about owls. The children will soon be bringing home their shared reading book about owls. Ask your child to read it to you! For Social Studies, we are learning about the past and the present which ties in nicely with learning about the first Thanksgiving. Don't forget that the Past and Present Timelines are due on November 20th.
It was great to meet with the parents of my wonderful first graders on our Parent/Teacher Conference Day. It was so much fun to share all the progress that my students have made with parents! This past week, our class continued to work on addition skills for math. They love going to math centers! We started a fun writing project called "Think Outside the Box" where the children add details to a given shape and then write sentences to describe their picture. I love listening to the children tell me about their picture they made from the shape! Such creative thinkers in room 112! In Science, we have learned about pumpkins and how they grow from a seed.Next week.......my wise little learners will be learning about the habitat, body covering, and other interesting facts about owls.
We continued our study of bats this week. We also used a venn diagram(our "thinking chart") to compare and contrast bats and birds.
My first grade little scientists brought in their pumpkins this week! There was so much excitement for our Pumpkin Math and Science day today! The children used their observation, measuring, and estimating skills to predict how big around their pumpkin was, how much their pumpkin weighed, and whether or not their pumpkin would float or sink in water. Each child recorded their data in their pumpkin data books. After our experiments, we enjoyed some delicious pumpkin muffins!
Room 112 has had a great week learning about bats! Our bat research included learning about the bat habitat, what bats eat, a bat's body covering, and how bats use echolocation to search for food at night. We have learned some new vocabulary such as nocturnal, hibernation,and migration. These little first graders soak up this learning like sponges!! This week we will be writing some facts about bats. In math, we have started a new unit on Geometry. We continue to work on addition skills,too. Don't forget to send a pumpkin in with your child this week. On Friday, October 23rd, the class will be doing some fun science experiments with the pumpkins.
October 5-9 2015
We have started a fun science unit on spiders. WOW! There are definitely some spider "experts" in our classroom! We have read non fiction books about spiders and have made a class chart about all the facts we have learned. I was amazed at all the facts this class already knew about spiders! Check out our spider research reports in the hallway!
In math, first graders are writing addition combinations for a given number and solving one step story problems.
In writing, student continue to work on writing complete sentences with the high frequency sight words.
September 28-October 2
I really enjoyed meeting the parents of my wonderful first grade students at Back To School Night! I am so lucky to have such a great group of children to work with this year! This week in Room 112, we met in our guided reading groups. The children are working on their reading fluency and retelling a story with details from the beginning, middle, and ending of a story. In math, the children learned a new math game about missing parts called "How Many Am I Hiding?" They are also learning how to write addition combinations for a given number. The children continue to enjoy the math centers. Next week will be super exciting as we start a mini unit on.......Spiders!
The children continue to write sentences with the high frequency sight words we have been learning in class. I can already see growth with their writing-even after such a few short weeks! Math centers continue to be a favorite activity! The children enjoy the many math addition games that we have been playing. Once a game has been taught to the whole class, the game becomes a math center. In Science, we continue writing in our "apple journals". First graders are writing about how the apple tree changes through the four seasons. Back To School Night is Monday, September 28th at 7:00 pm. I'm looking forward to meeting and talking with the parents of my sweet and wonderful first graders.
We had another busy week in first grade! This week students have been writing in their high frequency word books. The children write a sentence using a HF sight word and then illustrate a picture. Our class has been working hard on reading and spelling words from the -at word family. Our first spelling test was today! New spelling words will be sent home on Monday. In Math, we have been playing some fun addition games and solving one step addition word problems. In Science, we continue to learn about how an apple tree changes during each of the four seasons. Back To School Night is on September 28th from 7:00-8:00 pm. I look forward to seeing everyone there!
First graders have been super busy this week! We have continued our literacy activities by reading the book The Napping House and retelling the story using picture clues. We also read Chrysanthemum and discussed why it is important to treat each other kindly. Students have started writing in their writing journals. The children draw a picture and write a sentence about their picture. I have some awesome writers in room 112! In Math, we have learned some new games such as "Compare" and "Double Compare". In "Compare", students play a card game with a partner to determine which number is more. In "Double Compare", students also played with a partner and added two number cards together. They really enjoyed these fun math games! Next week is a big week as we will be starting our spelling homework! Spelling homework will be sent home on Monday and should be returned to school on the following Friday.
August 31-September 4
I have really enjoyed getting to know my first grade students this week! What a great group of eager to learn boys and girls! We have been super busy this first week of school. We have been learning the routines of the classroom as well as making many new friends.We have worked on some fun writing projects based on the books If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and David Goes To School. In Math, we have been practicing our counting skills and going to math centers. In Social Studies, we have been learning about school and classroom rules. Check back next week for more updates!
Welcome to First Grade!
I am looking forward to meeting students and parents at our Orientation on Friday, September 28th. It's going to be a great year in first grade! Please check back each week to get updates and important information about what we are learning in first grade.