Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays!

 Thank you to everyone who contributed to making our celebration a success! We had lots of yummy food, we enjoyed our gifts from each other, and we had a great time singing and dancing at the music program and just enjoying each other's company. 

having fun with a gift
 Snowman Wrap Game

a scene from our morning program practice

The students hope their gifts to their families brought a smile to your face!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Learning about Solids

We have started our new science unit, Solids and Liquids. We began by learning that solid objects can be described by their properties
Some of the properties might be color, shape, texture, or flexibility.

 We also learned that solid objects can be made of different materials.
These objects are made of different materials -- wood, plastic, metal, and fabric.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Key Words and Timelines

The First Graders have been learning about "key words" when they read nonfiction. These words are important to help you understand the topic. We practiced saying as much as we can about a key word, in order to add it to our vocabulary and to understand its connection to the topic.
key words chosen from a book about sand
 In social studies, we finished our unit about Life Long Ago. Thank you to all the family members who compared their own lives as First Graders to their First Graders today. We have shared many of the comparisons, and we have just a few left.
Next, we will switch from social studies to science. We will be learning about Solids and Liquids in the upcoming weeks.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Becoming Super-Smart

The First Graders are working hard to become super-smart about nonfiction topics in Reading Workshop. They have been learning how to study every part of each page and to tackle hard words rather than letting those hard words get in the way of their learning.
comparing what different books say about young animals
They are also continuing to bring their enthusiasm for learning to their homes and then back to school again, to share with the class.
This student did an experiment to make a bouncy egg!

This student made his own "knickers" game after reading about this game that Pilgrim children played!