Saturday, February 28, 2015


The First Graders learned a card game called "Headache" to practice fact families. Two players place a card on their foreheads. The third player tells them their total. The two players look at each other and use the other's card and the total to figure out what number is on their own foreheads.

The total is 10!
The player on the right may be thinking "8+ ___=10" to figure out his number.
The player on the left may be thinking "10- ___=2" to figure out her number.

Getting comfy to apply what we learned in our math journals

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Awww, cute!

We practiced using adjectives by describing these kittens and puppies!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Healthy Eating

This week some nursing students came to our class to teach us about the five healthy food groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, meat/beans, and dairy.

It was fun to learn about healthy eating, and the healthy snacks in the form of butterflies were a big hit! Thank you!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

We had a fabulous time at our Valentine's party on Friday! Thank you to all the families who contributed to the event!
Some of the creative Valentine's boxes

We delivered Valentines...

...enjoyed food and fun with friends...

... and played a few games like "Musical Hearts" and "Valentine's Bingo."

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Healthy Teeth

We had visitors from Little Sprouts Dental today. They talked to us about keeping teeth healthy by eating healthy foods, brushing, and flossing.

These "teeth" were getting brushed...

...and flossed!
Students were given a bag of dental health goodies to take home. Thank you, Little Sprouts Dental!

Monday, February 9, 2015

100th Day of School

We celebrated the 100th Day of School with some fun activities! 

We started the day with a number hunt. As the First Graders found number stickers hidden around the room, they colored the numbers on a number grid. Their coloring began to reveal a big 100 on the grid!

Throughout the day, we did lots of reading. We recorded each title on a chart. By the end of the day, the class had read 100 books!
Working hard to add to the class total of number of books read

These 10 colored sheets display the titles of the 100 books we read today!

We made necklaces from 100 pieces of cereal. This involved lots of skip-counting by fives or tens.

We did exercises in sets of 10. When the exercise was done 10 times each in 10 sets, we knew it was done 100 times! Since there were 10 different exercises, some students figured out that 10 groups of 100 make 1000!
Leg lifts, push-ups, hopping and twisting

We also wrote about the number 100. Here are a few samples.

"If I were 100 years old... I could not walk."

"If I were 100 years old... I would look really wrinkly."

"If I were 100 years old... I will take care of my grandchildren."

Happy 100th Day of School!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tea Time

Our final experiment for our Solids and Liquids science unit was making "tea" out of plant materials. Last week, we took a hike to gather grass, leaves, or sticks, which we mixed with water. Our tea was not for drinking, but we did learn that different plant materials make the water turn different colors.

The Finished Product

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Today we went to the Schauer Arts & Activities Center in Hartford to see John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean, a glow-in-the-dark musical. 

Click here to see an interview with one of the puppeteers and a few clips of the show.

Not only did we enjoy the show, but we also enjoyed the bus ride. We were surprised with a coach bus instead of a regular school bus! It was our lucky day!